Electrical Safety Tips for Older Homes

Electricity has become such a standard part of our daily lives that it is often taken for granted, but electrical failures are a leading cause of home fires every year. Homes with aging electrical systems are at increased risk for electrical fires. It’s important to note that all electrical work in your home should be performed by a licensed electrician in accordance with local and national codes. Follow these safety tips to identify and prevent electrical hazards.

Reasons to Get an Electrical Inspection

  • Your home is 40 years old or older
  • You purchase a previously owned home
  • Your home has undergone a major renovation
  • You have added major new appliances in the last 10 years

Warning Signs

  • Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers;
  • A tingling feeling or slight shock when you touch an appliance
  • Outlets and/or switches that are warm or make crackling, sizzling, or buzzing noises
  • Flickering or dimming lights.

Circuit Breakers and Outlets

  • Consider having your circuit breakers replaced with arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), which provide enhanced electrical fire protection by detecting dangerous arcing conditions.
  • Make sure all electrical panel circuits are properly labeled. Always replace fuses or circuit breakers with the correct size and amperage.
  • Use ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)-protected outlets in areas where electricity is near a water source, like in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Every month use the TEST buttons to check that GFCIs, AFCIs, and smoke alarms are working properly.
  • Routinely check cords, outlets, switches, and appliances for signs of damage. Do not use damaged electrical devices.
  • Do not overload outlets with too many devices or appliances.

Cords, Plugs, and Lights

  • Do not use extension cords on a permanent basis, and never use them with major appliances.
  • Never run electrical cords under rugs or carpets.
  • Do not pinch cords under furniture or in windows/doors.
  • Always use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture

If you are concerned about your home’s electrical safety or are interested in having peace-of-mind that your electrical system is safe. We would be happy to provide you with a comprehensive electrical safety inspection. Please give us a call

 

 

The Importance of Quality Home Office Lighting

sleek black desk with desk lamp lighting in a home office

When you work from home… Typically, you fawn over your workspace in the beginning, and “want” it neat and organized. You are excited to setup your desk, your printer and computer. The artwork, pictures and your chair is all thoughtfully considered. Then you get to work! The lighting isn’t great, but you ignore it… Next thing you know you are complaining about neck pain, and headaches, and you don’t feel as productive as you were in the office… so what’s wrong? Existing ambient lighting is not intended for functional lighting in the home office, and it’s necessary to add additional sources.
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Track is Back: How to Incorporate Track Lighting Into Your Home

track lighting

Track lighting was most popular in the 80s, though it is making its comeback with more modern and contemporary looks. It offers a usefulness that is enticing to designers and savvy homeowners. Traditionally used in living rooms, it’s now being installed in kitchens, dining rooms and bedrooms where it’s used indirectly by pointing the light source at shelving units, artwork or display cabinets. While it can also be used for general purpose lighting, there are so many other ways to utilize track lighting. Here are three modern ways to incorporate track lighting into your home!

Give Your Home “Curve” Appeal
Although track lighting can be used in straight lines, it can also be fun to take a new twist on it! These days, track lighting can easily be shaped into curvy lines. Not only does this feature make it easy for lighting to be incorporated into irregularly proportioned rooms, but it can also add interest to a space. Additionally, if your home has a one-off room that is difficult to evenly light, there’s sure to be a track lighting system that will do the trick.

Accentuate Accent Walls
Track lighting is a great way to shed light on an accent wall that you have put time and money into creating. For instance, if you have a wall in your living room that features unique decor, track lighting is the perfect way to enhance it; if you have a brick wall in your kitchen, use it to highlight this special asset; if you have a wall covered in chic plants, a track lighting system will bring it to life. While most people don’t think of this type of lighting system as an obvious choice for bedrooms, if your bedroom has an accent wall—either painted a different color, covered in wallpaper or in a different texture—track lighting will make it look that much more special. When it comes to installing this type of system in a bedroom, just be sure to opt for one that can be dimmed so you can control the brightness of the light.

Highlight Hallways
When long, thin hallways are only lit with ceiling mounted light fittings, they can appear to be dark and gloomy. Even if the ceiling mounted light is accompanied by wall mounted lights or a lamp, it still doesn’t make enough of a difference in brightness. Luckily, installing track lighting can transform your dark hallways into the brightly lit hallways of your dreams!

Ready to install track lighting into your home? Let the professionals at Farryn Electric install this comeback lighting system into your home to create a modern and unique space. Contact us today!