Lighting and electrical plans

A lighting and electrical plan is crucial for designing a residential home or a commercial space. These plans provide a road map to ensure electrical systems’ safety, functionality, energy efficiency and aesthetic considerations.

beautiful office plan

We’ve been creating well-designed plans for nearly fifty years, and we consider each room’s architectural features and intended use to ensure there are enough outlets, integrating technology and the flexibility needed for future additions.

Lighting options

Commercial spaces with large areas, offices, retail stores and warehouses often require many lighting fixtures. To keep costs down, they are standardised and are chosen for their versatility and integration into various setups.

While commercial lighting tends to be more generic, more design diversity and customisation are popular in spaces where aesthetics play a first-impression role – the foyer or reception area and the meeting rooms or board room.

  • A stylish chandelier in a foyer can create a focal point and reflect the company’s brand.
  • Integrated lighting systems can allow for different lighting scenarios – and adjustable brightness levels.
  • Architectural lighting elements can highlight artwork, accent walls or architectural details.
  • Indirect lighting, such as wall sconces or light strips, has a softer and more sophisticated ambience.
  • Task lighting, such as pendant lights, ensures the conference table is well-lit.
  • Concealed LED strips can provide a modern, streamlined look with an uncluttered aesthetic.

Refurbishing the workspace

Flexibility within a workspace is key; don’t get boxed in by thinking that something must be in a specific location just because that’s where the power or internet connection is. We build flexibility into our lighting and electrical plans so that it’s future-proofed. You could have an employee who struggles with headaches due to overhead lighting, but a switch can turn that light off if you plan flexibility.

Another thing to be aware of when doing a lighting refresh is that light innovation has made them more powerful and energy efficient. So, you may not need as many and can space them further apart.

Moving desks around the office might also include the relocation or addition of internet/data sockets. Whilst wifi is a common solution, it’s not always reliable and having desktop computers hard-wired in will give better connectivity.

The Boardroom

Modernising the boardroom is often the starting point for an office update, and a lighting and electrical plan will go a long way to ensure it’s clear of cables and clutter.

  • Incorporate audio-visual technology for presentations and video conferences. It might be a projector or a large television set into the wall.
  • Implement wireless connectivity options, allowing guests to connect their devices to your screens easily.
  • Smart lighting systems offer customisable settings for different meeting scenarios.
  • Install an interactive whiteboard or smartboard for real-time collaboration and note-taking.
  • Consider touchless technology for modern health and safety standards.
  • Equip the boardroom with tools for remote collaboration, such as cameras and microphones.
  • Close or drop curtains for private and confidential meetings at the push of a button.

More than being impressive, your boardroom contributes to the impression of your company and can help build confidence and trust in a company’s capabilities.


Emergency Lighting Plans

The emergency lighting plan (ELP) will be required whenever a new building consent is issued. If it’s a renovation and still needs building consent, then the ELP will need refreshing. An example was a boarding house that obtained building consent to change a few doors. But this then required the exit signage to be illuminated, and trip hazards (such as stairs) had to be lit up as well. All for the purpose of bringing health and safety issues up to compliance.

An emergency lighting plan is a specialist area, so while French Electrical does not do this planning, we’ve got the contacts we can introduce you to. Once the emergency lighting plans have been designed, French Electrical can install, test, and sign off.

emergency light

Whether you want to refresh your premises, modernise your boardroom, or get your emergency lighting compliant, call us so we can chat. We’ll begin with a rough drawing as a starting point, visit the site, discuss changes, and then put together a plan. It will include the hardware supply, the installation work, and the warranty period. So, revamp your space with French Electrical’s lighting and electrical planning expertise.

Our team brings innovation and precision to every project, ensuring your lighting and electrical plans are functional and tailored to your specific needs. Get in touch, and let’s have a discussion on how we can best help you.

Giving back to the community: help us choose a charity

For over 50 years, our family-owned and operated company has been a cornerstone of the East Auckland community, providing exceptional electrical services and supporting various causes close to our hearts. We know that our success is deeply rooted in the loyalty of our...

Power up your future: Solar and wind energy

It’s one of those beautiful summer days with endless blue skies. Your laundry dries effortlessly, and you can jump into the swimming pool, where the water is already naturally warm from the pool’s solar heating system. As you relax in the sun with your book and a...

Muffin Monday, Toolbox Tuesday and Pie Day Friday

Let’s talk about Pie Days. No, it’s not only Pie Days, and it’s not only Fridays either. At French Electrical, regular team meetings are an essential part of our workflow, and they go beyond just staying on track with projects. We believe that delivering exceptional...

Power smarter, not harder: Maximising energy efficiency at home and work

As we become increasingly conscious of our environmental footprint, finding ways to reduce energy consumption is more important than ever. From simple, everyday habits to strategic upgrades, many ways exist to reduce energy use, save money, and contribute to a greener...

No more condensation

Imagine waking up in a cosy, warm bedroom, free from the dampness and musty odours that once plagued your home. As you walk to the kitchen, you notice the windows are clear and no longer clouded with condensation. The air feels fresh and clean, thanks to your new...

Keeping your business warm

Imagine entering a bustling retail store on a chilly winter day and being instantly enveloped by a welcoming warmth. The inviting atmosphere encourages you to browse, linger, and enjoy your shopping experience. This is the power of a well-designed commercial heating...

Be prepared! Protecting your power supply with backup power

In February 2023, Cyclone Gabrielle plunged New Zealand into darkness, leaving nearly 234,000 homes powerless—some for over a week. This blackout wasn’t just an inconvenience; it brought daily life to a halt. Shops, cafes, restaurants, banks, and even petrol stations...

Outdoor lighting for security, safety, and recreation

The Thompsons were getting ready for bed when Mr Thompson noticed the motion sensor security lights turn on outside, illuminating a shadowy figure lurking by their front gate. The backyard lights then flickered on as well, exposing another trespasser. The startled...

French Electrical is 50!

French Electrical is celebrating its fiftieth birthday this year, and it’s a story of humble beginnings and relentless growth – they’ve been servicing the Auckland area since 1974! To mark the occasion, we asked some questions of some of the team: Chris French is the...

Home Theatre System (HTS) Installation

From popcorn mishaps to hilarious audience reactions, the theatre experience often provides more than just a movie—a memorable journey filled with emotional moments. “I’d gone to the movies to watch ‘Infinity War’. A few patrons had dressed up, and this guy, about...