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Q&A: trends in electrical products with Amy Griffiths from PDL

What are the latest trends in home electrical?

Many people don’t realise there is more out there than just white plastic light switches and power outlets. Our elegant Saturn glass finish switch and power outlet range has been really popular. The simple lines make it timeless and suitable for new and retrofit homes and it comes in Pure White (shown) or Ocean Mist which are both nice neutral tones. Both these colours look great in kitchens, and tie in beautifully with glass splashbacks and appliances.

Another trend is USB chargers – having these installed in bedrooms, kitchens and living areas where we most need them for modern devices such as tablets and mobile phones makes for more convenient and accessible charging.

Pop up kitchen power outlets are one of my favourite things. If you are planning a kitchen renovation or new build and you have an island bench you are going to love these. It’s like having a hidden power point in your kitchen bench, so you don’t have to stretch power cords across your kitchen, and you can really maximise your bench space. 

Advice for people building a new home or renovating?   Q&A: trends in electrical products with Amy Griffiths from PDL

Engage an electrical professional early on in the process, and find someone who understands your vision and is willing to help you achieve it. There are some great innovations and design options out there that can really improve your standard of living, but some of them need to be planned into your build or renovation early on, such as home automation, sensors and pop up power outlets. Also, don’t scrimp on power outlets. Nothing is worse than a house that doesn’t have enough, or they are not in practical locations. 

What should home owners be looking for when selecting the right electrical products for their home?

Think about how you may want to use your home in the future, and design your electrical plans around this. Our Electrical Home Solutions Guide provides a great overview of what people should be thinking about and what options are out there, and it’s free to download from our website pdl.co.nz

How can customers find and see PDL by Schneider Electric products?

We have recently opened up our first Vision Room in Christchurch, and I can take customers through our range of products installed and in action. I can also come to Canterbury customers homes, and take you through an in-home consultation. For customers outside of Canterbury, the best thing to do is speak to your architect, designer or electrician and they can assist with showing you our ranges.

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