10 Electrical and Lighting Points to Consider
Post by : favouritehomes
Building a home is a complicated business and every day you discover something new about getting your home together. Though some things might seem like minor issues, they have to be given priority as they can’t be put together after plastering has been done.
Take your electrical fittings for example. Did you know that you have to finish deciding on your electrical points even before the plastering is done! The wiring has to be put in place beforehand itself that is if you want to be up-to-the-mark and have concealed wiring. This also means that you need to decide your furniture layout before itself along with the places you want to fix your kitchen appliances.
Since it takes quite a bit of deliberation, here are some pointers to guide you through the process:
Don’t overdo it
Before putting in your electrical points, you need to have an idea of the function of the room. This will give you an idea of where the furnishing and appliances go, help in deciding where the lighting and electrical points go best.
It can be boring if all lightings are at a high level. To add more interest to the room, mix the levels. You can have standing lights, pendant lights, low-hallway lights, wall sconces, lights with dimmers, etc.
This is the right time to think about adding some automatic light switches. They are best for dark places like the pantry or garage. You don’t really want to spend time groping for the switch when there are sensor lights available. This is the era of home automation so think carefully where you would them installed.
Where you place your power points matters as it contributes to the ease of living. This doesn’t mean you have to place them in exposed areas, however.
Don’t be outdated
Go for lighting points that are the latest trends and also feel practical. You don’t want to go for old fashions as it has to last many years.
They come in many formats like matt, glossy, textured colored, etc. Some even have replaceable buttons with images.
Control panels and Main Power-off switches
These should be placed in unobtrusive areas and sufficiently high so kids cannot reach them.
For appliances like TV, place the switchboard (SB) at low levels, out of sight, as they are rarely used.
If your home is smaller, then go for fewer SBs but with multiple buttons, to create an uncluttered appearance.
Place all the switches on one SB near the door, so you can switch off everything in one go.