4 Tips For Adding Electrical To A Basement

When you are finishing the basement of your home, you are most likely thinking about different flooring choices, colors, and decor ideas. Chances are that you are not putting much thought into the electrical work that needs to be done, which is just as important. When finishing a basement, consider these 4 tips so that it is properly wired:

Install A Sub-Panel

If your basement didn't have any existing electrical outlets, it's possible that your home's existing breaker box is not equipped for the additional power that you will be using. Consider using a separate sub-panel for just the additional outlets in the basement. It will make it easier to cut off power to your basement if it were to flood, and prevents other circuits from being overloaded if you are trying to cram them all onto an existing box.

Install GFCI Outlets

Your bathroom and kitchen use GFCI outlets in any place where an outlet is near a water sources. It has an internal circuit breaker that cuts off power to the outlet when the electrical current is not running as intended. Even though your basement outlets won't be near a sink or bathtub, you should spend the extra money on GFCI outlets.

It is always a possibility that your basement can flood, or that you will have water seepage through the walls. The GFCI outlets will protect your electrical system and any devices plugged into the outlets.

Use Conduit

Instead of enclosing bare wires behind your walls, you should be using conduit to contain them. Not only does conduit make it easy to fish new wires through finished walls later, but will give the wires added protection from seepage and moisture. Conduit is also great for protecting wires running to outlets on brick walls, where you cannot hide the wires behind drywall.

Select Optimal Lighting

A common mistake when adding lighting to a basement is not having enough. You do not get much natural light in a basement, but this may not be apparent until you are finished with construction. For example, new closets may have been constructed in front of windows, completely eliminating the little light that came in.

Basements do not typically have high ceilings, which make light fixtures that hang down not very practical. Consider using recessed lighting that will be flush with the ceiling of your basement. You can place the canisters throughout the basement, with different sections of lighting on their own switches.

If you need help wiring your remodeled basement, work with an electrical contractor from the very beginning. They will be able to take the necessary steps to ensure that all the electrical work is installed properly. To learn more, contact a company such as A-Team Electric with any questions or concerns you have.