Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween Decoration Safety - Electrical Precautions

Many people to extra care and safety while trick-or-treating, but few consider the safety of their guest trick-or-treaters. Make sure your outdoor electrical decorations shut off immediately if shorted out.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

How to Evaluate Electrical Features When Buying A Home

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Are you buying a home? If so, here are some electrical tips to help you evaluate a home.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

How To Use Leviton Lighting Controls & Switches To Help Make Your Home Greener

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How to use Leviton lighting controls & switches to help make your home greener.

Monday, October 14, 2013

adorne Wireless Lighting

Creating the perfect mood for dinner guests? Turn on your favorite lights and save the settings. Want specific lights to turn on when you come home? Create your own "Welcome Home" light setting. adorne's wireless lighting gives you complete flexibility

Friday, October 11, 2013

Weatherproof Your Home - Waterproof Electrical Connectors

Do you have a new baby in the house? Worried about your kids spilling water near electrical wires or electronic devices? Setting up Christmas lights and worried about rain or snow? Perhaps it's time to weatherproof your home with waterproof electrical connectors.
Water and electricity are a bad mix. In fact, when they do mix, the results can be seriously damaging. Even deadly. You just can't risk it -especially when you have kids around.
I was always worried about people getting electrocuted in my home. With two toddlers, I kept on imagining water bottles being spilled on electrical appliances and little hands trying to wipe the spill. Also, because of global warming, the weather has been going haywire lately. Gone are the days when you can be a hundred percent sure of rainless weather. In the town where I live, it has rained twice already this season. Being a big fan of outdoor lighting, this posed a problem for me.
How do you weatherproof your home to make sure everyone's safe and sound? Here are some areas you might want to check out to make sure everything's water-resistant: 
  1. Communication Connections - This includes phone lines, cable TV, computers, etc. Make sure all the wires and cables for these networks are waterproof.
  2. Outdoor lighting - This is important. Outdoor lighting systems are susceptible to dew, moisture, rain, etc. Make sure your wiring systems are weatherproof.
  3. Boats and Waterfront properties - If you own one of these, you need definitely need to waterproof them.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Whole House Surge Protection

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To some, whole house surge protection is achieved simply by installing a surge protective breaker or panel at the home's main breaker load center(s). However, true whole house surge protection requires surge protective devices at various levels within the home to provide the most reliable protection - a surge protection network if you will.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Dangers of DIY Electrical Installation

Many people enjoy indulging in DIY tasks in their homes. It is usually a big boost to their egos whenever the task goes well. Many people may also perform tasks personally to save the cost of hiring a professional. When it comes to DIY electrical installation, there are many dangers and risks involved. The task is better left to professional electricians. Some home owners are equipped with tools for electrical purposes. However, it is still not advisable to experiment with electrical connections. The results could be hazardous and at times fatal. The risk involved is not worth it. You had better incur some costs of hiring an electrician and be safe.
There are several dangers that come with DIY electrical installation. The most common one is electrocution. You will be at a risk of being electrocuted if you touch live wires. Electrocution could also result if wrongly cut through cables. This could result to serious burns that could render you being disabled for the rest of your life. It could also lead to heart failure leading to death. Should a friend or family member try to save you from being electrocuted, he will face the same risk.
Poorly installed electrical cables could lead to fires. A fire could result if the wiring is incorrect, badly insulated or loose. A fire could start in the electric socket and spread to other parts of the house. Why risk burning your house down if you can hire an electrician? You could be doing the installation to save the extra cost. However, after burning up your home, you will incur much higher costs of replacing your belongings. Apparently, the DIY installation is not worth it.
Conducting unlicensed electrical installation could cost you high fines. Unlicensed electrical work is illegal. Should any damage result, you could face a penalty of as high as two hundred thousand dollars. You may also be legally charged and suffer a jail term of up to three years. Damages in your home resulting from unlicensed electrical work may not be compensated by your insurance company. Thus, if any loss occurs, the home owner will bear it.
The DIY homeowner may not understand the correct size for wires and cables. Electric wires come in many sizes and types. The type and size of wire will determine the manner in which it is used. If the wrong size is installed, overheating may result. The wires should match the appliances with which they are used. The wires used for appliances like television are different from those used for electric cookers. Many homeowners are not armed with this kind of knowledge.
While doing electrical installations, the power boards should not be overloaded. DIY electrical installations could result to overloading of power outlets and power board. This could lead to straining of the circuits. The same case applies for electrical box connections. Electrical boxes are meant to give protection against external elements. Inexperienced people may overload the electrical box. This will in turn result to overheating and short circuiting. By seeking the assistance of a qualified electrician, such scenarios can be avoided.
It doesn't matter whether you are dealing with a minor electrical installation or a major one. You still need to hire a qualified electrician. Mistakes can be made even when performing simple tasks such as installing light bulbs. You may put a bulb with a higher wattage than a socket. There will be a risk of overheating. The socket will burn and cease functioning. You are likely to keep replacing bulbs and sockets every now and then. This is not economical at all. In fact, the risks and costs of DIY electrical installation exceed the cost of hiring an electrician by far.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013