Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How To Use Ambient, Task and Accent Lighting

Imagine your home with no lights. Really think about it. Everything would either be dark or dull, you may walk into things at night and performing everyday tasks would be nearly impossible. Homeowners often neglect to think about lighting when planning a space and it can become a real headache.

When remodeling a room or planning an entirely new space, there are three basic types of lighting that you must consider:

Ambient Lighting
This is also referred to as general lighting because it provides the overall illumination of the room. Ambient lighting is used to create a uniform light level so you can perform necessary tasks and walk around safely. What usually makes up ambient lighting? Ceiling-mounted or recessed fixtures, wall sconces and soffits are commonly used depending on your style and taste.

Task Lighting
This is where lighting for specific functions come into play. If there is an area of your house when you like to read, you’re going to need task lighting. The same idea goes for cooking in the kitchen and grooming in the bathroom. Oftentimes, task lighting can come from track lighting, pendants and under-cabinet lighting in addition to portable lamps and desk lamps.

Accent Lighting
Have visual points of interest in your home? Think about pieces of artwork, plants or bookcases. Beyond that, accent lighting can be used to highlight a beautiful brick wall, columns or trims and moldings. Track lighting, spotlights or wall-mounted picture lights can be used to achieve accent lighting.

Need help with a lighting design? Contact the experts at GEN3 Electric today and speak with one of our electricians.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Testimonial Spotlight: July

When you need electrical service this summer, there’s only one company to call! At GEN3 Electric, our trained electricians understand any issues you have with the electric in your Philadelphia home and are always happy to help! See what some of our customers are saying about our work below:

“These guys were awesome. They showed up on time to their first appointment, laid out a few options for us (add breakers and surge protection vs new panel with surge protection built in) and set up an installation date.

The price they quoted was reasonable, the time frame was quick, and they came and installed everything as ordered on time without any hassle.  I'd definitely recommend them to anyone, we'll probably use them again for a few smaller electrical jobs around the house.”

“Gen3 Electric was fantastic - great response, communication, professionalism. Did the requested work promptly and offered excellent advice. Will use them again for any/all electrical work.”

“Efficient, friendly, professional. They communicate well, set and manage expectations,  and perform work according to a high standard. I strongly recommend these guys.”

The next time you need anything from your friendly neighborhood electricians, give us a call at 215-512-4102 and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Home Theater Lighting

Thinking about adding a home theater for the ultimate viewing experience? While picking out the right screen and sound system are extremely important, don’t forget about the lighting. See below for a things you need to know to set the mood:

The Purpose
The main purpose of theater lighting is to create a dedicated viewing experience where distractions are limited. They should be dimmable and remote controlled so you can change the viewing experience with one touch.

The Best Options
  • Recessed Lighting
  • Wall sconces
  • Ambient lighting
  • LED or fiber optic strips
  • Task lamps for seating

While theater lighting can really make a big impact, the installation should be left to professionals. That’s where we come in! At GEN3 Electric, we’ll take care of any of your home theater lighting needs. Give us a call today at 215-512-4102.

Monday, July 20, 2015

When It Comes To HVAC, Go Ductless!

Want to increase your savings when it comes to heating and cooling your home without sacrificing comfort? With so many technological advancements in the last few years, the HVAC landscape has changed dramatically. The days of ducted heating and cooling are over - say hello to ductless mini split systems.

What is Ductless HVAC?
If your house was built within the last 50 years, it may have a variety of designs and architectural concepts but it probably has the same type of HVAC system as your neighbors. Say goodbye to massive, elaborate conventional HVAC systems because ductless systems are here to stay. The basic setup consists of an outdoor condenser and an indoor unit with a thin refrigerant pipe connecting them. During the summer months, the system collects heat from inside your home and sends it outside cooling it down drastically.

Will it Provide Comfort?
Are you tired of certain rooms in your house being too warm or too cold? The ductless system from Mitsubishi Electric will adjust itself to match the heating or cooling you demand. The result? A steady, comfortable indoor climate you and your family will enjoy.

Will I Save Money?
Yes. How does saving 30 to 40 percent on monthly heating and cooling bills sound? This is what you can expect with a ductless system from Mitsubishi. They require less energy to operate and the absence of ducts can increase efficiency by up to 25 percent.

What are you waiting for? Contact the experts at GEN3 Electric today and be on your way to a cool, comfortable, energy-saving summer!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Who Discovered Electricity?

Who discovered electricity? Was it Benjamin Franklin? Was it Thomas Edison? Nikola Tesla? It’s a straightforward question with a not so straightforward answer.

Even as early as the 17th century, there were a great number of electricity-related discoveries. During this time, the early electrostatic generator was invented, we learned that there is a difference between positive and negative charges and materials were able to be classified as conductors or insulators.

William Gilbert made the first connection between the attraction of oppositely charged objects in the year 1600 and this where the term electric came from. But why don’t we hear his name brought up in conversations about the invention of electricity more often?

Many of us think of Ben Franklin and his proving that lightning was caused by electricity when we think of the inventor. Do you know about his lightning experiment? Well, he attached a metal key to a kite and flew it into a cloud, and this experiment leads many to believe he is the guy when it comes to electricity.

Then there’s the Edison vs. Tesla battle. Thomas Edison planned to use direct current, or DC, to transmit electricity to every home. On the other hand, Nikola Tesla developed alternating current, or AC which is what is used in our homes today.

There may not be one clear answer to the question, but when you’re looking for electrical service or maintenance in the Philadelphia Metro area the choice is clear. Contact the experts at GEN3 Electric today!

Monday, July 13, 2015

What To Do When The Power Goes Out

Burning candles are a major cause of death when the power goes out. Why? According to the NFPA, “more than 10,000 fires a year are caused by burning candles.” So what should you do the next time the power goes out?

Summertime is notorious for severe storms that come with very little warning. Strong winds, hail and excessive lightning batter our homes and often leave us in the dark. But knowing these few things in advance and taking the correct actions can keep you safe when the lights go out:
  • Know where the fusebox or electrical panel is located. Turn it off when the power goes out to prevent damage when it comes back on.
  • Have plenty of batteries on hand so you can listen to a radio for news and service restoration.
  • Use flashlights and battery-operated lanterns rather than candles or other flammable light sources.
  • Keep only one electrical item plugged in so you know when the power is restored.

Need electrical service in the Philadelphia area this summer? Contact the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric today!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

What You Should Know About Portable Generators

Did you know that you should never plug a generator into a wall outlet? While these small machines can pack a big punch, especially when it comes to powering your home during a storm or natural disaster there are a few things you should know before you use one.

The first step to using a portable generator is to have a generator transfer switch installed. This is a safe way to switch some of your home’s circuits off from the power grid and power them using the generator. What else should you know? See below:
  • Observe the generator manufacturer's instructions for safe operation.
  • Plug individual appliances into the generator using heavy duty, outdoor rated cords with a wire gauge adequate for the appliance load.
  • Never plug the generator into a wall outlet.
  • If connecting to the house wiring is necessary to operate a well pump, sump pump, furnace or other hard-wired equipment, have a qualified electrician install a manual transfer switch to prevent backfeed into our lines. The switch protects our workers and the public from getting injured by your power supply, and it prevents damage to your generator, wiring and appliances when power is restored.
  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, never use a generator indoors. Only operate a generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home, and protected from direct exposure to rain and snow, preferably under a canopy, open shed, or carport.

For more information about portable generators, contact the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Power Line Safety

When it comes to working near power lines, taking extreme caution is crucial. Two workers suffered from electrical shock while working on a rooftop in South Philadelphia recently when their ladder came in contact with a power line. So how can you stay safe and prevent the most common mistakes? Find out below.

Keep Your Distance
Power lines are nothing to play around with an can be fatal as a result of high voltage. It’s important to find out the voltage of the power line you are working near and keep the appropriate distance.

Look Up Before Raising Your Ladder
Before placing or extending a ladder, look up. Make sure there are no power lines in the vicinity. Keep in mind that even nonmetallic ladders and equipment can conduct electricity.

Don’t Touch Downed Lines
There is a common misconception that downed power lines are safe to touch. This is FALSE! Contact your local power company immediately to report the downed line.

At GEN3 Electric, electrical safety is one of our top priorities. To learn more, visit us on the web and make sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.