There’s a world of ideas for your build or renovation project at the new PDL Vision Studio in Auckland.
Here, you’ll see electric home design brought to life in a sophisticated new space that makes it exciting to imagine what’s possible at your place.
The new PDL Vision Studio
Step into an inspiring home environment curated by interior designer Katherine Lightfoot of Kella Design Co. and experience PDL’s innovative smart home automation and stylish switchgear ranges.
The newly refurbished space features kitchen, dining and living areas, and a bedroom with ensuite bathroom so you can see how different electrical features enhance each one, and even take home some interior design ideas!
Showcased rangesThe Studio showcases a wide range of PDL products such as the PDL Iconic range and is a chance to try them out and imagine how they might work in your home. A PDL expert consultant will be on hand to explain the features and answer any questions you might have.
Simple, smart living
Tom Ryan of Ryelec Automation & Energy says the impressive scale of the home and its suite of features made it an ideal candidate for full smart home automation using PDL SpaceLogic C-Bus, a smart home wiring system. “We had to make it as easy as possible for someone to enter the house and know how to use it,” says Tom.
C-Bus gives oversight and control of a property by linking electronic elements like lighting, audio-visual, security, appliances, heating and even garden features in one easy-to-use system managed via touch-screen wall panels and a phone app.
The modern look of PDL Saturn Zen switches and sockets complement the sleek PDL screens throughout the house.
“C-Bus is what everyone interacts with in every room,” explains Tom. “The panels have little screens so you can label everything, making it a lot easier to use such a heavily automated home.”
Built-in modes such as Home, Away, and Going Out are customised to activate features like air conditioning or pool heating, or to shut everything down, with a single screen tap.
“We didn’t compromise with the automation,” says Neil. “Wherever I am in the world, I can control everything from my phone. If the grass is looking a little bit dry, I can hit the sprinklers,” he laughs.
Tom says it is a fantastic solution. “Every house that we’ve put C-Bus in, people love it. It’s easy to use and we never have any dramas.”
Charge it up
The energy efficient approach to Bunker House encompasses its building materials through to the addition of solar panels and rainwater storage, as well as the smart home automation to eliminate excessive energy use. A Schneider Electric EVlink Home charging station on the driveway completes the picture.
Tom Ryan says that the rapid growth in EV ownership has seen a surge in demand for residential EV chargers, and installing the EVlink Home charger for guests at Bunker House really enhances the property’s offering. “Guests can jump in their car, head to Bunker House and recharge throughout their stay without having to worry about finding public charging stations.”
EVlink Home Charger
He says the EVlink Home charger has many other benefits too. “This is a 3 phase charger which provides far superior charging time than standard chargers,” says Tom. “Most importantly, this charger has a peak controller. This constantly monitors how much power is being used and will change the capacity of the charger to not overload the electrical supply of the house. Guests can also monitor the charging from the screens inside the house.”
The EVlink Home charger is weatherproof and robust so it can be wall-mounted inside a garage or outside. Its simple ‘plug and charge’ operation means vehicles can be charged quickly, safely and cost effectively.
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