Renovation is an integral part of living in a home. If you are thinking of electrical upgrades or heavy appliance additions you may not be able to estimate the cost for your renovation easily-especially if you’re renovating appliance heavy kitchen. Some questions you may have are whether you need a service panel upgrades and what kind of upgrades you would need. There are service panels for 100, 200, 400 amps and the type you need will be determined by your electrical needs. We have added a quick online quote which you can find on the far right of the dashboard. Select the parameters you need and it will calculate electrical requirements for the service panel. Another tool we have added is a calculator for your energy consumption, you can see how much your spending varies with different light bulbs that are available on the market so before you make a decision on what kind of lights you want, you have all the facts.
Recently it has become popular to install LED lighting, but what if you already have potlights with halogen bulbs? It is possible to get LED bulbs and save energy and money, switch to LED is simple. On the other hand if you don’t have any potlights what should you install?
Many do not realize but there is a difference between LED potlights and potlights with LED bulbs. Unlike regular lights, where the halogen bulb can be switched for an LED bulb, LED lighting cannot have any bulb other than LED. This is because LED potlights have a thermal safety switch with a lower temperature threshold to break contact than regular potlights. Therefore installing a regular bulb, which gets hotter than LEDs, into an LED potlight will result in weill result in lights periodically going out and lighing back up as the switch cools.
The fact that LED lights do not get hot makes them a primary choice for lighting in closed spaces where regular bulbs pose a fire hazard. There are some specific LED polights on the market that have special LED illuminators that cannot be replaced with regular LED bulbs. You should be careful buying those since the only replacement would be the exact same model or in some cases the entire fixture needs to be replaced. Some can last for years at a time which also can pose a problem once they go out, you may not be able to find the same model in 3 years if they get discontinued.
When buying LED lights it is important to check certification, make sure you do this step. Lighting is key component in creating a comfortable home, take your time to do the research and decide on the lighting fixtures that satisfy your tastes and functionality. If you’d like some advice please call or email us at Vicamp Electrical Services and we’ll be happy to help you.
If you have never been involved in building a house or doing major a renovation you may not be experienced with the process of electrical work that goes in it. If you are planning on having electrical work done in your home or your future home you may be interested in knowing the steps that come and why it is done that way in order to make some decisions. Our Vicamp Electrical Services team is very experience din electrical work especially ceiling lighting installation in Toronto, Mississauga, and Oakville areas. In this article we would like to illustrate the steps taken with an example of our recent work in ceiling lighting installation in Oakville for a subdivision of newly built homes. Our future articles will have examples and explanations of electrical work done in older houses for renovation, electrical upgrades, and electrical safety requirements.
Our example is a big project in a new development located in Oakville. Installation included ceiling lighting in Oakville, interior potlights and exterior potlights. This was done in 5 houses in the new subdivision north of Dundas and Neyagawa. The work was commissioned by the real estate agent to bring up the value of the new homes. Every home had from 60-110 potlights installed. The potlights used were 4 inches with PAR20 LED light bulbs rated at 7 watts. These lights are more energy efficient than their halogen counterparts, and thus are the right choice for environmentally friendly consumers. They are one of the first choices to go for when choosing ceiling lighting for a newly built homes but also great upgrades for those who wish to upgrade to have a more energy efficient home. Potlights in general have become a hallmark for interior design as they provide great lighting while not interfering with decor. For the second floor potlights used were IC rated as per electrical code. All ceiling lights installed were dimmable as per current quality and functionality standard. The dimmers for ceiling lights were all properly rated for LED bulbs. Outdoor potlights were installed around the house to give a beautiful look at night time. For outdoor potlights aluminum housing was used because it does not rust like metal. A different circuit was used for every group of 20-25 ceiling LED potlights as per electrical regulations. In dining rooms and breakfast areas our Vicamp team strategically installed chandeliers to provide the perfect ambiance for a sit down at a table.
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Thin enough to be installed into a wooden beam.
Lighting is as much of a design feature in a home or office as anything else. Regular recessed lighting runs into problems in situations where something, such as air ducts, support structure, or cement walls get in the way. Now there are recessed lights that are as thin as the ceiling drywall they are installed in, with them nothing gets in the way of installation and you can have any lighting design you desire. We can even install these lights recessed in a wooden beam. Take a look at the Potlight Guide to see what is on the market.
This winter is turning into a snowy wonderland and you may notice you hydro bills going up. Winter is not always the most productive season for renovations, especially outdoors. But here is what you can do to improve your home without going into major renovations while lowering your energy bills. That is go LED.
LED lighting is much more energy efficient than a halogen alternative. So while you do not have major renovations going on you can upgrade the lighting in less than a day.
People think that electricity is complicated and hard to understand. Imagine a diagram of all pipes supplying water for small city . This diagram could easily be mistaken for the wiring of large building. Understanding electricity is no more complicated than understanding a plumbing system . Electricity is invisible and can be so dangerous enough to cause serious injury . In the first instance , our eyes need the help of meters and test instruments to visualize electricity. Ohm’s law (Resistance = Volts/Amps) and stepping on a garden hose , which restricts the water flow and mechanical friction , are similar to the resistive nature of electrical circuit. The electricity that flows in electric circuit transports the energy.