Electrical Estimating Help #6

Schedule and the specifications which will dictate which lights are quoted. The gear will be dictated by the panel schedule and the specifications. Some things to consider when asking for quotes: When turning in a Request for Lighting Quote, make sure that you include a copy of the lighting schedule, specifications, and your counts. TIP: Make sure that you include a note, on your Request for lighting, that all trims, bulbs and any hangers need for installing the fixtures to be included in their Quote. I can’t tell you how many times the low Quote didn’t end up being low. Oh, you mean you actually wanted the hangers needed to install the lights? Bulbs? You didn’t mention bulbs. When turning in a Request for Gear Quote, make sure that you include a copy of the Panel Schedule, specifications, and your counts. TIP: Some supply houses will include the disconnects, starters, time clocks, and contactors in the Gear price and some will appear low, but include them in the Rough In material. Some supply houses will only quote the gear that is shown on the one line diagram. Also, check to make sure that the correct AIC ratings are being quoted. It is of great importance that you are specific and consistence in your request. I personally insist that the disconnects, starters, time clocks, and all of the “Gear” be quoted in the Gear Quote. EVERY TIME. Disconnects etc. are cheaper as a package than quoted alone, and don’t forget the fuses. They never include fuses if they can sneak it by. If possible, have your supply house quote individual prices on your lighting fixtures along with individual pricing on your gear package. Ensure them that you will take all or none and that you want to cherry pick the package. If you can establish this in the beginning, you will be ahead of the game when items are added or deleted.