Friday, October 20, 2017

Electrician’s advice on installing Task Lighting

All about task lighting

Task Lighting is an important lighting element in any home or office setting. For one, it covers illuminating needs for areas that are otherwise not covered by ambient lighting. At the same time, it also offers a design feature that can accentuate a certain area in a home.

Lightology.com explains how task lighting works, its different types, and enumerated examples of task lighting that are usually used in residential and commercial structures. Electrician     

“Task lights and task lamps are lighting products designed precisely for that purpose; they are often portable fixtures with a cord and plug, or under-cabinet lights. Types of task lights include, but are not limited to, desk lamps, swing arm desk lamps, overhead spots, wall-mounted reading lights, under-cabinet lighting, table lamps, and even book lights.”

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Task lighting defined

The American Lighting Association has an article on the three basic types of lighting, one of which is task lighting. Build Safe  

“Task lighting helps you perform specific tasks, such as reading, grooming, preparing and cooking food, doing homework, working on hobbies, playing games and balancing your checkbook. It can be provided by recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting and under-cabinet lighting, as well as by portable floor and desk lamps.”

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Home and Garden Television also featured various types of home lighting. It shared as well photos of rooms illuminated using task lighting.

“Targeted to a particular area of a room, task lighting is intended to illuminate a specific function. Areas of a home that require task lighting include kitchen counters where food will be prepared; living room seating areas where reading will take place; and home office desk surfaces where paperwork will be done. In a kitchen, under-cabinet lighting provides task lighting for a countertop; in a living room, a table lamp is often used for task lighting to accommodate reading.”

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Task lighting is indeed an essential lighting solution to any home.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Home Office Lighting Tips from an Electrician

Raising productivity through lighting

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Lighting can influence productivity in any office situation, even the home office. (Photo Credits)

Ever wonder why offices have bright lights that almost simulate daylight? That is because lighting helps spark productivity. And for those that work from home, a great home office set-up would help a lot in increasing the productivity needed for that extra push to earn and learn. American Lighting Association

Decoist.com came up with advice on how to keep lighting functional and at the same time classy for any home office.  It emphasized that there is a benefit to mixing natural and artificial lighting, in any home office environment.

“One of the things you notice about some techno-addicts who are hooked onto their laptops, iPads and smartphones is the way they deliberately avoid any hint of natural sunlight. If you did not know better, you would be tempted to believe that these folks are long-lost cousins of Count Dracula! But in reality, natural light is not such a bad thing if you know how to use it in the right fashion. Yes, glossy surfaces can be a problem at times, but try and usher in natural light in a controlled fashion and ensure that in blends in beautifully with artificial illumination.”

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More lighting tips for home offices

Apartment Therapy meantime came up with suggestions on improving home lighting, even for those who are just leasing their homes. Ambient lighting is one of their proposed solutions. Master Electrician 

“Ambient light is a great stress reliever. It’s pretty lame to look up from a long day of work and realize you’re sitting alone with only the light of your desk lamp for company. Ambient light fills the area with a soothing glow, for a warmer, more comfortable atmosphere.”

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The Spruce also came up with tips on having great lighting in the home office. One of the items discussed in their lengthy post was decorative lighting. “As mentioned, most home offices will feature ambient lighting that is diffused throughout the space and task lighting that is focused on specific workstations. Beyond these two functional lighting types, you may want to add decorative and accent lighting to help improve the visual character of your home office. Accent lighting like mantel or picture lights draws attention to objects or other elements in the room, while decorative lights—such as wall sconces—provide direct visual appeal.”

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Consulting a licensed electrician contractor can help in ensuring great lighting and better productivity in any home office.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Electrician’s Advice on Installing Garden Lights

All about landscape Lighting

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Installing landscape lights can make a whole lot of difference in the aesthetics of a home. (Photo Credits)

Garden lights can accentuate any outdoor landscape for any home. And it definitely makes a whole lot of difference in terms of highlighting the vibrancy and beauty of the garden and the lawn during night time. Build Safe 

For those who may want to try their hand in installing outdoor or landscaping lights, Popular Mechanics came up with tips on how to install these fixtures.

“Start by laying the light fixtures on the ground where you intend to install them. Space the fixtures 8 to 10 feet apart. Next, unroll the spool of low-voltage electrical cable and lay the cable beside the fixtures. If you come to an obstacle, such as a boulder, tree, or fence, string the cable under or around it.”

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Plan the project

The Family Handyman also came up with its own comprehensive guide on installing outdoor, garden, and landscape lights. Electrician

“For this project, you should have the fundamental wiring skills it takes to make proper connections and the basic electrical and carpentry tools. While they’re not crucial, a trench shovel, a mattock and a sledgehammer (Photos 1 and 2) will make the trench work easier and faster. Allow about a day to complete this project, assuming you collect all the parts in advance.”

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DIY.com also published its share of tips on self-installation of outdoor lights. It however emphasized that safety precautions should always be observed especially when doing DIY jobs concerning electricity.

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“Never take risks with electrical safety. Before you start any type of electrical work, you must follow these following safety precautions: (1) Switch off the main power at the consumer unit/fuse box. Isolate the circuit you plan to work on by removing the circuit fuse. Put this in your pocket to avoid accidental replacement. (2) Or switch off the breaker and lock it if you can. (3) Attach a note to the unit to advise you are working on the circuit. (4) Check the circuit is dead with a socket tester or voltage tester/meter for lighting circuits.”

See the rest of the guide here.

To ensure safe and efficient outdoor lighting installation, it will always be a great move to consult with a licensed electrician contractor.

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Electrician’s tips in installing Holiday Lights

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Electrician’s tips in installing Holiday Lights

Safe installation of Christmas Lights

Xmas Lights

Holiday lights have always been a tradition to most households. However it could be a source of accidents and untoward incidents like home fires and strangulation.

Safe installation is important to ensure that the safety of every home occupant will not be threatened.

In its official website, DIYNetwork.com shared the advice of their resident electrician on ensuring safe holiday light installation, and it all begins with using safe tools and equipment like the ladder. American Lighting Association                 

“Use a good ladder when installing your lights. Secure them with insulated holders (never use tacks or nails). Don’t install your lights on trees that come in contact with power lines. Before installing your Christmas lights, plug them in to make sure all of your bulbs are working. Make sure to turn your lights off when you leave or go to bed at night.”

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Exterior Holiday Lights

True Value also published a comprehensive guide on installing Christmas lights safely. It highlighted both the safety measures that should be observed when using Christmas lights in and out of the home. Master Electrician                

Make sure you stay clear of power lines when you install holiday lights. If connecting to an inside power source, keep the window or door open slightly so the cord does not get crushed. Inside, when adding lights to your Christmas tree, for example, work from the inside, close to the tree trunk out towards the tips of the branches. When you reach the tip of a branch, wrap your way back toward the trunk.”

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Popular Mechanics meantime emphasized that careful planning will help in the safe installation of Holiday lights both inside and outside the home.

“Before you start, make a plan. Measure the locations where you will string lights. Most likely this will be along eaves or gutters and around windows. Use this plan to estimate how many strands you’ll need and how long they should be. Unfortunately, there are no standard strand lengths, but there are standard-size bulbs and standard distances between bulbs on a strand. Look for C7- or C9-size bulbs spaced 6 to 8 inches apart. A longer distance between bulbs allows for more light to spread across a wider area, creating more picturesque shadows and greater warmth.”

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Safe installation of Holiday Lights is important to ensure that the whole holiday season will remain safe and accident-free.

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Electricians answer: When to install additional lights at home

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Electricians answer: When to install additional lights at home

Installing lighting fixtures

Light fixture

Installation can be a breeze when hiring the services of an electrician. (Photo Credits)

Some homeowners later discover that they need more lights for their home. Maybe in one area, maybe in every room. Whatever the case may be, a call to a local expert and licensed electrician will solve this issue. Builders and Contractors

For homeowners though who may just want to install new lighting fixtures, and already have the wiring for that, there are a lot of self-help tips available.

Hometips.com for instance published guidelines on how to install lighting fixtures.

“Fixtures come in different weights and sizes, and these features determine the mounting method. Lightweight, small ceiling fixtures can generally be screwed directly into the fixture box’s mounting ears. However, heavier fixtures may need to be fastened to the box with a mounting bar, hickey, or stud. Fixtures weighing more than 50 pounds will need to be secured to a joist or beam as well as to the mounting box.”

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Working with lights

Home and Garden Television, also has in its official website, a guide on how to install different lighting fixtures. Electricians

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“When working with electrical connections, normally the black wire is hot, the white is neutral and the bare is ground. If the wires are the same color or other colors, testing is needed. Test the wires by touching one end of the circuit tester to one of the wires connecting to the light and the other end to the ground. The hot wire is the one that causes the circuit tester to light up. Turn the power off at the breaker and label the hot wire with black electrical tape for future reference.”

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The Family Handyman also shared some useful tips in installing lighting fixtures in and around the house.

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“Not all electrical boxes with a light switch in them contain the necessary ground, hot and neutral conductors. To find out, first shut off the power to the switch at the main electrical panel. Then remove the switch cover, and hold the non-contact voltage detector against the wires attached to the switch. This is to ensure the power is off before you remove the screws and pull the switch from the box.”

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When unsure as to how to go about installing additional lighting fixtures calling up an expert electrical contractor always solves this issue.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Electrician’s Take on Recessed Lighting

Advantages and Disadvantages

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The pros and cons of using recessed lighting. (Photo Credits)

For homeowners who are eyeing a more perfect-looking ceiling, recessed lighting becomes one of the coolest options to consider.

But what are really the pros and cons of having this type of lighting for one’s property?

The website The Spruce shared information on what any homeowner would like to know about recessed lights. From pros and cons, where best to use them and such. Build Safe 

“Recessed lights are metal light housings that install above the ceiling line.  Except for thin trim and part of the inner baffle, no part of the light is visible. Also known as can lights or downlights, they require extensive ceiling wiring.  However, the junction boxes allow for light-to-light connections.  This means that you are running only one cable, not several.”

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Do It Yourself.com also came up with y6et a comprehensive article on recessed lights, specifically the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing LED recessed lights in a property. Electrician 

“LED recessed lighting is quickly becoming a popular option for lighting fixtures in homes. Once you have made the decision to install recessed wall lights, you will need to decide which type of bulbs you will want in your new lighting fixtures. As with any designing or construction decision you will make on your home, LED lighting comes with a host of pros and cons that you will want to carefully consider before you make the decision to go with LED lighting.”

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Recessed lighting though, like any lighting fixtures, also have its own set of disadvantages.

SF Gate enumerated the cons of recessed lighting, and difficult installation topped its list.

“Recessed lighting receptacles nestle in the empty spaces in your ceiling. The wiring connecting the receptacles to your home’s electrical system also runs between the joists in the ceiling. As a result, installing a series of recessed lights likely will require cutting holes in your ceiling in various places. For example, you’ll have to cut a hole large enough to allow you to attach the receptacle frames to the joists. Also, running the wiring from light to light across your ceiling might require more holes. Consequently, completing the project will require significant ceiling repairs.”

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Recessed lighting indeed has its own pros and cons. It will be best to be informed about these advantages and disadvantages in order to arrive at an informed decision.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Frayed Wiring and Electrician

Wiring problems

Frayed

Wiring problems should be addressed for safety purposes. (Photo Credits)

Frayed wiring can be inevitable and dangerous at the same time. It has to be repaired as soon as the issue is discovered to avoid accidents and injuries.

CNET.com shared ways on how to deal with frayed cables. American Lighting Association

“You can take your time neatly wrapping the cable to reinforce it, but the best way to prevent any more damage is to wrap the split or fraying part of the cable several times with electrical tape, then work your way out from that spot. This immobilizes any breaks in the cable and helps prevent further damage. Just don’t expect it to last forever.”

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Damaged wires

The website The Spruce also detailed ways to fix damaged insulated cables. Master Electrician   

“When working on old wiring in your home it is important to inspect the condition of the wiring’s insulation. The insulation used on old wiring can fray and become brittle, literally crumbling in your hand as the wire conductor is moved. In the above photo you can see how the insulation is brittle and wiring is actually exposed. This condition is very dangerous and can create short circuits and fire hazard. Ordinarily, you can just wrap 2 or 3 wraps of electrical tape around the damaged area.”

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This Old House meantime mentioned about aluminum wiring.

“Retrofit a dielectric wire nut approved for aluminum wire (a pair sells for less than $1) onto each copper/aluminum connection in light fixtures. These nuts have a special grease that stops corrosion while maintaining conductivity. Make sure any replacement switches and receptacles are labeled AL-compatible.”

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Frayed cables should be dealt with as soon as possible. If unsure of what to do, get in touch with an expert electrician contractor.

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