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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 The Spatial Envelope

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Portland Event Spotlight

Feb 20, 2013

 

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) presented “Lighting the Spatial Envelope” by Dr. Robert Davis yesterday downtown at the World Trade Center.

 

ICE Co. supports continued education and growth development in the electrical industry. We attended this lunch event hosted by the IES and learned about not only the benefits of lighting the spatial envelope, but how lighting can affect the overall quality of the environment, and techniques that can be used to translate these ideas.

 

In essence the event suggested that lighting engineers, designers, and all those who plan for lighting solutions should be more creative in their efforts. Sure, there are lighting levels that need to be met as a standard, but rather than looking only at the plan view of any given project when laying out the lighting design, would it not make more sense to also think about the users experience? Walk through the space, utilize elevations and perspective to visualize how a user would transition and be lead through the spaces.

 

The presentation was backed by a number of studies ultimately indicating that lighting is extremely powerful. The analogy was made that people are like moths always guided toward the light when given the opportunity. With the understanding that the use of light and dark is very influential it would be a waste not to focus efforts on integrating the lighting into the design further enhancing and coherency of the project, while still meeting the standard light level suggestions.

So readers, our suggestion to you is the next building you walk into take a look at the lighting. Is it telling the story from the plan view? It is telling the story with regards to other aspects of the design? Do you feel led from one place to the other by signage alone? Reflect on your experiences in buildings where it flows and everything feels in its proper place. Those are the buildings where the lighting and whole building solutions have been considered together. Those spaces are harmonious, and whole.

For more information on the IES.  IES Website Here

 

For the Litecontrol blogs written by Dr. Robert Davis-Litecontrol Blog Here

 

For more on how lighting influences way finding. Litecontrol Video Posts

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