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Established in 1986, Smyths Living is 100% Dunedin owned and operated and provides a variety of electrical solutions in the greater Dunedin area.


What ever your problem we will fix it, from a simple fuse replacement to something major. Smyths Living's electricians will fix it for you fast and get out of your way so you can get life back to normal. Here’s a few common scenarios which you might be experiencing now…

  • Lights gone out or gone bang

  • Power points not working 

  • Stove stopped or element blown

  • No hot water

  • Pumps failed

  • Burning smell at the switchboard

  • Security lighting not working properly

  • Or any other electrical fault in your home or business


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When renovating your bathroom there are a number of key points to consider. From an electrical perspective, people often find that three simple factors contribute the most towards a satisfactory outcome; lighting, heating, and power outlets. An electrician will be required to install and wire any electrical fittings.

Bathroom Lighting:
Any bathroom renovation should achieve a superior lighting outcome to the previous lighting design. Some members of the family will be focused on bright vanity lighting that aluminates the face from all angels. Others will be content with even lighting throughout the room. We recommend solutions that achieve both outcomes.

Functional vanity lighting, or bathroom mirror lighting, can be achieved by one single light fitting above the mirror. However, for best results multiple light fittings can often produce consistent lighting of the face at a range of head heights and distances from the mirror/wall. You can choose; two fittings either side of the mirror or, two either side plus one above. Fittings themselves can have one or multiple bulbs.

One common modern trend in lighting is to replace ceiling light fittings with halogen down lights. With a bathroom renovation, the new lighting design could mean going from a one double spot light fitting (a fitting which has two spot lights) in the centre of the bathroom to, three halogen down-lights in the ceiling with the addition of two or three vanity/mirror light fittings.

Bathroom Heating:
Nobody enjoys a cold bathroom first thing in the morning. Beyond energy efficient ideas for home insulation there are a few common and simple heating options available for the bathroom. These include; heated towel rails, under floor heating, and ceiling heat lamps.

Smyths living regularly install heated towel rails. Heated towel rails installed with a timer can be an excellent energy efficient option. An electrician is required to wire the wall power switch / control fitting for under floor heating. We can have under floor heating installed in your bathroom. Walking on cold tiles will become a thing of the past.

Ceiling and wall mounted heat lamps can provide a boost of heat to bathrooms that do not have comprehensive insulation and under floor heating. The heat lamp fitting must be correctly wired and installed to ensure safe operation.

Bathroom Power Outlets:
The demand for power outlets in the bathroom has increased over the years. Today one might find a range of personal electrical appliances that require power in the bathroom. These include such items as an; electric toothbrush, hairdryer, hair straightener, electric shaver, and electric groomer.

If you are adverse to clutter, you can often greatly improve the aesthetics of your bathroom by placing a number of power outlets in cupboards, cabinets or vanities. This approach can also prove useful in bathrooms that have very little vanity top space where you don’t want to take up all available space with hairdryers, etc. Electrical appliances can sit in a specific place inside cabinets and out of the way.

Regular power outlets that are not installed inside cabinets are also useful when placed in optimal locations. Choosing an extra power outlet can be a convenience you will only appreciate once the renovation is complete.


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Bathrooms and Toilets - Bathrooms are the wettest room in the home, therefore prone to mould and decay if there is too much moisture build up in addition to a lack of ventilation. If moisture is allowed to build up on bathroom surfaces, there are a variety of unhealthy bacteria that can build up in these conditions, making your bathroom unhygienic and even unhealthy. In addition, the build up of moisture can damage the paint and potentially the bathroom fittings and fixtures. A correctly fitted exhaust fan extracts the moist air from the bathroom, preventing condensation and moisture on the bathroom surfaces. A ceiling exhaust fan also removes unwanted odours and when fitted with a heating light, provides warmth after those winter showers.

Kitchen - A well-placed exhaust fan in your kitchen will remove all unwanted fumes, odours, steam and smoke from the area, keeping the room well ventilated and fresh.

Laundry - It is very important that your laundry is well ventilated, particularly if you use a dryer. Laundries are often closed while in use to minimise the noise from laundry appliances, so it is critical that this area is fitted with an exhaust fan in order to prevent condensation and moisture build up.

In all areas of your home, it is important to ensure that ceiling exhaust fans are properly located and fitted by a qualified electrician. The kitchen ventilation, in particular, should extract odours and moisture to the outside of the house, not into the roof cavity.

Smyths Living Electrical has highly skilled, friendly electricians who will make sure that all of your ceiling exhaust fans are correctly positioned and installed for maximum effectiveness. We provide a professional service and work with you to complete work in an efficient and timely manner to cause the least possible disturbance to your normal activities.


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 An electrical Certificate of Verification (COV) for residential property can often be requested by insurance companies during the sale & purchase of property. In particular, older properties are more likely to receive a request for a COV from an insurance company. Insurance compliance is normally a vital requirement for banks to sign-off on mortgage settlement.

The purpose of the electrical COV is to verify the condition and safety of the electrical circuits in the property. Typically, the certificate covers verification of; ‘an existing installation on which no work has been carried out and is not subject to Regulation 73’.

Situations in which COVs are commonly requested:

Electrical COV’s help to identify potential electrical hazards and provide peace of mind to individuals and a level of risk reduction to insurance companies & banks. Common situations when electrical COV’s  are requested include:


  • As a Pre-Purchase requirement for mortgage settlement (via the insurance company).
  • As a Pre-Purchase reassurance measure or due diligence condition of sale.
  • As a Post-Purchase reassurance measure to give you peace of mind.


  • As an identification measure when you receive repeated ad-hoc and often intermittent electrical issues throughout the property.


  • As a evidence when selling your older home or investment property.

Types of verification:

The time it takes to complete an on-site electrical COV inspection can vary. Typically, up to two hours on-site is common for an average sized home. Verification is classified as either: (a) Basic visual inspection; (b) Visual inspection and limited testing; or (c) Visual inspection and full testing.

Smyths Living's standard residential home electrical COV is by Basic visual inspection.

The verification process includes:

The visual inspection applies to the readily visible wiring and electrical items. An electrician will run through a checklist and grade a series of listed items that typically include:

  • Main earth
  • Switchboard
  • Hot Water System
  • Range/Stove/Oven


  • Light switches
  • Light fittings
  • Metal fittings earthed
  • Switch-Sockets
  • Polarity
  • Condition of Cable
  • Pipe Insulation


  • Laundry
  • Garage
  • Other

Mains cable (to fully test mains cable an Electrical Inspector is required, thus it does not form part of our COV by basic visual inspection)

Ultimately, certification states: ‘I have carried out a Verification of the above installation in accordance with AS/NZS 3019:2007 and I certify the installation meets the requirements detailed in section 3, 4 or 5 of AS/NZS Standard for the issue of a Certificate of Verification’.

This will give you, your insurance company and your bank piece of mind that at this particular moment in time a qualified electrician believes the electrical condition of the property is safe.


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When you are considering what to do and who to use with regard to home renovations, the choices, jargon, and options can sometimes seem a little overwhelming. In particular; selecting a home renovations electrician and evaluating electrical & power options can seem like an endless choice. At Smyths Living Electrical we believe the process of home renovations should be a exciting and fun time, after all, you are creating a new environment for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.

To make sure you enjoy the home renovations process, right from initial discussions and ideas through to the completed project, we think it is our role to do whatever we can to help you out. Can we perfectly define what that is exactly?  perhaps not... because everyone is different. Some people want to be very hands on and involved in the whole renovations process from start to finish. Others just want their options to be heard at the beginning so they can make  informed decisions then want us and other people involved in the home renovation to just handle everything.

Ultimately, it has to be about listening to YOU, and delivering you the experience you not only expect, but deserve. We aim to exceed and deliver an experience that will leave you with a big smile. It's your home, we understand this is a big deal. Details will mean everything two years down the track. We will make every effort to understand your lifestyle requirements to ensure you'll love your new renovated home now and for years to come.

Smyths Living have experience to help people renovate their home in just about every conceivable way; from simple renovations, right through to complex home rebirths. Electricity and power is a central part of modern life and our need for power is only increasing. Careful electrical design and planning will help you to have a dramatically improved quality of life. We'd love to have an initial chat about your home renovations project.


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Your switchboard is the ‘control panel’ of your home’s electrical wiring. If your switchboard is getting on in years, you need to consider upgrading it for the following important reasons:

• Short-circuits – older switchboard have a greater propensity to short-circuit, meaning that there is a risk of the fuses catching fire, or risk of electric shocks. If your current switchboard still uses replaceable wires on the fuses, it is a safety hazard and needs to be replaced.

• Insufficient power supply – our homes nowadays rely on many more appliances to run than they did in our parents’ day. With a reliance on computers, air conditioners, home theatres, microwave ovens, fitness equipment, pool pumps, stereos and more, it is essential that the switchboard is able to handle the amount of electricity required by the household. Indications of an insufficient power supply are: power tripping, flickering lights.

• Safety Switch – this gives you the ability to cut down or restore power when necessary, a feature not present on older switchboards. An electrical safety switch is a crucial feature of modern switchboards.

An upgrade of your switchboard is not a big investment for the sake of your family’s safety. If you would like an assessment made of your switchboard, call Jim’s Electrical for a professional opinion. We will test your unit for safety and recommend a date for your next upgrade, or we can even upgrade it there and then if your switchboard is hazardous. To safeguard your family, make sure you don’t leave it too late to replace your ageing switchboard.

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Indoor lighting 

Great lighting design, fixtures and fittings can make a world of difference to a property. Aesthetically people will notice a difference, but the real benefit is for those people who spend time in the newly lit environment. If you are looking at installing new lights and fittings inside your home  an experienced Smyths Living electrician can help you to;

  • Improve the look of your lights and enhance your home interior
  • Improve the consistency of light to all areas of a room
  • Improve the direction of light to specific areas of a room
  • Improve the visual comfort by reducing visual glare from light

The easiest thing to do is start the process by calling us to get a quote. 

Some further points about indoor lighting you may find helpful follow;

Indoor lighting methods

  • General room lighting – light fixtures ON the ceiling

    • Traditional bulbs
    • Diffused bulbs
    • Energy efficient bulbs
    • Traditional, Modern & Designer lamp shades
    • Diffused lamp shades
    • Spot lights
    • Chandeliers
  • Downlighting – light fixtures recessed IN the ceiling uplighting – bouncing indirect light OFF the ceiling

    • Halogen spot bulbs
    • LED spot bulbs
    • Energy efficient bulbs


Getting Outdoor Lighting for your home or building should be a breeze. That is once you have selected an appropriate outdoor lighting electrician who will ensure all your requirements are carefully met and your expectations fulfilled or exceeded.
The Smyths Living team are obsessed with providing people with exceptional service. Right from the initial inquiry through to job completion, professionalism is a cornerstone value we live to. We have helped many people, companies and organizations with outdoor lighting projects both big and small.

Outdoor Lighting Projects:

There are a number of possible situations you might be facing;

  • you simply need outdoor lighting for your outdoor entertainment area,
  • you require security lighting for your home, business or investment property,
  • you are looking to transform your outside space with outdoor & garden lighting, or
  • you have a custom outdoor lighting project.

Typical Exterior Lighting Areas:      

  • Outdoor Entertainment Lighting
  • Landscape & Garden Lighting
  • Deck & Patio Lighting
  • Pool & Underwater Lighting
  • Architectural Lighting
  • Security Lighting

Possible Outdoor Lighting Fixture Options:

  • Wall Lights
  • Post Lights
  • Ceiling Lights
  • Pathway Lights
  • Flood Lights
  • Solar Lights
  • Deck Lights
  • Step Lights
  • Garden Lights
  • LED Lights
  • Specialty Lights


It should come as no surprise that your lights take up a large portion of your electrical bill. They’re also area in which you can save the most by updating your hardware.

Modern LED lights use less than a tenth of the energy used by older bulbs. They are also much smaller, and don’t use delicate filaments like their predecessors. This means that are much more robust and less likely to break. The mechanism by which they emit light is also more robust. LED lighting needs to be replace much less often than other bulbs, often outlasting others by up to nine times.
LED lights have been a big development, both for the individual and their home, and the Earth as a whole. Reducing our electrical consumption so dramatically is a great thing for everybody.

Smyths Living are experienced LED light installers .Talk to our experienced team about installing LED lights


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