Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Seasons Greetings Gen3 Style!

Bill & Debbie Lutz Christmas Tree


BEING A ELECTRICIAN MEANS YOU DON'T SETTLE FOR 
A CHRISTMAS TREE WITH REGULAR ORDINARY LIGHTING
NO IT MEANS....
YOU GET THE CHRISTMAS TREE WITH EXTRAORDINARY LIGHTING...



with dimmers Illuminating the room


YES... BILL AND DEBBIE LUTZ HAVE DIMMER CONTROLLED 
LIGHTS...

AND AS YOU SEE OGGI IS ENJOYING THE LIGHTING 
ALONG WITH HIS FAVORITE TV SHOW ,
JUST ANOTHER INCENTIVE OF BEING 
THE BEST ELECTRICIAN
IN PHILADELPHIA! 

GEN3 WOULD LIKE TO WISH EVERYONE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

HOLIDAY PREPARATIONS

The holiday season is in full effect, As people prepare their homes for the holiday festivities the family gathering, dinner hosting and all the things that makes the holiday's all worth enjoying, we understand the need for that last minute repair, install or upgrade. So we here at generation 3 electric have a team of licensed and insured electricians ready to assist you, we will be working on Christmas Eve, that's rite we will be here December 24th 2012 ready to make your home all the more enjoyable, so whether its a light install or you need that last minute minor or major repair we are here and awaiting your call 





Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Receptacle Safety Awareness

RECEPTACLE (OUTLET) SAFETY


One of these receptacle's can save your child's life...
One of these receptacle's can kill your child ...
Do you know the difference???

It is reported that 24,000 children a year are treated in hospital's for shock and burns from electrical outlets...

Generation 3 Electric wants to lower that number by increasing awareness to home owners and parents so they know the hazards associated with receptacle's... 

DO YOU HAVE SMALL CHILDREN?
DO YOU HAVE TAMPER-RESISTANT RECEPTACLES?

WHY NOT??

Call us today to schedule a inspection!



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Exciting Lighting with Generation 3 Electric


Generation 3 Electric is always looking for new and exciting lighting for our customers, We understand and appreciate the individuality of  our customers, So we aim to always have a wide variety of lighting choices to accommodate everyone's unique choice of style. So! we took at trip to Kay Lighting & Design to see what we could come up with...

Kay Lighting & Design

Kay Lighting has lots of unique stylish lighting options, anything from outdoor lighting to Chandeliers they have so many different styles to choose from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


Outdoor lighting is very popular this time of year and we understand outdoor lighting is just as important as lighting the inside of your home, so we had to check out what new and unique outdoor lighting options we could offer our customers, and we are very pleased with what we came up with...



Accent lights are often used to brighten up a area or just as design to add more style to a area, here you see accent lighting being used to brighten up this counter top...


Here we have some light fixtures...
Light fixtures are the perfect way to bring a little pizzazz to any room, try hanging 1 on both sides of your bed above night stands or maybe on the entrance way from living room to dining room, we have seen so many different ways to work with light fixtures, so when your ready to make additions or upgrades call us so we can explore options based on your choice of style...

Generation 3 Electric says "You satisfaction is our reputation" So we are always looking to meet the electrical needs of each and every customer so that your happiness is guaranteed!!! 


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Track Lighting By Generation 3 Electric

Michel Summers track lighting




Here Michel is finishing up a track lighting installation, this is a great lighting option for those who have concrete ceilings, but tract lighting goes great in any room in any home, track lighting has many different styles, shapes and sizes and it is less invasive to install than recess lighting.



This style of track lighting is called "Monorail" its like having art work on your ceiling it comes in many different sizes, shapes, colors and styles, It is a great way to add additional lighting and accents to any room, they can cover a larger area by adding more rails or a smaller area by just adding a few here is a link to check out some Track lighting options we are sure you will see something you like...


MONORAIL

This Monorail was installed into a kitchen, the customers where looking to add lighting but also wanted something with style, and the finish is awesome...

Lighting Upgrades

This photo shows the mild damage done to the ceiling after installing recess lighting to one of our satisfied customers of south Philadelphia's home last week. We know sometimes we have homeowners who wants to make those additions or upgrades to their home's but worry about the extent of the damages associated with such work, Well Generation 3 Electric would like to ease your worries, and show you real pics taken on the work site last week, and as you can see very minimal damage means very minimal clean up and repair left for you to do...

Upside down Ceiling  pic after 1st coat

We take pride in leaving each work site in the best shape possible, after working in your ceilings/walls we provide the bottom coat, meaning we close the opening leaving the 1st coat, so the home owner is only left to do minimal repair witch is normally as simple as adding just one more coat of Spackle and paint, tho in some cases such as in a full home rewire the damage may be more extensive witch the home owner will be aware of before the work begins, Our techs remove all trash as well so when your upgrade or addition is complete your left to enjoy it as much as possible.


So when considering adding lighting to your living room, leave the worries to us, we guarantee we will find the less invasive way to accommodate your needs, and will discuss every point of the job with you at time of consult, we remove all trash, taking to be recycled and we always keep in mind that your satisfaction is our reputation.



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Turkey Day



GENERATION 3 ELECTRIC WOULD LIKE TO WISH EVERYONE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DUMB WAY'S TO DIE

DUMB WAYS TO DIE


Verse 1 
Set fire to your hair
Poke a stick at a grizzly bear
Eat medicine that's out of date
Use your private parts as  piranha bait
DUMB WAYS TO DIE SO MANY DUMB WAYS TO DIE

Verse 2
Get your toast out with a fork
Do your own electrical work
Teach yourself how to fly
Eat a 2 week old un-refrigerated pie
Let a psycho killer inside 
scratch a drug dealers brand new ride 
Take your helmet off in outer space
DUMB WAYS TO DIE SO MANY DUMB WAYS TO DIE 

Verse 3
Keep a rattle snake as a pet
Sell both your kidney on the internet 
Eat a tube of super glue
or "I wonder what this red button will do" 
Dress up like a Moose during hunting season
Disturb a nest of wasp for no reason
Stand on the edge of a train station platform 
Drive around the boom gates at a level crossing
Run around the tracks between the platforms
They may not rhyme but they're quite possibly...
Dumbest ways to die
So many dumb ways to 
Die ie-ie

This is a public service announcement for train and rail saftey                  And in verse 2, line 2, it clearly states a dumb way to die is to        "Do Your Own Electrical Work" 

Generation 3 Electric urges you to
Leave the electrical work to the professionals
Every year thousands of electrical related deaths are reported usually due to a unlicensed un-knowledgeable person working on his/her own electrical work resulting in electrical fires or even shock death, so it is very important to leave it to a licensed Electrician...










Monday, November 19, 2012

Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor Lighting Done  By Generation 3 Electric In   Haverford


Rebecca Williams, one of our satisfied customers sent us in a picture of her outdoor lighting so that we can see the night time effects, and the outcome is magnificent, We collectively came up with the perfect lighting idea's so now with a few landscape lights this home is out of the dark...






Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Don't Fall Victim to Electrical Fire

It is reported that December and January are the most dangerous months for electrical fires. In the winter months, witch requires more indoor activities and the increase of the use of heating, lighting and other household appliances can be the main reason.

In older houses we see electrical fires that are caused because breakers that should be triggered when circuits get overloaded with electricity, fail to do so, In most cases outdated breaker boxes often have worn connectors that do not work, allowing the system to overload and start an electrical fire.



Outdated wiring can also be the cause of an electrical fire, typically if a home is over 20 years old and has not updated from the original wiring, it may lack the wiring capacity to handle the amount of electricity needed to run today's appliances in the average home today, 20 years ago we did not have homes that ran things like Flat screen t.v, computers, multiple air conditioners/electric heaters, microwaves etc.    

And people may not know this but something as minor as a light fixture, lamp or even a light bulb can spark a electrical fire, installing a bulb with wattage that is too high for the lamp or light fixture is the Leading cause of an electrical fire. It is important to pay close attention to those things, so when purchasing a bulb for a fixture be sure to stay within the recommended wattage. 

We know you can never be to sure if your not an Licensed Electrician so here are a few tips for your safety...

  •   Electrical work should be done only by a Licensed Electrician and you should call one if you have any of the following issues 
  1. Constantly tripping breakers
  2. Recurring issues with Fuses being blown
  3. Discolored or warm outlets
  4. A burning smell or rubbery odor coming from appliances 
  5. Flickering lights
  6. Sparks from wall outlet, fixtures, or switches
  • Extension Cords  are temporary, have a licensed electrician determine if additional outlets are needed
  • If 3 prongs are required to run an appliance , only use a 3-slot outlet, never force to fit into a 2-slot outlet 
  • Use only surge protectors or power strips that have internal overload protection 
  • Keep flammable items away from space heaters 

And people may not know this but something as minor as a light fixture, lamps or even a light bulb can spark a electrical fire, installing a bulb with wattage that is too high for the lamp or light fixture is the Leading cause of an electrical fire. It is important to pay close attention to those things, so when purchasing a bulb for a fixture be sure to stay within the recommended wattage. 



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Working Hard To Avoid Storm Damage And Power Failures

Every year we face that season we refer to as "storm season", and for some it can bring on unwanted stress. A storm can damage your homes electrical system in a number of ways, and their is only way to avoid storm damage and that is to have your home's electrical system inspected by a licensed Electrician. A licensed Electrician can identify what can be hazardous or faulty in the event of a storm and also give you cost effective options to avoid any severe damage or power outage, Many times we see damages that could of been avoided with proper preparation. Generation 3 Electric says the only way to be prepared is to be aware. 


High winds and excessive rain, hail or snow can turn a minor electrical issue into a major problem, here are a few of the most common electrical issues due to storms...
 
  • Flooded electrical circuits
  • Partial Power outage (not due to PECO)
  • Loose outdoor cables  
  • Damaged outdoor wiring  



 




















When the Licensed Electrician evaluates your electrical system he will pay close attention to the outdoor wiring and cables that provide electricity to your home, Outdoor wiring stands front line with storms so it is very important to be sure those wires/cables can hold up thru the storm months. And some home owners may not know that all the outdoor wiring is not the responsibility of PECO to repair in the event of damage. Safety is also a very important issue, some homes with older wiring we refer to as "Knob & Tube" has issues that cannot simply be repaired if damaged, due to outdated wiring so that would mean a total rewire, So Generation 3 Electric urges you to be prepared this winter,  have your home inspected so that you are  aware of your homes electrical systems to avoid some problems in the future.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Gen3 Goes to the Dogs for PAWS

The Generation 3 Electric team showed their support for the four-legged members of the Philadelphia community November 3rd joining dogs and dog lovers alike at FDR park for the annual PAWS Mutt Strut!
PAWS is Philadelphia’s largest no-kill shelter. With their numerous adoption locations, special events, and foster care programs, PAWS helps find homes for thousands of animals every year! They also offer a low-cost spay and neuter program as well as a low-cost clinic to assist owners who are unable to afford basic veterinary care. To learn more about PAWS visit their website http://www.phillypaws.org/default.asp



The 6th annual Mutt Strut brought dogs and their humans together for a 1.5 mile scenic walk in the park to help raise funds and awareness for the PAWS foundation. Gen3 is a proud sponsor of PAWS and spent the day at the park “strutting” their stuff as well offering some great electrical and lighting tips to the two-legged guests.

Even Oggi came out to show his support for his fellow dogs! Oggi, the Gen3 mascot, makes sure their electricians are regularly “trained”, certified, and current on all electrical standards. He doesn’t let the Gen3 team forget to pay attention to their customer’s expectations, like respecting the customer’s home by cleaning up after themselves.

The Mutt Strut was a big success! PAWS raised roughly $95,000 with help from all of its sponsors, volunteers, and those who donated to the cause.  Philadelphia’s animals greatly appreciate the hard work from all who participated. Great job everyone!








Friday, November 9, 2012

Home Utility Wires & Equipment: PECO versus Homeowner's Responsibility

Hurricane Sandy left many Philadelphians without power as she swept through the east coast last week. Her damaging winds loosened wires and even downed trees causing utility poles to collapse, which left many areas without power for several days. PECO reported that 850,000 customers experienced service problems due to the storm. 
Photo Source: Examiner.com (www.examiner.com/article/hurricane-sandy-put-philadelphia-s-landscape-out-on-a-limb)
 
 As PECO worked hard to repair the damaged fixtures and restore power to the area, homeowners should have been assessing their own home cables as well.

Many homeowners may be unaware of which cables, outside their home, is their responsibility to maintain. Due to the damages to power lines from hurricane Sandy, Generation 3 Electric wants to remind everyone exactly where their homeowner responsibility lies when it comes to their home’s utility wires.
 

What is PECO responsible for? 
The electric service wires from the pole up to the point where the main power line connects with the home power line at the weather head. And, ONLY the meter clock itself.

Diagram Source: National Grid (www.nationalgridus.com/niagaramohawk/storm/recover_responsibility.asp)
 
What is the homeowner responsible for? 
The electrical service entrance which includes:
    - Weatherhead
    - Electric service entrance cable
    - Meter base (not the clock)

Diagram Source: National Grid (www.nationalgridus.com/niagaramohawk/storm/recover_responsibility.asp)
These electrical service entrance utility components are the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain, not PECO. Be aware also, it is not unusual for PECO to disconnect power to a home if the electrical wiring is deemed dangerous. To avoid this scenario make sure to repair old or broken cables and wiring before PECO is called. Having any damage repaired sooner rather than later will save you a lot of hassle and money in the long run!