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What Causes Lightbulbs to Burn Out?

In a perfect world, lightbulbs would never burn out…but sadly our world isn’t perfect. While not as popular as they once were, incandescent bulbs have a lifespan of around 900 hours. Based on a usage of eight hours a day, a bulb should last roughly about four months. Compact fluorescent bulbs are supposed to last much longer, but this is …

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National Electric Codes for Outdoor Wiring

With warm weather rounding the corner, we’re preparing to be outside as much as we can after the snow, wind, and rain. And despite soaking up the sun, there’ll also be electricity running outdoors as well. The National Electrical Code (NEC) has just as many requirements for outdoor circuits and equipment as they do for what’s indoors. The major safety …

How to Fix Recessed Lighting

If you have a low ceiling or aren’t a fan of hanging light fixtures, then recessed lights are your best friend. They tuck away neatly, right into the ceiling out of sight and yet still put out an excellent amount of light. However, installation can be tricky and often homeowners find their recessed lights become crooked or fall out easily. …

What is an Electrical Circuit Overload?

Have you ever flipped a switch on something electrical – lights, vacuums, technology, or an appliance – only for it to switch off suddenly? This means there’s an electrical circuit overload, and your home’s circuit breaker went into action. While it’s good to know that your circuit breakers are working properly to prevent house fires, it’s probably a good idea …

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Keeping Your Home Electrical Up to Code

Whether home or business, all buildings have electrical code requirements they’re supposed to meet in order to keep people safe. But what are those specific code requirements? No matter where you live in the United States, most states follow the National Electrical Code. However, you need to pay to get access to the actual codes. So here’s a free, basic …

12 Must Have Items for an Emergency Power Out

Power outages can happen without warning, and while they don’t typically last more than a few hours, you never know how long it could take to get the lights back on. It’s a good idea to be prepared with a lights-out box (or “blackout kit”). It doesn’t cost much to stock, and it doesn’t take more than a few minutes …

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Light Dimmers: Install to Save Energy & Money

We’ve shared on this blog about various types of lighting for different areas in your home or office, and to add to that discussion, today’s topic is focused on light switch dimmers. They can help change the atmosphere of any space, but are they worth it? Can they really save money and energy? How easy are they to install if …

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Teaching Children Electrical Safety

According to Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), every day there are “nearly 7 children…treated in hospital emergency rooms for electrical shock or burn injuries caused by tampering with a wall outlet” Electrical safety may seem like common sense to most adults, but sometimes when it comes to teaching our young children or students about the dangers of electricity, we don’t …

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How to Install GFCI Outlets in Your Home

In almost every house today, you’ll find a ground fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI. These outlets are typically near water sources (kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, outdoors) and are designed to “trip” or turn off the power at that outlet when it detects a short circuit of some kind, often caused by water but not always. Electric flow happens when the …

10 Holiday Decorating Electrical Safety Tips

Decorating is one of the best parts about the holidays! Many Christmastime décor items require electricity or batteries, so it’s important to brush up on safety concerns before accidentally pulling a Clark Griswold this season. 1. Check Lights First. Unravel your string lights and plug-in decorations. Plug them in and look for burned out lights, frayed wires, and broken bulbs. …