Considerations for New Outdoor Lighting

October 8th, 2014

Enhanced or redesigned outdoor lighting is a good way to provide a home with the appearance of a complete remodel without spending the money and time on an actual massive building project. With the assistance of professional electricians who have a background in home lighting, you can create a pleasing new look for the outside of your house. Enhanced outdoor lighting will also allow you to make more use of outdoor recreational facilities and enjoy increased levels of security.

To find out more about installing new outdoor lighting in Avon, CT, get in touch with Electrical Connection, Inc. We have landscape lighting experts who will design a new lighting scheme to meet your home’s needs. We offer estimates and upfront pricing, so contact us today.

Some Tips for Your Outdoor Lighting

  • Light for safety as well as beauty: The outside of a home can be a hazardous place at night if it has insufficient lighting. When you set out to enhance your home’s outdoor lighting scheme, target dark and shadowy spots that receive plenty of foot traffic. Two important areas to watch for: the driveway and the front porch. Any spot that has steps should also receive clear lighting. Outdoor lighting experts will make sure that these safety lights blend with the rest of the lighting scheme, so you won’t have any garish, ugly spotlights that attract attention to themselves.
  • Choose energy-saving lights: Ask your lighting expert about using LED-light bulbs and minimizing wattage. Although LED light bulbs cost more than standard incandescent bulbs, they last many times longer and use only a fraction of the energy, so they will rapidly pay for themselves. You also do not need overwhelming wattage to create effective outdoor lighting, so low-wattage bulbs are sufficient for most zones.
  • Timers, zones, dimmers, and sensors: Create an outdoor lighting design that you can adjust to your satisfaction. Have your lighting designer set up different zones of lights that can operate independent of each other. Include light timers that turn the lights on and off at different times during the day. Dimmers will allow you to put the illumination right at the level that you want it. Skilled installers can put in motion sensors, which will help keep you safe—and also scare off potential criminals.

Creating the perfect outdoor lighting setup is complicated, which is why you should always rely on lighting specialists to take care of the job. Lighting homes—inside and out—is one of our specialties at Electrical Connection, Inc. We can deliver you the ideal outdoor lighting in Avon, CT to give your house a fresh look, and to increase your safety and outdoor enjoyment.

How Long Does It Take to Install a Security System for a Home?

October 1st, 2014

There’s a peace of mind that comes with an excellent security system in a home that’s impossible to put a price on. But you can only achieve that peace of mind if you go to a professional, experienced installation service to handle the job of setting up the system. That’s why you should call Security Connection, a division of Electrical Connection, Inc., and talk to one of our experts in home security systems installation in Wetherfield, CT. Our team will walk you through the choices for a system to protect your home and family, and we will then make sure that your choice for security system is integrated into your home so it will do the job it is designed to.

But how long will this process take?

Any quality job takes time and planning, and you never want to hire installers for a security system who are willing to rush the work. However, you don’t need to worry that the installation will consume a huge chunk of time or create a major interference with your regular routines—if you have the right technicians on the task.

We cannot provide a solid answer to the question of how long security system installation takes because there are different types and sizes of systems, and your house has specific requirements. For example, setting up CCTV and video monitoring will take longer than putting in a more basic unit, and larger homes with more areas to monitor will also add onto the installation time.

A basic security monitoring system can take as little as a few hours to install—if you rely on professionals for the service. Amateur installation will not only take longer, it will also likely result in a system that doesn’t operate correctly. More complicated systems can take up to a week, and wireless systems will need less time to install than ones that require hard wiring. If you are planning a security system installation as part of new home construction, the job will go speedier as it is integrated into the building work.

Call Electrical Connection, Inc. today to find out more

The security experts at Security Connection, a division of Electrical Connection, Inc., are available to answer any questions you may have about security systems installation in Wetherfield, CT. Let our experience guide you toward the system that matches your home and budget. We will find a cost-effective way to make your home safer. Call us today to schedule an appointment with us.

Some of the Different Fuel Types for Generators

September 24th, 2014

A backup power generator for a home or office is one of the best “insurance policies” you can get to protect yourself from extended power outages. They are especially valuable during harsh winter conditions, when the electrical power may go down for a few days at a time. Thanks to a standby generator, you can have your vital appliances—such as the heating system, the lights, and any powered medical equipment—continue to operate until the power is restored.

In this post, we’ll look over the different types of fuel that generators can use to supply you with electricity. Some are more common than others. At Electrical Connection, Inc., we can provide top quality installation and service for your generator in Berlin, OH. Contact us today to find out more about the options for backup generators.

Different Fuels for Standby Generators

  • Natural gas: By far the most popular choice for generators, and the fuel source we recommend if you already have access to a municipal gas line. Natural gas is convenient (you never need to worry about running out of it) and burns cleanly. It is also the least expensive of the available fuels, and generators that use natural gas run the most efficiently.
  • Liquefied petroleum or propane: These are common options for buildings that lack a connection to a gas line, and are the optimal choice when it comes to stored fuel to power a generator. LP and propane have long shelf lives and cost less than other heating fuels, so it is easier to stock up on them in case of an extended period of power loss.
  • Diesel: Because diesel-powered generators use compression heating rather than spark ignition, they are more efficient and durable than generators that use gasoline. Diesel is also non-combustible, making it safer than gasoline—and even natural gas.
  • Gasoline: This fuel is really only useful for portable generators. Gasoline has the advantage of easy availability, but is not a good choice for a standby generator.

At Electrical Connection, Inc., we are proud to install high quality GENERAC Siemens Generators, which run on natural gas but which can be converted to use liquefied petroleum for homes that don’t have gas power. These generators turn on automatically in case of a power loss and perform self-tests each week to make sure they are prepared for an emergency.

Our technicians will make sure that you receive the right generator in Berlin, OH to keep your home or business guarded from blackouts. We will see that your new system is sized correctly for your specific power needs and that it runs efficiently. You can also look to us 24 hour a day, 7 days a week whenever you need emergency repairs.

The Advantages of the GE Concord Express Security Systems

September 17th, 2014

Nothing is more important for your home than knowing that it remains safe and secure. A professionally installed and set-up security system tailored for your house will not only help protect it, but also provide the most valuable gift of all: peace of mind.

Security Connection, a division of Electrical Connection, Inc., provides home security systems installation in Avon, CT. We are proud to offer the excellent GE Concord Express™ security system, one of the most affordable and easy to use home protection systems on the market. Call our technicians today to learn more about the GE Concord Express™ and the other ways that we can provide you and your family with a safer and more secure home.

Why Install a GE Concord Express™ System

The Concord Express™ is a network of both wireless and hardwired devices placed throughout a home, creating up to 24 different monitored zones, with the option to expand to even more. The devices provide 24/7 monitoring to detect intruder alerts through motion detectors and contacts on two exterior doors.

The Concord Express™ doesn’t just guard a home against intrusions: it also serves as a smoke detector. Up to ten of the devices in the home can be installed as smoke detectors, providing a network of fire security that you cannot receive from standard smoke detectors. You can also have the network set up to activate outside lights and other external devices in case any of the alarms activate.

The GE Concord comes with an easy consumer interface through alpha-numeric keypads. The system also allows for custom-tailoring to provide everyone in the household different levels of access privileges. And by using GE Security’s ToolBox software installed onto a computer, you can access the system remotely through the Internet.

In addition to the security the Concord Express™ offers your home, it will also save up to 20% off most homeowner’s insurance. Considering the affordable cost of installation for the system, a GE Concord Express™ can almost pay for itself.

Although the Concord Express™ security system is simple to use, the installation process is complicated, especially if you plan for a large number of zones. It requires home security specialists to hook up the system and create a network that will provide you with maximum fire and intruder protection. Call Security Connection, a division of Electrical Connection, Inc., to inquire about how we can install a GE Concord Express™ to protect your home. We handle numerous types of security systems installation in Avon, CT, and we will find one that fits your home and budget.

Why You Need Professional Electricians for Your Outdoor Lighting

September 10th, 2014

Remodeling a home is an expensive prospect, and one of the ways you can gave the outside of your home a fresh look without extensive construction work is to instead have new outdoor lighting put in. With proper landscape lighting and illumination for pathways, doors, and recreation areas, you can transform a bland and unsafe exterior of a house into something bright and inviting. New outdoor lighting can also increase the value of your home and add an extra level of security.

To add or redesign a home’s outdoor lighting requires more than a step ladder and a string of light bulbs: this isn’t holiday light-hanging, but a permanent home improvement project. Just as you would want a professional to handle the interior remodeling for your home, you will want a professional to handle your exterior lighting.

For experienced service from licensed and highly-trained electricians to install outdoor lighting in Berlin, CT, call on Electrical Connection, Inc.

Here’s why you need professionals for outdoor lighting installation

  • Save energy: New lighting for the outside of a house can be an expensive proposition when you consider the power requirements. But expert installers will know how best to arrange the lighting for maximum effect without power waste. They will also be able to advise you about high-efficiency bulbs and install them so you save money each time the lights come on.
  • Design skill: Putting up outdoor lights is far more complicated than picking a few spotlights and planting them around the yard. To receive the attractive look for your outside that will both make it pleasant and provide necessary safety requires the work of technicians with years of experience creating effective lighting designs.
  • Safety: Poorly installed outdoor lighting can present major safety hazards. Exposed wires and mismatched voltage could potentially cause blackouts or even fires. You must keep your lighting up to local electrical codes, so trust the work to the men and women whose job it is to know those codes backwards and forwards.
  • Save time: Installing outdoor lighting is a big task, and you can expect it to take far longer to finish if you attempt it on your own or hire amateurs do to it. Professionals will plan out the installation work so they can get the best job done in the shortest amount of time possible.

Our electricians at Electrical Connection, Inc. have the training and experience to meet and exceed your expectations. Aside from our work with outdoor lighting in Berlin and other parts of Connecticut, we also handle indoor, commercial, security, and art lighting. You can trust the outside of your home to our capable hands. We don’t consider a job 100% finished until you are 100% satisfied. Contact us today to make an appointment.

The Fashion of Wearing White and Labor Day

September 1st, 2014

You may have heard about the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. In the present, this tradition is usually treated as old fashioned and a joke. Few people will criticize you for wearing white articles of clothing after the first Monday in September, or even take notice of it except to wonder why it was ever a major concern at all.

Where did this tradition of white clothing going out of fashion after Labor Day come from, and why did it fade away like colorful fabric washed in a hot load in the washing machine?

In general, white makes sense for the heat of summer. Light-colored clothing reflects away the radiant heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it the way dark colors do, so for thousands of years of human history people have preferred to wear white clothing during the hotter months.

However, the idea of white as strictly fashionable during the summer season only emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the time when the very concept of “fashion” began to spread across the Western Hemisphere.

It was only the highest level of post-Civil War society in the U.S. that strict and often bizarre rules for fashion controlled whether someone was in with the “in” crowd. Compared to our ideas of what’s fashionable today, the Czars of Style in the 1880s were true despots. Things as trivial as sleeve length could determine whether a woman in high society—no matter her level of wealth—was fashionable or a pariah.

Wearing white during the only summer, when it was common for weddings and outdoor parties, was only of these restrictive society rules. When the U.S. government made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, the Fashion Czars gained a definite cut-off point for when wearing white was no longer “acceptable” in the upper echelons of wealthy society.

For many decades, this rule only applied to a small number of millionaire socialites in a few big cities, but in the 1950s it reached general fashion magazines that were read around the country and started to affect more people.

But time eventually broke apart this odd rule, and during the 1970s fashion became more individual. Some fashion legends, like Coco Chanel, also purposely rejected the restriction and wore white throughout the year. Today, the “no white after Labor Day rule” is little more than an amusing gag to tease friends, and almost nobody takes it seriously.

Whatever you choose to wear after Labor Day (and if it’s white, we won’t tease!), everyone here at Electrical Connection, Inc. hopes you have a happy end of the summer and great plans for the fall!

Warning Signs That You Need Electrical Repair in Avon

August 27th, 2014

The electrical system in your home is essential for most daily tasks, starting with the alarm that wakes you in the morning. You need to make sure that you take good care of your home’s electrical system so that it will continue to take good care of you.

Sometimes electrical malfunctions can sneak up on you, creating only small warning signs that you need to call for professional electrical repair in Avon, CT. Below are a few of the indications to keep watch for that will warn you it’s time to have an electrician examine your wiring and other components of the system to see what needs to be fixed.

For rapid emergency service available 24 hours a day, call the team at Electrical Connection, Inc. We are licensed and trained to serve all your electrical needs.

Signs that your should call for electrical repairs

  • Flickering lights: A slight fluctuation in the steady burn of a light bulb is something easy to dismiss when it occurs. However, pay closer attention to the next time the lights flicker. Has another appliance in the house turned on, such as a heating system, a monitor, or the compressor in the AC? If lights flicker when this happens, it could mean a power imbalance due to a surge, and this is a situation that could lead to damage to appliances throughout the house. It might also mean a bad circuit somewhere. Electricians can track down the source of the flickering and fix it.
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers: An occasional tripped circuit breaker is nothing serious to worry about: it means the circuit panel is working at its job of protecting you. However, if you are going out to panel a few times a week to reset tripped breakers, then you are no longer dealing with a few isolated problems. The panel itself may need repairs, or you might have faulty wiring. Call for electricians to diagnose the problem.
  • Warm or sparking outlets: If you notice that an outlet feels hot to the touch, or that it creates sparks whenever you plug something into it, the outlet has bad wiring and may have already experienced an electrical fire. (Check for charring or discoloration on the outlet, which can indicate fire damage.) Under no circumstances should you take out a screwdriver and try to detach the outlet cover yourself to see what’s wrong. Call for professionals.

Electrical Connection, Inc. has fully licensed and equipped electricians ready to see to your home’s needs for electrical repair in Avon, CT. Make us your first call no matter the size of the trouble. Believe us, when it comes to a home’s electrical system, there is no such thing as a “small” problem! Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment with us.

When You Should Schedule Generator Maintenance

August 20th, 2014

A whole-house generator offers your family an insurance policy against long-term power outages. Even if you don’t experience a major loss of power during a year, the peace of mind that a generator provides during this time is invaluable.

But you won’t have the benefit of peace of mind unless you know that the generator is ready to come on at the first moment it’s needed. A generator that slowly falls apart, wears down, or has a stale fuel supply is no better than not having a generator at all. To make sure that your generator will do its job whenever necessary, schedule regular maintenance for it from a trustworthy and experienced contractor.

Electrical Connection, Inc. can take care of all the needs for your generator in Cromwell, CT. Call us for installation of a Generac Standby Home Generator System, and then enroll in one of our Preventive Maintenance Programs to keep it working.

Often Should I Schedule Generator Maintenance?

There are two times during the year when you should consider generator maintenance. Whether you need to have the maintenance done both times or only once depends on a number of conditions.

The first time when it’s a good idea to maintain a generator is right before the arrival of the cold and stormy season. This is when you are most likely to experience a long power outage and need the generator working at its best. When you schedule maintenance for your heating system to prepare f6or winter, also should schedule it for your generator.

The second time to have a generator maintained is in the wake of a power loss when the generator needed to work. A technician will inspect the system to see that it did not sustain any damage or wear and tear due to needing to operate for a long stretch.

If you experience a mild winter season without any power outages, you will probably only need to have maintenance done once a year, during the fall. However, if your generator is putting in time working to keep you and your family safe, you should have maintenance done more often.

During a maintenance check, the inspectors will survey the system to see that it is properly hooked up to the home, clean it, and see if it needs new fuel (if it uses stored heating oil). After a maintenance visit, you will have the assurance of a generator ready for the next time that power goes out.

Call Electrical Connection, Inc. to ask about our Annual and Semi-Annual Preventive Maintenance Programs, each of which includes a 30-point inspection checklist. With our help, your generator in Cromwell, CT will be prepared for any power loss.

Why Invest in Security System Monitoring for Your Business

August 14th, 2014

The technology of commercial security systems has come a long way from old-fashioned blaring alarms. Now you can have security monitoring every hour of the day or night for any part of your business. School, office building, commercial parking lot…no matter the size of the space, there is a security system with outside monitoring that will match your needs and your budget.

Through Security Connection, a division of Electrical Connection, Inc., you can have security system monitoring in Simsbury, CT installed for your business that will protect the facilities 24 hours a day. We have a team of licensed electricians to handle all the work, and they are on-call at all times, day and night, to provide any repair services you may need to keep your security system working to safeguard your business.

Why Security System Monitoring is a Good Investment

Monitored alarm systems are a way to protect a business even when there is no one on the premises: instead of relying on a closed-circuit TV system and alarms, a monitored system is connected to an outside service that takes care of overseeing activity 24/7, 365 days a year. The monitoring service can contact police or the fire department whenever any suspicious activity occurs, with response time that measured in mere minutes.

One of the main advantages of having a monitored system, as opposed to a local activated system, is that it cannot be disarmed since it is linked to an outside service. And this works for a variety of systems, not only to detect break-ins. Fire alarms that go off will automatically contact the monitoring service, which will then handle contacting the Fire Department, even if no one is in the building at the time.

Having a monitored security system installed for a business can also lower your insurance. In some cases, your company could save as much as 20% off insurance costs per year thanks to the defenses from an excellent monitored system.

Finally, a 24-hour monitoring system, whether it controls security alarms, fire alarms, or security lighting, gives you the important benefit of peace of mind. You’ll know that your business property is secure under the watchful monitoring system at all times. Anything that can ease the stress of running a business is a worthwhile investment.

To set up security system monitoring in Simsbury, CT, put a call through to Security Connection, a division of Electrical Connection, Inc., today. We will find the right security system to defend your valuable business. Contact us today to schedule your next security system monitoring for your business.

Benefits of Functional Outdoor Lighting

August 7th, 2014

Outdoor lighting can do more for a home than simply create an attractive look. Functional outdoor lighting is lighting designs created to help make outdoor areas of a home safer, more secure, and permit homeowners more use of recreational places. You probably have deficient outdoor lighting currently and aren’t even aware of it…but if you hire professional lighting contractors, you will enjoy a number of important benefits from functional lighting that also serves to make the outside of your house more beautiful.

Electrical Connection, Inc. offers outdoor lighting services in Rocky Hill, CT, including security lighting through our division Security Connection. Contact us to set up an appointment for our staff to survey your home and find ways to provide you with the functional lighting that will provide you with the following benefits:

Increased safety

Dark and heavily shadowed areas around your home can make walkways, stairs, driveways, patios around pools, and other areas potentially hazardous to navigate. This is especially a problem if you have children or elderly persons in your household. Outdoor lighting specialists can add on lights to raise safety without creating harsh and unattractive spotlights. You can keep the outside of your home a safe place to be no matter the time of day.

Better security

Numerous studies have shown that the better illuminated a home, the less likely it will attract thieves and vandals. But it isn’t just strong lighting that makes a house more secure; it’s strong lighting that avoids creating heavy shadows where people can hide. Specialists in security lighting will make sure that your home has the proper spread of illumination for maximum safety. You can also have movement lights install to active when they sense a person in the area.

More outdoor enjoyment

If you have pleasant recreational areas around your home, such as a veranda, patio, pool, or deck, you will have more opportunities to use it throughout the year with attractive lighting that invites people to use it. Even as the sun sets earlier and earlier, you can still enjoy outdoor activities.

Raise a home’s value

Better outdoor lighting creates higher “curb appeal,” and this can contribute significantly to raising a home’s market value. If you plan one day to put your house on the market, excellent functional lighting makes a savvy investment.

You need to have lighting specialists tackle the job of providing you with quality electrical services in Rocky Hill, CT. The staff at Electrical Connection, Inc. has experience with many types of lighting schemes and can design and hook up your lighting so you receive all the above benefits and more. We can also supply your home with energy-efficient lights so you’ll save money from your new outdoor lighting design.