Friday, August 28, 2015

Outdoor Lighting in Philadelphia

Summer isn’t over yet! We’re holding onto it for as long as we can at GEN3 Electric and there’s still time have outdoor lighting installed. Extend the last month or so of beautiful summer days into cozy, comfortable evenings in your well-lit yard.

You don’t have to head inside just because the sun goes down. Take advantage of the outdoors at night with the following lighting services from GEN3:
  • Deck and patio lighting
  • In ground well lights
  • Underwater lighting
  • Tree lights
  • Barbecue lights
  • Spot and flood lighting
  • ..and much more!

Don’t wait until the season is over, give GEN3 Electric a call today to schedule an appointment.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Electrical Safety By The Pool

What’s better than hanging out by the pool on a beautiful summer day? Not much if you ask us. But since 1990, there have been 60 electrocutions and 50 serious electrical shocks involving hazards in and around swimming pools. So, what you do to stay safe? See below to find out:

  • Make sure all outdoor receptacles are covered. This is especially important for outlets located near pools, spas and anywhere else there is water.
  • Use GFCIs for outdoor electronic devices. These can help prevent electrocutions and electrical shock.
  • Make sure all pool equipment is grounded. This includes cleaning equipment as well.
  • Never handle electrical devices when you are wet. Keep them at least 10 feet away from water sources.
  • Have an electrician inspect your pool or spa’s electronics to make sure they are in accordance with the National Electrical Code.

Need an electrician in the Philadelphia Metro area? GEN3 Electric has been servicing the area for three generations so you know you can count on us! Give us a call today at 215-512-4102.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

#TuesdayTips For Rewiring an Old House

How old is the wiring in your home? Better yet, how old is your home? If it was built more than a few decades ago, chances are you’ve made some improvements and have undergone a renovation or two, but have you made any upgrades to the wiring?

Many of today’s homes were built before televisions, computers and other modern appliances were even invented so old wiring can become a major electrical problem. Time to upgrade? See below for a few tips for rewiring an old home:

  • Before you call in an electrician to begin work, take inventory of all of your electrical devices. This will help them set up the correct amount of outlets and switches to safely power your devices.
  • You may need to have new circuit breakers installed. Just like your old wiring, old circuit breakers can be an electrical hazard.
  • Be sure to let your electrician know how old your home is and point out plumbing located behind the walls if possible. Drilling too many holes can be detrimental to the home’s structure.

Ready to have your home’s wiring upgraded? GEN3 Electric is your go-to home rewiring company in the Philadelphia Metro area. Give us a call today at 215-512-4102 to schedule an appointment.

Monday, August 17, 2015

3 Things You Should Know About Surge Protectors

Surge protectors and power strips are the same thing, right? Wrong. That’s a common misconception among homeowners that needs some clearing up. But besides that, here are a few things you should know about surge protectors:

They’re Not All The Same
Surge protectors are not the same as power strips. While surge protectors actually protect your home from electrical issues, power strips are simply an extension of a wall outlet.

Warranty On Your Devices
Although it’s not always the case, some surge protectors come with a warranty on your electrical devices. Although you probably won’t need it, some companies offer a warranty on devices that get damaged by a surge, spike or lightning strike.

Get More Outlets Than You Need
Even though you may not need all 12 outlets right away, it’s still a good idea. Chances are, you will add more devices down the road and will need additional outlets.

Have a question about your home’s wiring system? Contact the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric today! 215-512-4102.