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...


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


Tuesday, November 20, 2012



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

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

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

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. 
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 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 (
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 (
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!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Keeping warm with Base Board Heating

As the winter months approach we have a high 
demand for installation of "Baseboard  Heaters". Baseboard heaters are designed to heat an entire room from the floor up, by warming the immediate air surrounding it causing it to rise forcing the cold air to fall to be heated. This exchange process forms the perfect device to spread heat throughout an entire room. Baseboard heaters typically are 500-1,500 watts of power, covering 50-300 square feet, and depending on your choice of baseboard heater your baseboard heater can also be very energy efficient. Generation 3 Electric knows purchasing the perfect baseboard heater fit for you can be confusing so we are always available to select & install the perfect baseboard heater.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Generation 3 Electric says VOTE

Today is a very important day for America, Generation 3 Electric respects your rite to vote and encourages our community to stand and be heard, your vote is your voice and Generation 3 Electric says  Be Heard...                                                                                                                                                                                       


Monday, November 5, 2012

Satisfaction Guarantee

Generation 3 Electric customer Satisfaction surveys
 Everyday our team of Licensed Electricians provide electrifying service throughout the Philadelphia area,
 Our goal is to leave every customer satisfied with a sense of  security knowing that G3E electricians stands 
behind quality, Everyday we provide customers with an opportunity to give feed back on their experience 
with our technicians and rate the quality of the service Generation 3 Electric provided,
And everyday we receive nothing but the best reviews, Your satisfaction as a consumer is our reputation as "Best In Philly".So this Winter when you need to have those Christmas lights or that chandelier hung, or maybe lighting upgrades no matter what the electrical need is remember

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Giving Back to the Community

With the recent events of Hurricane Sandy still affecting many areas on the east coast it is important to take a moment and remember the significance of community and neighborhood support.  Not only does it connect people with their neighbors and the area that they live in but, it also provides security and structure especially in times of need. 

Those at Generation 3 Electric understand the necessity of staying active in the community! Building relationships and helping maintain neighborhood safety and cleanliness are just a few steps that help create a quality community for all. 

PSCA Annual Children’s Halloween Party
Community member is action Oct 21st, 2012
On October 21 the Passyunk Square Civic Association held its annual Children’s Halloween Party at Gold Star Park. This event was free to the community and offered lots of great Halloween activities for the younger members of the neighborhood. The Gen 3 team donated goodie bags for the cause!  Inside the bags were tasty Halloween treats and a fun coloring book featuring some electrical safety tips.  Gen 3 knows how important it is to educate children on electrical safety and this was the perfect way to spread the message while participating in a fun local event!

PSCA Fall Clean-Up Day 
Bill Lutz supports PSCA fall clean up dayThe Passyunk Square Civic Association also gathered up neighbors and helping hands for its Fall Clean-Up Day this past Saturday, October 27th.  Just in time to clean up before Sandy made her visit, the community worked together to clear the streets of trash and debris.  Gen 3 was on site supporting the clean-up efforts as well! Not only are they the first to call with all of your electrical needs but, they also make pretty decent street cleaners too. Just look how effortlessly Bill handles that broom! Bill Lutz, owner of Gen 3, had a great time helping with the clean-up efforts. Everyone at Gen 3 knows that giving a little back to the community will help keep the neighborhood thriving with happy residents and businesses alike.

generation 3 electric helps to cleans up in philadelphiaFall Clean-Up Day was definitely a productive and beneficial day for the entire community. The Gen 3 crew handed out over 50 recycling bins to the neighborhood and picked up over 50 bags of trash! Great job to all who lent a helping hand in the efforts. For more information about Generation 3 Electric, visit: