The electric system can be defined only after the exact position of all the units, of the appliances and of the table have been decided. The plan of the electrical system has the aim of precisely defining all the light points, the sockets, the intercom connections, the thermostats, the telephone and the TV antenna sockets. This is the only way for the electrician to create a rational and aesthetically pleasing system.
Often household appliances are connected to sockets located behind the furniture, at 17.5 cm from the floor, making them difficult to access. To guarantee practical socket inspection it is advisable to collect them all together in a single electric board located behind the sink base unit, the only one without a back panel. It is from here that the various power supply lines for appliances and for the back section are managed. It is a good idea to divide the sockets in the electric board and give each a separate switch to prevent a failure of one appliance jeopardising the use of all the other sockets. It is advisable to provide for a cable outlet concealed behind the wall units for a light or for a midway socket.
If a back section is not fitted, provide for sockets on the back panel of the kitchen to connect small appliances. For safety reasons it is best to keep sockets at a minimum distance of 60 cm from the hob and sink.
Due to the fact that the kitchen can also be illuminated by the hood light and by the lights at the bottom of the wall units it is a good idea to collect their power supply under a single switch located on the back panel of the kitchen.
The cable outlet for the hood must be selected in compliance with the type of hood chosen and is usually located just above the appliance so that it becomes invisible.