Friday, May 31, 2013

Choosing the Best Among LED Lighting Options for Kitchens

Kitchens used to be a hidden place for stoves and dishwashers. However, the advent of televised cooking shows has made the kitchen an excellent space for entertaining guests. Today, homeowners are cooking up new ways to make their kitchen space more fun and exciting.
Decorating kitchens doesn't have to be all about food themed wallpapers or marble countertops. A good way to make the kitchen brighter is through proper lighting. The good news is there are a lot of LED lighting options for kitchens available in the market today.
One of the best lighting ideas for any kitchen is under-cabinet lighting. Under-cabinet lighting helps illuminate kitchen countertops, drawers and other kitchen appliances. This makes it easier to clean messes and spot cracks on kitchen surfaces. Plus, it gives a space a certain glow that can warm the room.
There are a wide variety of LED lighting options for kitchens including LED light strips and LED Plinth Lights. LED light strips are flexible lighting options that can last for up to 50,000 hours. Because they come in strips, this type of lighting can illuminate a wide space, thus saving money compared to buying multiple lamps. LED strip lights are
perfect for straight narrow spaces such as the underside of overhead cabinets.
Plinth lights on the other hand are like plastic tiles with several LED bulbs mounted to them. These come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be bought per piece or in kits. This type of lighting is perfect for the corners of floor cabinets or the ceiling. Plinth lights can last for over 30,000 hours.
LED lighting options for kitchens also vary in color. Natural white colored LEDs are more functional and help the room seem wider. These are ideal for tight kitchens or kitchens that have little or no windows. Daytime white LEDS may also be used for this function. On the other hand, warm whites or yellows make for a warmer and cozier kitchen. These are perfect for wide spaced kitchens or kitchens that are meant for entertaining.
Of course, LED lighting colors depend on the aesthetics of the kitchen owner. For instance, if an owner prefers to have a more futuristic looking kitchen, then hues of blue or red may be used for lighting.
Another option of kitchen lighting is cabinet lighting. Unlike under-cabinet lighting which is more functional, cabinet lighting is mostly meant for aesthetics purposes. This type of lighting is installed within the cabinets in order to illuminate their contents and give them a sort of "spotlight" effect. Warm colors are usually best for cabinet lighting and can be done with strip or plinth LED lights.
Because of LED lights, decorating kitchens has never been easier. And with more and more LED lighting options for kitchens being introduced, homeowners now have the ability to bring out their creativity and style without overpowering the natural décor of their kitchens.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

On-Q: Selective Call Intercom Room Unit Overview

With the Selective Call Intercom (SCI) Room Unit you can easily talk room-to-room or even monitor the baby's room. SCI is an affordable and innovative whole home intercom system.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Practicality of Hiring an Electrical Contractor

Hiring an electrical contractor sometimes bewilders those who are not sure of their needs when it comes to wiring issues. There are some people, for reasons attributable to lessening their expenses, choose to fix minor problems, thinking that such act saves them money. On the contrary, it does not; and only puts one to higher risks given their naiveté on such matters.
An electrical contractor is one who is most reliable on matters wiring concerns and other related things. This is so because electricity, given its inherent danger, involves highly specialized handling. The argument that one can handle such matter by anyone is valid when putting into consideration that there are DIY gadgets and manuals, however, such gadgets and manuals cannot really assure one of safety. Professionals on such matters are highly trained and have the necessary experience in handling such things.
As such, they not only put one in lesser risks, but they also put a client into more practical grounds given that such work will hold in posterity-meaning one will have to think of lesser expenses of trying to fix prospective problems since one makes sure that the quality will be stable and will be in good condition for a very long time. Furthermore, one's attempts to fix the aforesaid problems only run the risks of destroying the wiring of one's home if done incorrectly, putting in consideration the threat to one's life.
Our world has greatly evolved due to the social media, the Internet, and phone directories; the electrical contractors are now very much available that they can no longer be put into doubtful circumstances. Thus, one makes sure they are accessible, not to mention that one makes sure that there is a myriad of choices for one to choose in hiring such expert. Furthermore, one can feel that there is another person (who has the proper training and experience), whom she/he can rely upon on matters mentioned.
Lastly, one needs to guarantee that the entire job gets accomplished properly. Being a qualified expert, the aforesaid professional has the skills in sourcing all the problems and finding the cause of the same. The references also allow one to verify the professional's past works, as their track record and quality are very important. As such, one would be guided whether the hired expert gives a good and satisfactory job to his/her clients. Thus, the hiring these professionals is a worthwhile undertaking.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Home Electrical System Safety

The electrical system is an essential part of your home, yet it's often taken for granted -- and that's a dangerous attitude to have when it comes to electricity.

Understanding the basics of your electrical system can help you identify and avoid potential hazards.

This video from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) provides a brief introduction to the different components of your home's electrical system, includes tips for identifying electrical safety hazards, and explains some advanced electrical technologies that can make your home safer.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

AFCIs: Hints for Homeowners Public Service Announcement

Smoke alarms and escape ladders are important tools to help your family stay safe in the event of a fire emergency, but did you know there is a device that could actually prevent a fire from happening? Protect your home with the advanced fire protection offered by Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) -- a key component of any good family fire safety plan.

Visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International at for more electrical safety information and resources.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Outdoor Lighting Tips for a Safe Home

For outdoor lighting, you have to keep your home safe from intruders. You should also keep your family members safe from electrical accidents.
Observe safety measures
You have to be careful when you are installing your lights outdoors. Avoid taking on this task when it is raining or it just rained. Sometimes, when the atmosphere is very humid, you should also postpone this task. Plan what steps you have to undertake and make sure that you do each one correctly.
You may hire an electrician to do this for you. A licensed electrician can be the most qualified person to complete the installation process. You may need to pay a fee for the electrician to do this. Choose only reliable electricians for reliable companies to ensure that you get the highest quality of service possible.
You should also make sure that the installation is correct to avoid future accidents. Do not place electrical sockets outside of the house. The wiring that you will use needs to have enough insulation. When there are tears, you should have them repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
Use only outdoor lights
Never use indoor lights in outdoor settings. Those which are designed for outdoor use are equipped with the necessary features to withstand the elements of nature. These lights may be more durable than regular indoor lights. Using indoor lights may become the cause of accidents as they are not ideal for use in this setting.
Choose strategic locations
In selecting where to install your outdoor lights, you should take into account areas where there is the most traffic. If you wish to keep your family safe, you have to light their path. Focus your lighting fixtures on pathways that lead to your home. If there isn't enough light from streetlamps, you may use your own resources to install another lamp in your property that is close to the street.
Avoid leaving dark spaces around your house. These dark areas may be taken advantage of by burglars and home intruders.
Also, you can provide a welcoming ambiance at the front of your home by lining these lights along the pathway to your home.
Use lamp boxes
Some neighborhoods might have problems with outdoor lights that are being stolen. In order to avoid this from happening, you should have something to protect your light bulbs in their positions. There are boxes that can be used for this purpose. There are glass lamp boxes and there are those that are made from glass or steel.
Lamp boxes will also help keep your lighting fixtures dry. This will help lengthen the lifespan of the light bulbs that you are using.
Choose energy efficient lights
If you plan on leaving your outdoor lights on all throughout the night, you have to make it a point to buy energy efficient lamps. There are those which might not give off very bright light but they consume very small amount of energy. These might be enough to provide illumination into the outdoor space.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Did you know?

Your electrical panel may be in danger after 30 plus years.

Your home has probably had almost everything replaced by now; from water heater, furnace, AC, floors, doors, windows, appliances, etc. 

Has anyone looked at your electrical panel? 

Most people think if it's not broken, why fix it? Well, the reason is simple...

Most house fires are caused by electrical fires. Don't lose your valuables or your life! Have your panel inspected. Have peace of mind!


Friday, May 10, 2013

Lighting & Design

Good light shouldn't be only be in art galleries and in the movies. Your home should have it, too! From the cutting edge of LED to Induction Lighting, Vacaville Electric can brighten your day and help you set the mood.

Lighting is important in so many ways and should be taken seriously in every project. At the end of the day, Vacaville Electric brings quality and education to every project.

Lighting consumes about 1/3 of most PG&E bills. Much is wasted in general space and not put where it is needed. Illuminating a product, creating a mood, emphasizing security, or entertaining, you have the ability to control all the lumens in the area! Remember, not all light is good light. Vacaville Electric can help you design or recreate something that will impress others forever. Your home, your clients, your friends and family will all enjoy and appreciate it.
LED Lighting for Your Steps

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Big Changes Are Coming To Our Industry. We're Ready, Are You?

We can help you be ready. "Carbon footprint," "greenhouse emissions" and "global warming" are not just news stories. They are concerns that are driving change in electrical technology, revolutionizing our industry. 

"Green" technology often translates into huge savings on electricity. Generating electricity from the sun is a technology we all know well.  Whether you're powering a pocket calculator, satellite, or your home, solar electricity, also known as photovoltaics, can get the job done.
The cost of electricity is going up (both in dollars and in environmental and health impacts) and it doesn't show any signs of doing otherwise. About half of the energy in the American grid is coal generated. Electric energy is an intermediate form of energy. It is produced in thermal power stations (where fuel oil, gas, coal, biomass, etc. are burnt), in hydroelectric power stations and nuclear power stations. Smaller quantities are produced by wind, photovoltaic solar panels, sea tides, etc.

Give us a call today to see how we can help you be "green" and save money at the same time!
Did you know?
Enough sunlight falls on the earth's surface each minute to meet world energy demand for an entire year.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

We Do Industrial!

When it comes to the Industrial world, Vacaville Electric knows "Time is Money." We realize it may be a deadline for a new facility, new equipment being implemented into an existing system, or general maintenance. Vacaville Electric will be there at all hours to help you get the production moving.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

We Do Residential!

Vacaville Electric will provide all your Residental needs. With over 1,000 track homes and 50 custom homes under our belt, we bring the basics as well as all the 21st Century technology options. Whether your home is "Colonial Cozy" or the "Next Generation," we will make sure you always get the best bang for your buck.

We understand Residential including a keen awareness for the infrastructure of your home. When installing electrical devices we will meet your lighting needs while maintaining the integrity of your walls, ceilings and tiles. Not knowing what is going on is a shame when you are building. 

Call today for a Prebuild Design Consultation. If you are already in your house and you need some help making it into a home, we are just a phone call away.

Listed are examples of some of the electrical work that we do. If there is something you do not see on our list, keep in mind that we are excited to welcome new challenges!
• New Home Construction (Ground Up)
• Additions and Partials
• Lighting Design (Comfort, Effect, Security)
• Code Correction
• Fire and Water Damage
• Driveway Lighting
• Gates
• Solar