Custom Lighting – Liven Up Your Living Space

Custom lighting

A great way to add a little bit of style to your home is to install custom lighting fixtures. Because the light fixtures that are installed standard on most houses are very nondescript, neutral or even boring, this is a very simple change that can have a dramatic effect on the overall look and feel of your living spaces. Because there are so many different styles and varieties of light fixtures, you have any number of options for the different areas of your home. Naturally, because each room has a different purpose, you will want to choose different light fixtures that are best suited to each individual environment.

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Holiday Electrical Safety Tips

Holiday Electrical Safety

The holidays are one of the most festive, and therefore, most decorated times of year. Unfortunately, the holiday season is also one of the busiest for firefighters. This is largely because all of the beautiful lights that you string across your home can also present a serious electrical hazard if the proper precautions are not taken.

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Electrical Grounding – Ensuring Safety of Your Home

Is Your Home Properly Grounded

One of the best ways to improve the safety of your home and increase the life of your electronics is to make sure that your home is properly grounded. For your home to be properly grounded, there must be a physical connection between the ground and your home’s electrical components.

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Home Security Lighting – Preventive Measures to Protect Your Home

Home Security Lighting - Safety and Beauty

One of the important aspects of being a homeowner is making sure that your home is as safe and secure as possible. While some of the simple things, such as locking your doors and securing your windows may seem like no-brainers, outdoor security lighting can be just as important. Whereas locks and other measures stop a burglary in progress, well-placed security lighting serves to both deter would-be criminals and provide you with safe passage when navigating the outside of your home.

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Electrical Service Upgrade – Do You Need One Now?

Old Murray Fuse Box by p.Gordon, on Flickr

As a rule, there are two main reasons to upgrade your electrical service: if it is unsafe, or if it is not big enough for your current electrical demand. In either case, an electrical service upgrade is very important to both your immediate safety and the future integrity of your entire electrical system. If your service is already unsafe, it is fairly obvious why this can be dangerous. Having a system that is not large enough to handle your daily demand, however, can lead to situations that are hazardous as well. A system that is too small typically results in overloaded circuits. This leads to tripped breakers, blown fuses and potentially dangerous shocks if these overloaded electrical circuits are not properly managed.

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GFCI – Protection Against Electrical Shock

GFCI Outlet in Bathroom

GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, an electrical device that offers protection against electrical shock. As a homeowner, the electrical codes keep changing to increase protection for you and your family. You should make sure your home has the proper protection, especially if it was built more than 25 years ago. Experts estimate that over 60% of all deaths from electric shock could be prevented if Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters were installed.

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Home Entertainment Wiring – Eliminating the Tangled Mess

Home Entertainment Wiring

By the time you get home with a new home theater system, unpack all of the components, and put it all together, you typically don’t have too much energy left to tackle some of the smaller projects. Although it is often neglected, home entertainment wiring is an important project that can make the finished product look like it is worth all of the money that you spent on it. Depending on how badly you want your cables to be hidden, this can be as simple or as extensive of a process that you make it. One thing is certain; your entire setup will look much cleaner and more professional once you are done.

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Home Internet Wiring – Creating a SOHO Workspace

Home Internet Wiring

As wireless networking has become more popular, the need for a hardwired network for personal computing has become less of a necessity. The majority of devices, phones and computers now have Wi-Fi built in, with many opting out of hardwired Ethernet ports altogether. That being said, many reasons exist for home internet wiring that will benefit not only your family but turn your home into a small office/home office (SOHO) environment.

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Installing a Backup Electric Generator – Don’t Get Left in the Dark

Guardian Generator

Whether you have experienced an extended power outage or not, it is important to have a plan in place. Power loss can be sudden, unexpected and caused by a variety of reasons. Weather is one of the most common causes of extended power outages. In the Northeast, we may experience storms, hurricanes, nor’easters and other events that can lead to extensive damage to power lines, power stations and your home. Installing an emergency electrical generator is one of the best ways to ensure the safety, security and peace of mind of your family and property when the power goes out.

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CFL Lighting – Save Money & the Planet

CFL Lighting - Save Money & the Planet

In honor of Earth Day, Local Electrical will educate you on the value of converting your home’s lighting to the new energy efficient CFL light bulbs. According to ENERGY STAR, “if every American home replaced just one light bulb with a light bulb that’s earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars.”

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