Concealed sockets are the perfect finishing touch for any kitchen, office or prestigious installation. They are particularly useful for kitchen island units where wall space is at a premium or clean lines are preferred.
Before buying a concealed pop up kitchen socket or pull up socket there are a few things you need to consider:
- How much do you want to spend?
- Do you want one that pops up part of the way via a button, or one that pulled up the entire way?
- How much space do you have underneath your worktop?
- What features do you need?
- Do you want it to sit flush in your worktop or be raised above?
HOW MUCH TO SPEND?
There are a number of factors that determine the overall cost of a concealed power unit, for example the style, number of power sockets, extra features and the colour / finish are all key elements that need to be considered.
POP UP OR PULL UP?
A Pull-Up socket performs just as it sounds; it is raised and lowered by pulling the socket up and pushing it down manually, this is place with most entry level units.
Pop Up sockets can be raised by pressing a central button / the top disc which activates the unit to “Pop Up” partially from the worktop and can then be raised the rest of the way by hand.
HOW MUCH SPACE WILL YOU NEED?
The key thing to think about here is the space the unit requires under the worktop, not only do you need to consider the height of the unit itself but also you need to allow some extra space below for the wires & cables to run unhindered.
The other important factor to consider here is the size of the hole required in your worktop, make sure you know the size of hole for the range you are thinking about as they do vary.
WORKTOP HOLE SIZE
SPACE BELOW WORKTOP:
*The depth required is measured from the TOP of the worktop & includes space for the wires/cables to exit the bottom of the unit, so worktop thickness can be taken off this figure.
WHAT FEATURES DO YOU NEED?
240v UK Power sockets are fitted as standard. Our Range has a choice of 2 or 3 sockets.
USB 5v Sockets for charging smartphones and tablets.
To indicate unit’s on / off. Also provides a unique look.
CAT6 Ethernet sockets to allow connection to networks. Male cables routed from underside of the unit.
OPERATIONAL WHEN RETRACTED
Can be fully retracted and used while plugs still connected to unit.
FLUSH FITTING OR RAISED?
One option you may want to consider is to have the concealed pop up socket sit flush when retracted into the worktop. As standard most concealed sockets when retracted have the top raised out of the worktop by around 7mm. Certain sockets like our Milan and Economy ranges can be fitted completely flush in to the worktop when retracted.
All of the units in our “Milan” range come with a flush fit adaptor as standard which provides the option to install the unit flush into the worktop. The flush fit adaptor, like the Milan units, is available in either Bright or Matt chrome to match the unit it comes boxed with. Please note: if installing a Milan unit with the flush fit adaptor you will need a hole diameter of 124mm as opposed to 101mm when installing without.
We have also made this handy comparison chart for our range of concealed Pop up and Pull up sockets which lets you easily and quickly compare the various options in the range to find the most suitable socket for you.
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