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Why You Need an Electrician

Friday, August 14, 2015

Electrical contractors are crucial to any new build of commercial or residential premises. They can also be incredibly helpful when looking to renovate an existing building, where your expertise is not that skilled. You may feel that you are capable of performing smaller tasks, but where electrics are concerned it is far better being safe than sorry.

Electricians are trained professionals who understand how dangerous the work can be, and how important it is to stick to the strict guidelines. When you are performing any work within your home that involves electrics, you need to consider if you should hire electrical contractors. There are smaller tasks that you may be able to perform with confidence; however, larger jobs may need an expert.

Many people try to do an electrician’s job themselves, which will often lead to problems further down the line. Therefore, making the decision early on in the project to hire contractors will save you both time and money. If you have found that you are in too deep and do not understand what you are doing, you need to hire a professional electrician. They will be able to notify you of the problem and instruct you how to make it better.

Hiring the professionals to carry out the electrical work within your home or business will ensure that everything is done safely. Electricians will be able to install all electrical components around your home. Plugins, ceiling fans, security lighting, light switches and wiring in appliances can all be done with ease. You will be surprised how easy the electricians will make it look; however, they are trained to do their job.

There are many common issues and problems with the wiring in homes all over the world, and typically these issues have arisen from the wrong people performing the tasks. By hiring qualified and experienced electricians, you will be guaranteeing that your home is safe. They will be able to rectify any existing issues, and ensure that all new work is carried out in the correct manner.

 

If you have been having problems for a while, they will source the issue and fix it correctly. Performing jobs around your home and business may seem like a good idea, and you may think that you are saving money, but you should call an electrician the moment that you begin to find problems with the wiring in your home.


Lighting

Monday, May 26, 2014

Remember having a nightlight as a child? The light that kept away the monsters in the closet or under the bed? Outdoor lighting is essentially the “nightlight” for adults.

 

Outdoor lighting is an important safety feature of your home, but it doesn’t mean you should be spending an arm and a leg on your energy bill! By using energy efficient light bulbs and utilizing solar lighting where possible, you’re able to reduce your energy bill while still keeping your home and family safe.

 

Why Have Outdoor Lighting?


There’s a pretty simple answer. Safety. Outdoor lighting allows you to safely walk around your home at night, see pathways and walkways, be able to know who’s at the door before you open it and it lights up decks, patios and pool areas so you know who may be lurking around your home. Outdoor lighting is a criminal deterrent because it is so easy for someone to notice a criminal running around in the light and call the police.

 

Save Money


By using solar lighting wherever possible, this allows you to cut down on the amount of money you are spending on your electrical bill. If you are unable to use solar due to lack of sun lit areas, you can use energy efficient light bulbs and set up automated lights to cut back on wasted energy.  

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) use up to 75% less electricity than standard light bulbs and last up to 10 times longer than your regular lights. There are specially designed CFL lights for outdoor use so be sure to read the packages and get the best light bulb you need!


Placement of Outdoor Lighting



Direct light where it is needed to cut back on wasted lighting and you won’t need to light your home up like a Christmas tree. Always have lights stationed at the top and bottom of stairwells. Light pathways and walkways from the street to your front door, especially around shrubs to rid of any shadows. 




IES

Monday, September 16, 2013

Jeff Kramer of Phillips demonstrates (in a presentation posted on the website of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Portland, Oregon Section), that LEDs are taking over, with this picture of a beautiful bridge in Sao Paolo, Brazil:

 

And speaking of the Illuminating Engineering Society (“IES”), the IES “is the recognized technical authority on illumination. For over 100 years; its objective has been to communicate information on all aspects of good lighting practice to its members, to the lighting community, and to consumers, through a variety of programs, publications, and services.” The IES has an informative interactive website, Discover Lighting, An Introduction to Lighting, found here.

 

Enjoy exploring their website!

ICE Co. Electric

Power. Current. Grounded

 


Lutron Lighting Control

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Lutron Commercial Light Control

 

Ready to feel liberated? Rid your next commercial project of, dare I say, wiring… Well, hold on a minute, we don’t want to encourage too many wireless features (we would be out of a job pretty quick). However, the commercial solutions Lutron Lutron Website provides for switching, occupancy sensing, vacancy detecting, and programming are 100% cool, and 100% wireless.

 

Recently we attended a Contractor Workshop through North Coast Electric Website in which we learned the ins and outs of the available wireless solutions. Not only that, they also touched on green design, incentive programs, the power savings and increased lamp life of using dimmers, & solar fabrics.

 
Ceiling Mounted Sensor Above

Do you know the difference between, an occupancy sensor and a vacancy sensor? Well, as you may have experienced an occupancy sensor detects motion and turns the light fixtures on, and can time out with a timer setting after there is no more motion sensed.  With a vacancy sensor, a person can walk into the room, and they must turn the lights on manually but when they leave the room the timer setting will set in and the lights will automatically turn off after a set period of time. Now that you understand the difference between the two, we bet you can come up with a project or area this would be useful.  

 

Wall Mounted Sensor Above.

Why go wireless in a switching scenario? Well, as a customer you pay less for the installation because there is no wiring between the switch and the light fixtures, and the end user has more options for changing the layout of a space after the fact with no worry of needing to relocate wiring in the walls for the new switching locations. Still scratching your head? Essentially there are “receivers” which come in a few forms but they connect to the electrical load for example they can be mounted to the end of a run of light fixtures all tied together and they listen for direction (whether to turn the lights on or off). There are also “transmitters” which take inventory of a room and communicate ::wirelessly:: with the receiver if motion is detected etc. Another type of transmitting device is an adjuster… this essentially is a wireless switching location; it can be wall mounted, hand held, or a tabletop mount. It also transmits to the receiver giving it further direction for example dimming.

 

If we lost you somewhere in there, here is another way to look at it. Are you looking to have more types of control over a space that has changing needs or a regular or irregular basis? Do you have an area with a lot of natural light during ½ of the day and no way to dim only the lights along the window wall? Are you at the mercy of your contractors cost each time switching wiring needs to be relocated? If yes to any of these questions, ask us about these wireless solutions for your next project.

 

One last worry to put to rest. Lutron really does a fantastic job of testing all their products, which includes their batteries.  Every battery has a 10 year guarantee. It’s natural to feel concerned that a battery will fail and then all of a sudden the lights don’t work- But there is actually a warning system in place with a glowing red light helping to indicate when a batteries life is with in a certain percentage of drained. What more can you ask for?

 

Thanks to Lutron for your product presentation and we look forward to being able to use this product line in our next project.

 

ICE Co. Signing Out

Power. Current. Grounded.


Glimpse into MaxLite

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Cultivate:
To develop and improve [insert verb] by education or training so that it may be used by future generations.

We genuinely seek to cultivate loyal relationships with our customers and vendors and in doing so, we are pretty proud of the quality of work and materials we provide. Recently we were fortunate enough to make a connection with MaxLite.

What is MaxLite you ask? MaxLite Website. They have released a number of technology driven LED 2x2 and 2x4 flat panel recessed fixtures, designed for drop in grid ceilings. Other custom mounting options available.

Compared to the typical 2-lamp fluorescent strip fixture (seen below) the MaxLite products are stellar.


The MaxLite LED conference room and class room applications below expresses how evenly distributed and smooth the light is. Equipped with full spectrum dimmers and a high tech look, we are really impressed with what MaxLite has brought to the table. I'm certain our customers would agree. We recently finished a conference space as well as private offices using a combination of the 2x2 fixtures and 2x4 fixtures. The finished spaces provided a really crisp and professional area for meetings and presentations. If we snag a couple photos of the new spaces we will post with a follow up blog.


Photos Courtesy of MaxLite Website
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