It is nearly 9pm on a Friday night, Cam is out on the town with his mates for the night, the boys are in bed, one glass of wine has been consumed and I have been staring at this computer screen now for 1 hour (well, that’s not entirely true, I have been watching the box too and trying not to laugh at Gary Mehigan every time he says “spotted dick”, juvenile, I know)
So here goes… the dreaded electrical appointment. The time when you go and spend exorbitant amounts on tiny little lights and powerpoints.
“Yes, add 6 more lights to that room please, another double powerpoint there and there, and here's my right arm and left leg to pay for it all” LOL.
Cam and I spent a lot of time thinking about the electricals, we had grand plans to put in the minimum amount of lights (battens) then get
Cam’s Dad who is a sparky to help make them into downlights later one. We went along to Habitat Consultants with our house plans with powerpoints, internal and external light points and switches all nicely colourcoded…Hmmmmm
So in the end here’s the damage…
- 4 Junction boxes for future lights to the front of the house
- Extra exhaust fan for the boys toilet upstairs (LOL)
- Prewire for ceiling fan in grand outdoor room
- 64 additional downlights spread throughout the home ($101 each)
- Most existing battens moved and converted to downlights
- Provision for 2 pendant lights to be hung above the dining table
- A few dimmer, 2-way switches
- Provision for future evaporative cooling
- Provision for future downstairs split system
- Spotlights for outside x 4
- Extra light circuits
- Bigger meter box
- Upgrade all powerpoints and switches to Slimline (remain white in colour)
- Stair lights in the wall and provision on ceiling above stairs for feature light
- Waterproof powerpoints at back
- Surge protection
- One additional TV point upstairs
All up these cost in excess of @10,000 which is mindblowing…
On top of this we upgraded the ducted heating to a 4 star
Bonaire system, with a remote control to use upstairs and added 2 additional ducts to the Ensuite and bathroom (the cost of this upgrade for the Nelson design was about $1800 but well worth it in my opinion).
The one thing that I was disappointed about was that we weren’t able to use the new technology LED downlights as they were an additional $100 a light than regular halogen downlights. Hopefully over time we will be able to replace these lights with LED, they are so much more energy efficient and I feel a sense of guilt at installing such energy hungry downlights, especially cause I am an environmental science teacher by trade!!!
However, as we paid our deposit prior to 1st May 2011, the new regulations regarding only being allowed to have an average of 5 watts per square metre doesn't apply to our build. Whilst I totally understand why such stringent regulations have been implemented, I am a bit relieved that we didn’t have to consider this on top of everything else.
I guess in time we will have to post photos of what lights we are thinking for the dining table and stairwell.
LET THE SHOPPING BEGIN ;)