Monday, July 21, 2014

Sparkie where art thou

Electrical planning, you've got to figure out where your beds are going, furniture placement and direction of the sun :) its all relative to where those power points are going and if you want an extension lead or a floor lamp in a bad spot.

For some this is migraine territory; for me i enjoyed the hell out of it. I'm a geek and have lots of kit; thus requiring power and ability to control all the things. I was really restrained by not getting c-bus  but even i cant justify it. Turn on a light, close a blind, pre-set air-con all sounds a bit lazy to me. Its cool technology, and its come along way; even samsung has a wifi option now - so you can drive the aircon with your fone.

Downlights have come along way in five years too; when we first started looking at building LED's were at least $200+ per light installed, competing with halogens and the insane draw they have; im glad i waited. Clipsal sell three types of downlight, 11w, 15w and the older 12w. I dont have to go with clipsal, but ive heard good things and the new LD series  with some insane 150 Deg beam; means we only need 30 lights instead of 90

Considering these for the entrance
Each bedroom will have fan & light combo's as it should reduce the need for air-conditioning, and its nice to have a bit of circulation at night. We are still undecided on something special for the stairway landing; perhaps a 2m dropped light etc.

This is kind of cinema im after, nothing over the top and can be still used for LAN's and slumber parties for the kids. Using these Philips Hue lights we found at Hardly Normal
Blue LED downlight, on the chosen wall colour
Finished with lights on

Im hiding the coms cabinet/rack between the staircase and garage, so i can have access to it from both sides. Ive got a deep rack that i can put networking on one side and home theater stuff on the other. At this stage i should be able to have a 3m screen; surrounded by black stack stone and the rack to the right hand side.

Fortunately for me, ive got three friend's whom are data cabler's, and since ive got over fifty runs in the house, it will save me alot of money. I roughly have two runs going to each room with a third for redundancy; there's extra for IP camera's and some wireless gear i want to put on the roof, together with the local AP's and shed runs.

all i need now is a thorium power station under my house to run everything

further reading:
Stack stone HT build - this is a painful forum for your wallet
H1 Forum for home automation
HT community in Oz
Guide on HT wiring
Projector Throw calc
AVS Epic underground cinema
Acoustic Mgo Board howto

online stores:
4 cabling - server gear/ connections/ desk equipment
Cable chick - cables/ wall plates

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