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.

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.” (

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.” (

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

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.

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!!