What does a residential electrician do?

What to Expect From a Residential Electrician

Despite the importance of high-quality electrical work, it isn’t too often you hire an electrician, so when you do it is paramount that you hire a good one. Consider for a moment the amount of electricity you use each day, in the form of lighting, appliances, power outlets and the mass of wiring behind each. An electrical failure can be very disruptive, not to mention dangerous. How often do you service yours?


What Type of Work a Residential Electrician is Usually Involved In?

At Helix Electrical, we specialise in residential electrical work. A residential electrician is adept at working in family homes, apartments or flats to complete a range of tasks. From installing wiring to replacing old switches, here are some more examples of what residential electricians can help you with:


  • Inspect electrical components and check that everything is safe
  • Install wiring and lighting in your home
  • Repair electrical issues
  • Rewire your home
  • Install electrical appliances
  • Add dimmer switches to lights
  • Switching out lighting fixtures
  • Add new outlets
  • Integrate wiring
  • Maintenance and service


If you are planning a new build, get in touch with Helix Electrical early on in the project for us to plan and create all your electrical work for the house. We can install your main power system for the entire house and wire all the outlets and switches in the home, tailoring our approach around your bespoke electrical needs.


Qualified Residential Electricians Never Compromise on Safety

For safety and insurance purposes, it is advised to hire a professional for all residential electrical work, rather than attempting to do it yourself. If you don’t have the expertise you can cause more damage resulting in more expensive repairs. Our trained electricians have the qualifications and experience to undertake all work safely and efficiently. 


Do You Have a Job You Need a Qualified Electrician For?

If it’s electrical, we can help whether it’s installing a home cinema or air conditioning. We take each job as seriously as the next to provide faultless customer care and high-calibre work to provide solutions for all your problems. We pride ourselves on our no hidden tags guarantee so you can be confident we’ll deliver on our promise of schedule and budget. We plan well and deliver each time, without compromising on quality. 

Contact us today to put yourself in the safe hands of Helix Electrical for all your residential electrical needs.

How To Babyproof Power Outlets | Helix Electrical

How To Babyproof Power Outlets


For parents raising babies in modern homes, it can bring with it a number of concerns. Baby proofing homes is an essential step in creating a safe home in order to protect your children from the dangers on everyday items. Water, gas and electricity are some of the areas you may be thinking of precautions for. Today we’ll focus on the latter and discuss how you can baby proof power outlets at home.

Firstly, we understand parents have a spectrum of opinions when it comes to babyproofing. Some believe babyproofing to be unnecessary and a little over the top, some believe it to be of the utmost importance. Wherever you stand on this, let us start by saying that babyproofing your power outlets can be critical for the safety of your child and to put your mind at ease that you have taken the necessary steps to achieve that. You can book all types of electrical maintenance with us.




1 – Putting fingers into plug sockets: This can cause injury or even death in rare cases. Children are naturally curious beings and learn by play and exploration. But this can be dangerous with electricity. Some preventative measure you can take include using plastic safety plugs on unused power outlets to stop infants from playing with them. You can also strategically place furniture to cover plug sockets where possible, for example, behind the sofa or behind a chest of drawers.

2 – Poking metal objects into power outlets: Metal is of course a conducter of electricity and so can be an electrocution hazard. Keep metal objects out of reach so there is less chance of your children trying to put a key or cutlery into power outlets which can have a dangerous outcome

3 – Keep wires and cables fixed in place: Loose cables by power outlets can be a strangulation hazard for young children. Helix Electrical have solutions for you with our neat and safety first approach to reducing risk in your home.




1 – WorkSafe NZ suggests you always choose shuttered or recessed sockets for new inmstallations or upgrades, especially for sockets accessible to toddlers and young children. Contact us today to enquire about upgrading your home with babyproofing in mind.

2 – Put electrical appliances away after use. This will reduce risk in your home and won’t allow your children to grow accustomed to appliances and treat them like toys.

3 – As soon as they are old enough, teach your children about the dangers we have referred to in this blog. Until then, get in touch with Helix Electrical today to discuss the ways in which we can babyproof your home today to make it safe for tomorrow.

What’s The Difference Between Electrician And Electrical Engineer

Electrician vs Electrical Engineer


You would be forgiven for thinking that electricians and electrical engineers do the same thing, give or take. After all, they both work with electricity and electrical products. There is, however, many differences between the two professionals that you should understand. 


Both roles require extensive training to amass a deep understanding in their particular field. Both electricians and electrical engineers must be qualified to do their job.  


Electrician: What they do


A big part of an electricians job is to run electrical wiring to connect homes and various parts of the house. They are experts in installing and repairing electrical systems and problem solving issues with electrical equipment that isn’t operating as it should. An electrician is a hands-on role in which they will visit commercial and residential properties to complete a host of tasks. 


Electrical Engineer: What they do


An electrical engineer is less hands-on, using computer-aided design software to create and manage electrical product design plans. They create design drawings that electricians can use as instructions for installing and operating an electrical system. They also evaluate customer response to products, evaluate and adapt products to improve them, monitor product production, and ensure products function properly. To be an electrical engineer you needs technical skills, including circuit design, advanced mathematics, linear systems, electrical schematics, and analysis. An electrician also needs technical knowledge but needs to know more basic electrical information about how systems work.


But how do you find the right professional for the right job? Whether you are scoping a large commercial project or perfecting your home renovation electrical plan, Helix Electrical have all the answers and solutions you need. We take residential clients as seriously as our big commercial clients meaning everyone receives a great level of care for a good price with a no hidden tags guarantee. 


We take on all jobs from helping to build new homes to renovation work and even maintenance. Our team offers unmatched customer service and are always happy to answer any questions or lend an extra helping hand. It is our communication that often sets us apart from others, with transparency over costs and schedule. 


No matter what you need, Helix Electrical are here for you. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help. If you need immediate assistance, we’re on call 24/7 to help you with all your electrical needs. 

How Much Does An Electrician Cost?

What does an electrician charge?


When you are looking for a trusted electrician to employ to complete a job in your home or commercial property you’ll want someone who first and foremost will do a great job and secondly you’ll want to know how much this will cost. Balancing quality with budget can be problematic which is just one reason using a reputable and well-known company such as Helix Electrical is recommended.


Sometimes, independent contractors can inform you of their hourly charge which is commonly between $50 and $100, with specialist jobs costing a little more than that. The problem with this is you don’t know how long the job will take and leaves an open-ended question over how much you’ll be charged at the end. If you would prefer a clear outline of costs and schedule from the get go, that’s exactly what we offer.


Our no hidden tags guarantee on projects means you can feel secure in the knowledge that we will complete the job to an agreed schedule, for the price set out at the start and, most importantly, to the highest standard. Up front, honest and crystal clear pricing comes with the guarantee of sticking to the original quote or we’ll take the amount off your final bill. 


Who do we work with?

We love working with business as they are the backbone of our nation. At Helix we understand the need to run a business efficiently and stick to a budget. We work with commercial clients to provide large scale projects as well as ongoing maintenance. Our commercial service offering includes electrical support for daily running equipment, machinery, devices or emergency lighting in new construction or commercial renovation projects. No matter the size or complexity of the job, we can prepare you to get your job done on time, every time with the right experience. 


We also take private clients as seriously as our large commercial clients. Building a new home or renovating means additional support from our experienced electricians in Auckland will make your project easier to manage. We will always listen to any questions or concerns you may have – remember that there are no stupid questions.


No matter the scale of the job you will reap the rewards of working with Helix. So reach out to Helix Electrical today. We are on call 24/7 to help you with all your electrical needs. Contact us now and receive quality work for an affordable price.

Considerations when looking for an electrician

It isn’t easy to decide on contractors to undertake work on your commercial or residential buildings. You’ll want an electrician who is not only going to complete the job to the highest standards but also do so on time and to the budget agreed upon. What other considerations should you be looking out for when hiring an electrician

Registered and Skilled

Always use a New Zealand registered electrician who knows the industry inside out. You can usually find this out on their website and can ask to see their Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) licence. 


In commercial electrical work, reliability is key. Whether it's everyday equipment, machinery, fixtures or emergency lighting, we are always ready to get the job done on time and deliver the right experience. Are you planning to renovate or build new? Wiring, lighting and heat pump/air conditioning are located in our clever area. With Helix, we can help you realize your vision, big or small.   

No Hidden Tags Guarantee

We have a firm no hidden tags promise on all our projects, otherwise we will deduct the amount from your final invoice. We won't hide hidden tags in our quotes just to "get the job done" only to find that the final bill suddenly exploded at the end of the project. We guarantee that there will be no surprises and you will feel good at the end of our engagement. It's important to us to be honest and transparent about what you're paying for from day one. We know all the hidden costs that can potentially accumulate with normal billing. We won't be one of those hidden costs for you. 


A sign that an electrical company is proud of their work and, most importantly, the customer is happy too, is when they have testimonials on the company website and plenty of 5 star reviews. Look out for recent projects they have completed for signs they are busy and sought after.

Why Choose Us

We tick all of the above boxes and more. With years of experience and a huge catalogue of jobs behind us, we are ready and willing to take on any electrical work you require. From maintenance to full commercial fit-outs, get in touch with us today and we will be happy to discuss any work.