Security Lighting Tamworth

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Installing Outdoor Security Lighting Installing outdoor security lighting is important for your home’s safety and security. When your saying goodbye to guests in the evening, you don’t want to send them out in the dark to fumble their way back to their vehicle. Without proper outdoor security lighting, your front yard can be riddled with hazards at night. Installing outdoor landscape lighting at home can help improve overall security while add pleasing aesthetics to your home at night. How to position outdoor security lighting? Outdoor lighting can add functionality in a number of ways – it can illuminate potential tripping hazards, deter criminals, and add a pleasing look to your home at night. The trick is to have the lights positioned correctly to have the desired effects. When placing your outdoor lighting keep these areas in mind: House Address – Keep your address numbers illuminated to help friends and family find your home easily in the evenings. Door Ways – Keep all doorways into the home lit up to prevent burglary and improve visibility to enter and exit your home. Pathways – Any paths leading to the home should be visible to prevent tripping hazards and keeping your guests moving in the right direction. … Read More


Surge Protection

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Tamworth in summer is notorious for sun, but with the heat comes the storms (if we are lucky this year!). Storms are usually quite stealth and they generally creep up on us and we’re not always home to unplug our appliances when they hit. While we may not be able to stop the storm, there are certain steps you can take to ensure your home is storm safe. No appliance is immune from the risk of lightning surge damage. Computers, printers, microwaves, TV’s, DVD players, medical equipment, modems, external hard drives and telephones are the most at risk appliances. The sunny season is a great time to take measures to make backups of all your important digital files in case the lightening lashes. Here are three ways you can protect your electrical equipment. SURGE PROTECTED POWERBOARDS Surge protected power boards plug directly into your power point and provide surge protection to the devices plugged directly into the board. Each powerboard generally provides a different level of protection, so check with us before you buy one as you may need a higher level of surge safety. If a surge has occurred, some powerboards may need to be replaced, so check before … Read More


Should I Upgrade My Electrical Panel?

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Although many aspects of older homes can be kept in operational condition through regular upkeep and maintenance, electrical systems are not among them. Years of use can make electrical systems unstable and a danger to your home, so old systems should be updated to meet modern standards. Benefits of Upgrading Your Electrical Panel Over the years, people have come up with new, safer ways of supplying homes with electricity, and one of these upgraded systems is a more effective electrical panel. Upgrading your electrical panel can help your home to be safer from overloaded circuits and electrical fires, as well as save you money, make your home more environmentally friendly, and save you time. What is an Electrical Panel? Your home’s electrical panel is the central connection point for your home to the municipal power grid. It divides up the electricity to distribute it around your home through a series of fuses or breakers that regulate how much electricity is sent through each individual circuit. The electrical panel is often called the fuse box or breaker box and it is usually located in a garage or utility room. Do I Need to Upgrade My Electrical Panel? Before you can know … Read More


Electrical Tips for Setting Up an Awesome Entertainment Center

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Whether you are enjoying a movie, listening to music, or catching the game, having a great entertainment centre setup is an excellent way to relax and enjoy life. In order to properly enjoy your media centre, there are some tricks that can be employed that will help to keep your mess of cords organized, protect your equipment, and optimize the unit’s performance. Home Entertainment Centre Setup Tips Few things beat being able to kick back and enjoy the perfect entertainment centre setup. The best entertainment units should be planned carefully to ensure the best operation possible. In order to protect your home and get the most enjoyment possible out of your unit, make sure you observe the following entertainment centre setup tips: 1.     Plan the Furniture Placement First Whether you are using a wall unit, a cabinet setup, or a simple series of shelves, make sure you plan out the placement of the entertainment centre and seating before getting started. This will affect speaker placement and wiring for the entertainment centre. Be sure that your entertainment centre has access to as many electrical outlets as possible. 2.     Keep Control of Cables Cables and wires can get out of hand really … Read More


Why Do My Light Bulbs Keep Burning Out?

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A frustrating electrical problem that many people encounter is a light bulb that continuously burns out for no apparent reason. Depending on how long a light is on during the day, most incandescent light bulbs should have a lifespan of about 900 hours, which usually comes out to about 4 months. If you find that your light bulbs keep burning out in a matter of weeks, there might be a bigger problem at play than faulty bulbs. We have experience in solving all kinds of home electrical issues and no job is too small for our residential electrical services. Reasons for Light Bulbs to Burn Out There are a couple of factors that contribute towards light bulbs burning out too fast and there are many solutions that can help your light bulbs last longer. Some of the reasons that light bulbs burn out immediately include: Light Bulbs Getting Too Hot If a light fixture is not insulated properly or a light bulb is the wrong wattage for the fixture, the heat generated by the bulb can cause the filament to burn too hot, causing the bulb to burn out quickly. Make sure that the light bulbs being used match the recommended wattage for a light fixture. If a recessed fixture is going through bulbs quickly, … Read More


Going Green: 4 Ways to Reduce Emissions and Energy Costs

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Reducing the amount of energy your home uses does more than lower your electricity bill, it also reduces the amount of emissions your family is responsible for spreading into the environment. In 2012 alone, Australia was able to reduce roughly 4% of the emissions caused by electricity as a result of Carbon Tax implemented by Prime Minister Gillard. Unfortunately, the Carbon Tax was repealed in 2014, and energy companies continue to be one of the most responsible parties of climate pollution, with roughly 22% of Australia’s emissions stemming from energy suppliers such as Energy Australia and AGL Energy. Today, we’ll take a look at how LED technology, solar panels, and simple household habits can reduce your home’s electrical bill and emissions. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR APPLIANCES It may be surprising to learn that your household appliances continue to pull energy, even when they’re not being used. Televisions, computers, microwaves, and washing machines are all known for continuing to use energy even in stand-by mode; instead of leaving household appliances in standby mode throughout the day, make it a habit to unplug unused devices. To maximize your energy savings, try purchasing Energy star products. Although Energy Star ratings are not regulated by the … Read More


What is the Energy Star Rating System?

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What is the Energy Star Rating System? If you’ve gone shopping for electronics recently, you probably saw more than a few models with a blue and white star sticker. Known as the Energy Star Rating Certification, this little sticker is used by manufacturers to symbolise a product that conserves more energy than the standard model. Popular among tech-savvy people around the world for a number of reasons, the EPA and Australian government have been working to implement this brand into the market for quite some time now. As one of the most globally recognised energy brands in the world, let’s take a glimpse at why so many countries are participating in this unique movement. THE BENEFITS OF ENERGY STAR Energy Star was created with the belief that by making smarter choices with our electricity, we could make the world a better place. Since the beginning of the Energy Star Rating System in 1992, $362 billion dollars have been saved on energy and 2.5 billion tons of greenhouse gasses have been removed from the atmosphere. These staggering statistics give us a small insight into the way energy brands like this can make big changes the world. As a result of its success, major … Read More


6 Reasons to Request an Electrical Inspection Before Purchasing a Home

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A home is probably the largest single purchase you will make in your life. After saving for years to scrape together a down payment and picking the perfect home for you and your family, it’s natural to want to move in as quickly as possible. But before you finalise your purchase, having an electrical inspection done by a licensed electrician is highly recommended to ensure your home is electrically safe. Why? Here are six good reasons everyone should have a professional electrician inspect any home electrical system before purchasing. 1) TROUBLES WITH ELECTRICAL WIRING Electrical safety is something every homeowner should take seriously. Every year, there are roughly 300 people admitted to Australian hospitals as a result of household electrical malfunctions. Faulty wiring and arching power points are both common culprits of household injuries and fires, but can be prevented with routine inspections by a professional. 2) SMOKE ALARM FUNCTIONING Up to 50% of household fatalities are said to be preventable if a working smoke alarm had been present, and a fire escape routine had been practiced. Having a licensed electrician ensure all of the smoke alarms in your new home are working properly is a critical aspect of your future electrical safety. 3) IDENTIFY OVERLOADED CIRCUITS If there are too many devices … Read More


Do I Need an Electrical Permit?

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Home improvement projects are your way to enjoy your home. Over the years, you’ve fallen in love with the feeling of tackling a household problem and finding unique ways to fix it. When it comes to things like drywall and flooring, there’s usually no need to get a permit or hire a licensed contractor. Electrical repairs, however, are a completely different matter. In today’s post, we’ll give you the details regarding when an electrical permit is needed, and whether or not you’re legally able to complete any electrical repairs yourself without the help of a licensed electrical contractor. DO I NEED AN ELECTRICAL PERMIT FOR MY PROJECT? A building permit allows the government to ensure your home’s electrical repairs are completed up to code, and in a safe manner. To make the process as easy as possible, anyone is able to file the paperwork to attain a building permit. An electrical permit is usually required for larger projects such as panel installations, home remodels, and additions. Usually, small projects like plug and switch replacements, light installations, or general troubleshooting will not require a permit. The bottom line is that the need for a permit will vary; to ensure you follow all legal regulations, we … Read More