When you are buying a light bulb you may have noticed the box says things like “Warm White” or “Daylight White” but what does it mean? . . . . . . and which should you buy?
Light colour is measured using the ‘Colour Temperature’ and is quoted in Kelvins (K).
A higher [read more…]
Have you thought about where your meter box will go?
As you can see from this photo it is often one of the earliest things to be installed . . . . . Don’t like it in the location and its going to cost big dollars to change!
Because the Meter Box is normally at [read more…]
Have too few circuits and you will get the circuit breakers in the Power Box tripping out all the time!
The minimum number of electrical circuits for a new home would be 4/5, as follows;
Lights General Power outlets (GPOs) Hob and Oven Air Conditioning Hot Water Service (Only if Electric)
In my opinion [read more…]
Did you know there are two safety devices in your electricity cabinet to keep you safe?
Safety switches were originally known as Earth Leakage Circuit Breakers (ELCB) but are now more commonly Residual Current Devices (RCD)
These super fast switches (less than 1/20th of a second) cuts the power off the instant a [read more…]
In a previous post on Lighting Levels I talked about using lumens to plan lighting. . . . . but which type of bulb should you use?
There are now 3 types of bulbs in common use
Halogen (A more efficient version of the old incandescent light bulbs) Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) Light Emitting Diode [read more…]
There are two elements when considering Lighting levels for your new house.
Electrical Power (Watts) Amount of Light (Lumens) Watts
In the old days with incandescent bulbs it used to be simple, bulbs came in 40, 60 and 100watts and you were allowed up to 25 watts/square metre of floor space.
Now for your new [read more…]
No Gas Supply? . . . . .Well an Instantaneous Electric Water Heater may be an option.
This is our unit which is tucked away in a wardrobe.
The unit provides all our hot water for washing and showers, only heating the water when we need it, and never running out.
The unit is [read more…]
Electricity demand has dropped so much that Australia currently has at least 3 major coal fired power stations more than it needs! (This year the surplus capacity at peak demand is estimated to be around 8,000 megawatts)
In early July this year there was actually zero demand for power station generation in Queensland, mainly [read more…]