15 Jul 2022
signs that your home office needs electrical attention

Let’s face it, more than ever before, more of us have flexible work arrangements and often can work from home.  Whether you work in a traditional office or a home office,  it is important to have regular electrical maintenance to prevent potential accidents or incidents, as well as ensure the safety of your family but it can also improve the energy efficiency of your home and help you save on your power bill. This goes beyond the standard tag and test requirements which are generally done on an annual basis.

Whilst having a regular electrical maintenance schedule is likely the best option, it’s also helpful to be aware of the top signs that your office needs professional electrical maintenance. Below we’ve listed the top 4 indicators that imply you should contact a licensed electrician in Brisbane for electrical maintenance and repairs work.

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Flickering Lights

Flickering home office lights might seem like a minor problem, but when it’s a regular occurrence, it becomes a major nuisance and source of distraction. Persistent flickering lights could be associated with headaches, vision issues, and reduced morale and energy levels. It could also increase your electricity costs.

A licensed electrician can diagnose the cause of the issue. For example, is it an issue with the light bulb itself or something more serious like an overloaded circuit? Did you know that too many devices and appliances plugged into the same circuit can lead to a power overload. Alternatively, your circuit cabling could be outdated and no longer be compliant with the current Australian Standards.

If your flickering lights involve more than one room or circuit, your home office likely has a more serious issue. This could be a problem with your cable connections,  faulty switch, faulty light fitting or faulty light bulb or a faulty circuit breaker or a fault in some other power source. If this is the case, it’s best to consult a licensed electrician to undertake relevant repairs right away.

Circuit Breaker Trips Regularly

A circuit breaker that trips can be a common occurrence, however, if it is happening on a regular basis in the home office, it can be a cause for concern. Most often you will simply rest the circuit breaker every time it trips, which means you won’t find out what is actually causing the underlying issue. If the circuit breaker is tripping regularly it is important to find out the underlying cause(s).

In most cases, circuit breakers trip due to either a circuit shorted to ground or a circuit overload. Shorted circuits might be due to electrical conductors. Alternatively, the issue could have its roots in a specific component. A licensed, experienced electrician can carefully review the relevant wiring and connections to identify the source of the issue and repair the problem so your home office experiences minimal interruptions.

Overloaded circuits can be a more complex issue, and a knowledgeable electrician in Brisbane like Allyn White will have the appropriate testing equipment to determine the source of the overload. This will help to minimise the risk of serious injury in the event of a short circuit, protect against electrical overload, and assist in stabilising voltage levels.

Burning Smell When Switching On Appliances

It might seem quite obvious to some but if you ever smell a burning smell when switching on an appliance, you need to call an experienced electrician straight away. Everyone in your house is responsible for the safety of themselves and other family members. The old adage “if you see something say something”.

If your Office Is Located In An Old Building

Older buildings may require regular and more frequent maintenance, checks, and assessments. If your office is located in an older building, your electrical wiring could be decades older than that in a new, modern office building. The insulation around the wiring, too, could be far older and therefore at a higher risk of being worn out.

As such, it’s a good idea to have frequent scheduled maintenance checks by a trusted, experienced electrician. Your electrician can examine older wiring and insulation, replace it as needed, and take measures like installing a safety switch to standard safety. They can conduct the right tests to check the wiring in older builds can safely support the load you’re plugging into.

 

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Installation, repairs, upgrades, and lighting advice for your home and outdoor spaces. No matter what your home renovation plan calls for, you can trust Allyn White.

With over 40+ years of experience in all aspects of domestic, industrial, commercial and emergency electrical work, Allyn will be able to assist with your electrical needs in Brisbane.

For a free quote by a licensed electrician call 0416 235 641 to arrange a time to discuss your electrical needs.

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08 Jul 2022
Don't DIY - Safety Switch - Allyn White Electrical

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Here is a selection of the most commonly asked questions by our customers. Please refer to the answers below and if you have a question that is not here visit our homepage or call us direct on 0416 235 641.

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Q: Are you qualified and licensed?

Yes. I am a licensed and qualified electrician and electrical contractor, with over 40+ years of experience in all aspects of domestic, commercial, and industrial electrical work (small to large jobs) as well as emergency electrical call-outs.

Q: Why hire a licensed contractor?

Peace of mind! Electricity can kill. It is dangerous and illegal to do any work yourself. You can perform a license search to check if your electrician is licensed at Electrical Licence Search (ELIS).

Q: What is a safety switch?
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Safety switches are insurance against electric shock. They shut off the electricity supply when current leakage is detected. This avoids serious electric shock and possible electric burns by stopping the current flowing through a person.

Q: How do I know I have a safety switch?

The safety switch has a ‘T’ or ‘test’ button on the front face. If the devices in your switchboard do not have a test function, they are probably circuit breakers, not safety switches.

Q: Can I install a safety switch?
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No. Only a licensed electrician or an electrical contractor can install a safety switch. DIY electrical work is dangerous and illegal.

Q: I already have a safety switch; do I need additional ones?

You should consider having safety switches installed on all circuits in your home, including power points, lights, air conditioning, oven, hot water and pool equipment circuits, even if they are on a separate tariff.

Q: What happens if I can’t reset the safety switch?

This may mean that there is a fault on the circuit and will need the expertise of a licensed electrician to inspect and repair it.

Q: How often should I test my safety switch?
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The Electrical Safety Office recommends that push-button testing should be done every three months. As a reminder, test them every time you receive your quarterly electricity account or set up a reminder on your calendar. Simply push the button marked ‘T’ or ‘test’. If the safety switch flicks off and cuts the power to the intended circuits, it is working correctly. Check inside your home to see which lights or appliances have been turned off. The circuits turned off by the safety switch test mean they are protected by it. If it doesn’t turn off the power, contact your licensed electrician to check it immediately. After testing, turn the safety switch back on. For circuits with a refrigerator or air conditioner, wait two to three minutes before resetting to avoid possible appliance damage.

Q: How long will a safety switch last?

Under the current Australian standard, a safety switch is manufactured to last for a period of 4000 tests. Unless there is a significant problem with a device, it should last a lifetime.

Q: How do I know if I need extra safety switches?

If you’re not sure after looking at your switchboard, contact your electrician as they will be able to tell you which circuits are protected. Watch this short film that explains some of the differences to look for in your switchboard. View safety switch films.

Q: Will my safety switch always protect me?

A safety switch will turn off the power in a fraction of a second if a leakage of current to “earth” is detected. This can happen if there is a faulty power point or electrical appliance or you accidentally hit a live wire, but there may be instances where it doesn’t operate if a person is not earthed. So even if you have safety switches fitted, it is important to only use electrical equipment that is in good working order and only in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Always check for signs of damage and never attempt your own electrical repairs. Damaged electrical equipment and appliances should either be disposed of or repaired by an authorised service agent or licensed electrician. To ensure a safety switch continues to work correctly, you should self-test your safety switch test every three months. It cannot protect you if it is not working properly. Regular testing is the best way to ensure that it continues to work.

Q: What are my legal obligations?

The Queensland Government has a longstanding commitment to increasing electrical safety in the community by requiring the installation of safety switches on domestic premises. The following situations for domestic homes are required by law in Queensland.

All new homes built or extended after 1992 but before 2000

Safety switches have been compulsory on all new homes in Queensland since 1992. Safety switches must also be fitted to all power point circuits when a new electrical installation occurs, such as a general power outlet (GPO).

All new homes built or extended after 2000

Safety switches have been compulsory on all power point and lighting circuits for new Queensland homes built since 2000, following the change in Wiring Rules.

Homes that have had the electrical installation extended to include additional lighting and power point circuits are required to have safety switch protection on both lighting and power point circuits.

Buying a property

If you buy a property without a safety switch, you must install a safety switch for the power point circuits within three months of a property transfer. This applies to any transfer of domestic premises.

Selling a property

If you sell a property, you first establish if a safety switch is installed for power point circuits, which must be declared on the standard sales contract and Form 24 Property Transfer.

Renting a home

A landlord renting out a home must ensure a safety switch has been installed for the power points within six months of the tenancy agreement if there is not a safety switch already present.

Q: I have circuit breakers. Is that the same thing?
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Circuit breakers protect an electrical circuit by quickly cutting power when there is a high current fault or overload that may cause a hazard. A safety switch is different, it shuts off the electricity supply when it detects a leakage to earth. Circuit breakers are installed to protect circuit wiring and appliances, while safety switches protect people. Circuit Breakers can only be installed by qualified electricians. 

Q: I have new LED lights. Can you install them?
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Yes. We can install LED lights. We can also supply LED Lights if you require them. Ask us for our great rates.

Q: My hot water isn’t working; can you fix the hot water system?

Yes. We fix electric hot water systems.
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Q: What causes electric shocks?
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Faulty appliances, wrong repair and even naked wires can cause shocks. If you are worried about your power points, call a professional to inspect your home for peace of mind or to prevent any problems.

Q: How much does it cost?

The cost for an initial electrical service call is $150 this includes the first hour plus GST plus any materials required, (most small jobs are completed within the first hour) For bigger jobs it would be the initial service call of $150.00 which includes the first hour plus any additional hours required would be charged at $90 plus GST plus any materials required. 

Our charge-out rate remains the same for weekdays, weekends, after hours and even on public holidays.

Q: What areas do you service?

We operate in the inner suburbs of Brisbane which includes Alderley, Ashgrove, Brisbane CBD, Bardon, Bowen Hills, Chapel Hill, Enoggera, Fortitude Valley, Grange, Indooroopilly, Kenmore, Keperra, Milton, Mitchelton, Newmarket, Paddington, Red Hill, Rosalie, Stafford, The Gap, Toowong, Wilston, Windsor.

Q: What hours are you open?

Office hours are 8 am – 6 pm weekdays and most Saturdays or by appointment. If you require immediate assistance, our emergency service can be at most service locations within 30 minutes. We can also attend to electrical emergencies during the weekends and even on public holidays.

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Installation, repairs, upgrades, and lighting advice for your home and outdoor spaces. No matter what your home renovation plan calls for, you can trust Allyn White.

With over 40 plus years of experience in all aspects of domestic, industrial, commercial and emergency electrical work, Allyn will be able to assist with your electrical problems in Brisbane.

For a free quote by a licensed electrician call 0416 235 641 to arrange a time to discuss your electrical needs.

Our charge-out rate remains the same during the week, weekends and after hours, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!

29 Jun 2022

Choosing the right lighting for your home can seem like a daunting task with so many options available, but if your space needs a fresh new look then pendants, are a great choice. Lighting upgrades can upstyle and add value to your home without you needing to break the bank with a costly renovation. A pendant light can work in almost any space, creating a stunning and stylish look while also providing plenty of lighting.

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What to consider when choosing the right pendant light in each room of your home. Let’s take a look room by room.

Dining Room

No dining room is complete without the right lighting to illuminate your space and provide the perfect ambience for every meal. In the dining room, a single pendant light can create a beautiful statement piece when placed over a dining table. For a bolder look, try placing a cluster of pendants or even a chandelier in your dining room instead.

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Hallway

Hallways are often overlooked when it comes to designing and decorating your home, so if you want to create the perfect entrance then lighting is a great place to start. With a pendant light, you can introduce a focal point into the space while also illuminating your hallway with the perfect ambient lighting. Try using a chandelier for a luxurious look or add a cluster of pendant lights if your hallway is on the smaller side.

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Kitchen

When placing a pendant light in the kitchen, consider using clusters to evenly distribute the light. This will ensure that you have ample task lighting when cooking and preparing food. Odd numbers work best when using a cluster of pendant lights, as three provides optimal lighting while four would look too cluttered.

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Living Room

Make a bold statement in your living room with a black pendant light, or for a more natural look install a pendant light with timber details and earthy tones. To ensure you have ample task lighting in your space, try swapping a floor lamp for a group of pendants hung at varying heights in the corner of the room. This can also add a touch of drama to the space and allows you to customise the lighting to your needs.

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Bedroom

In the bedroom, it’s important to have task lighting for reading in bed, but ambient lighting is also useful if you want to create a more relaxed vibe. Placing a pendant light on either side of your bed is a great option as it allows you to keep your bedside tables free of clutter. To add some elegance to your morning routine, place a cluster of pendant orbs over the bedside table, making your bedroom a space you’re excited to wake up in.

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Bathroom

Bathrooms are very functional spaces, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t also be stylish. Adding a pendant light into your bathroom can add a splash of glamour while still providing you with plenty of task lighting. Placing pendant lights beside the vanity can help to illuminate the space while you’re getting ready in the morning. If you are after more of a statement piece, try adding a pendant light over the bathtub. Make sure you speak with your electrician before choosing a pendant for your bathroom to ensure it has the correct IP rating (Ingress Protection) and it isn’t going to be placed within the splash zone.

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Pendant lights are a stylish choice when it comes to both ambient and task lighting and are stunning alone or clustered together. When it comes to ceiling lights, pendant lights are the most popular choice as they can be both decorative and functional lights at the same time.

For lighting advice contact a licensed electrician and only have your lights professionally installed by a licensed electrician.

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Installation, repairs, upgrades, and lighting advice for your home and outdoor spaces. No matter what your home renovation plan calls for, you can trust Allyn White.

With over 45 years of experience in all aspects of domestic, industrial, commercial and emergency electrical work, Allyn will be able to assist with your electrical needs in Brisbane.

For a free quote by a licensed electrician call 0416 235 641 to arrange a time to discuss your electrical needs.

Our charge out rate remains the same during the week, weekends and after hours, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!

17 Jun 2022

Bathroom heating is one aspect of your home that may need attention this winter. Here are some heating solutions and tips that won’t break the bank to make your bathroom warmer this winter!

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Safety First – Only Use Approved Bathroom Heaters

It is important to keep your bathroom warm, comfortable, and safe, just like other rooms in your home.

While some people try portable heaters, not all portable heaters can be used directly in a bathroom. Like all electrical appliances, unless they are specifically designed for bathroom use, they need to be kept away from contact with water and must be IP (Ingress Protection) rated for bathroom use.

Bathroom heaters can come in 3-in-1 bathroom heating configurations. This means you can enjoy a sleek, modern-designed appliance that fills the role of exhaust fan, heater, and light, in one unit. This not only saves you space, but it is also kinder on your electric power bill.

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Benefit Of Using Bathroom Heating

There are many benefits to installing bathroom heating these include:

Staying Warm

The main purpose of heating in the home is to help keep you warm. Most bathroom heaters use infrared heat lamps that quickly heat, making them ideal for small spaces. Bathroom heating creates the right level of warmth in a space that doesn’t irritate the skin or make you uncomfortable. You should allow your heater to warm the bathroom for a minute or two before jumping in the shower.

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Removing Moisture and Odours from the Air

Like standard exhaust fans, bathroom heater 3-in-1 systems remove moisture from the air in your bathroom. If too much moisture accumulates in your bathroom, it can fog your mirrors, make floors and fixtures slippery, and promote the growth of mould and mildew. The fan portion of your heater can draw moisture out of the air and pass it outside your home. The fan will also help remove unpleasant odours from your bathroom when necessary.

Keep Fixtures Dry

Adding bathroom heating will also help keep your fixtures dry and free from mould or mildew. Dry mirrors and fixtures mean less mould and mildew build-up. This also makes cleaning and maintaining your bathroom quicker and easier.

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What Are The Most Popular Bathroom Heating Options That Are Easy On The Hip Pocket?

There are different types of bathroom heating options that you can choose from. You can use a single piece of equipment or use a combination depending upon your bathroom’s size and how much warmth you need. Let’s look at a couple of heating options you can use to make your bathroom warm and comfortable.

1. Bathroom Heat Lamp, Heat Extraction, And Light Also Known As a 3-in-1 Unit

A standard bathroom exhaust fan does extract humidity, heat, and moisture from the room, but they cannot heat in the way a 3-in-1 unit can. Dry mirrors and fixtures mean less mould and mildew build-up. This also makes cleaning and maintaining your bathroom quicker and easier.

Combination Heating Like a 3-in-1

A 3-in-1 bathroom heater is a high quality but inexpensive appliance. They are also energy efficient, meaning you won’t pay nearly as much on your electrical bill as you would think, and are a popular choice when heating a bathroom.

Heat lamps provide both heat and light using an incandescent light bulb. They usually don’t consume more than 200-250 watts and are considered energy efficient to run and easy on the hip pocket and are a popular choice when heating a bathroom.

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Heat lamps can last around five years and make a great permanent solution for small spaces. While the radiation is strong, the range is minimal. They act fast, which means you do not have to wait for your bathroom to heat up!

2. Bathroom TASTIC Heaters

Another type of radiant or infrared heater is the one installed on the ceiling. To be installed in a bathroom, ceiling Tastics are a safe option since they don’t pose any potential threat. The heat lamps heat the space using a Heat lamp bulb. The Tastic also has an exhaust fan to clear steam and moisture which helps prevents mould build-up.

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It is considered an efficient heating option because of its unobtrusive location and even heat supply and gives better performance in terms of heating and safety.

3. Heated Towel Rails

If you’re looking for a little extra comfort during winter and a space-saving storage option for your towels, then heated towel rails are definitely worth it!

These rails are also a great way to tie a space together if you have a compact bathroom space, then installing a heated rail will not only provide space to hang your things but also are a cost-effective heat source designed especially for bathrooms.

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The heat generated is enough to warm your towels and be used to dry your wet towels after use and will also keep the dampness out of your shower mats and towels all year round.

Safety tip: always ensure that your towel rail complies with Australian Standards for electrical safety, check the towel rails’ IP (Ingress Protection) rating, and consult your licensed electrician before purchasing.

Low-Cost Heating Tips To Keep Your Bathroom Warm

1. Turn off Your Exhaust Fan

Turn off the exhaust fan while you’re taking a shower or a bath, this will keep the warmth inside the bathroom. To avoid any moisture, build-up or mould. Remember to turn the exhaust fan back on when you leave the bathroom.

2. Seal the Leaks

To lock in the warm air, seal any leaks in windows and doors this will keep the heat from escaping and keep your bathroom warmer.

Upgrade doors, windows, and weatherstripping. In the winter, ineffective doors and windows leak out heat and moisture. This means energy costs increase and the home environment is less comfortable. Mitigate this heat and humidity loss by installing newer, more efficient windows and doors. If new doors and windows aren’t in the budget, consider using weatherstripping or other means to seal up cracks and keep your warm, moist air inside and the cold, dry air outside.

3. Throw a Rug

To avoid getting cold feet and keeping your bathroom floor warm, consider throwing a cosy plush rug in your bathroom.

4. Add Houseplants

Did you know that by adding houseplants they also add warmth to your bathroom by releasing moisture and increasing humidity levels as well as adding some design style and greenery.

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For all bathroom heating solutions and or installations, always contact a licensed electrician.

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Installation, repairs, upgrades, and lighting advice for your home and outdoor spaces. No matter what your home renovation plan calls for, you can trust Allyn White.

With over 45 years of experience in all aspects of domestic, industrial, commercial and emergency electrical work, Allyn will be able to assist with your electrical needs in Brisbane.

For a free quote by a licensed electrician call 0416 235 641 to arrange a time to discuss your electrical needs.

Our charge out rate remains the same during the week, weekends and after hours, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!

10 Jun 2022

Lighting Ideas to Make Your Bathroom Look Spacious

The lighting in any bathroom is important. However, in a small bathroom, the darker it is, the smaller it feels. No matter its size, a bathroom should always feel bright and open. When installing lighting in small bathrooms, it is important to create a lighting arrangement that fully illuminates the whole space but does not overpower the room, causing it to feel cluttered and even smaller.

A key tip for small bathroom lighting is to think creatively. Move away from traditional bathroom lighting such as vanity lights, and instead, focus on bathroom light fixtures that will maximize the small space for both design and lighting. Whether installed together or separately, lighted mirrors or under cabinet or LED strip lights and flush mount ceiling lights are just some innovative and modern lighting ideas for small bathrooms keeping the room feeling open and well-lit.

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Lighted Mirrors and Cabinets

In small bathrooms, vanity lighting is often overlooked, as the space located around the mirror is limited. Instead, the vanity is usually illuminated by the light cast from a ceiling light, which results in unwanted shadows and splotchy lighting. A great way to create the bright task lighting ideal for a vanity without having to worry about limited space around the mirror is to install a lighted mirror.  

By combining the mirror and lighting into one, lighted mirrors are practical solutions for small spaces. Depending on the size and shape of the mirror, there is either a single light across the top, two lights along the left and right sides, or a halo of light all around the mirror.

Lighted cabinets are another great lighting option–as well as a space-saving storage solution–for small bathrooms. By combining lighting, a mirror, and storage into one fixture, a lighted cabinet is perfect for not only a bathroom with limited wall space but for one with limited counter space and storage as well.

 

Under Cabinet or LED strip lights

In a small bathroom, every amount of surface space counts. Even the space under cabinets and countertops should not be overlooked. Typically, the area under a shelf, cabinet, or countertop is hard to light, resulting in a dark space that inevitably causes the room to feel smaller. To combat poorly illuminated shelves or open counter space located under cabinets, install under cabinet lights or LED strip lights. 

Just like in a kitchen, the counter space surrounding a bathroom sink can often be left dark or in shadows because of cabinets or shelves located above it. By adding under cabinet LED strip lights to the underside of shelves and cabinets, not only does this space become functional but it also makes the bathroom feel larger by diminishing a dark area.

LED strip lights are another great way to add a layer of light to a small bathroom. These LED lights provide a warm glow that is perfect for hard-to-light spaces, such as a vanity or in a recessed niche, because of their flexibility. In addition to the light they provide, strip lights are easily tucked away out of sight for a neat, tailored look that will keep a small bathroom from feeling cluttered.

Flush Mount Ceiling Lights

To keep a small bathroom feeling open and spacious, refrain from installing any large or decorative ceiling lights. Instead, a flush mount ceiling light is the ideal option.

A bathroom ceiling light mounted flush against the ceiling with sleek, clean lines and a white, frosted diffuser will seamlessly blend with the architecture of the room. When illuminated, the diffuser will evenly distribute the light throughout the space to keep the area well-lit. Because of the minimalist silhouette and the even amount of light cast, a flush mount ceiling light will keep a bathroom feeling open and uncluttered.

In addition to fully illuminating the space, the diffused light from the ceiling light will soften the bright light cast from the vanity light or lighted mirror.

Remember to also add in heating in your bathroom design some space saver ideas including installing a wall heater, heated towel rack, and heating lamps. A heat lamp will also help ensure a clean and mould-free space all year round.

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Installation, repairs, upgrades, lighting advice for your home and outdoor spaces…  No matter what your home renovation plan calls for you can trust Allyn White.

With over 45 years of experience in all aspects of domestic, industrial, commercial, and emergency electrical work, Allyn will be able to assist with your electrical needs in Brisbane.

For a free quote by a licensed electrician call 0416 235 641 to discuss your electrical needs.

Our charge out rate remains the same during the week, weekends and after hours, so don’t hesitate to contact us today! 

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03 Jun 2022

If you’re planning a bathroom renovation, it is important to consider both the electrical layout and lighting. Choosing the right lighting has aesthetic benefits such as making the room appear larger, as well as highlighting the features and style of the bathroom.

Because of the increased moisture in bathrooms, there are electrical safety zones for you to consider in your layout as well as your selection of lights and appliances. Here are some electrical tips to consider in the design of your bathroom.

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1. Know your electrical safety zones

In Australia, all electrical work must comply with AS/NSZ 3000, which includes specific requirements for moisture-prone areas. To minimise the risks of electrical hazards in your bathroom, there are electrical safety zones. A bathroom can be divided into four electrical zones which assist with safe electrical placement.

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– Zone 1: Interior of bath or shower space and inside the vanity basin. These are best known as the areas that collect water. Only low voltage lighting is allowed and an IPX7 rating is required for lighting in these areas. Ingress Protection (IP rating) refers to the level of protection against the intrusion of dust, water, or accidental touch from the electrical enclosure.
– Zone 2: Above the shower, bath, or basin up to a height of 2.5M (IPX4 lighting)
– Zone 3: 600mm radius outside of Zone 1 (options include: IPX4, double insulated, low voltage or lights recessed into the ceiling).
– Zone 4: Outside of Zone 2, considered the least restrictive of all zones (no IP ratings).

Typically, 12V IPX7 lighting is the only option for areas in, and immediately surrounding a water source. An example of this is an LED strip light in the shower niche. “The transformer from 240V to 12V will also need to be located in zones 3& 4, to ensure that it, and any 240V wiring, is protected from water exposure.

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If you’re considering where to place light switches and power points, you will also need to pay attention to electrical safety zones. Both light switches and power points must be located in zones 3 & 4, in addition, residual current devices (RCDs) must be used for all electrical sources in the bathroom to reduce the risk of electric shock. Minimum distances and IP ratings for power points and switches still apply to depend on whether they are in zones 3 or 4.

2. Use wall mounted lights around the vanity for better illumination

When it comes to lighting the mirror above your vanity, consider wall-mounted lights (also known as task lights) such as wall sconces or a light positioned above the mirror. These can be in addition to ceiling lights, but they provide superior illumination for things like shaving or makeup application.

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Whilst wall mounted lights are extremely functional, don’t forget vanity lights, or back-lit mirrors. Vanity-mounted lights are extremely popular as they can provide soft, accented lighting for the sink and vanity, as well as minimising harsh, bright light in the middle of the night.

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3. Match power point styles with the rest of the bathroom

It may be something we don’t think too much about but matching the power points in the bathroom with other features such as tiles or fixtures can really add a premium look and feel. If you have a simple white design, then regular white power points can be fine. However, if your bathroom features other colours, it’s worth considering alternatives.

Another consideration is installing a power point inside your vanity as this can give your bathroom design a clean, attractive look as you can charge electric shavers or electric toothbrushes neatly inside the vanity.

4. Consider alternatives to heat, light, and fan combination devices

Shocking as it sounds, there are better alternatives out there to the popular heat, light, and fan combination device. Consider individual systems for each function in your design plan.

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For example, the IXL Tastic heat module does a better job at heating the bathroom than the typical heat lamps in a combo device. Heat modules are also slimline and suit bathroom styles more easily than obtrusive heater bulbs.

Did you know that a heat lamp will also help ensure a clean and mould free space all year round?

LED downlights are also a better, stand-alone alternative, especially anti-glare, flush LED downlights that reduce glare while you are under the lights for better aesthetics and light quality.

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Installing an inline fan ventilates the bathroom more by extracting the heat and moisture from inside and redirecting it outside. This prevents fogging up the bathroom after a shower and potential mould issues. There are also more options for the grill that you can choose, which makes it easier for you to match colours with other accessories in your bathroom as well as choose the size.

5. Consider heated towel rails

If your budget can afford it, consider heated towel rails. This can heat up your entire bathroom, add value to your home and create the ultimate relaxation during the colder months.

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Unlike your toilet or taps, heating is much harder to install post-renovation, and whilst hard-wired towel rails can be installed later, it’s much easier and cheaper to do them before the plastering and tiling are completed.

Contact a Licensed Electrician in Brisbane for Your Home Electrical Maintenance, Repairs, Installations and Lighting advice.

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Installation, repairs, upgrades, and lighting advice for your home and outdoor spaces. No matter what your home renovation plan calls for, you can trust Allyn White.

With over 45 years of experience in all aspects of domestic, industrial, commercial and emergency electrical work, Allyn will be able to assist with your electrical needs in Brisbane.

For a free quote by a licensed electrician call 0416 235 641 to arrange a time to discuss your electrical needs.

Our charge out rate remains the same during the week, weekends and after hours, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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27 May 2022

The electrical wiring in your home is something we all take for granted… when it is working. If you flick a switch and the lights turn on, or you push start on your washing machine and a cycle begins, you just assume the electrical components to your house are working and continue to go about your day. But what if you have bad electrical wiring at home? What if things aren’t quite working as they should?

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Flickering Lights

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Sure, Hollywood movies would have us believe flickering house lights are a sure sign of imminent danger. But it’s much more likely there is a loose electrical connection. If the flickering is contained to a single light fixture, the fix is usually fairly straightforward. If it’s affecting multiple lights or rooms, then the problem is likely further back in the circuit. If it’s the whole house that flickers, the problem may be a supply problem which could also include possible circuit breaker, mains connection box or pole connection issues or incompatibility between dimmers and LED downlights. In either case, your best bet is to contact a licensed electrician to handle the troubleshooting for you.

Hot Outlets

Many electrical appliances generate heat during operation. However, the outlet itself should never get hot. If you notice the heat at an outlet, immediately unplug any cords and do not use the outlet until you can contact a licensed electrician.

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Sparking or Shock

If your sockets are sparking and/or giving you a shock, this is a big sign that all is not good. Give a local electrician a call ASAP as repairs or fixture replacements need to occur as a matter of urgency.

Circuit Breakers Constantly Tripping

Although having a circuit breaker trip occasionally is annoying, it is likely just an overload of your home electrical circuits (and the circuit breaker doing its job!). However, if your circuit breaker is constantly tripping, this can indicate a wiring issue that needs to be addressed.

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Burning Smell

It’s probably no surprise that the smell of something burning should be an immediate warning sign! If the wiring in your electrical system is heating up enough to melt its plastic sheathing, you’re facing an imminent risk of fire and you need to take immediate action. Try to identify the source of the issue, whether at one fixture or the breaker box, and get it resolved quickly.

Also, never try to fix the electrical problems yourself. Not only it is dangerous, but DIY electrical works are also illegal in Queensland. Contact a professional sparkie in Brisbane like Allyn White Electrical and let him handle the problem.

Electrical Safety First

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Electrical hazards can pose a major threat to people’s wellbeing, and so electrical safety around the home is essential. Although electrical work should always be carried out by a professional, it’s important that homeowners can use electrical equipment safely and identify when electrical systems are unsafe or failed.

Basic electrical equipment that everyone should be aware of how to use properly include:

• Extension leads – these should only be used temporarily and when in use they must be in good condition and should be kept away from water.
• Electrical appliances – you should look at all your electrical appliances before using them to check that they’re not broken or damaged and are safe to use. Always turn off and unplug any broken appliances, use a label to remind yourself and others that it’s unsafe to use, and make sure to get it fixed or replaced as soon as possible.
• Power points – ensure power points are switched off before plugging appliances in and don’t use power points that show signs of damage, like visible wires.
• Powerboards – place these in ventilated areas and switch them off when not in use.

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Have a Licensed Electrician Inspect Your Wiring

If you’re unsure if your wiring is faulty, enlist the aid of a professional electrician in Brisbane. A proper electrician inspection reviews the wiring throughout your home. Licensed electricians are knowledgeable in identifying potential dangers and wiring issues. Typically, electricians detect small, seemingly insignificant wiring issues that could become major problems and electrical safety hazards over time.

Contact a Licensed Electrician in Brisbane for Your Home Electrical Maintenance, Repairs and Installations

Best Brisbane electrician | Allyn White Electrician

Installation, repairs, upgrades, and lighting advice for your home and outdoor spaces. No matter what your home renovation plan calls for, you can trust Allyn White.

With over 45 years of experience in all aspects of domestic, industrial, commercial and emergency electrical work, Allyn will be able to assist with your electrical problems in Brisbane.

For a free quote by a licensed electrician call 0416 235 641 to arrange a time to discuss your electrical needs.

Our charge out rate remains the same during the week, weekends and after hours, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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10 May 2022

The more we learn about design, the more obvious it becomes how important it is to have a well-considered lighting plan. Whether you’re simply renovating a zone of your home, undertaking a new build, or even a larger project, read on for some tips to help you create your lighting design plan.

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Why is a ‘lighting plan’ so important?

“Quite simply, a lighting plan details what types of lights and how many you will have in each zone and helps specify what lighting would be placed where.

The important objective in creating a good lighting plan for your home is understanding the function of each room. This way you can consider tasks performed in a space and provide functional and creative lighting.

“There are three basic layers of lighting — task, ambient and accent — and each type meets a particular need.

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Always start with task lighting, which means considering spaces that require specific functional lighting, some examples might include above a kitchen bench, at face level at the bathroom mirror, over desks surfaces or reading areas, and in cupboards.

Then consider ambient lighting, which is the overall illumination of an area. It should create visual comfort. Consider lighting ceilings and walls, a softly illuminated wall can often be a better approach than a bunch of downlights in a room.

“The use of up lighting on a clean ceiling allows the light to reflect is a great way to achieve ambient lighting. For example, a pendant over a kitchen bench with both direct and indirect lighting would achieve both.

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The final layer of lighting is accent, which adds creativity to a room.

“It draws the eye to the visual statements and allows you to get creative. Some examples might be highlighting a painting or a textured wall or adding some colour such as lighting a tree with green light.”

How to avoid mistakes when it comes to home lighting?

“Generally, when people build a house or renovate, they run out of money by the time it comes to lighting and landscaping.

“Often people don’t consider the space well enough before they select their lights. Understanding the function of the room is important. Placement of furniture and even reflections from surfaces like mirrors should also be considered. And too often we use too much artificial light.”

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Top 5 tips to designing your lighting plan:

1. Draw a floor plan

The first step is to draw a floor plan of the area you will be lighting. Make it to scale and include detailed information like window and door positioning, and furniture placement.

This way you’ll have a true sense of the area you’re working with and can more easily determine where your lighting should be positioned and how many to include. For example, you don’t need the same spread of downlight across your full living room, rather you may like to have 2-4 above your sofa (depending on its size) so you can illuminate the area you will be sitting and use less elsewhere. Similarly, on walls where you know you will hang artwork, you can use two wall washers (set closer to the wall) to illuminate artwork.

2. Think about the tasks

Before deciding on any type of lighting, you need to first ask yourself ‘What will you be using the space for?’. Lighting is first and foremost functional, and you need to understand how you will use a space before deciding how much and what type of lighting you need.

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3. Add ambience and accent lighting

Once functional lighting has been locked in, you can get onto the fun part of adding ambient and accent lighting. Think pendant lights, decorative wall lights, LED track lighting, up lights, wall washers, table, and floor lamps. Consider all lighting surfaces like walls and the ceiling. At this stage you’re still just designing where you want light.

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4. Define a budget

The cost of lighting can vary A LOT! As soon as you look beyond mass-produced lighting, you can start adding zeros to the end of the amount you think it should cost.

Don’t be disheartened though, it’s still possible to achieve a fabulous result with various budgets. Our tip is to create a mood board for your space or new home build or home renovation and get clear on the look you want to achieve. This will help you to identify the style of lighting that would suit and then the researching can begin! You can find save vs splurge versions of most lights on the market to achieve the look you want within your budget.

5. Select luminaires (also known as light fittings)

Once you know the type of lighting you need and how many, and what your budget is, you can now get onto the fun part of selecting the light fittings!

There you have it! There’s more to lighting than just deciding how many downlights to put in each room.

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While it’s often forgotten about, lighting can have a profound effect on the look and feel of a home. Hopefully these practical tips are helpful when you build or renovate your home.

Hire a Licensed Electrician in Brisbane

If you need help with testing and installing smoke alarms in Brisbane, contact Allyn White Electrical today. With over 45 years of experience in all aspects of domestic, industrial, commercial and emergency electrical work, Allyn will be able to assist with your electrical problems in Brisbane.

Contact a Licensed Electrician in Brisbane for Your Home Electrical Maintenance, Repairs and Installations

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Installation, repairs, upgrades, lighting advice for your home and outdoor spaces. No matter what your home renovation plan calls for, you can trust Allyn White.

With over 45 years of experience in all aspects of domestic, industrial, commercial and emergency electrical work, Allyn will be able to assist with your electrical problems in Brisbane.

For a free quote by a licensed electrician call 0416 235 641 to arrange a time to discuss your electrical needs.

Our charge out rate remains the same during the week, weekends and after hours, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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28 Apr 2022

Safety should always come first! When dealing with electricity, it is important to take all the safety measures you can. And what better way to find out if your electrical circuits in your home are still in perfect working order than by conducting an electrical safety inspection checkup?

Just because your electrical system isn’t showing any signs of failure, it doesn’t mean that you do not have any existing issues. Serious problems can become major safety hazards and lead to fires, electrocution and even death.

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We all rely on electricity in our daily lives. When your electricity is out it can be a real inconvenience.

Why Should I Get An Electrical Safety Inspection Checkup?

There are several reasons why you should have regular electrical inspections checkups. The most important reason, of course, is safety. Without regular thorough electrical inspections, the first sign that there is something wrong is when there is a major problem, like a fire or an electrical accident.

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By having regular electrical inspections checkups, you can reduce the chances of major electrical faults and reduce your maintenance costs.

An electrical inspection checkup is the only way you can identify any faults or electrical hazards that could be very expensive to fix, regular electrical maintenance ensures safety and that all those minor electrical jobs do not become major ones.

Inspect The Electrical Installations Before You Purchase Your Next Home or Investment Property

An electrical inspection prior to buying a home is an important step to help identify any dangerous electrical situations that may be very expensive to repair once the property has been purchased An electrical inspection can also help you negotiate a lower price if you find any non compliant electrical installations not meeting current Australian Standards or have these rectified prior to your property settlement.

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An electrical inspection is not to be confused with the standard building and pest buyers contract inspections. An electrical inspection is separate to this process. More home buyers are now aware to ask for an electrical and plumbing inspection prior to purchasing a property.

What Will Happen During An Electrical Inspection?

• We will check fittings, switches and powerpoints to ensure that there are no faults and that all are safe, and that the safety switches are operating correctly.

• We will look for any outdated wiring, exposed live wires and check for evidence of any DIY wiring. DIY wiring is illegal and should an electrical incident occur home insurance policies may not cover the repairs. You should always check your situation with your Insurer.

• We will test smoke alarms also known as smoke detectors and ensure they are placed in compliant positions in your home or business and that the smoke alarms installed comply with current fire safety laws. From January 1, 2022, All homes being sold, leased, or having their lease renewed, must have photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms installed in every bedroom, connecting hallway, and on each storey.

• We will check if your electrical switchboard meets the current Australian Standards and that you have adequate safety switches on each circuit.

• We will also review any other electrical systems in your home or business and advise you on any aspects which need electrical repair or attention and identify any potential electrical hazards.

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Other Reasons To Have An Electrical Safety Inspection Checkup

• If the house is over 25 years old.
• If you have old wiring.
• If any DIY electrical work has been carried out.
• After a major storm or flood
• Regular household electrical maintenance

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Hire a Licensed Electrician in Brisbane

If you need help with testing and installing smoke alarms in Brisbane, contact Allyn White Electrical today. With over 45 years of experience in all aspects of domestic, industrial, commercial and emergency electrical work, Allyn will be able to assist with your electrical problems in Brisbane.

Contact a Licensed Electrician in Brisbane for Your Home Electrical Maintenance, Repairs and Installations

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Installation, repairs, upgrades, lighting advice for your home and outdoor spaces. No matter what your home renovation plan calls for, you can trust Allyn White.

With over 45 years of experience in all aspects of domestic, industrial, commercial and emergency electrical work, Allyn will be able to assist with your electrical problems in Brisbane.

For a free quote by a licensed electrician call 0416 235 641 to arrange a time to discuss your electrical needs.

Our charge out rate remains the same during the week, weekends and after hours, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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14 Apr 2022

The spirit of Easter is all about hope, love, and good will. Wishing you all a Happy Easter! 🐇🌸

Sending bright Easter wishes you way ❤

Our Warmest Regards,
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