Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Upgrade to LEDs Today!

It’s time to upgrade your old light bulbs to LEDs. Not only are LEDs (light-emitting diodes) more energy-efficient, they will take your poorly-lit room and brighten it up! See below to find out how upgrading to LED light bulbs will save you money and add a bit of ambiance to any room of your house.
LED bulbs have an extremely long lifespan. They can last between 50,000 and 60,000 hours which means you won’t need to replace them as frequently as your CFL bulbs. They only use 2-10 watts of electricity which is roughly ⅓ the amount of energy used by an incandescent bulb. Additionally, LEDs give off an amount of light equivalent to a 40-watt incandescent bulb.

Wait, there’s more! Conventional light bulbs give off heat, which wastes most of their energy. LEDs remain cool and do not contain a glass component so they will not break! No energy wasted here.

Ready to make the switch? Watch this quick video for installation instructions:

Still have questions? Give the electrical experts at GEN3 Electric a call today! We would be more than happy to stop by to assist with the installation or to answer any questions you may have. Save money and stay safe with GEN3!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Leave The Chirping To The Birds: Replacing Your Smoke Detector

Don’t fall victim to a house fire as a result of a faulty smoke detector. You should proactively check your smoke detector and change the batteries regularly. Along with regular maintenance, you should know that your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should be changed every 8-10 years.

Here are some things you MUST know about your smoke detectors:

  • Chirping smoke detectors are often warning signs that the batteries need to be replaced. However, it is NOT the only reason.
  • Check the age of the detector, each one has a date of manufacture stamped on the underside. 10 years is the maximum lifespan of a smoke detector.
  • Never paint a smoke detector. Painting a smoke detector can prevent the alarm from sounding in a fire.
  • To remove the detector, simply twist it to the right and it will drop down from the ceiling. Pinch the white, yellow and black wires to disconnect from the wiring harness.
Watch this video for a step-by-step guide on removing your smoke detector:

If you don’t feel comfortable replacing your smoke detector, or want to make sure that your detector is properly installed and doing its job, give the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric a call today! Make sure the only chirps you hear are the birds!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Understanding The Importance Of Home Protection Devices

Electronics aren’t cheap these days and we would hate to see them go up in smoke. With our surge protection devices, we can make sure that your electronic devices are protected and operate safely. This way, you can enjoy peace of mind with your financial investments on home electronics.

There are 53,600 fires and $1.4 billion in property losses every year in the United States from electrical fires. Often times, these fires and losses can be prevented if proper maintenance and operation of your electronic devices takes place.

Portable generators are a wonderful resource to have in times of bad storms or power outages to keep your electronics running. However, they can pose a serious threat if used improperly. NEVER plug the generator into a wall outlet! If connecting to your home’s wiring, have a qualified electrician install a manual transfer switch to prevent backfeed into the lines. The switch will protect against damage to your generator, wiring and appliances when power is restored.

It is a common misconception that lightning is the only thing that can cause a power surge. While it is true that lightning can cause a surge, the main culprit can be any of your electronic devices that require lots of power to operate. As a result, it’s important to use surge protectors and home protection devices in any instance where electricity is used to power your electronic devices.

For additional information about our home protection devices, visit our website. To discuss the importance of electrical safety in your home, give the experts at GEN3 Electric a call today!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LED Sunlight!

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Gen 3 is looking forward to installing these!
Is your apartment or workspace seriously lacking in natural light? Italian physicist Paolo Di Trapani of the University of Insubria has invented an artificial daylight device called CoeLux. It looks just like the sunny sky!  CoeLux actually replicates the color temperature of sunlight and the way the sun moves across the sky!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Do you have active knob & tube wiring hiding in your home?

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Some knob and tube wiring can be well hidden.  If you have an older home, you
 should schedule a professional knob and tube inspection.  Generation 3 Electric performs
 these inspections often, and we find active knob and tube 
wiring disguised as new wiring!  If you are buying or selling, a professional knob and tube
 inspection will give you piece of mind and make your home more desirable. 
Recently, many insurance companies are requiring these inspections.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Let Gen3 hang your TV

Generation 3 Electric will professionally hang your TV
and hide the wires for a clean look. 
Give us a call to schedule an estimate today!
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Generation 3 Electric, professional TV installation and wires hidden

Generation 3 Electric, professional TV installation and wires hidden
Generation 3 Electric, professional TV installation and wires hidden

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Gen3 services the Main Line

Generation 3 Electricians are  not just licensed in Philadelphia!
Congratulations Brian, Bill, Dave, Luke and Mike on your Lower Merion Licenses .
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Lower Merion, PA licensed electrician

Lower Merion, PA licensed electrician

Lower Merion, PA licensed electrician

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Nest is Back!

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These are the most awesome smoke and CO2 alarms ever!
Generation 3 Electric is proud to be an authorized installer of Nest products.  
They are "smart" smoke and CO2 alarms, they connect to the internet and your smart phone
and they can even turn off your home's heat when CO2 is detected
and you have a Nest thermostat!
Call Generation 3 Electric to set up an appointment
for installation today.
Go to their website to learn more by clicking the link below.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Algae Power

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It seems that algae is becoming the "greenest" new energy source!

 "For the past year, exhaust from MIT’s main power plant has been bubbling up through tubes of algae soup. The result? A dramatic cut in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions—and abundant algae that can be turned into biofuel for the power plant or a diesel vehicle. Utility companies have been watching field trials of the algae-soup system with keen interest, hoping to combine low-cost exhaust cleanup with renewable-fuel production."

"It’s hard not to find the algae system appealing.  If you look at this process from beginning to end, you’ve turned your pollution into storable green fuel.  The technology is exciting because it touches on both energy and the environment in a unique way.”

One day soon Generation 3 Electric will be installing these in houses!  Do you think we will need a green thumb?

Check out the articles below for some fascinating new technology!

The Algae Battery

Friday, May 23, 2014

GEN3 Wishes Everyone a Safe And Happy Memorial Day!

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Your friendly neighborhood electricians wish everyone a safe and
happy holiday weekend!  If you haven't scheduled an estimate for
some new ceiling fans, an outdoor GFCI outlet or a dedicated A/C line,
hurry because summer is short.....and hot!  Give us a call!