After finishing Colours a little late, introduced to the Blinds Company downstairs, that we quickly exited from, we had 15mins for a food break and re-energise before the Electrical Appointment. Thank goodness for the coffee shop over the road from Hopetoun. Advice for anyone else attending these appointments - take some snacks and energy food to keep you going through the appointments.
We got stuck into the Electrical appointment and to start with they only had our generic plans. I confirmed that the Colours team had our actual plans and it would be best if we used our plans as their were considerable changes downstairs. Our Consultant did manage to find our plans and then re-loaded them into the system, this took about 15mins, however I would rather that then finding mistakes later on after they transcribed them. Their computer program is also new (1 month into it) so they are still learning and it was having problems. Luckily our consultant kept saving our changes as we went through so we didn't lose information. Someone next door apparently lost about 1 hours work and they had to start again!
The process was pretty easy though. We went in with our own plans all marked up where we wanted everything. Originally we thought we would just get batten lights put in where we wanted downlights as we thought that they cost around $200 a downlight. However the downlights were only $125 (8W, cover up to 1.5 metres). If we put in batten lights, it was around $48 a light plus $15 to offset the light position off the actual batten - therefore a total of $61 per light. We would then have to get an electrician in to replace all the battens with the downlights and purchase downlights, so we decided to just to the downlights through PD.
Note - the downlights can not be dimmed. I looked in a brochure the other day and if you want to buy downlights that dim, these alone cost around $100 each. Perhaps replace what we need down the track.....
Here is some pricing to help others out:
Downlight LED GU10 White - $125.84
Under cupboard Lt Triangle lights - $130.90
Recessed Step lights - $123.20
2-way switches - $55.44
1 socket pp - $40.04
2 socket pp - $43.12
4 socket pp - $80.08
Weatherproof socket pp - $107.80
Kitchen Island socket - $107.80
TV arial points - $55.44
Phone Socket - $77.00
Data Socket - $77.00
Ceiling Exhaust Fan - $200.20
Doorbell - $170.00
Light Batten & Nogg Future Ceiling Fan - $104.00
Light Batten & Nogg Future Feature Ceiling Light - $104.00
So by the end of the appointment, it all adds up very quickly, however at least you get to see the running tally as you go!