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,
Allyn and Stella White

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04 Mar 2022

Right now, many of us have already been affected by devastating floods, and many more are at risk over the coming days. Our hearts go out to those who have been impacted. Stay safe!

It’s crucial you stay up-to-date for further warnings and advice through:

– Bureau of Meteorology
– Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
– Queensland Police
– ABC NEWS or your local radio station

Call 000 for life threatening, critical or serious emergency situations only!

PROFESSIONAL ELECTRICIAN IN BRISBANE & SURROUNDING SUBURBS

If you’re searching for the best licensed electrician in the Brisbane area and surrounds (Alderley, Ashgrove, Bardon, Newmarket, Paddington, Stafford, The Gap), look no further than Allyn White Electrical.
We are available to respond to emergency calls.


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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Clean-up After a Flood

It’s important to clean-up safely after a storm and flooding.

  • Report fallen, low or damaged power lines to the emergency services and stay away from them.
  • Stay away from electrical signs, streetlights, electrical cables, foil insulation or other conductive material that may be lying around your house.
  • Stay away and don’t touch switchboards if they are damaged by water, fire or if lightning is close, and warn others to do the same.
  • Don’t do your own electrical work – it’s illegal and dangerous. Always use a licensed electrician, you can check your electrician is licensed using our Electrical Licence Search (ELIS)..
  • If you have a solar power generating system, avoid getting on the roof keep away from solar panels and their cables.

Electrical Appliances and Equipment

Using water-damaged equipment can cause electric shocks and fires so make sure you:

  • Dispose of water-affected electrical items, such as kettles, toasters, and televisions.
  • Have a licensed electrician check all water-damaged hard-wired electrical appliances, such as air-conditioning units or stoves, intended for reuse. This safety check may be required before the power supply can be reconnected.

More on electrical equipment.

Property or Connection Damage

If your property or connecting line has been damaged by the storm or flood, you may need verification tests on your switchboard, wiring, equipment, and appliances to be carried out prior to reconnection to ensure the electrical circuits are still working.

A licensed electrician will need to perform this task and a certificate of test will ensure your local electricity distribution entity can reconnect your service.

Queensland Disaster management has more information about storm safety and actions to take before, during and after a storm.

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

Best Brisbane electrician | Allyn White Electrician

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!

We are available for emergency calls.

Source: electricalsafety.qld.gov.au and disaster.qld.gov.au

24 Feb 2022
Some areas in our homes are often overlooked in spaces like hallways. Lighting is key to transforming a space and creating that WOW factor and feel.
While you’re busy configuring the light fixtures and ambience for the rest of your home, here’s a friendly design reminder: Don’t neglect your hallway space. While some may dismiss the hallway as a space that’s simply meant for walking through, it’s so much more as it often serves as the first impression of your home so give it a focal point on entry.

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PROFESSIONAL ELECTRICIAN IN BRISBANE & SURROUNDING SUBURBS

If you’re searching for the best licensed electrician in the Brisbane area and surrounds (Alderley, Ashgrove, Bardon, Newmarket, Paddington, Stafford, The Gap), look no further than Allyn White Electrical.


When looking at your hallway design, you shouldn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach. Just like for the other spaces in your home, there are three types of lighting to consider when lighting a hallway. The first is the ambient lighting. This is the overall light that allows you to use the space, and it functions as good daylight would.

Next comes task lighting. This is the illumination that allows you to perform specific actions. If we were talking kitchens, this might be chopping and mixing; in the living room, it could be reading or sewing, for example. In the hall? If it’s big enough, you might have a desk area in which to work, but even in a small hall, you might need concentrated light to check if you have your car keys or tie your shoelaces before leaving your home.

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Finally, there’s a feature or accent lighting. This draws attention to a particular aspect of the space. When lighting a hallway that focus could be artwork on the wall, a mirror, or perhaps a piece of furniture. However, it could also be used to wash light over a wall, for example, to create a decorative effect that adds interest to the space.
Top 5 key things to consider for your hallway lighting design.

1. Review the height of your ceiling before you buy

If your hall has a high ceiling, go for suspended lights or a chandelier – traditional or modern – to introduce a focal point in the space. Recessed ceiling lights can be a good solution if the height of the hall isn’t generous, as can scaled-down downlights.

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2. Create a focal point with hallway lighting

Let your hallway lighting do the talking with a simple design that catches the eye. A clear shade that shows off the bulbs won’t look obtrusive in a small or narrow hallway. As there is often little room for furniture, hallways can be rather drab. Interesting light fittings are a great way to add interest and set the tone for the rest of your design.

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An oversize pendant will add a decorative flourish without compromising the space. If you have space for a small console table, a table lamp adds a note of warmth and inviting welcome to your home.

3. Choose different light sources to serve different purposes

When it comes to lighting a hallway it’s important to think about the atmosphere you’re looking to create. You may want a top light for practical, day-to-day use and a table lamp for a warmer, more atmospheric feel when your guests, family and friends come over. The combination of both within a space allows for versatility while adding interest and texture.

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The hallway is the entrance to your home, so it’s vital to create a warm, inviting feel the minute you step through the door. To avoid a gloomy, dark corridor ensure your lighting comes from several sources. A pendant hung at the beginning of the hallway will only throw light down onto that section, so consider the addition of wall lights to create a pool of light running along the corridor.

4. Use wall lighting to illuminate specific space

This is one of the best hall lighting ideas for those blessed with a bigger hallway! In addition to adding a touch of sophistication, wall lighting is a great option if you need to illuminate a specific space – perhaps a coat storage unit or console or hallway table. As well as serving a practical purpose, they are a nice alternative if you want to create a statement look but don’t have a high enough ceiling for a chandelier or pendant lighting.

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5. Keep it subtle

For a more subtle glow for small spaces, consider a wall light (these can be installed with or without a dimmer switch) as the wall light will cast light downward giving your hallway space a cozy feeling.

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

Best Brisbane electrician | Allyn White Electrician

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!

Source: realhomes.com

18 Feb 2022

Reasons Why You Should Never DIY Electrical Work

With advanced technologies these days, it’s easy for us to find DIY videos online, on how to fix electrical problems in our homes. However, tinkering with cables can be dangerous if done by an unqualified amateur. This is when a licensed electrical contractor or a professional electrician in Brisbane can help you.

PROFESSIONAL ELECTRICIAN IN BRISBANE & SURROUNDING SUBURBS

If you’re searching for the best licensed electrician in the Brisbane area and surrounds (Alderley, Ashgrove, Bardon, Newmarket, Paddington, Stafford, The Gap), look no further than Allyn White Electrical.


Whether you are looking to repair your existing electrical wiring, or you want to give electrical supply to a new house, it’s never advisable to carry out any electrical jobs on your own. You should always remember that electricity handling is a specialised industry, and requires qualified trade professionals.

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Professional electrical contractors offer you quality commercial and residential electrical installation, repair and maintenance services.

Is it Worth Saving a Bit of Time and Money?

You might think that skimping on professional workmanship will save you a couple of bucks (and a little bit of time), but you can’t be so sure when it comes to electricity. Its unpredictable nature means it should only ever be attended to by a licensed and qualified tradesman.

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Something so seemingly simple as a flickering light or tripping safety switch is still likely to be beyond your abilities, and the damage from unqualified electrical work can cost you more than you would have invested in the first place.

Reasons Why You Should NEVER DIY Your Electrical Work

Electric shocks and high voltage electrical injuries can lead to death. It’s that simple. The temptation to DIY your electrical problems to save money is just not worth the risk when you can ensure everyone’s safety with work from a professional.

Electrical work can be complicated and is always best left to the professionals to avoid some of the following risks:

It’s Illegal to Do Your Own Electrical Work in Queensland

In Queensland, electrical safety inspectors investigate and prosecute unlicensed work.

Aside from being illegal, people who perform unlicensed and DIY electrical work risk contact with electricity, which can have deadly consequences for them as well as for the users or anyone else who comes into contact with the electrical installation or equipment which may accidentally be left in an unsafe state. This danger may not be immediately apparent and often only becomes evident in a fault situation, or may develop over time.

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Major property damage from an electrical fire is also a risk and if it was the result of illegal electrical work, your insurer may refuse the claim.

No Training or Licence

Qualified electricians have the proper training and licences that not only make sure they are safe throughout the repairs, but all occupants are as well. If you are not a licensed electrician, any repairs you make may land you in trouble. Professional electricians will likely save you time while lowering the risks present when dealing with electricity.

DIY Electrical Work Has Hidden Dangers

Many electrical components sit within the walls of your home, of which the exact schematics may not be known to you. There may be a range of hidden connections that, if disturbed, can cause potential dangers and the possibility of surprise electric shocks. Professional electricians ensure that cables are installed in safe locations to avoid accidents.

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Fire Hazards

Electrical faults from defective repairs can lead to house fires. Your DIY knowledge level can create a risk of significant damage if your repair fails to meet the set standards. DIY electrical repairs can easily mean faulty or exposed cabling, which can lead to a short circuit and potential electrical fire.

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Electrocution

When handling your own electrical repairs, you are at a high risk of electrical shock. In some instances, electric shock can be mild, but a high voltage shock can lead to significant injury or death. Appliances such as ovens have a higher level of voltage, and a slight mistake when working on these implements can lead to fatal electrocution.

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More Significant Costs in the Future

If you are not a qualified electrician, small mistakes or quick fixes can lead to other, more expensive problems down the track. Electrical mistakes often have future implications, and most DIY projects involve trial-and-error, which, when it comes to electrical work, can be hazardous. A lack of understanding of your electrical circuits can lead to disastrous situations that will have you calling a professional anyway.

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

Best Brisbane electrician | Allyn White Electrician

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!

Source: fluorescentmanlighting.com, kennerelectrics.com.au, briggselectrical.com.au, electricalsafety.qld.gov.au

08 Feb 2022

Since everything we use these days runs on electricity, most homes have multiple power outlets and/or power boards in every room that are used constantly. But is it safe and do you have enough powerpoints to support your electrical needs? This is why you should always exercise extreme caution whenever you’re dealing with electricity. Never overload your electrical powerpoints.

PROFESSIONAL ELECTRICIAN IN BRISBANE & SURROUNDING SUBURBS

If you’re searching for the best licensed electrician in the Brisbane area and surrounds (Alderley, Ashgrove, Bardon, Newmarket, Paddington, Stafford, The Gap), look no further than Allyn White Electrical.


These days, we demand a lot from our powerpoints with more and more appliances that we use in our homes on a daily basis. Not only is it unsightly (that’s why they’re behind the sofa, right?), it can pose a dangerous hazard as well.

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What Is an Electrical Powerpoint Overload?

Electrical power points and electrical circuits are designed to handle a limited amount of electricity. Circuits are made up of wiring, a breaker (or a fuse, in old wiring systems), and devices (such as light fixtures, appliances, and anything plugged into an outlet). The electricity usage of each device (when running) adds to the total LOAD on your PowerPoint and the circuit. Exceeding the rated load for the circuit wiring causes the circuit breaker to trip, shutting off the power to the entire circuit.

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How To Spot A Circuit Overload

Every household’s meter box contains a series of overload protection devices, which are designed to cut power to particular circuits when the amperage has been exceeded. Generally, the two main devices are fuses and circuit breakers.
The most obvious sign of an electrical circuit overload is a breaker tripping and shutting off all the power. Other signs can be less noticeable:

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• Dimming lights, especially if lights dim when you turn on appliances or more lights.
• Buzzing outlets or switches.
• Outlet or switch covers that are warm to the touch.
• Burning odours from outlets or switches.
• Scorched plugs or outlets.
• Power tools, appliances, or electronics that seem to lack sufficient power.

If a fuse or circuit breaker blows or trips in your meter box, then it usually means there is a problem with the circuit. This can cause an electrical overload that can lead to major electrical problems.

How To Protect Your House Against An Overload Electrical Circuit

 

Never Piggyback On Too Many Appliances

Many older style homes have only one or two power points per room, so the temptation is to plug in a double adaptor or power board to increase the number of outlets. This is quite acceptable, providing they are used in moderation.

The problem occurs when people piggyback one double adaptor on top of another or plug double adaptors into power boards and even power boards into power boards. This is guaranteed to exceed the circuit’s amperage and is a house fire waiting to happen.

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The alternative is to only use appliances one or two at a time, to turn appliances off or unplug them when not in use, or ideally to have an electrician install another PowerPoint in the room.

Know Your Electrical System

Your home’s electrical system is potentially more complicated and dangerous than you realise.
The best way to avoid overloading your power circuit is to know what circuits run through which part of the house and what powerpoints belong to which circuit. This way you can easily avoid demanding too much from your power circuits.

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Familiarise yourself with the location of your power meter, fuse box and switchboard. But most importantly, if you are ever concerned or have any electrical problems in Brisbane, let a licensed electrician like Allyn White Electrical to take care of it and never try to do any electrical DIY works yourself.

Have Electrical Items Tagged And Tested

At Allyn White Electrical we also offer (test and tag) tagging and testing services and will test your power boards and portable electronic equipment. We will also look for noticeable damage and will perform electrical tests to look for polarity, earth resistance, leakage current and insulation resistance. We will then tag them to confirm their safety.

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Organise An Electrical Safety Inspection

Organise for an electrical inspection with Allyn White Electrical to check on load levels which is the best way to protect against overload. As a licensed electrician and electrical contractor, Allyn White Electrical will also be able to suggest an electrical design solution that best suits your needs and prevents you from having to resort to unsafe methods of powering your appliances.

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

Best Brisbane electrician | Allyn White Electrician

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!

Source: platinumelectricians.com.au, thespruce.com, gordonpowers.com.au, fusecontracting.com.au, peakvoltage.com.au

03 Feb 2022

The humble ceiling fan could be the answer to keeping your home cool during our hot summer months!

When it comes to choosing a practical and stylish cooling solution, you can’t go much further than the classic ceiling fan; it’s one of those household essentials.

The latest styles range from graceful good looks to fabulous statement-makers, and they’re useful all year-round to help keep you cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

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Ceiling fans are great for energy-saving all year round and can work efficiently alongside an air conditioner to reduce running costs, or by themselves to create a cooling breeze for any room – indoors or out. Most ceiling fans use only as much power as a traditional 60-watt light globe, so you can feel cool for as little as 1 cent an hour (however, this can vary depending on your energy provider, fan size and fan use).

Most ceiling fans have a reverse mode meaning you can use your fan to circulate cool air in summer and warm air in winter. With low noise and a range of functionality including light and remote options, there is bound to be a ceiling fan to suit your needs for your home.

There are many different styles of fans on offer, although the simple white units continue to be the most popular.

Before purchasing a fan, keep the following points in mind to help you choose what is right for you and your home.

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Here’s what you need to know!

 

SIZE MATTERS

When it comes to ceiling fan, size is everything.

A small fan in a large room will have to work twice as hard to cool you off, while a large fan in a small room may create an uncomfortable amount of airflow.

For a small to medium-sized room up to 4m, select a fan with approx 120mm blades, while blades of approx 140mm will suit a room size of up to 6m. In a large, open-plan space, you may need two or more ceiling fans.

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PERFECT POSITIONING

Blades need to be at least 2.1m from the floor. Most fans come with a ball canopy fixing method, which means fans can be mounted on sloping, vaulted or flat ceilings.

For high or raked ceilings, an extension rod might be desired to actually bring the fan down to an efficient height.

In a small room with one fan, centering it is logical for both aesthetics and efficiency.

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However, in a large bedroom, it might make better sense to position it over the bed for relief on hot nights.

In an expansive, open-plan room, consider using fans to ‘zone’ spaces, such as placing one over your sitting area and one above the dining table.

Be aware that fans need to be fitted securely to joists or blocking and should be positioned away from downlights to prevent flickering.

“There’s no hard and fast rule for this distance. “It depends on how far the fan is from the ceiling and the angle of light from your LED downlights. Ask your electrician for advice.”

POWER BENEFITS

Fans don’t cool the air; they just move it around the room.

“The faster the air moves over your skin, the more it works to evaporate perspiration, which is the mechanism your body uses to cool itself,”

A ceiling fan demands just a fraction of the power needs of an air conditioner, and using both together can reap serious energy-saving benefits.

“The two work well in tandem by dropping the initial temperature of a room, and then circulating that colder air,”

There are similar benefits in cold months, when reverse-function ceiling fans can be switched over to run clockwise, pushing down the available heat to warm the room better – a bonus for high-ceilinged rooms and even outdoors.

“Used in conjunction with high outdoor heaters, this function makes your outdoor room a perfect entertaining spot all year round,”

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STYLE GUIDE

For style cues, look at the design of your home, as well as the effect you want as ceiling fans come in varying shapes and colours to work in harmony with your personal style.

If you have a high ceiling, a bolder style of fan will draw attention, which in turn will draw your eye up, accentuating the ceiling height. In smaller rooms you may consider a streamlined effect, so that it ‘disappears’.”

Fan blades are typically made of metal, plastic, timber, or plywood, with the choice of materials influencing the price.

Some fans have built-in lights, which solves the dilemma presented by making your fan, rather than a pendant light, the centre point of the room. Typically, the light can be operated independently so the fan can remain off even when the light is on.

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ALWAYS WORK WITH A PROFESSIONAL

To ensure that your ceiling fan or fans are properly installed, always hire a licensed electrician. Having a professional install your fan also ensures that your warranty is not voided.

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

Best Brisbane electrician | Allyn White Electrician

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!

Source: homestolove.com.au

13 Jan 2022

LED lighting technology has developed at a staggering pace over the last several years. Products that were deemed cutting-edge a few years ago have been superseded by others that are superior in every way.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the realm of LED downlights.
These lights offer a stylish, unobtrusive alternative to traditional halogen spotlights, and they can be used for a wide range of domestic and commercial applications.
If you’ve not considered switching to LED downlights before, read on to find out why you should.

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PROFESSIONAL ELECTRICIAN IN BRISBANE & SURROUNDING SUBURBS

If you’re searching for the best licensed electrician in the Brisbane area and surrounds (Alderley, Ashgrove, Bardon, Newmarket, Paddington, Stafford, The Gap), look no further than Allyn White Electrical.


What are LED downlights?

LED downlights are essentially spotlights that are recessed into a ceiling, offering a bright directional light. As the fitting is set back into the surface of the ceiling, it is much more unobtrusive than traditional spotlights and can finish any room stylishly.
Once installed, all you would see of the downlight is the lens of the light bulb and the circular flange that rings it. Many downlights offer you a choice of flat or bevelled finishes, from brushed aluminium and brass to black or white ceramic, so it is easy to match the light with a room’s decor.

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LED downlights now offer all the benefits of LED lighting, including longer lifespans, superior energy efficiency and, in some cases, the ability to tune the colour or colour temperature of the light from your mobile device

How do LED’s work?

LED lighting (light-emitting diode) is a type of semiconductor that converts an electric current into a light source. Due to their small size, they are commonly grouped together to create a more powerful light source.

Replacing your halogen downlights with LEDs

Replacing or retrofitting halogen downlights with LED downlights is an increasingly popular option, with energy savings and longevity the obvious drawcards. The first step is to determine if your existing downlights are 240V (GU10) or 12V (MR16). This will determine what type of LED bulb you need to buy. If you are planning to retrofit here are some factors that may affect the cost of your project:

• straight swop of the bulb or entire light fitting
• number of fittings to be replaced
• ease of access to your ceiling cavity
• health of your wiring and electrical system

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In terms of a direct comparison, 10 LED downlights would use 75 percent less energy and save you in the region of $270 over a year if you replaced 10 x 60-watt halogens.

Downlight safety

Improperly installed downlights have been implicated in a number of house fires. And while LED bulbs do run a lot cooler than halogens, they still generate some heat – which is why they often have a heat sink built-in. If you are installing LED bulbs in an enclosed space – such as a ceiling cavity, you need to look for units that are approved for this purpose.

Incidents of fires caused by improperly installed downlights became such a problem, government authorities issued warnings, and Australian Standards for downlights were tightened. Authorities made these recommendations to all Australians considering installing downlights:

• Only use licensed electricians like Allyn White Electrical to install downlights
• Only buy downlights that meet Australian Standards
• Ensure that only non-combustible materials surround the downlights and/or a safety-tested mechanical barrier is included in the installation
• Consider replacing halogen downlights with LED downlights or installing LED lights instead of halogens
For this reason, electricians are the only tradies qualified to install downlights.

Contact a professional

If you need to upgrade your safety switches and/or your smoke alarms in Alderley, Ashgrove, Bardon, Newmarket, Paddington, Stafford, The Gap, contact a professional electrician like Allyn White Electrical.

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

Best Brisbane electrician | Allyn White Electrician

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!

Source: blog.lightbulbs-direct.com, hipages.com.au, brillare.net.au

06 Jan 2022

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. If you haven’t already upgraded to the new smoke alarms requirements, why not make it your New Year’s resolution to do so. You could save a life.

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As the deadline approaches, electrical contractors will be in high demand to install and upgrade ionisation smoke alarms to photoelectric smoke alarms.

PROFESSIONAL ELECTRICIAN IN BRISBANE & SURROUNDING SUBURBS

If you’re searching for the best licensed electrician in the Brisbane area and surrounds (Alderley, Ashgrove, Bardon, Newmarket, Paddington, Stafford, The Gap), look no further than Allyn White Electrical.


A smoke detector—or smoke alarm—is designed to detect smoke, heat or fire and let off an alert signal (a loud alarm noise). Whether the smoke alarm is placed in the hallway, in bedrooms or on factory floors, Australian law specifies that commercial and residential rental properties must have smoke alarms installed. That’s why it’s important to have working smoke alarms on your property.

Along with upgrading safety switches, your smoke alarms are probably the most important piece of safety equipment that you have in your home. Yet each year sadly people still die in house fires, as their smoke detectors didn’t go off due to worn out batteries or they were removed because there were too many false alarms.

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How Do Smoke Alarms Work?

Since smoke rises, smoke alarms are always placed on the roof for ideal detection. There are two common types of smoke alarms to choose from:

Photoelectric

Photoelectric sensors use a beam of light within the detector to sense any smoke in the air. The beam will shoot in a straight line when the air is clear. In the presence of smoke, the light will scatter, this is when the alarm will go off.

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Ionization

Ionization detectors, on the other hand, use a chamber with a small electrical current. When smoke enters the chamber and the level of ions in the air changes, the electrical current drops and the alarm will sound.
Each function is beneficial in different instances and because of this, one is not necessarily better than the other. It is, however, recommended to have one of each of these functions on each floor of your home and in high-risk areas, such as the kitchen or near fireplaces and heating appliances.

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New smoke alarm legislation will make Queensland households the safest in Australia in relation to fire safety. From 1 January 2022, all homes being sold, leased, or having their lease renewed (must have) hardwired photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms installed in every bedroom, connecting hallways and on each storey. This legislation provides a higher standard of safety with regard to smoke alarms. Your properties compliance certificate will no longer be valid on 31st Dec 2021.

Book your smoke alarm upgrade NOW to ensure you are compliant as it is now the law to have your smoke alarms upgraded.

What you need to know:

• Interconnected photoelectric alarms MUST BE installed in bedrooms, hallways, and living areas on each storey of the property.

• Smoke alarms MUST BE either hardwired, with a battery backup, or have a 10-year lithium non-removable battery.

• Alarms MUST BE retested at each change of tenancy or lease renewal.

• Alarms MUST NOT BE older than 10 years.

Since smoke alarms work to constantly monitor the air 24 hours a day, they may begin to malfunction over time from exposure to accumulated dust, insects, airborne contaminants, and corrosion. Most smoke detectors will have an expiration or replace-by date stamped/printed on them; however, if your smoke alarm does not have a date on it, it is important to replace it once every 10 years. At the end of 10 years, the smoke alarm will have gone through millions of monitoring cycles and the components may have become less reliable.

• Compliance certificates MUST BE kept on file in case of a dispute.

Keep in mind that from 1 January 2022 if you have not upgraded to the new requirements your property may not be covered, check your policy and contact your Insurer.

For advice or to book an appointment, give us a call on 0416 235 641 or drop us a line at Allyn White Electrical.

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To read more on the 2022 legislation, click here

Contact a professional

If you need to upgrade your safety switches and/or your smoke alarms in Alderley, Ashgrove, Bardon, Newmarket, Paddington, Stafford, The Gap, contact a professional electrician like Allyn White Electrical.

Contact a Licensed Electrician in Brisbane for Your Home Electrical Maintenanc and Repairs

Best Brisbane electrician | Allyn White Electrician

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!

Source: vision6.com.au and Queensland electrical safety office

31 Dec 2021

Happy New Year 2022 from Allyn White Electrical! 🎉🎊
May the spirit of the season of New Year fill your heart with serenity and peace!

Wishing you all a joyous 2022!
We look forward to working with you again this year. Happy New Year!

We are open for business over the Christmas and New Year break. For a free quote by a licensed electrician call us on 0416 235 641 to discuss your electrical needs, including any electrical emergency!

Warm regards,
Allyn and Stella White
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30 Dec 2021

Storms, floods, cyclones, and unpredictable weather are common in Queensland particularly in our summer months. Prepare for storm season by following these guidelines to ensure that you and your home are electrically safe.

Prepare your property in the event of a storm or flood

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Prior to a storm or rainy season:

– Install and test a safety switch on a regular basis.
– In an emergency, know where to turn off your power, gas, and water supply.
– Pack up any electrical equipment that isn’t in use and store it in a secure location.
– Unplug outdoor TVs and non-fixed aerials and store them in a dry location.
– When a storm is approaching, turn off and unplug all electrical equipment.
– Use the safe isolation procedure to shut down your solar PV system.

To keep you and your property safe during a storm or flood, follow these simple guidelines:

– For weather updates, tune in to your local radio station.
– If you’ve lost power, turn off your outlets and unplug any electrical equipment.
– Using a fixed telephone during a thunderstorm can result in an electric shock.
– If floodwaters are expected, relocate electrical equipment to higher ground.
– Keep a safe distance from power lines, trees, and waterways.

Clean-up following a storm or flood

It is critical to clean up after a storm in a safe manner.

– Listen to your local radio station for any additional warnings or advice.
– Stay away from fallen, low, or damaged power lines and notify the emergency services or your local electricity distribution entity.
– Avoid touching any electrical signs, street lights, electrical cables, foil insulation, or – other conductive material that may be lying around your house.
– Stay away from and don’t touch switchboards that have been damaged by water, fire, or lightning, and warn others to do the same.
– It’s illegal and dangerous to do your own electrical work. Use a licensed electrician at all times.
– If you have a solar power system, avoid going on the roof and stay away from the solar panels and their cables.

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Damage to property or connections

If your property or connecting line has been damaged by a storm or flood, you may need to conduct verification tests on your switchboard, wiring, equipment, and appliances before reconnection to ensure the electrical circuits are still operational.

This task will require the services of a licensed electrician, and a certificate of test will ensure that your local electricity distribution entity can reconnect your service.

More information about storm safety and what to do before, during, and after a storm can be found at Queensland Disaster Management

PV solar systems

If your solar PV system has been damaged, have a licensed electrician inspect it, make any necessary repairs, and ensure that it is electrically safe before re-commissioning it. This check must be completed before any other clean-up work around the PV cells and associated electrical wiring can begin.

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Even if the network supply is turned off, PV systems continue to produce voltages during the day, so the PV cells and associated wiring remain active.

During the cleaning process:

After a storm/flood/cyclone, do not attempt to turn off the system.
Keep your distance from the solar panels and wiring.
Check the system with an electrician.
Follow the start-up procedure if your system has been checked and found to be safe.

Your solar PV system generates electricity while the sun is shining. Always treat the system and its associated wires as if they were living.

Appliances and equipment powered by electricity

Using water-damaged equipment can result in electric shocks and fires, so make certain that you:

– Water-damaged electrical items, such as kettles, toasters, and televisions, should be discarded or repaired by a licensed electrician.
– Check all water-damaged hard-wired electrical appliances, such as air conditioners or stoves, that are intended for reuse with a licensed electrician. Before the power supply can be reconnected, this safety check may be required.

Generators

Generator power can be dangerous, so make sure you:

– Connect your generator to your home’s electrical wiring with a generator change-over switch and the appropriate socket. A licensed electrician must install these switches.
– Do not connect your generator to your house via a PowerPoint on a power circuit or any other means. This can result in dangerous ‘back-feeding.’
– Check that all of the leads used to connect your generator are in working order.
– Use power distribution boards with an overload cut-out switch.
– Start the generator outside or in a well-ventilated space.
– Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and do not exceed the load rating of the generator.

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

Best Brisbane electrician | Allyn White Electrician

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.

We are open for business over the Christmas and New Year break. For a free quote by a licensed electrician call 0416 235 641 to arrange a time to discuss your electrical requirements.

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

Source: electricalsafety.qld.gov.au