The installation of the electricity in our Tiny House is something we found a bit exciting right from the start. We both don’t know much about it. In addition, the electricity in a Tiny House is an essential part and it can be dangerous if it is not done properly. Fortunately, we have the knowledge available to others who do know it.
We proceeded as follows: First we made a lighting plan. For this we have decided where we want light available. We have figured out which lamps fit best where and where they should be mounted. For example, we want a number of surface-mounted spots in the kitchen and a hanging lamp in the living room area. We then determined logical locations for the switches. We also looked at how many sockets we want and where they should be. In the plan we have also taken into account sockets and lamps that are located on the outside of the house, and with the solar panel installation. We have thus identified where electricity should be available in the house. We were then able to subdivide the entire plan into groups.
Before we started wiring, we had our lighting plan checked by an electrician. We drilled holes through the wooden frame of the house. We use a flexible pipe, because these are easier, and in one piece, to guide through the holes in the wood. With a normal tube we would have to work with many small pieces. Because it is generally more difficult to pull wires through a flexible tube than through a normal tube, we have chosen the largest diameter (19 mm).
What still needs to be done
The tubes are still empty; we have not drawn any wires yet. Eventually all groups end up in the group cupboard. We will place this under the couch. We will also install a ventilation grille in the space under the sofa. This allows any heat to be dissipated. We have not yet purchased a cupboard, but we already have one in mind. It has a group box and inverter for the solar panels in one. An inverter converts the electricity generated by the solar panels into the correct voltage (normally 230 Volts).
A step in the right direction
After all the tubes in our Tiny House were, it looked like a spaghetti house. Yellow curled tubes protruded everywhere. The electricity supply of our house is not nearly finished yet, but we are already a nice step in the right direction. A lot still needs to be done. This was the easiest part. But with some help it should certainly work. Now that the pipes were laid, we could start to insulate the roof and waterproof the Tiny House. But that is a story for the next blog. Are you curious about how we got so far? Then take a look at our other blog posts or the photos in our gallery.