Wednesday, December 30, 2009

How to Clean Up After a CFL Bulb Break

A guest blog post by Marcy Tate

CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs are becoming more popular as more homeowners realize their great energy and money-saving benefits. Many homeowners do not know that CFL bulbs contain small amounts of mercury. The mercury is sealed within the glass tubing within the bulb. The mercury only poses a threat to humans if a break occurs. If a bulb breaks, it is potentially hazardous if not cleaned up and disposed of properly. Improper cleaning and disposal leads to the release of mercury vapors in the air. Excessive mercury exposure could injure your kidneys or, in extreme cases, produce severe brain damage and cause serious respiratory system disorders. Read below to learn how to properly clean up after a CFL break.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

If a CFL bulb breaks, the following steps should be taken:

1. Have everyone leave the room. Take caution to avoid stepping in the glass and powder.

2. Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes.

3. Turn off your forced air furnace or a/c system.

For Hard Surfaces:

*Do not use a broom or vacuum cleaner*

1. Scoop up the glass and powder with a piece of cardboard. Place the glass and powder in a tightly sealed glass jar or sealed plastic bag. Place the cardboard is a sealed plastic bag.

2. Use a strong piece of tape (such as duct tape) to pick up any remaining glass or powder.

3. Wipe the area with a damp paper towel or rag that you don’t mind throwing away. Place in a sealed glass jar or sealed plastic bag.

For Carpets or Rugs:

1. Cautiously pick up the glass and place it in a sealed glass jar or sealed plastic bag.

2. Use a strong piece of tape (such as duct tape) to pick up any remaining glass or powder.

3. Vacuum if necessary. Remove the vacuum bag, or wipe the canister of a bagless vacuum (with damp paper towels or rags). Place the bag or paper towels in a sealed plastic bag.

Clothing and Shoes:

1. If clothing or bedding comes in direct contact with the broken bulb, the clothing or bedding should be thrown away. Do not wash such clothing or bedding because mercury fragments on the clothing or bedding could contaminate your washing machine and pollute sewage.

2. You may wash other clothing (such as the clothing you wore when cleaning up the break), as long as that clothing has not come into direct contact with the glass or powder.

3. Shoes should be wiped off with damp paper towels. Place the paper towels in a glass jar or plastic bag.

Disposal:

*Some states require broken and unbroken mercury-containing bulbs to be taken to a local recycling center and not be placed in a regular trash bin. Make sure to verify the requirements in your area.*

1. Immediately place all the clean-up materials in the trash. Take the trash outdoors.

2. After disposal is completed, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly.

About the Author:
Marcy Tate is a home improvement blogger at Networx.com.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

What are fuses and circuit breakers??


Fuses and Circuit Breakers

Author: Jim Johnson


These days most newer homes a circuit breaker panel. Many older homes may still have the old style fuse panels. In either case, fuses and circuit breakers have the same job of protecting branch circuits from sustained short circuits and overloading. The most common circuit breaker and fuse sizes you're likely to have are 15 amp, 20 amp, 30 amp, and 40 amp. The circuits which supply lights and receptacles in your home are generally protected by 15 amp or 20 amp fuses or circuit breakers. Your stove or range would be protected by a 40 amp breaker while your clothes dryer would have a 30 amp breaker.


In older homes you will find a multitude of outlets all running off of one circuit which results in frequent blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers. Some homeowners think that if they install a larger fuse or circuit breaker their problems will be solved. While this may prevent blown fuses it creates a dangerous overload on the branch circuit wiring. Cables and conductors are rated by how many amps they can safely carry continuously. A #14 cable is rated at 15 amps and a #12 cable is rated 20 amps. If you were put in a 30 amp fuse or circuit breaker you will exceed the safe limits of the cable.


A dangerous situation may occur if a cable carries more current than it's rated for. Large cables, with less resistance, can carry more current than smaller cables, which have more resistance. It's like a garden hose, the larger the diameter the more water it can carry. The smaller the diameter the less water it can carry. When a circuit is overloaded the conductors will start to produce heat which in turn can melt the insulation covering and cause an electrical fire. Rather than installing larger fuses and circuit breakers, do it the right way by breaking up reducing the number of outlets on overloaded circuits.


These days houses are wired much differently with circuit breaker panels housing 32 to 40 branch circuits. The big advantage of circuit breakers is that they can be reset where fuses have only one life. To reset a circuit breaker first turn it all the way off and then you can switch it back to the on position. When a fuse blows you have to replace it. It's a good idea if your home has a fusebox to keep 1 or 2 spares of each size fuse right beside the fuse panel so that you can find them easily when needed. It is highly recommended that you replace your old fuse panel with a circuit breaker panel. A qualified electrician and an electrical permit will be required for this.


When prospective home buyers are interested in your home, or if they hire a home inspector, one of the important areas of concern is the electrical system. An old fuse panel that is overloaded will create a red flag. If you replace your old fuse panel with a circuit breaker panel it will be a big plus when you do decide it's time to sell your home.


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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Electrical Questions Answered



Question:

I am installing under cabinet linear lighting under my kitchen cabinets (power supply is 150W and I am using 12, 10W bulbs. The issue is the low voltage wire is not supposed to go in the walls. My cabinets split at a window and I would like to avoid seeing the wire going around the window on the outside. I bought connectors which change high voltage to the low voltage wire. The store where I bought the product refused to go into specifics about how to install (probably shouldn't have bought it there, but it sounded easy enough). I planned on putting the transformer in the basement and running three high voltage wires to the three areas under the cabinets and using the high to low voltage connectors under the cabinet. I opened the transformer and found two terminals, one for the power in and one for the low voltage wire out. Do I use regularromex to connect to the low voltage side (power out) so I can run it through the floor and through the walls then convert to low voltage wire at the cabinet? Also, the low voltage wire says 10AWG does this mean that I need to use 10 gauge wire and a 30AMP fuse? That seems like overkill. Any help is appreciated.

Thank you Jim

Answer:

In this situation I would run 12-2 from each cabinet section down to the transformer. If you like you could install a 12v in line fuse with this set up but it is not necessary. When the 12-2 come out of the wall you need a under the cabinet terminal splice kit. This is simply an aluminum block of metal that has two set screws connection points. The terminals we use are finished in white plastic. The 12-2 goes in the terminal at the wall the low voltage wire comes out the other side. It all gets finished with a white cover. You should be able to find something like this at a home center or an electrical supply house.

Electrical question answered


QUESTION:

I have a 110V recessed ceilng light that is getting current to the lamp socket (according to a continuity tester, but the bulb will not illuminate when screwed in (and I've tried several, all of which work in other lamp sockets}. I've also screwed in an adapter (with a pull chain and plug sockets) that also gets power (so power must be flowing throuhgh the orignal lamp socket), but fails to light a bulb.

Solutions?

Thanks - Peter
ANSWER:

Hi Peter,

It sounds to me like you are not reading the current with your tester but the voltage. You light is most likely missing its neutral connection. What you are reading is the Hot 120 volt wire. To make a light bulb work you need both the hot wire and the neutral wire. The Hot connection is the small tab at the bottom of the socket. The neutral is the screw or threaded part of the socket. This sounds like a problem that should be addressed by an electrician

Monday, December 14, 2009

Happy Generation 3 Electric Customers - Part 3


I was super pleased to go to the mailbox today and receive this postcard.
This was an entire house rewire we were doing on a house that had recently been given to our client from her grandmother. The electric in this home hadn't been upgraded since she was a little girl and a lot has changed electrically since then. We had scheduled the job for eight days which is pretty standard but since you never know what kinds of things you may run into while doing this type of job we had to add a few more days onto the project. It was really nice to receive this postcard back from the customer to see that she was so pleased with the work done even though it took us a few more days. Happy customers always make us smile!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Center City Proprietors Association


Generation 3 Electric just joint the PPCA. We attended two event so far and have been impressed with the level of leadership this organization brings to Philadelphia.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Miranda likes quotes.

"Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity:  it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all."  --William Faulkner


"Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation and 2% butterscotch ripple."  --Willy Wonka


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Generation 4 training video



Over the Thanksgiving holiday my family got together at my Baby sister's house. I noticed the her new HD TV's picture was being affected by the poor quality of her electrical system. Since I was on holiday I recruited my niece and nephews for this repair. This video shoe how to add a proper TV outlet with surge protection.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Grounding.


Grounding; Knowledge For Your Home Or Business

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Tags: grounding , licensed , electric , electrician , MA , surge , protection , safety , GFI , GFCI , lighting , shock , fire

Grounding; Knowledge for your Home or Business

When speaking about proper grounding in the home or business we are referring to the capability of your system to carry a fault current back to the electrical panel where a fuse or breaker would trip, shutting off the power to that area. There is also the grounding from the main electrical panel to the cold water pipe and a ground rod that is driven outside of the home or business. Both of the above would require a site visit to assure they are done up to code, correct sizing of the wire is a must to assure proper grounding. Not having the proper grounding in your home or business could leave the site without protection from electric shock or fire. Damage to equipment, your home/business, or your person is much greater when proper grounding is not present.

A few common things to look for to assure you’re properly protected with a grounding system in the home or business is the following…

3-prong outlets: Although a test should still be done to assure the grounding wire is connected and working properly; the presence of 3-prong outlets usually means the outlets are grounded. Any 2-prong outlet should be considered suspect. Never use a 2-prong to 3-prong adapter as this bypasses the necessary ground on the equipment. Any appliance or equipment with a 3-prong cord requires a proper ground to assure correct operation.

GFI/GFCI outlets: The presence of a ground fault circuit interrupter outlet is required in the following areas bathrooms, kitchens, garages and outdoor locations. Mainly any damp location requires a GFI/GFCI outlet not a standard outlet. The GFCI outlet has a small test and reset button located on the front of it. The GFCI outlet has an internal circuit that will shut off if it senses any current leakage or unequal incoming and outgoing currents. If you don’t see any outlets like this in the areas discussed it is highly recommended to update the system to include them. Electricity and water is a dangerous combination and without protection is a hazard waiting to happen.

GFCI breakers: The ground fault circuit interrupter breaker is essentially a GFI for an entire wiring circuit. The GFCI breaker is installed in the electrical panel. It monitors the amount of electric current going to and from the circuit itself. It will trip and shut off power to the entire circuit if any problem voltage/current is sensed. The presence of this style of breaker is normally a confirmation that the circuit is being properly grounded.

Surge Protectors are not grounding your equipment: Many people mistake the use of a surge protector as the grounding for your equipment. I have even seen surge protector strips being used in conjunction with a 2-prong to 3-prong adapter to plug it in. Although a point of use Surge Protector is a great thing to have you must still have the proper grounding on that line to properly protect the equipment. If using a point of use surge protector please verify the outlet it’s being plugged into is properly grounded. You can also get a whole house surge protector that would be installed directly at your electrical panel. We highly recommend these products but having one does not assure the grounding in the home is up to code.

The simplest way to verify the condition of your current grounding system is to have a licensed, qualified electrician that is up to date with the local and state codes do an evaluation. Caron Electric provides this service as a free estimate to any consumer in our coverage area. Wiring in the home or business can always be updated to assure you have a proper working grounding system. You can contact us anytime at #800.440.9940 or service@caronelectric.com

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Monday, November 30, 2009

More Happy Customers!



It was great receiving this feedback postcard from this customer from Media, PA. She had had us out over the summer to help her to replace an exterior light post and while we were there she had our tech work up an estimate for some customized lighting in her home. We recently went out and completed the job which included inside cabinet bookcase lighting and it makes us very happy to know she is so pleased.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Come and join us and the PSCA this holiday

We are proud to support PSCA's Holiday stroll through the Neighborhood.This is a fun event in the South Philadelphia/Italian market area of the city. Neighbors open the door of their home to show other residents of Philadelphia what they have done with their homes. Most offer their guest a drink and a snack. All donations go towards supporting the Passyunk Square Civic Association. Please join us.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

We can help you out of the dark.



Here is a picture of John, one of our techs, working in the dark with his LED head lamp strapped to his head. As electrician we often find our selves working in the dark.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Turkyday electric slide???

While doing some internet searching on fun electrical tidbits to keep our readers entertained we came across this video of a family having a good time on Thanksgiving doing the classic 80’s line dance “The Electric Slide”. Remember this gem from your junior high/high school dances or nearly every wedding you attended in the 80’s and 90’s? If not, The Electric Slide was a popular Four Wall Line Dance (meaning the movement will have you facing all 4 walls of a room) choreographed by Ric Silver a couple of decades back. Take a look at these folks:



Also we would like to extend our warmest Thanksgiving greetings to you and yours this holiday!



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This guy was silly.


"If it weren't for electricity, we'd all be watching television by candle light"  --George Gobel

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The difference in Electrical Wires


This video is about electrical wires. It describes common types, configurations of wire, and wire terminology. It explain the gauge system of rating wire size (diameter), circular mils, current capacity, and others.


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I don't get it.

"I compare the Twist to the electric light, The Twist is me, and I'm it. I'm the electric light." --Chubby Checker.




Friday, November 20, 2009

Funny electrician prank




This exactly how our guys work. It really is a shame they don't look so good out of uniform.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The King (elvis) was an electrician!!



  • As a young man, he studied to be an electrician. After graduating from high school, Elvis took a job as a truck driver for Crown Electric Company. He began taking courses to become an electrician. Fortunately for music fans, his music career took off and he was able to leave his vocational studies behind.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

He was funny.


Electricity is really just organized lightning.  --George Carlin

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Nikola Tesla



"Even matter called inorganic, believed to be dead, responds to irritants and gives unmistakable evidence of a living principle within. Everything that exists, organic or inorganic, animated or inert, is susceptible to stimulus from the outside." - Nikola Tesla

Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter



(AFCI)
FACT SHEET
THE AFCI
The “AFCI” is an arc fault circuit
interrupter. AFCIs are newly-developed
electrical devices designed to protect
against fires caused by arcing faults in the
home electrical wiring.

THE FIRE PROBLEM
Annually, over 40,000 fires are attributed
to home electrical wiring. These fires
result in over 350 deaths and over 1,400
injuries each year1. Arcing faults are one
of the major causes of these fires. When
unwanted arcing occurs, it generates high
temperatures that can ignite nearby
combustibles such as wood, paper, and
carpets.
Arcing faults often occur in damaged or
deteriorated wires and cords. Some causes
of damaged and deteriorated wiring include
puncturing of wire insulation from picture
hanging or cable staples, poorly installed
outlets or switches, cords caught in doors
or under furniture, furniture pushed against
plugs in an outlet, natural aging, and cord
exposure to heat vents and sunlight.

The oultet to the left should be a GFCI outlet...Image via WikipediaHOW THE AFCI WORKS
Conventional circuit breakers only respond to overloads and short circuits; so they do not
protect against arcing conditions that produce erratic current flow. An AFCI is selective
so that normal arcs do not cause it to trip.
The AFCI circuitry continuously monitors current flow through the AFCI. AFCIs use
unique current sensing circuitry to discriminate between normal and unwanted arcing
conditions. Once an unwanted arcing condition is detected, the control circuitry in the
1 Ault, Singh, and Smith, “1996 Residential Fire Loss Estimates”, October 1998, U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission, Directorate for Epidemiology and Health Sciences.
AFCI trips the internal contacts, thus de-energizing the circuit and reducing the potential
for a fire to occur. An AFCI should not trip during normal arcing conditions, which can
occur when a switch is opened or a plug is pulled from a receptacle.
Presently, AFCIs are designed into conventional circuit breakers combining traditional
overload and short-circuit protection with arc fault protection. AFCI circuit breakers
(AFCIs) have a test button and look similar to ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
circuit breakers. Some designs combine GFCI and AFCI protection. Additional AFCI
design configurations are anticipated in the near future.
It is important to note that AFCIs are designed to mitigate the effects of arcing faults but
cannot eliminate them completely. In some cases, the initial arc may cause ignition prior
to detection and circuit interruption by the AFCI.
The AFCI circuit breaker serves a dual purpose – not only will it shut off electricity in the
event of an “arcing fault”, but it will also trip when a short circuit or an overload occurs.
The AFCI circuit breaker provides protection for the branch circuit wiring and limited
protection for power cords and extension cords. Single-pole, 15- and 20- ampere AFCI
circuit breakers are presently available.

WHERE AFCIs SHOULD BE USED
The 1999 edition of the National Electrical Code, the model code for electrical wiring
adopted by many local jurisdictions, requires AFCIs for receptacle outlets in bedrooms,
effective January 1, 2002. Although the requirement is limited to only certain circuits in
new residential construction, AFCIs should be considered for added protection in other
circuits and for existing homes as well. Older homes with aging and deteriorating wiring
systems can especially benefit from the added protection of AFCIs. AFCIs should also
be considered whenever adding or upgrading a panel box while using existing branch
circuit conductors.
INSTALLING AFCIs
AFCI circuit breakers should be installed by a qualified electrician. The installer should
follow the instructions accompanying the device and the panel box.
In homes equipped with conventional circuit breakers rather than fuses, an AFCI circuit
breaker may be installed in the panel box in place of the conventional circuit breaker to
add arc protection to a branch circuit. Homes with fuses are limited to receptacle or
portable-type AFCIs, which are expected to be available in the near future, or AFCI
circuit breakers can be added in separate panel boxes next to the fuse panel box.

TESTING AN AFCI
AFCIs should be tested after installation to make sure they are working properly and
protecting the circuit. Subsequently, AFCIs should be tested once a month to make sure
they are working properly and providing protection from fires initiated by arcing faults.
A test button is located on the front of the device. The user should follow the instructions
accompanying the device. If the device does not trip when tested, the AFCI is defective
and should be replaced.

AFCIs vs. GFCIs
The AFCI should not be confused with the GFCI or ground fault circuit interrupter. The
GFCI is designed to protect people from severe or fatal electric shocks while the AFCI
protects against fires caused by arcing faults. The GFCI also can protect against some
electrical fires by detecting arcing and other faults to ground but cannot detect hazardous
across-the-line arcing faults that can cause fires.
A ground fault is an unintentional electric path diverting current to ground. Ground
faults occur when current leaks from a circuit. How the current leaks is very important.
If a person’s body provides a path to ground for this leakage, the person could be injured,
burned, severely shocked, or electrocuted.
The National Electrical Code requires GFCI protection for receptacles located outdoors;
in bathrooms, garages, kitchens, crawl spaces and unfinished basements; and at certain
locations such as near swimming pools. A combination AFCI and GFCI can be used to
satisfy the NEC requirement for GFCI protection only if specifically marked as a
combination device.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

CleanPower from Waves


As the conventional sources of energy are dwindling, scientists are continuously looking for alternative sources of energy. We are frequently reading about generation of alternative and clean energy from unconventional sources. Portugal built Agucadoura, the world’s first wave farm off its coast. This wave farm has three Wave Energy Converters which are producing a total of 2.25MW.
f we can trap the wave power of oceans as a new alternative energy resource most of our energy crisis can be resolved. It is estimated that if we can install these 142m long wave energy converters all over the world’s oceans, 2 terawatts of power can be harnessed — twice the consumption of the entire world. We all know that this kind of alternative energy solution will be quite impractical to implement but we can definitely trap the ocean wave clean powerhouses for small-scale rollout. These types of alternative energy resources can provide the necessary respite for an energy-starved planet.

Currently four cylindrical caterpillar-look-alike converters are being used to harness the wave power. These carbon steel cylindrical wave energy converters are 142m long and weigh 700 ton. They are designed and built by Pelamis Wave Power generating a total of 2.25MW. These wave energy converters produce clean electricity for 1,500 homes at peak hours. The Agucadoura station will open another 25 Pelamis units later on, thus generating 21MW of power. They will save 60,000 tons of CO2 per year compared to a conventional fossil fuel plant. Humankind has realized that ocean waves can prove to be good alternative energy resources.

Each wave converter consists of four articulated sections. When the waves move up and down these four sections move too. At the hinges between sections, hydraulic rams utilize the wave motion to drive generators, producing power. This energy is transported by underwater electrical cable to the Agucadoura substation and fed into the Portuguese national grid.

Electricity 101



About the Lecture

The inimitable Walter Lewin gives a literally hair-raising performance in this MIT Museum lecture/demonstration for learners young and old. He unveils the real meaning behind words and things most of us use everyday without reflecting on what marvels they really represent.

Here are some of the mysteries exhibited, explored, and explained in this talk: How can you make two perfectly normal balloons zoom apart from each other? What happens when you connect a 12-volt light bulb to a 110-volt outlet? If you toss a handful of confetti onto a comb, why does some of it stick and some of it fly away? What’s the best way to make sure your flashlight will work the next time you really need it? (If you guessed putting in new batteries, go to the back of the class.)

Lewin is at his electrifying best when working with children from the audience. He gives a 12-year-old girl the worst hair day of her life, and offers a young boy 10 cents for 10 hours of backbreaking labor. But Lewin reaches a new high (low?) when he repeatedly beats one of his young assistants with a swatch of cat fur. Lewin doesn’t exempt himself from the torture, though: he even makes a serious attempt to electrocute himself with a 150,000-volt Van der Graaf generator.

Lewin indulges the armchair physicist who’s mathematically challenged, by covering all the basics of electricity and magnetism while introducing just one equation. If you’re still undecided, check out some of the unique special effects – sparks, flashes, smashes, and more –pinpointed in the Video Index. Keep watching, and you will find out why Walter Lewin was recently honored with MIT’s Everett Moore Baker Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

With the addition of this video to MIT World, Lewin has a total of 100 lectures available on line--94 at OpenCourseWare and 6 at MIT World.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Shockinly Fun Triva


Just for fun we built an app for our facebook page that is a pop trivia challenge. It is all focused around movies, music and general popular culture.

I want to invite you to come and take the quiz

Shockingly Fun Trivia

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pickles the new light bulb???

We have all seen High Pressure Sodium lights. They are normally the orange colored lights that use for security in commercial application and street lights. The same sodium that get excited in that type of light is all so found in you common kosher pickle. When electricity pass across sodium the atoms discharges an orange light. The works in a light fixture and it also works in the pickle in this video.
Please not the steam coming from the pickle. That same steam could come off of you if you were to do this experiment yourself. This is not something you should do at home.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Electricity without wires????




This is a great video to watch. Eric Giler showcases Wireless Technology at TED Conference July 2009. My desk and entertainment center will look so much better when this technology gets developed.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Child safe outlet.

2400 children under 10 a year are hospitalized for tampering with outlets. Outlets with "child-proof caps" are not proven safe, because children can easily remove the caps and stick something into the outlet. The best solution: TAMPER RESISTANT OUTLETS. These outlets are different from regular outlets because you actually have to put both prongs of a plug in at the same time for the outlet to create electricity. This means that if your child sticks a fork in one side of the outlet, there will be no shock. As of January 1, 2008, all new homes are required by the National Electric Code to contain only these types of outlets. They are a quick and easy upgrade for your older home, simply call your local electrician to come over and replace your old outlets with new, safer receptacles.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Lighting Ideas Just For Your Bathroom

An American bathroom of a freshly renovated ho...Image via Wikipedia

Lighting Ideas Just For Your Bathroom

Author: Kimberly Quang
Believe it or not, your bathroom lighting ideas can earn you a reputation for exquisite designing skills with your family and friends. Creating serenity, comfort, and aesthetics is easy once you learn the basic ideas of bathroom lighting and how to combine individual lighting pieces into impressive decorative schemes. By coordinating atmosphere, functionality, and highlighting, your bathroom lighting ideas will become the decorative talk of the town when your guests notice how much the one room that everyone visits stands out in your home.



Before making your next purchase, take time to consider the overall atmosphere you wish to create. Decide how your bathroom should feel; then visualize ideas for bathroom lighting that will create the desired tone. Do you want to emphasize coziness or spaciousness? Do you want to stress comfort, relaxation, or utility? Residential Landscape and Lighting has products for all sensibilities. For serenity, consider the ambience of a low voltage mini pendant lamp in the center of the ceiling. If you want to create a sense of greater space, try one of our newer models with multiple, cascading bulbs. Or, try one of the newest trends in bathroom lighting ideas by hanging a chandelier. We have a great variety of models and shade designs to create the perfect centerpiece.



Another key to developing superior ideas for bathroom lighting is functionality. A dark shower area or poorly lit vanity can bring a sense of heaviness or depression to the room. Change it to a feeling of joy by adding a vanity light above the mirror. Residential Landscape and Lighting has models to represent every bathroom lighting idea imaginable. Our selection ranges from our simple and efficient three light vanities to the classic European look of our Aracruz models. In addition to vanity lighting, there is an impressive array of recessed lights for illuminating all types of showers and bathtubs. These lights provide strong, clear illumination without the obtrusiveness of overhead fixtures. Lighting ideas for bathroom showers find excellent expression in this less-is-more approach.



Finally, top off your bright ideas for bathroom lighting with some original highlighting choices that are out of this world. There are two ways you can accomplish this. One approach is to install lights that feature such exquisite design work that they function as decorations in and of themselves. Another approach is to richly decorate your bathroom with prints, photography, or fine wallpaper and use art lighting to highlight your decorum. We can accommodate either one of these ideas for lighting the bathroom with a number of selections that will enhance your favorite print, bring out the colors of your wallpaper, or showcase a unique aesthetic piece as a stand-alone.



Of course, no design for bathroom lighting can neglect the shower. Both as a safety feature and an aesthetic key element to your bathroom lighting design, the shower light needs to clearly illuminate your bathtub and all bath accessories. Stay consistent with what you have already established in your bathroom lighting design by placing a low voltage recessed light or frosted glass domed light with reflector above the shower.



The good news is: coming up with new ideas for bathroom lighting design is not as hard as you think. Nor is it difficult to find the products once you have visualized the outcome.
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Friday, October 30, 2009

Top Causes of Home Electrical Fires


When was the last time you had to reset a circuit breaker in your house? Is your home more than twenty years old? Have you recently bought a home? Are you planning to purchase a major appliance? Now may be a good time to upgrade your home electrical system!

For homeowners, it's not just a matter of convenience-there are significant safety issues. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), each year home electrical fires claim the lives of 485 Americans and injure 2,305 more. Home electrical problems account for 67,800 fires and $868 million in property losses.

Fires can be caused by electrical system failures, appliance defects, incorrectly installed wiring, misuse and poor maintenance of electrical appliances, and overloaded circuits and extension cords.

Top Causes of Home Electrical Fires

1. Inadequate electrical capacity. Today's homes have an increasing number of devices that consume electricity including clothes dryers, water heaters, electric ranges and ovens, frost-free refrigerators, dishwashers, even media centers. In warm climates, air conditioning is a major power drain.

As you add appliances to your home, the power supply may become inadequate. Anytime you add a major appliance you should have your electrical system checked by a qualified professional. Don't ignore warning signs like fuses or circuit breakers tripping or lights dimming!

Here are the primary causes of inadequate power in your home:

• Overloaded circuits
• Limited service panel capacity
• Insufficient number of outlets
• Overtaxed transformer
• Inadequate feeder lines

Adding receptacles (or even worse, using extension cords) does not increase the available power. If you find that you are plugging in multiple appliances into one outlet, you need to increase the power supply directly from the distribution panel.

2. Obsolete equipment or electrical systems. Thirty years ago, domestic power use was much less, even in warm climates. The average new home required 60-amp electrical service, which was connected to a screw-in fuse panel with two fuse blocks.

Ten years later the average home required 100-amp electrical service and circuit breakers had become standard equipment.

Today, the average new home is equipped with 200-amp electrical service and a distribution panel handling up to 40 fifteen-amp circuit breakers. The kitchen may be equipped with receptacles capable of supplying more than 60 amps to the countertop appliances alone. The air conditioning or HVAC system may take more power than an entire home did 30 years ago.

If your home is even twenty years old, chances are it needs to be upgraded! The thirty-year-old distribution panel in your basement or garage the one with the screw-in fuses are almost certainly a fire hazard. Why? Over time, the contacts deteriorate. The point of contact between the buss bar and the base of the fuse oxidizes or charcoals. As current flows, increased heat is generated, leading to failure or fire. In California, if a home is equipped with an electrical distribution panel that uses screw-in fuses, many insurance companies will not renew homeowner insurance.

When you upgrade your home's electric systems, you'll rest easy knowing that you have greatly reduced the chance of a devastating fire.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Recycling Has cut our trash by 2/3

This is Terry "The Metal Man". I met him 5 years ago cleaning out a construction site. He is one of the nice demo and recyclers I have ever met. He stops by our shop once every week or two and picks up all the metal that we take off our jobs. Before we started to work with Terry all of the metal use to find it'e way to the land fill. What a waste. Recycling does take some extra time but it really is worth the effort. About one third of the trash we use to produce was recyclable metal bits and pieces.
If you look in the back of you shop you will also see a blue dumpster with an AW painted on it. That is our Allied Waste dumpster that we use for all the cardboard and paper waste that comes from packaging and the office. That dumpster recycled about another one third of the waste that use to go into the land fill.
I never though that we could lower the amount of waste we produce that such a large amount. Now that I'm doing it I'm really proud of the results.
Terry "The Metal Man" gives his phone number in the video. I would recommend for any demo or metal pick up type of work. He is strong as an ox. He once picked up a piece of macherinary with one hand thad that Chad and I could barley budge. I would trust him with keys to my home.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

2009 Fire Precention week- Electrical safety.




Thai video is from the NFPA. When ever anyone is talking about the "Code" they normally are referring to the NFPA. There are lots of other codes. Some are made by individual township. Other have to do with general building code. The NFPA is concidered by most inspector as the standard when it comes to electrical safety. I have included a their self description below.

About NFPA

NFPA headquarters
NFPA
1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, Massachusetts
USA 02169-7471

Tel: +1 617 770-3000

Sales/Member Services
+1 800 344-3555 or
+1 617 770-3000

Fax: +1 617 770-0700

The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

The world's leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.

NFPA membership totals over 75,000 individuals around the world and more than 80 national trade and professional organizations.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Energy Saving Tips Using Your Thermostat



Energy Saving Tips Using Your Thermostat
By Ruthan Brodsky



Twenty years ago thermostats were turned up and down for comfort levels with absolutely no thought to saving energy. In fact, the wars over the thermostat are legendary in most families. There is usually one spouse who wants the house over 72 degrees and the other who wants the temperature at least 68.


Today amnesty has been declared! Energy efficient homes and saving money now take precedent regarding where to set the thermostat.


Finding and setting the right temperature is the first goal. The general recommendation is to set the heat at 68 F degrees and at 76 F degrees in the summer. Any time you can either move this number up or down two degrees will give you a substantial cost savings.


For example, if you have your thermostat set at 70 F degrees in the winter and feel comfortable walking around in a short sleeve shirt, you may want to turn the temperature down two degrees and wear a long sleeve shirt and a fleece vest. Setting the air condition at 76 F degrees and turning on the fan is enough to pull out the humidity in the air and keeping it at that level will save energy because the air conditioner will not have to turn on and off.


One quick energy saving tip to keep in mind is that if you are not going to be home for a period of time, whether it is visiting family, taking a vacation, or going to a business trip, Turn you thermostat down in the winter to at least 65-62 F degrees. As long as your furnace is working your pipes will not freeze. If you are leaving during the summer months turn your thermostat to 78. If you live in a climate where there are a lot of insects, keep the air circulating by keeping on the fan.


Programmable Thermostats


If you are serious about saving energy and money your very best decision is to invest in programmable thermostats. They are not too expensive selling at just a bit more than a standard model. However, they can save you money.


For instance, they work the same as other thermostats. When your home temperature changes so much that the furnace or air conditioner needs to kick in, they do the work. However, you can program them to turn on before you come home from work. If you are gone most of the day and there is no one at home, why would you want to keep the furnace blasting all day? If the period of time that you are gone is longer than a couple of hours, these programmable thermostats are a blessing.


You simply set the time in which you will be home and at that time they will kick on. Better models can be programmed for various days of the week such as Saturday when you may be home all day. When the time comes to turn on, they turn on by themselves and get your home at the right temperature.


You can also program them for different temperatures at night when you are sleeping. By raising the temperature in your home during the summer a couple of degrees, or lowering it a couple of degrees in the winter, you are saving a great deal of energy and lowering the cost of your utility bills.


I invite you to find more information on successful approaches to energy efficiency by claiming your free report on green living at http://www.greenlivingforboomers.com



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Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detectors!


Earlier this week I took a call from a customer who had had us out earlier this year to install a smoke alarm system for their home. This is a pretty common thing that we do and when our tech's went out to do the install they also installed a carbon monoxide detector with the system since the client did not already have one. When the client went to use their gas fireplace for the first time this year the smoke alarm system began to sound even though there was no smoke present. We dispatched our techs out to take a look at the system to make sure that the system had been wired properly or to find out if it was just malfunctioning. After numerous tests it was determined that there was nothing wrong with the system and that it was the carbon monoxide detector that was setting the system off.

There is no way to determine the presence of carbon monoxide in your home without a carbon monoxide detector because it is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that is very toxic to humans. Carbon monoxide results from the combustion of organic matter with an insufficient oxygen supply and is often produced in domestic or industrial settings by motor vehicles and other gas-powered tools, heaters, and cooking equipment. Symptoms of mild acute poisoning include headaches, vertigo, and flu-like effects; larger exposures can lead to significant toxicity of the central nervous system and heart, and even death. Had this family not decided to have the carbon monoxide detector installed with the smoke alarm system the results could have been catastrophic.

For more information about carbon monoxide poisoning you can visit the the Environmental Protection Agency's website at: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/coftsht.html

To schedule an appointment to get a free estimate on having a smoke alarm/carbon monoxide system installed in your home to help protect your family give us a call in the office at 215-512-4102

Tracy
Generation 3 Electric
CRS "Offensive Coordination"

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Another happy customer!


We absolutely love getting happy feedback from our customers and this postcard made us all smile :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Generation 3 electric's dog

Ever wonder who was that dog on our thank you cards, safety stickers and other hand out? That is MR. D.O.G. or Oggi for short. He is the official mascot of Generation 3 Electric. Sometime you may hear him in the back ground getting into trouble when you call into the office. Oggi wants all the attention.

Michael's Jackson


This is post is for Grace (She posted a comment Friday). I told Michael that you were asking about his baby. He was happy to know that you were thinking of him. He sent me over this pic of baby Jackson in his Phillies out fit. The pic with the Michael's jackson hang in our front office. It was decorated by Marande and Tracy with gloves and the ZZZZ's. Wend Mike would come in after the baby was first born he looked exhausted. Jackson was not a sleeper. We would tease him and tell him Jackson was sleeping now so he would be well rested for Mike's return.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Electrical Safety


Here is a vidio of a new way to keep your home safe from electrical fires. This device is an arc fault breaker. No home has ever cought fire when the electric circuits were protected with one of these breakers.

Protect Your Family From Summer Electrical Fires @ Yahoo! Video

Friday, October 16, 2009

Happy Customers!


We recently installed some recessed lighting for this lovely lady in the East Passyunk section of South Philadelphia.

Happy customers make us smile! It's what we strive for.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The electrician

ReadySolar Brochure

We are pleased to share with you the NEW ReadySolar brochure.
Click on an image to read the full page of the brochure.
If you have any questions regarding this or would like more information on having a ReadySolar panel system installed please give us a call in the office!