Re: Electrical plans - feedback2
Jun 26, 2020 10:45 am
Really like your electrical plan was it done by your builder?
You seem to have too many lights in living and kitchen area. You could probably do with 6 in living and 2 in kitchen (as you already have 4 above the island bench).
Upstairs, master bedroom has too many in my opinion. can do with 2 in bedroom and 1 in the bedroom foyer. May be divert the additional lighting to bed 2,3,4.
Re: Electrical plans - feedback3
Jun 26, 2020 2:11 pm
Okay, here are my 2 cents, despite it is missing a lot of important details such as the height and horizontal offset positioning for your power outlets as they positioning should have provided based on your furniture positioning.
I would move the downlight from the above the vanity further towards the rear wall, the light should exactly over your head and a little to the back when you are looking at the mirror. And that you should have separate set of lights either to the left and right sides of your mirror or a wider light directly above the mirror. Same applies to over the vanity lights in your ensuite bathroom (and you will be okay with just one downlight there).
Also, the central light can be pushed a bit towards the bath as it makes sense to place light in the actual center of the bathroom ceiling. Do you really need separate switch for your shower light? For smaller rooms it makes a lot of sense to combine all the ceiling lights on one switch.
It may seem a bit personal, but a good practice is to have wall switches outside for bathrooms and toilets and inside only for bedrooms.
How do you turn on your bedside lights? Switches will be on the bed site lights themselves? One fan batten light most probably won't be enough to light up your bedroom unless it is really powerful light. Do you have spec for it? It is always a good practice to have ability to turn on your bedside lights when you are entering the bedroom, this can be done with GPOs in your case.
No reading lights in either of your bedrooms (generally they are integrated into the wall above the edges of your bed).
It is always a good idea to have a switch for your bedroom ceiling lights over the middle of your bedrest. Very convenient! I can see you have it in your master bedroom (but on the right side rather than in the middle) but not in the other bedrooms.
Good idea to have either downlight above your wardrobe or contact sensor based LED lighting inside the wardrobe.
How would you turn on/off your corridor lights when exiting your common bedrooms?
No TV in any of the bedrooms?
Ability to turn on vent fan while seating on the toilet is a precious option.
Ability to turn off vent fan from the outside of the toilet is another one.
I would move kitchen down lights closer to the bench space and distribute them evenly.
3 lights above your bench space will be enough (I believe those are pendants?)
I don't see under cabinet LED lighting which a big miss. In that case you would definitely need your down lights closer to the kitchen bench and make them adjustable.
Somehow your ceiling lights are shifted to the right and are not properly aligned.
Your living area lighting is the most important aspect of your house lighting design.
You would generally need to consider 2-3 levels of lighting with different lighting schemes and ability to control them from one switch, e.g. it can be family or intimate "dining" schemas, "TV watching" (less lights on, dimmed lighting) or "reading/socialising/kids playing" (more lights on). A good designer will think well about wall and floor lights here based on how and what furniture you will be placing.
You certainly do not have enough power points in your TV area, i.e. not even enough to plug in amplifier and a set of active speakers, but also people generally connect gaming stations, etc. Also, it is a good practice to run at least 40 mm cable channel between your TV and media wall which will be having multiple HDMI connections to accommodate amplifier or speakers and sound bars, gaming stations etc.
BTW having pendant lighting over your dining table is a good practice, too.
Those are just initial thoughts but there may be few dozen of smaller nuances I haven't mentioned. This plan could be better thought out.
Positioning of the lights is just one thing, the more important thing is to spec out your lights in order to understand if you have enough lights as well as positioned them correctly. e.g. IMHO 4K will be too "white" for living areas and master bedroom, ensuites etc. (I suggest either 2.8 or 3K for intimate spaces) but in your kitchen you may even need 5K over your working spaces.
In general, project builder and most of the custom builders approach to lighting is very straightforward and very naive. If you want to do proper custom lighting design, do not rely on electricians or builders as they don't know much beyond basics, but consider hiring a professional lighting designer instead.
Hope it helps.
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