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Electrical requirements when building a high-tech home

With the continued interest in advanced technology in the home, homeowners need to ensure their home’s electrical system can comfortably accommodate their tools and devices. For existing homes, retrofitting is generally required, particularly in homes of a certain age. There is an advantage for those who plan to build a custom home.

Building your home from the ground up allows you to ensure that everything is tailored to your specific needs. That includes your home’s electrical wiring.

GTA-based, specialist electrical contractors, Hotwire Electric recently spoke to about the particular electrical requirements that come into play when building a custom, high-tech home. As systems are continuously updated, specialist electricians like Hotwire have the ability to tackle projects above and beyond basic service calls, such as wiring for automation systems.

Why Custom Wiring is Required

Today’s automated homes operate differently than mainstream homes, which has a significant impact on their electrical needs. “Basic wiring is effected [by automation],” says Hotwire. “When you no longer [turn lights on by wall switch], but rather on a phone or a key pad, iPad or android phones, [it] requires a different way to wire the home.”

This is why homeowners need to work with a specialist electrical contractor that will first take time to thoroughly evaluate their specific needs. This allows the specialist to determine the best options for the client’s home automation. Specialists like Hotwire Electric will be able to make recommendations for high-end to low-end systems.

“From Control4, to Lutron or Legrand, our teams [are] ready to install and incorporate these into the wiring schematics of the home,” says Hotwire.

When to Involve Specialist Electrical Contractors in Your Custom Build

Complete home automation can involve many different things, from security automation with cameras and motion detection, to thermostats, lighting, and surround sound. With that in mind, when planning your custom home, it’s important to involve your specialist electrical contractor as early on as possible.

“Electrical schematics are very basic at times when received,” says Hotwire. “However after one on one walkthroughs on the site and discussions with the builders or direct clients we can create a design that will integrate the lighting and usability via automation.”

Of course, home automation isn’t the only reason you’ll need to connect with an experienced electrical contractor during your custom home build. Lighting design and installation are also an extremely important aspect of building a custom home.

Whether you have a specific vision for the lighting design in your custom home, or if you need an experienced expert to make recommendations every step of the way, establishing an open dialogue with your electrical contractor will help ensure that your home’s lighting is not only highly functional, but beautiful as well.

“At Hotwire we strongly believe that Lighting Is Art and that Lighting is Everything,” says Hotwire. “Fixtures are the key jewels of the home. They are truly everything in the space.”

About Hotwire Electric

GTA-based Hotwire Electric is a highly experienced, one-stop specialist electrical contractor. They are the go-to choice for even the most complicated home wiring projects, from lighting to home automation, and more. Their extensively trained, in-house team is led by master electricians with a strong passion to exceed expectations and light the path to a beautiful finished product.

“We always say ‘come experience the hotwire difference’ as we truly believe we are set apart from the rest.”

To contact Hotwire Electric, call 416-553-5533 or view their listing here on

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