Fans have been around much longer than traditional air conditioners and continue to be used throughout the country in the warmer summer months. Ceiling fans in particular run at a considerably lower cost than air conditioning systems and they are an aesthetically pleasing addition to any room, much more so than a standing fan or a desk fan. But if you do not currently have a fan installed in one or more of the rooms in your home that you use the most often, you may feel as though you don’t actually need one. Besides, it’s cold outside, and fans do little more than simply provide a little bit of a breeze, right?

Not quite. A ceiling fan is actually a great way to keep your body feeling cooler in the summer months. But more than that: a ceiling fan can lower your air conditioning bills and heating bills in the colder months as well. In this guide, we’ll take a look at ceiling fans and how they help to improve the conditions in your home year-round. 

Call Tamworth Electrician on 1800 00 2340 today to learn more about how ceiling fan installation can improve the conditions in your home.

Why Run the Ceilings Fans during the Cooler Months

Running a fan does not actually cool a room down. Instead, we feel cooler because the shape of the fan blades helps to push air down the sides of the room, which takes care of the extra layer of heat that covers our bodies. For this reason, you don’t have to run your air conditioner as often, effectively lowering your energy consumption and saving you money.

And a good ceiling fan can also help to save money on heating bills. Many ceiling fans come with a “reverse” switch to change the direction of the blades for heating purposes. Heat naturally rises, so when you run your heating system, much of the heat generated may get trapped near the ceiling. When used in conjunction with your forced-air furnace or heat pump, a ceiling fan helps to distribute heat evenly throughout the room. Your heating system will shut off sooner and you’ll save money on your bills and reduce wear and tear to the components of your heater.



Ceiling fan installation involves an electrical connection, and faulty installation may cause the electrical system to short out. Always trust an electrician for ceiling fan installation, like the experts at Tamworth Electrician. We have years of experience in selecting and installing quality ceiling fans in Tamworth NSW. We can be reached by calling 1800 00 2340 or inbox us.

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Space Heater Safety Tips

Every winter, thousands of families experience a home fire because of incorrect space heater use. Very sadly, some people even die in these fires. So, please – before you plug in the space heater and turn it up full blast, read these tips and use yours safely. That way, you can stay warm and safe at the same time. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Tamworth Electrician at 1800 00 2340.

1. Check the Label for Independent Certification:

Before you buy a space heater, make sure to look carefully at the labels and packaging to see that the space heater has been safety certified by an independent testing body. For example, the UL, ETL or CSA are international testing organizations that are independent of the manufacturers. This type of testing and certification ensures that you don’t have to rely on the manufacturer to tell you their space heater has been tested for safety—independent testers have done this.

2. Follow Safety Precautions on the Label

First of all, don’t buy too small of a heater to heat a large room, and don’t get a huge heater for a small room. Buy one that fits the space you need to heat. Also, be aware that there are hundreds of different kind of space heaters—some use electricity, some use natural gas or propane. You’ll need to take specific safety precautions for each of these types of power. For example, never use an electric space heater in a damp room like a bathroom. For a gas or propane heater, if you smell gas, turn off the controls, open a window and leave the room. Don’t flip on any switches or light any matches.

3. Use Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Regardless of whether you use space heaters or not, make sure your smoke detectors, fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries and are fully functional. Have them tested periodically, especially during the winter.

4. Look for Automatic Shut-Off Features

Newer models of space heaters have automatic shut-off features that will cut the power to the space heater if it tips over, senses moisture or that it’s overheating. And if you ever smell or see smoke or the lights flicker when you turn on the heater, turn it off and contact Root Electric for assistance.

5. Where to Put the Space Heater

Space-heater placement is also essential for safety. Make sure that you place your space heater on a level, hard, non-flammable floor, not a table or counter. Keep them well away from furniture, rugs, bedding and curtains (at least 3 feet). Don’t use space heaters in areas where you are using paint or flammable materials (workshops and garages). Also, don’t use space heaters in children’s bedrooms and keep pets and children away at all times.

6. Unplug when Unattended

Don’t use a space heater overnight or while you’re away from home. Turn off the controls and grasp the plug and pull straight out when unplugging (don’t yank the cord). Check the cord frequently for damage and do not plug space heaters into power strips – plug them directly into the wall outlet.

7. Space Heater Controls

Keep in mind that space heaters can draw a huge amount of power. So much so that if used incorrectly, they can trip circuits and use more power than your home is wired for. So instead of running it full power, run it at half power (750 watts, usually) so it won’t burn up your home’s electrical circuits.

If you have any questions or concerns about your space heater, please don’t hesitate to contact Tamworth Electrician for assistance. We can help you pick the right space heater for your space and let you know what power settings your home can handle. Most of all, we just want you and your family to be safe! So, call us: 1800 00 2340 or inbox us.
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Burglaries happen even the safest of neighbourhoods, and almost 45% of burglars gain entry to a house or property through the front door. This makes it the most common entry point for thieves and burglars, so you must make sure it is monitored at all times.

Many homeowners have CCTV cameras in the outdoor areas of their homes, but sometimes, there are blind spots where there is no coverage at all. Tech-savvy burglars are quite smart; they can circumvent these cameras in your landscape and gain entry to your home via the front door.

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Install a Front Door Security Camera

The best way to improve the security of your property is to install a front door security camera. Modern-day systems operate on smart technology, and you can monitor your property even from a remote location. It gives you some peace of mind that there is some form of protection and you can take action quickly in case you notice something amiss.

All you have to do is download an app onto your smartphone or desktop; you will receive an alert every time someone is at the front door. You can then access a real-time feed from your camera via your desktop app or smartphone.

Front Door Security Cameras – The Benefits

There are numerous benefits to getting a front door security camera installed. Here we take a look at them:

  • Deter Burglars – A security camera is proven to be an excellent burglar deterrent as most burglars are opportunists. Consider installing a front door security camera exactly above your front door so that burglars can see it from the yard or street level. This, in itself, will act as a deterrent for them. If you install some more cameras around the front yard that will significantly improve the security levels of your home.
  • Monitor Home Deliveries – Since deliveries come in during the daytime, most courier personnel place the package at your front door when they find that no one is at home. But imagine receiving a notification that your package has been delivered…only to come home to nothing. It isn’t uncommon for packages left at front doors to be stolen.

    But if you have a front door security camera positioned correctly and pointed at your front door and the entryway it can help you avoid this type of package theft, and you would be able to monitor your deliveries. In case theft occurs, the video footage can help you determine what happened and help track down the package – it becomes a tool to reinforce your courier claims.

  • Check Who’s At The Door – One of the best ways to keep you and your family safe when you are at home is to restrict entry to unknown persons. A regular peephole doesn’t help you get a good view of someone outside your door if they are beyond the lens coverage. In contrast, a correctly-placed front door camera can give you a broad view of your porch or entryway, and you can check who is at your door before opening it.
  • Check On Your Children Returning From School – Most people are at work when their kids return from school. When you have a front door security camera installed, you can check if they have arrived home safe & sound. Most modern devices send you a detected alert when there is someone at your front door. You then have the option to switch on the Live View mode and make sure your kids have entered the house. Some systems also allow you to speak with them via in-built 2-way audio.
  • Keep a check on when babysitters, cleaners and tradespeople come and go – Most professionals know exactly how they can get caught up at work beyond their standard office hours. A front door security camera can prove to be boon for busy people. You can monitor when babysitters and cleaners arrive and leave your home, and pay them for the time they have clocked.
  • Peace of Mind – If you hear any suspicious noises at night, you can quickly check the front door security camera’s live view via your smartphone without needing to step out. When you have this camera installed on your property, you have peace of mind and can sleep easy in the knowledge that your home is monitored round the clock.

Opt For the Best CCTV Camera Installations

As mentioned earlier, it’s also a good idea to have multiple security cameras installed on other areas of your property. That’s the best way to cover all your bases. Skilled and experienced CCTV installation professionals like the ones at our company can survey your property and offer their recommendations on where you should place the CCTV cameras for the best and most comprehensive coverage.

Never leave the safety and security of your family and home to chance. Today, there are many security devices you can install to keep your home safe. For any more information about our electrical maintenance services, feel free to contact Tamworth Electrician at 1800 00 2340. You can also inbox us, and one of our team members will contact you shortly.

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A windowless bathroom can be dull and dreary. Managing your morning routine in a dimly-lit space can make you feel apathetic and uninspired – not a great way to start your day! In fact, many studies show that exposure to bright light in the morning boosts energy and focus all day long.

Fortunately, brightening things up can really make a difference. The best lighting for bathrooms with no windows combines ambient lighting and task lighting to create a bright, functional space. Begin with bright overhead lighting that flows evenly throughout the room, and add focused lighting over the vanity to make tasks like shaving or applying makeup a breeze.

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What are the Best Light Bulbs for Bathrooms with No Windows?

Improving lighting in a given space involves more than just plugging in a higher-wattage bulb. Light quality is based on a few factors. Understanding your options can help you choose the best bulbs for bathrooms with no windows.

Light Bulb Types

There are three main types of bulbs available today: halogen incandescent, compact florescent lights (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs.) CFLs are not recommended for bathroom use because the frequent on/off usage patterns of typical bathroom lights shortens the bulb’s lifespan. Most experts suggest using LEDs for windowless bathrooms. Although incandescent bulbs will work fine, LEDs are significantly more energy efficient and last over 25 percent longer than incandescent bulbs.

Bulb Brightness

Brightness is measured in lumens. A typical household bulb emits about 800 lumens (This is equivalent to traditional 60 watt incandescent bulbs). For a windowless bathroom, ideal total lighting is at least 2,000 lumens. A centered, overhead light fixture that accommodates two or three bulbs will get you to that level, making up for the lack of natural light.

Color and Light Quality

Today’s bulbs have ratings and values on their labels that can be confusing. The color temperature, which is measured in Kelvins, rates the color or tone of emitted light. Lower color temperatures refer to warm light tones – yellow to soft white – and higher temperatures indicate cool, bright light with blue undertones. Typical incandescent bulbs are in the 2700K to 3000K range, pure white light is about 4000K, and natural daylight is 5000K. For general lighting in a windowless bathroom, consider something in the 3000K to 4000K range.

The color rendering index (CRI) refers to how an object’s color appears under the bulb’s light, when compared to how its coloring appears under ideal or natural lighting. A higher value indicates a more true representation of color. Incandescent bulbs generally have the highest CRI value of 100. For bathroom lighting, look for a CRI of 90 or higher, especially for task lighting that provides focal light over the bathroom mirror. To achieve optimal lighting for makeup application, try LEDs for general overhead lights and incandescent bulbs for additional task lighting.

Light Fixtures for Bathrooms

There are many types of light fixtures that work well in bathrooms. In small spaces, you may want to avoid low-hanging lights, but semi-flush ceiling mounted fixtures can be both appealing and practical. For windowless bathrooms, choose clear or white shades that let light through. Since moisture accumulation is often an issue in bathrooms, recessed lighting – which can allow moisture to escape into spaces above the ceiling – may not be the best choice.

To keep excess moisture from causing mold or mildew issues, check out this vital information about bathroom exhaust fans.

For vanity lighting, sconces on each side of the mirror will illuminate your face and minimize shadows from overhead lights while adding an elegant touch to your bathroom. If you prefer a more contemporary look, there are a number of vanity lights on the market, including Hollywood style kits – rope lights or globe sets that are placed all the way around the mirror.

Other Considerations for Lighting a Bathroom with No Windows

Bright bathroom lighting is a great way to electrify your morning, but what if you want to relax in the tub after an exhausting day? Installing a dimmer switch for overhead lighting will allow you to adjust lighting levels to suit your mood. Dimmer switches are now made for all types of bulbs, but older switches may only work with incandescent bulbs. Be sure to check a new dimmer switch’s label for information about light bulb compatibility.

Finally, a fresh coat of paint can really brighten up your windowless bathroom. 

Call for a Professional Consultation

Want an expert opinion on the best lighting for a bathroom with no windows? Tamwork Electrician offers professional lighting installation services. We can help with lighting design, fixture selection, and electrical outlet upgrades. Schedule service online or call 1800 00 2340  today.

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If you want expert ideas for how to install landscape lighting to maximize the beauty, safety, and value of your home, Tamworth Electrician is here to help. Your local electrician in Tamworth is dedicated to helping you create attractive lighting features that will illuminate your home’s yard or garden area while enhancing functionality and security.

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Benefits of Professional Landscape Lighting

With the right lighting design, you can create a yard that brings you joy and makes it possible for you to spend more time outside with family and friends. Plus, it will provide a nice boost to your home’s curb appeal and value and make your outdoor space safer and more secure. The return on investment you will experience with well-designed professional landscape lighting is significant.

How to Enhance Your Outdoor Area

How can you know what type of landscape lights to install and what they should illuminate in your yard or garden? Prior to installing lights in your landscaping, it’s a good idea to explore some ideas for professional landscape lighting, including where to shine the lights to provide optimal functionality and beauty.

Below are some of the top features to consider for your property:

  • Path Lights
    Lighting pathways on your property is a great opportunity to install post lights or in-ground lights. Pathway lighting is a dramatic way to enhance your yard’s safety and appearance and enhances the style of your walkways.
  • Spotlights
    Spotlights offer the opportunity to light up and draw attention to the most unique or interesting aspects of your property. You can choose where the spotlight shines; illuminate your house façade, a special tree, or a beautiful area of your garden.
  • Floodlights
    Maximize safety and security in your yard with motion sensor floodlights in dark corners or entry areas of your home.
  • Accent Lights
    Want to show off your gorgeous deck or patio steps? Accent lights will highlight certain areas with just the right amount of lighting.

Choose Tamworth Electrician for Professional Landscape Lighting Design and Installation

Do you need help figuring out which types of professional landscape lighting are ideal for your home’s outdoor space? Or, are you are ready to let the professionals handle your lighting design and installation? The local team at Mr. Electric is at your service. Call us today at 1800 00 2340 or request an appointment online now to get started.

 

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When most people think of childproofing their home, their minds jump to childproof outlets. The National Fire Protection Association stated that approximately 2,400 children suffer from shock and burns each year from electric outlets. However, childproof outlets are only the beginning to childproofing a home. Here’s some tips from Tamworth Electrician. 

 In the kitchen:

  •  Install latches on all cabinet doors so your child wont be able to get to dangerous household products
  •  Move potentially dangerous chemicals/products like medicine out of their reach.  We recommend putting these things on the top shelf.
  • When using the stove, use the back burners and turn the pot handles away from the edge of the counter.
  • Since there are lots of risks in this room, it is even a good idea to keep it gated to reduce the risk of your little on hurting themselves. 

In your bathrooms:

  • Install latches on all of your cabinets. 
  • Install toilet locks to keep your toilet closed.
  • Unplug hair dyers and curling irons.  Also when using these, keep them away from the edge of the counter where a child can grab them.
  • Don’t forget to cover your electrical outlets as well!

In the play area:

  • Make sure that toys smaller than 2cm are kept out of reach until the child is old enough.  These small toys are a choking hazard.
  • Keep porcelain objects (like the classic piggy bank) out of reach.  A child could grab it and it could break, thus risking getting cut. 

Other places in the house:

  • Install baby gates at the top and bottom of your stairs.
  • Put corner and edge bumpers on your furniture so your little one doesn’t bump his or her head when they are learning to walk.
  • Prevent furniture from tipping over by securing them to the wall or ground.  Some bookshelves and TV stands are now sold with brackets and anchors to prevent this.
  • Make sure that candles and matches are out of reach for your child.  Don’t leave an unsupervised child around a lit candle.
  • Cover your fireplace.  Children could fall and hurt themselves on the fireplace, plus it can get messy.

Don’t forget to childproof your home. You can never start to early or be too safe.  If you ever need more information about childproofing your outlets, Tamworth Electrician can help, call 1800 00 2340, inbox or email.

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There are many different home improvement projects you can consider in an older property. One of the best options Tamworth Electrician suggests is to upgrade the wiring entirely. The wiring in newer homes is generally up-to-date. However, if you live in an older house with its original installations still intact, rewiring could be a massive improvement in regards to safety and functionality. So how much does it cost to rewire a house? Read on to find out more about the benefits and associated costs.

Why Is Rewiring Your House Important?

If you’ve recently purchased a property with unreliable electrical wiring or are carrying out renovations, you must consider upgrading your property’s wiring. This aspect of a house is generally overlooked as it’s not in sight. Unless an electrical problem arises, these features go relatively unnoticed.

However, to prevent fires, electrical hazards, and shocks, you must ensure that your property’s wiring is up-to-date and in compliance with Australian standards. This is particularly true for older properties that have most likely only had minor electrical work done over the years. The wiring in such structures could be outdated, dangerous, and incorrectly installed.

Plenty of older homes have a single circuit that powers outlets, and all appliances are plugged into it. If you notice that the fuse blows every time multiple devices like the heater, hairdryer, and dishwasher, etc. are switched on simultaneously, consider rewiring your entire house. It will eliminate power trips entirely; you can split the outlets over several circuits to prevent them from overloading.

You must also ensure that you have the latest earthing system and switchboard. The importance of Residual Current Devices for maintaining the safety of your house and family cannot be overstated. A rewiring project generally consists of replacing the old wiring, inspecting the earthing system, installation of new power points and switches, and upgrading all components of the main switchboard.

Hire a Licensed Electrician

You should avoid carrying out dangerous DIY projects on your property’s electrical wiring unless you have certification for it. You should instead call in a licensed professional to carry out all electrical services. The cost of the project depends on the property’s size and the materials and labour required. Expect to pay roughly $80 to $120 per hour. Contact your landlord or real estate agent if you’re renting a property, as it is their job to organise this.

Building Permits

Your electrician will let you know what permits are required for carrying out electrical work. In some cases, they can also acquire them on your behalf. Based on the area you live in, these permits are not that expensive but have to be included in your budget.

Upgrading Electrical Switchboards

In older properties, the electrical switchboards run off fuses. If your house has one of these, you should consider replacing your entire electrical switchboard. This will cost you approximately $1000.

New Installations

Factors like the size of your property and type of upgrades you require (the installation of dimmer switches or new outlets) have to be taken into account to determine which materials will be used during the rewiring and electrical upgrade project.

The Benefits of Rewiring Your House

1. Safety

Old wiring slowly deteriorates over time, and if not replaced, can give rise to a fire hazard. To maintain the safety of your family, consider calling in a licensed professional to examine the wiring and earthing system. Besides, it also ensures that you are in compliance with Australian Standards.

2. Separate Circuits

An additional benefit of rewiring your house is that you can now set up separate circuits for essential elements like your security alarm system or the hot water heater. This will prevent less important appliances from tripping their own circuits, in turn affecting the more critical elements in your house.

Rewiring your house presents you with the perfect opportunity to customise your living spaces for comfort. You get to place the electrical outlets you need in areas where they will be utilised the highest. Older properties were not designed with numerous electrical appliances in mind. You can also incorporate dimmer switches and motion sensor lights into your new rewired system.

For any more information, feel free to contact Tamworth Electrician at 1300 00 2340 or write to us at this email address and we will call back shortly. Our experts will discuss your requirements in detail and will make sure they provide solutions that work perfectly for you and fit right into your budget.

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How to Choose Light Bulbs for Each Area of Your Home

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Is your home feeling dark and drab? Many of us don’t give much thought to home lighting, but choosing the best light bulbs for your home can enhance the atmosphere, save money on your electric bills, and even increase your productivity. Knowing how to choose light bulbs that work best in a given space can be challenging if you are unsure of your options.

Light Bulb Performance

Light bulb brightness and color can alter the appearance of the room and even impact your mood while you’re in the space. Therefore, it’s not a good idea to buy a whole case of the same light bulb and install them throughout your house. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing light bulbs for each area of your home.

  • Brightness
    Light brightness is measured in lumens, and the amount of energy it takes to produce a given lumen level is measured in watts. Standard incandescent bulbs commonly range from 40 watt bulbs, which produce 450 lumens, to 100 watt bulbs, which produce 1,600 lumens. In rooms that require higher light levels like kitchens or home offices, choose light bulbs with higher lumen levels. Low light spaces, like hallways or closets, may only need bulbs with an output of 450 to 800 lumens.
  • Temperature
    Today’s light bulb labels refer to “color temperature,” which is measured in Kelvins. Lower temperatures indicate warmer tones. A light color measurement of 2700K to 3000K is comparable to the warm yellow or white tones of incandescent light bulbs, while a 4000K bulb emits a pure, white light. The best light bulbs for natural light are 5000K bulbs, which emit a cool tone that simulates daylight.
  • Color Rendering Index
    Another measurement, often used with CFL bulbs, is the color rendering index (CRI.) The CRI refers to how an object’s color appears under the bulb’s light, when compared to how its coloring appears under ideal or natural lighting. A higher value indicates a more true representation of color. Incandescent bulbs typically have a CRI value of 100, which is the highest possible value. Florescent lighting usually ranges between 50 and 98, and LEDs fall between 80 to 98. A CRI value of 80 or higher is ideal, but you may want to consider higher values for spaces where a true rendition of coloring matters – bathroom vanity areas or home art studios, for example.


Types of Light Bulbs

There are three main types of bulbs on the market today: halogen incandescent bulbs, compact florescent bulbs, and LEDs. Light quality is now fairly standard across all three types, but cost and energy efficiency vary considerably.

  1. Incandescent bulbs have been around for more than a century and were the main choice for home lighting for most of the 20th century. Today’s halogen incandescent bulbs come in a variety of shapes and colors. They emit a warm, ambient light that flatters skin tones. Although they are not energy-efficient – less than 10 percent of the energy they consume is converted to visible light – they are the least expensive option. Since of lot of the energy they take in is converted to heat, they can be hot to the touch.
  2. Compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs) operate just like those long fluorescent tube lights you see in classrooms and stores, but they are compactly coiled to work in traditional light fixtures. Energy Star-rated CFLs use roughly one-third the energy of halogen incandescent bulbs while still giving out the same level of light, and they last up to 8-10 times longer. CFLs produce heat, and their lifespan may be reduced when placed in glass or globe fixtures due to limited ventilation. Their lifespan is also shortened when they are turned on and off frequently, and you may notice flickering or a slight lag each time they are turned on.

CFLs have a reputation of giving off harsh light, but newer versions are available in cool or warm (white to yellow) tones. CFLs may not work with traditional dimmer switches, so be sure to check the packaging for compatibility. One caution: florescent bulbs contain small amounts of mercury, causing a hazard if they break. Proper disposal or recycling of CFL bulbs is critical. (Check here for recycling options.)

  1. LED bulbs (light emitting diode) are the newest light bulbs to hit the market. They are the most costly, but they are also the most energy efficient. An LED bulb emits little to no heat and uses just 6-8 watts of energy to produce the same brightness as a standard 60 watt incandescent bulb. They last about six times longer than CFLs and over 30 times longer than incandescent bulbs. While incandescent bulbs and CFLs emit light in all directions, LEDs are directional. To counteract this feature, LEDs light bulbs have a special coating to diffuse light, but lower quality bulbs may seem dimmer than their counterparts.

Tamworth Electrician recommends upgrading to LED lights – and then watch your savings grow!


Light Bulb Recommendations Throughout Your Home

Choosing the best light bulbs for your home requires room-by-room evaluation. Consider your home’s unique needs when selecting bulbs and light fixtures. To save energy, use LED bulbs in places where lights are left on for long periods of time. Use these tips as a guide:

  • Kitchens
    Typically, you’ll want brighter light (5,000 to 10,000 lumens total) in task-oriented rooms like kitchens. Overhead or recessed fixtures with LEDs are a good choice, and under-cabinet lights can make a huge difference in food preparation areas.
  • Bathrooms
    Moderate to bright general lighting, with additional task lighting near the bathroom vanity is a good choice. Remember to choose a bulb with a high CRI. A halogen incandescent that doubles as a heat lamp is one option that can help you avoid post-shower shivers. Another tip: avoid CFLs in the bathroom. These lights are frequently turned on and off, which causes CFLs to burn out more quickly than normal.
  • Living Rooms/Dining Rooms
    Low to moderate lighting levels are typical for these spaces. A ceiling fan with light kit may work well. Choose bulbs with color temperatures of around 2,000K to 3,000K for warm, soft lighting. Add desk lamps for additional reading light, if needed. For an elegant look, install pendant lights or a chandelier above the dining room table.
  • Bedrooms
    Low to moderate lighting levels work well in bedrooms, too. Avoid bulbs with cool tones. Exposure to their bluish light before bedtime may make it harder to fall asleep.
  • Home Offices
    Install bright general lighting, with targeted task lighting for workspaces. Cool tones with a color temperature of 4000K or higher can help keep you alert and focused.


Let the Experts at Tamworth Electrician Help with Your Home Lighting Needs

Even if you know how to choose light bulbs, upgrading your lighting may not be something you want to do on your own. There are so many decisions beyond bulbs – from choosing distinctive lighting fixtures to deciding where to install dimmer switches. Don’t let your motivation dim! Tamworth Electrician specializes in lighting design and installations. Call us at 1800 00 2340 or inbox on Facebook: m.me/tamworthelectrician

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Top five U.S. states with the longest power outages | Cummins Inc.

Having a good idea of how long power outages last will help ensure that you are properly prepared for when the lights go out. At Tamworth Electrician, we understand how important it is to not only properly prepare for a power outage but also to know what to do during a power outage. That is why our expert team has put together some helpful information that will help you during the next power outage.

Common Duration of Power Outages

While most power outages tend to be over as quickly as they begin, more severe power outages can last for days or even weeks. Power outages can be caused by extreme weather conditions—freezing rain, sleet storms, and high winds — which damage powerlines and equipment or by cold snaps or heat waves that overload the power grid.

What to do During a Power Outage?

The first thing you should check during a power outage is whether or not the outage is limited to your home. If your neighbours’ power is still on, make sure to check your circuit breaker panel or fuse box to see if there is a problem. In the event that there is not a problem with a breaker or a fuse, you will need to notify your electric supply company, as the issue could be the service wires leading to your house.

During an extended power outage—whether it is limited to your house or it also affects your neighbours—you should:

  • Turn off all tools, appliances, and electronic equipment and lower thermostats to a minimum to prevent damage from a power surge.
  • Turn off all lights except for one, so that you know when the power has been restored.
  • Avoid opening the fridge or freezer unless absolutely necessary.
  • Never use a charcoal or gas barbecue, camping heating equipment, or home generators indoors because they give off carbon monoxide which is life-threatening.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended or within reach of children and always use proper candle holders.
  • Listen to information on the power outage and advice from authorities on your battery-powered or crank radio.
  • Ensure that your home has a working carbon monoxide detector.
  • Protect sensitive electrical devices, including TVs, computers, and Blu-ray players, with a surge-protecting powerbar.

If you would like to learn more about how long power outages last, or if you are interested in one of our residential electrical services, please contact Expert Electric at 1800 00 2340.

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Problems with Halogen Downlights

1. Heat stress

Halogen downlights can reach internal temperatures of up to 370 degrees! This heats up the light fitting as well as the surrounding space. If the halogen downlights are incorrectly installed too close to insulation or timber in the ceiling, they pose a serious fire risk. A good indicator of heat stress is the discolouration of the fitting or flaking paint. It is common for electricians to find charred timbers in the roof space when upgrading the lighting!

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Burnt halogen transformer caused by heat stress in the roof space

2. Old technology

The transformers in halogen downlights are unreliable and can cause lights to turn on and off randomly. They also operate at a high temperature so they waste a lot of energy in generating heat rather than light.

3. Poor light output

Halogen downlights lose their brightness far more quickly than LED downlights, with a 1-2 year old halogen downlight being only half as bright as when it was first installed!

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Halogen downlights lose their brightness very quickly!

4. Shorter lifespan

Halogen downlights are rated to last up to 8,000 hours. While this might sound like a lot, it isn’t very much when you compare it to the average LED downlight which is rated to last over 40,000 hours!

5. Highly inefficient

Halogen downlights use up to 10 times more electricity than LED downlights. When you add up the number of downlights in your house, they can easily become very expensive to run.

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Halogen lights are 10 x less efficient than LED downlights


Why Upgrade to LED Downlights?

  • Modern LED downlights are safer, more energy efficient, more reliable and longer-lasting
  • Upgrading to LED downlights could save you $18 per year in running costs for each light fitting
  • Halogen downlights are being phased out, so it will get harder to buy replacement globes
  • LEDs have a brighter, longer-lasting light output and now come in various colour options to suit your space
  • Less heat output from LED downlights makes it easier to cool your house down in summer
  • Most LED downlights are fully sealed, so there’s no heat loss in winter through gaps in the ceiling
SAL Ecogem LED Downlights
SAL Ecogem LED downlights are high quality and come with an Australian warranty

Tamworth Electrician an upgrade your lighting to the latest in energy efficient LED technology. Offering better light output and longer life at a fraction of the running costs compared to traditional fluorescent and incandescent lighting, why would you wait? Tamworth Electrician only installs quality LED downlights that comply with Australian electrical safety standards and come with an Australian warranty.

Call Tamworth Electrician on 1800 00 2340, email contact@tamworthelectrician.com or inbox us on Facebook!

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