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Early Collaboration with Low-Voltage Electricians is Essential


Why Builders Work with Low-Voltage Electricians in the Design Phase

Many builders are finding a growing demand for integrating smart home automation into new builds, an addition that requires a low-voltage contractor. Unfortunately, some homeowners and builders consider smart technology an add-on, something to complete after the home is built.

This line of thinking, however, can increase the cost of the job significantly due to retrofits and costly modifications. It also decreases a smart home’s functionality and reduces the opportunity for customized options and integration of all the technologies a homeowner wants. 

Let’s explore the benefits of collaborating with a low-voltage electrician early in the planning stages to ensure seamless integration of low-voltage systems and smart home technology.

SEE ALSO: What’s So Luxurious About Integrated Smart Homes? 

Low-Voltage Pre-Wiring Defined

Low-voltage pre-wiring consists of cables and conduits that low-voltage electricians install to support the electronics found in smart homes and home entertainment. Unlike standard electrical wiring, which is 120 to 240 volts, low-voltage wiring works with up to 50 volts of electricity and runs through ceilings and walls, making it much easier to integrate in the pre-build phase. 

A few of the many devices that rely on low-voltage wiring may include motorized shades, LED lighting, landscape lighting, video doorbells, security systems, thermostats, sound systems, TVs, home theater systems, whole-home audio-video distribution systems, home automation systems, and more.

By integrating these in the design phase, you’re guaranteed home technologies that work together seamlessly. The wiring and engineering documentation plan lays out product location and specifications. It provides details on electrical and cooling requirements. It illustrates the planning that results in a well-realized final project with few, if any, change orders.

The Risks of Integrating Low-Voltage Wiring After the Design Phase  

The risk of integrating smart home technology during the build phase includes less convenience and additional costs to retrofit. Instead of working with a blank canvas, we must work around pre-existing structures, limiting possible features. A pre-set home design also limits the customization options. 

Working with Sierra Integrated Systems

When working with our low-voltage and home automation experts, you can be assured of receiving the highest quality pre-wire integration and a comprehensive plan that considers all the smart home features and entertainment your client wants. We’ll also plan for possible future needs, ensuring easier add-ons, expansion, and scalability. 

You can expect a project that is on time and on budget with no scheduling conflicts or last-minute rush jobs. You and your clients enjoy a seamless smart home that works as it should every time.

Not to sound repetitive, but it’s worth repeating that the best time to work with our team is in the design phase. This ensures any features and functionality important to your client can be integrated and all smart home components are completed in the same timeline. This timing is critical to functionality and design.

Are you ready to create the smart home your clients dream of? To learn more about working with our low-voltage electricians or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Sierra Integrated Systems today.

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