The installation of an electrical switchboard is a necessity in new homes. After all, it receives electrical current from one or more sources and delivers it to the individual sections of the house for usage. Years ago, the only way this transfer of current happened was through the use of fuse boxes with fuses that blew out on a regular basis. Switchboards are a great improvement upon this method. 

Distributes Power at the Required Current Levels 

A switchboard can contain a single panel or multiple panels depending upon the size of house, and its demand for electricity. Each panel has a series of switches that direct the electricity to their allotted section or device. For example, the heating and air conditioning system may have its own switch since it requires so much power to operate effectively. 

A Switchboard Controls the Current 

An electrical switchboard prevents overload since it divides up the current into different allotments. This keeps the electricity from accumulating too much in one area which can blow the system and cause a blackout. Instead of a blackout occurring, a switch will turn off as we cover in the next area. 

Shuts off Electricity at the First Sign of Problems 

If a switch in the switchboard detects a problem with the current flow, it will shut off until you reset it. Under certain circumstances, you may need an electrician to come to your home to repair a malfunction or other issue before you can turn the switch on once again. 

A Switchboard Is Customisable to Your Needs 

Another reason it is important to install an electrical switchboard in a new house is that you can customise it to suit your unique needs. Turn to a professional electrician to ensure that your switchboard is set up to deliver all of your power needs adequately. 

Different Types of Switchboards Are Available 

As with all other products today, there are different models of switchboards from which to make your selection. The electrician who will install your choice will be able to guide you in the one that is suitable for your house. The models differ in their construction, current rating, interrupt rating, voltage type, operational style and more. 

You Can Install More Than One Switchboard 

After you move into your new house, your electrical needs may increase. To keep up with this higher demand, you can add a second switchboard if the first one is full up. Of course, this requires additional wiring as well. 

For further facts about why switchboard installation is necessary for new homes, contact Light-On Electrical. We specialise this type of installation along with other electrical services. Also, we provide services for air conditioning and refrigeration.

Smoke detectors warn everyone in a residence that there is a fire and that action is necessary quickly to prevent the situation from worsening. If you own a house or other residential structure in Melbourne, you may wonder if you have a legal responsibility to install these detectors throughout it. We are here to explain your legal responsibilities in detail according to the regulations set forth by the Victorian Building Authority or VBA, so keep reading. 

Smoke Alarms Are Mandatory in All Residential Buildings 

The VBA mandates that all residential structures contain smoke alarms near or on the ceiling for each storey as well as in positions to wake sleeping occupants. We would also recommend one be placed near the kitchen since this is a prime room for fires. The National Construction Code or NCC defines residential structures as follows: 

• Class 1a includes row, detached and terrace houses as well as villa units 

• Class 1b contains certain boarding houses, hostels and guest houses 

• Class 2 includes buildings that contain blocks of flats, apartments or other sole-occupancy units 

• Class 3
residential buildings contain such structures as residential sections of motels or hotels, backpacker accommodations, dorm areas of schools and units for the disabled, aged or even children, as in orphanages 

• Class 4
covers those dwellings that are in commercial buildings, such as an apartment or house attached to a shop 

You Should Only Buy Smoke Alarms That Conform to the Right Standards

Another regulation that you need to adhere to is that all smoke alarms that you install should comply with Australian Standard AS 3786-1993, according to the Building Regulations 2018. Do not dismay over this, though, as these models of smoke alarms are readily available in hardware stores, home improvement stores and other types of stores. Also, professionals must install the ‘hard wired’ versions to the main power source and the residential structure should have a battery back-up system if the structure was built after August 1, 1997. However, you can install the battery-operated versions yourself. 

Landlords Are Responsible for the Installation and Maintenance of Smoke Alarms

If you rent your house, apartment or other type of residential units, it is your responsibility, as the landlord, to not only install the smoke alarms in the correct fashion but also to ensure that they are in prime working condition all throughout the year. For this reason, the ‘hard-wired’ models might be the best for your purposes. 

To receive professional installation of regulation smoke alarms to fulfil your legal responsibilities in the proper fashion, turn to Light-On Electrical. We specialise in electrical, refrigeration and air conditioning services for domestic, industrial and commercial clients.