How Your Home Electrical System Works

How Your Home Electrical System Works

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How Your Home Electrical System Works

It is vital for the operation of your home that you have electricity. When and where we need power, whether to watch TV, for heating and cooling purposes or to charge our cell phones, we depend on our home’s electrical system.

Understanding how a home’s electrical system works is vital if there is a problem or if the homeowner wishes to upgrade. Home electrical work is complicated and important, so it should be left to qualified professionals who know how to install, repair, and maintain electrical equipment safely and effectively.

 As we all know, a home’s electrical system is installed early in the construction process. In this way, wiring and other components are kept safe from occupants, preventing damage to them. That makes it difficult to access and locate wiring later if it needs to be repaired. This is just one more reason you should only have qualified contractors work on your home’s electrical system. When homeowners attempt to locate wiring inside walls, they can cause a lot of costly damage.

Another important part of home wiring has changed considerably over the past few decades. The earliest electrified homes had wiring for lights and a few appliances. Things have improved greatly since then. One of the earliest additions was telephone wiring. Although many families no longer use landlines, nearly all existing homes and even most new construction still have telephone wiring. It is a different type of technology from the electrical system that powers everything in the house. A different skill set is required for many functions, such as installation, troubleshooting, repair, maintenance, and upgrading.

Then came television wiring. In any case, whether the signal came from a satellite dish, an antenna, or a cable company, it was distributed through the house via a coaxial cable installed into wall outlets or, in some cases, through floor wires that were simply pushed through the floor from below. TV lines require special skills, just as telephone cables do. Incorrectly installed cable systems can result in a poor picture and sound quality.

Over time, many homes were equipped with data cables providing internet access throughout the entire house. Older homes were retrofitted with this technology, while newer homes were constructed with it incorporated into them. As with phones and televisions, computer performance depends on the way data transmission wiring is installed.

How Home Electrical System Works

Since our use of electricity has increased, home electrical systems have changed dramatically. Whether it’s just powering a few lights and appliances, running TV and internet wiring, or providing electricity for the high-tech homes of today, a home electrical system plays an important role. Let’s take a look at how it all works.

1. Electrical Meter

Typically, the mainline comes from a pole or underground. It is connected to the home, where it meets the meter, which is usually on the exterior. Typically, they have a spinning wheel and display of numbers on a mechanical display; some newer models also have LCDs. A utility company meter reader uses these when they come to your home or it’s automated and done remotely. Each month, the meter records the amount of electricity used, measured in kilowatt-hours. The utility company uses this increase to calculate your monthly bill.

2. The Main Breaker Panel

Electrical panels are typically located inside homes, but it is possible to have weather-proof exterior panels also. When entering the home, the main electric supply line runs from the meter to the main circuit breaker. The size of the main circuit breaker determines the maximum electricity that a home can use at any given time. In the event of an overload, this switch automatically turns off, which reduces the risk of fires or electrocutions.

Usually, newer homes have 200-amp service, old ones might have 100-amp or sub-100-amp service, and a larger home may have 300/400+ amp services. If you’d like to know how much electricity your home uses, take a look at the main breaker panel. If you open it and look for the largest breaker switch you will see the total amps of your home electrical systems.

3. Circuits

Upon distribution of power through the circuit breakers, the power then flows through bundles of wires in the walls, floors, and ceilings of each room and into hard-wired appliances. Each bundle contains three wires, two of which are insulated with plastic and one uninsulated. “Hot” wires are those that are black and red insulated and come directly from the circuit breaker. The white wire is the “neutral” which brings the current back to the electrical source in the panel. The bare wire is the copper ground wire, which is the safety part of the circuit. The ground wire is a direct path to the ground, acting with the circuit breaker if there should be a short circuit. It is a path of least resistance for excess electricity.

The insulated wires are connected to outlets or switches, and when nothing is plugged in or the switch is off, the wires do not meet. However, when you plug something in to an outlet or turn on an electric switch, the circuit is complete and electricity can flow.

4. GFCIs and AFCIs

After the circuit breaker system, the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet is the second most common safety precaution. Within milliseconds, it detects when someone is receiving a shock and shuts off electricity, preventing electrocution. These are usually found in places that use water, such as bathrooms, kitchens, garages, basements, and outdoors. They appear to be regular outlets, but they have a reset and test button. In the case of a GFCI trip, the reset button restores power if the problem has been resolved. As these devices have sensors, which can malfunction occasionally, you should test them to ensure they are still functioning well. To restore power, press the test button and then the reset button.

Although GFCIs are great, they are not without faults. For instance, electrical arcing can occur. This occurs when metal or water completes a circuit outside of its intended circuit, causing a less direct fault. GFCIs can detect a dead short, but not an electrical arc. Even inside your walls, arcing can happen where there are loose connections or electrical cords meet furniture. These hazardous conditions can only be avoided by Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters or AFCIs. It is required to have AFCI outlets in many areas of the home including family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, closets, hallways, sunrooms, and similar rooms or areas.

Additionally, other basic components make up a home’s electrical system. These include:


AC and DC power are carried by your home’s wiring. We use AC in our homes, which is distributed through the walls and ceilings in metal conduit. Typically, 120 volts is the voltage in your home, although it can vary depending on the type of service you have. Many appliances and devices run on AC power.

In contrast, DC power is utilized in certain applications, such as low-voltage lighting or alarm systems. It is also used as a source of power for home appliances, such as refrigerators and freezers. In most cases, DC power wiring is hidden in the walls and ceilings, and a special device, known as a transformer, converts AC power to DC power.


In a home, switches are used to turn lights and fans on and off. They are available in a wide variety of colors and styles. You can choose from a single-pole, a three-way, a four-way, or a dimmer switch. When you flip a switch off, it “opens” the circuit, meaning the circuit is broken or not complete and the power is interrupted. When the switch is on, the circuit is “closed,” and power flows beyond the switch to the light or another device it is controlling.


Plug-in appliances and devices are powered by electrical outlets, technically called receptacles. Among the devices that can be plugged into an outlet are televisions, lights, computers, freezers, vacuum cleaners, and toasters. Standard outlets in a home are either 15-amps or 20-amps, the latter of which can deliver more electricity without tripping a breaker. For high-demand appliances, such as electric ranges and clothes dryers, specialized outlets may provide 30 to 50 amps or more.

Common Home Electrical Problems

Outdated systems

Electrical upgrades are a top priority when renovating an old house for several reasons. Insulation that is missing or deteriorated in old wiring may pose shock and fire hazards. Having no grounding protection makes two-prong receptacles a shock or electrocution hazard. A fuse box won’t offer the same degree of protection as a modern circuit breaker. If you have an old setup you should really consider whole-house rewiring and a panel upgrades.

Remodeling mistakes

In assessing any old house, it’s good to look for jury-rigged electrical work that was done by the previous owner. There are many mistakes here that are obvious, like the outlets in the basement that don’t have cover plates or the Romex cable that’s exposed on the wall. Others, however, can only be identified by an experienced electrician or building inspector. If you’re the new owner of an old house, you should hire a professional to thoroughly inspect the electrical system.

Overloaded circuits

If too many devices are plugged into one circuit, the wiring can overheat and damage the appliances. Sometimes this problem can be solved by upgrading to a higher-amp service. Other times, it may be enough to add some more circuits and install some new outlets.

Power surges

Electrical systems can occasionally be shocked by high voltage from the grid, as a result of a lightning strike or a utility malfunction. An installation of a whole-house surge arrester will prevent such power surges from damaging electronic devices like computers and monitors.

Best Practices for Electrical Safety in Your Home

Some of the basic practices you need to follow for ensuring electrical safety in your home are as follows:

  • Every piece of equipment, machine, and device must be appropriately grounded and double insulated
  • No outlet should be overloaded
  • You should never handle electrical equipment with wet hands
  • For adequate heat dissipation, power strips should be located in well-ventilated areas
  • Plugging grounded cords into ungrounded outlets is never a good idea
  • Under no circumstances should electrical cords be knotted or hidden under carpets
  • Any cord that is cracked, twisted, frayed, or damaged should be replaced
  • Disconnect the power immediately if any equipment emits sparks or smokes, has an abnormally hot surface, or makes unusual noises, and have it inspected by an electrician immediately

Do Not Forget

Your home’s electrical system is a complex network of wires and cables that carry power to all the different parts of your house. It takes qualified residential electricians years of training and experience to be able to correctly install, maintain, and troubleshoot it. Therefore, you should not work with electricity if you are inexperienced with it.

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Everything You Need To Know About Power Surges

Everything You Need To Know About Power Surges

What Is A Power Surge

Power surges, also called transient voltages, are simply unexpected increases in voltage. When powerful enough, it can damage or even destroy electronic devices in your home. Whenever an electrical device’s operating range is exceeded, an electrical arc and heat can occur. Over time, even small electrical surges may damage electronic equipment. These effects may not appear immediately, but they will develop over time if left unchecked and untreated.

What Causes Power Surge

Following your understanding of power surges, let’s look at their most common causes. Understanding what causes power surges can help you prevent them as you maintain your electrical system. Below are some of the causes of power surges.

Internal Sources Within Your Home 

Up to 80% of power surges are caused by sources within your home, making them the most common cause of power surges. By turning on and off electronic devices with motors and compressors, they hinder the flow of electricity to and from other electrical appliances. This overload is usually caused by hairdryers, space heaters, power tools, air conditioners, and HVAC units. In most cases, these are smaller-scale power surges occurring regularly that cause electronic rust or intermittent damage to products. 

Using Outdated Electrical Systems

An outdated electrical system and faulty wiring can also cause power surges to be generated within a home, particularly in older homes without updated wiring. Many homes built before the 1980s have cheaper aluminum wiring rather than today’s standard copper wiring. We now know that the aluminum connections deteriorate quickly and cause power surges. 


Because your electrical system is designed to channel electricity, a lightning strike can easily compromise it. Whenever lightning strikes your electrical system, it is forced to accept the overwhelmingly excessive current. This generates an overwhelming power surge. Therefore, it’s a good idea to unplug unused gadgets and appliances during severe storms if you are not using surge protection.

Power Outage/Blackout

A power outage can be expected during a storm or failure of the power grid. Although it’s expected, it doesn’t mean it’s not harmful. When power is restored after an outage, the sudden jump in current can cause a power surge, causing damage to any powered appliances that had been unplugged.

Why Worry About Power Surges

There are many items in your home that are susceptible to power surges. Everything containing a microprocessor is particularly vulnerable since the tiny digital components are so sensitive that even a 10-volt fluctuation can disrupt normal operation. Microprocessors can be found in hundreds of consumer items, including TVs, cordless phones, computers, microwaves, and even large appliances we may not think of as high-tech, like dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerators. Large power surges, as with a lightning strike, can cause instantaneous damage, frying circuits and melting plastic and metal parts. These surges are rare, however. Furthermore, low-level surges won’t blow fuses or melt parts, but they can cause electronic rust, slowly degrading internal circuitry until it eventually fails.

How To Tell If You Had Power Surge

When you experience a power surge in your home, don’t panic. It’s fairly common and rarely causes damage. A large surge of electricity, such as that caused by a lightning strike, can, however, destroy circuitry and wiring in an instant. Here are some other signs that you may just have experienced a power surge: 
  • Electrical appliances and devices with flashing clocks are fairly obvious signs that there has been an electrical surge in a power strip or wall outlet. 
  • A power surge can cause burning, so you may catch a whiff. Whenever you suspect a power surge, you should smell the wall outlets or power strips for burnt aromas. 
  • Reset buttons are available on some power strips and wall outlets. If the outlet has experienced an electrical fluctuation, these buttons will move to the reset position. You may have experienced a power surge if the button has to be reset manually. 

What Are The Effects Of Power Surges On Your Home And Electronics

There are several types of surges. Typical voltage spikes last only 1-2 nanoseconds, while actual surges last for 3 nanoseconds or more. Most powerful surges are obvious right away when your air conditioning or Wi-Fi suddenly stops working. It has been hit with high voltage electricity strong enough to melt its wiring. Additionally, these intense surges can damage your entire electrical system and even cause a fire. Less obvious are the results of electrical spikes. At first, the damage they cause is less severe, but repeated small spikes can reduce your electronic appliances’ performance until they are damaged.

What To Do After a Power Surge 

After a power surge, it is important to do these three things:
  1. Reboot, unplug and repower all electronic devices. You can do this before resetting circuit breakers if a power outage has occurred after the surge. 
  1. Check your appliances, electronics, and power outlets in your home to determine if there are any damages. 
  1. Check your HVAC system for damage and functionality. A professional may be required for this.

How to Deal with Frequent Power Surges

There are many problems that can arise with electricity and one of the most common is a power surge. An unexpected increase in voltage can damage or even destroy electronic devices and appliances, and a power surge can originate both inside and outside of the home. If you are exposed to such risks, you might wonder what you can do when power surges occur frequently. 

Devices And Appliances That Are Not In Use Should Be Unplugged

This is a free and effective way to reduce the risk of power surge damage. Unplug unused appliances and devices, especially during a storm. Walk around your house. You may see multiple devices plugged in but not in use. The toaster, coffee maker, hairdryer, phone charger, and more are among these items. Unplugging these devices can prevent damage from power surges, but it can also reduce their energy consumption and electricity costs. That’s bringing down two birds with one stone.

Inspect Your Wiring

If you live in an old home, the wiring is probably old and outdated. These wiring systems can fall into disrepair and become vulnerable to power surges. This can happen even to newer homes. Make sure that your wiring is in good working order by scheduling an annual or bi-annual electrical inspection. Also, it is a good idea to arrange for an urgent inspection if you encounter frequent electrical problems such as flickering lights, noise from wiring, and power surges.

Use Surge Protectors

If you have expensive and sensitive electronics, such as computers and televisions, you can plug them into power surge protectors. There are even appliance-grade surge protectors for refrigerators, washers and dryers, air conditioners, and more. Products such as these allow multiple devices and appliances to be plugged into one outlet, saving outlet space and protecting against power surges at the same time.

Install High-Efficiency Appliances

We have already mentioned that power surges can occur from inside as well as outside the home. A lightning strike can flood your electrical system with extreme voltage, as can appliances. A more efficient air conditioner will reduce the risk of voltage spikes while saving money on energy bills.

What Type of Surge Protectors Are There 

There are several types of surge protectors that can help protect your home from power surges. These include whole-house surge protectors; plug-in power strips with surge protection; and transient voltage surge suppressors (TVSS).  Whole house surge protectors, also known as panel-mounted surge suppressors.  Located where the electricity enters your home, by the fuse box or electrical panel, these provide a point of entry protection. Your home’s appliances are protected from lightning and power surges from the power grid by these devices, preventing electrical surges from flowing through all the wires and cables in your home.  Surge protectors for the whole house usually come in joule ratings and range from $70 upwards with the average costing $400 plus installation. Make sure the whole house surge protector you buy covers the joules and amps your home needs. If you’re not sure what your home needs, consult a fully qualified electrician Power strips with surge protection are commonplace in homes.  These plug-in surge protectors also have joule ratings. You need to ensure that the power strip can meet the electrical needs of the appliances you will connect to it. Price varies with quality and joule, as higher-quality models tend to be more expensive. Not all power strips offer surge protection, so do your homework before buying.  Transient Voltage Surge Suppressor (TVSS), also known as an SPD, or surge protective device.  They are hardwired directly into your home’s wall outlets. In case of a surge in power, TVSSs or SPDs protect any device plugged into them. In some models, a power surge will be indicated by flashing or noise. 

Surge Protector Safety Tips 

Make sure your surge protectors work and your home stays protected by following these simple steps.
  • Make sure your surge protector is uncovered. 
  • Before using surge protectors, unwind the cords. 
  • Keep your surge protectors in a dry place. 
  • Aquariums shouldn’t be connected to surge protectors. 
  • Be sure not to exceed the surge protector’s electrical rating. 
  • It is a good idea to periodically check your surge protector to be sure it isn’t too hot. 
  • Never connect your surge protectors to extension cords or other surge protectors. 
  • Make regular inspections to ensure there are no frayed wires or worn outlets.


Your home and electronic devices can suffer a lot of damage from power surges. Your property can be protected from both short-term and long-term damage by installing surge protection measures. The right surge protection system can help you save money, keep your electrical devices running safely, and give you peace of mind. It only takes a fraction of a second for electricity to potentially wreak havoc on appliances big and small, bringing expense and hassle in its aftermath. It’s worth spending a little time protecting your home against power surges so that you can save money and time in the long run.

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Electrical Upgrades for Home Additions

Electrical Upgrades for Home Additions

Electricity is one of the most critical elements needed in a home. It is very common for homeowners to add on more rooms or even an extra story to their homes. Despite how important it is, a lot of people tend to ignore some changes that must be made before having more rooms inside the house. Electrical upgrades for home additions are some of the things that must be considered when renovating. There will be electrical wiring consideration even if you just add a window or two into your existing room. You may think that nothing changes but there will be wires running from one place to another and electricity has to pass through them so it can go back to where it came from. So you will need to factor in where the cables are in the wall so you don’t cut through them. In addition, there might also be light fixtures and other electrical fixtures which you might need to use. If a lot of electricity will be used, it is highly suggested that an upgrade for the electrical system must be done to accommodate the additional rooms or areas inside your home. It may cost a bit more but in the long run, you will enjoy having a well-running electrical system inside your house.

Most Important Electrical Home Upgrades

Remodeling and upgrading your home isn’t just about how things look. It’s about updating the functionality and the user-friendliness of your home. Here is a list of some of the most common home renovation electrical upgrades so you can bring your home up to code and rest easy knowing you’re safe from electrical fires and surges.

Light Fixtures

There will be times when you want to change out an overhead light fixture because you don’t like the style. Or it doesn’t provide enough light where you need it. That new construction phase is also a good time to bring in modern lighting fixtures along with more energy-efficient ones like LED lighting, which uses about 50% less energy than incandescent bulbs.


A dated building is likely to have old wiring, which creates a huge safety risk. With all the demands that new technology and gadgets place on the wiring, outdated wiring simply becomes overloaded, which, in turn, can overload your fuses and breakers. Home additions are the best time to rewire your home since the walls are likely open, giving your electrician easy access to your home’s electrical system and wiring.

Outlets and Receptacles

It is vital to consider changing the receptacle when upgrading your house’s electrical system. A receptacle must be efficient and safe when it is installed. High-energy appliances require specialized receptacle models. This kind of appliance uses a lot of energy, so it requires a receptacle that can handle it. You should also consider the size of your family. Think about your electrical needs ten years from now. The electrical needs of your family may change if you plan to grow your family. A home addition is an excellent time to install additional outlets in each room of your home. You might want to upgrade and add outlets to the following rooms:
  • Home Offices: The home office is becoming more popular than ever before as a sizable portion of the nation’s workforce shifts to remote positions. Other things that have changed are the demands of newer technology, such as laptops, printers, and desktop computers. By installing additional outlets in your home office, you can avoid overloading power strips and using extension cords, both of which can pose safety hazards if overused. 
  • Children’s Rooms: When you consider how much technology relies on today’s youth, most adults shudder. All modern entertainment systems, video games, and even improved lighting systems require more outlets in a room.

Electrical Panel Upgrades

Compared to older models, modern technology uses a lot more power. Although many manufacturers boost their energy efficiency, by comparison, they still use more energy. These trends are related to bigger and more functional appliances such as washers and dryers, refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, and gadgets powered by the internet. Overall, the average household is using 30% – 50% more energy than ever before. When doing a home addition, consider how much energy it will utilize and whether or not your electrical system can handle it in a manner that is safe and efficient. It’s very likely that you will need to consider electrical panel upgrades as part of your renovation.

Surge Protectors

As part of any addition to your home, there may be new electrical appliances added, but the existing ones may also need to be updated. Older appliances can be damaged or malfunctioned by faulty wiring caused by power surges that travel back through the circuits when overloaded by newer appliances. Using a surge protector will keep your outlets protected from these spikes and your appliances safe from damage.

Smart Home Features/Upgrades

Since the turn of the century, smart home technology has become more popular and is gaining ground on the market. You can now control your entire house from your smartphone or tablet. The focus of this isn’t just on automated lighting and temperature control; it’s also about safety. Smart home upgrades can help you to keep an eye on how much energy you are using. If doors are left unlocked or if lights are left on at night, and much more. The possibilities are endless. A system of this type is convenient in every way. Some upgrades you can make include:
  • Smart Home Alarm Systems
  • Smart Door Locks
  • Surveillance Cameras
  • Smart Doorbell Camera
  • Smart Lighting
  • Smart Thermostats and Temperature Control
  • Smart Outlets
  • Smart Motion Detection Security Lighting


A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is an essential component of any kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor space. Safety devices such as these are now mandatory for all new construction and home addition. GFCIs are designed to automatically shut off an outlet if it comes in contact with moisture instead of tripping your breakers. GFCIs are easy, inexpensive, and quick to install by your electrician. You can do it on a budget. Make sure you have GFCI outlets installed in all the right places in your house. A local electrician will be able to tell you what the building codes are and what current GFCI guidelines are. 

Custom Hookups

Many custom home additions will need new electrical wiring and points of access, like hot tubs, pool lighting, landscaping lights, an electric fireplace, and more. It wouldn’t hurt to consider the electrical needs before getting bids or DIYing your next home remodel to guarantee your design vision complements its functionality. Considering your new additions and the corresponding electrical upgrades, you can confidently plan your next renovation. For a new home addition, you may want to contact an electrician to find out what is feasible.

Electrical Safety Tips During Home Addition

In addition to getting the upgrades you need, you should also focus on electrical safety. You want to make sure that everything goes smoothly while your home is undergoing a makeover, and more importantly, after the addition, to keep your family and your house safe.
  1. Plan out your devices
Whenever you are placing new appliances or devices, make sure that they are spread out to prevent overloading your outlets. To install appliances that require high loads of electricity, you should have extra or separate electrical sockets installed by a professional electrician.
  1. Replace outdated appliances
It’s tempting to keep using your old appliances after remodeling. However, if these are outdated, or worse, faulty, they could compromise your safety. Aging appliances are the leading cause of home electrical fires. You can choose energy-efficient appliances for your new home by considering these tips: A. Choose the right size – In particular, this tip applies to HVAC systems. You want to ensure that you purchase the right size for your space to achieve maximum efficiency. B. Look for energy-saving settings – Make sure you purchase appliances that have the energy star label. You can save money by using these appliances because they use less energy without sacrificing performance. You can also see the appliance’s efficiency statistics on the EnergyGuide label. C. Consider the cost of operating the appliance – Because energy-efficient models cost more than standard models, you might refrain from buying them. However, you should keep in mind that while these appliances may cost more upfront, they can save you a lot over their lifetime because they use less energy.
  1. Limit DIY
When doing a home addition, it might be tempting to use your handyman skills, but there are certain duties you should leave to the experts, such as electrical work. Yes, you can handle changing the lightbulbs, but it may be the only electrical-related task you have to do safely. Don’t compromise safety for savings. Hire a professional to ensure everything is done safely.

How an Electrician Can Help with Additions

An electrician is pivotal in the process of adding a room to your house since it is essentially like starting from scratch. Rather than a home, you are building a room. This will require the expert expertise of a trained and experienced professional electrician to keep you and your home safe throughout the process and ensure everything is done to your satisfaction.


If you are planning to add to your home, it is strongly recommended that you examine your home’s wiring and electrical equipment. Aside from improving your quality of life, upgrades such as those on this list may even provide extra safety and security, which, in the end, is truly priceless.

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Danger of Electrical Fires

The Very Real Danger of Electrical Fires

Electricity makes our lives easier, more comfortable, and enjoyable, but it also poses risks. An electrical fire is one type of hazard that comes with the widespread use of electricity. They can cause severe damage to property and pose a real threat to the property’s occupants be it a home with a family living inside or a business with staff and customers. It is bad enough to have a fire in your home or business, but an electrical fire can pose an entirely different level of danger. On average, an electrical fire can kill 310 people every year and seriously injure 1,100 more in the USA. The cause of electrical fires is usually malfunctioning electrical. NEVER throw water on an electrical fire. Water conducts electricity and you could get electrocuted. So, what really causes an electrical fire? 

What Causes Most Electrical Fires?

December and January are the most dangerous months for electrical fires because of the increased use of electricity for heating, electricity-powered appliances, and electricity-powered lighting. Bedrooms are the most commonplace for residential electrical fires, but the majority of deaths occur from those that are ignited in living rooms or family rooms. Electrical fires can be generated from any number of causes, such as the following;

Old Wiring

A typical electrical system lasts 30 to 40 years. However, more than 30%, or some ~42 million houses, are more than 50 years old. Warning signs of inadequate power include circuit breakers that trip or a fuse that blows repeatedly, and an over-reliance on extension cords.

Old or Faulty Outlets and Switches

Over time, switches and outlets wear out. With daily use, they usually last about 15 years. With switches, the switching mechanism wears out and won’t stay on or off. In outlets, the pressure plates inside the outlet won’t hold plugs firmly in the wall. Over time, the wiring in both switches and outlets can loosen. These three conditions can lead to electrical arcs. Arcing occurs when electricity jumps from one circuit to another, creating a spark. This poses a potential fire hazard.

New Appliance Setup

When setting up a new appliance on your own without the assistance of a professional electrician, you should check all the connections. Read the instruction manual thoroughly and completely before you proceed. Some electrical appliances require a voltage regulator, and should not be plugged directly into a socket. You should make sure you know these specific requirements in advance.

Misused Extension Cords

An extension cord is a perfect solution when you need small amounts of temporary electrical power in an area without access to a wall outlet, such as an outdoor space. However, many aren’t aware that there are certain parameters around extension cord use. When extension cords are not used correctly, they can easily overheat and cause electrical fires; in addition, the devices and appliances plugged into extension cords can become fried if not properly maintained. To prevent electric fires from extension cords, make sure that the extension cord’s capacity matches that of the appliance/s you are using. You should not exceed the extension cord capacity with the combined wattage of all connected devices. Also, it shouldn’t be cracked or broken. Older extension cords can expose wires as they begin to come apart. Electrical fires can result from exposed wires anywhere. All cords and plugs that are frayed or worn out should be discarded. This is a very important fact to remember. And it’s not common knowledge. Be cautious!

Light Bulbs

There are some light bulbs that will not work with certain fixtures. For example, some fixtures use incandescent bulbs while others use fluorescent bulbs. If you’re not sure which type of bulb will work where. Consult the instructions provided by the manufacturer to determine the right one. In order to prevent an electrical fire, use light bulbs with sockets whose wattage matches their label.

Power Cords

The surge protector or power strip cord can also be used as an electrical extension. These devices typically have six or more outlets and the main cord that plugs into a wall outlet. You can use these when you want to use multiple electronic devices in one common area such as a home office, kitchen, or living room. However, these electrical outlets should always be treated with caution. The most important rule is never to “piggyback” one power strip onto another. Fires can easily start, your circuit breakers can be impacted, or worse, electric shocks may occur. Considering that electrical cords are a leading cause of house fires, making sure they are safely plugged in a spaced-out power strip is a good idea.

Portable Heaters

In the winter, place your space heaters accordingly, and don’t leave them on for an extended period, especially when you are sleeping or have left the house. Fires are most likely to occur when portable heaters are placed near curtains, carpets, rugs, beds, and couches. If you do use space heaters, use the radiator-type that diffuses heat over the entire surface of the appliance. These have less of a chance of setting off flammable items, but should still be kept away from them.

Placing Flammable Materials Near Bulbs or Lampshades

You should never leave flammable materials such as paper or cloth near a functioning light bulb or light fixture, as this can cause an electrical fire. Additionally, though lampshades are usually several inches away from lightbulbs, they can still become very hot after a lamp is left on for an extended period of time. It is particularly likely to happen if the lightbulb inside the lamp has a higher wattage than is recommended for the fixture. To avoid an electrical fire caused by your light fixtures, make sure that your lamps and other lighting devices are plugged into outlets with the right wattage. If your light fixtures are flickering or failing to stay lit, contact an expert to determine whether there are any potential outlet or wiring problems.

Counterfeit Electrical Products

You’ve probably seen vendors at flea markets hawking extension cords, power strips, night lights, batteries, and even circuit breakers for ridiculously low prices for a reason. Most likely, these are counterfeits, and they are extremely dangerous. If you purchase electrical products, be sure to purchase them only from reputable retailers who accept returns. Always look for Underwriters Laboratories certification, too. UL places its logo on low-cost items that are ripe for counterfeits using a holographic label that is more difficult to copy.

How To Prevent an Electrical Fire?

You can take steps to prevent electrical fires in your home by regularly inspecting the electrical system of your home including appliances and wiring, replacing any electrical components that are worn out or not functioning properly, keeping clothes, curtains, and other flammable materials a safe distance from heaters, and not overloading wall sockets or extension cords. It is also important to have proper wiring. When an appliance has a three-pronged plug, do not force it into a socket with only two holes and try to snap off the third prong. That thor prog is there for a reason, to ground the electricity. Do not use an extension cord with it either. In the event that a light switch feels hot to the touch or if the lights flicker unsteadily, they should be replaced professionally. To be safe in case of a fire, you should ensure your fire alarms are working properly and that you have an escape route that includes a meeting place outside so that you know everyone is accounted for.

Safety Tips 

No matter how hard you try, a fire can still happen. The following tips will help you ensure your family is prepared in the event of an emergency:
  • You should install smoke alarms in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home.
  • Every month, test smoke alarms by pressing the TEST button.
  • Create a fire escape plan for your family that includes two exits from each room.
  • Select an easy-to-find meeting place in the open, safely away from your home.
  • Have at least two fire drills a year to practice your escape plan. One should be done at night when your family is sleeping.
  • Consider installing a smoke alarm with a flashing light or vibration that can alert you to a fire emergency if you or someone in your household is deaf.

What Should I Do in the Event of an Electrical Fire?

When an electrical fire occurs, call the fire department immediately. If you are able to reach the main breakers without putting yourself in danger, you should shut off the power to the property. Before you attempt this, make sure your hands are not wet and the fire is not actually close to the breaker box. Priority is given, however, to your safety. Do not attempt to turn off electricity or put out a fire at the risk of endangering yourself. A class C or ABC all-purpose fire extinguisher can be used to extinguish small electrical fires. No other type of extinguisher will work on these types of fires, so don’t guess what kind you have if you don’t know. Get out of the house and call the fire department. Whenever you experience fire damage, you should always contact a local, certified fire damage restoration company. Using their training, experience, and tools, they can clean up after the fire and restore your home to its pre-loss condition.


Electrical fires can be dangerous, and it is always better to stay alert and take preventative measures to prevent them. You should call an electrician if you have any concerns about your electrical system. An electrical safety inspection should be completed before it becomes a serious hazard.

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Replacing an Electrical Ballast

Replacing an Electrical Ballast

What Are Electrical Ballasts?

An electrical ballast is a device that controls the current flow in an electrical circuit. It does this through electromagnetic induction, which means that it uses an electromagnet to control the current flow. This type of device is used to regulate lamps and circuits with alternating currents (AC). They are commonly used in fluorescent lighting fixtures. 

Types of Electrical Ballasts

Different types of ballasts are available for commercial and residential use, so conducting the proper research before buying is essential. They come in two different primary types: magnetic and electronic. Both types have distinct uses and installed bases. A magnetic ballast, for instance, uses a transformer to control the electric current. The transformer consists of a coil wire called an inductor that produces a magnetic field. The magnetic field slows down the current which allows the fluorescent bulb to properly put out the correct amount of light. When the ballast is wrong, it can cause flickering and buzzing. Unlike magnetic ballasts, electronic ballasts have no moving parts within the circuit. The high voltage that triggers a fluorescent light activates a small circuit board to power the bulb. Generally, it lasts for 10 years or more, as opposed to 2-4 years with magnetic ballasts. In addition to instant starting, electronic models do not require special sockets, making them easy to replace. In addition, they offer better dimming capabilities than magnetic models. If a customer wants a large area lit, but does not require full brightness, they can choose low-level lighting that will remain constant without flickering. 

How Does An Electrical Ballast Work?

An electrical ballast works by converting electrical current into alternating current (AC). It also regulates voltage so that it remains consistent throughout the operation. This means that all lamps connected to the same ballast will ignite at the same time. In addition, the ballast limits current flow so that it does not exceed a certain threshold.

What Is the Necessity To Replace Ballasts?

If you notice any of these issues with your fluorescent light fixtures, you should consider replacing the ballast.

Frequent cycling of lights

This happens when the lighting dims for a short period, then goes completely dark or very bright. 

One lamp remains lit while all others go out 

This usually means there’s nothing wrong with the lamp but only that the ballast needs replacement. If you were to remove one of the lamps, another would most likely stay on as well. 

Unusually high electric bills

This often occurs because magnetic ballasts are not properly regulating energy use which can waste up to 30% more than electronic models do. 

No lights at all 

If the fluorescent bulbs never turn on when they should, it’s most likely because one of the parts is faulty and needs to be replaced. 


When a ballast starts to fail, it can produce a buzzing or humming noise. The noise is the ballast incorrectly handling the amount of current coming from the circuit panel. You should call an electrician so they can find out what’s happening. Although it’s most likely your ballast, it can also be a sign of something worse.

Changing colors 

The color of the light coming from fluorescent bulbs changes as they age. They begin to emit a dim orange or red glow which can be fixed by replacing the ballast.

Swollen casing

You do not need to remove the cover to find out whether the ballast is bulging. If it is, then your only option is a light ballast replacement.

Burn marks 

Burn marks may be visible on the wires extending from the ballast. Don’t stick anything around the wiring to get a better look. If you can’t see it, call for a qualified technician to help you.

Water damage 

Water damage can come from anywhere. Simply look to see if there is excess moisture on the ballast. If you see any of these issues, then your ballast is shot. Call for a light ballast replacement before more damage is done. 

Leaking oil

If your ballasts are leaking oil, it may be the sign of a faulty capacitor that needs replacement.

When Is the Right Time To Replace Ballasts?

Electrical ballasts do not last forever. They eventually wear out through constant exposure to heat and vibration. The best time to replace ballast is when one of the above issues presents itself, but professionals agree that there comes a time in every fluorescent light fixture’s life when it’s convenient to simply replace them altogether. While aging bulbs will dim over time, energy-efficient electronic models do not have this issue. However, even if they are dimming or seem weak, they shouldn’t be removed since you cannot predict how another bulb will behave afterward. It’s also important to note that even if your lamps are still operating efficiently, over time their color will change from white to orange or which can be fixed with the replacement of the ballast itself.

Why Ballast Replacement is Safer than Repair

The method used to reduce the voltage inside the ballast will be dependent upon the lamp is lit and the light components inside. The different types of lights that include ballasts are LEDs lights, fluorescent lights, halogens, and HID/Metal Halides. In these lighting sources, resistors, inductors, and capacitors are used, sometimes in combination, to provide the required voltage at a consistent rate. Incorrectly replacing the elements in the wrong order or wiring the new ballast incorrectly could create a very unsafe environment with the lamp malfunctioning. So when it comes to ballast repair vs ballast replacement, replacement by a certified electrician is a more sensible and safer alternative. If needed, your electrician can upgrade your lighting in addition.

How To Replace A Ballast

When it’s time to replace the ballasts in your fluorescent lights, follow these steps for an easy process. Please do not proceed if you are not experienced with electrical work. Call a residential electrician instead or if you need to replace numerous ballast’ then call a commercial electrician. If you proceed you do so at your own risk. Gather Tools & Materials, such as:
  • Voltage tester
  • Wirecutter/stripper
  • Wire nuts
  • Socket wrench
  • Smartphone/camera
Cut Power Turn off the fluorescent light fixture if it is possible to do so. Or, if that is not an option, turn off the power at the circuit breaker. Take the Cover Off the Fixture On fixtures with a clear plastic lens surrounding the fixture, remove the cover. When the lid of your fixture has a frame, look for the clasps. You will be able to swing the lens open by pulling the clasps down. Remove the Fluorescent Light Tubes The bulbs should be rotated 90 degrees. You can gently pull down on the metal contacts located at the ends of the bulb until you can pull them out of the sockets. While you’re in there, check the sockets holding the bulbs, tightening or replacing them as necessary. Take Off the Cover Plate For the wires to be exposed, the wiring cover plate needs to be removed from the center of the fixture. Visually locate the tabs that hold the cover in place, then squeeze in the sides of the cover to release the tabs from the slots, pulling down to remove the cover. Check for Voltage Using a non-contact voltage tester, verify there is no power flowing to the fixture before touching any wires/connections. Take a Picture Take a picture of the wires so that you can refer to them when connecting the new ballast. Disconnect the Ballast Wires Remove the connectors or cut the wires as close as possible to the ballast to disconnect each ballast wire. Remove the Ballast While using your socket wrench to remove the mounting hardware, support the ballast with your hand to prevent it from falling. Afterward, remove the ballast from the fixture. Find and purchase the Replacement Ballast You can find a replacement ballast either by taking the part number or the ballast itself to a lighting supply store. Ensure the wiring diagram, voltage, and current of the new ballast match those of the old one. If possible, use electronic ballasts, which are more efficient and quieter than older magnetic ones. Preparation of wires for the new ballast Remove damaged or crimped portions of ballast wires, stripping ½ inch insulation from the ends using wire strippers. Then install the new ballast Install the new ballast into the fixture using mounting hardware and your socket wrench. You will need to use wire nuts to attach the new ballast wires, referring to your photo and ensuring that they match the original wiring. Reinstall the light components Replace the wiring cover plate, followed by the fixture lens and the bulbs. Restore the power Upon resetting the circuit breaker, plug in the light and check for proper operation. Ensure that the old ballast is disposed of properly Ballasts made before 1979 often contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a known environmental toxin. If your old ballast leaks a black substance, handle it gently and avoid skin contact. For proper disposal of old ballasts, take them to the nearest hazardous waste recycling facility.

Final Thoughts

Electrical ballast replacement can be a do-it-yourself task that you can accomplish on your own with the right tools and knowledge. However, if you suspect your electrical wiring or the environment is complicated enough to challenge your skill level, hire a licensed electrician for help.

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Why You Should Hire a Licensed Electrician?

Why You Should Hire a Licensed Electrician?

Would you consider yourself a weekend warrior who fixes everything by yourself?

You may find that professional help is a waste of money because you can watch YouTube tutorials and do the work on your own. This is probably true for most DIY projects, however, it is not true when it comes to tampering with your home’s electrical system when rewiring. However confident you are that you can do it, it’s always best to hire a professional when it comes to electricity.

Three Levels of Electrician

Tradesmen such as electricians possess a high level of skill. They must complete apprenticeship programs with classwork and rigorous training to achieve the rank of a journeyman after being an apprentice. Eventually, some may become master electricians. The term linesmen refer to outdoor electricians who spend most of their days up power poles of all kinds, while wiremen refer to indoor electricians working on a building electrical system. Additionally, they’re categorized into industrial, commercial, residential, maintenance, and automobile electricians. They must be certified to perform electrical work. Certification comes in three levels:

  • Apprentice Electrician: This is the first certification level. For entry into an apprenticeship program and to begin training, a high school diploma or GED is required. Usually, it takes four years to reach the next level.
  • Journeyman Electrician: Second level, following an apprenticeship. This level requires a certification test and licensing. The state issues licenses to these individuals. While they are allowed to install wiring and equipment, they cannot perform higher-level work, such as designing electrical systems. There are some states where journeymen can operate a shop if they hold a separate license.
  • Master Electrician: The highest level requires thousands of hours of experience. To put that in perspective let’s do some maths. 8 hours per day times 50 weeks per year is 400. 2,000 hours of experience is five years on the job. A master electrician has to pass a licensing test. They are usually responsible for overseeing a shop and managing large, complex projects, such as designing electrical systems. You’ll pay more to hire a master electrician, but you can rest assured that even your most complex jobs will be well done and safe. Master electricians can even train journeymen.

Why Hire a Licensed Electrician

You must hire a licensed electrician when working around electricity. Choosing an electrician who is unqualified for the job can lead to injury or death. When it comes to electrical work, having someone who knows exactly what they’re doing is crucial for your safety and peace of mind.

It is a very important step in any home improvement project, from lighting upgrades to complete renovations. Because these projects can be dangerous, it’s crucial to hire a professional. Here are the reasons why you should call a qualified electrician today:

Money and Time Saving

Hiring a licensed electrician for your electrical project can save valuable time and money because they know what they’re doing and will complete the job quickly and efficiently while paying close attention to detail. You also won’t have to pay another contractor, later on, to come in and fix anything that was botched during installation.

Protection from Liability

In the case of electrical systems and repairs, there is always a risk of electrocution or damage to the property. If the electrician is injured or your property is damaged, who is going to be liable?

Under the law, a licensed electrician must be insured as well. Therefore, in case something goes wrong during an emergency electrical repair, your family and property are protected. Even for simple tasks that you may be able to complete yourself, you may need electrical design services. If this is the case, make sure the electrician is licensed.

Unlicensed contractors may complete the job without a hitch, but that decision could prove costly in the end. This is because your home insurance policy requires that all electrical system installation is handled by a licensed professional. If an accident is attributed to faulty wiring caused by an unlicensed professional, you will be responsible for the cost of repairs.

Surety Bond

The surety bond is among the reasons to hire only licensed electricians. All licensed electricians are required to post a surety bond. As a result, you are guaranteed to receive a set amount of money if the task is not performed correctly. In short, you get paid whether the task is completed correctly or not. An electrician’s bond not only proves that he or she is a professional but also confirms that you are his or her priority.

Qualification and Peace of Mind

For an electrician to become licensed, he or she must complete hours of classwork as well as rigorous on-the-job training. Because such comprehensive training is provided, your emergency electrician will have the knowledge and skills necessary to resolve any electrical issues you may have. You will thus have peace of mind knowing that the issue has been resolved and your family and property are safe.

Licensed Electricians Keep Up With All The Latest Codes And Technologies

To ensure residents’ safety, building codes and safety standards are continuously improved. The process becomes more frequent when new technologies become available. To stay up to date with new codes and technologies, licensed electricians are required to attend regular training sessions and classes. By doing so, they are aware of any new or changing safety regulations. Additionally, there are some electrical problems requiring highly specialized equipment, most of which are new products.

Besides their expertise, electrical contractors have top-of-the-line equipment. This will ensure that the job will be done better and faster while reducing the risk of damage or injury.


Licensed electricians pride themselves on providing quality work. For this reason, they offer a service guarantee. With this, they ensure that the service is of high quality and long-lasting. If you have an issue during or after they render their electrical design service, they are always available to assist you.

Makes Selling Your Property Easier

Homebuilding is an expensive endeavor, and many builders try to reduce costs as much as possible. This could lead to you thinking that you will save money by hiring an unlicensed electrician. Licensed electricians, however, are the only ones who are approved to do the necessary home wiring. In the event you want to sell your home in the future, you must indicate if there’s a permit for the wiring in the real estate disclosure. The lack of a permit will discourage most buyers because of safety risks, and force you to sell your home for less than it is worth.

What To Look For In An Electrician

Generally, electricians specialize in certain fields. Some specialize in new construction, some specialize in commercial work, and others specialize in service calls to fix dead outlets or faulty fixtures. You can start your search for an electrician by requesting referrals from your friends, family, local hardware store, or big box home improvement store. Also, most general contractors have a shortlist of dependable electricians, but if your contractor can’t recommend one, check with the local home-builders’ association or an electrical-supply house in the area for a recommendation.

Or you can avoid this hassle and just call us. We have over twenty years of experience with all kinds of electrical work. We have a large team of electricians that each specialize in certain areas so as a business we cover anything and everything you will need for your home, business, or industrial plant.

Consider an electrician who is insured, experienced, and has good business ratings and user reviews on Google and other review sites. Electrical installation work on a house is a field that heavily relies on job completion that is done professionally and safely. Additionally, you can see pictures of past work to see how well they perform. Examine their neatness. A messy job is dangerous. Look at the wiring, etc. You don’t need to be an expert, just use common sense.

To compare your electrical-service options, get multiple quotes and ask the right questions upfront:

  • Are the business’ documents current and are they licensed and bonded?
  • Do they have proof of worker’s compensation and liability insurance?
  • Who is performing the onsite work?
  • How much experience do they have?
  • How long has the company been in business?
  • Does the price include the cost of permits?
  • What is the projected timeline for the project?
  • Is their work guaranteed? Because good electricians will guarantee and insure their work for at least a year, including a parts-and-labor warranty.

Risks Of Not Hiring A Pro

If you attempt an electrical project yourself, you might encounter major problems, such as:

  1. An electrical fire caused by faulty wiring.
  2. Damage to appliance motors.
  3. Fuses blowing due to overloaded circuits.
  4. Getting fined for not having a permit.

Mistakes like these can also happen whether you are tinkering yourself or hiring someone with too little experience:

  • Not following project instructions: Electrical work is precise. If instructions are not followed to the letter, even easy-to-complete projects can quickly go awry.
  • Failing to shut off the power: This may seem like a no-brainer, but zealous DIYers may forget to take this simple step, and the consequences could be drastic.
  • Residual power: Even after the power is turned off, some homes retain an electrical charge, increasing shock risks. It’s common knowledge for professionals, but not always for homeowners.
  • Greater risk when projects require power: If the work is more complex, it may require an ongoing power source for the duration of the job, which poses even greater dangers to rookie electricians.

Bottom Line

Time is of the essence when it comes to electrical issues. No one wants to live without light or any of the other comforts we have grown accustomed to. Nonetheless, you shouldn’t feel like you have to settle for someone who isn’t qualified.  

Further, each year thousands of people are injured and properties are damaged by fires caused by electrical issues that stem from botched electrical repairs. Thus, make sure the electrician you hire is licensed every time you need electrical design services or even something as simple as an outlet replacement. This will drastically reduce the risk of electrical failure and accidents.

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LED Lighting Installation

LED Lighting Installation

What is LED Lighting?

LED stands for light-emitting diode. Unlike fluorescent lights, LED lights use many small components that emit different colors to produce the desired effect. Using semiconductors, electrical current is passed through them to produce photons that release different wavelengths of visible light. In this regard, an LED stands in contrast to a photovoltaic cell, which is used in solar arrays to convert visible light into electricity.

The lighting of this type is becoming more popular in the market because it is safe and energy-efficient. They come in all shapes, sizes, voltages, watts, etc., but generally produce more light than conventional light bulbs because they require less electricity to generate more photons.

Types of LED Light Bulbs

Today’s market is driven by LED lighting, which is energy-saving, long-lasting, and offers excellent color rendering. Suppliers are using LED lighting for general lighting, directional lighting, decorative lighting, and many other applications. Here are some popular LED products and applications:

Strip LED

Usually, LED strip lights and ribbon lights are made up of a flexible circuit board containing surface-mounted LEDs held in place with adhesive tape. Strip LEDs are slim, which allows for easy installation practically anywhere as well as allowing them to be cut to fit any area, which makes them very versatile and adaptable lighting tools. The brightness and customizability of strip LEDs make them suitable for applications ranging from kitchen cabinet lighting to ceiling fluorescents in offices. It can be controlled through wireless dimming systems or wall switches.

Commercial LED

Since commercial spaces require super bright LEDs, there are retrofit kits that replace fluorescent tubes with LEDs. The use of LED lighting in commercial spaces, such as parking lots, manufacturing warehouses, or outdoor areas, minimizes the environmental impact a business may have and reduces annual maintenance and operating costs.

Industrial LED

For industrial spaces, it is also necessary to have super bright LEDs. Several industrial LED manufacturers and commercial electricians offer lighting solutions designed to maximize energy savings while reducing installation and maintenance costs. LED lighting systems can integrate with existing automation systems in factories or buildings.

Portable / Workshop LED

For workshops, utility rooms, garages, and other commercial applications, portable or LED workshop lights are ideal. The fixtures can be either suspended or surface mounted. Compared with old incandescent or HID light fixtures, LED shop lights are an environmentally friendly and cost-effective option.

Wet Location LED

Wet Location LED bulbs are required in both indoor and outdoor areas where space may be exposed environmentally to water. These wet LED bulbs are vapor-tight light fixtures that are moisture resistant. High-bay, linear, and jar fixtures are the three major types of this type of fixture.

Grow LED

Grow LED lights are used for gardening when you need high-output LEDs to provide optimal light for seeding and houseplants, as well as for herbs and other edibles. Grow lights assist in performing photosynthesis for plants, which is required for the plants to thrive. The photons produced by LEDs are higher than those by standard HID lights. LEDs produce very little heat, which makes them an excellent choice for growing plants. Energy consumption is only half that of fluorescent bulbs, and they last five times longer.

Rope LED

Having been in the market for some time now, this is suitable for several different applications. It’s a long cylinder of light with a light source inside placed at intervals of several inches to give the illusion of “glittering” or “twinkling” effects. Due to their low brightness, rope lightings are best used for decorative purposes only and are not practical for display lighting. 

10 Benefits of LED Lighting

LED lighting offers many benefits for industrial and commercial businesses that are interested in reducing their energy usage and costs. Here are some advantages of LED lights:

Light Lifespan

By far, LEDs have the most significant advantage over traditional lighting solutions when it comes to lifespan. Most LEDs have a lifetime of 50,000 hours to 100,000 hours, roughly 5.5 to 11 years, or more. These lights last 2-4 times as long as fluorescents, metal halides, and even sodium vapor lighting. It is more than 40 times as long as the average incandescent bulb.

Having fewer replacements means two key benefits: lower labor costs and lower replacement parts costs because the bulbs last longer.

Energy Efficiency

Since LEDs have a high lumen output per watt, about 70% of their energy can be converted into light. As a result, they are much more energy-efficient than other bulbs, which waste a lot of energy by turning it into heat. LED bulbs require only six watts of power to produce as much light as traditional incandescent bulbs, and their lower temperatures make them safer to operate. 

These improvements in energy efficiency are directly correlated with financial savings. The energy use of any business will be reduced when you replace traditional light sources with LED light sources, making LED lights a wise investment.

LED Lights Have the Ability to Operate in Cold Conditions

Cold weather is not friendly to traditional lighting sources. Fluorescent lamps, in particular, require a higher voltage to start when temperatures drop, which reduces their light intensity.

LED lights, on the other hand, perform better at cold temperatures by about 5%. Thus, LED lights are a better choice for lighting in freezers, meat lockers, cold storage spaces, or refrigerated display cases. Due to their efficiency in cold environments, they are also the ideal choice for light fixtures used in parking lots, for lighting the perimeters of buildings, and for outdoor signage during winter.

No Heat or UV Emissions

As anyone who has attempted to change an incandescent bulb right after turning it off knows they get very hot even when they’re not used and take some time to cool down. Most traditional lighting sources, such as incandescent bulbs, use over 90% of their energy to generate heat, allowing only 10% of their energy to illuminate. LEDs emit almost no heat, and most of the light they emit is within the visible spectrum.

Also, LEDs can illuminate works of art that will gradually degrade or disintegrate over time if they are exposed to UV rays. As LED lighting does not emit UV rays.

Design Flexibility

LEDs are very small, roughly the size of a pepper fleck. Because of this, they are useful for almost any application. Their original purpose was as an indicator light on a circuit board. When you combine them in bunches, you get the equivalent of a traditional bulb. If you string together a series of LED lights, you create a line or series of lights like a string of Christmas lights.

Think of the options this gives you for lighting in your facility. Since LED devices are so small, they can be used in everything from a shop floor to a football stadium.

Dimming Capabilities

LEDs perform well at almost any power percentage, from about 5% to 100%. Some lighting sources, such as metal halide, perform less efficiently when dimmed. Sometimes, you cannot dim them at all.

On the other hand, LED lighting has the opposite effect. An LED light will operate more efficiently when it is operated with less than full power. It has other benefits, too. It increases the lifespan of the bulb, and it means you are using less energy, reducing your energy costs. 

When using LEDs, it is important to note that traditional dimming equipment cannot be used. They require hardware that is specific to their technology.

Directional Lighting

Rather than emitting light in all directions, LEDs emit light in one direction. In this way, no light is wasted or trapped within reflectors and diffusers, which can prevent more than half of the generated light from leaving the bulb. The directional nature of their output makes LEDs ideal for applications such as task lighting and recessed downlights.

Low Radiated Heat

An incandescent bulb produces light by heating its filament to a temperature that causes it to glow, whereas an LED bulb produces light by emitting electromagnetic energy when electrified. By turning energy into light instead of heat, LEDs can operate at a significantly lower temperature than other types of light bulbs.

LEDs produce very little heat, which is dispersed by a heat sink. This heat sink absorbs any heat generated and disperses it safely away from the diodes. Even though the actual fixture or base may feel warm to the touch, LEDs themselves do not emit infrared radiation, so there is no warmth to be felt. As a result, they are ideal to use in heat-sensitive areas, such as displaying artwork, since they won’t fade or cause other heat damage to paints or dyes.

Instantaneous Illumination

When electricity is supplied to LEDs, they can deliver light immediately. In contrast, other types of lighting, such as fluorescent tubes and high-intensity discharge lamps, must be charged before they can produce light.

Once connected to power, an LED bulb begins emitting light. LEDs’ quick response time allows them to be used in applications requiring very brief periods of illumination, such as traffic control signals or intermittent safety lights that must be activated when someone enters a specific area.


Most LEDs last 50,000 hours or longer and have a very low failure rate. As LEDs are not relying on filaments, they do not suffer from the problems caused by broken filaments, such as arc-faulting, which is a major cause of bulb failure in conventional light sources.

Furthermore, LEDs do not suffer from problems related to heat and high voltage, such as radio interference, which can cause flickering, humming, low output, and other malfunctions under these conditions. In other words, you’ll spend less time and money maintaining LED lights. 


Since most LED lighting fixtures are low-voltage, they either have a transformer built-in or require an external transformer, but the good news is that it is not necessary to rewire a house to use LED. All the wiring that is commonly used is perfectly fine for use with LEDs.

LED fixtures often come with a transformer built-in, so they can be plugged into a standard outlet. LED products, such as LED strip lights, need to be powered externally. Either an AC cord is attached, similar to a laptop power supply, or they need to be plugged into an outlet.

Any lighting installation, however, that requires electrical connections to the line voltage should be performed by a licensed electrician like our company.

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Home Electrical Inspection

Home Electrical Inspection

In the modern world, it has become necessary for every home to have a good electrical system. This is because electricity plays a major role in our daily lives. From being a source of light to providing entertainment through gadgets and appliances and keeping us clean by providing hot water for clean clothes and a shower, electricity plays a pivotal role. However, for these benefits to be available the electrical systems that are in place in your home need to be running smoothly.


An electrical inspection process provides a detailed report on the health of the home’s electrical system as it exists today. This means that if anything goes wrong with the wiring or appliances in the future, then this report can be presented as proof if needed to insurance, that these damages were an existence before and without any negligence on part of the homeowner. Or the report can be used to find out what needs to be fixed if you plan on fixing everything.


Who Does The Electrical Inspection?


It is the responsibility of the building owner or renter on behalf of the owner to arrange an electrical inspection. The inspector will check all the items listed on a standard inspection checklist. After checking these items, the inspector will provide you with the inspection report to use as you please. 


These inspections are usually done by certified electricians who have either studied in a technical institute, have completed building-related courses through adult education programs, or have undergone extensive training with recognized organizations. In addition to being certified electricians with many years of experience.

When Do You Need a Home Electrical Inspection


When Adding A Major Appliance


An electrical inspection is wise to have conducted when adding a major appliance to the home. This is because it helps you make sure that new appliances are compatible with the existing wiring system of your home. This assumes the home is a little older. A home built in the last five years that’s adding in what is considered a standard appliance should generally be fine. But, it’s always best to check with an electrician doing the installation

When Moving An Appliance From One Place In The House To Another


It becomes necessary to conduct an electrical inspection if you are planning on shifting any of your major appliances within your property. For example, if you want to move a washer that was located in the laundry room outside instead then it would be necessary for you to first inspect whether doing this would pose any problem with regards to how it will affect other wire connections on that line.

When Shopping For A New Home


Home electrical inspections are among the most important things you can do when purchasing a home, helping you uncover hidden problems and ensuring you pay a fair price. If any modifications were made to the original wiring of the home, from lighting to new breaker panels, it may have been incorrectly performed, whether due to ignorance or an attempt to save money.


It is especially common for older/historic homes to have electrical problems since multiple attempts from various owners can add up to a nightmare. In addition, it is common for these houses to lack the wiring and power supply to support the wide array of electronic devices found in homes today.


Imagine for a moment you were buying a “fixer-upper” to flip as you knew after renovations you could sell the property for a $50,000 profit. Well, what if it turned out that the entire wiring system needs to be replaced. A total house rewire can cost $5K, $10K, or even up to $50K. That’s all your potential profit gone. An electrical inspection avoids this.

Before Major Renovations


You should conduct an electrical inspection before upgrading your home with a major renovation to make sure your current electrical system can support your renovation plans. Upgrades can be made when walls are open, additions added, and electrical upgrades can be completed more economically on your wallet. If you wait till after the renovation is complete you might end up having to open up areas of the house that were renovated once again.


It may also be wise to conduct a home energy audit before you start to help improve the efficiency of your home and find out what could be upgraded.


For Warranty Purposes


Most service warranties require homeowners to show proof of inspected systems before they can avail of a service warranty. For example, if you get a plumber out to repair your water heater and the technician tells you that there is a problem with the electrical circuit leading and they cannot do any work on it. Then you would need the previous inspection report as a proof to avail your warranty.


For Insurance Purposes


Home electrical inspections may also be requested by your insurer. They are commonly requested when you switch providers, after claims, and at specific age points such as a home that is 30+ years old. This helps insurers assess your risk and rates – identifying issues that could affect safety, that if addressed, could help you save on premiums.

Why Do You Need an Inspection?


Now that you know when to conduct an electrical inspection of your home, let’s move on to why electrical inspections are so vital.

Save Money


An electrical inspection can help you save money on your monthly electric bill. Your electrician can tell you whether an inefficient electrical system in your house is costing you money during an electrical inspection. This is particularly true of older houses with knob-and-tube wiring. Upgrading your electrical wiring not only reduces your electricity consumption but also reduces your carbon footprint.


Avoid Potential Hazards


The best way to check if your house’s electrical system is functioning properly is to have a professional inspect it. However skilled you are as a DIYer, it can still be beneficial to hire a professional electrician to make sure nothing was missed. Not to mention that doing your electrical work can be illegal. An electrical inspection of your house helps prevent future mishaps related to problems with your electrical system, such as malfunctions and fires. Fires are the primary threat faulty electrical components pose.


Housing/Electrical Codes


Electrical inspections of your house are also important to ensure that your home does not violate any local or federal electrical codes. A good rule of thumb is that when local and national codes conflict, the local code takes precedence. Licensed electricians in your area should be familiar with the subject matter and understand whether or not the setup in your home violates local or national codes. As electricians, we deal with this daily and know all of the local codes.



As you may have gathered from the last couple of points, the purpose of home electrical inspections is to maintain your safety. By having an electrician inspect your electrical wiring, you can reduce the risk of fires caused by electrical hazards. Reach out to a trained electrician in your area, like us, if you haven’t had an inspection done and you know it’s time.


Preparing for a Home Electrical Inspection


Here are some things that you should prepare before an electrical inspection:


  1. You should ensure that you are at home during the inspection. This is because the inspector will inspect all devices which require power supply including fridges, ovens, etc. He/she will also test if fixtures like lights, fans, and switches work properly or not. You can see firsthand what is being done and take note of what might have issues.
  1. If you need to make any repairs or replacement of light bulbs, air filters, or smoke detectors before the electrical inspection then it would be better if you do them before the inspection as it may lead to additional charges by the electrician for doing so.

3 . You can use this opportunity to clean your house well beforehand as dirty conditions inside your home might reflect poorly on your property when inspected by an electrical inspector even though they have nothing to do with its electrical system.


  1. You should ensure that every small issue related to electrical devices is fixed before having an insurance inspection of your house instead of letting it go and expecting everything will get fixed later on because this could lead to additional charges by the electrician for incomplete inspections which may cause your insurer to increase your premiums at a later date. 

What Inspectors Look For During Inspection


Here’s a quick look at what an electrical inspector looks for during their review of the work:

Proper Circuits


A home inspector will verify that the home, renovation, or addition you’re getting inspected has enough circuits for the electrical load of the space. This will include making sure there are dedicated circuits for appliances that require them, particularly during the final inspection. In kitchens, especially, it is essential to have a dedicated circuit for every appliance that uses one, such as the microwave oven, garbage disposal, and dishwasher. Also, the inspector will make sure there are enough circuits for general lighting and general appliances in each room.


GFCI and AFCI Circuit Protection


GFCI circuit protection has been required for some time for outlets or appliances located outdoors, underground, or near sources of water, such as sinks. 


Kitchen outlets, for example, need GFCI protection. The inspector will determine whether GFCI-protected outlets or circuit breakers are included in the installation in the final inspection. A relatively new requirement is that AFCIs now need to be installed on almost every electrical circuit in a home.


The inspector will also verify that this protection meets code requirements, either by using AFCI circuit breakers or outlet receptacles. Any new or renovated electrical installation must include AFCI protection, even if existing installations do not require updates.

Electrical Boxes


During an inspection, electrical boxes will be inspected to ensure that they are flush with the wall and large enough to accommodate the number of wires they will contain, along with any devices they will contain. Ensure the box is securely fastened. So the device and box are protected. For those doing their work, it is wise to use large, spacious electrical boxes; not only will they pass inspection, but they will make connecting the wires much easier as well.

Box Heights


Inspectors measure outlets and switches to see if they are consistent in height. Outlets called receptacles must be at least 15 inches above the floor and switches must be at least 48 inches above the floor as required by local codes. Of course, certain allowances must be made.

Cables and Wires


An inspector will inspect how cables are clamped in boxes during a rough-in inspection. A cable sheathing should protrude into the box at least 1/4 inch at the point of attachment of the cable to the box so that the cable clamps grip the cable sheathing, rather than the conductors themselves. At least 8 inches of usable wire length should extend from the box. In this way, enough wire can be connected to the device and future hardware can be used to replace the device. Also, the inspector will verify that the gauge of the wire matches the amperage of the circuit, for example, 14-gauge wire for 15-amp circuits and 12-gauge wire for 20-amp circuits.

Cable Anchoring


As part of the rough-in inspection, inspectors will also check the cable anchoring. To secure cables, they should be attached to wall studs. The first staple should be placed no more than 8 inches from a box, and every 4 feet thereafter. It is a good idea to run cables through the center of wall studs to avoid drywall screws or nails from penetrating the wires. There should be a minimum of 20 to 24 inches between horizontal runs and each wall stud penetration should be protected by a metal plate. When the drywall is installed, the plate prevents screws and nails from damaging the wire inside the walls.


Wire Labeling


Often, electricians and savvy homeowners label the wires in electrical boxes with the circuit number and amperage of the circuit per local codes. Such attention to detail greatly reassures an inspector when inspecting a wiring installation.

Surge Protection


An inspector may recommend using isolated ground outlets if you have sensitive electronic devices such as TVs, stereos, sound systems, and other such equipment. A receptacle of this type protects against current fluctuations and interference. Along with isolated receptacles, surge protectors, either individual or whole house protectors, will protect these sensitive electronic devices. Remember to plan for surges when you have sensitive appliances such as your washer, dryer, range, refrigerator, etc.


Final Thoughts


Electrical inspections are a very important task because it ensures that your home’s wiring and appliances are working well and are not faulty. With all this in mind, it is quite clear why the need for electrical inspections exists and what benefits you may enjoy from having them done regularly and not just for insurance purposes.

And keep in mind that everything mentioned here also applies to inspections for businesses and industrial premises.

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Electrical Safety Tips For Kids

Electrical Safety Tips For Kids

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Electrical Safety Tips For Kids

How many times have we heard about children and appliances? Electrical safety has been a concern among parents and homeowners since electricity was widely made available in homes.


We hear news every day about children getting electrocuted due to electrical accidents or hurting themselves. There is no secret about the dangers of electricity, especially to uneducated children who may not understand its effects on their small bodies. Now is the perfect time to learn how you can protect your child from electrical hazards in your home as a parent. 

Dangers of Electricity for Children


Perhaps you have experienced a situation where you are shocked when you touch a doorknob or another individual. What you experienced was shock from static electricity. This is a minor shock that lasts a fraction of a second. A real electric shock is very painful and has the potential to be fatal.


  • There is a risk that electricity can cause severe burn injuries, fatal shocks, and even death.
  • The muscles in the body get tightened up and cause choking making it difficult for the child to breathe.
  • It causes the heartbeat to be disrupted, which in turn causes the blood vessels to constrict.
  • Without proper handling, electricity can cause severe internal damage many hours after being shocked.

Even though these seem terrifying, they can be avoided with a little bit of knowledge and care.


How Can Parents Keep Their Children Safe From Electric Hazards?


Did you know that the number of kids who are injured or killed because of electrical accidents is very high? It has become an alarming situation. Every year, more than six thousand children get involved in electrocutions either at home or outside. The majority of these cases are due to their ignorance of electrical safety. But, at the same time, you can’t call the ignorant as they are just kids. What can you do then? Teach them about electrical safety.


If you have young children around the house, it is imperative to teach them about this serious matter. They should be well-informed about electricity and its effects on their small bodies.


There are different ways to teach kids about electrical safety. However, these simple yet effective measures must be emphasized to protect your kids from accidents caused by electricity.


  1. Never Touch Electric Appliances When They Are Plugged In 

Children should be taught not to touch any electric appliance even if they are not turned on or plugged in. You may think that appliances will not cause any harm when it is turned off but this is wrong. It does pose danger, especially with the use of defective products. For small children, never allow them to play with surge protectors or extension cords as they might put their fingers into the open holes where the plugs are inserted. 


  1. Always Fuse Your Outlets

You should always ensure that fuses in the house are working properly. When there are electrical problems at home, don’t hesitate to call an electrician who can fix these issues right away. Most of the time, simple electrical repairs can solve the problem.


  1. Fly Kites Away from Power Lines 

Don’t let them fly kites or helium-filled balloons on strings near power lines. Getting tangled in power lines can cause a shock or fire if electricity passes through the string.


  1. Water Makes Electricity More Dangerous 

To ensure kids’ electrical safety, this is essential. Water and electricity are not good combinations that should never be mixed, as parents should teach their children. You should teach your children not to handle or operate any electricity-related device with wet hands when they are young. Likewise, they shouldn’t use electrical appliances in wet areas like sinks and bathtubs. To clean such devices, they should remove them from the sockets first.


  1. Keeping Away From Power Substations

Please warn them to stay as far away from power plants as possible. It is strongly recommended that parents warn their children against climbing fences or trees around power plants.


  1. Power Lines Safety Tips

Educate children about the dangers of playing with power lines. They should not remove anything that sticks or gets tangled on power lines; they should call an adult such as a parent instead. People should be warned not to touch the lines with any part of their bodies or to throw objects at them. Children should never fly remote-control models near power lines, such as helicopters, drones, and toy airplanes; instead, they should fly in open fields.


  1. Overcrowding Electrical Outlets 

Parents should teach children about electrical outlets and extension cords, and warn them against plugging too many things into one outlet. This can damage the electricity or even cause a fire. There is also a risk of overcrowding electrical outlets since most family members use electronics. However, this should not be permitted.


  1. Using Devices While Charging

While plugged in or charging, devices such as phones, tablets, laptops, and others of this type should not be used. It is always important for parents to teach their children not to use phones when they are plugged in.


  1. Obedience to Warning Signs

Be sure to teach all children to obey electrical warning signs on electrical appliances, electrical poles, and power stations to keep them and others safe.


  1. Using Precautionary Measure

If they are very young, parents should undertake some measures to ensure electrical safety for children. To begin with, all electrical outlets and sockets should be covered with child-proof covers. As children move around, they will always touch everything they see and come across on their way. Without realizing it, they may end up touching sockets, extensions, and other electrical outlets with wet hands, posing a risk. Installing child-proof covers will reduce this danger.


In addition, parents should make sure all electrical appliances are out of reach of children. A residual current device is another preventative measure that ensures the safety of kids when there is an emergency by cutting the power.


How to Teach Kids about Electric Safety?


Your little explorer is ever too busy, so it is not too early to teach them about electrical safety. These tips can be of help. 


  1. Talk to your kids about how electricity works:
  • Make sure your children are aware of the power lines in their surroundings and how the power company is working to keep the lines safe.
  • Show your child how power passes throughout the house by way of wires by walking around your house.
  • Then, show them how plugs work and don’t let them put anything in electrical outlets.

Children can be attracted to outlets, so cover any outlets that are unused with childproof covers so that they cannot reach them.


  1. Watch for overloads:
  • Circuits that are overloaded can be dangerous. Ensure you monitor each device your kids are plugging in regularly. Even with modern circuit breakers, there is still a risk of fire and sparking with overloaded circuits.
  • Since the early days of electric power, much has been done to improve its safety. Most homes are wired with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) outlets, which cut off power to an outlet that surges or shorts out. It is still important to take precautions. Each year, electrical shock or burns injure more than 4,000 children and kill about 25 kids under age 15.
  1. Hold a family meeting:
  • Organize a session on handling electricity safely. Be aware that kids will use and apply the knowledge differently as they grow. It’s important to review and teach them as they grow. You and your children can utilize the power of electricity safely, as long as you take care and educate yourselves.

Other Child Electrical Safety Rules


  • There are many educational games available today that can be used by children to learn. Such games can be used to teach children about the dangers of electrical appliances.
  • Your little one should be taught about the dangers posed by using electrical appliances, especially if they are used alone. Use stories to do this.
  • As an example, follow proper electrical safety yourself so your kid can learn from you.

Every day we use electricity, so children and adults alike may forget just how dangerous it can be. Staying safe is easy as long as you understand how to use it correctly. You can help your family prevent electrical fires by using your safety detective skills around the house. 


First Aid for Electric Shock in Kids


If you are unfortunate enough to experience an electric shock, the following steps should be followed until help arrives:


  • If you can, turn off the power source; otherwise, remove it with a piece of cardboard, wood, or plastic.
  • If you see no movement in the child, you should start CPR.
  • Keep the child warm to prevent him/her from becoming chilled.
  • Any burned areas should be covered with a bandage.
  • You should always use child-safe electrical outlets and electric socket covers when you have young children at home.

Final Thoughts


Keeping kids safe from electrical hazards at home is not an easy task for parents. To keep their children safe, parents should choose the most appropriate methods based on the age of their children. 


Electricity can cause harm to children if they don’t know how to use it properly and take precautions. Children love exploring everything new in the house, but with this guide in mind, parents can ensure their children’s safety. 


If, however, parents feel that their home is still unsafe for children even after all these precautions, teachings, and tips, they should contact an electrician like us, who can come into the some and do an electrical safety audit and make recommendations.

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Things to Consider When Buying and Installing a Standby Generator

Things to Consider When Buying and Installing a Standby Generator

These days, almost every household requires electricity. It is not only for entertainment, but it is an integral part of our lives and without it, we would feel troubled. However, what happens when the power goes out? You are left with no alternative but to remain in darkness or sit under candlelight or use your phone’s flashlight and wait until the electricity comes back on.

Occasionally, the power outage may last for hours or even for days. Yes, days! The Queens blackout of 2006 lasted 8 days. In 2010 parts of Long Island didn’t have power for as long as six-day due to a severe windstorm.

If you’re someone who can’t function without electricity, then this would be a nightmare. The best solution will be to get a backup generator installed in your home so that when the power goes out or there’s a problem with the main supply line, you are prepared.

Even though there are other alternatives like inverter generators and solar power, they aren’t as reliable as standby generators and cost a lot more to install.

So What Exactly is a Standby Generator?

When the electricity supply in your home is not working, a standby generator will automatically start providing electricity as long as you have an automatic transfer switch setup to initiate this.

It’s just like having another electric panel installed in your house, but it has its fuel tank so that it can run continuously. In either case, they use either diesel or natural gas as their primary power source and require refueling regularly depending on how much they’re used and for how long. As you might expect, standby generators are significantly more expensive than other options. Additionally, they will require regular maintenance and servicing, which will eventually lead to an increase in your operating costs.

How Do Standby Generators Work?

The generator’s automatic transfer switch will detect when utility power is interrupted and automatically startup, restoring your power within seconds. As soon as the utility returns, your generator will turn off, go through a cooling process, like an intercooler on a sports car, and go back to standby. You do not need to turn it on for it to operate, so it runs even if you are not at home. Not only does this prevent food spoilage, but if you have a security system, that will stay on, any electric garage doors or property gates will be able to open. Unless of course you don’t install an automatic transfer switch and want to manually start the generator.

What To Consider Before Buying A Standby Generator?

If you are thinking about installing or buying a standby generator, you need to consider several things. The generator will be different for each home or business based on your needs. To use a generator correctly, you must first understand how it works.

The following are some of the most important things you should keep in mind when shopping for your generator:

  • Fuel Type – The type of fuel used to power your standby generators is extremely important. There are two options for fuel: natural gas and diesel, which are both good options, but their prices aren’t always the same. You should go with natural gas if you want to reduce your environmental impact, otherwise, diesel is an excellent choice. Even though fuel prices are rising, it’s still very affordable compared to natural gas.
  • Size Of Your Property – How many standby generators you will need and where you will put them will depend on the size of your home. When you have several homes to power, such as a small complex of units, it’s always more cost-effective to purchase two or more standalone generators than a large one. Furthermore, buying a smaller unit would be cheaper in the long run, especially if it comes with a good warranty. The same applies to businesses.
  • Power Quality – Additionally, you should consider what appliances are most frequently used in your household because that will determine the type of power quality that you should expect from a generator. If most of your appliances require a lot of power then you should opt for a backup generator with a high wattage rather than going for a cheap one because they probably won’t perform well.
  • Standby Type – In terms of standby generator systems, there are two types: automatic and manual. The main difference between the two is that an automatic system requires less work on your part since it turns on automatically when the power supply fails, while a manual system requires you to turn it on manually. It is generally more expensive to purchase an automatic generator, but it takes less time to set it up. We recommend an automatic generator if it’s within your budget.

In addition, you might want to consider the following before installing a standby generator:

  • Electrical Connections

Permanent standby generators use automatic transfer switches that start the generator automatically when there is a power outage. Depending on your unit, the switch may transfer control to a separate breaker panel that sends electricity to the circuits you have selected.

If a whole-home generator is out of your price range, or out of stock, interlock kits can also be installed for use with a portable generator. By using an interlock kit, you can eliminate the mess of extension cords that come with a portable generator, and you will be able to use the circuits that you need during a power outage with one cord that runs to your main power source.

  • Plumbing Connections 

If you want to run your generator on propane or natural gas, you must connect a propane tank or gas line to it. You will also need to ensure that you have the correct valves in place for the type of gas you are using. If you are not a professional, this kind of work should be handled by one.

  • Permits/HOA Restrictions

It may be necessary to get a permit and undergo an inspection to install a permanent generator where you live. You should also follow any HOA restrictions or regulations if any exist as a generator can be quite loud we in use and may not be allowed in your HOA.

  • Site Selection 

It is recommended that you follow manufacturer guidelines regarding your standby generator and how close the exhaust is to your windows or doors.

What Are The Benefits of Using Standby Generators?

Standby generators have numerous benefits other than just providing backup power during blackouts which is why it’s becoming the preferred choice of many people. Some of the most important benefits include;


The main reason why homeowners are opting to buy backup generators is that they provide security. This means that your tools, appliances, and other household items will remain safe behind your security system that will still be live and operational during blackouts which can last for several hours or even days depending on where you live.


It’s also great for safety especially if there are kids in your home or you have elderly family members living with you. This way you don’t need to worry about them not having enough food as it spoils soon after the fridge doesn’t have power as your generators will kick in as soon as the power goes out. We do recommend hiring an electrician who can install all necessary wiring for both standalone units so that you won’t have to worry about anything.


Lastly, it’s pretty convenient to own a standby generator because they usually offer remote access which can be controlled by your smartphone. This way you can monitor all of your appliances and devices even if you’re not at home so we’d recommend this for people with busy work schedules or who always travel a lot but need the power to stay on at their home. There are even services available that will come and fill up your generator for you with fuel or gas while you are away from the property.

You can also use it as an electricity backup during natural disasters like hurricanes where the power supply is severely limited for several days.

What Are Some Of The Downsides Of Standby Generators?

While standby generators have numerous benefits, there are still some disadvantages that you should look into before making a purchase decision. For instance, most units require professional installation which can be quite expensive depending on the size of your home. In addition, you might find them too bulky and need to make some extra space in your garage or on your property before getting one.

Another drawback is that standby generators are usually quite loud, especially during start-up which could disrupt any activities inside your house. While most modern generators have noise reduction technology built into them, it’s still something that needs to be considered before buying one. But, a little bit of noise is likely not going to be an issue in a blackout. And if you live in an area where everyone has generators, then the people around you are used to the noise.

Lastly, some standby generator systems require diesel fuel while others run on gas so it’s important to decide exactly what type would work best for you if you decide to get one.

Tips On How To Maintain Your Standby Generators

It’s still important to maintain your generator even if it’s rarely used if you want it to last for several years. For example, you can clean the exterior of your units regularly while making sure that the fuel cap is tightly closed after each use so that moisture doesn’t get inside and damage its components. You might also need to replace the oil every other month which could increase operating costs over time but at least it’ll keep your generators running smoothly all year round.


As you can see, having standby generators installed in your home has numerous benefits aside from just providing backup power during blackouts or other emergencies. It might cost quite a bit upfront but they’re worth checking out before making a purchase decision because of their convenience and peace of mind benefits. You should also consider adding a standby generator to your home if you’re someone who travels frequently and doesn’t want to worry about whether or not there will be power in your rented place while you’re away.

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