Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wall mounted space heater

A room about 10 ft long by 13ft wide (130 square feet) with average insulation. Our 450 watt envi heater has been specifically designed to heat an average room measuring 130 square feet in floor area, to between 68 and 72 degrees, even in the coldest parts of the country. In rooms that have one or more of the following conditions: inferior insulation, many windows, staircases leading upwards, adjoining rooms that cannot be closed off (open plan) or outside entrances - this ratio may have to be lowered slightly. For rooms with above average insulation or warmer climates this ratio might be able to be increased. You can add as many heaters as you like to heat any size room, home or office. For rooms with no insulation or for rooms such as sunrooms with entire walls made of glass we recommend a ratio of one 450 watt heater per 50-70 square feet of floor area.

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New wall mounted space heaters 400 watts 3 Amps

Mike J

Mike J doing a great job out in Northeast Philadelphia.

Add new gfci outlet on outside of house for Christmas lights.

This is a new GFCI outlet with an all weather bubble cover that Todd installed so that our client can decorate for the holidays. The plastic cove wraps around the plugs so that the lights can stay plugged in even if it rains

Monday, November 29, 2010

The classic holagen bulb

This is the traditional lamp that was use in wall washes. It gives off a great warm light with a good beam spread. The light is completely dimmable and turn instantly. Unfortunately they are a huge energy hug and will no longer be manufactured in 2012.

CFL Light in wall wash fixture

This is the old option for an energy efficient light bulb. It is a Compact fluorescent lamp(CLF) designed to fit into a wall wash recessed light. It less energy then the traditional halogen that are normally seen in these types of fixtures. This type of light is not of a high quality for this application. The beam doesn't throw far down the wall. It can't dim fully. The color is not full spectrum. They are still a good option as utility lights.

LED light in wall wash fixture

This is a new LED light designed to fit into a wall wash fixture. It has a much better light quality then the CFL. The beam spread is only slightly narrower then a halogen lamp. The beam does cast a longer distance then both the CLF and the Halogen lamps. The bulb color is also very good. It tends to be more of a cool white.

CLF , LED , Halogen lamps

What is the difference in light bulbs

Here is an example of the three most common light bulb choices out there for your 6 inch recessed lights. The recessed lights are fitter with wall washer trims and are designed to  flood the walls with light. Washing the walls with light is a technique that makes a room feel larger and brighter. 

1)  Left - EcoSmart 16-Watt (65W) Daylight R30 CFL Light Bulb. ($7-$10) 

2) Middle -EcoSmart PAR30 15-Watt (60W) LED Flood Light Bulb (E)* ($40-$60)

3) Right- Standard R30 Halogen 65watt bulb

The standard R30 will no longer be manufactures in 2012 because of it's large consumption of energy. For that reason we should focus on the other two options. The CFL is has been the main bulb replacing the halogen bulb for client who were energy conscience.  As you can see it doesn't cast the quality of light that we get out of the old halogen lights. The light beam doesn't cast as far and the edgers are not as crisp. The reason for is that fluorescent bulbs are not a directional light source. The bulb glows in all directions and most of the lumens are wasted inside the fixture. The lighting color is closer to the halogen spectrum. It does cast a warmer glow that does  better match the tone of the halogen but there is still a small amount of flicker produced by the florescent bulb. The CLE is dimmable but only to 20% and with even more flicker at lower levels. There is always the mercury to worry about in the CFL. It is only a pencil tips worth of it but still of it. That is less the the amount produced by power plant produce to supply the power for the halogen bulbs but this mercury is in your home and not some far off power plant.

The LED does produce a better stream of light. The bulb is naturally directional. It does not have the same spread of your halogen light. There is a more stark difference between what is in light and what is not light. The color is on the colder side. This can be good depending on the effect you are trying to obtain. The LED is almost completely dimmable. LEDs are still a new technology.  It should not be too long until we see prices come down and light qualities may even surpass the old Halogens
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Looking up lighting

Todd is making some call to find a client the perfect lights.

4 inch recessed light trim

This is a basic 4 inch recessed light trim with a gimleted ring. Good for aiming light at wall and accenting art.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Oggi sparks the company mascot as so works quality control. Here he is out watching Mike and Stan install a new line for a Hot Tube.

Friday, November 19, 2010


This is a good over view of a service panel. I think this guy is from out west. We use slightly different equipment out here on the east cost. Or at least in the Philadelphia area.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wiring Philadelphia | What is Knob Tube and Why Do You Need to Replace It?

By: Oggi Sparks

Electrical wiring is very much a part of any home. They are as vital as the foundation of your house because they are the structures for all your electrical needs. Knob tube or Knob and tube wiring became a popular home wiring option back in the 1930s.

What is knob tube wiring?

As much as its name suggests, this wiring system uses the conveniences of knobs and tubes to place electrical wires in certain parts of the house. The knob tubes are generally made of ceramic to really serve the purpose. Knobs act as the main holder of wires while the tubes are the support. As improvement went on, there came designs wherein the knob is used as the main and supporting holders of the wires.

This type of wiring has been phased out mainly because of the major improvements that came with technology. However, this does not mean that it did not bring in advantages. It has its own sets of benefits, too.

One good thing about opting for knob tube wiring before is that the heat from the wires is dissipated into wide, free air. This prevents the conduction of heat to other parts that might cause fire. It is also obvious that knob tube wiring is less expensive. This is one of the main reasons why it became so popular.

Why should you replace your knob tube wiring?

Since this wiring option is old, working on such a project would make you look like a beginner. Aside from these, here are some bad points that you should be aware of.

>wires are prone to damage

Since the electric wires are uncovered, you place them on risks of damages. Of course, you would know that this is risky because it can be a cause of fire. Damaged wires can also shut out your whole electricity system.

>different usage

Knob tube wiring was designed without considering the varying usage patterns that most homes require today. To put it on a technical perspective, knob tube wiring was used for simple and basic electricity needs. It is not capable of supporting the varying electrical usage that happens nowadays.

>no insurance coverage

Most insurance companies do not approve insurance coverage for houses that still use these old wiring systems. It is because they perceive the basic wiring system as unsafe and very risky in terms of electricity usage in these times.

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