Why Choosing a Licensed Electrical Contractor Matters

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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 who understand how dangerous improper electrical work can be, these reasons are common sense. But still, we come across situations every day that are just a disaster waiting to happen. Most of these problems could have been avoided by hiring a licensed electrician from the get-go.

We understand the dangerous nature of our work and can’t stress enough the importance of choosing a trained professional for electrical work. Before looking up those DIY YouTube videos or hiring an unlicensed electrician for the job, here are some things to consider.

1. Liability and Financial Responsibility

We hate to say it, but not everyone has the common sense to play it safe with electricity. Hiring your college buddy’s nephew to rewire your shed might not be the best idea. By hiring an unlicensed, uninsured handyman for something as dangerous as electrical work, you’re accepting a pretty big liability, even if you’re getting a good “deal.” Fashion designer Aldo Gucci expressed it well: “The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price has faded from memory.” Is saving a few bucks worth the risk of putting yourself and others in danger? Probably not.

2. Quality of Work

Just because the lights turn on, doesn’t mean that the electrical work behind the scenes is right. A licensed electrical contractor who follows safety procedures will get the job done right (read: safely). Faulty electrical work can pose a serious fire hazard. We come across situations every day where an unlicensed handyman or DIY homeowner wired something themselves, and in doing so, created a major hazard. Luckily, we are able to remedy these situations and save homeowners some grief.

3. Keeping Themselves and Others Safe

In new home construction or remodels, several contractors may be working in the same area. If one contractor doesn’t hold up his end of the “safety bargain,” he could easily be putting other contractors in danger. Likewise, an electrician who isn’t following safety standards can be putting himself at risk of electrical shock. A licensed electrician will come to the job prepared with proper safety equipment, as well as knowledge of building codes and safety standards.

Finding good electricians can be hard. Trust us, we know! Luckily, we have done the hard work for you. Our team is composed of some of the most highly-skilled, trained, and knowledgeable electricians in Indianapolis. So, please! Play it safe with electricity – just call us!

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

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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. Low electrical voltage in homes (120 and 240 volts) can stop hearts, and industrial voltages can reach to ultra-high levels of more than 1000kV. Not only can electricity kill people, but errors within electrical systems can lead to fires and thousands of dollars in equipment failure. Simply put, electrical errors lead to worse consequences than mere inconvenience (which itself may be severe if the electricity goes out, considering how many appliances rely on electricity).

Electricians Need to Complete Training

It’s for these reasons that training to become a licensed electrician is among the longest apprenticeship programs. Electrician apprentices learn how to safely work with electrical systems and how to abide by local and state laws.

In Indianapolis, Indiana, once an apprentice completes his or her training, the apprentice must pass an examination to become a licensed electrician. To do so, they must have at least six years of documented experience as an apprentice. They must also have at least three reference letters from customers they’ve worked for during that time.

Municipalities that offer contractor’s licenses usually require additional training and experience. For example, the licensing board in Lafayette, Indiana, requires that an electrician have ten years of experience, verified by a city engineer, before receiving a contractor’s license. An electrician may, alternatively, have a four-year electrical engineering degree and six years of experience.

Licensing requirements for electricians are similar throughout the state.

Only Electricians can Work on Electrical Systems

It’s also important to hire a licensed electrician because, by law, a person must be licensed to perform electrical work. Indianapolis code Sec. 875-201 “requires an electrical contractor to be licensed if performing work to connect electrical power for onsite construction, to install, alter, replace, service or repair a system distributing electrical power, to service equipment supplying power to factory-constructed dwellings located in a mobile home park, and to install, modernize, replace, service or repair all or any part of an electrical power distribution system.”

Codes such like this are in the books of every municipality throughout Indiana. Local codes vary, however, which is why you want to find an electrician who is “near me.”

How to Verify an Electrician’s License

Depending on the city in Indiana, licensing boards will offer several types of licenses. A residential license allows an electrician to work on one- and two-family structures. A master’s license (also referred to as a commercial/industrial license) allows an electrician to perform unrestricted electrical work. And a contractor’s license requires that an electrician verify an employee’s work. Local municipalities may also divide contractor’s licenses into commercial/industrial and residential licenses.

When you view a license, make sure that a person’s name matches the name on the license.

There are three ways to verify an electrician’s license:

  • Use the electrician’s full name, license number, or the company name to verify the license with your local licensing board. In Indiana, there is no state-wide licensing board, so you will have to look up a license within an individual municipality.
  • Ask for proof of liability insurance. The insurance company can verify the license.
  • Look up the electrician on a digital list of

If you’re looking for a licensed electrician in or near Indianapolis, Indiana, White’s Electrical has you covered. Specializing in residential electrical work, White’s Electrical is licensed, bonded, and insured to ensure your home and family remain safe and that all our work is performed correctly. Call or schedule an appointment with us today.

Motion Sensor Lights for Your Home

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Motion sensor lights can help calm your nerves by lighting up a dark garage, sidewalk, or any other area of your yard. Whether you want to install motion sensor lights for added home security, or to help you see when you’re coming home at night, you’ll feel safer when nearby motion activates your motion sensor lighting and they turn on automatically.

How Motion Sensor Lights Work

Motion sensor lights work by using small electronic “eyes” to detect infrared waves, or heat waves that radiate from moving objects. When the detector senses moving objects in its range of “vision” it automatically turns on the lights. The lights typically stay on for up to 20 minutes, depending on how the timer is set. They automatically shut off the light at this time unless they continue to sense movement.

Choosing Motion Sensor Lights

Most people choose to install motion sensor lighting for either added security or added safety. Although motion sensor lights aren’t actually advertised for the sole purpose of security or safety, it gives the homeowner a starting point for choosing what will meet their needs. Security-based lights are designed to deter criminals from the property, while safety-based lights are designed to light up darkened areas.

When choosing the right motion sensor light, it’s important to decide how easily you want the light to be triggered. Broadly speaking, there are two types of motion sensors used in lights: active-motion and passive-motion. Active-motion sensor lights send out signals that then return to the motion sensor. When an object has moved in front of the sensor, the signal returns to the sensor quickly, which triggers the light. Active-motion sensors can be triggered by any moving object, including people, animals, or blowing leaves. Passive-motion sensor lights only receive signals, and scan the area for heat. Only objects that emit heat (a human body) trigger the sensor to turn on the light.

Installing Motion Sensor Lights

For your motion sensor lighting to be most effective, position the lights to cover walkways to your door and driveway. If safety is a concern, place lights to cover areas such as decks, patios, and pools. If security is a priority, position lights to cover all entrances to your house, and any darker areas of your yard.

Motion sensor lights are typically easy to install, but each brand is different, so be sure to read the instructions before you begin. And remember – safety first! If you aren’t completely sure of your electrical knowledge, call a local licensed electrician for help.

Motion sensor lights can help ease your mind in the dark, and White’s Electrical can help. From choosing the right lights, to finding the best locations and completing the installation, the licensed electricians at White’s Electrical are happy to help. Give us a call today!

Should I Upgrade the Electrical System in my Older Home?

Many of us find appeal in owning an older home – the charm and character are unbeatable to say the least. The stately exterior and ornate fixtures have been able to withstand the test of time. However, under that beautiful craftsmanship, a dangerous secret may be hiding: aging electrical wires that pose a fire hazard.

Outdated electrical systems can have an impact on the safety and energy consumption of an older home. Indianapolis is known for some of the most beautiful historic housing districts in the Midwest. If your home is older than 50 years old, here are a few things to keep in mind when considering the condition of your home’s electrical system.

Outdated Breaker Boxes and Modern Appliances

Most of us like to live with our modern conveniences, such as microwaves and refrigerators. Modern homes require the use of more electricity than in the past. Today, most homes require 150-200 amps of electrical service. If you are using new, large appliances or other gadgets that require a lot of electricity, it may be time to upgrade your electrical system. Talk to a licensed electrician about how much electricity your home needs and whether your current breaker box can support that, or if you should upgrade.

Outdated Wiring

Most electrical systems post-1960s are safe (although they may not supply enough amps to power the entire home), homes with unsafe, outdated wiring still dot the landscape all over Indiana. Prior to the 1900s, builders installed knob-and-tube wiring where wires are run through ceramic knobs and tubes to keep the wires from electrifying the wood. Also commonly used wire insulators of the past were asbestos and cloth.

If you are at all unsure on the condition of your home’s electrical system, have a licensed electrician perform a full inspection to determine the quality of the wiring in your home, and see whether or not you need to upgrade the electrical system. While rewiring your home will require cutting and drilling into your home, it is certainly a worth-while investment. Not only will this increase the value of your home, but it will greatly reduce the chance of a fire due to faulty wiring.

Ungrounded Electrical Devices

During an inspection by a licensed electrician, remember to ask to have your lights, switches, and outlets checked. Outdated electrical device that are ungrounded can be dangerous. Ask your electrician to check them to see if they meet safety guidelines.

Need to Upgrade the Electrical System in Your Older Home?

Call for an inspection today from White’s Electrical. We can’t stress enough the importance of having your older home inspected by a licensed electrician. Take control of the electrical system in your older home – call White’s Electrical today!

DIY or a Licensed Electrician? – When to Call

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With access to thousands of instructional videos and articles on the internet, the Do-It-Yourself movement is gaining a lot of followers these days. A DIY enthusiast loves taking on any odd job around the house. However, with some electrical jobs, it may be smarter to call a licensed electrician than to DIY.

Most people know that working with electricity carries the risk of electrical shock or even electrocution, but don’t forget that faulty home wiring is a common cause of home fires. While the DIY mindset may be a great way to gain experience and upgrade your home on a budget, make sure you’re equipped before taking on a DIY electrical job. Here’s how to know when to DIY and when to hire a licensed electrician.

Electrical Jobs to DIY

If you’re handy and have the right tools, you certainly don’t need to call a professional for every electrical job. Depending on your experience, there are some electrical jobs that you can do yourself.

For example, the following jobs can be handled by most people.

  • Replacing a light switch
  • Replacing a light fixture
  • Rewiring a broken lamp
  • Replacing an electrical outlet

These jobs require only a few common household tools. While these jobs are rather basic, it is always important to put safety first. Always make sure to turn the power off at power mains before beginning a job, and always make sure that all wires are screwed firmly in place to avoid a fire hazard.

Electrical Jobs for a Licensed Electrician

The majority of electrical work should only be handled by a professional. Even if you feel confident in your ability to DIY, there may be building and electrical codes to follow that you aren’t aware of. Failure to follow these codes could render your insurance invalid, or leave you liable in the event of a fire. A licensed electrician will have a good working knowledge of the codes and will easily be able to comply to keep you and your home safe.

So, when should you call an electrician? Here are some of the most common electrical jobs that should only be handled by a licensed electrician.

  • Electrical panel or breaker box work
  • Rewiring parts or all of the home
  • Electrical code correction
  • Installing new circuits or dedicated circuits

Electrical Services in Indianapolis

Although some DIYers may be hesitant to call a professional, knowing when to call a licensed electrician can save you time and money in the long run. Most electricians insure their work, and you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that the job was done right. Call the licensed electricians at White’s Electrical today.

Tiny House Project: White’s Electrical Gives Back to Veterans

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Local Electricians Serving Those Who Have Served Our Country

As a veteran founded company, White’s Electrical has a heart for those who have served our country. Last week, the team at White’s Electrical had the opportunity to give back to our veterans by participating in building a tiny house for an Indiana veteran who is living without a home. White’s was able to donate time to complete all of the electrical work that would make the home useable to the veteran.

tiny house veteransThis home may be tiny, but the difference it will make for a veteran is huge. The home was donated to the Disabled American Veterans Department of Indiana at the Midwest Outdoor Expo at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 25th. The event was attended by Indiana State Senator, Joe Donnelly. In the coming weeks, the group will choose a veteran who is without a home and present them with the tiny home. The home will also be completely furnished, and can be moved around.

The State of Indiana estimates that as many as 600 veterans are living without homes in our state, making up a quarter of Marion County’s homeless population. State Commander Jerry Fivecoat says the tiny house will have a life-changing impact. “When they come off the street and have a home of their own, it’s going to create an entirely new life for them,” he says.

Thank you to our veterans!

White’stiny home veterans Electrical is proud to have had the opportunity to serve those who have served our country. We continue to look for ways to give back to our veterans in our community. Because we know the sacrifices each of our veterans have made for our freedom are anything but small, we want to extend our gratitude to our veterans. Thank you for your service!

Spring Cleaning for Your Electrical System

Electrical Maintenance Advice from a Local Indianapolis Electrician

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Daffodils are blooming, little league teams are forming, and our clocks all move forward an hour for Daylight Savings Time. Yes, spring has sprung here in Central Indiana.

Spring cleaning isn’t just for purging the clutter in our closets or completing yard work. Now is also a great time for spring cleaning your electrical system. Check off some of the things on your electrical to-do list, with the help of a licensed electrician at White’s Electrical in Indianapolis. Here are a few of the services White’s Electrical can offer you to assure your electrical system is as ready for spring as you are.

Energy-Saving Audits

Who doesn’t love saving money? In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in eco-awareness and more eco-friendly driven consumerism. Having your home or business audited for energy usage can determine ways you can lower your electric bill, and care for the environment. Upgrading your business to LED lighting systems, suggesting use of more energy-efficient appliances or light bulbs, and assessing efficient electrical operations are just a few of the ways White’s Electrical can help you save energy and money this spring.

System Upgrades

If you live in an older home and appreciate the convenience of modern appliances, it may be time to upgrade your home’s electrical system. For example, if you find that your circuit breaker is often tripping, your home may need an upgraded electrical panel to withhold higher amps for increased electricity usage. A licensed electrician at White’s Electrical can help you decide if your home may need an upgraded electricity panel, additional grounded outlets, or even a complete home or building rewiring.

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Inspections and Code Updates

Even in a home that has been built in the last 30 years, making sure your electrical system is up to date is important for both safety and electrical efficiency reasons. Electrical systems and appliances are always changing and demanding different energy needs. Keeping your electrical system maintained and current can save time and money in the future. The licensed electricians at White’s Electrical can inspect your home or business to make sure that your system is up-to-date, running smoothly, and most importantly, safe.

So this spring, while you’re sorting through the things that have been collecting dust in your basement, remember to give the licensed electricians at White’s Electrical in Indianapolis a call to make sure your home’s electrical system is as ready for spring as you are!