Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Electrical Safety Tips For Your New Years Party

Bringing in the New Year with a wonderful party for your closest friends and family members? We hope you have a great time tonight and you stay SAFE! Because electrical safety is one of our top priorities we must remind you to abide by these tips, especially when hosting a party:

  • Only plug one heat-producing appliance in at a time
  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Not only can your guests trip of the wires, they can also be an electrical hazard if used improperly
  • Check to make sure your light bulbs match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture. If the wattage on the light bulb is higher, it can cause a fire
  • If you experience flickering or dimming lights, or smell something burning coming from your appliances call a qualified electrician immediately

Now that you’ve taken a proactive approach to making sure your electrical devices are safe, you can focus on the party! If you notice anything suspicious or aren’t sure if something was installed properly, give GEN3 Electric a call at 215-512-4102. Make sure you didn’t forget any of the food or beverages!

Friday, December 26, 2014

An Electrical Family You Can Trust

Looking for a friendly neighborhood electrician? Look no further - we have been servicing the Philadelphia metro area for three generations. Our trained electricians understand any issues you have with electric and lighting in your Philly home. Not to mention, we are the only 203k certified contractor in the area!

A Trusted Family

My Father apprenticed to his Father—and I apprenticed to mine, repeating an invaluable tradition of child labor and a great place to learn a trade. Beginning at the age of 13, I worked with my dad every weekend and summer vacation in homes throughout Philadelphia repairing and rewiring all levels of residential electrical systems.

We May Not Be The Cheapest…

As an established business, GEN3 Electric wants to build a strong lasting relationship with our customers. We may not be the cheapest in town, but we guarantee that you will receive the highest level of service possible. There’s always a reason why the price is different between one electrician and another, and we NEVER cut corners!

Don’t hesitate any longer. If you’re in need of an electrician in the Philadelphia area call us today! We’ll be happy to go over any other estimates you may have received and we will help you to understand the scope of the job and make an educated decision. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook for electrical updates!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Holiday Tips To Keep Your Children Safe!

“Deaths relating to fires caused by children at play are surprisingly high during the winter months. In December the number is double its year-round average,” according to ESFi. For a child, there is absolutely nothing better than getting your favorite toy to play with during the holidays, and there’s no better feeling for a parent than seeing your child happy. However, there are a few safety tips you must follow in order to ensure that your children remain safe this holiday season.

To eliminate the risk of burns and electrical shock:
  • Do not give children under the age of 10 a toy that has to be plugged in, buy battery operated toys instead
  • Make sure each toy has a fire safety label from an independent testing laboratory
  • Be cognizant when placing candles or holiday lights around your home. Make sure to place them out of reach of your small children

Follow these tips to enjoy a happy and safe holiday with your family. If you notice any electrical problems with a toy or around your house, don’t hesitate to give GEN3 Electric a call. We’ll get your home restored quickly so you won’t have to worry any longer! Don’t forget to connect with us on Google+ for more electrical safety updates.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Dimmers for different Bulb types

These 2 dimmers look the same but are completely different.

Right side: Incandescent(regular light bulbs) only
Left side: LED and CFL compatible

How do you tell the difference?
It is written on the dimmers....

Magnetic ballasts: Use ONLY dimming ballasts shown on chart
in step 2 of Pre-Installation. Do not mix 1 and 2 lamp ballasts in
any one dimmer circuit. Do not mix ballasts manufactured by more
than one company. Using single lamp ballasts will produce the
most consistent low end dimming level.

Skylark Contour® C•L ® Dimmer
 Dimmer for CFL, LED, Halogen, and
Incandescent dimmable bulbs.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Moderen Dining Room Lighting Design

3 Pendents hung on a Curved Monorails

Installation of  WAC Monorail lighting fixture in dinning room, Process starts with the design and parts ordering. There are several great lighting store in the ares that can help with this. The rail needs to be bent to match the cures desired. It is often very good to make a mock up of the custom light out of paper. This is a good example of the before and after process. 

Kitchen Lighting

Lighting up a small kitchen 

Kitchen lighting is one of the most overlooked but powerful elements you can add to a small kitchen. 

Here in this kitchen we have added lighting above, in and below the kitchen cabinets. The effect of this lighting makes the kitchen feel more spacious. This kitchen is in a Philadelphia  row home where the natural light is coming in the side yard window is partially blocked by the neighboring row.

The other challenge in this kitchen was the brick party wall. To get the wiring in the party wall GEN3 had to channel the plaster and install conduit.

Main service equipment is incorrectly installed

Summary of Findings-
•The existing main service equipment is incorrectly installed with no individual disconnects for each unit and inadequate grounding system. -
•The following estimate describes what is necessary to safely correct this safety issue.-

•Using the existing 4 gang meter socket: -
•Install 4 individual 100 amp disconnects with offset nipples from meter sockets. -
•Install new conductors from meter sockets into each disconnect. -
 Install existing SER into each disconnect 
•Properly separate grounds and neutrals as required within the panel for the common area.

Install 2 new ground rods and conductors for 200 amp main equipment 
Correct the grounding connection at water entrance. 
Install jumper around water meter 
Install a bonding jumper across 4 gas meters as requested by PGW
Cost valid while performing above correction work.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bad Outlets

Sometimes electrical outlets can pass inspection and be installed in your home even if there is a manufacturer’s defect. This is an especially dangerous situation because you would think a brand new electrical device should be problem-free right? Often times, manufacturer errors go unnoticed and can lead to electrical fires in your home because of a bad outlet.

In this short video, you’ll see a perfect example of a manufacturer’s defect that went unnoticed until the outlet started to melt:


With the air conditioner plugged into a different outlet there seemed to be no reason for this outlet to become an electrical hazard. Prevent melted devices and the risk of electrical fires in your home by calling on GEN3 Electric to perform a thorough electrical inspection in your home.

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for electrical safety tips and updates! If you’ve experienced a bad outlet situation, share your story with us. We’d love to hear from you!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cat5 Computer Ethernet Jack Installation

Ever wonder how your computers are connected to your Internet Service Provider? A Cat5e (Category 5e) cable allows you to connect quickly and conveniently by just plugging the cable into your computer. 

A Cat5e cable is currently the most commonly used in new installations. This device can handle 1000Mbps speeds at 100MHz - which basically means it gives you very fast internet speeds. See the video below to find out how to install one:

The steps to installing a Cat5e ethernet cable can be confusing for somebody who is not a certified electrician. Contact GEN3 Electric to safely install one in your home for your computer use today. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Electrical Installation Services in Your Kitchen and Bathroom

The kitchen and the bathroom are two rooms in your home where you spend the most time, so why not make them more comfortable and more efficient? A kitchen or bathroom renovation can really increase the value of your home and upgrading the electrical systems in these rooms will enhance family comfort, convenience and efficiency. At GEN3 we handle the electric in all kitchen and bath upgrades including light installation, exhaust fans and custom appliance replacement just to name a few.

Light Installation
Choosing the right lighting design for a room is of utmost importance, especially in the kitchen or bathroom where you spend most of your time. Our electricians are trained on how to help a homeowner choose the right lighting for your unique tastes and how to safely install high hats, LED lights, under cabinet lights and any other lighting fixtures you choose for your home. We get the job done BRIGHT!

Exhaust Fans
Is your bathroom's exhaust fan obnoxiously loud? It may time for a new one when you remodel your bathroom. Bathroom exhaust fans can help with ventilation and reduce the chance of mold growth from moisture on walls.

Custom Appliance Replacement
Nice appliances can really make a bold statement in your kitchen. However, these energy guzzlers consume more power than most other electrical devices in your home and can really cost you a fortune in energy bills. We understand that a complete system rewire is not always necessary so we offer a Core Rewire to make sure your wiring is updated and more energy efficient, one room at a time. Contact us today to find out how a Core Rewire can make your kitchen more energy efficient today.

Now that you’ve decided to go ahead and renovate your kitchen and bathroom, give us a call to get going on all of your electrical needs. Residential electrical service is our specialty and we’d love to help you with your project! Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Set The Perfect Mood In Any Room Of Your Home With These Lighting Ideas

Is your home lacking elegance and decor? Lighting is a wonderful way to create a desired atmosphere in any home and brightening them up or dimming them down can really set the mood. Different rooms serve different purposes and by choosing the right lighting scheme any room can change from a relaxing getaway to an intense party place.

We have chosen a variety of lighting designs that may spark some inspiration. See below for tips on creating the perfect mood in any room of your house:
  1. Recessed lighting and UCLs: this kitchen shines underneath recessed lighting in the ceiling and under cabinet lights (or UCLs) really accent the counter tops. Perfect for this fresh, bright kitchen design that encompasses white cabinets.

  1. Contemporary feel: lamps are used throughout this bedroom to create a contemporary look. Placed on both night tables and in the corner of the room, these beautiful lamps create a cozy mood - perfect for relaxing after a long day of work.

  1. Modern Family Room: in this family room, modern light boxes are used to make a bold statement. The homeowners wanted a TV as well as an attractive clean and modern statement for their family room.

No matter what kind of design you wish to incorporate in your home, our highly skilled electricians will get the job done BRIGHT! At GEN3 Electric our technicians are trained on how to help a homeowner choose the right lighting for your unique tastes as well as how to install lighting safely to make any home feel warmer and more inviting. Give us a call today!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Post Lighting

Post Light installation

How to install a new post light fixture at the end of you sidewalk

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Here are some pictures of a new post light being installed, Lafayette Hill PA. To add this post light a ditch was dug for an electrical conduit. The conduit is there to protect the direct burial wire from any accidental damage in the future. After the conduit and outdoor light fixture are installed. The wire is covered over and the top layer of grass is relayed. By spring the grass will grow over the and the lawn will look like new. 

Installing outdoor lighting improves your homes curb appeal while make you and your neighborhood safer at night. Installing an outdoor post light will cost anywhere between $1,000-$1,500 but this is money well spent. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Simple Fix Program

Each year municipal fire departments respond to over 300,000 electrical wiring or equipment problem incidents, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Some of the most common electrical problems include exposed or dried wiring, old and outdated electrical panels and excessive electrical use leading to fires. We understand that the safety and well-being of your family is top priority and with our Simple Fix Program, 90% of residential electrical problems can be solved or avoided completely.

With our Simple Fix Program, a GEN3 Electric technician will explain all work and provide a detailed estimate before starting any project. This troubleshooting service includes preventative maintenance and safety precautions providing you with peace of mind. The Simple Fix Plan includes:
  • Replacement of old and damaged electrical devices
  • Inspection and tightening of junction wiring
  • 1-2 outlets
Please note that 10% of the time, circuits need to be rewired or additional work that is not included may need to be done. The cost of the Simple Fix Plan will be deducted from any additional charges so you will not lose money if your fix is not so simple.

We strongly encourage that all residents of the Philadelphia area have their electrical wiring and panels routinely checked in order to prevent an electrical fire, power outage or inefficiency. Give the friendly neighborhood electricians a call today to discuss the Simple Fix Program or to schedule an appointment to have your electrical equipment inspected.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Holiday Lighting Safety

The weekend following Thanksgiving has been dedicated to holiday decorating for decades. It’s a great way to get your family together to showcase your uniqueness and creativity. However, when dealing with electrical devices you must take special precautions. See below for a holiday lighting safety checklist:

Inspect - Prior to hanging, inspect all light strings for broken or damaged bulbs and replace them if necessary. In addition, it is vital to check all electrical cords and outlets. Frayed or cracked cords and broken sockets are leading fire hazards. If you notice any discoloration or receive a shock from an outlet when plugging in decorations, it may be time to replace them. The expert electricians at GEN3 will gladly repair or replace any electrical inefficiencies.

Outdoor vs. Indoor - There is a major difference between outdoor and indoor lights. Exterior lights must be weather-resistant and UL-rated for exterior use. Indoor lights often use LED bulbs because they are cooler and more energy efficient.

No Nails, No Staples - When hanging your lights, do not use nails or staples to attach them to your home. They can cut through the wire insulation and create a fire hazard. Instead, use UL-approved hangers. If you feel unsafe about hanging your lights, the technicians at GEN3 can give you a hand.

Adhere to these safety tips in order to remain safe and secure during the holiday season. During the decorating process, if you have any questions or concerns related to anything electrical, do not hesitate to give us a call. Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Old Wiring: Is It Safe?

Faulty wiring is the leading cause of residential fires. Old wiring in your home may not be inherently dangerous, but if it’s not up to code it can be hazardous. If your house was built over 40 years ago, consider replacing your electrical wiring. Here’s what you need to know about residential wiring systems:

Knob and Tube
This system, including a hot wire and a neutral wire, is known as the earliest residential wiring system. Ceramic knobs anchor the wires to the house framing and ceramic tubes are used where wires cross or penetrate the framing.

Soldered connections can melt if too much current passes through. Insulation can cause this wiring system to overheat.

Armored Cable (Bx)
Bx cable is a flexible steel sheath that covers hot and neutral wires. The sheath provides a grounded receptacle so retrofitting is easy.

Sheath must be anchored securely to a metal outlet box and should be checked every couple of years. It degrades over time and can become a problem if too much current flows through the circuit.

Two-Wire Plastic-Sheathed Cable
This system consists of an early PVC-insulated (Romex) wire. The plastic is easily damaged and grounded receptacles cannot be retrofitted to this wire.

Warning Signs of Old Wiring
  • Breaker trips frequently
  • Tingling sensation when you touch a wall switch or appliance
  • Lights flicker or dim
  • Discolored outlets and switch plates

For more information on old wiring and the dangers that come along with it, check out this article from This Old House.

Don’t fall victim to a residential fire due to old wiring in your home. To find out if your wiring system is up to code, give GEN3 Electric a call today! Our professional electricians will make sure your wiring is safe and can install new wiring if your home’s wiring system needs an upgrade.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Upgrade to LEDs Today!

It’s time to upgrade your old light bulbs to LEDs. Not only are LEDs (light-emitting diodes) more energy-efficient, they will take your poorly-lit room and brighten it up! See below to find out how upgrading to LED light bulbs will save you money and add a bit of ambiance to any room of your house.
LED bulbs have an extremely long lifespan. They can last between 50,000 and 60,000 hours which means you won’t need to replace them as frequently as your CFL bulbs. They only use 2-10 watts of electricity which is roughly ⅓ the amount of energy used by an incandescent bulb. Additionally, LEDs give off an amount of light equivalent to a 40-watt incandescent bulb.

Wait, there’s more! Conventional light bulbs give off heat, which wastes most of their energy. LEDs remain cool and do not contain a glass component so they will not break! No energy wasted here.

Ready to make the switch? Watch this quick video for installation instructions:

Still have questions? Give the electrical experts at GEN3 Electric a call today! We would be more than happy to stop by to assist with the installation or to answer any questions you may have. Save money and stay safe with GEN3!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Leave The Chirping To The Birds: Replacing Your Smoke Detector

Don’t fall victim to a house fire as a result of a faulty smoke detector. You should proactively check your smoke detector and change the batteries regularly. Along with regular maintenance, you should know that your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should be changed every 8-10 years.

Here are some things you MUST know about your smoke detectors:

  • Chirping smoke detectors are often warning signs that the batteries need to be replaced. However, it is NOT the only reason.
  • Check the age of the detector, each one has a date of manufacture stamped on the underside. 10 years is the maximum lifespan of a smoke detector.
  • Never paint a smoke detector. Painting a smoke detector can prevent the alarm from sounding in a fire.
  • To remove the detector, simply twist it to the right and it will drop down from the ceiling. Pinch the white, yellow and black wires to disconnect from the wiring harness.
Watch this video for a step-by-step guide on removing your smoke detector:

If you don’t feel comfortable replacing your smoke detector, or want to make sure that your detector is properly installed and doing its job, give the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric a call today! Make sure the only chirps you hear are the birds!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Understanding The Importance Of Home Protection Devices

Electronics aren’t cheap these days and we would hate to see them go up in smoke. With our surge protection devices, we can make sure that your electronic devices are protected and operate safely. This way, you can enjoy peace of mind with your financial investments on home electronics.

There are 53,600 fires and $1.4 billion in property losses every year in the United States from electrical fires. Often times, these fires and losses can be prevented if proper maintenance and operation of your electronic devices takes place.

Portable generators are a wonderful resource to have in times of bad storms or power outages to keep your electronics running. However, they can pose a serious threat if used improperly. NEVER plug the generator into a wall outlet! If connecting to your home’s wiring, have a qualified electrician install a manual transfer switch to prevent backfeed into the lines. The switch will protect against damage to your generator, wiring and appliances when power is restored.

It is a common misconception that lightning is the only thing that can cause a power surge. While it is true that lightning can cause a surge, the main culprit can be any of your electronic devices that require lots of power to operate. As a result, it’s important to use surge protectors and home protection devices in any instance where electricity is used to power your electronic devices.

For additional information about our home protection devices, visit our website. To discuss the importance of electrical safety in your home, give the experts at GEN3 Electric a call today!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LED Sunlight!

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Gen 3 is looking forward to installing these!
Is your apartment or workspace seriously lacking in natural light? Italian physicist Paolo Di Trapani of the University of Insubria has invented an artificial daylight device called CoeLux. It looks just like the sunny sky!  CoeLux actually replicates the color temperature of sunlight and the way the sun moves across the sky!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Do you have active knob & tube wiring hiding in your home?

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knob and tube wiring, Generation 3 Electric, knob and tube inspection

Some knob and tube wiring can be well hidden.  If you have an older home, you
 should schedule a professional knob and tube inspection.  Generation 3 Electric performs
 these inspections often, and we find active knob and tube 
wiring disguised as new wiring!  If you are buying or selling, a professional knob and tube
 inspection will give you piece of mind and make your home more desirable. 
Recently, many insurance companies are requiring these inspections.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Let Gen3 hang your TV

Generation 3 Electric will professionally hang your TV
and hide the wires for a clean look. 
Give us a call to schedule an estimate today!
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Generation 3 Electric, professional TV installation and wires hidden

Generation 3 Electric, professional TV installation and wires hidden
Generation 3 Electric, professional TV installation and wires hidden

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Gen3 services the Main Line

Generation 3 Electricians are  not just licensed in Philadelphia!
Congratulations Brian, Bill, Dave, Luke and Mike on your Lower Merion Licenses .
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Lower Merion, PA licensed electrician

Lower Merion, PA licensed electrician

Lower Merion, PA licensed electrician

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Nest is Back!

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These are the most awesome smoke and CO2 alarms ever!
Generation 3 Electric is proud to be an authorized installer of Nest products.  
They are "smart" smoke and CO2 alarms, they connect to the internet and your smart phone
and they can even turn off your home's heat when CO2 is detected
and you have a Nest thermostat!
Call Generation 3 Electric to set up an appointment
for installation today.
Go to their website to learn more by clicking the link below.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Algae Power

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It seems that algae is becoming the "greenest" new energy source!

 "For the past year, exhaust from MIT’s main power plant has been bubbling up through tubes of algae soup. The result? A dramatic cut in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions—and abundant algae that can be turned into biofuel for the power plant or a diesel vehicle. Utility companies have been watching field trials of the algae-soup system with keen interest, hoping to combine low-cost exhaust cleanup with renewable-fuel production."

"It’s hard not to find the algae system appealing.  If you look at this process from beginning to end, you’ve turned your pollution into storable green fuel.  The technology is exciting because it touches on both energy and the environment in a unique way.”

One day soon Generation 3 Electric will be installing these in houses!  Do you think we will need a green thumb?

Check out the articles below for some fascinating new technology!

The Algae Battery