Light and Power Installation
Selecting the right type of lights for a room can take some time. Not only does it have to look good but we have to make sure the correct type of light is coming from it. Basically, 3 types are available.
1. First, there is LED lighting. This has come along in leaps and bounds over the past few years and for good reason. It’s cheap, safe and long lasting. LED stands for Light-emitting diode. And the main advantage it has over its competitors is it uses a fraction of the power. Most LED lights operate between 3-12 watts. Compare this to one halogen lamp using 50 watts and you can begin to see the savings.
2. Halogen lamps have probably been around the longest. The reason they use so much power is they are heating a very fine filament at ridiculous temperatures to produce the light. This floor in the halogen down lights was uncovered when the government introduced the insulation bats scheme. Unfortunately, when they were laid on top of the halogens this heat was so intense it caused fires to start. Now when you install the halogens they must have heat guards and good clearance from the insulation bats.
3. Compact fluoro lights (CFL) are also a very energy efficient option. they tend to take up to five minutes to reach their full output of light, so they are not really practical to be constantly turned on and off. A downside of them is they do contain mercury so not great for the planet once they expire and need to be disposed of in the correct way.
When installing new power point the main task is you need to get a cable from the desired location to where an existing power point is. If it’s on a cavity wall and there is a roof space or sub-floor access then it can be relatively simple. If it’s in a unit with no access you are left with 2 options. Firstly you can run surface duct which the cable is encased in. Secondly, you can chase the cable into the walls with a machine that cuts a channel in the wall with 2 grinding discs. The problem with the second option is you then have to patch and paint the wall.