Friday, December 19, 2014

Moderen Dining Room Lighting Design

3 Pendents hung on a Curved Monorails


Installation of  WAC Monorail lighting fixture in dinning room, Process starts with the design and parts ordering. There are several great lighting store in the ares that can help with this. The rail needs to be bent to match the cures desired. It is often very good to make a mock up of the custom light out of paper. This is a good example of the before and after process. 




Kitchen Lighting

Lighting up a small kitchen 

Kitchen lighting is one of the most overlooked but powerful elements you can add to a small kitchen. 



Here in this kitchen we have added lighting above, in and below the kitchen cabinets. The effect of this lighting makes the kitchen feel more spacious. This kitchen is in a Philadelphia  row home where the natural light is coming in the side yard window is partially blocked by the neighboring row.



The other challenge in this kitchen was the brick party wall. To get the wiring in the party wall GEN3 had to channel the plaster and install conduit.

Main service equipment is incorrectly installed

Summary of Findings-
•The existing main service equipment is incorrectly installed with no individual disconnects for each unit and inadequate grounding system. -
•The following estimate describes what is necessary to safely correct this safety issue.-

•Using the existing 4 gang meter socket: -
•Install 4 individual 100 amp disconnects with offset nipples from meter sockets. -
•Install new conductors from meter sockets into each disconnect. -
 Install existing SER into each disconnect 
•Properly separate grounds and neutrals as required within the panel for the common area.

Install 2 new ground rods and conductors for 200 amp main equipment 
Correct the grounding connection at water entrance. 
Install jumper around water meter 
Install a bonding jumper across 4 gas meters as requested by PGW
Cost valid while performing above correction work.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bad Outlets


Sometimes electrical outlets can pass inspection and be installed in your home even if there is a manufacturer’s defect. This is an especially dangerous situation because you would think a brand new electrical device should be problem-free right? Often times, manufacturer errors go unnoticed and can lead to electrical fires in your home because of a bad outlet.

In this short video, you’ll see a perfect example of a manufacturer’s defect that went unnoticed until the outlet started to melt:

 

With the air conditioner plugged into a different outlet there seemed to be no reason for this outlet to become an electrical hazard. Prevent melted devices and the risk of electrical fires in your home by calling on GEN3 Electric to perform a thorough electrical inspection in your home.

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for electrical safety tips and updates! If you’ve experienced a bad outlet situation, share your story with us. We’d love to hear from you!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cat5 Computer Ethernet Jack Installation

Ever wonder how your computers are connected to your Internet Service Provider? A Cat5e (Category 5e) cable allows you to connect quickly and conveniently by just plugging the cable into your computer. 

A Cat5e cable is currently the most commonly used in new installations. This device can handle 1000Mbps speeds at 100MHz - which basically means it gives you very fast internet speeds. See the video below to find out how to install one:



The steps to installing a Cat5e ethernet cable can be confusing for somebody who is not a certified electrician. Contact GEN3 Electric to safely install one in your home for your computer use today. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Electrical Installation Services in Your Kitchen and Bathroom

The kitchen and the bathroom are two rooms in your home where you spend the most time, so why not make them more comfortable and more efficient? A kitchen or bathroom renovation can really increase the value of your home and upgrading the electrical systems in these rooms will enhance family comfort, convenience and efficiency. At GEN3 we handle the electric in all kitchen and bath upgrades including light installation, exhaust fans and custom appliance replacement just to name a few.


Light Installation
Choosing the right lighting design for a room is of utmost importance, especially in the kitchen or bathroom where you spend most of your time. Our electricians are trained on how to help a homeowner choose the right lighting for your unique tastes and how to safely install high hats, LED lights, under cabinet lights and any other lighting fixtures you choose for your home. We get the job done BRIGHT!

Exhaust Fans
Is your bathroom's exhaust fan obnoxiously loud? It may time for a new one when you remodel your bathroom. Bathroom exhaust fans can help with ventilation and reduce the chance of mold growth from moisture on walls.

Custom Appliance Replacement
Nice appliances can really make a bold statement in your kitchen. However, these energy guzzlers consume more power than most other electrical devices in your home and can really cost you a fortune in energy bills. We understand that a complete system rewire is not always necessary so we offer a Core Rewire to make sure your wiring is updated and more energy efficient, one room at a time. Contact us today to find out how a Core Rewire can make your kitchen more energy efficient today.

Now that you’ve decided to go ahead and renovate your kitchen and bathroom, give us a call to get going on all of your electrical needs. Residential electrical service is our specialty and we’d love to help you with your project! Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Set The Perfect Mood In Any Room Of Your Home With These Lighting Ideas


Is your home lacking elegance and decor? Lighting is a wonderful way to create a desired atmosphere in any home and brightening them up or dimming them down can really set the mood. Different rooms serve different purposes and by choosing the right lighting scheme any room can change from a relaxing getaway to an intense party place.

We have chosen a variety of lighting designs that may spark some inspiration. See below for tips on creating the perfect mood in any room of your house:
  1. Recessed lighting and UCLs: this kitchen shines underneath recessed lighting in the ceiling and under cabinet lights (or UCLs) really accent the counter tops. Perfect for this fresh, bright kitchen design that encompasses white cabinets.

  1. Contemporary feel: lamps are used throughout this bedroom to create a contemporary look. Placed on both night tables and in the corner of the room, these beautiful lamps create a cozy mood - perfect for relaxing after a long day of work.

  1. Modern Family Room: in this family room, modern light boxes are used to make a bold statement. The homeowners wanted a TV as well as an attractive clean and modern statement for their family room.

No matter what kind of design you wish to incorporate in your home, our highly skilled electricians will get the job done BRIGHT! At GEN3 Electric our technicians are trained on how to help a homeowner choose the right lighting for your unique tastes as well as how to install lighting safely to make any home feel warmer and more inviting. Give us a call today!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Post Lighting

Post Light installation

How to install a new post light fixture at the end of you sidewalk


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Here are some pictures of a new post light being installed, Lafayette Hill PA. To add this post light a ditch was dug for an electrical conduit. The conduit is there to protect the direct burial wire from any accidental damage in the future. After the conduit and outdoor light fixture are installed. The wire is covered over and the top layer of grass is relayed. By spring the grass will grow over the and the lawn will look like new. 

Installing outdoor lighting improves your homes curb appeal while make you and your neighborhood safer at night. Installing an outdoor post light will cost anywhere between $1,000-$1,500 but this is money well spent. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Simple Fix Program

Each year municipal fire departments respond to over 300,000 electrical wiring or equipment problem incidents, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Some of the most common electrical problems include exposed or dried wiring, old and outdated electrical panels and excessive electrical use leading to fires. We understand that the safety and well-being of your family is top priority and with our Simple Fix Program, 90% of residential electrical problems can be solved or avoided completely.

With our Simple Fix Program, a GEN3 Electric technician will explain all work and provide a detailed estimate before starting any project. This troubleshooting service includes preventative maintenance and safety precautions providing you with peace of mind. The Simple Fix Plan includes:
  • Replacement of old and damaged electrical devices
  • Inspection and tightening of junction wiring
  • 1-2 outlets
Please note that 10% of the time, circuits need to be rewired or additional work that is not included may need to be done. The cost of the Simple Fix Plan will be deducted from any additional charges so you will not lose money if your fix is not so simple.

We strongly encourage that all residents of the Philadelphia area have their electrical wiring and panels routinely checked in order to prevent an electrical fire, power outage or inefficiency. Give the friendly neighborhood electricians a call today to discuss the Simple Fix Program or to schedule an appointment to have your electrical equipment inspected.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Holiday Lighting Safety

The weekend following Thanksgiving has been dedicated to holiday decorating for decades. It’s a great way to get your family together to showcase your uniqueness and creativity. However, when dealing with electrical devices you must take special precautions. See below for a holiday lighting safety checklist:

Inspect - Prior to hanging, inspect all light strings for broken or damaged bulbs and replace them if necessary. In addition, it is vital to check all electrical cords and outlets. Frayed or cracked cords and broken sockets are leading fire hazards. If you notice any discoloration or receive a shock from an outlet when plugging in decorations, it may be time to replace them. The expert electricians at GEN3 will gladly repair or replace any electrical inefficiencies.

Outdoor vs. Indoor - There is a major difference between outdoor and indoor lights. Exterior lights must be weather-resistant and UL-rated for exterior use. Indoor lights often use LED bulbs because they are cooler and more energy efficient.

No Nails, No Staples - When hanging your lights, do not use nails or staples to attach them to your home. They can cut through the wire insulation and create a fire hazard. Instead, use UL-approved hangers. If you feel unsafe about hanging your lights, the technicians at GEN3 can give you a hand.

Adhere to these safety tips in order to remain safe and secure during the holiday season. During the decorating process, if you have any questions or concerns related to anything electrical, do not hesitate to give us a call. Happy Holidays!