Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Equip Your Home With Connected Lighting

Thinking about upgrading your home to a smart lighting system? With lots of options on the market you’ll be able to mix and match products that fit your style. While you may want to automate every single switch and bulb in your home at once, it’s better to start with a foundation that you can build upon down the road.

Color-changing bulbs inside the house? Why would you need that? While you may not want your bulbs changing color on a regular basis, it can be a huge benefit if they are connected to your smoke detectors or security system. Now you’ll know for sure when there is an emergency!

Now that you’ve picked out the smart bulbs you want, you’re going to need to automate the switches. Since you’ve got a lot of wiring to deal with, we recommend leaving this job to the professionals. They’ll be sure to disconnect your old switch properly and replace it with the smart one.

Once you have your lights and switches ready to go, you can focus on controlling them with your voice. The Amazon Echo smart speaker is a great option and works with Alexa, the voice-activated cloud-connected Al.

Want to learn more about smart lighting and upgrading your home’s devices? Contact the experts at GEN3 Electric today. We’re up-to-date on the latest technology and gadgets and have the knowledge and tools to install them for you!

Friday, September 25, 2015

How To Lighten Up A Basement

Is your basement dark, scary and unpleasant to be in? Do you have lights with open junctions? It’s time to make a big switch. With the right lighting and a touch of paint, you can increase the amount of space your home has by a full floor!

Have a bunch of stuff piled up in your basement that you haven’t used or seen in years? Have you ever thought that it could be because of the lack of lighting downstairs? Basement lighting is one of the most overlooked parts of a home and if your basement is dark and dirty, it’s more likely to collect your old things.

One light bulb with an open junction is not the solution. Instead, consider having fluorescent or LED lights and new wiring installed to brighten up your basement. In addition, sprucing up the walls with a fresh coat of paint can really make it feel much more inviting.  

Ready to make the upgrade? Contact the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric today to schedule an appointment and find out how we can create some extra living space in your home!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

How To Brighten Up Your Entryway

Don’t leave your front door in the dark. Brighten up your home’s entryway with a beautiful light fixture that will capture your neighbors’ eyes. It’s the perfect way to make your home feel more cozy and inviting this fall.

The first step is to decide on the type of fixture you want outside your door. Central, ceiling-mounted fixtures work well if you have a smaller entryway, but if you have some room to work with you can go with wall-mounted fixtures on either side of the front door. No matter which option you choose, you’ll want to cast a warm, wide pool of light that brightens up the front of your home.

Can you do the job yourself? If by “job” you are referring to changing a lightbulb the answer is of course, yes. But if you’re talking about installing a properly wired junction box and connecting a new fixture - leave it to the pros. When it comes to maintenance of your outdoor lighting, you can also do this yourself. Because they are exposed to the elements, fixtures can get dirty or become dull. In most cases, a damp cloth will do the trick.

Adding light to your entryway is a wonderful way to spruce up your home this season. Need help deciding on where to place the fixtures or which type will look best? Contact the experts at GEN3 Electric today - we’re more than happy to help!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Home Rewiring FAQs

You’ve heard that if you have an older Philadelphia home, your electrical system may be outdated and unsafe. But do you know how dangerous old wires and outlets can actually be? When it comes to home rewiring, you may have the same questions as your neighbors so hopefully we can provide you with some answers.

Q: Would new outlets and/or receptacles offer convenience and eliminate unsightly extension cords?
A: Floor outlets are the perfect solution for eliminating extension cords. They offer convenience and eliminate the risk of tripping on a wire.

Q: Does a new appliance, home entertainment system or air conditioner require its own outlet?
A: Although they don’t always require their own outlet, direct lines can save energy and prevent tripped breakers - therefore making it a much safer option.

Q: How do I know if my outlets are grounded?
A: Older homes tend to have ungrounded outlets. If you are unsure, you can give us a call and we’ll send one of our expert electricians over to take a look.

Q: What are some warning signs of old outlets and switch plates?
  • Warm/hot to the touch
  • Cover plates are broken, cracked or missing
  • Dark area over the switch cover plate
  • Outlet is in the shape of a teardrop

Have additional questions for our team? Give GEN3 Electric a call at 215-512-4102 or feel free to send us a message on Facebook!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Why It's A Bad Idea To Overload A Plug-Strip

Don’t have enough outlets to plug in all of your electrical devices? It’s common for homeowners to use a plug-strip when they run into this problem, but it’s not always the best solution. Find out what can happen when you plug in too many electrical devices below:

Plug-strips are not always an acceptable response to not having enough outlets. Watch the video to find out what happened when this homeowner overloaded this strip:

In this case, it was a combination of an old outlet and too much power going through at the same time. If your home’s outlets are over 20 years old, it may be time for an upgrade.

You can always count on the professional electricians at GEN3 Electric to upgrade your home’s wiring and make sure all of your electrical devices are safe and secure. Give us a call today at 215-512-4102 to make an appointment.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Testimonial Spotlight: September

When you need an electrical company you can count on in the Philadelphia Metro area, there’s nobody better than GEN3 Electric. We’ve been providing the entire area with electrical repair and installation for 3 generations! Want to hear what some of our customers are saying about our work? See below:

“Corey W came to our home today to address some issues we needed fixed. He was professional, courteous and very efficient. This is the second time Gen3 has been to our home and we have been nothing but satisfied. I gladly recommend them.”

“Corey is amazing! He focused on completing the job thoroughly and checked and rechecked to ensure that there were no issues with the garage door opener. The new wiring was up to code and there was no mess. He also replaced light fixtures in the rec room and bathroom and did so with the ease of a pro. I've used Gen3 Electric in the past and their expertise continues to amaze me. I still wish they would expand to plumbing, painting, etc., since they're meticulous about their work and have always provided great service.”

“Hired generation 3 electric to repair several electrical issues that came up on the home inspection at the time of selling our house. appt scheduled for 12-2 - luke and his partner showed up at noon, gave me a quote, explained the work, and they were out the door by 2pm. prompt, professional, and at a fair price. spoke to dottie at the office the next day and she was extremely helpful. highly recommended”

You will never get a machine when calling our office; a friendly voice will always be there to assist you. So don’t hesitate to give us a call the next time you need service! 215-512-4102.