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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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.”

Read more here.

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.”

See the whole guide here.

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

recessed lighting

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.”

Check out the whole list here.

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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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Electrician’s Tips on Installing a Chandelier

Easy ways to put up a chandelier

Light #2 is up! The chandelier!

If unsure about how to install a chandelier, a professional electrician’s help should be sought. (Photo Credits)

Installing a chandelier can be quite challenging, especially to those who may not have enough experience in working around the house.

Moreover, this type of light fixture is not the normal type as improper installation can be a safety hazard.

This Old House came up with a very comprehensive guide on installing chandeliers. Builders and Contractors         

“In many ways, this installation is similar to replacing other types of light fixtures, except for one significant difference: Standard electrical boxes have a maximum load rating of 50 pounds. Most full-size chandeliers are too heavy to hang from a standard box. Therefore, if your new fixture weighs more than 50 pounds, you must install an appropriate support system.”

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Installing a Ceiling Fixture

The Family Handyman also came up with a tutorial in hanging chandeliers and other lighting fixtures. It however was quick to remind its readers about the safety precautions they should observe in undertaking such a project. Electricians   

“If you know your wiring was installed before 1985, don’t use fixtures requiring 90-degree–rated supply wires. To confirm that you have 90-degree–rated supply wire, look at the cable jacket or wire insulation. If you have plastic sheathed cable (often referred to as Romex), look for the letters NM-B or UF-B printed on the plastic sheath. If your wiring is fed through conduit, look on the wire insulation for the letters THHN or THWN-2. If you’re still unsure, either call an electrician or choose a fixture that isn’t labeled with a supply wire temperature requirement.”

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SF Gate for its part shared a guide on how to install particularly heavy lighting fixtures.

“A heavy ceiling light fixture, like a large chandelier or ceiling fan, requires a sturdy brace to support its weight. The drywall or plaster of the ceiling is not strong enough to support the weight of the heavy fixture. While metal and plastic support braces are available, a wooden support brace can be cut and added between ceiling joists that provides ample strength for mounting a heavy ceiling light fixture or ceiling fan.”

Read the guidelines here.

When unsure about lighting fixture installations, always seek the services of professional electrician contractors.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Electrician’s Tips in Installing a Dimmer Switch

The Benefits of a Dimmer Switch

I installed that dimmer switch.

Installing a dimmer switch at home. (Photo Credits)

Dimmer switches can be very useful around the home, and it is more so appealing to execute accent lighting around the house. American Lighting Association

The website How Stuff Works explains how dimmers function. “When you’re furnishing a home, light is everything. The light level in a room dictates what you can and can’t do, and it has a huge effect on how you feel. You can’t read very easily by a single candle, for example, and a romantic dinner for two isn’t so romantic under a 1,500-watt halogen lamp. The problem is that people need to use some rooms for multiple purposes, and these different functions call for varying amounts of light. Enter the dimmer switch, a handy electrical component that lets you adjust light levels from nearly dark to fully lit by simply turning a knob or sliding a lever.”

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Dimmer Switch Installation Guide

Family Handyman offered a step-by-step instructional guide on how to install dimmer switches, complete with photos and a summary of needed materials and tools. Master Electrician     

“The tools you’ll need are inexpensive and will come in handy for all your electrical projects. You’ll need a screwdriver, wire stripper, inexpensive voltage tester and needle-nose pliers to install a dimmer. To begin, turn off the power and double-check for hot wires in the box. Turn on the light and have a helper watch as you switch off the circuit breakers, or unscrew the fuses one at a time until the light goes out. Leave this circuit turned off while you work.”

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The DIY Network also shared its own version of dimmer switch installation guide.

“Installing a dimmer switch is just as easy as installing a single-pole switch, and adjustable overhead lighting is a great improvement that adds appeal to any home. Turn off the power to the circuit at the circuit breaker or fuse box. Double check to ensure that it was turned off by flipping the switch in an attempt to operate a light, and by using a voltage tester to confirm that the wires in the box are not charged once the switch plate has been removed.”

Read the rest of the steps here.

When unsure about installing a dimmer switch, one can always hire the services of a licensed electrician contractor.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

What Flickering Lights Mean to an Electrician

Dealing with flickering light bulbs

Lightbulb

There are many reasons why light bulbs flicker. (Photo Credits)

Flickering lights can be annoying especially when it starts to happen when the whole household is bustling.

But with the many resources available in the internet, it will be easy to find out why la certain light bulb at home is flickering.

The Spruce.com gave a lowdown on the many reasons why light bulbs may flicker. Among the reasons that they cited is a faulty connection. Build Safe  

“A bad connection in your lamp or fixture’s on-off switch can result in flickering. Troubleshoot the connections by wiggling the on-off switch. If your lights dim, you have a bad switch. Replacing switches can be difficult. Call a professional if you’re unsure how to tackle this project. Plugs can also cause bad connections. Pull the plug out and straighten the prongs. Sometimes, bent or damaged prongs can create a bad connection.”

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Test the lights out first

The Family Handyman meantime advises its readers to run a certain test prior to calling for the services of an emergency electrician.

“Do you have bulbs that burn out quickly, lights that flicker, or a light fixture that simply doesn’t work even though there’s power to it? Try this 60-second fix before you call an electrician. Turn off the power to the fixture and use a non-contact voltage tester to make sure the power is off. Then reach into the bulb socket with a flat-blade screwdriver and gently pry up on the tab that’s centered at the bottom to restore good contact with the bulb.”

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The website Popular Mechanics meantime offered various possible solutions to a flickering light bulb issue.

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“Older fluorescent fixtures used a ‘starter’ (modern versions are self-starting) to fire up the gas in the tubes. When the starter doesn’t work, the light just flickers, never truly fully lit. In most fixtures, you need to remove the bulb to get at the starter, a round plug that sticks out through a hole in the housing. Check that the starter is seated properly in the housing and clicked into place. If it is, then it has become defective and needs to be replaced. Take the old starter to a hardware store or home center and buy a replacement with the same amp rating. Then plug it in and let there be (constant) light.”

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Fixing a flickering light can be easy, or could be complicated. If unsure of what to do with a flickering bulb in a home, always seek professional help from a certified licensed electrician.

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