Here are 7 electrical tips you should consider when doing a bathroom renovation.
Electrical Tip 1 – Power point positioning
Do you want the power points to be seen or discrete? If installing a vanity its worth considering placing the power point inside the vanity to give the clean look – also great if you want to put your electrical toothbrush on charge, thus not having to leave it on the basin looking ugly.
Electrical Tip 2 – Power point style
Match your power points to the style of your bathroom. If you have gone plain jane on it just use standard power points like a clipsal classic or Iconic, basic but reliable.
If you have splashed out on nice tiles, bath and tapware it’s worth spending the extra few dollars to match and make it look uniform. Say for instance you decided to go with black shower head and black tap ware – how good would a black clipsal saturn zen power point look to top that off?
Clipsal Saturn Zen – Black
Electrical Tip 3 – Heat and extraction switches.
Do you want to add an IXL (Heat, Light, Fan) fitting to the ceiling?
Don’t leave it too late. We experienced this with a recent client that presumed it would work from the existing light fitting – wrong – to add heat and an extractor these are two separate switch wires that need to go from the IXL to the switch. Lucky the walls were gyproc not concrete so we were able to fish the cables down, had this of been concrete and tiled over it was not possible without taking the tiles back off and chasing the cables in.
IXL – Heat, Light, Fan
Electrical Tip 4 – Steam extraction
Now that your dream bathroom is built you want to make sure the ceilings are not going to get moldy in time. There are two types of extractor fans out there, ones that extract straight up to the ceiling space and fully ducted to the exterior of the building.
A. Ceiling space extraction – not ideal, they do the job but just push it into the ceiling space, if the ceiling is too low or a flat roof it will extract, then rebound off the ceiling and back down into the bathroom. Also to consider is dust and debris from the attic can easily fall through from the top causing more cleaning.
B. External ducting – The better choice of the two, this way a flexy duct can be attached straight onto the extractor fan and vented to the outside of your home. No messy dust and debris coming through the ceiling is a sealed unit and less to no steam on your bathroom.
Electrical Tip 5 – Ceiling Lighting
Don’t take it for granted the light will be great from the IXL. Consider placing a few LED downlights in the bathroom on a separate switch. These are great in bathrooms – go the deep dish to take advantage of anti-glare, flush LED Downlights can sometimes give off a glare go with deep dish for better aesthetics and light quality.
Deep Dish LED downlight
Electrical tip 6 – Light Tone & Colour
Daylight (4000k) or Cool white (5000k) would be the preferred choice of colour. If you have white tiles and want to show them off cool white is the way to go, if you find that too white take it back a notch and go with the daylight tone.
Warm – Daylight – Cool
Electrical tip 7 – Vanity Lights
Very simple to do with a wide range of LED strip lights now available. Don’t let the electrician take a shortcut and place the bulky LED Driver in the vanity for all to see. Be discrete and locate it in the ceiling space next to another downlight or above the IXL.
Below is a vanity we fitted an LED strip to at our Darlinghurst project.
We hope you found this information on bathroom renovations informative and you gained value from it to save your $$$$ on your renovation.
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