Nowadays it happens more and more often that those who do small renovations at home personally take care of following all the phases. The kitchen is certainly indispensable in any home that can be called such. Here we spend time alone or in company, we prepare food with different specific machines. Therefore, to minimize the risk of domestic accidents and preserve our safety and that of our family members, the kitchen must be a safe and accessible place. In this article, I will share with you how to choose and where to install electrical sockets in the kitchen safely and efficiently.
The safety and arrangement of electrical sockets in the kitchen
When we think about the arrangement and arrangement of the electrical sockets in the kitchen we must first understand the complexity of the factors that intervene in this particular place of the house which is a place of work, but also a place to live. Here you have one or more worktops, there are high-voltage appliances (the traditional oven and the microwave, just to give an example).
In addition, from time to time, depending on the need, tools and specific tools for each preparation are connected to the electric current for lighting. Mixer, blender, mixer, bread maker, refrigerator and freezer, normal oven and microwave oven … the list of kitchen utensils that need to be connected to the electricity is really long and does not end here.
To avoid having to face major changes during construction, it is therefore essential to analyze all your needs in advance.
So as to have a complete picture of the energy supply points set up in the room and their distance during the design phase.
After the bathroom, the kitchen is one of the places most at risk in the house. The danger of fires, short circuits, and domestic accidents is very high. Due to the presence of water sources, appliances, gases, and hot oils. Hazards are often placed too close to electrical outlets and light points.
For the design, the watchword is, therefore ‘safety’, closely followed by ‘comfort’ and ‘practicality’.
How many electrical sockets do you need to install in the kitchen to have a compliant system?
At a basic and standard level, the kitchenette must have at least two socket points, one of which is on the worktop; at the home automation level, it takes at least three socket points, one of which is on the work surface. As for the kitchen area, at the base level, there must be at least five socket points, two of which are on the work surface.
At the standard level, at least six outlet points per kitchen, two of which are on the worktop; and at the home automation level at least seven socket points per kitchen, of which at least 3 on the worktop.
Of course, we are talking about minimum equipment.
From time to time the installer electrician, based on his professional experience and the specific needs of the customer, will install an adequate number of electrical sockets in the kitchen rooms.
At what height to place the electrical sockets in the kitchen?
As for the minimum height for the arrangement of the sockets, it is 17.5 cm from the ground.
The situation is different for the sockets used to connect small appliances on the kitchen counter, such as blenders and coffee machines. The recommended height is between 110 cm and 120 cm above the top. Furthermore, for these sockets, it is advisable to respect a minimum safety distance of 60 cm from the sink and hob, to avoid contact with heat sources and water splashes.
Kitchen tops and small appliances: what types of electrical sockets?
The choice of positioning and type of electrical sockets in the kitchen is very important. The aesthetic impact, the visual rendering, and above all the functionality. There are those who choose the classic built-in wall sockets and those who use the top instead, arranging the sockets immediately under the cabinets.
In this sense, a very practical and modular solution is offered by the Chinese brand Livolo.
For each model, it is possible to choose from a wide range of ‘frames’, design electric plates, made in different colors and materials.
The concept behind Livolo is related to maximizing quality at the lowest price. These are objects that are beautiful to look at and resistant over time, which can be combined in various styles and practical solutions. Available supports and boxes, modules with fruits in anthracite, steel, aluminum, and in the colors normal white and ice white.
The user has the possibility to choose which electrical outlet to install according to their needs. Without forgetting perhaps to add the universal socket at each point, very useful for many appliances.
By now the solutions for the kitchen environment are many, practical, and attentive to design.
Have you already taken a look at the Livolo Sockets?