Cornwall LivingIssue #117

Plain and simple

Making technology work behind the scenes, so you can enjoy the way your home was designed to be.

So, what is pre-wiring? Simply put, it means prioritising the wiring requirements for your home during the planning exercise so that they are not visible once the building process is complete. The end result – you have all the convenience of distributing internet, tv and audio, and controlling your lighting, shades, heating and security, without affecting your flawless interiors.

There are also less obvious benefits that result from this approach. Firstly, although WiFi’s pretty common place these days, nothing is more reliable than wires connected to wires. Directly connected cables offer you a much more effective experience, minimizing the potential of interrupted service. What’s more, wired connections simply allow for faster delivery of information that wireless technologies cannot compete with. By opting for wired connections from the outset, you’re saving yourself the pain of dealing with inevitable wireless breakdown.

Secondly, it’s much better to think about the cost upfront in a little pre-planning, rather than incur the expense of retro-fitting cables into your newly renovated home. Prewiring not only offers sheer simplicity down the line, it’s far less disruptive from an interior design perspective – you don’t have to go to the extent of cutting holes in walls, and then redecorating. Factoring in prewiring for a future project means the cost of integration at a later date will be significantly less if the cable’s already in place.

Thirdly, as long as you have the right cable framework in place, you’ll always be able to integrate upgrades as technology evolves. It’s best to have a flexible, robust system so you can ensure your home works for today’s, and tomorrow’s technology. 

So how do you go about it? The first step is to get the Electric Playground involved from the beginning to draw up a plan that will ensure you’ve got all the possible locations for devices mapped out in advance. You’ll then have a comprehensive cable framework to support your prewiring project and any future upgrades. 


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