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Where should the plug be located when you are installing an electric fireplace and fire against a flat wall?

April 19, 2011

Ideally the plug for your fireplace should be located behind the fire surround, in a region that cannot be seen. All electric fires can be controlled from the canopy (top of fire) and there should be no real reason the need to use the main plug socket where the fire is plugged into. At Creative Fireplaces, our fire surround down lights are controlled by a hidden switch under the header of the fireplace. Hence, yet again there is no real need to use the switch the downlights are plugged into.

Useful things to note:

1. When installing electric fireplaces with downlights, you will need two plug sockets (it will not run off one socket)

2. If you are installing the fire against a flat wall, then it is a good idea to have the thinnest plug socket possible

3. As your fireplace and fire are recessed against a flat wall, then the fireplace will need to have a large enough rebate to accommodate the depth of your inset electric fire. The rebate is the distance from the back of the wall to the “front” of the back panel. Hence, it is the recess depth available to accommodate an inset fire when a chimney is not available