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Are You Using the Right Power Strip?

We all have them—Power strips. The irony of our increasingly wireless society is that our homes and businesses no longer have enough outlets for all the things that we need to the plugin. As a result, we rely on power strips to access electricity and act as a safety valve should there be a power...
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15
Jul

How to Dispose of E-Waste Safely

E-Waste or electronic waste is a huge environmental concern. Electronic waste is composed of hazardous chemicals such as lead, beryllium, cadmium, and mercury. As commercial/industrial electricians, we are conscious of minimizing the impact of electrical waste on the environment. But each of us can make an even greater impact by responsibly dealing with the waste...
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15
Jun

Myth-Busting Power Line and Electrical Wire Safety

With storm season well underway, it is good to think about safety around power lines and electrical wires. It’s not uncommon for them to be knocked down by fallen trees and other debris. We should dispel several myths to make sure you have all the facts to keep you safe. Myth #1 Power Lines are...
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17
May

Should You Flip Your Circuit Breaker Before Vacation?

Getting ready to go on vacation can be a lot of work. The day you leave, it might occur to you that you could save some money by unplugging all the appliances. It may even be safer! After all, there will be less chance of an electrical fire. Right? But the thought of unplugging every...
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30
Mar

Watts, Amps, Volts, Ohms & Electrical Safety

Most people know that watts, amps, volts, and ohms are electrical terms, but they often aren’t sure of what they mean. Today we will look at these terms as well as basic electrical safety. The three most basic units in electricity are voltage, current, and resistance.         Voltage is measured in volts....
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04
Mar

Brewery Electrical Safety

Electrical safety is always a big deal. But when you own a brewery, many special conditions don’t exist in other businesses. That’s why an industrial electrician experienced in breweries is the only person you should have working on your electrical system. Electrical Safety is a Primary Concern in Breweries for Three Big Reasons    ...
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02
Feb

Why Do Transformers Hum?

A transformer has no moving parts, so why does it make a humming sound? There are actually multiple causes of transformer noise. The main one is the Magnetostriction Effect. This is when the current that flows through the transformer’s coils creates a magnetic field. The magnetic field then changes the dimensions of the transformer’s iron...
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04
Jan

Power Outages When Working Remotely

 This year, Americans have learned many things about working from home. We’ve set up our home offices, we can zoom like a boss, and many of us have even been juggling the job with kids. But what do we do if the power goes out? Weather-related power outages have doubled since 2003. Yet often electricity...
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02
Dec

Temperature and Various Kinds of Lighting

Various lighting choices have their strengths and weaknesses. But, in Minnesota, the temperature is an essential factor in which type of light you choose. During the summer, temperatures in Minnesota average in the mid-80s F (30 °C) with temperatures as hot as 114 °F (46 °C) possible. Temperatures of -30°F (-34.4°C) are typical during the...
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05
Nov

Electrical Safety for the Holidays

The holidays are coming up and it’s time to start thinking about how you can keep your family safe. Electrical safety is something that we should all be paying attention to. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) estimates that nearly half of all electrical fire deaths occur December through March. Thankfully, there are things that...
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02
Oct

Do Dimmer Switches Save Energy

Dimmer switches have been around in one form or other for almost as long as the light bulb. There are lots of reasons to use dimmer switches. What are they, and is saving energy among them? A Little Romance Dimmer switches give you a lot more control over how much light is in a room....
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10
Sep

What is an Arc Flash Analysis?

What is an Arc Flash Incident? When electrical current travels through the air or a potential path, other than its intended path, you get an electrical arc. This produces a lot of energy and heat. It happens quickly (under a second) but can at times last as long as minutes. This is known as an...
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20
Aug

Electrical Energy Vampires

During the summer, electrical bills go up, thanks to air conditioning costs. If you want to lower your monthly bill, that’s a great place to start. But there are other ways to reduce your energy costs all year long. They include banishing energy vampires! What are Energy Vampires? Electrical devices and appliances continue to suck...
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20
Jul

How Surge Protectors Work

The average household now has over seven active devices in use each day, with 6% of households having more than 15 active devices. [1] Those devices are often expensive and fragile. While most people know that a power surge can fry their device, very few know how to prevent this from happening. They often know...
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24
Jun

Lower the Cost of Running your Air Conditioner

Of all the things in your home that affect your electric bill, your air conditioner makes the biggest impact. As we move into full-fledged AC season, the jump in our electric bills is an unwanted side-effect. The air conditioners we use today are far more efficient than those that were manufactured a few years ago....
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29
May

The Advantages of LED Lighting

 LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lighting is perhaps the most exciting technological advancement in the lighting industry. What are some of the advantages of LED lighting? Service Life Long service life is one of the greatest benefits of LED lights. You may have heard that traditional incandescent bulbs have an average expected lifetime of 1000 hours...
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20
Apr

Commercial Generators mean Business as Usual

As a business owner, you know that a power outage can cost you a lot. One estimate is that power outages cost businesses over $27 billion annually.[1] When the power goes out, production lines grind to a halt. Financial corporations can’t carry out essential transactions. Power failures can cause an irrecoverable loss of thousands of...
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26
Mar

Are You in the Dark about Circuit Breakers?

When is the last time you thought about your circuit breaker? It’s likely that it was when one of your circuits was tripped and you found yourself in the dark. Circuit breakers ensure that the electricity in your business is safely distributed. Let’s look at how they perform that function, and why you may find...
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24
Feb

Preventative Maintenance for your Electrical System

Nothing lasts forever. As things age, they begin to wear out and break down. This includes your electrical system. Most people don’t think about their electrical system until something goes wrong. By setting up a preventive maintenance schedule with your electrician, you can save yourself a lot of trouble later. After all, if the electrical...
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22
Jan

How GCFI Electrical Receptacles Work

Because electricity can be deadly if it isn’t controlled properly, it’s essential to have safeguards in place to stop the flow of electricity if it ever leaves its intended circuit. One of the ways you can keep yourself and others safe, in your home and your business, is to have properly installed and functioning GCFI...
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11
Dec

5 Questions to Ask When Hiring an Electrician

When hiring an electrician, you want someone who explains what he or she is doing. It is also important to know what questions you should ask an electrician to help you know that they will be a good fit for your current job, as well as a source to call for emergencies and other projects...
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15
Nov

Parking Lot Lighting & Maintenance

The only time anyone really thinks about parking lot lighting is when there isn’t enough light.  The role these lights play in keeping your employees and customers safe is crucial, but it can have an impact on the productivity or sales at your business. Why Parking Lot Lights All business parking lots should be well-lit...
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15
Oct

Emergency Backup Generators & Emergency Systems

Backup generators are programmed generators that serve as a standby power source in the event of a normal power outage. These generators are made available in banks, hospitals, and very tall buildings to power functions like elevators, emergency lighting, life support systems. They are also available in residential buildings and are used to power refrigerators,...
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15
Sep

LED Lighting Design & Installation

The importance of lighting in a commercial or industrial building cannot be overstated – it has the ability to transform a building to a fully functional one. It helps bring out the best in the design of an office, retail premises, warehouses, factories and many more. There are some similarities in the design of LED...
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15
Aug

Thermal Imaging

Thermal Imaging is images produced by equipment using Infrared Imaging Science. Thermographic cameras usually detect radiations in the infrared range and produce the images, called Thermograms. Thermography makes it possible to visualize one’s environment with or without visible illumination. This imaging science is applicable in the military and useful for surveillance systems. The thermal imaging...
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Military Scope
15
Jul

Generator & Standby Power System Installation

Power failure is an occupational hazard that is impossible do away with – having a quality standby power system is the best way to guarantee the smooth running of your commercial and industrial operations. In order to avoid critical system failure due to power outage, you should have a standby power system. The installation of...
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15
Jun

How to Select a Fire Alarm System for Your Business

Fire Alarm Installation The recent London Tower disaster has ensured that the topic of fire prevention and emergencies is in the limelight. As a commercial and industrial electrician, I know the importance of having a well-designed electrical system supporting an airtight up-to-date and effective fire alarm system. A typical fire alarm system comprises of several...
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15
May

Variable Frequency Drives

A variable-frequency drive (VFD) or variable speed drive (VSD), AC drive, microdrive, or inverter drive is a type of adjustable-speed drive used in electro-mechanical drive systems to control AC motor speed and torque by varying motor input frequency and voltage. VFDs are used in applications ranging from small appliances to large compressors. About 25% of...
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15
Apr

Electrical Troubleshooting

Most people know that troubleshooting is the process of solving a problem but when it comes to electrical in electricity, troubleshooting is done when there is an electrical fault. Electrical troubleshooting can be defined as an act of determining faults in an electric circuit by analyzing the behavior and operation of the faulty circuit, after...
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15
Mar