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Category Archives: Tips for your home

  • 13 April 2017

    Australians are simple people.
    We love a nice warm afternoon, an extra cold beer and a place to sit back and relax.
    It doesn’t take much to keep us happy.
    Your home is supposed to be a haven, so why not make it one?
    Whether you own or rent, there are a few easy ways to create an entertainment area you’ll love.
    Outside lights

  • 28 March 2017

    Imagine, for a moment, not being able to see at night.
    You’re sitting alone, watching MKR in the dark.
    The cat is in its element.
    You are most certainly not.
    How did people get through the Medieval era? The Dark Ages must have been a tough time.
    Your living room is home to all sorts of activities, and almost all of them require some read more...

  • 7 March 2017

    How often are you in the kitchen?
    Every day, right?
    You spend, on average, 3 hours in your kitchen every day.
    That’s over a thousand hours a year.
    You’re dealing with hot pans, slippery water and sharp knives.
    Just one wrong step and disaster is imminent.
    There’s no room for error in the kitchen.
    You can’t risk not having decent lighting in this room.

  • 21 February 2017

    In the average lifetime, you spend about one and a half years in the bathroom.
    Think about it – a shower once (or twice) a day, your regular grooming tasks (we’re coming for you pesky nose hairs), along with hair and make-up.
    All this time adds up.
    We spend an enormous slab of time in our bathrooms.
    Often our bathroom time requires high-quality lighting.

  • 12 February 2017

    Renovating can be a tricky business.
    Don’t let ‘The Block’ fool you.
    First of all – you have a day job.
    Sadly, nobody is giving you a free car and a bunch of Reece Plumbing and Freedom Furniture store vouchers.
    And try as you might, Scott Cam isn’t dropping around to your place to share a laugh, a cold stubby and a few read more...

  • 19 January 2017

    Your home lighting design is vital to creating the living environment you want. But to get it right, you need to take a room-by-room approach.
    What works in the living room, for example, could be a safety hazard in the kitchen, and taking a two-zone approach to lighting certain rooms can deliver the best of both worlds.
    Here’s how to light each room in

  • 3 January 2017

    Whether you’re selecting new LED globes for your existing down lights, or installing a new lighting system from scratch, paying attention to the LED lights you buy can make all the difference.
    From lumen intensity and wattage to the Kelvin colour rating, LEDs offer a range of lighting options to suit any space or mood.
    Here’s how to choose the right LED down lighting read more...

  • 1 November 2016

    From time to time, we all experience common electrical problems around the house. These pesky problems seem to appear without warning and it doesn’t seem to matter how well we prepare around the house; it’s just inevitable.
    Having a basic knowledge of how electricity works in and around your home will help when it comes to electrical troubleshooting.
    At GKT, we want to help

  • 28 October 2016

    How to keep your renovation costs down by understanding your electrical costs
    Renovating is a great way to add value to your home. But if you’re not careful, your renovation costs can quickly spiral out of control and become an expensive nightmare.
    Keeping your renovation on a tight leash comes down to smart planning and the willingness to compromise.
    Here are seven ways to

  • 5 October 2016

    Damaged or poorly installed electrical outlets can spell disaster for your home. Here are five things you can do to keep your home safe…
    Ensuring the electrical safety of your home should be a priority for homeowners. Damaged or poorly installed electrical outlets are a common cause of house fires, and can even put you at risk of electrocution — especially in wet areas read more...

  • 24 September 2016

    It’s important to understand how your house electrical wiring works to identify potential issues and know when to call in the professionals before small issues become big problems.
    In most states in Australia you must have a license to undertake any electrical work in your home. That’s not only to ensure your safety, but also helps to protect you against shoddy work carried out read more...

  • 2 September 2016

    Downlights add a modern edge to any interior design and can be used to transform otherwise ignored spaces into striking conversation pieces.
    Here are seven amazing examples of how you can use downlights to take your interior design to the next level…
    If you’re interested in installing downlights in Newcastle or the Hunter, contact GKT to arrange a free quote.

  • 12 August 2016

    Australians are becoming more and more conscious of our household energy consumption.
    Since 2002, household energy use in Australia has decreased by 7%, whilst prices have risen 61% between 2008 and 2014.
    Inflated quarterly electricity bills over the past decade has brought the issue to the forefront, and increasing mainstream media attention focused on the environmental impact of excessive energy consumption has prompted Australians read more...

  • 8 July 2016

    If you are taking on the task of building a home yourself here in Newcastle, or are tackling a renovation project head on, first off we’d just like to say congratulations!
    With over 10 years experience providing home electrical services to the local Newcastle community, it’s safe to say that we have a fair idea of how much work goes into building and renovation read more...

  • 3 May 2016

    We all want our homes to be as safe as possible – for our families, our friends, and of course, for ourselves. But how often do we take the time out to give our home a once over and make sure there aren’t any electrical safety issues?
    If a potential electrical repair popped up in the workplace, most of us would report it immediately, read more...

  • 29 April 2016

    We all know that forking over your hard earned cash on electricity bills can be a difficult at the best of times. Chances are you have probably come across some tips somewhere along the line telling you how to save money on your electricity bill, and that’s great.
    Here is an article outlining some of the things Australian’s are guilty of wasting electricity on, read more...

  • 3 March 2016

    Hiring a professional electrician can sometimes be a daunting task. The average person usually doesn’t have an extensive knowledge of exactly what is involved in most electrical contractors jobs, and how to assess the value they are getting.
    To make life a little easier for you, we have put together a list of 7 things some electricians don’t want you to know. Now read more...

  • 18 January 2016

    Summer is the perfect time to entertain friends, and while away blissful evenings in the comfort of your own backyard. To help you make the most of the summer season, we have put together a few ideas to help you create a few unique garden lighting ideas and tips that are sure to impress your guests.
    Lighting direction and space


  • 21 December 2015

    Photo: Brendan Wood 
    What better motivation to reduce the amount of energy your household uses than giving your latest electricity bill pride of place on the fridge for all to see?
    We all want to spend less money on household utilities so that we can have a little more for the things we enjoy: holidays, entertainment, social activities.
    Here are a few handy

  • 16 November 2015

    When the warmer months approach many of us may be scratching our heads thinking of cost effective ways to keep the house cool when the mercury soars. One of the primary concerns most people have when coming up with ways to keep cool during summer is typically the cost involved.
    Cost effectiveness of a new ceiling fan
    Whilst it would be nice to

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