The home upgrade we wish we could have in our living room

When you think about upgrading your home, there aren’t many people who would turn a whole wall into a TV. But that’s exactly what one Canberran chose to do when they installed ‘The Wall’ by Samsung. 


Detlev’s Managing Director, Grae Munro, couldn’t wait to start the epic project, with the TV installation being only one part of a larger upgrade to the home’s smart automation system. Previously managed through a PC, the new upgrade would see the system shift to iPad control. 


For the team at Detlev’s, this required designing a new concept for running fibre optic cables and creating dedicated electrical circuits in an already established home.  


A lot of planning was involved throughout the project and the team at Detlev’s were thrilled at the opportunity to flex their home automation skills as they progressed through each stage. The Samsung Wall was completed in panels, allowing for a seamless screen to be created. The lights and blinds were also automated and brought into the new smart home automation system. 


While these kinds of projects come with their own challenges and a range of moving parts, they also bring the opportunity for the team to install and see some awesome tech in action. For Grae and the team, projects like this are exactly the thing they love to do, working with high-end gear at the very edge of technology. It keeps them on their toes and excited for each new project. 


Grae is already looking forward to the next installation, his hope is to create an at-home cinema one day. 


Detlev’s collaborated with Samsung to make this project a reality and added a surround sound system to make sure the sound quality matched the high-quality, large-scale visuals. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Detlev’s Recognised in ACT NECA Awards

The team at Detlev’s has been rewarded for their hard work at the 2022 NECA Awards.

Detlev’s received the State Finalist Award for the Industrial – Small category for the relocation of control boards at one of Canberra’s iconic institutions, Canberra Milk. Detlev’s was also recognised with the State Highly Commended Award for the Commercial – Small category for the work completed on the lighting upgrade at the Australian War Memorial.

Australian War Memorial project

The Australian War Memorial project involved forward planning to enable works to continue for the ongoing redevelopment project, as well as upgrade lighting to Poppy’s café and the car park.

The project was ongoing for nearly two and a half years, but the team completed the project under budget. It also enabled us to implement higher level safety systems that we have been developing for future projects in a similar space.

Canberra Milk project

The Canberra Milk project went for a shorter period, about three weeks, but this project still came with its challenges. As Canberra Milk had to remain operational, works were restricted to one day per week during weekdays and one day on the weekend.

It was a complex design and construct project, but the Detlev’s team provided outstanding methodology for installation and worked closely with the client, engineers, and architects to ensure the relocation of control panels ran smoothly. The project also came under budget and reinforces our approach to tackling complex projects.

Congrats to our team

Both teams should be extremely proud of their efforts. The dedication and hard work of our people is what makes Detlev’s the leading electrical brand in Canberra. So, we give a massive shoutout to all our employees and the efforts they have been putting in.

Home automation. Sometimes it’s about making a difference

Over the last few years, there has been a big increase in the number of people looking to add home automation systems to their homes. These systems offer several benefits from reducing your energy costs to making your home safer and more comfortable.


Home automation systems can also provide a level of independence to those who may need support for everyday tasks. Recently Detlev’s partnered with Bloomfield Support Solutions to fully automate the home of one of their clients, Shane, under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.


Shane’s disability means that he requires the use of a wheelchair, so the system that Detlev’s installed ensures he can access the TV, dim the lights and see who is at the door from wherever he is in the house. Everything can be controlled from a single device and is a very user-friendly system, which Shane has been loving.


The system, valued at $30,000, was installed for free in conjunction with Schnieder Electric.


The system gives Shane a level of independence back because carers don’t always need to be present. Sensors in the systems can alert carers if Shane has a seizure, a fall, or if has left the oven on.


The installation was part of a flagship program called the Smart Living Program designed to help people who care for ageing family members and those in need of full-time care. Grae Munro, Detlev’s Director, is hoping that people like Shane can likewise benefit if other disability service providers take part in the program.


For disability providers, the program can be a great resource in helping to reduce travel time for carers, save money in the long run, and help to give independence to those they care for.


This program would be able to service older people who would prefer to stay in their homes than go to a nursing home. While the Detlev’s team has won awards for automation projects, being involved in this program and making a difference in the community has been very rewarding.