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What to Do if Your Circuit Breaker Won’t Reset

August 15, 2018
  One of the most common problems within a home’s electrical system is that of a tripped circuit breaker. You’ve probably experienced it a number of times yourself. Usually, the fix is a simple flip of a switch, and the lights are back on. But occasionally, the circuit breaker won’t reset or keeps tripping. So, what can you do if your circuit breaker won’t reset? 1. Be sure you are...

Top Three Industries That Need LED Lighting

July 30, 2018
A simple Google search will quickly show you that LED lighting technology is becoming more and more popular in Indiana – and for good reason. LED lighting can conserve energy, reduce maintenance costs, provide better lighting quality, and is environmentally responsible. Whether you’re looking to change the lightbulbs in your home, or completely retrofit the exterior and interior lighting of a large office building, LED lighting is likely the best...

Electrical Wiring for an Outdoor Kitchen

July 15, 2018
Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular, and what’s not to love? Whether you like to entertain, enjoy grilling a meal for your family, or want to increase property value, an outdoor kitchen has a lot to offer. Being sure that your outdoor kitchen is planned properly can help you enjoy it for years to come. In this blog, we’ll discuss electrical wiring for an outdoor kitchen. Electrical Outlets...

Benefits of Landscape Lighting

June 29, 2018
When the weather warms up, most of us like to get outside and take advantage of the longer daylight hours. But the appeal of summer doesn’t stop when it gets dark. No matter our reasons for wanting to be outside after dark, having the option to fully illuminate our surroundings can have some big benefits.

Bathroom Electrical Wiring

June 12, 2018
Bathrooms are damp and often use a lot of power, so they have special needs when it comes to wiring. We’ve compiled a list of a few things to keep in mind while you’re planning appropriate bathroom electrical wiring.

GFCIs vs Circuit Breakers

May 30, 2018
You probably have two types of outlets in your home: one type with only holes or slots, and one type with holes and buttons. Those with no buttons are regular outlets and those with buttons are GFCIs. Both types can shut off the electricity flowing through them, but in different ways and for different reasons. Knowing which type you have and which type you need can help keep you and...

Why Choosing a Licensed Electrical Contractor Matters

May 13, 2018
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has named May as National Electrical Safety Month. While we take electrical safety seriously every day, now is a good time to remind ourselves and our clients why being safe - especially in this industry - is so important. Whether for commercial or residential work, choosing a licensed electrical contractor who is adamant about following all safety protocol is extremely important. For many people...

How Much Does It Cost to Replace Old Electrical Wiring?

April 27, 2018
Individuals tend not to think about the cost to replace old electrical wiring running through their building. They tend not to think about the wiring at all. Every time they flip a switch or turn on an appliance, they’re thinking about their job, not electricity. But it’s good to consider the building’s electrical system from time to time because if it’s old or is damage, it can cause problems. Electrical...

Choosing Safety: OSHA Workplace Standards

April 12, 2018
Electricity mobilizes almost all aspects of modern life, both at home and on the job. Of course we’re familiar with it - comfortable even. However, it can post serious hazard in the workplace, especially for engineers, electricians, and power line works who work directly with it. Direct contact with electricity can result in shock, electrocution, and burns. And when electricity escapes its circuitry, it can cause fires and explosions. It’s...

Where is the Most Electricity Used in Your Home or Business?

March 30, 2018
Ever thought about where the power is being distributed in your home or office building? Knowing where the largest consumption of energy is located is the first step to saving yourself money. Energy Consumption Within Your Home Power in the Kitchen Although the appliances in your kitchen may not be the costliest, they consume a lot of energy from the abundance of them in a single space. For instance: The...

Understanding Your Breaker Box

March 15, 2018
An electrical circuit breaker panel is the main distribution of electrical circuits in your home. The system receives and distributes electricity through your home, and without the proper knowledge, you could end up in a dangerous situation if you tried to work on it. How Does a Breaker Box Work? The breaker panel is essentially a big switch filled with other smaller switches. The smaller switchers — breakers — control...

What are the Differences between LED and Fluorescent Light Bulbs?

February 28, 2018
What goes through your head when you need a light bulb? Probably not much, except dollar signs. In this blog, we compare the differences between LED and fluorescent light bulbs and discuss the cost benefits of each. Advantages of LED Light Bulbs If you’re concerned primarily with initial costs, LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, likely won’t be your first choice. They are initially more expensive than fluorescent light bulbs. However, they...

Prevent Electrical Fires from Space Heaters

February 15, 2018
Space heaters are known for being a low-cost way to heat a space. However, they pose a risk of electrical fires if homeowners use them incorrectly. Space heaters account for 25,000 residential fires every year and one-third of all winter house fires. In the past year, space heaters have caused over 300 deaths and over 6,000 hospital visits due to burns. Recently, in March 2017, a space heater fire claimed...

Surge Protectors: Protect Electronics from Voltage Spikes

January 30, 2018
Christmas is now past, and as the new year rolls in, it’s good to think about practical matters, such as protecting all the electronic equipment you just purchased. The reality is that every electronic device is at risk of damage through the very thing that powers it — electricity. Surge protectors can save your expensive electronics and appliances from electrical surges that will outright destroy the device or decrease its...

Why Hire a Licensed Electrician ‘Near Me’ in Indiana?

January 15, 2018
Being a licensed electrician means that a person has fulfilled his or her licensing requirements. It means they’re educated and have completed the required number of training hours. And it means they can complete electrical work safely and to the specifications of your “near me” local, state, and national standards. Why is it Important to Hire a Licensed Electrician ‘Near Me’? High Stakes Licensing is important because of the stakes....

Clay Hamilton to Become President of Whites Electrical

January 2, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS — Whites Electrical, LLC is pleased to announce a change in leadership. Former Whites Electrical Vice President Clay Hamilton has acquired ownership of the company, effective January 1. Clay Hamilton joined Whites Electrical as Vice President of Operations in 2014. A graduate of the Independent Electrical Contractors apprenticeship program, Hamilton worked his way up through the ranks as a Journeyman Electrician and General Contractor and takes pride in knowing...

2017 Recap: Electrical Device Recalls

December 31, 2017
During the past two decades, recalls of electronics and electric devices have steadily increased. 2017 was no different. Stricter regulations and easier reporting have forced manufacturers to stop on top of product safety. Of all the electrical items recalled in 2017, the lithium-ion battery led the charts. The problems these batteries pose is consistent among manufacturers and products: the batteries overheat, catch fire, and (in some cases) explode. Eleven hoverboard...

Four ways to Upgrade Two Prong Outlets

December 14, 2017
Between 1920 and 1960, tens of thousands of houses were built in the United States. Almost all of them had two prong outlets. Many of them still do. While the majority of Indiana’s houses were built in the 1990s, there are more than 8,600 currently for sale built between 1920 and 1960 in the Hoosier state. Many more off the market. If you live in a house with two prong...

The Ultimate Holiday Lighting Safety List

November 30, 2017
The holiday season is upon us, and that means homeowner and renters around Indianapolis will soon dress their homes, inside and out, with lights. Light strands have grown safer over the years, but the inherent risk of fire and electrocution from these decorations still exist. As Christmas approaches and you plug in electric decorations, keep in mind the hazards of these products. The U.S. Fire Administration reported between 2009 and...

Funny-Sounding Terms Electricians Use

November 9, 2017
Imagine you are remodeling your home in Indianapolis, and you need your electrical system rewired. So, you hire an electrician from White’s Electrical. Upon arriving and poking around, the electrician begins talking about the neighborhood bird and how there is a problem with the bank. You might assume he is up to some funny business, but you would be wrong. Electricians use industry language and slang like everyone else. A...
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