Robson St. Vancouver Condo Renovation & Lighting Upgrade
Here the lighting were upgraded to complement the look, the style, the feel and the colour scheme of the Vancouver condo.
Most Vancouver condo are turned over with only a few lighting fixtures or even just light points where you can install or connect your own light fixtures. The right use of lighting can literally transform a living space, resulting in greater functionality of a room, drawing attention to desired areas and making a room feel larger. The proper change in lighting can help you accomplish your design goals. Choosing light fixtures that match a fashion-forward look with energy-efficient features enables a homeowner to enjoy aesthetics and ongoing energy savings and can increase a home’s desirability to future buyers. Recessed pot lights, surface-mounted or pendant lamps and track lights are good options. Don’t forget the basic decorative lights: lamps for the end tables and bedside tables, desk lamps, and a floor lamp in a cozy nook or beside a console if you have the space. Accent lighting always softens the feel of any room and makes it welcoming.
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I have been working in a lot of home improvement or home renovation projects in Metro Vancouver.
There are some residential wiring aspects of home renovation projectsthat are common in every Vancouver home renovationproject.
Growing families and outdated houses combine to create a need for home renovation projects big and small. You may be upgrading your kitchen or adding a basement suite, but each job has one thing in common: a need for a professional Vancouver electrician. A lot depends on the size of your project and the age of your home, but aprofessional electrician should work with you to determine what factors you need to consider before starting on yourhome renovation projects.
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1: New Wiring
If you’re adding a room onto your house, you should consider your wiring needs before you finalize your plans. You should work with a licensed Vancouver electrician from the very beginning to find out the amount of power you’ll need running through the room, the amount of outlets that are necessary, and any lighting fixtures you might want to install. Ideally, this should all be part of the original planning stage before any actual work begins.
2: Upgraded Wiring
Your original house structure is solid, but maybe you don’t like the out-of-date moldings or you’re using the room much more than you used to. Maybe you don’t need an entirely new set of electrical wiring, but an upgrade may be in order. Adding more outlets to a room due to the need of plug more appliances or entertainment devices may put a strain on your system. You might want to replaced older fuse boxes by modern circuit breakers, and inspect old wiring to make sure it’s still in good condition.
3: Outlets & Switches
Renovating a bedroom or dining room may call for installing a dimmer switch to help with the mood as well as controlling electrical costs. Energy efficient light fixtures combined with dimmer switches can enhance any room while saving money. Any room which may contain moisture should be equipped with GFCI outlets, including: bathrooms, garage, workshops, backyard, kitchen, wet bar area of basement, hot tub, pool area.
Almost every home renovation project includes lighting upgrades. Recessed lighting or pot lights are usually the most requested lighting upgrades. Also kitchen lighting upgrades and bathroom vanity lights replacement. In addition, homeowners might consider having additional protection in the form of surge suppression, to ensure the safe operation of your modern electronics during sudden power outages due to lightning.
#5: Energy Savings
A huge improvement can be done by changing all light bulbs for LED lighting systems. They run cooler, use less power, and produce a brighter light than older incandescent bulbs. For fluorescent lights in basements, kitchens, and workshops, replacing the ballast in each light for new, high efficiency ones can save power for a greener lifestyle.
When you’re considering aVancouver home renovation project, don’t forget all the electrical wiring aspects – it will save you time and possible money by taking all the aspects into account before thehome renovation project starts.
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Do you live in an older house and have a bathroom outlet that is identified as “razor only”?
Currently the expectation is to have a bathroom outlet that facilitates to charge various rechargeable items such as rechargeable razors, electric toothbrushes, curling irons, blow dryers and other. It is convenient to replace older style “razor only” outlets and upgrade your bathroom with a much safer GFCI receptacle.
In many older houses and condos, you still can find a “razor only” outlet in the bathroom. These usually have a polished silver plate and only two prongs. They were designed to separate you from the grounded electrical system in your home by limiting the amount of current that could flow in a fault condition.
The Setback with Razor Only Receptacle:
They are one-to-one transformers that have a rather low load capacity and can’t operate today’s appliances, like blow dryers. In addition, changes to the electrical code required that these outlets be connected to the light switch, so that they were on only when the bathroom was being used, as they tended to get warm, and even hot, creating a potential fire hazard. So, if you use the razor only receptacle to plug in your rechargeable electric toothbrush, it will only get charged when the light is on.
This particular client also has Aluminum Wiring
Changes to the Electrical Code:
Today’s code requires that a GFCI breaker protect the receptacle in the bathroom, or that the receptacle itself be a GFCI outlet.
A GFCI receptacle protects you from electric shock by measuring the flow of electricity (current, or amps) and checks that all the current used by the appliance returns to earth through the neutral conductor. If all the flow of current is not accounted for then the circuitry inside the GFCI outlet will trip in as fast as 1/30th of a second. This protects you from getting a shock, or in any case a bad enough one to seriously hurt or even kill you.
In conclusion, replacing a razor only outlet not only provides you with a safer outlet in your bathroom, but allows you to plug in all of your contemporary chargeable appliances.