Adding or replacing a light? Adding more power points? Do you like having pendant lights in your kitchen? Do you think your home is too dark? Do you want USB chargers in your bedroom?
Whether it is wiring up a new home from scratch, renovation or adding an extra lighting or power point to your existing home, we have the experience and know how to take care of your electrical requirements.
Our knowledge of residential electrical systems allows us to work quickly and accurately which keeps the costs down for our customers.
Our reputation for excellence, fairness and reasonable prices is well known in the industry and is a reflection of our company’s standards for professionalism and honesty. Our team is always available to do improvements, installations and repairs or maintenance in any area of your residential property.
Advantages of having LED downlights:
Efficiency –very low power consumption. You can run approximately 6x 9W LED downlights for the price of 1 x 50w old halogen downlight. A great way to reduce your energy bill
Durability – last up to 10 times longer than old halogen lights (LEDs life span is approximately 50,000 hours as opposed to 5,000 hours for halogen downlights, if you are lucky!)
Low operating temperature – it means 2 things: unlike old halogen downlights, they do not create a fire hazard because LEDs do not get hot. Also, you can further reduce your energy cost because your air conditioner will not work as hard, as LEDs do not increase the temperature inside your home
Maintenance free – no need to purchase globes and pay to change faulty transformers
Lighting output- brighter and clearer light, and they also come in 3 different colours: warm white, cool white and daylight. Suit yourself!
New LED downlights also come in different sizes, so if you already have downlights installed, we can match it to be the same physical size, which means a straight forward job free of trimming and cutting holes and no mess!
Everyone is familiar with smoke alarms – they alert us if they sense smoke from a fire. Smoke alarms are carefully placed near bedrooms, so we can hear them when we are asleep.
Since 1 August 1997, Victorian law states that smoke alarms (complying with Australian standards AS 3786) must be installed in all homes, units, flats and townhouses. It is the legal responsibility of all owners and landlords to install working smoke alarms.
Residential homes constructed before 1st August 1997 need 9 volt battery powered smoke alarms installed. Residential homes constructed after 1st August 1997 must have smoke alarms connected to 240V mains power. In addition a backup battery must be installed in the smoke alarm.
Smoke alarms must to be tested on regular bases, and replaced every 10 years.
We can test, supply and install your smoke alarms. It is a small price to pay for piece of mind.
SWITCHBOARDS AND RCD’s
3 Reasons you should update your old ceramic fuse switchboard:
to eliminate fire hazards
to prevent electrocution
to prevent overloading your installation
Do you have an old house with old ceramic fuses in your switchboard? Old and outdated switchboards are more likely to experience a short circuit, which can be very dangerous and can lead to the old fuses on the switchboard catching fire.
Old ceramic fuses contain a fuse wire which intentionally melts due to excess heat caused by overloads or short circuits, before it gets your installation – cables in your wall cavities and roof space. Often we find a wrong wire or wrong size wire has been used which can lead to a disaster, because fuse will not do it is meant to do – protect your electrical installation. Loose connections are also a common issue with old switchboards as they create sparks behind fuses. Often burnt marks are visible when a fuse is removed from its holder – but cannot be seen while fuse is operational.
Old switchboards do not have RCD’s installed. They did not exist back then, and now they are mandatory on every new installation.
RCD – a residual current device, commonly known as safety switch, switches off electricity on a circuit when there is a leakage or fault. It detects even a small leakage current and reacts in milliseconds, before it gets to your heart. It protects your family, you and prevents appliances from being used if they are faulty.
And lastly – electrical demand of today’s technology means that there can be a significant strain on an old switchboard as they were not designed to support high power demands caused by modern kitchen appliances, air conditioners, heaters and hot water systems.
When upgrading your switchboards, we calculate your power demand and upgrade your new switchboard in accordance with current Australian standards.
SmartCom can assist you with installing, replacing or repairing your electrical appliances. We can supply and install a wide range of appliances to suit your needs.
Different appliances have different power supply requirements, and it is very important to understand current ratings and to install appropriate size cable to accommodate your particular appliance. Any appliance with built in heating elements, like cooktops and ovens, needs a separate power circuit to operate because of its high current rating.
Always use a licensed electrician to calculate your power supply required, and to install your appliance according to the Australian standards.
We install the following:
range hoods and ducting
range hood flue kits
If you need an extra power point for your microwave, kettle, coffee machine, mini oven, toaster –don’t forget, we are here to help!
FAULT FINDING AND REPAIRS
Most common faults are:
RCD or Circuit breaker cannot be reset
Faulty lights, power points or appliances
Loss of power or lights flickering
No power at all
Electrical faults or complete loss of power can be quite frustrating, but it happens to every home owner.
No electricity means no refrigeration. No heating or cooling. No electronic forms of entertainment –no music, no web, no video, no games. No TV.
Electrical faults can be easy to solve, but there a times they can get quite complex and expensive. We have come across a lot different problems: from flickering lights, faulty power points and appliances and tripping RCDs to more serious ones like receiving an electric shock from water taps and burnt or damaged cable insulation.
Residual current devices (RCDs) or commonly known as safety switches prevent you from receiving an electric shocks, but if there is a fault you will not be able to reset it until the fault is fixed.
Safety of your family and your home is very important – and electricity can be a dangerous thing.
SmartCom has knowledge, experience and modern test equipment when it comes to fixing residential faults. We have a systematic approach and procedures we follow in order to diagnose and repair your fault as quickly as possible, so unexpected occasions like this do not cost you a fortune.
INTERCOM SYSTEMS, ALARMS and CCTV
We can take care of the installation of your:
Video intercom system
Do you want to know who is at your front door or gate?
Unfortunately, keeping your home safe is becoming increasingly challenging.
Many of our customers have asked us if we can install video intercoms for their own security.
As technology progresses, alarms, CCTV and Video intercom systems are becoming cheaper and accessible to everyone. Whether you have an alarm installed or not will also affect your insurance policy.
Modern video intercom systems will enable you to see and speak to your wanted or unwanted visitors before you get to open your front door or gate.
Video intercom systems consist of a stylish high resolution internal touchscreen monitor and a door station with built in camera and push button which has a door bell function. More advanced systems also have a record feature and store images of who pressed your door bell, night vision cameras, SD cards, multiple monitors, door release option and so on.
PHONE AND DATA
Whether you want to install a:
new phone point
new data / internet point
repair or relocate an existing point
SmartCom can handle the job.
Your network installation has to be done correctly to avoid any data loss or interference. We are registered technicians who install appropriate cabling and sockets to enable you to connect your new phone, ADSL modem or LAN device easily.
Having a wired network is often required for Smart TVs, Foxtel and other media devices to work. It allows you to have a fast internet connection no matter how far you are from your router, without loss of signal.
If you have purchased a new flat screen digital TV, you may want to mount it on the wall. Wall mounting has become a popular way of installing new flat screen digital TVs, as it allows you to save space, making your living room look bigger, clean and stylish!
Installing TVs on walls can be a little tricky: you have to make sure brackets are mounted properly to be able to support the weight of your TV for obvious reasons, and also you may require extra power points, data points and TV antenna point before your TV goes on the wall.
We can assist you with:
installation of wall mounted flat, tilt and swivel TV brackets, depending on your choice
installation of all necessary cables: HDMI, Optic, Ethernet, AV, Speaker, Antenna and Power behind the wall, to avoid any exposed wires hanging between your TV and TV cabinet