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...

How to Safely Dispose Broken LED Bulbs

October 30, 2017
LED bulbs are on track to replace CFLs as the lighting method of choice. They’re more energy efficient than CFLs, they last longer, and they don’t contain mercury — a poisonous heavy metal used to create CFL lightbulbs. However, although LEDs don’t contain mercury, they do contain other toxic substances, of which consumers are largely unaware. Because LEDs so have toxic substances, it’s important to know how to safely dispose...

Electrical Mistakes in Indianapolis

October 10, 2017
Let’s be honest: contractors sometimes do shoddy work around Indianapolis. And homeowners in Johnson and Marion counties can’t always perform repairs well by themselves, no matter how many YouTube videos they watch. A lot of their poor work goes unnoticed until a home inspection reveals the mistakes… and dangers. There’s a reason why fire and building codes are in place in Indiana and why people who purchase homes hire professional...

Wiring: A Gnawing Problem

September 28, 2017
It’s a well-known fact that rodents incessantly gnaw. They have to because their front teeth never stop growing, and they need to wear the teeth down. Because of their instinct to chew and gnaw, rodents — namely rats and mice — can wreak havoc in electrical systems when they expose wires after chewing off the coatings. Once wires are exposed, the wires can short or cause fires. Another reason rats...

Leaves & Electrical Hazards

September 12, 2017
  Autumn doesn't official begin for another few weeks, but leaves are already turning here in central Indiana. Soon, the fall foliage will make its way to the ground, where - despite its beauty - could actually pose a hazard when it collects around electrical equipment. After falling, leaves tend to dry out and collect in piles around the bases of homes, in gardens, and lawn furniture. While not only...

Electrical System Maintenance

August 25, 2017
When the budget is tight, business owners are forced to decide where to cut costs. Oftentimes, they plan for only what’s pressing their attention at the moment: employee pay, utility bills, material costs — the bare essentials. What they sometimes forget or neglect is often a hidden necessity. Preventative maintenance for electrical systems is essential for so many business owners, yet it is often overlooked. At first glance, their choice...

Safe Electrical Outlets for Your Home or Business

July 25, 2017
Electrical safety is something we bring up often in our blogs, and for good reason! Being smart - and safe - when it comes to working with electricity is critical for any homeowner, business owner, or DIYer. Ensure safe electrical outlets are installed in your home or business.

Reasons Lights Burn Out or Don’t Work

July 15, 2017
From time to time, we all encounter problems with the lights in our home or business. Maybe the lights flicker, or maybe they don’t turn on. While it’s tempting for do-it-yourselfers to repair the problem themselves, we suggest home and business owners hire a licensed electrician to repair most electrical systems. Electrical systems cause more than 45,000 home-based fires a year, which result in an average of 420 deaths and...

Childproofing Your Home’s Electrical System

June 30, 2017
Childproof Electrical One of the biggest joys of parenting is being there for all of the “firsts.” The first word, the first day of school, the first date. Certainly one of these exciting firsts comes when children first learn to crawl and become mobile. As with every other aspect of parenting, this change comes with a set of responsibilities: it’s time to childproof your home. Electricity is an important part...

Motion Sensor Lights for Your Home

June 16, 2017
Motion sensor lights can help calm your nerves by lighting up a dark garage, sidewalk, or any other area of your yard.

Electrical Safety Tips for Pool Owners

May 26, 2017
For most of us here in central Indiana, Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer. The kids are on summer break, we’re enjoying Indy 500 festivities, and backyard pools are ready for swimming. Of course, we all know to use caution around pools, especially when children are present. But with all of the excitement of summer and pool season, electrical safety for pools often gets overlooked. Here are a...