Lighting Ideas for Bathrooms With No Windows

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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. 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. … Read More

Landscape Lighting Install and Boost Home Value

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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. 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 LightsLighting pathways on … Read More

Child Proof Your Home: Outlets are Just the Beginning

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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 … Read More

How Much Does it Cost to Rewire a House?

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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 … Read More

How to Choose Light Bulbs for Each Area of Your Home

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How to Choose Light Bulbs for Each Area of Your Home 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. BrightnessLight 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 … Read More

How Long do Power Outages Last?

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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 … Read More

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