Should I Replace My Electrical Panel?

If you're a homeowner, you know that sometimes you need to fix things around the house. Plumbing wears out, air conditioners break, and furnaces need to be replaced every 15 to 20 years. The electrical panel, otherwise known as a circuit breaker, is no different. But how do you know when it is time to replace your breaker box? There are several tell-tale signs and reasons that it is time to upgrade. Old Electrical Panel One reason that you might...

Benefits of Annual Home Electrical Maintenance

When it comes to the electric in your home, you might be happy as long as the appliances work and the lights go on when you need them to do so. However, home electrical maintenance is about more than just what you can see. Instead of waiting for issues to arise, consider the benefits of having an annual check of your home's system. Protecting against Fires As you're considering fire safety, you might think of steps such as creating a...

Top 5 Uses of LED Lighting

All About LED Lighting Those light-emitting diodes better known as LEDs are 90% more efficient at producing light than the incandescent light bulbs. How do they do that? LED lighting works by passing an electrical current through a microchip. As the current passes through the microchip, it illuminates the tiny LED light producing visible light. The absorption of its heat prevents performance issues of the LEDs lighting into a heat sink. Unlike compact fluorescent or incandescent lights, the LEDs don’t...

How to Childproof Outlets

Having little ones in the home is a cause for great joy. However, it also means that parents, grandparents and other caretakers need to ensure that their homes are safe for children. Electrical outlets, for example, can make for a serious danger. They can cause injury or even death. Therefore, taking the time to call an electrician to childproof outlets is of utmost importance. Install Tamper Resistant Receptacles One way to protect children from outlets is to upgrade the electrical...

What To Do In Power Outage Emergencies

While power outages are relatively frequent, they can seem particularly frightening when they do happen. Whether power is out for a brief moment or the electricity is down for much longer, getting used to living with the lights off is indeed a challenge. The best way to get through power outage emergencies is to prepare beforehand and be ready once the light goes out. Living in the Dark No matter how well prepared we are, at some point, we will...

Troubleshooting Dead Electrical Outlets

Do you have one or more of those electrical outlets that operates inconsistently or not at all? Rather than avoid a faulty or dead electrical outlets, it is better to make sure it is operating properly to avoid the risk of fire hazard, not to mention the inconvenience of having to work around dead electrical outlets. There are a few steps you can take to check an outlet’s functionality and easily restore it to use, or determine if its time...

Can I Add More Fuses to My Breaker Box?

So you've decided that you need power in other areas of your home, or that you would like to divide up the power sources for an existing room. Maybe you've built a home addition, such as a sun room or a spare bedroom. Or maybe your power needs have changed and you're drawing too much power from just one breaker. Whatever the reason, if you think that you need a new breaker in your breaker box, you're going to need...

Landscape Lighting Ideas For Mother’s Day

Mother's day is almost here, and you're probably wondering what you should give the person who gave you life. It's common for people to feel frustrated, especially if your mother is one of those people who already have everything. You gave her a candle gift set and a gift certificate to dinner last year, and you don't want to repeat the same thing. This year, wouldn't it be nice to give her something that she will be able to enjoy...

Home Generator Safety Tips

A home generator is an essential addition to the home that can make a real difference in the level of functioning in the event of a prolonged power outage. With the purchase of a generator, homeowners gain a sense of security and peace of mind from the knowledge that they can keep their families safe and sound, especially those with very young, elderly, or disabled members. Becoming well versed in home generator safety is a priority in all cases. The...

Which Bulb is Best for Outdoor Lighting: LED or Incandescent?

LED lights are perfect candidates for your next outdoor lighting project.Homeowners around the world are always on the lookout for the best products that add value to their properties. This search extends to lighting the home. Buying those large, incandescent bulbs of the past used to be commonplace, but there are alternatives today. When it comes to the best outdoor lighting for the home, a local electrician will always suggest LEDs over incandescent bulbs. But what makes LEDs so much...