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How touch plate lighting can make your life so much easier

touchplateSince the 1940's, Touch-Plate low voltage lighting remains among the last historical-era remote control lighting/wiring systems that are still manufactured. With a wide variety of switch styles to choose from, Touch-Plate devices are stocked regularly and available at home improvement stores or authorized dealers. Touch-Plate control stations deliver convenience and cost-effectiveness in a single unit system that includes the devices, the mounting brackets, the cover plates and the screws. Touch-Plate systems are also able to be wired to work with various other three-wire low voltage systems, like GE, Remcon, and Bryant -  for which replacement parts are more difficult to find.

Modern and stylish, these low voltage lighting systems come conveniently packaged with all of the materials needed for a quick installation. 

Apple HomeKit and Your Lights

apple homekit electric lightsWe live in a time unlike any before. With countless technological advancements at our fingertips, our lives are improved, which is advantageous considering the rapid pace at which we live. In recent years, tremendous strides have been made in home automation. This technology allows the homeowner to run their home while they are away using a remote app on their Smartphone or iPad. In fact, automated homes are known as  “smart homes,” due to their ability to seemingly think on their own. This ability to “think,” helps homeowners in some of ways.

The future of automated lighting is here in the form of Apple’s HomeKit technology. “Apple HomeKit technology provides an easy, secure way to control HomeKit-enabled accessories from any of your iOS devices. Tell Siri to "turn on the upstairs lights." Dim the lights from your Apple Watch. Use your iPhone to change colors. And much more! All you need is a square-shaped Philips Hue Bridge 2.0 and your favorite iOS device to get started.”

Apple HomeKit adds safety and security through appliance and lighting control. You can always check to make sure your daughter turned off her curling iron or ensure that your oven has been flipped off from the morning family breakfast. Your home and family also enjoy an added measure of safety through your ability to control the lights in your home. Not only does this allow you to make sure lights are off when you are gone to save electricity, but it also allows you to turn them on at specific times if you would like it to look like you are home.

Electrical Safety Tips for the Summer

electrical summer safety tipsWhile it is absolutely imperative to exercise caution around electricity regardless of the time of year, summertime is an important time to remind yourself and your family of a few basic electrical safety rules. Print out the following list and keep it in an easily visible spot to refer to regularly:

  • Be on the lookout during high winds and storms: look up and all around and be aware of the location of transformers and power lines. If you’re ever stuck outside in a storm, stay clear of these and take shelter.
  • Use extreme caution when working anywhere near power lines attached to your home. Always keep yourself and your equipment at least 10 feet away from lines.
  • Never trim trees that are growing near power lines – if you spot a tree growing too close to power lines, call your utility company to report it and don’t attempt to address the issue yourself.
  • If you undertake a project that includes digging, like building a deck or planting a tree, call your utility company to determine underground locates at least two business days before digging. This service is free of charge and prevents the inconvenience of having yours or your neighbor’s utilities interrupted, and can help you avoid danger.
  • Electricity and water do not mix! If it’s raining or the ground is still wet from rain, refrain from using electric yard tools until the area is completely dry.
  • Protect your outdoor electrical outlets with weatherproof outlet covers and ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). Indoor electrical outlets near water (like aquariums, kitchens, and bathrooms) should also have GFCIs.

Remind your children to:

  • Always, always, always stay away from power lines. Always assume they are "live and dangerous" and will cause serious, even fatal injuries.
  • Never climb any trees growing near power lines.
  • Never touch outdoor wires with your hands or any other part of your body or by using other objects.
  • Always keep flying kites, model airplanes, etc. to great open areas like fields and parks, outside of the danger of trees and overhead power lines. If a kite gets stuck in a tree that is growing near a power line, let it go -  do not climb up to get it.
  • Never go into or near an electric substation for any reason. Electric substations contain extremely dangerous high-voltage equipment, which can kill you. Never attempt to rescue a pet that goes inside. Instead, call your local electric utility company.

3 Benefits of Ceiling Fans

ceiling fan colorado springsWhile retail sales of the latest in air conditioner technologies continue to grow, many homeowners are still underestimating the value of ceiling fans despite the fact that when used properly, they can lower the temperature of room up to five degrees.

Here are some other fantastic benefits to the purchase and professional installation of a ceiling fan in all the rooms of your home:

  1. Ceiling fans work together with your air conditioner, helping it to run more efficiently and significantly reducing your energy bill.

  2. Ceiling fans can be installed both indoors and outdoors - on a porch or other covered area, helping to keep pesky flies and insects away while you enjoy the shade on a beautiful afternoon.
Ceiling fans have been improved in recent years to become more efficient and contain up to date technology in the fan's motors, blade design, and control. They're also lighter than they were in years past, giving them the element of a decorative feature within a room rather than an eyesore.
  3. Ceiling fans have been improved in recent years to become more efficient and contain up to date technology in the fan's motors, blade design, and control. They're also lighter than they were in years past, giving them the element of a decorative feature within a room rather than an eyesore. Hunter Pacific has developed an innovation in ceiling fans with their latest version of the Typhoon model, which includes molded plastic blades instead of the traditional steel or metal variety. This promotes large amounts of airflow with minimal noise.

5 ways to save on electricity and the planet.

With barely a winter this year, it's already time to prepare for those warmer month power bills. The air outside is hot and humid, and the dreaded electric bill is on it's way to shock you, right? Well, it doesn't have to be that way. With a few simple tips for keeping your energy bill low, you can enjoy Spring the way it's supposed to be enjoyed: by relaxing. Here are some quick tips to keep your energy bill (and your blood pressure) from shooting up too high this Spring (which in turn contributes to lowering your carbon footprint and helping the planet:5 ways to save on electricity and the planet.

  1. Open up windows and doors and point box fans or oscillating fans outward. This old fashioned trick uses a sort of reverse "technology" than an air conditioner by sucking the warm air out of a room and blowing it outward while keeping the warm air from the outside from entering the room through the open doors and windows. With a retractable screen, these opened windows and doors are protected from insects and prying eyes and can immediately be rolled up when not in use.
  2. Unplug appliances and other electronics when not in use. A surprising number of electronic appliances in your home drain electricity and raise energy costs even when they're not in use. Taking the time to not only turn the power off - but unplug your coffee maker, television, or computer keeps the appliances safe from power surges and reduces their constant pull on your home's electrical system.
  3. Use ceiling fans and be sure they're rotating in the most beneficial direction. For peak performance in the Spring, your ceiling fans should rotate forward (or counterclockwise) forcing air from the ceiling down and providing the wind chill effect that makes you feel cooler.
  4. Keep vents, and doors closed in areas of your home not often used. If you and your family spend most of your time in the living room, consider closing the air conditioner vents to guest bathrooms and bedrooms to reduce the unnecessary cooling of these rooms while not in use.
  5. Add insulation. A lot of cool air escapes from homes by way of space between the walls not protected by insulation. A simple spray foam purchased at a local home improvement store can work wonders when sprayed through drilled holes into the area between the walls.

For more electrical tips and services contact the experts at Best Electric Service.

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Brands We Carry

  • Cutler Hammer
  • Touch-Plate Lighting Controls
  • General Electric
  • Siemens
  • Square D

Brands We Service

  • Cutler Hammer
  • Federal Pacific
  • Square D
  • Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems
  • Casablanca Fan Company
  • Kichler
  • General Electric
  • Touch-Plate Lighting Controls
  • Siemens

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