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Why You Need to Schedule an Electrical Equipment Test Before It’s Too Late

If you’re responsible for a commercial operation, you’ve got a lot on your plate. You need to ensure that the business is efficient and turns a profit, and you’ve got to make sure that all of your staff and visiting customers are kept safe. When was the last time that you considered the condition of your electrical equipment? What should you be thinking about, right now? Heating Up One of the first signs that you are overdue for some equipment inspection and testing may be an equipment room that seems to be a little warmer than normal. If you or an employee can sense that something has changed over time, then it could be that your equipment is starting to overheat. While newer equipment may well have digital devices that alert you to this potential malfunction, it’s not always the case. Make sure that your equipment room has not been converted into a storage facility, either. Equipment like this must have an adequate amount of air flow if it’s to function properly. Difficult to Pinpoint a Failure Have you been noticing some weird electrical failures recently? If you’ve not been able to put some of these down to a specific reason it could be that the system itself, rather than a piece of equipment is at fault. A wide variety of problems could be lurking beneath the surface, such as broken connectors or loose conductors. If your equipment is indeed overheating as discussed previously, this could cause a resistance that triggers a system failure. It’s difficult to immediately identify this problem, as the resistance will dissipate as the equipment (now shut down) cools off. The Passage of Time If it’s been some time since you had a major electrical equipment overhaul, then it could be that general wear and tear and lacklustre maintenance have combined to create a system that is on the brink of failure. If you’re not sure whether a particular piece of equipment is missing a protective part, you might fail an inspection if one is imposed on you out of the blue. Circuit Breakers Ready Don’t forget that a fully efficient and tested system will have circuit breakers ready and waiting to protect employees and visitors. If you’re not sure whether these breakers are working properly, then they may not be protecting GFCI circuits as well as they should. It doesn’t take much for these elements to break down over an extended period of time without maintenance. A worn out spring could be enough. Taking Action If any of these ideas are falling too close to home, then it’s time for you to schedule a full electrical equipment...

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Shed Some Light on Your Outdoor Fixtures With LED Floodlights

Unlike spotlights which cast a narrow beam of light, LED floodlights can illuminate a large area. This makes them ideal for lighting outdoor spaces and fixtures for security and aesthetic purposes. There are various things that you should have in mind as you visit an electronic shop to purchase floodlights. Here are some tips that will guide you into making the ideal solution for your outdoor lighting needs. Type of floodlights There are numerous types of LED floodlights on the market today. Here are some of the common ones. Regular floodlights: These are the basic types of floodlights. They consist of a lamp, outer casing, and electric wires for power. They can be used for any outdoor space including the backyard, garden, garage, or driveway. Security floodlights: Security flood lights are used for purposes of safety. In addition to a light bulb, they are equipped with motion sensors that detect movement in front of the light fixture. When a person or animal walks by the fixture, the motion sensor triggers the light and illuminates the area. Security floodlights are suitable for deterring thieves and animals from your home at night. They can also be installed on the front door, garage door, or backyard. Landscape floodlights: unlike the regular and security floodlights which are installed at a height, landscape floodlights are installed around the ground level to illuminate landscape features such as paths, gardens, and decorative trees. They are usually used for decorative purposes. Electrical vs. Solar power LED floodlights use either electricity or solar energy. Both sources have their advantages; however, solar-powered floodlights are more energy efficient in the long run. Since they charge using the sun’s energy during the day, they do not contribute to your energy bills. However, if you do not wish to incur the initial purchase and installation costs of solar powered systems, you can opt for electric-powered floodlights. Additional features You can install a surveillance camera with your floodlights for increased security of your home. Also, some floodlights have Wi-Fi and voice control features which allow you to control the lights remotely from your phone or other devices. Consider the extra features that would make the use of floodlights more convenient for you. LED floodlights are functional fixtures for outdoor spaces. These tips will help you choose the ideal solutions for your home’s outdoor lighting and security needs. For more information, talk to a...

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Is Your Home Telling You That You Need to Immediately Call an Electrician?

A home’s power doesn’t need to go out completely for it to need the services of an electrician, as some electrical emergencies might not always shut down the power itself. You don’t want to ignore or overlook the signs of needing an emergency electrician, as doing so can mean that your home is at risk for an electrical fire or you may be at risk for a shock, even electrocution. Note a few signs that your home is telling you that you should immediately call an electrician rather than waiting or just ignoring these problems. When the breaker box smells If you smell what resembles melting plastic or any type of burning smell from the breaker box, you want to call an emergency electrician as this often means that there is singeing or other such damage behind the box itself. Wires may also be outright smoldering, and this too is a sign that an electrical fire may be imminent. Even if the smell seems to go away, you don’t want to ignore it as this may simply mean that no power is going to the affected circuit. Once you use an electrical device on that circuit, the wires may start to singe again and an electrical fire may start at any time. Sparks from the plug You should never see sparks from a plug or outlet, either when you plug in something or when you unplug something; the only exception might be if you yank a cord from the wall. This sudden disconnect might cause a spark of the electrical circuit. However, if you remove a cord by hand without yanking it and you see a spark or feel tingling when you plug in something, this often means that the wires behind the plug are bare and frayed. This can mean your home is at risk for an electrical fire, and you may be at risk for electrocution if you use the plug again. Junction box full of twisted wires A junction box might be located in your home’s basement, utility room, or garage. If it doesn’t have a cover, this can mean that those wires inside are at risk for damage and becoming frayed. You might also notice that the wires inside are all twisted around, a sign of amateur electrical work. This puts undue pressure on those wires and may cause them to short out and create a spark, which puts your home at risk for an electrical fire. It’s best to have an electrician come out and address these wires right away to eliminate that...

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Got An Electrical Risk? 4 Cautionary Symptoms Of Hazardous Electrical Issues In Your Home

Whether your electrical systems are old or new, they will display some cautionary symptoms before becoming hazardous problems. As a responsible homeowner, it’s vital to understand these signs because it will prevent any serious problems from transpiring in your home. This guide will help you understand cautionary symptoms of hazardous electrical issues in your home. If you notice any of these signs, you may need intervention from professional electricians immediately to get the problem fixed. You Receive An Electrical Shock If you receive a mild tingle or shock when you touch an electrical appliance in your home, then it could be because of a ground fault in particular appliances or it could be because of faulty wiring. While this mild shock may seem trivial for the moment, keep in mind that it could lead to more serious problems later, especially if the source of the fault gets worse. Take this shock seriously and enlist the help of professional electricians to prevent it from happening again. Your Lights Start Flickering If your light begins to flicker in your home, then it could be because of a defective or loose light bulb. This is usually an easy fix because you simply need to replace your faulty light bulb with a new one. If your light continues to flicker after replacing the bulb, then the problem is deeper rooted and may be emerging from the light socket or switchboard. Qualified electricians will need to diagnose and address this problem because the light bulb is in danger of blowing out, which could cause the electricity of your entire home to trip. You Notice Burning Smells Coming From Switches Or Outlets If you notice any burning smells coming from switches or outlets in your home, then these are sure signs that you have an overloaded electrical system. The source could either be with overloaded wires or overloaded electrical panel devices. This burning smell must be taken seriously because it could be an indication of a potential electrical fire. Put off the electricity until a professional electrician can assess the problem to prevent a full-fledged fire from starting. Your Switches Or Outlets Work Occasionally   Outlets or light switches that work every once in a while are a symptom of a larger electrical problem. This could occur because the wiring inside the switch or outlet is loose or the device may be cracked. A loose switch can potentially shock a person operating it because they could come into contact with exposed wiring. If you notice your switches or outlets working occasionally, be sure to call professional electricians to inspect and fix the issue. These signs will help you establish when...

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How To Protect Your Appliances From The Dangers Of Fluctuating Electrical Current

If your electrical appliances have never malfunctioned due to fluctuations of electrical current, you should consider embracing measures that will protect the appliances from the dangers of fluctuations in the future. Power surges and spikes are the most common type of electric current fluctuation. They are usually caused by downed power lines, blown transformers, and electric power grid switching.  However, over 50% of power spikes at home are caused by appliances that have large motors such as compressors, refrigerators, and air conditioners. Whatever the cause, you need a plan that protects the appliances, and one good plan is installing surge protectors in your home’s electric grid.    Understanding The Fluctuations Of Electric Current The work of a surge protector is to offer protection against power surges. But what is a surge? A surge is an increase in voltage — force that pushes the current — above the normal levels. The difference between a surge and a spike depends on how long the increase in voltage will last. If the increment lasts for more than three nanoseconds, it is called a surge. But if it lasts for two nanoseconds (billionths of a second), it is called a spike. Even if a surge does not incur immediate damages to your machine, it will exert a strain on its components and wear them down with time. Where To Connect Your Surge Protectors There are two places you can connect your surge protector. One is at the circuit breaker and the other one is at an electrical outlet. And hence, the two points (circuit breaker and outlet) classify surge protectors into two categories: whole house surge protectors and point-of-use surge protectors. The latter is the type of protector connected to an electrical outlet for while the former is connected to a circuit breaker. A whole house surge protector reduces the excess voltage before it enters your home while a point-of-use protector regulates voltage before it gets into the appliance. But if you want a protector that also saves energy, go for point-of-use surge protectors. These protectors have the ability of limiting vampire power, which is the electricity drawn by appliances when they are switched off. How Surge Protectors Protect Your Appliances From These Fluctuations Surge protectors have different working mechanisms, but basically, they work under the same principle: diverting extra current — surges or spikes –into the grounding wire of the protector. The most common types of surge protectors use a device called a metal oxide varisitor (MOV). The device has a metal oxide in the middle that is connected to the grounding wire by two semiconductors. The semiconductors offer some form of resistance that is dependent on...

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