Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ceiling Fans and SIDS

Did you know there are about 4,000 sleep-related infant deaths in the United States each year? Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a disease that affects hundreds of families across the country. But you can help keep your baby safe by simply turning on a ceiling fan in the room before they fall asleep.

According to Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, babies who sleep in a room with a fan are 72% less likely to die from SIDS.

“Since 1992 the rate of SIDS deaths has dropped by 56 percent, from 1.2 deaths per 1,000 live births to about 1 death per 2,000 live births. The decline is linked to a national “Back to Sleep” campaign that promotes putting babies on their backs instead of the stomach, which has been shown to lower risk for sudden death. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends that parents avoid soft bedding, allow a baby to use a pacifier if he or she wants, and avoid overheating a baby’s room as ways to lower the risk for SIDS.” (

Stale, stagnant air in a child’s room can increase the risk of SIDS. Simply keeping the air moving around in a bedroom seems to reduce the risk.

“"What we found in this study is that if an infant had a fan that was used in the sleeping room, the infant's risk of SIDS was reduced by 72 percent compared to no fan in the room," said study senior author Dr. De-Kun Li, a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist in the division of research at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif. The report appears in the October issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.” (

Generation 3 Electric's tradition of commitment to the people of Philadelphia runs deep. We've been servicing the electrical needs of the Philadelphia metro area for three generations. We’re proud to live and raise our families in the areas we serve, and felt we needed to share this essential information. These studies are especially meaningful to me as the father of Generation 4. –Bill Lutz

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Metering your own electric

There are some situation where it is better for a Landlord or homeowner to meter their own electric. 

The little box on the right is call an E-mon D-mon. This is called a submeter. In this situation the owner is responsible for paying the main electrical bill to PECO and the tenet pay the owner according to how much the meter says that used. This product can be found at

Other situation customers want to track their own usage. This is a Ted the energy detective. With this product a homeowner can view their real time energy usage. There is even a option to meter individual circuits. This way you can see exactly what circuits are costing you the most money. More info can be found here.

GEN3 can help with these products. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Testimonial Spotlight: February

For years, Pennsylvania residents have trusted GEN3 Electric to solve all of their residential electric needs. Our commitment to service, integrity, and excellence has led to excellent reviews by our satisfied customers. Take a look at a few of our most recent ones below:

“The guys at Generation 3 did a great job installing my EV Charger, they worked nonstop to complete the job that took most of the day. They cleaned the area in and out of my home, and explained exactly what they did. I would recommend them for any electrical job large or small.”

“Updated kitchen and dining room lighting and outlets. On time! Neat! Respectful!”

“Josh was awesome! I was scheduled between 8a-10a, and received a courtesy call at 7:45a letting me know he was 20 minutes away. He was polite, professional, and extremely knowledgeable. He was easy to talk to and was more than happy to answer all of my questions! I would highly recommend Josh and Generation 3 Electric for their great and professional work.”

GEN3 Electric has been servicing the electrical needs of the Philadelphia metro area for three generations. That’s why you should give us a call at 215-512-4102 the next time your lights are flickering, and outlet won’t work or you need new wiring in your home!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Wobbly Ceiling Fan?

OMG!!! Now I see why the other "electrical" contractor was so inexpensive. This is a ceiling fan bracelet screwed directly to the ceiling. (No box) Not only illegal but dangerous. Cheaper often equals wrong. A licensed electrical contractor would not do this!!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Shop for Lighting at home with GEN3

Lighting in Philadelphia Metro

Solves you lighting problems: 

GEN3 electric is offering new lighting service for homeowners who are doing house rewires with us. We have a corporate account with This allows our customers to do their shopping online. With the huge selection of fixture you are bound to find something that fits your home.

GEN3 electric's  Lighting Guarantee:

Buying lighting is has it's risks. For customers who use our lighting service GEN3 extends our warranty to cover the lights we purchased for you through our Wayfair business account.  So when the fixture you picked out is a dud GEN3 simply replaces it at no charge to you.  

Friday, January 29, 2016

What to do if your lights or outlets stop working.

Lights not working?

Then it is time to call an electrician.

Lights not working?
We see this time and time again. Homeowners will have electrical devices in their homes that are no longer working. Often the homeowner don't feel it is a big deal. They just move on and use a different socket or light.  Most of the time  their is no problem but there is a big risk in doing so. When electric stops working there is typically a break in the line. One of the connection has gone bad and this cause over heating. It only needs to be next to something combustible with a supply of oxygen  for the minor inconvenience of an outlet or light not working to turn into an electrical fire where you can loose your home.

electrical smell
Bad connection 

We recommend that the switches and outlets in your home be replaced every 10 to 20 years to prevent bad connections from occurring. 

Electric Space Heaters

Electric Space Heaters are Dangerous

We get several call a year to fix power outages caused by electric space heaters. Professionally we see some very scary situations. Here is an example where the load from the space heater caused a connection in an electrical box.

Electric heater damage circuit restoration
Electric heater damage

Here is a close up picture of the damage it has done to the wiring. The heat damage has worked it's way up the wire and almost out of the box. In this situation the homeowner could of needed a complete rewire or a circuit restoration  form the damage done by the electric heater.

Circuit Restoration
Bad wire

A better solution for  rooms that need heating or cooling is to install a Mitsubishi Electric mini-split. This is a unit that will allow for individual control of the temperature in each your rooms. 


How do you run a wire?

How do you run a wire across an solid wall?

The party walls between row homes are made of solid brick with a layer of plaster over them. The can present a challenge if that is the wall where you want to add an electrical point. The trick is to use a bigger hammer.
Electrician run wire
Wire on party wall 

 After the plaster is removed the wiring can be added with in the wall. Then we add the first coat of wall path. this will require some sanding and a second coat but when it is complete the wall will look like new. After the a painter does their magic the wall will look like new.

electrical work
1 coat of patch

Under Cabinet WAC Light

Kitchen lighting works better in layers. Adding under cabinet lighting is one of those projects for under a $1,000 that can make you kitchen look like a million dollars.

  This is a clean and simple kitchen but with the under cabinet lights on there is an added level of suffocation and functionality.  For kitchens with granite counter tops under cabinet lighting will bring out the colors and depth of the stone.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Portable Generator Safety

Picture this: a severe winter storm hits the Philadelphia region and knocks out power to thousands of homes. You can be stuck in your cold, dark home like the rest of your neighbors or you can fire up your portable generator and get back some necessities.

While portable generators are great to have when the power goes out, they can pose a serious threat if used improperly. Follow the tips below to ensure that your family and your home are safe the next time a natural disaster strikes:
  • Read and understand all manufacturer’s instructions prior to starting up your generator.
  • Make sure a qualified electrician has installed a transfer switch for safe operation.
  • Never plug the generator into a wall outlet.
  • Plug individual appliances into the generator using heavy duty, outdoor rated cords with a wire gauge adequate for the appliance load.
  • Keep generators out in the open. Running them indoors or inside a closed garage or shed can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

Following these safety tips will help you and your family ride out the storm.

When it comes to electrical safety in the Philadelphia Metro area, the experts at GEN3 Electric know best. Give us a call today to learn more about your portable generator and how to stay safe during a storm.