Renovation and Home Design

Power Tower

I’ve just been for a few days holiday in New Zealand and of course couldn’t resist looking round a new house.

I just had to share this with you as it is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a kitchen for a while

See the kitchen power outlet?

Its that round stainless steel [read more…]

Sensor Switches

Sensor switch

Fed up with lights being left on!

Why not plan some internal sensor switches for your new home.

Unlike the sensor lights commonly used for outdoors its common to have a sensor switch wired into the lighting circuit rather than a combined sensor and light.

For my last house I installed one in the Walk [read more…]

Electrical Abbrevations

electrical drawing

Looking at an electrical plan, or reading an electrical specification, and wondering what all the abbreviations are?

Well here are some of the more common ones you may encounter, many with links to other posts:

3ph – Three Phase Power AC – Alternating Current ACU – Air Conditioning Unit CB – Circuit Breaker [read more…]

Ingress Protection (IP) Ratings

IP rating fitting

If you have bought an outside electrical switch, light, power point, or child proof power point, you may have seen it described with an IP rating. . . . but what does the IP numbers mean?

Understanding The Numbers

Well the IP rating (Ingress Protection Rating or International Protection Rating,) consists of two digits. These [read more…]

Additional Electrical Fittings

Double power point

Most builders standard electrical fit out is fairly pathetic.

A single batten light fitting and a couple of double power points in each room!

I have even seen single power points!

Typical Builders Prices For Electrical Upgrades

Downlights – $130-160 Pendant Lights – $180-$300 Ceiling Fans – $300-$600 Bathroom 3 in 1 fan/light/heat [read more…]

Light ‘Colour’

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?

Colour Temperature

Light colour is measured using the ‘Colour Temperature’ and is quoted in Kelvins (K).

A higher [read more…]

Electricity Meter Box Location

Meter Box

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…]

Electrical Circuits – How Many Should You Have?

circuit breaker

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…]