Day 171 – Electrical installation

The electrical installation has been done including all light fittings, power points, switches ducted vents. The garage door has also been installed. The last down pipes are on. The front door has been painted and all internal paint touch ups have been done.  Tiling has been delayed a tad but I’m told will start next week.powerpoint

I’d like to talk about the electrical planning. It was a hard slog to map out the entire electrical plan for the house. Picking hundreds of wiring bits and every single power point was quite difficult.

We were given a $16,000 allowance but we struggled to $6,000 using smart choices and some care. If you love down lights, get ready to enter a world of pain; you pay for each hole in the ceiling, then for each light.  We don’t personally like down lights so we have avoided them altogether. We’ve gone with other lighting sources like pendants, lamps and spot lighting from tracks.

We have also purchased a number of light fittings from other suppliers to give our house a bit more of a personal touch. The M lighting range at the time of our appointment was a little bit limited.

Each room comes with a free double power point. We basically added another power point to each room diagonally opposite the first one. We also added additional power points to the kitchen bench, island bench, and a tonne of them in the pantry where we will have an appliance shelf. We added more to the living rooms and six more to the office.

We tried to walk each room, and we were careful to visualise each light switch and what would be turned on. How do you walk into your house at night? What hall light will help the children find the bathroom? Can two way switches be used?

Added extras:

  •         TV antenna (expensive but includes installation and that is hard when you are a double storey) and comes with a 15 year warranty too!
  •         We also added a water tap to the fridge cavity
  •         A lot of additional double and quad power points
  •         Zoned ducted heating and we added vents to bathrooms (yum!)
  •         Door bell
  •         4 cat 5 data points
  •         Three two-way light switches
  •         Extra phone point
  •         Upgraded meter box
  •         Four outdoor electrical junction boxes
  •         Additional ceiling junction boxes to first floor (in case our lighting needs change)
  •         Additional TV points (just in case)
  •         Additional outdoor PPs just in case
  •         Power point to balcony for Christmas lights
  •         Power point inside bathroom cabinets for electric tooth brushes
  •        Speaker cables in ceiling

A great electrical blog. The prices are still pretty close to current prices

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