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FPB Today : 10 tips to consider when creating your electrical plan

Building a new home can be stressful and time-consuming, but putting together a well-thought-out electrical plan before you start building can save you time and money later down the track.

Make sure you listen to your electrician – they’ve seen it all before, but for some additional tips, we checked in with the team at NZ Trade Group to hear what they had to say:

  1. How do you want your home to look?
    Get a clear idea of how you want each room to look from a visual standpoint, then consider how lighting can support this vision, as features such as dimmers and mood settings have a huge impact on the feel of your home.
     
  2. Be smart: position lights in work areas
    Think about the areas in your home where you’ll need good lighting, such as above benches and desks.
     
  3. Don’t forget smoke detectors
    Make sure you install long-life photoelectric type smoke alarms in bedrooms, living areas, and hallways on every level of your home.
     
  4. Think about the future you
    If you’re planning on growing old in your new home, consider your older self. Don’t be scared to install powerful lighting, as you can use dimmers in the meantime, and also consider the positioning of light switches.
     
  5. Carefully consider your power points
    Think carefully about where to position power points – it’s better having too many than having to rely on multi-boxes. Also consider installing power points with USB charger ports built in – these are great for the kitchen, study and bedrooms.
     
  6. Lighting up the outdoors
    If you’re an outdoors person, you may want automatic lights or sensors, or waterproof power points on the deck for entertaining.
     
  7. Don’t leave anything for later
    If you’re building a new home, having the electrician install everything at the time of build is much more cost effective than having them come back. Consider installing the correct wiring for items you are planning to get later on, such as spa pools, speakers or air-conditioning.
     
  8. Pay special attention to your bathroom
    Think carefully about the electrical needs and lighting configuration in your bathrooms, such as where to place power points, lights and extraction fans. Talk to your electrician about the best lighting to have around mirrors, so you have enough lighting for applying make-up or shaving.
     
  9. Don’t stay in the dark
    Position the main switchboard in a place that is easily accessible, in case the circuit trips and you have to find it in the dark.
     
  10. To follow the trends, or to break them?
    It’s easy to get caught up in the latest lighting trends, but if you’re planning on staying in your home for a while, don’t just think about what’s in fashion now.

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