Light It Up Electric Blog
Posted By: Natasha Guernsey on June 6, 2011
Many homeowners around Plano and Allen are thinking of turning a spare bedroom into a home office or study for their children. This is an excellent idea, but it is sometimes better left in the hands of a master electrician. A breaker box upgrade may be needed, especially in a home with older wiring. In addition, plugs may need to be moved to another location, and for some electronics dedicated plugs or dedicated circuits might be necessary.
Lighting is also important for those working with computer screens and fine print. Light It Up Electric can install custom lighting to ensure that eye strain does not become a problem. Our licensed and insured technicians are also experts at ceiling fans mounting, which will keep the room comfortable during the summer’s hottest days. While they are there, Light It Up Electric’s courteous workers will be glad to perform smoke alarm battery replacement before leaving. This is a job that many residents of Plano and Allen forget about, but it is an important component of home safety.
It is probably wise to consider having Light It Up Electric to install surge protection to shield valuable office equipment. Many Plano and Allen homeowners choose to have a whole house surge protector installed just to be on the safe side. This will prevent breaker tripping and damage from power surges or lightning during severe summer storms.
Light It Up Electric would love to talk with our customers about how we can help with an office project of this type or any other electrical troubleshooting. Please call us with any questions and let us help you create the office of your dreams. We appreciate our customers in Plano and Allen who follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Check out our website at www.LightItUpElectric.net for a full list of all of our services. We are a member in good standing of the Better Business Bureau, and our work is guaranteed.
Posted By: Natasha Guernsey on March 3, 2011
If you have an older home you probably know all too well the difficulties of an older electrical system. At best outdated electrical wiring can be quirky, with fuses going out and having a limited number of plugs in a room. At worst, they can be downright dangerous. Older wiring was not designed to handle the increased load of electronic appliances that most homes have today, and upgrading the wiring to match your needs is a must. Two ways to make your home even safer are dedicated outlets and GFI outlets.
What is a Dedicated Outlet?
A dedicated outlet, also known as a dedicated plug or dedicated circuit, is a wall plug that runs on its own circuit separate from the other plugs in the room. By employing a dedicated outlet you lessen the likelihood of a room circuit overloading because of heavy power demands. An example of this is the outlet for the washer/dryer. However there are many other instances in which dedicated outlets are a good idea. Garage door openers, larger tools like workbench saws and welders, permanent computer workstations, exercise equipment such as treadmills, or media equipment like large flat panel TV’s and sound systems are all examples of items that might be better served on a dedicated outlet.
What is a GFI Outlet?
GFI stands for Ground Fault Interrupter. This term can be used interchangeably with GFCI, which stands for Ground Fault Current Interrupter. GFI outlets and GFCI outlets constantly monitor the amount of electricity flowing through them and if there is any interruption or sudden lightening of the electrical load, the GFI plug will cut off the flow of electricity. The benefit of this is that it keeps the user from getting harmed from a potential shock. For instance, if you drop a hair dryer into a sink, the GFI plug will sense that some of the current is going into the water and shut itself off. GFI’s are great for non-dedicated plugs to protect your family from possible injury.
We can install both dedicated and GFI outlets in your home. Call us or email us at Lightitupelect@aol.com today!
Posted By: Natasha Guernsey on March 3, 2010
A customer of ours that lived in Prosper moved to a new house in Frisco. She went out and bought some light fixtures and ceiling fans to put in her house because she did not like the ones that came with the house. She bought a new chandelier for her front entry way. The entry way is about 20 feet high.
When the electrician took down the existing chandelier he checked the wiring and support box. Every thing was in good shape. After the electrician got the chandelier hung the customer decided that she wanted the chandelier to be a little higher. So we took off a few links in the chain and then rehung the chandelier. It was right where she wanted it.
She also bought a new ceiling fan with a light kit to go into the family room. Again we took down the existing fan and checked the wiring and support box. The support box was not in good shape. We took out the old support box and installed a new box. Once the fan was installed we balanced the ceiling fan so it would not shake with it was on. Since the new ceiling fan had a light kit on it she needed another switch added so she can control the lights separately from the ceiling fan, so we installed a fan control/dimmer switch. This was she can adjust the fan speed and light levels to her personal settings.
With the new vanity lights going into the bathrooms, we had to first take down the old light fixtures, check the wiring and support box for safety.
She also bought several surface mount light fixtures to mount on the wall going up the stairs. There was not power where she wanted the light fixtures to be so the electrician had to run a dedicated circuit to the stair well area for power. Once that was done he installed support boxes for the light fixtures to mount to and was able to install all the light fixtures where she wanted them and put the light fixtures all on the same circuit. A dimmer switch was added so she can control the light fixtures.
She even bought some coach light fixtures to go on to the front of her house on each side of the garage. One light fixture existed on one side of her garage but not the other. The electrician had to run wires across the attic and down the inside of the wall to get the power to where the new coach light was to be installed. Once the power was there the electrician installed a support box and mounted the coach light fixture.
The Frisco customer was very pleased with the work that had been done. She will call us when she has purchased more light fixtures for her home. If you have a chandelier, ceiling fan, coach lights, or any other light fixtures that needs to be installed give us a call. We can take care of all your electrical needs. We offer free estimates. Not only do we service Celina but Aubrey, Prosper, Little Elm, Frisco, Plano and all surrounding areas. Call today.
Posted By: Natasha Guernsey on October 10, 2009
A commercial customer of ours in Frisco, TX called us out to install a dedicated citcuit for their new cash register. We also installed a IG rated outlet / plug for the TV.
Posted By: Natasha Guernsey on October 10, 2009
We ran the power for a spa hook up in Little Elm, TX. We ran a dedicated circuit from the electrical panel to the back of the house, then ran the wire in a pipe in a trench out to where she had the spa installed.