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Which Appliances Need a Dedicated Circuit?

March 29, 2019
Access to electricity and proper electrical function in a home is necessary to support normal daily activity in modern life. We use electricity for lighting, communication, security, cooking, entertainment, and more. Part of making sure your home is meeting your electrical needs is making sure it is operating safely and efficiently. Part of that safety and efficiency comes from having appliances on a dedicated circuit. What is a Dedicated Circuit?...

Are Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters Really Necessary?

March 5, 2019
Electrical codes and requirements are always changing, and for good reason! These codes exist for one reason – safety. Clearly, electrical hazards aren’t to be taken lightly, and these codes should always be followed. Electrical code requires ground fault interrupter protection in more places than ever before. If you’re building a new home or remodeling your current home, these updates are no problem. However, if you already own a home...

Reasons We Love USB Outlets

February 21, 2019
  More and more, our society continues to rely on the use of smart technology. In fact, it’s pretty likely that you’re reading this blog on your phone or tablet right now. It’s also pretty likely that you’ve experienced the frustration of not having a wall adapter to charge your device. A USB cord without a wall adapter is as useless as a dead cell phone or tablet. As our...

Are Ungrounded Outlets Really Dangerous?

February 12, 2019
As local Indianapolis electricians, safety is a thing we talk about on our blog pretty often. Why? Well, for starters, electricity is, by nature, volatile. Sure, it’s been harnessed, but any amount of misuse can result in fires, property loss, and even fatalities. And secondly, misuse of electricity isn’t that uncommon. In fact, there is one very common problem we’re going to discuss today that you might just have lurking...

Electrical Upgrades to Make Before Your Sell Your Home

January 23, 2019
Thinking of putting your home on the market soon? If your house has an outdated electrical system or other electrical problems, it won’t stand a chance against the competition. To be sure you’ll get top dollar for your home and your buyer will be getting a quality product, consider making some electrical upgrades before you list your home for sale. How Do I Know If I Need to Make Electrical...

Why Your Dimmer Switch is Buzzing, And Answers to You Other Dimmer Switch Questions

January 15, 2019
It only takes one power outage to remind us how important lighting is to a room. It can dictate your ability to complete certain tasks, set the tone of the room, and even affect your mood. Lighting has the ability to completely change the look and feel of the entire room. Installing dimmer switches is a great way to change up your existing lighting, and thus change the functionality of...

LED Lighting: A Bright Idea

December 22, 2018
LED lighting is quickly becoming the lighting type of choice for many homeowners. And why wouldn’t it be? It can lower your energy costs, help the environment, and illuminate your home with a clear, bright light. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making the switch to LED lighting. LEDs come in a range of light temperatures. A few years ago, switching to LED lighting meant quite...

Avoid Electrical Fire Hazards this Winter

December 14, 2018
Although residential fires can occur at any time of year, they tend to peak in the months of December and January. This could be due to the increased indoor activity, excessive holiday lighting, increased use of indoor fireplaces, and other factors. Thankfully, the number of house fires has decreased more than 6% in the last ten years, but the number of residential fires in the US reached over 1.3 million...

Why Do My Lightbulbs Keep Blowing?

November 29, 2018
Of course, we all use lightbulbs every single day, all day. Lightbulbs that are repeatedly blown can not only be frustrating, but a hazard as well. If your lightbulbs keep blowing, it’s worthwhile to consider the reasons for the problem. Then, do a little investigating and perhaps even call a licensed electrician if there are signs of deeper electrical issues. Common Reasons Lightbulbs Keep Blowing Cheap Lightbulbs The most common...

Whole House Surge Protectors to Guard Against Power Surges

November 14, 2018
Many homeowners believe that adequate surge protection begins and ends with a power strip. Sure, power strips help protect vulnerable electronics, but unfortunately, they’re seldom enough on their own. First of all, not all surge protectors live up to their name. Some are little more than fancy extension cords. Secondly, a surge will follow any wire into the house and leave appliances, televisions, satellite systems, and more just as vulnerable...

What’s Wrong with Aluminum Wiring?

October 25, 2018
Aluminum wiring has been around for over a hundred years, but it wasn’t until recently that it because a cause for concern. So, what’s the big deal with aluminum wiring? Let’s take a look.

Four Reasons to Become an Electrician

October 12, 2018
Thinking about working toward a new career? Maybe you’re bored at your desk job or feel unfilled in your current career. Or maybe you’re getting ready to graduate high school and aren’t sure what you want to do. If these scenarios sound familiar, consider becoming an electrician. Here are four reasons to become an electrician. 1. You’ll work in a respected field. Electricians perform highly technical work and that work...

Designing a Space with Edison Bulbs

September 25, 2018
In recent years, we’ve seen a huge upswing in popularity of Edison light bulbs. You know the kind – the ones with the golden glow, antique look, and café feel. They’re popping up everywhere! They’re a great way to set the stage for events or the perfect lighting for settings around the home. But, like anything, Edison bulbs have their own benefits and drawbacks. What are Edison Bulbs? There’s a...

What Happens During an Electrical Inspection?

September 13, 2018
When most people think of an electrical inspection, they tend to think only of a home that is on the market or a home that has existing electrical issues. The truth is, though, that even a healthy electrical system should be periodically inspected. Just as a mechanic would inspect your car for functionality and safety measures, an electrician can do the same for your home’s electrical system. Having a good...

Why is There Power in Only Half of My House?

August 27, 2018
We probably all know the frustration of a power outage. It’s a pretty common household annoyance, especially if you live in a rural area or an area with extreme weather, like much of Indiana. Sometimes power can go out in the whole house, only one outlet, or only one room. Here's what to do in each circumstance. Power Out in Whole House Most of the time, if the power is...

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.
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