Why Upgrade Your Halogen Downlights to LED Downlights

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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! 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! 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 … Read More


Electrical Switchboard Upgrade in Tamworth

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Your electrical switchboard is the electrical hub of your home. Switchboards often need maintenance and occasionally upgrading inorder to fulfil their role, Tamworth Electrician can maintain and upgrade both residential and commercial switchboards. What is a Switchboard? They distribute electricity around your home so when you switch a light on or turn on the TV, they ensure that the right supply of electricity is in the right place at the right time. Modern switchboards also contain safety switches that interrupt the power supply if and when a problem arises. They lower the risk of any electrical fire, while also protecting those within the home who might otherwise be at risk from electrocution should a fault occur. In other words they act as a safety net. The Problem With Old Switchboards The problem with older switchboards is that they were built in a time when fewer electrical appliances were used. As a result the devices and equipment that are commonly used in the modern day home may place demands on older boards that can in turn pose both a fire risk and dangerous electrical problems. In addition when there is an electrical overload, older switchboards simply don’t have the safety mechanisms … Read More


Tamworth Electrician’s Guide to Autumn

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Autumn in Tamworth ius a time that we look to reduce our reliance on airconditioning systems and switch to natural ventelation, whislt also gearing up for the chilly winter ahead. There are lots of ways you can prepare your home for the fat approaching winter months to reduce your energy bills and make your living space more comfortable. Here are a few suggestions to consider implementing this autumn in preparation for winter.  Have a look around your home and find ways to retain heat. Suggestions include: Draught proofing your home. HINT: use adhesive foam strips to fill the gap between doors, windows and frames.  Invest in insulation. Curtains Blockout curtains keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer.  Lighting In the darker months, consider switching to energy efficient LED lighting.  Set your cooling to 25 to 27°C. These changes pay off: every degree you increase your heating and cooling increases energy use by around 5 to 10 Wear warmer clothes before turning on the heat.  Utilise and setup energy efficient appliances.  Clothes dryers are big energy users, so use clothes racks on verandahs, indoors in your already heated rooms, or outdoors while the good weather lasts. Turn off … Read More


Tips for Tamworth Businesses to Save Energy

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Business and property manager’s are always looking for ways to raise their bottom line. Electricity bills form a huge chunk of monthly expendetures that could potentially be significantly decreased. The team at Tamworth Electrician, your Local Electrician in Tamworth has compiled 7 tips for local business’s to save energy. 1. Update Lighting Save up to 80% in lighting costs. Motion sensors on timers limit the amount of time that light’s are on. This counteracts those forgetful employees when they don’t remember to turn off the lights. LED Lighting uses 60% Less Electricity and Lasts 5000% Longer. Upgrade outdates incandescent bulbs with LED lighting. Checkout our comparison on the lifespan of different lights in our recent blog post: Lifespan of Electrical Components in Tamworth Households. 2. Power Management Settings Many devices in the office have power management settings that can be applied to save on energy usage. Computers: Configure computer power management settings. Setting computers to shut down at scheduled times can significantly reduce power consumption. Having sleep options and black screen savers configured will also reduce consumption. Devices: ensure other devices sleep mode are configured (such as computer printers). 3. Check Power Management Settings Regularly Having administrator restrictions on the … Read More


5 Benefits of Installing CCTV in Tamworth Home’s

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[md_image_box_slider md_image_box_slider_animation_speed="200" image_box_slider_image="7317" md_image_box_slider_animation_delay="0.0"][md_text md_text_title_separator="no" md_text_title1="pixflow_base64IA==" md_text_title_description="" md_text_title_description2="" md_text_desc_google_fonts="font_family:Roboto%3Aregular%2C100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal" md_title_bottom_space_description=""]CCTV installed in Tamworth homes can dramatically increase the security of your property and keep your family protected, so we’ve put together our top 5 benefits of installing CCTV in your home to help give you incentive to install CCTV to your premises: Tamworth Electrician offers CCTV installation services that you can access and monitor anywhere in the world.1. Insurance deductions While financial gain probably isn’t your number one motivator for installing a security system, it is certainly an added bonus that can make CCTV seem more appealing! When evaluating your insurance policy, the security of your property plays a huge impact on the amount of money you will pay, so by taking steps to make your property more secure and reduce the likelihood of your property being damaged or vandalised, you are in turn reducing the likelihood of you making a claim, allowing your insurance provider to reduce your policy costs.2. Visual crime deterrent CCTV can act as a huge deterrent to criminals, especially when it comes to pre-planned crimes. This means that thieves are much less likely to target your home, helping keep your belongings secure and increasing the ... Read More


Lifespan of Electrical Components in Tamworth Households

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Knowing the lifespan of your electrical components is essential to avoid unexpected power outages and keep the occupants of the property safe. Looking for an electrician in tamworth? Tamworth Electrician can help you maintain your households electrical components. Whether you're a Tamworth local or have investment properties in the region, here are 4 electrical components that need to be maintained. 1. Lighting Bulb Type Lifespan Incandescent 1 - 2 000 hrs Halogen 6 - 8 000 hrs Compact Fluoro 10 000 hrs LED's 50 000 hrs Fixtures can last a long time, however down-lighting minimizes the risk of damage to these fixtures (requiring replacement).   2. Circuit Breakers Prevent harmful sparks potentially causing electrocution or fires in the walls. These can typically last 15-30 years. 3. Power Points Prevent harmful shocks from appliances. These are expected to last 30 years. 4. Service Panels The hub of a home's electricity supply. These must be in perfect condition to reduce electrical hazards and keep the occupents safe. Most panels have a 60 year life expectancy, however, should be maintained regularly. Checkout our other blog post : Should I Upgrade my Electrical Panel. Do you need maintenance carried out on your private or ... Read More


Understand Energy Rating Labels

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The Energy Rating Label tells you how much electricity an appliance will use. You can compare the running costs of appliances with similar features by comparing their labels. Have a question about Energy Rating Labels? Inbox your questions to receive free answers from your local electrician in Tamworth. Top 3 Tips from Tamworth Electrician NOTE: The products you’re comparing need to be of a similar size and have similar features. The kWh figure is based on assumptions about usage. How you use your appliance will affect how much electricity it will use, as will the climate you live in. 1. The More Stars The More Savings Invest in appliances with higher star ratings. These will use less electricity and cost less to run than other appliances of the same type. 2. Lower Energy Use = More Efficient Appliances with a similar star rating, compare the usage figure. The lower the usage, the less they will cost to run. 3. More Effient Appliances Save You Money Appliances that cost less to run will reduce your electricity bill saving you money. Tamworth Electrician offers home energy audits to save you money! If you would like to invest in a home energy audit … Read More


Saving Tamworth Money on Electricity: Dishwasher Tips

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A dishwasher often saves you time and cleans your dishes to a higher standard than hand-washing alone. In recent years, they have become a staple in all modern homes but runnings them and replacing them can come at a cost! Your local electrician in Tamworth wants to help save every cent on energy you spend this year! This article follows our series ‘Saving Tamworth Money on Electricity’ and takes a look at ways to make your dishwasher last longer. Clean the rubber seal around the door. Clean the spray arm of food debris and scale occasionally. Clean filters according to manufacturer instructions. Consider regularly running a dishwasher cleaner. Only run full cycles. Consider running on ‘eco’ mode. Consider skipping energy hungry ‘drying’ cycles and allow dishes to airdry with door open. If you’re considering installing a dishwasher, you will need a power outlet in a safe and dry location installed by a licensed eectrician. Our team can help identify a suitable location and install the appliance for you. For help, contact us on 0421 359 324 or ww.facebook.com/tamworthelectrician or contact@tamworthelectrician.com


Saving Tamworth Money on Electricity: Make Your Refrigerator Last Longer

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Maintaining your fridge/freezer will decrease the wear and tear on your machine as well as save you money on energy and possible spoiled groceries. Your local electrician in Tamworth wants to help save every cent on energy you spend this year! This article follows our series ‘Saving Tamworth Money on Electricity’ and takes a look at ways to make your refrigerator last longer. Checkout these simple tips to help prevent the need to be forking out hundreds or even thousands on a new refrigerator! Unplug your fridge and vacuum the condenser coils on the back of your fridge. In older freezers, defrost them occasionally to prevent excessive ice buildup. If the ice is thicker than 1cm it is time to defrost your freezer! Newer models do this by themself. Clean drip openings and pans and replace water filters according to instruction manual. Clean around the rubber seal on the door regularly. Keep your fridge at the highest temperature possible to keep your food cool. Fridge: 0-5 degrees celsius Freezer: -18 degrees celsius Is your energy bill higher than expected? This could be due to many factors that our licensed electricians could identify and help you with. Consider checking our how … Read More


Electrical Accessories for Tamworth Kitchens

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Being the place that the family all gathers, the heart of all homes is the kitchen. It’s not surprising to know that the kitchen is the most renovated space in homes in Australia. Whether you want to modernise the electrical in your kitchen to increase your homes value or bring it into the technology age, we have five electrical accessories for you to consider installing in your kitchen. 1. Lighting Dimmers While preparing food, there is no doubt that you need good lighting in the kitchen. Dimmable lighting comes in handy after a long day or to even set a more romantic mood throughout your home. Dimmed lights may also act as a nightlight to help you navigate your home and are inexpensive for your local electrician to install. 2. Feature Lighting Frame the space and match your lighting with your decor. Accent lighting in the form of pendant lights are on-trend and are a must have in your new kitchen. We can help you select suitable feature lighting that is on trend to increase the appeal and value of your home! 3. Data Ports As tehcnology progresses, smart devices and internet connectivitity is becomming a necessity throughout your home. … Read More