2. Why not buy a high SEER value Air Conditioner instead?
Dimmers allow you to have a wide range of light and are a great way to add atmosphere in any room. Mostly used in living spaces such as living rooms, kitchens, and dining rooms, dimmers can not only set an intimate ambiance that is great for watching movies or having a romantic dinner they are also energy efficient. Choosing the right dimmer for the area you would like it installed can be tricky so we have provided some quick tips to consider when installing a dimmer.
Standard or Three Way Dimmers
When choosing a dimmer, you will need to determine whether you need a standard single-pole dimmer or a three-way dimmer. A standard single-pole dimmer is used where one switch controls the light. A three-way dimmer is used when one switch controls the dimmer of the light and the other switch turns the light on or off.
After you determine whether you need a single-pole or three-way dimmer you will need to select the style dimmer you would like. There are many styles of dimmers available and you may want to test the different varieties prior to making your selection.
A rocker dimmer could come with an on and off switch or not. This switch lets you set your level of brightness so that you do not have to adjust it each time you turn on the light. Some of the rocker dimmers also have a light on the side so you know how bright your setting is.
Like the rocker dimmer, the slide dimmer can also come with or without the on-off switch. The bar of the slide dimmer can be pushed up or down to adjust brightness. If the slide dimmer has an on-off switch the level of brightness can be set.
A toggle dimmer fits in a regular wall plate cover, having the same look and shape as a toggle switch. The toggle type either comes in one piece or two, if in two pieces the small level on the side of the main on-off switch adjusts the brightness.
A popular choice for decades, rotary dimmers twist left to right to adjust the lights as well as turn the light on or off. Rotary dimmers conveniently fit in a toggle plate and can be a cost-effective option.
In addition to these options you want to make sure the dimmer is compatible with the type of light you have. For instance, universal and CFL LED dimmers can be used for LED lights.
Selecting a dimmer can be somewhat complex and it is always advised to consult with a licensed electrician to be sure you are using the correct dimmer that matches the type of light and switch you need. Dimmers are a great way to conveniently adjust the lighting in your home for not only the atmosphere, but to help save on electric costs. The options available for dimmers are broad and can be tricky to select, however, once installed the dimmer will provide great ambiance for years to come.
A well-lit home is an essential part of the overall look and feel of a home’s design. It can make the difference between a welcoming home and a home that guests may feel uncomfortable entering. Lighting a small dark room properly can help it seem bigger and more inviting, while the proper lighting in a large room can help it feel warm and cozy. There are many different shapes and sizes of lighting accents that can be used throughout the house, recessed lighting is one type that can add big appeal and value to your house while being cost effective. Recessed lighting or also known as “can” lights are fixtures installed in the ceiling (or walls) flush with sheetrock and are beneficial because they are easy to install, attractive,and energy efficient.
Planning Is Critical
Just like anything else in life, having a detailed plan is key to ensure you’re on the right path to create a properly designed room with proper lighting. Before installing recessed lighting, it is important to determine how many lights the space needs. You can easily determine how many watts the area needs by multiplying the square feet of the room (length Xwidth) by 1.5. For example, if your space is 144 sq. ft. you will need 216 watts in the room. Then divide the total number of watts you need in the space by the type of bulb you would like to use in each recessed light. If you want to use a 60-watt bulb, you will need about 4 recessed lights installed in the 144 sq. ft. For a customized effect use a combination of recessed lights like narrow-beam lights to highlight specific areas such as counter tops, and wide-angle lights for ambient lighting. Recessed lighting should be spaced evenly throughout the space to ensure the rooms aesthetic is pleasing. After finalizing the layout, you can pick out the style of recessed light you want.
3 Main Components of Recessed Lighting
Recessed light shave three main components: the housing, the trim, and the light bulb.
Each aspect of the component can be custom to the look you want. The trim rings for example come in different colors, finishes, and styles. Prior to selecting the trim style, it is important to consider the housing you need to use and the room you are using the light in. Traditional trim styles include: baffle trim, reflector trim, adjustable trim, lens trim, and decorative. Baffle trim is the most commonly used and feature large uniform grooves on the interior to absorb excess light. Baffle trims are used in living rooms, dining rooms, dens, and bedrooms. Reflector trims have a highly polished interior surface for the maximum reflection and are best used in kitchens or rooms that require a very bright light. If you are lighting task areas such as counter tops or need an accent light for a piece of art the adjustable trim is the best option. The adjustable trim allows you to point the bulb in the direction to highlight a specific area. A lens trim has a piece of glass or plastic over the bulb, a lens trim is best used in rooms with moisture such as bathrooms. Decorative trims are just that, they are used for decoration rather than function. Use decorative lights in areas that are otherwise well lit. It is important to remember that the housing and the trim need to fit together to work, so discuss your selection with a lighting expert to ensure what you choose will fit with your design.
Using LED Bulbs Can Save Money
Recessed lights are the perfect housing for LED bulbs, providing the most efficient cost effective lighting option. The housing and the trim of the recessed light must be considered when determining what type of light bulb you would like to use. Prior to settling on the size of the bulb to use ensure the bulb fits with the housing and the trim you’ve selected.
Besides LED bulbs, using a dimmer kit on the recessed lighting is another way to make the lights energy efficient, since they allow you to control the amount of light used. Depending on the time of day the lights can be adjusted so they are not using as much electricity. Using dimmers can also maximizes the longevity of the light bulb.
Adding recessed lighting to your house is an attraction,functional, and energy efficient solution to your lighting needs. Remember to plan the design of the can lights based on the room size and the wattage of the bulbs, choose the trim design based on the type of room and style.
If you have questions on planning your recessed lighting design or would like more information on the topic contact Peterson Electric.
Are you looking to enhance your holiday decorations by using lighting? One in ten homes will decorate with lights this holiday season, if you are going to be one of those homes make sure to plan ahead when preparing your holiday decorations. Use the following tips to help ensure your holiday lights are safely displayed to prevent injury as well as fire hazards.
Holiday Electric Safety Tips
String Lights Basics
String lights are one of the basics when it comes to holiday lighting. When planning your decorations check to make sure the lights you have or are purchasing are designated for the area you will be using them in, for instance only use lights that are marked for outdoor use for the outdoors. If you are uncertain whether your lights are for indoor or outdoor use you can check the tag, a red UL tag indicates the product is safe for indoor and outdoor use while a green tag indicates indoor use only. Inspect the string lights prior to using them, ensuring all the bulbs are working, if there is a broken bulb, unplug the lights prior to fixing it.
The Benefits of LED Lighting
LED lights are 90% more efficient than ordinary lights, they are lightweight, easy to work with, and come in a variety of colors and shades. If you want that warm glow for your lights make sure to purchase the warm not cool variety. A benefit to LED string lights is that they are cool to the touch when lit running on a lower voltage than other lights. The cost of running the LED lights is less expensive than other lights and they also are built to last longer.
Whether you are hanging string lights, icicle lights, or other lighting features you want to make sure you are using the most appropriate hanging technique conducive of the light. Read any hanging instructions that come with the item. Most lights can be hung with the proper hook. For string lights hardware stores sell hooks that will connect to your gutter or shingles and safely hang the lights. Never staple or nail in the lights as this may damage and expose the electrical wire posing a fire hazard.
Extension Cords and Outlet Hubs
As we stated with string lights confirm the extension cords and outlet hubs are being used in accordance with their purpose – only use cords marked for outdoor use outdoors. Determine how much electric items the extension cord or outlet hub can support by looking at the markings on the item and make sure you don’t plug in more items the cord or outlet can handle. Also, prior to using the cords make sure they are still intact, there should be no rips or tears in the protective coating of the cord.
General Lighting Guidelines
When putting up you lights practice general safety guidelines and never replace bulbs or try to fix wires when the item is plugged in. Always turn off the lights prior to leaving the house or going to bed, investing in a timer may be a good solution. Planning ahead and keeping safety in mind will help ensure a fun holiday season free of incidents. From everyone here at Peterson Electric we wish you a safe and happy holiday season.
It’s been a few years since Superstorm Sandy swept through New Jersey and the Toms River area, yet NJ and other tri-state homeowners who live near the shoreline shouldn’t be too quick to forget the lessons the hurricane left in her wake. Most notably the very real issues that reside with power outages, both those that linger and those that repeat as energy companies struggle to get a handle on the situation. Hurricane power in the North Atlantic has already doubled since 1980 and meteorologists advise everyone to take better precautions before the storm. One of the best way of doing so is by installing a home generator.
Standby home generators are an amazing investment that provides families with immediate peace of mind. But it’s important to note that they go beyond being simply emotionally or mentally worthwhile and can help some significant financial losses that are caused by prolonged power outages.
The Home Generator: Convenient and Cost-Effective
When the power flickers out for a half-hour or hour, people are most likely to complain about missing the simple home luxuries of watching television or charging their smart devices. But the longer the power remains out, the more obvious people understand the true hardships of loss electricity as the air conditioner/heater, ceiling fans, refrigerator, and other appliances shut down. It is here the home generator really proves its worth as it saves the homeowner hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars when it automatically turns on and powers your home.
Consider just some of these important ways that a home generator can save you money:
- Spoiled food and its delivery replacements. Refrigerators and freezers that were packed with food can easily result in hundreds of wasted dollars with that food becomes spoiled following a prolonged power outage. Furthermore, to feed your family you’ll need to make up for that spoiled food by order takeout, delivery, or going to a restaurant. All of these replacement meals compound the longer your power remains off.
- Hotel stay. For some people, remaining in a house that doesn’t have electricity is simply not possible. Maybe you have young kids or family members who are sensitive to extreme heat or cold and therefore can not withstand several days without electricity. Or maybe you work from home or require a medical device that requires power. For whatever reason you feel it necessary to book a hotel, it will put you back financially as just one night can run you $150 or more.
- Frozen pipe replacements. Should the power outage occur during the winter, you risk your pipes freezing and bursting. An act that will require extensive repair work that is by no means cheap.
- Basement repair following a sump pump failure. Depending upon your HVAC system, you might have a basement sump pump that runs on your main electric line. Most people don’t give these units a second thought, but they can quickly fail without power and cause hundreds to husbands of dollars in flood damage.
- Hurricane looting. Finally, should you be forced to abandon your home because of an extended power outage, then you risk your home becoming a target to thieves. Ne’er do wells will always take advantage of a bad situation. Don’t let them take advantage of you.
Protect Your Belongings, Your Family, and Your Home
A residential home generator is one of the best appliances you can purchase for your home as it acts as a living insurance policy. Should the electricity go out, it will automatically turn on to power the essentials and prevent further damages from impacting your belongings, family, or home. Learn more by contacting Petersen Electric today.
Who doesn’t want a remote control to work their toilet? Although we don’t have flying cars or hover-boards like Marty McFly experienced when visiting the future, in the iconic Back to the Future Parts II and III, we do have other really innovative technologies like the smart phone, robotic vacuum, and even a self-cleaning, remote control electronic toilet.
The newest bathroom luxury is designed to meet every modern day convenience anyone could ever want or need. From energy efficiency to hygiene maintenance the benefits are clear:
Low voltage light systems are a simple improvement that can have a huge impact on the beauty and curb appeal of your home post-sunset, in addition to aiding with the safety and security of your property. Low voltage lighting can be installed along walkways, driveways, and steps, or directed towards or hidden within trees and garden spaces. And with only three components — the transformer, the fixtures, and a low-voltage electrical cable connecting the two — installing low voltage lighting systems is a breeze.
Electrical Safety in the home is one of those things today that we often overlook. Electricity powers almost everything in the modern home, from the toaster oven to the high-definition television screen. But while we often take it for granted there are hidden dangers that every family and home owner must be aware of.
The following are 5 home electrical safety tips everyone should know:
There are a ton of ways to improve your home’s aesthetics, use, comfort, and energy-efficiency, but it’s a rare thing to have an item that can do all of the above. Ceiling fans can. If you’re wavering on whether or not to add a ceiling fan to one or more of your rooms, consider the following 5 benefits of ceiling fans you need to know about:
1. Reduced energy costs. While a ceiling fan can’t technically lower a room’s temperature, what it does is create a wind-chill effect (when rotating counter-clockwise) that makes a room feel colder than it actually is. This allows homeowners to use less of their AC while still enjoying a comfortable room. During winter, rotating the fan’s blades to circulate clockwise enables the fan to circulate warm air more effectively to reduce the use of a home furnace.
Has your electrical panel been sending you warning signals? Is it worth an electrical panel upgrade and replacing your old electrical panel? Do you find yourself taking another long walk to the metal box because the breakers have tripped again? Electrical fires have devastating effects on lives and property. If you own an older home, your panel may be outdated. With 53,000 houses destroyed in electrical fires yearly, the threat antiquated electrical panels pose to your safety and peace of mind is a serious one. Practicing prevention is the only way to properly address the issue.