I'm offering my free expertise as an electrical building services engineer with >12 years experience in lighting design in the built environment, to assist you with lighting design for your new home or renovation. My professional experience is mostly in buildings other than single dwelling houses, but lighting design principles are fairly universal, and I have built and renovated my share of houses that I have done some fairly creative lighting installations with.
I realise that it can be very expensive to hire an independent lighting designer as it would probably cost as much as some people's entire lighting budget for an everyday new home. So feel free to ask away, any lighting related question is fair game.
The intention is that as this thread develops, the most common domestic lighting queries (e.g LED downlights) will have been discussed at length, so I encourage you to read through the thread before posting questions, as it is possible that your question may have been asked by somebody else and answered. There should also be some good general lighting info to pick up along the way.
Everyone remember to play nice.
Forum moderators may feel free to make this a sticky topic if they wish.
Disclaimer: This thread is not to be considered as professional advice. I do not accept liability for any comments made or any advice given, it is purely my opinion. Acting on any comments or advice provided by me is entirely at your own risk.
Remember that all electrical work in Australia must be performed by a licenced electrical contractor.