Monthly Archives: July 2010

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are great home appliances because they make your rooms cooler in hot summer days. Some people prefer to have fans installed on their ceilings than an air conditioning unit or a regular floor fan because of several reasons.For one, a ceiling fans are out of your children’s reach. You do not have to worry about your kids touching the blades and hurting themselves. They also look more stylish and elegant. Certain designs and styles look good even in the most elegant rooms, unlike floor fans or air conditioners. Fans are also cheaper than air conditioners when you initially buy them and in terms of the amount of the electricity that you have to pay every month because they consume less energy.Though ceiling fans are cheaper than air conditioning units, it is just as important to take care of them just like you would your expensive air conditioner. You should know how to properly clean your ceiling fan for you to be able to maximize its efficiency.

What Do I Need To Know About Maintaining My Ceiling Fans?

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling Fans

If you want to clean your fan’s dusty blades, you can clean them while the fan is on the ceiling. Be sure to turn off and unplug the fan to avoid being electrocuted. Use a ladder to reach the fan and bring some paper towels and a spray cleaner with you. Spray a small amount of spray cleaner on the paper towel and wipe it on one blade. Do the same procedure until you have cleaned all of the blades. If your ceiling fan has lighting fixtures, you should also dust each ceiling fan light to make sure that the light glows brightly.If you want to clean not just the blades but also the motor, you should take down the ceiling fan from the ceiling. It is important that you know how to disassemble the ceiling fan’s parts. Open the ceiling fan to clean the motor. Do not wet the motor and do not clean it with an all-purpose cleaner. You should just wipe it with a clean and dry cloth or paper towel to remove the dust and dirt. Exposure to water and detergent can damage the fan’s motor.You should consider cleaning your ceiling fans thoroughly once in every two months to prevent dust and dirt accumulation. Remember that a dusty blade and motor makes the ceiling fan wobbly and inefficient. It is also not good for your health, especially if you have a family member who has dust allergies or breathing problems. Additionally, a dusty ceiling fan does not look good. Instead of enhancing your room’s appearance, the dirty ceiling fan  will only be an eyesore. Cleaning your fan will ensure maximum performance and efficiency and will make your room look and feel clean, safe, and comfortable.

Electrical System Upgrades

Their are various reasons you may need electrical system upgrades in your home. If you have an old fuse box system in your house, you are probably having your life interrupted a lot of times due to the need of replacing blown fuses. More than just the inconvenience, having an old electrical system can also represent a risk to your safety.

Why Are Electrical System Upgrades So Important?

Electrical System Upgrades

Electrical System Upgrades

Today’s homes require more and more electricity. Our homes are becoming high-tech with all kinds of equipment to help our daily lives. You need electrical system upgrades to handle all that.

Sixty amps used to be the standard for household power. Today, houses often need 200 amps to run air conditioners, flat-screen TVs, computer equipment, and all the other gadgets our parents and grandparents hardly imagined.

Not having enough power isn’t just an inconvenience; it can actually damage sensitive electronics. It’s very hard on these devices if the voltage drops off. Even with adequate power, you may need to add outlets to avoid relying on power strips and extension cords, an inconvenience and a potential safety hazard.

Another option is new circuit breaker installation. These days people own more electronics than ever as they find themselves attached to home entertainment systems, computers, video game consoles and mobile devices and chargers, in addition to all the electronics of years past. If you find yourself running out of power capacity on your electrical circuits, you may want to add more circuits to serve your home. In addition to planning and wiring the circuits themselves, you will need to connect these circuits to circuit breakers on the main electrical service panel.

If you are not sure what to do, please give us a call. We will schedule a complimentary electrical system review and provide you with recommendations for electrical system upgrades that will fit your needs and lifestyle.

 

Electrical Safety Tips

It is important to follow the following electrical safety tips:

What Electrical Safety Tips Do I Need To Know To Keep My Home Safe?

Electrical Safety Tips

Electrical Safety Tips

  1. Understanding what’s involved in your home’s electrical system is the first of the electrical safety tips and a great step in protecting your home from potential electrical problems. But there are other steps homeowners can take to further ensure the safety of their families and homes. For example:Never put a higher-watt bulb in your lighting fixtures than is recommended by the manufacturer. This can burn up the fixture’s wiring, leading to a fire hazard.
  2. Never cover up extension cords with furniture, floor coverings or window treatments. Extension cords are rated for use in free air. Avoid overloading extension cords. Just because there are six receptacles doesn’t mean you should plug something into every one. Extension cords are rated for a specific number of watts. Make sure the items plugged into the cord do not exceed this rating. A last note on extension cords: They are meant to be a temporary—not permanent—solution for wiring. Do not use them on a continual basis.
  3. Flickering lights, outlets  that work sporadically, circuit breakers that frequently trip, loose wall outlets, bulbs that blow out frequently—all of these are indications of minor electrical problems. If these problems are not monitored and rectified, they can lead to bigger dangers. They also may be indications of more serious electrical  mishaps, such as improper wiring or poor grounding.
  4. In addition to these visual signs, be alert for the smell of burning rubber or plastic, the feel of heat coming from electrical components, or the sound of sizzling or humming coming from electrical components. These, too, are indications that something is amiss with your electrical system.
  5. Know the location of the breaker panel and the main shut-off to the electrical system. Labeling in the control panel should identify each circuit breaker’s circuit. The main shut-off may be located outside at the meter. If something is amiss with the system, everything can be shut down here. Panels need to be accessible.

Now that you know the basic electrical safety tips, you’ll be better equipped to keep your home wired and working well.

Commercial Electrical Services

Our electricians have experience with all manner of commercial electrical services, including data centers and hospitals. We can help you repair your existing electrical circuits, lights, and receptacles, or we can install entirely new systems.

Here are a few of the commercial electrical services we regularly perform for our customers:

  • Lighting maintenance.
  • Installing power for new workstations.
  • Surge protection.
  • Backup generators and systems.
  • Data center power installation and maintenance.
  • And more.

Why Should You Consider Y9 Electricians For Your Commercial Electrical Services?

Commercial Electrical Services

Commercial Electrical Services

Data Centers

Data centers provide several unique electrical challenges due to the amount of equipment, amount and quality of power, and additional cooling needs. We can install special circuits for high powered equipment as well as provide power to server racks, air conditioners, and even workstations. And we can design and install the correct size backup system that will include the redundancy and uptime you and your servers require.

Power Conditioning

Poor power quality can cause many problems for your business such as equipment wear and in extreme cases flickering lights and even permanent damage, and the cause may not always be external. If you have electronic equipment you want to protect, then you need an electrician.

Our electricians can determine the quality of your building’s power, detect the source of any conditioning problems, inspect your system for safety and grounding, evaluate your surge protection, and recommend solutions that will protect your equipment.

Backup Power Systems

How critical is electricity to your business? How much down time can you afford? If you’re like many of our customers, the answer to those questions is very and very little. If your data center, hospital, doctor’s office, or other business needs to keep the lights on, we can help.

We can install power backup for any electrical system, and we have experience with all sizes of generators from the small 75kw models all the way up to the large high end 1-megawatt systems that size up to small busses. And we can install additional safe fail-over systems as needed.

If power consistency and quality in commercial electrical services is important to your business, please call us today.

 

 

ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTING

New advances in energy efficient lighting now allow commercial users to lower the monthly cost to light their facility and at the same time provide a much higher quality of light.  State of the art electronic ballasts and tri-phosphor T8, T4 and T2 lamps provide a brighter, longer lasting, lamp with much improved color rendition at the work surface.  Your current lighting fixtures can be retrofitted with the new ballasts and lamps.  Most utilities provide significant rebates and low interest loans to help defray the cost of retrofitting, and your savings typically pay back in 2 to 3 years with zero impact on cash flow. Your savings pay the loan payments!

How Can Energy Efficient Lighting Help Me?

Energy Efficient Lighting

Energy Efficient Lighting


For example, a typical space with 20, four lamp four-foot fluorescent fixtures, using old technology F40T12 lamps and magnetic ballasts will provide 55,000 lumens of light output and consume 3,500 watts of power per hour. Using new ballasts and lamps in the same 20 fixtures would consume only 2,140 watts of power per hour and provide 59,000 lumens of light with a 50% improvement in color rendition. 

Assuming a usage rate of 50 hours per week, at $0.10 per kilowatt-hour, would result in an annual cost savings of about $350.00 in lighting costs, plus an additional $50.00 in the maintenance costs of the fixtures.  Total annual savings is $400.00 or about $30.00 per month. Also all installations are under warranty for all parts and labor for one year and ballasts are under warranty for, three years.

Other innovative energy efficient lighting options such as LED, OLED, Iinduction, cold cathode CFL and Thin Film technology are available for applications in both residential and commercial applications. For example, new 11 watt LED recessed lights in homes can replace a 65 watt incandescent. For commercial applications a 12 watt LED spot light can replace a 75 watt incandandescent flood light. LED outdoor fixtures are also available, like the fixtures used on the new 35W Mississippi River Bridge.

Y9 Electric can help you meet all of your energy efficient lighting needs. Two of our employees have earned the Green Lights Surveyor Ally designation from the Environmental Protection Agency. 


Y9 Electric is a  “Trade Ally” with Xcel Energy and is one of the program contractors for the One Stop Efficiency Shop Lighting Program managed by the Center for Energy and the Environment.

Efficient lighting options continue to develop and improvements in all of these technologies evolve continuously. As a result, energy efficient lighting that was installed even as recent as 5 years ago could be upgraded to obtain even more energy savings benefits. We can help you determine which of these new technologies can benefit you.

Electrical Remodeling

If you are planning an electrical remodeling project and don’t know where to begin on your home, or are starting a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project, then please contact Y9 Electrical Services. Our electrical remodeling contractors can install new wiring to add convenience to your home, or re-wire present systems to keep your home safe.

What Should I Know About Electrical Remodeling Before I Start A Remodeling Project on My Home?

Electrical Remodeling

Electrical Remodeling

The best time to consider electrical remodeling services is BEFORE YOU START. Don’t wait until you’re buried in electrical problems! Not only can Y9 Electric save you the grief but the sooner you involve us, the more benefit you’ll get from the solutions. By dealing with an experienced contractor, you can rest assured that the job will be done right, on time and under budget! We have a tremendous amount of experience in all remodels including bathroom, kitchen, room additions and basement remodeling. Each project will have its own challenges. Y9 Electric will tackle the challenges and offer solutions you might not have thought of. Good ideas come from experience!

During the construction process, your electrical contractor will be one of the first professionals on site, and probably the last to leave. Before the saw cuts the first board, he will be the guy that wires the temporary pole to give it power. After the framing is erected, the electrician must install the electrical fixtures, outlets, switches, and wiring. Then to make it all work, the electrical panel must be installed and the wires connected to it. Because of the time involved to complete a job, it is always wise to get several estimates.

Our remodeling electrical contractors serve the entire Los Angeles, CA region working with contractors and homeowners.

Our professional electricians provide electrical contractor service to Los Angeles homeowners by itself, or as a part of a larger remodeling project.

We assist in any type of home remodeling project including:

  • Kitchen remodels
  • Basement remodels
  • Bathroom remodels
  • Powder room renovation
  • Room additions
  • Office remodeling
  • Master bedroom remodelingWe can wire the electrical and the signal wiring associated with home theatre and sound. Give us a call!

 


Electrical Wiring Tips

Electrical wiring  can be simple as following these electrical wiring tips. Connecting cords, circuit connections , device connections, and electrical panel  connections all require some type of wiring connection. This tutorial is loaded with electrical wiring tips to make the job simple and easy to accomplish.

electrical wiring tips

electrical wiring tips

What Are Some Electrical Wiring Tips I Should Know About?

Whether you’re a first-timer or an old pro who just needs a few refresher tips, having a hands-on lesson will make the job that much easier. Sometimes, having the right tools for the job is just as important as knowing how to do the task. These electrical wiring tips will make your electrical projects a snap!

1. Appliance Wiring:

 Every appliance, whether it be a counter top appliance like a coffee pot or a major appliance like an electric range, has an electrical connection. Each has a specific outlet and certain breaker size that they are needed to be connected to. These connections are easy enough if you can follow these simple instructions.

2. Electrical Wiring Connection – Good and Bad:

There are good electrical connections and some that should never be made. Although manufacturers sometimes give you the choice of a couple of different connection points, like with switches and outlets, a closer look will reveal which connection should be your choice. Keep these electrical wiring tips in mind the next time you perform your next electrical wiring project.

3. Electrical Service Wiring:

Makng the proper connections to the electrical service components will help keep the electricity flowing trouble-free. Before trying to wire an electric meter, disconnect, electrical panel, or sub-panel, be sure you know where to place the wires on each. Here’s a look at just a few that will help you keep your wiring projects safe and functional for years to come.

4. Electrical Device Wiring:

Electrical devices must be wired right to make electrical connections safe and secure. Some appliances need only 120-volt outlets, but others need 240-volt outlets. Just connecting wires to device terminals isn’t enough. You need to know the proper way to strip, bend and tighten connections so they will provide you with a safe and functional connection for years to come.

5. Wiring Size and Application:

Before you can make electrical connections , you must first know what type wire to use for the installation, what color wire is needed for the application, and what is the proper size wire to handle the load of the circuit. For electricians, wire colors mean everything. They identify whether the wire is a hot, neutral, or a ground wire.

Having the right sized wire to handle the ampacity flowing through it is just as important. The size of wire also varies, depending on which type of wire you are installing. By following these steps, you’ll be installing electrical circuits the right way and have a safer home because of it.

Home Security

Read these tips and suggestions on home security to help reduce the chances of a break-in. The steps are quite simple but can provide peace of mind, additional security and perhaps save you from theft.

What Can I Do To Make Sure I Have The Best Home Security?

Home Security

Home Security

In this document you will find home security information such as:

  • Some General Safety Home Security Precautions
  • Installing Lights for Protection
  • Simple Non-Electric Home Security Devices
  • Electrical and Battery-Operated Home Security Devices
  • Improving Home Security with Locks

SOME GENERAL HOME SECURITY SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

  • There is no absolute home security measure that will protect your home from break-ins. Locks and other safety devices serve primarily to prevent entry by the amateur thief and to slow or deter the professional.
  • Another deterrent is to avoid regular routines that make it obvious you are away from home at specific times of the day or night. This may be unavoidable, but try to vary your routines of departure and arrival when possible.
  • Never chat with a stranger about leaving your home for a vacation, a visit, etc. You never know who may be watching for an opportunity for a break-in.
  • Alert your local police if you are leaving for an extended period. Stop the delivery of newspapers, mail and other items that could be telltale signs that you are away from home.
  • Arrange for someone to mow your lawn in the summer or remove snow from your drive in the winter when it’s necessary for the family to be away. This gives the appearance that someone is at home. Such home security precautions could be well worth the cost.
  • Work out an arrangement with your neighbors for mutual alertness when anyone in the neighborhood will be away.
  • Use any other home security precautions to make it appear that someone is at home at all times.


INSTALLING LIGHTS FOR HOME SECURITY

  • Good lighting is a good home security measure. You can mount floodlights or spotlights on the corner of your house to flood the walls in all directions. Such lights are inexpensive, relatively easy to mount and highly effective in reducing break-ins and increasing home security.
  • Spotlights can be either single or double, although the double spotlight is recommended. Always mount the light high enough so it cannot be unscrewed easily by a burglar.
  • Floodlights mounted high on the end of a house provide a great amount of light for a wide area. Floodlights can be either single or double, although double is strongly recommended.
  • Lights mounted on either the corner or end of the house should be set in such a way that they illuminate dark areas behind rosebushes, screens, walls, trees, etc.
  • Mount spotlights or floodlights in any spots around the house that could provide a hiding place for burglars or prowlers.
  • In most cases you can wire spotlights or floodlights directly into the wiring system of your home. Wiring for floodlights can be tapped into the nearest outlet box.
  • Before tapping into any line or circuit in the house, be sure to disconnect the power. To do this you will need to trip the circuit breaker or remove the fuse serving that circuit. For extra protection, cut off the current at the main switch while working on the wires.
  • First, remove the plate over the outlet box. Attach the black wire to the black wire, the white wire to the white wire and the ground wire to the ground, as illustrated.
  • If solderless connectors are code approved in your area, use them to make your electrical connections. They are much faster and easier to use.
  • The wiring from the outlet box to the floodlight can be extended as far as necessary. As a rule, #14-3 wiring is adequate for lighting installations. You should check your local code for the requirements in your area. Some areas still require #12-3. The three conductors will allow you to ground any circuits that might be exposed to the weather. Securely attach the new wiring run over the entire distance from the outlet box to the location where it is mounted.
  • Use a junction box at the place where the spotlight is to be mounted. Simply mount the junction box, pull the wire through the hole in the junction box and mount the spotlight to the box.
  • You can mount floodlights at all corners and eaves of your home with little effort. If you are in an area with a high break-in rate, consider installing as many floodlights as possible. This lighting can be much cheaper than losses in a theft.
  • Use plug-in timers to turn the spotlights on or off when you are away. Timers can be used for activating and turning off lights in any rooms of the house.
  • When you use timers, do not set them for the same time. For example, light in one room might be set to come on for a short interval at about 2 a.m., while another light in another room might be set to kick on and off at a totally different time. Such variations in timing simulate a more natural lighting use to an outside observer.
  • Install automatic timers in the main power line to spotlights mounted around the house. These timers can be set to activate the lights at any frequency or interval desired. You should have a qualified electrician wire these into your system.
  • Don’t overlook the home security value of good lighting. It is one of the least expensive and most effective ways to reduce break-ins. Warning: Replace burned-out bulbs immediately! The whole lighting system becomes ineffective if burned-out bulbs are not quickly replaced.


SIMPLE NON-ELECTRIC HOME SECURITY DEVICES

  • To help protect against window break-ins, you can use a steel bolt or rod.
  • First, drill a 1/2″ or 3/4″ hole completely through the lower sash, raise the window 3″ to 4″ and drill through the lower window sash hole into the upper sash. Attach a steel bolt or rod to the window casing with a long wood screw and a short length of chain.
  • With this arrangement, you can raise the window slightly for air at night without the danger of someone opening it completely while you are asleep. The bolt prevents someone from raising the window rapidly against the bolt, breaking the window frame and gaining entry. Caution: Don’t use a wooden dowel. They may shrink in warm weather and expand in wet, causing them to loosen, fall out or weaken. Use only a steel bolt or rod.
  • This simple home security device provides a lot of security against break-ins at practically no cost while allowing in air at night.
  • Use a piece of 2×4 with felt or sponge glued on one end and a metal T screwed to the other end to provide protection from forced entry through a hall door.
  • Saw the 2×4 to the required length to reach from the closed door to the wall in the hallway. The felt on one end prevents the 2×4 from damaging the wall while the metal T on the other end prevents it from slipping out from under the door.
  • Although this bar is obviously unsightly, use it during the night or when you are away from home and can leave the house through some other exit. It is simple but extremely effective for home security. When this bar is in place, the door simply cannot be opened without a complete break-in.
  • This same device can also work where there is a wall across from the doorway. Simply cut the 2×4 ends at 45-degree angles to fit across to a corner wall. Install a regular doorstop at this point along the wall to prevent the 2×4 from slipping. This gives additional security.
  • Sliding glass doors offer an inviting entryway for burglars. Use a simple piece of 1×2 or a steel rod in the entryway.
  • When in place, the piece of wood or steel makes it impossible for the sliding glass door to be opened. Since there is a danger that a steel rod might accidentally break the glass, a 1×2 strip of wood is recommended.
  • You can use aluminum rods with crutch tips for a similar type of protection for wood sliding doors.
  • The aluminum rod makes it impossible for the sliding doors to be opened until the rod is removed. Screw 1″ round head screws into the edge of each door to provide holding power to prevent the aluminum rod from slipping out of place.
  • One-way viewers allow you to observe any caller before you open the door. Various types of one-way viewers are available.
  • Invest in a top-quality viewer. The basic difference between viewers is the range of view they provide. Low-cost viewers have a limited range while better-quality viewers provide clearer and wider ranges of vision.
  • One-way viewers are easy to install. Simply drill a hole of the proper size, insert the viewer and tighten it.

ELECTRICAL AND BATTERY-OPERATED SECURITY DEVICES

  • Various types of battery-operated door alarms are now available and can be installed on any ordinary door.
  • Battery-operated door alarms operate on one single principle: When the door is opened or forced, the alarm goes off. The noise will awaken you and may scare off the burglar.
  • If you install a battery-operated door alarm, get a good-quality one that will work for a long period of time. Keep strong batteries in the alarm so it will function properly. A dead battery totally disconnects the system.
  • Ultrasonic alarm devices are also available. They can be quite expensive but are highly effective.
  • The ultrasonic alarm system is set up in one corner of the room. The system contains a solid-state transmitter-receiver that saturates the area with ultrasonic sound waves.
  • The sound waves bounce off walls in all directions. If the sound waves are broken, the system can turn on the light, sound an alarm or both.
  • Wireless intercom units provide a means to hear noise from key points around the house. These systems usually require no wiring–they are plugged into an electrical outlet.
  • Wireless intercom sets allow you to communicate between various rooms in the house and also make it possible for you to listen to noises in locations throughout your home.
  • Various intercom units are available. Some are wireless while others require a wiring system.

IMPROVING HOME SECURITY WITH LOCKS

  • A typical lock offers little protection against break-ins. A professional burglar can usually enter the house with no more than a plastic credit card or a thin screwdriver.
  • Cylinder deadlocks provide a great deal of extra protection when used as a supplement to the regular locks in your home.
  • A tubular deadlock adds protection without an unsightly appearance. Double tubular deadlocks can be installed in any door.
  • Double tubular deadlocks generally require a key to open the door from either side. This could present a problem exiting the house in an emergency. But some tubular deadlocks can be opened without a key from the inside.
  • Surface-mounted cylinder deadlocks are easy to mount on any door.door.
  • The deadlock has a bolt in the lock that come down through the holes in the strike. This offers far more protection against jimmying than an ordinary surface-mounted cylinder deadlock.
  • The basic disadvantage of surface-mounted deadlocks is their unsightly appearance, but designs are available in decorator styling.
  • Examine the locks in your home carefully. If they are old, worn or fail to give the needed protection, install new or supplementary locks immediately. It is well worth your time and effort.

 

Electrical Wiring Contractors

Hiring electrical wiring contractors is often an expensive proposition. Yet, without proper expertise, trying to install or repair your own electrical wiring project can be a dangerous undertaking. Severe electrical shock, burns, and lethal electrocution can be the dire consequences of ill-advised bravado. Improper wiring installations can also lead to the bigger problems of appliance failures and circuit shorts. In some cases, electrical fires can spark and destroy your beautiful home. While shady electrical wiring contractors exist, there’s also a reason electrical wiring contractors are expensive.

How Do I Know When To Call  Electrical Wiring Contractors?

Electrical Wiring Contractors

Electrical Wiring Contractors

Safety First
Before you begin to tamper with any wiring or electrical switches, you need to make sure your home and appliances have grounding. Simply put, grounding is a way of ensuring any unintentional current that escapes from its normal path gets channeled into the Earth and not a human body. Many electrical codes now require grounding electrodes or grounding plates to create this safety feature, but older homes may not have this feature. You should make sure your home is fitted with this grounding whether you’re considering taking on a wiring project or not.

The other crucial electrical safety feature for your home is a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). In the effect that an unintentional ground is created this safety device detects the current drain and shuts off your electrical power. These devices are different than circuit breakers which protect wires from overheating and sparking. A circuit breaker doesn’t protect you from electrocution and a GFCI doesn’t protect your wiring. Again, most electrical codes now require a GFCI device for newer homes, but an older home may not have one. If you don’t know if your home has a GFCI or grounding for your appliances, you should find out before dealing with any electrical wiring project.

Common Home Wiring Projects
While these safety features usually protect you from most electrical dangers, things can still go wrong. Here are some common electrical wiring projects and some things to consider for each one.

Phone Wiring
With computer modems and fax machines going in so many homes, cable and phone wiring has become the most popular home wiring project. Many phone companies used to take care of both interior and exterior wiring. This is no longer the case. The phone company will still take care of the interior wiring but they’ll charge you a hefty price for it. Typical phone wiring is run in one of two main ways. You can run an individual wire from your outside phone box to a new phone jack or you can run wiring from an existing phone jack. Most people elect to use an existing phone jack as the jumping off point to reduce the amount of wiring you need, but if you run wiring from the outside phone box it will be easier to troubleshoot any future wiring problems.

Thermostat Wiring
If something goes wrong with your heating or cooling system, you may begin to suspect the problem lies with your thermostat wiring. You should feel free to take your thermostat off the wall to visually inspect the wiring, but you should never mess with thermostat wiring unless you know exactly what you’re doing. The wiring may look harmless but if you start messing around and change any of the connections, you can easily destroy your heating and cooling systems. Thermostat wiring is mostly control wiring, but amongst this wiring can sometimes be high voltage wiring that can instantly burn and/or kill you. Your best bet is to leave the wiring alone, eliminate other reasonable possibilities that might be causing your heating or cooling malfunction, and then call electrical wiring contractors.

Ceiling Fan Wiring
With the proper safety precautions, ceiling fan wiring is a viable DIY project. Contacting the manufacturer or some basic research should give you the necessary information for the proper electrical wiring colors and functions. There are standard colors but also many exceptions to the rule. One thing you don’t want to do is let your ceiling fan motor run on a dimmer switch designed for a light fixture. This will cause the motor to hum. Electrical wiring contractors can replace your original electrical wiring to accommodate additional ceiling fan options. For example, electrical wiring contractors can give you an extra wall switch so you can control the fan and the light separately.

Hot Tub Wiring
Too many people try to install their own hot tub wiring. Among the more complicated wiring projects, it’s probably best to leave this project to a professional unless you really know what you’re doing. Some states require that hot tub wiring is done by certified electrical wiring contractors.


Ceiling Lamps

Choosing the right ceiling lamps for each room is an important step towards achieving the overall look within your home. There are a number of factors which must be considered when looking for the perfect ceiling lamp, which are highlighted in full detail below.

What Do I Need To Think About If I Want To Install Ceiling Lamps In My Home?

Ceiling Lamps

Ceiling Lamps

This type of fixture is mounted directly to the ceiling and has a glass or plastic shade concealing the light bulb. Ceiling fixtures have been common in homes for nearly a hundred years, often providing all the ambient light in a room.

Illumination Needed

The most important factor to consider when picking ceiling lamps for a room is the amount of illumination that is needed for that particular room. The design of the ceiling lamp, along with the types of lights it uses, will affect its illumination ability. Determine how much illumination you will need for the room in order choose the right ceiling lamp.

Consider the Accent Lighting

If the room is using any form of accent lighting, then the ceiling light should be significantly dimmer in brightness than the accent lighting. If a ceiling lamp over powers the accent lighting, the accent lighting loses its effectiveness. Try using soft light bulbs or lower watt bulbs for your ceiling lamps.

Style of the Room

Another important factor to consider is the style of the room which will contain the lamp. If possible, you should select ceiling lamps which follow a similar pattern and color theme to the room. To use the ceiling lamp as an accent piece itself, choose a color that stands out from the rest of the room. Also, in a room with a dark brown colors , for example, a tan ceiling lamp can add a great addition to the room.