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Décor & Inspiration

Eight Electrical Considerations for Your Home


Often, we won’t consider the positioning of electrical power points until we’re standing in an unfamiliar room, trying to locate the inconveniently placed outlets as our phone swiftly loses charge. The truth is, power point placement matters, and will have an impact on how conveniently you can complete tasks that require power within your home. The assignment of double power points throughout your entire home is a standard inclusion for every Arden home.

To help you make informed decisions on the placement of your power points, we’ve listed eight top considerations for you to keep in mind when finalising the electrical appointment of your home.

  1. Practical power point placement

When selecting the placement of your power points, consider the layout of furniture that will feature in your home and what electrical requirements they will have. For example, it’s most practical to position power points beside beds for bedside lights and phone charging. If your bedrooms feature desks or tallboys that will be hosting lights, laptops or televisions, it’s important to have a power point placed near these too. Additionally, a wide range of appliances are used in the kitchen and pantry, so try to plan in advance where these appliances will likely be placed, and position power points accordingly. The same rules apply to the rest of your home.

  1. Lighting types

What types of lighting will you want featured within your home? And where would the best switch location be for these lights? While you may opt for downlights in your main living areas, do you want pendant lights in your bedroom or feature lighting above the dining table? You may also like the dimmable feature for lighting within the entertainment and living spaces of your home. These considerations are all highly important and will impact the brightness and style of each room.

  1. Data and Wi-Fi

In such a digital-focussed world, determining the data and Wi-Fi needs of your home is crucial! Will everything in your home run on Wi-Fi or will you need a data point? Or, perhaps you’ll need additional data points in the study and entertainment areas for quick connection to computers and gaming consoles. Depending on the size and positioning of your home, you may also need additional Wi-Fi points throughout your home to ensure instant internet connection in all rooms.

  1. Home automation 

An increasing trend among homeowners, home automation offers maximised convenience. It allows you to control the security, lighting, climate control, water and entertainment features of your home from one centralised control panel – and even from your phone. If you’re looking to implement home automation features within your home, particular integration methods need to be put in place so organising these requirements in advance is essential.

  1. Control panels

From heating and cooling, to home automation, security systems and switch boards, many technologies and features within your home require a control panel. While some can be integrated onto a centralised control panel, it’s important that you establish the most practical, convenient and appealing location for these panels before their installation – we’re confident you won’t want one positioned alongside your hallway artwork!

  1. Fans and aircons

Cooling systems are vital within Australian homes due to our hot summers. Implementing an effective cooling system will noticeably impact comfort within your home during the summer months. So, what cooling options are you opting for? Ceiling fans, air-conditioning units or evaporative cooling? Your preferred method of climate control within your home will need to be decided in advance so that the appropriate fixtures, fittings and wiring can be implemented.

  1. Sensor lighting

To make activities throughout your home more convenient, you may like to install sensor lights that switch on automatically when they sense movement. Areas where sensor lights may be useful include the driveway, pantry or butler’s pantry, wardrobes and staircase.

  1. Security systems

Are you looking to implement security systems throughout your home? Alarms, doorbells, intercoms and security cameras all require certain fixtures, fittings and connections, so it’s important to think about which security features you’d like to implement throughout your home.

Book your personalised inclusions tour with Arden Homes today, and let our expert New Home Consultants advise you on the positioning of power points and other electrical and lighting outlets within your home.

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