Feb 28, 2007 9:04 am
Just a quick question regarding downlights. We are building a Henley house and they include standard battern lights in all rooms, but we are putting low voltage downlights in the entire lower floor (hallway, study, formal living, kitchen, meals, informal living and theatre room). But l was wondering about the 2nd story - should l put downlights in places such as the bathrooms, master bedroom and WIR. What does everyone else do in their new homes? Any advice or opinions?
By the way the downlights range in price from $49 ro $89 so they are not cheap but l am more worried about the overall look!
Thanks in advance,
Feb 28, 2007 10:30 am
We are building a single storey and are having downlights in most parts of the home except the three minor bedrooms, over the kitchen bench, dining, pantry, study, WIR and laundry.
We figured that the three minor bedrooms aren't big enough to warrant four downlights (at 80 bucks a pop) in each room but big enough that two downlights isn't enough. Therefore, we plan to just buy a nice 'shell' to go over the light fittings. I'm not sure what the proper names are so I just call them 'shells'.
Over the kitchen bench and dining area we plan to just install some kind of hanging kind of pendant to define the area more.
In regards to the pantry, study, WIR and laundry we are opting to install spot/tracklights. We figured those areas need light in different areas of the room but we didn't want to pay for downlights (especially in the pantry and WIR) as nobody would see it anyway. And we thought the spot/tracklights would allow us to light up the whole room.
I'd just suggest to look at the physical shape/size of the room and see if the downlights (if you opt to install them) will do the job. And in my opinion there are so many choices for light fittings these days that it's really just a matter of what you really want.
Feb 28, 2007 11:02 am
Putting downlights in the dowbnstairs area is a good move as post contruction installations are a nightmare. If you are worried about cost, perhaps you can get the upstairs ones put in later by a qualified electrician.
If the lights are different to commercially available ones, or only aailable through henley, you might want to bight the bullet. Remember the cost of the light is not the killer when it comes to post construction installs, it is the labour that adds up.
Feb 28, 2007 11:46 am
You might want to check out the post I just typed this week on downlights:
-downlights aren't cheap to run, despite being "low voltage"
-if you want to install energy saving bulbs (CFL's) you'll need the connections to be 240V not 12V.
Second Time 'Round
Apr 02, 2007 10:02 pm
This type of thing:
http://www.jaycar.com.au/productResults ... RM=KEYWORD
Apr 03, 2007 10:50 am
In my opinion, if building a 2 story home, I would only pay the cost of installing downlights in the first level (downstairs) with the builder and install the upstairs later.
Our builder charged each light out at approx $75 each.
We easily spent $2500 just on lights downstairs and could have spent another $2000 upstairs also. We elected to have the builder do downstairs as it cant be done afterwards because of access and do the upstairs after the house is finished.
The cost to do upstairs later and install 30 lights is $750 including installation as opposed to the 34 lights downstairs costing $2500.
I am sure (or at least hope) the builders are using a better quality of downlight than we are upstairs hence the extra cost.
Apr 03, 2007 5:00 pm
I know the with Henley - Plantation you pay twice, for wiring and installing downlights.
If anyone decide for different builder please ask as we paid 40-50$ per point and we have paid that direct to the electrician. In our double story we had 90 light points:
- lights with sensors outside the house
- two standards light in the porch and on the upstairs veranda
- funky lights at the entry and abouve the downlight
- ceiling fans in most of the rooms
- downlights with sensor in WIR
- heating/fan light in the bathroom
- all the house downlights in family and living room we added dimmers.
The good option is to go the the shop with your plans. We went to Beacon and received excellent service. Darryl told as whioch lights are better, which can save money on electricity, and which fans are quiet.
He changed our opinion on few things and suggested really good solution. Remeber they can hear people regrets and mistakes and we want to learn on such stories.
We have spent $4k on the lights, got good $$ deal, and picked up our boxes described which light is going to which room.
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