Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ask The Experts: The Shocking News About Older Homes

Do you live in an older Philadelphia home? Do you love it for its charm and distinct characteristics? There’s no doubt about it, older homes in our area are absolutely beautiful, but there could be a number of hidden dangers.


That’s why the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric are taking some time out this Saturday, May 7th to help educate our neighborhood. Mike Janiszewski and Debra Lutz will be on hand at the Chestnut Hill Historical Society from 1:30pm-2:30pm to provide educational information, answer questions and give options for addressing important electrical issues in older homes.

Still have knob and tube wiring? Have electrical panels that are over 50 years old? Do your lights flicker or buzz when you turn them on? These are all common problems found in older homes that must be addressed right away!

Please come equipped with photographs of your home’s panel, wiring, fixtures and outlets for specific advice.

For each attendee, GEN3 will give a voucher for a complimentary in-home Knob & Tube Inspection ($199 Value).

For more information about the event contact GEN3 Electric at 215-512-4102.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Why Do My Lights Dim?


Ever wonder why your lights seem to dim when you plug in the vacuum cleaner or blow dryer? This is a common occurrence for homeowners all across the country - especially those with older electrical systems in their homes.  Not only can dimming lights be a nuisance, it could signify that you have some serious electrical problems going on.

  1. The first, and probably the most common reason why lights dim when you plug in another appliance or electrical device is that the circuit is overloaded. It could mean the circuit is old and outdated and that it’s time to upgrade the system.
  2. Poor wiring could be another reason your experience dimming or flickering lights. Old wiring may not be able to provide your devices with enough power to run properly. Additionally, loose or corroded wires could be causing the problem.
  3. But it may not be your home’s electrical system’s fault at all. Dimming lights could be a result of a problem with the power grid. Blown transformers or an interrupted service feed are both common when bad weather makes its way into town.
Whatever the case may be, dimming or flickering lights is not a situation you should taken lightly. Contact an electrician right away to come over and inspect your home and get the electrical system back where it needs to be.

Give the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric a call today at 215-512-4102 to schedule an appointment and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Outdoor Lighting Safety

When it comes to your outdoor lighting fixtures, as long they turn on when you flip the switch you don’t have to worry about them, right? Wrong. While they’re great for setting the mood and adding extra visibility to your yard, if you don’t maintain them once in awhile they could soon turn into your worst nightmare.

Like lots of things around your home, we tend to set it and forget it when it comes to exterior lighting. Sure, we might have to change a bulb from time-to-time but that’s as far as most homeowners go. But little do they know that too much neglect can lead to some serious safety hazards. Here’s what you can do to keep your yard lit without the risk of danger:
  • Be careful what you clean with. Lots of commercial cleaners contain harmful chemicals that can eat away at the finish on the fixture. All you need is some warm water and dish detergent to get rid of dirt and grime.
  • Even though they’re meant for the outdoors, they can rust as a result of moisture. To get rid of it, mix a bit of water and white vinegar and rub with a soft cloth.
  • Choosing the right bulb is key. LEDs are less likely to attract insects and tend to last longer than incandescents.
  • Keep fixtures off the grass. Your landscapers will surely thank you especially when it comes to mowing the lawn. Place them in flower beds or attach them to the deck instead.

GEN3 Electric has been servicing the electrical needs of the Philadelphia metro area for three generations so you know you can count on us! We’d love to help with your exterior lighting project so give us a call today at 215-512-4102.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

What Does It Mean When A Light Blows Out?

Oh no, not again! Do you find yourself saying this quite frequently when a light bulb burns out somewhere in your home? Not only is it a paid to keep purchasing and replacing the bulb, it could mean the fixture is defective or that you have too much current running through your electrical system. What does that mean for you and your family? Find out below:


Another bulb burned out? But didn’t you just change it a few weeks ago? This is a common problem for lots of homeowners and it could indicate a serious electrical problem in your home. Here are a few reasons why you might be blowing through bulbs faster than you can replace them:
  • If you notice that one fixture in particular is causing bulbs to burn out frequently, it could mean that it’s simply a defective piece of equipment.
  • Notice that bulbs in more than one fixture are going out often? This could signify there is too much current going through the circuit. Use an electric meter to measure the current and if it’s above 120 volts, this could be the problem.
  • You may be screwing the bulbs in too tightly. Make sure you are tightening them so they are secure, but don’t overdo it.
  • Does the wattage or lumens on the bulb match the output of the fixture? This is important because the wrong bulb can cause excess heat to build up which could lead to a fire.

Still not sure why your light bulbs are blowing out often? Contact the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric - we’re happy to diagnose the problem and come up with a solution for you. Give us a call today at 215-512-4102.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Our work is guaranteed. This work was not.


This equipment failed. The company that installed it long gone. When you work with GEN3 you can rest assured that we will be here to stand by our work years down the road. We want to be your electricians for life. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Developing An Outdoor Lighting Plan

Picture this: you’re driving down your street at night and you notice a home on the block that looks magnificent. It’s well lit and stands out from the rest. Then you realize it’s your own house and it looks great because you put some time into developing an outdoor lighting plan.


When it comes to illuminating your home after the sun goes down, it’s vital to take some time to map out what you want to light up and where to put different types of fixtures. Sure, you can just throw a couple of exterior fixtures in random places around your yard, but what purpose will that serve?

Here are some things to think about before you go shopping around:
  1. Do you want to put the focus on a few beautiful trees you have on your property? Well, bullet, flood and downlights tend to work the best for this application. If you want to light up the branches and leaves, locate the fixture at the base of the tree. Want to light up the trunk and the lawn around it? Locate the lights as high up in the tree as possible.
  2. Want to light up the garden you put so much time into? Place fixtures throughout but keep them no more than 20 feet apart from each other.
  3. Like to spend time on the deck or patio with friends and family members at night? We recommend LED lighting around the perimeter.
  4. Need some lighting down either side of the driveway or walkway? Doing so will provide safety and security for you and your guests upon arrival after dark.

It’s always a good idea to consult with an expert when developing an outdoor lighting plan. That’s where we come in! Feel free to give the professional electricians at GEN3 Electric a call today - we’d be more than happy to speak with you!

How long do wires last?


It not always so easy to spot problems in your electrical equipment. Exactly when dose a wire go bad? It not really a great idea to push it to failure. Wires are like car tires. You don't want to be relying on them when the finally blow. 


We recommend Consider replacing wiring that is 60 years of age or older. 

It was a sparking wire.


"9-11 Queen Village. TV mount hung by painters sparked and shorted a tv. Put up another TV and it's getting sparks too. She had someone else check to make sure mount hardware wasn't hitting a live wire - they said it's not but she's still seeing sparks. Wants to make sure mount isn't hitting live wire, see if maybe there's a power surge? etc.

Age of Home: 20plusyears 
Please send me more information on: HomeWiring | 
Message: Issue with electric conducting through a wall mount TV"

This what we found. A staple finally worked is way through the outer plastics jacket of the wire. This happens when a staple is installed too tight. As the plasticizer in the wire dry out the staple eventually breaks through. This type of problem is called arching. Standard circuit breakers will not trip when wire arch. This can cause house fires. Modern AFCI breakers are designed to solve this type of fire hazard.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Hiring an electrician is much less expensive then doing the job incorrectly.


This is clearly work done by someone who is not a professional electrian. What is difficult to see in this photo is the exposed wire running to the light form the original fixture location. Not only is this light crooked it is an electrical hazard. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Safety check your electric.


We recommend testing you outlets yearly. Catching small problems will keep you and your family for having safety problems. 

Hard to see the electric.


Loft living requires extra care when running and hiding the wires. The are no spaces to hide the wiring so the wire paths needs to be well planned out to create this beautiful room. 

Kitchens need layered lighting


Layers of light make for a richer experience. This kitchen will shine at night because of all the layers of lighting. 

Lighting make the space


Lighting up a warehouse space to make a modern nee living loft space. Looks amazing. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Testimonial Spotlight: March

It’s that time of the month again when we like to share the kind words our customers are saying about our work and masterful employees. We also want to remind you that our goal is to provide Philadelphia homeowners with the best possible electrical work and we strive to put you above all else. We want to make your experience with us as pleasant as possible because after all, we are the friendly neighborhood electricians.


“John B from Generation 3 came out today and installed two light fixtures for us. He arrived promptly. Got set up and got to work! In no time flat he'd finished the job, cleaned up and discarded the trash. Absolutely seamless. Generation 3's schedulers were phenomenal in schedule convenient times, confirming via phone and email. Payment was a breeze as well.
Good service providers are getting harder to come by but John B and Generation 3 were well priced and provided stellar service.”


“The last terrible storm let some water into a closet and got the light to buzzing (scary!) so we killed the circuit breaker. Joe L from Gen 3 came today - what a lovely visit!  He gave us options, closed off the dangerous outlet, and talked to us about the knob and tube wiring in our home. updating our service and provided estimates for it all which were documented and emailed to me.  No pressure, very informative about the situation and what the work might entail.  It is not cheap but you get what you pay for and I believe we will be calling again to upgrade the service in the not-too-distant future. Clean, nice, professional...could not be happier.”


“We hired GEN3 to rewire our entire house. and install some new recessed lighting. Josh did a great job, he was very professional and friendly. We will use GEN3 for all our future electrical needs.”


When it comes to electrical service and repairs in Philly and the surrounding areas, GEN3 Electric will take good care of you. We may not be the cheapest in town, but after all you get what you pay for. To schedule an appointment, call us today at 215-512-4102.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Family electricians make happy homeowners


Friendly employees make good teams and do great work and finally happy homeowners. 

Happily working in a Basement replacing the safety switches panel and meter socket. 

This is the equipment that had to be replaced because it was too small to meet the needs of the home

The new panel has plenty of extra space for the homeowner to grow into. This new equipment comes with a 10 year manufacturers warranty. 

How much does an electrician cost

Nobody wants to pay too much but in home service you do get what you pay for. A good electrical contracting company will give you the total cost of the job upfront. 


We come behind many bad electricians or handyman. Paying a low price for bad work can cost you twice as much in the end. 

Crystal chandelier

Here's a chandelier we just installed with conduit on  a wooden ceiling. It looks awesome. 


How to become an electrician.

Here is Jim one of our electricians helping, training, teaching Debbie our new assistant electrician. There is only one way to learn the electrical craft. Our team works together to train good people from within. 

Say No to emergency electrical repairs.

Before the Summer heat hits take a second and look at your outside main electrical cable and meter. Does it look bad? It is much cheaper and less stressful to replace before it fails. 


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Fluorescent Lighting: Benefits and Safety Tips

Did you know that if one single compact fluorescent light was installed in every house, it would eliminate 800,000 cars worth of greenhouse gases each year? That’s an alarming number if you ask us. But while this type of lighting has comes with a plethora of benefits, there are some safe handling tips you need to know before dealing with them.


Benefits
  • Right off the bat, it’s worth noting that CFLs can screw into a regular light socket so no major construction is required to install them.
  • Only use about 25% of the energy that an incandescent bulb uses.
  • Cost of bulbs are dropping while they are offered in a number of sizes and wattage equivalents.
  • Achieve more natural-looking light by choosing the right color temperature.
  • Last longer than most bulbs so replacements are few and far between.

Safety Tips
Fluorescent light bulbs contain trace amounts of mercury so it’s vital to handle them with care. Rather than disposing of them in a standard trash can, it’s recommended that they be recycled. Get in touch with your local recycling center to find out the best way to go about disposing your old bulbs.

When it comes to residential electrical work in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, count on your friendly neighborhood electricians at GEN3 Electric. Give us a call today at 215-512-4102.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Crystal Chandelier

GEN3 can help you install, move or just clean your crystal chandelier. The right fixtures can be a sizable investment. You should protect that investment with professional installation 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

What does the house look like after it is rewired

To rewire a home holes must be made in the walls and ceilings. This process can be stressful for homeowners but there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

When all the wires are run and the power is back on GEN3 provides the 1st coat of patch. The picture in this room show typical electrical access point in a room after the our patching is done. 


Our patching is not perfect. We like to get to with in 1/8 of an inch of the original wall surface. The picture above is a detailed picture of what that means. 


A homes electrical system when brought up to code covers every wall and ceiling of a home. GEN3 take care to leave your home in a condition where a little touch up and a coat of paint will make your home whole again. 

Just like we were never there only you will have more outlets, better lighting and a safer house. This what a home looks like after the professional residential electricians of GEN3 finish rewiring your home. 

Power Outage Safety


We’re known to have some severe rain storms in Philadelphia during the spring season. After all, April showers bring May flowers, right? And heavy rains and strong winds are the perfect recipe for power outages than can leave thousands of homeowners in the dark. So, how you can you and your family stay safe during a blackout? Find out below:

  • Stay away from downed power lines. Even though they might seem harmless, never go near a downed line. In most cases, they are still active and filled with electricity so call your local utility company right away.
  • Have flashlights and batteries on hand. While lighting candles can give off light, they can be dangerous especially if left unattended.
  • In order to prevent food from spoiling, keep the fridge closed as often as possible.
  • Unplug electrical devices and appliances to prevent a surge once power is restored.
  • Stay put. Travel can be dangerous especially if traffic lights have also been affected by the storm.

Looking for an electrician in the Philadelphia area? At GEN3 Electric, our trained electricians understand any issues you have with the electric and lighting in your Philly home. Our technicians specialize in repairing, updating and servicing your home’s electrical wiring and lighting for indoor and outdoor residential buildings, old and new.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Benefits of Home Automation Systems

Want to make your life easier and more convenient? We’ve all got enough on our plates and enough stress to last us a lifetime so why not make things simpler? With a drastic push toward going green, and a rise in smart home technology it’s very possible. Find out how you can benefit from a home automation system below:


Let’s begin with a common misconception - that complete home automation systems are extremely expensive and complex. The truth is, there are a large number of systems on the market that are surprisingly affordable and easy to use.

Why make the switch? See some of the benefits below:
  1. Makes Life More Convenient: forget to turn off the lights when you left the house? No problem, you can take care of it with your smartphone. Forget to close the garage door? No problem, you can take care of it with your tablet. Need to unlock the door so your kids can get in after school? You guessed it, you can take care of it from your laptop.
  2. Energy Savings: smart home products are designed to help manage your home’s energy consumption. From adjusting your thermostat to controlling your appliances smart home devices can help you save a fortune on energy bills.
  3. Security and Protection: as we mentioned previously, home automation systems allow you to check in on your home even while you’re miles away. Receive alerts by phone, text or email if anything seems out of the ordinary so you can enjoy peace of mind no matter where you are in the world.

Want to learn more about the benefits of home automation systems? The expert electricians at GEN3 Electric are well-versed in the latest technology so feel free to give us a call at 215-512-4102.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The 411 on TRRs

Each year, nearly 2,400 children suffer from severe shock and burns as a result of sticking foreign items into electrical receptacles. No matter how many times we try to teach our kids about electrical safety, we can’t deny the fact that they will continue to be curious. For this reason, if you have small children in your home we strongly recommend having tamper resistant receptacles installed.


What is a Tamper Resistant Receptacle (TRR)?
This type of electrical outlet provides automatic protection for your entire family. It looks like an ordinary outlet, but is designed with spring-loaded receptacle cover plates that close when nothing is plugged in. This feature makes it difficult for young children to stick their fingers, toys or other objects inside.

How Do They Work?
When equal pressure is applied to both slots, the cover plates open to allow electrical devices to be plugged in. If pressure is not added simultaneously, the plates will remain closed.

How Much Do They Cost?
These specialized outlets only cost about 50 cents more than a standard outlet so replacing every receptacle in the home would only run you about $50. Keep in mind that most traditional outlets can replaced for as little as $2 per outlet. It’s worth the price to keep your kids safe if you ask us!

Interested in converting to tamper resistant receptacles? Let the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric take care of it for you! We specialize in outlet/switch repair and replacement so give us a call today at 215-512-4102.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Testimonial Spotlight: March

At GEN3 Electric, we take pride in being recognized as Philadelphia's friendly neighborhood electricians. It’s our duty to put our customers’ needs first and our electricians are trained to always respect your home and be mindful of your time. But you don’t have to take our word, see what your friends and neighbors are saying about us below:


“Good old fashioned customer service is alive and well at Gen3 Electric. Job was estimated at a fair price , scheduled a week or so later . Electricians , Dave and Mitch showed up on time preceded by a courtesy call, went right to work and did everything and a bit more than was on the estimate to the penny. Couldn't be happier with the job they did. Great company to deal with from the first phone call to completion of the job. Will not hesitate to call them again if a need arises.”


“I used Generation 3 to do a few small projects (hang a chandelier, install a new high hat light, and change a switch).  From the quick response, to scheduling to John who came out to my house everything was outstanding.  Everything was done efficiently and to my specifications.  Would definitely call them again for any electrical need in the future.  Thanks!”


“Generation 3 Electric has done all of the installation of the beautiful lighting in our condo, and we have been thrilled with it.  We recently had a problem with one of our pendant lights, and the electrician, John, handled it quickly and professionally.  I was also impressed with the email  received from the company prior to his visit, giving me his name and photo ahead of time - great idea!  John arrived when expected, and even brought his own ladder.  He was able to fix the problem quickly and easily. I would not hesitate to give Gen3 my highest recommendation.”


For award-winning electrical service in Philly and the surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to give GEN3 Electric a call at 215-512-4102.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Control Your Comfort

Having trouble heating or cooling your Philly row home? We’ve got a solution for you and it doesn’t involve the boxed-in ductwork that comes with traditional heating and cooling systems. From Society Hill to Fairmount Park, we’ve solved hundreds of heating and cooling problems and we can fix yours too!


Why Choose Ductless For Your Row Home?
  1. Outdoor Condensing Unit: the outdoor condensing unit has a small footprint - about the size of a suitcase. It can be placed in a small alley, rooftop or porch which is perfect for any row house or urban dwelling with little outdoor space.
  2. No Ductwork: if you have a small house, you know that space is difficult to come by. Don’t clutter it with bulky ductwork. With a Mitsubishi ductless system, you won’t lose any of the aesthetic value of your home or any precious space.
  3. Save Money: put simply, ductless saves you money. It comes with an easy installation process and there’s virtually zero energy lost during operation. If you’re looking for efficiency, this is the way to go!

To learn more about the benefits of a ductless heating and cooling system, give the experts at GEN3 Electric a call today! We’re looking forward to hearing from you. 215-512-4102.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lighting for concrete ceilings

Concrete ceilings present unique lighting challenges. One solution is to run mono rail track lighting. 


This is a low voltage lighting system with a transformer that is mount it at one point. The rail can then run around the room then spotlights and pendants can be hung off it. Companies like tech lighting also offer speakers that can be power from the monorail. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

LED Lighting FAQs

When it comes to LED lighting, you've probably heard that it's a better option than your current light bulbs. But the "how" and "why" might not be as clear. That's why we've put together this neat infographic to help you understand why you should upgrade sooner than later!




Have additional questions about LEDs? Feel free to give the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric a call today! 215-512-4102.

Friday, February 19, 2016

What does it look like to rewire a home

Your homes wiring lasts about 60 years before it needs to be replaced. This type of work does damage the wall but it is not too bad if done right. GEN3 does this type of work every day. 


The small holes pictured above are what is need to fish wires. After GEN3 completes running the wires  the openings will be patched to 1/8 of an inch of the original wall surface. After a light sanding a second coat and some paint it will look like no damage was ever done. 


The room is good for another 60 years.  By then it will be the next homeowners turn to make their updates. 

Closet lighting & Safety



Lighting fixtures in closets I've had a code update in the past 10 years. As homeowners have more consumer goods now than in the past a new problem has occurred. Bear bold lighting fixtures in closets have caused an increase number of closet fires. To respond to this the national electrical code no longer allows these types of pictures in closets. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Landscape Lighting Trends for 2016

Now that you’ve slowly but surely started transforming the inside of your house into a smart home, it’s time to take the same approach on the outside. The right landscape lighting design can transform any yard and the differences it can make are literally like night and day. This year, the major trend is to go green and with a plethora of energy efficient options on the market, it’s easier than ever.


Get Rid of Those Eyesores
Hidden safety and security lighting is making its away to homes across the country. Safety and security lighting can help prevent falls, ward off criminals and wildlife and create a clear path on walkways and driveways. In the past, this type of lighting has made backyards look like stadiums and walkways look like runways, but concealed fixtures seems to be the solution everyone is looking for.

Party All Night Long
Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean everybody needs to head indoors. With the right lighting in the right areas, you can keep the party going longer. Make sure your sitting area, pool and fire features are well-lit - just keep the noise down so you don’t aggravate your neighbors.

LEDs
If you’re still using traditional bulbs in your outdoor lights, you’re wasting money and energy. Make the switch to LED bulbs today and start seeing the benefits right away.

When it comes to landscape lighting in the Philadelphia metro area, GEN3 Electric has you covered. Give us a call today at 215-512-4102 to find out how we can help.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Why Are Exhaust Fans Important?

Take a second to think about how stuffy and congested your home would feel if exhaust fans were never invented. Although they can be a bit annoying at times, that constant buzzing or humming noise that you wish would just go away, is actually doing you and your home a big favor. There are lots of benefits when it comes to running exhaust fans in your home - especially in those areas that are a bit more moist than others.


In The Bathroom
Ever forget to turn on your bathroom’s exhaust fan before you hopped in the shower? The room fills with such thick humidity that you can barely see. This is not good for your walls and ceiling as warm, humid climates are ideal for mold growth. It’s best to have an exhaust fan installed high up on the wall or ceiling to get rid of steam and moisture as it rises.

In The Kitchen
Have you ever realized how much pollution is released into the air every time you prepare a meal? Think about the steam that comes off of a boiling pot of water or the smoke that fills the air when frying up chicken cutlets or bacon. A stove hood extractor helps to remove steam, smoke and odors which can eliminate damage to the walls and ceiling. They also help by removing grease that rises with steam so you don’t have to spend hours scrubbing the area around your stove.

At GEN3 Electric, we specialize in residential exhaust fan installation. Give us a call today to learn more about the benefits and be on your way to breathing fresher, cleaner air.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ceiling Fans and SIDS


Did you know there are about 4,000 sleep-related infant deaths in the United States each year? Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a disease that affects hundreds of families across the country. But you can help keep your baby safe by simply turning on a ceiling fan in the room before they fall asleep.

According to Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, babies who sleep in a room with a fan are 72% less likely to die from SIDS.


“Since 1992 the rate of SIDS deaths has dropped by 56 percent, from 1.2 deaths per 1,000 live births to about 1 death per 2,000 live births. The decline is linked to a national “Back to Sleep” campaign that promotes putting babies on their backs instead of the stomach, which has been shown to lower risk for sudden death. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends that parents avoid soft bedding, allow a baby to use a pacifier if he or she wants, and avoid overheating a baby’s room as ways to lower the risk for SIDS.” (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/10...)

Stale, stagnant air in a child’s room can increase the risk of SIDS. Simply keeping the air moving around in a bedroom seems to reduce the risk.

“"What we found in this study is that if an infant had a fan that was used in the sleeping room, the infant's risk of SIDS was reduced by 72 percent compared to no fan in the room," said study senior author Dr. De-Kun Li, a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist in the division of research at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif. The report appears in the October issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.” (http://health.usnews.com/health-news/...)

Generation 3 Electric's tradition of commitment to the people of Philadelphia runs deep. We've been servicing the electrical needs of the Philadelphia metro area for three generations. We’re proud to live and raise our families in the areas we serve, and felt we needed to share this essential information. These studies are especially meaningful to me as the father of Generation 4. –Bill Lutz

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Metering your own electric

There are some situation where it is better for a Landlord or homeowner to meter their own electric. 


The little box on the right is call an E-mon D-mon. This is called a submeter. In this situation the owner is responsible for paying the main electrical bill to PECO and the tenet pay the owner according to how much the meter says that used. This product can be found at http://www.emon.com



Other situation customers want to track their own usage. This is a Ted the energy detective. With this product a homeowner can view their real time energy usage. There is even a option to meter individual circuits. This way you can see exactly what circuits are costing you the most money. More info can be found here.  http://www.theenergydetective.com

GEN3 can help with these products. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Testimonial Spotlight: February

For years, Pennsylvania residents have trusted GEN3 Electric to solve all of their residential electric needs. Our commitment to service, integrity, and excellence has led to excellent reviews by our satisfied customers. Take a look at a few of our most recent ones below:


“The guys at Generation 3 did a great job installing my EV Charger, they worked nonstop to complete the job that took most of the day. They cleaned the area in and out of my home, and explained exactly what they did. I would recommend them for any electrical job large or small.”


“Updated kitchen and dining room lighting and outlets. On time! Neat! Respectful!”


“Josh was awesome! I was scheduled between 8a-10a, and received a courtesy call at 7:45a letting me know he was 20 minutes away. He was polite, professional, and extremely knowledgeable. He was easy to talk to and was more than happy to answer all of my questions! I would highly recommend Josh and Generation 3 Electric for their great and professional work.”


GEN3 Electric has been servicing the electrical needs of the Philadelphia metro area for three generations. That’s why you should give us a call at 215-512-4102 the next time your lights are flickering, and outlet won’t work or you need new wiring in your home!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Wobbly Ceiling Fan?

OMG!!! Now I see why the other "electrical" contractor was so inexpensive. This is a ceiling fan bracelet screwed directly to the ceiling. (No box) Not only illegal but dangerous. Cheaper often equals wrong. A licensed electrical contractor would not do this!!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Shop for Lighting at home with GEN3

Lighting in Philadelphia Metro

Solves you lighting problems: 

GEN3 electric is offering new lighting service for homeowners who are doing house rewires with us. We have a corporate account with Waifair.com. This allows our customers to do their shopping online. With the huge selection of fixture you are bound to find something that fits your home.




GEN3 electric's  Lighting Guarantee:

Buying lighting is has it's risks. For customers who use our lighting service GEN3 extends our warranty to cover the lights we purchased for you through our Wayfair business account.  So when the fixture you picked out is a dud GEN3 simply replaces it at no charge to you.  

Friday, January 29, 2016

What to do if your lights or outlets stop working.

Lights not working?

Then it is time to call an electrician.

Lights not working?
We see this time and time again. Homeowners will have electrical devices in their homes that are no longer working. Often the homeowner don't feel it is a big deal. They just move on and use a different socket or light.  Most of the time  their is no problem but there is a big risk in doing so. When electric stops working there is typically a break in the line. One of the connection has gone bad and this cause over heating. It only needs to be next to something combustible with a supply of oxygen  for the minor inconvenience of an outlet or light not working to turn into an electrical fire where you can loose your home.

electrical smell
Bad connection 

We recommend that the switches and outlets in your home be replaced every 10 to 20 years to prevent bad connections from occurring.