Mr. Electric - Lighting http://www.33pulse.com/taxonomy/term/431 en An Introduction to the Different Types of Electrical Outlets http://www.33pulse.com/blog/an-introduction-to-the-different-types-of-electrical-outlets <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>An Introduction to the Different Types of Electrical Outlets</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicelectricaloutlets.jpg?itok=dp5Bq0Zv" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3000" height="1500" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicelectricaloutlets.jpg?itok=dp5Bq0Zv" width="3000" height="1500" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Mary Scroggins</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 12:00am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>There are 75 electrical outlets in the average home, of various sizes, shapes, and functionalities. Are the ones gracing your walls the right ones for the job? Here we’ll take a closer look at some of the most common types in your home, including what they have to offer, as well as new home outlet contenders designed to make your space more user-friendly. ? ?</p> <h3><strong>What Are the Most Common American Electrical Outlet Types?</strong></h3> <p><strong>Old &amp; Outdated: 2-Prong Outlets </strong><br /> Common in older homes, this 15 amp, 125 volt, 2-wired outlet is used for ungrounded circuits only, and is rapidly becoming obsolete due to safety and code requirements.</p> <ul><li><strong>Old Faithful: 3 Prong, 15 amp, 125 Volt Outlets</strong><br /> One of the most easily recognized and common outlets found in homes, this outlet features two long, upper slots, with a bottom, upside-down u-shaped slot for grounding, helping to prevent electrical shock should any wiring comes loose. ??</li> <li><strong>Marvelous Multi-Tasker: Switch/Outlet Combos</strong><br /> This winning combination outlet provides two features in a single device. Great for kids rooms and night lights, it can also allow you the ability to transform a receptacle, adding an additional switch or outlet to an existing box - without the need for any added wiring. ?</li> <li><strong>Shockingly Safe: GFCI Outlets</strong><br /> GFCI or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets are required in areas with close proximity to water, such as bathrooms, the laundry, wet areas of the kitchen, crawlspaces, basements and the outdoors. They prevent electrical current from leaking, monitoring flow, and cutting off power to equipment if current leaks or spikes to a hazardous level. They can be easily identified by the 2 small buttons in the center – a “TEST” button, and a “RESET” button, each of which is in a different color.</li> <li><strong>Large &amp; In-Charge: 20 Amp, 125 Volt Outlets</strong><br /> Used with high current devices as specified by electrical code, such as large kitchen appliances, these outlets are similar in appearance to standard, 15 amp outlets, but with a slightly different look: On these outlets, there is a horizontal slot connected to the top left vertical slot of the outlet. ?</li> <li><strong>The Hobbyist’s Friend: 20 Amp, 250 Volt Outlets</strong><br /> With a design not typical of standard outlets, the unique shape of these outlets is made specifically for air compressors or hobby shop equipment</li> </ul><h3><strong>Newer Types of Electrical Outlets</strong></h3> <p>In addition to the above commonly-used outlet types, there are an array of amazing new outlets. Inexpensive and quickly installed, they offer functionality many of today’s standard outlets do not.</p> <ul><li><strong>USB Outlets</strong><br /> Family fighting over outlets due to mobile-device charging overload? USB outlets offer a functional, simple solution.</li> <li><strong>Recessed Outlets</strong><br /> Add extra space to your home, and banish large gaps between walls and furniture with recessed outlet options.</li> <li><strong>Tamper Resistant Receptacles</strong><br /> A must-have for every home, these specialized outlets are now required by code in newly-built homes, and feature a barrier to prevent children from inserting small objects into them.</li> <li><strong>Built-In LED Night Light Outlets</strong><br /> Keep tiny and fragile night light components away from little fingers with this convenient, safe, nighttime lighting option.</li> </ul><p>Interested in learning more about specialty electrical outlets to better improve the function of your home? Get a closer look at outlet options on our blog, or contact Mr. Electric? today.</p> <p>?</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/an-introduction-to-the-different-types-of-electrical-outlets" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:00:00 +0000 Mary Scroggins 6610 at http://www.33pulse.com Save Energy with Beautiful Fall Pathway Lighting http://www.33pulse.com/blog/fall-pathway-lighting <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Save Energy with Beautiful Fall Pathway Lighting</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-light-the-way-this-fall-with-energy-efficient-outdoor-lighting.jpg?itok=n1xRm8uj" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-light-the-way-this-fall-with-energy-efficient-outdoor-lighting.jpg?itok=n1xRm8uj" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Kimberly Denman</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 12:06pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/landscape-lighting">Pathway?lighting</a> is one of the most dramatic ways you can improve your garden. By adding lights, you benefit from:</p> <ul><li style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Improved ambiance, perfect for setting a mood while entertaining.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Increased security by illuminating dark places around your home and deterring thieves.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Better safety by illuminating walkways and steps.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Increased curb appeal to make your home stand out from the rest by enhancing your home’s architecture and landscaping at night.</li> </ul><p>Is it possible to enjoy all of these benefits without noticeably increasing your electricity bill? Thankfully, the answer is yes. You simply need to find energy efficient pathway lighting. Here are some popular options and features to choose from.</p> <h3><strong>Types of Outdoor and Pathway Lighting</strong></h3> <p>Efficient outdoor fixtures come in many varieties. Look for Energy Star-labeled versions of your favorite styles including:</p> <ul><li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Wall-mounted lanterns and sconces:</strong> Flank your front entry or garage doors with wall lighting and increase your home’s curb appeal. Place one strategic light above the address mounted on the front of your house so guests can locate your address in the dark.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Ceiling fixtures:</strong> Install these in porch overhangs for permanent lighting at your front or back entry.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Hanging pendant lights:</strong> These usually go on the porch to enhance curb appeal.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Spotlights, floodlights and well lights:</strong> Showcase your trees, fountains, architectural columns and other features at night. Spotlights illuminate one spot brightly, floodlights have a more diffused beam, and well lights are buried in the ground and shine directly upward to brighten a tree’s foliage.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Post lanterns:</strong> Make a dramatic statement with tall post lanterns at the end of a walkway close to the street. You can also use posts to illuminate your pool, patio or backyard area for entertaining purposes.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Pathway</strong> <strong>lanterns: </strong>Light up walkways and garden beds with lanterns set close to the ground.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Step lights:</strong> These are typically installed on the rise of a step, shining downward to make the step easy to see without creating glare.</li> </ul><h3><strong>Energy Efficient Features</strong></h3> <p>To enjoy great beauty and other benefits of outdoor lights without paying much more on your energy bill, look for outdoor fixtures with these features:</p> <ul><li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Automatic daylight shutoff:</strong> Light sensing controls automatically turn off the fixtures at dawn. This way, you save energy without having to set your alarm early to manually turn of the lights when the sun comes up.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Timers:</strong> The next best thing to an automatic shutoff is a timer. Set it so the lights are only on when it’s dark out.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Motion sensors:</strong> If you intend to install some lights purely for security purposes, motion sensors are a great option. Most of the time they remain off, adding nothing to your electricity bill. If someone approaches your back door or driveway (or wherever else you choose to install the motion sensor light), the fixture comes to life and illuminates the intruder.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>LED bulbs:</strong> LED lights are praised for their low energy consumption, impressive durability and high performance in cold environments. You can use these bulbs in exposed fixtures without fearing problems with rain and snow.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Dimming capabilities:</strong> This allows you to place outdoor lighting above a seating area at the precise brightness you need. When relaxing with a glass of wine, dim the lights for a more private, romantic setting. When you have friends over for a game of cards, brighten the lights so everyone can see well.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><strong>Solar-powered lighting:</strong> These lights contribute nothing to your electric bills because they draw energy from the sun all day, giving them enough stored power to stay illuminated all night.</li> </ul><p>For help brightening up your yard with energy efficient outdoor lighting, please contact <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/contact-us">Mr. Electric?</a>.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/fall-pathway-lighting" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 17:06:36 +0000 Kimberly Denman 6210 at http://www.33pulse.com Electrifying Our Past - Lighting in Museums http://www.33pulse.com/blog/electrifying-our-past-lighting-in-museums <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Electrifying Our Past - Lighting in Museums</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/freelance-blog-electrifying-our-past-lighting-in-museums.jpg?itok=iuG_swju" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/freelance-blog-electrifying-our-past-lighting-in-museums.jpg?itok=iuG_swju" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Mary Beth Farrell</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 11:19am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Museums have a hard line to walk, exhibiting items for public education and enjoyment while protecting those same collections from damage. Today’s museum also carry the additional weight of safeguarding the future of the environment – as well as their financial future – against the dangers of unnecessary energy consumption. What advancements have been made in preservation lighting technology to help accomplish these goals?</p> <h2>Why Preservation Lighting is Necessary</h2> <p>Light, including all three types: ultraviolet (UV), infrared, and visible light, causes permanent and irreversible damage to museum pieces. Cumulative and dependent on the intensity and duration of exposure, light affects chemical composition, physical structure, and, the appearance of a collection. There is no conservation treatment that can repair it. Light damage is forever.</p> <h2>The Dilemma</h2> <p>Only complete darkness ensures conservation, since exposure to light in any form naturally breaks down items. However, keeping pieces locked away in the dark defeats the mission of the museum – sharing those works with the public. It is thus a museum’s dilemma to find a suitable solution that balances the best of both worlds, in addition to considering energy costs and the environmental impact of its lighting selection. ?</p> <h2>Preventing UV Damage</h2> <p>In your search for preservation lighting, you will find that a great deal of lighting solutions involve UV (ultraviolet light), the most energetic and destructive form of light. These include natural light, fluorescents, HID, and tungsten halogen lighting. Fortunately, the effects of UV can be controlled with simple filters, offering a greater variety of lighting options. UV filters are hard plastic tubes or soft sleeves wrapped around bulbs/light sources, which filter and block up to 98 percent of UV light, preventing its damaging effects. NOTE: UV filters lose efficiency over time and must be replaced every eight-10 years.</p> <h2>What are you considering for your preservation lighting options?</h2> <ul><li><strong>Daylight</strong><br /> Unless properly filtered, natural light should be eliminated from exhibit and storage areas.</li> <li><strong>Incandescent Lighting</strong><br /> Although they emit little UV, incandescent lighting is old and inefficient, giving off only 10 percent of energy as visible light, and 90 percent of their energy as heat, which can damage artifacts.</li> <li><strong>Tungsten Halogen</strong><br /> A variation of incandescent lighting and twice as efficient, these lights emit significant UV radiation and must be filtered<strong>.</strong></li> <li><strong>HID/High Intensity Discharge?</strong><br /> Mercury and metal halide HIDs create much more intense UV than fluorescents, are difficult to filter, and should be avoided.</li> <li><strong>CFLs</strong><br /> Emit significant UV, but last 10 times longer and use 75 percent less energy than incandescent lighting. They can be used in existing incandescent sockets and have a more pleasing color than commercial/traditional fluorescents, but must be filtered.</li> <li><strong>LEDs</strong><br /> Use 75-80 percent less energy than incandescent lights and last up to 25 times longer. Now proven for museum use, recent testing at Getty Conservation Institute in L.A. has shown LEDs will not harm artwork when used properly, and often provide superior light.</li> <li><strong>Fiber Optic</strong><br /> Efficient fiber optic systems are 80 percent more efficient than incandescent lighting. Only one lamp/ballast is needed to produce multiple light sources, which give them a cost similar to comparable halogen systems. They transmit no infrared or UV light, are heat-free, offers precise spotlighting, are durable, and come in a variety of colors.</li> </ul><h2>Add ease-of-use and versatility to your preservation lighting systems with:</h2> <ul><li><strong>Occupancy Sensors</strong><br /> Turning off lights when exhibit areas as much as possible protects precious items. Occupancy sensors make this task a snap, activating lights based on signals such as light, movement, or temperature, offering convenience, energy savings, and safety.</li> <li><strong>Dimmers</strong><br /> Another great tool to help you find the perfect level of illumination, lessen damage to exhibit items, and reduce energy use.</li> <li><strong>Accent Lighting</strong><br /> Accent lighting, particularly track lighting, offer a versatile solution to lighting needs, allowing for lower levels of general illumination and the washing or spotlighting of displayed items.</li> </ul><h2>What are the best preservation lighting levels for specific collections?</h2> <p>Specific, detailed recommendations for preservation lighting levels based on your collection type can be found from various sources, including the?<a href="http://www.loc.gov/preservation/care/light.html" target="_blank">Library of Congress</a>,?<a href="http://www.nps.gov/museum/publications/MHi/CHAPTER4.pdf" target="_blank">National Park Service</a>,?<a href="http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0004/000468/046862eo.pdf" target="_blank">UNESCO</a>, and more.</p> <p>Time to make your incandescent lights history? Mr. Electric<sup>?</sup> can help you with all of your preservation lighting needs. Contact us today.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/electrifying-our-past-lighting-in-museums" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:19:44 +0000 Mary Beth Farrell 6169 at http://www.33pulse.com The Ultimate Lighting Guide for Your Business http://www.33pulse.com/blog/the-ultimate-lighting-guide-for-your-business <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>The Ultimate Lighting Guide for Your Business</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/freelance-blog-ultimate-lighting-guide-for-your-business.jpg?itok=UdWxU3hX" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/freelance-blog-ultimate-lighting-guide-for-your-business.jpg?itok=UdWxU3hX" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Mary Beth Farrell</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 4:17pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Your business’ lighting is critical to its success, and with commercial lighting rapidly changing, you could be light years behind the times. Don’t let your business be left in the dark. Take advantage of the perks of modern?lighting!</p> <h2>A Blast From The Past</h2> <p>Buildings constructed just 20 years ago harbor energy-hogging lighting systems in dire need of replacement. ?Consider computers built in the?80s?and?90s?versus today’s models, and that will give you an inkling of how far behind the times your lighting systems are - and you’re not alone. According to the DOE, more than 75 percent of buildings are over 20 years old, collectively wasting more than $50 billion annually by holding on to antiquated lighting systems.</p> <h2>What’s it worth to you?</h2> <p>Depending on your business type, 20-50 percent of your electricity budget is sucked up by lighting demands. This means energy-saving improvements could really help manage costs. In fact, with continually improving bulbs, fixtures, and controls, lighting typically provides the highest return on investment among major upgrades. The right combination could pay for itself in three to five years, and save you 25-50 percent annually on lighting energy.?<u>How much could you save?</u></p> <h2>Lighting upgrades also offer:</h2> <ul><li>Better lighting quality.</li> <li>Improved performance and productivity - a mere one percent?improvement could provide savings that exceed your entire energy bill!</li> <li>Increased health and safety.</li> <li>Boosted sales and profits.</li> <li>Reduced carbon footprint.</li> <li>Improved system performance and reduced maintenance needs.</li> <li>A drop in A/C and refrigeration demands (in some applications and geographic areas).?</li> <li>Peace and quiet, versus the hum of older lighting technology.</li> </ul><h2>Replace your outdated lighting systems with newer, more efficient product and controls:</h2> <ul><li><strong>LEDs</strong><br /> Light emitting diodes use 75-80 percent less energy than incandescent lights and last up to 25 times longer.</li> <li><strong>CFLs</strong><br /> Compact fluorescent lights use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer than?incandescents, coming in an array of colors.</li> <li><strong>Commercial?fluorescents</strong><br /> These overhead lighting options use 1/5-1/3 as much energy as?incandescents, last 10 times longer, and offer comparable lumen ratings (the amount of light a light source produces).</li> <li><strong>HIDs</strong><br /> High intensity discharge lights are extremely efficient and great for warehouse and commercial settings, producing large quantities of very bright light.</li> <li><strong>Halogens</strong><br /> Twice as efficient as?incandescents, their bright white light is great for outdoor applications such as security and stadium lighting.</li> <li><strong>Sensors</strong><br /> Sensors such as occupancy and daylight sensors responding to signals such as light, movement, and temperature, offer convenience, energy savings, and safety.</li> <li><strong>Dimmers</strong><br /> Control light intensity and save energy.</li> <li><strong>Bi-level switches</strong><br /> Turn off half the lights in a room when full illumination is unnecessary.</li> </ul><h2>What types of incentives are available for lighting upgrades?</h2> <p>Talk to your Mr. Electric<sup>?</sup> professional to learn more about benefits and incentives available in your region, including:</p> <ul><li>Federal and state tax incentives for qualified, energy efficient lighting systems.</li> <li>Local and state incentives supporting greener products in an effort to reduce energy use and fossil fuel consumption.</li> <li>Electric utility rebates or energy saving incentives.</li> <li>Vendor rebates.</li> <li>Possible grants.</li> </ul><h2>Overwhelmed by options?</h2> <p>The experts at Mr. Electric can help you get things all figured out, from the best lighting options for your business to cost. Our experts have what it takes to assess your current lighting system and needs, damaged/outdated/mismatched systems, inefficiencies in energy use, necessary light levels and color, under-lit areas, and more, to find lighting solutions perfectly matched to your needs – and your budget!</p> <p>Have a bright idea about your business’ lighting? Contact Mr. Electric today.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/the-ultimate-lighting-guide-for-your-business" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:17:10 +0000 Mary Beth Farrell 5963 at http://www.33pulse.com Light Up Your Yard for Summer Entertainment http://www.33pulse.com/blog/light-up-your-yard-for-summer-entertainment <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Light Up Your Yard for Summer Entertainment</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-lightupyouryardsummer-blog.jpg?itok=WVUXyv96" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="1440" height="704" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre-lightupyouryardsummer-blog.jpg?itok=WVUXyv96" width="1440" height="704" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Brad Roop</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 1:52pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Looking to jazz up your yard for this season’s summer festivities? A little outdoor lighting can go a long way! From fancy patios to tree-lined country yards, the right outdoor lighting can help you meet an array of needs, including illumination that makes tasks easier, sets the mood, and keeps your family and guests safe.</p> <h3>Porch and Patio Lighting</h3> <h4>Wall-Mounted Lights</h4> <p>Cooking and entertaining festivities held outside after dark need lighting that is convenient and safe. Practical and economical, wall mounted lights can meet an array of needs, providing focused task lighting for…</p> <ul><li>Safely illuminating entryways.</li> <li>Cooking and work areas.</li> <li>Dining areas.</li> <li>Small decks.</li> <li>And more…</li> </ul><h4>Carriage Lanterns</h4> <p>Carriage lanterns can help define patio and walkway edges, lighting the path to doors and entryways and illuminating obstacles such as stairs and garden beds.</p> <h4>Parameter Lights</h4> <p>Parameter lights offer form and function, adding a decorative element, but more importantly, when properly placed at key points in your yard, add guidance to entry and exit points on your property.</p> <h4>Mixed Lighting</h4> <p>Mixed lighting can create a truly magical effect throughout your property. Professional installation can save you time and money, conveniently planning and tapping into preexisting electrical lines.</p> <ul><li style="list-style-type: none;"> <h5>Uplights</h5> </li> <li style="list-style-type: none;">Uplights in planting beds spotlight larger trees and shrubs from underneath.</li> <li style="list-style-type: none;"> <h5>Downlights</h5> </li> <li style="list-style-type: none;">Downlights conveniently spotlight stairs and seating areas.</li> <li style="list-style-type: none;"> <h5>Stair Lights and Strip Lights</h5> </li> <li style="list-style-type: none;">Lighting with stair lights and strip lights for railings greatly improves safety.</li> <li style="list-style-type: none;"> <h5>Floor Lamps</h5> </li> <li style="list-style-type: none;">Floor lamps easily illuminate seating and workspaces.</li> </ul><h4><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/lighting-controls">Dimmers help lights do double duty</a>.</h4> <p>To easily control brightness levels according to time or mood, you may wish to consider adding dimmers to newly installed or existing outdoor lighting.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/landscape-lighting">Decorative and Ambiance Lighting</a></h3> <h4>LED Illuminated Planting Pots</h4> <p>Make plants and landscaping pop with LED illuminated planting pots. Far from the average run-of-the-mill flower pot, these amazing lights not only make plants pop, but radiate high level outdoor light, making them an excellent choice for walkways.</p> <h4>String Lights</h4> <p>Not just for holiday lighting anymore, string lights can add sparkle and mood to any outdoor setting, such as trees, pergolas, arbors, posts, and furniture. They are also very effective when used to line railings, guiding guests along walkways.</p> <h4>Hanging Tree Lamps</h4> <p>From classic outdoor camping lanterns to fun craft finds, suspending lanterns from trees with fishing line can bring romance and magic to outdoor entertaining spaces. Battery operated or real tea lights make illumination a breeze, just be sure to keep candles a safe distance from leaves.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/ballast-bulb-replacement">Energy Saving Lighting Options</a></h3> <h4>LED</h4> <p>When choosing fixtures and bulbs for outdoor lighting options, consider energy saving LED options, which use up to 85 percent less energy than incandescents and up to 50 percent less energy than fluorescents. Hate changing outdoor bulbs? LEDs last more than 10 years on average - that's 25 times longer than incandescents and 2-5 times longer than fluorescents.</p> <h4>Solar</h4> <p>Solar lighting options are also an excellent choice, converting and storing the sun’s energy and coming in a variety of types and uses, including wall-mounted, lamppost, security lights, and lanterns. Be sure to check “nightly run times” on product labeling to ensure you have enough sunlight for operating solar lights in your area. Feeling crafty? Make a few <a href="https://www.bubbyandbean.com/2011/08/diy-tutorial-pretty-decoupaged-mason.html" rel="nofollow">solar decorative lights</a> of your own.</p> <h3>Ensure Outdoor Lighting is Safe</h3> <p>Adding outdoor lighting to your property can be fun if it’s done properly and safely. Some installations may require running underground electrical cables, additional wiring within the walls of your home, the installation of fixtures, proper <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/gfci-outlets">GFCI outlets</a>, and more. Ensure all outdoor home electrical work is installed properly and safely by a licensed professional, using UL listed, weatherproof, safety compatible materials and devices.</p> <p>Transform your space and take full advantage of your time outdoors. <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/contact-us">Contact Mr. Electric? </a> and brighten up your yard with the latest in outdoor lighting today.</p> <div class="row"> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Other Related Blog Topics</h3> <div class="col-md-4"><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/blog/summer-stress-electrical-system"><picture data-picture-mapping="full-0" data-picture-group="full-0" class="img-responsive"><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source data-srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-lg/public/mre-stressfreesummer-blog.jpg?itok=O4Gulevl 1x" media="(min-width: 1200px)"></source><source 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field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/light-up-your-yard-for-summer-entertainment" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Wed, 06 May 2015 18:52:02 +0000 Brad Roop 5868 at http://www.33pulse.com Important Things to Consider If Your Business Needs Ballast or Bulb Replacement http://www.33pulse.com/blog/important-things-to-consider-if-your-business-needs-ballast-or-bulb-replacement <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Important Things to Consider If Your Business Needs Ballast or Bulb Replacement</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code-mre-important-things-to-consider-if-your-business-needs-ballast-or-bulb-replacement.jpg?itok=FgpibRYX" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="734" height="359" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code-mre-important-things-to-consider-if-your-business-needs-ballast-or-bulb-replacement.jpg?itok=FgpibRYX" width="734" height="359" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Brad Roop</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 9:43am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>If the lights in your business are on their way out, making a change to your ballasts or bulbs may offer you tremendous opportunity. There’s a lot to consider when selecting the right ballast and bulb combination, however, and the decision you make today will affect your business for years to come.</p> <h2>There’s more to choosing lighting than replacing that faulty ballast.</h2> <p>The right lighting can result in substantial savings on your monthly energy costs, of which lighting accounts for nearly 35 percent. The right lighting can also reduce maintenance needs, improve productivity, and reduce your carbon footprint.</p> <h2>Watts up?</h2> <p>Watts measure the amount of energy required to light a bulb. Today, however, bulbs are measured in lumens, or the amount of visible light produced. Why? It all boils down to efficiency. Opting for ballast and bulb combinations that are more efficient than yesterday’s incandescents offer a superior return on investment.</p> <h3>Halogen</h3> <ul><li>Twice as efficient as incandescents. ?</li> <li>Commonly used for outdoor applications such as stadium and security lighting.</li> </ul><h3>Fluorescent</h3> <ul><li>Use 1/5 to 1/3 as much electricity as incandescents.</li> <li>Last 10 times longer.</li> <li>The most commonly used form of commercial lighting.</li> <li>Opting for a newer, electronic ballast provides more efficient, flicker-free operation than magnetic predecessors.</li> <li>Today’s T8 systems far surpass yesterday’s T12 systems in efficiency.</li> <li>T5 systems may offer a suitable replacement for HID/Metal halides.</li> </ul><h3>CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light)</h3> <ul><li>Miniature version of fluorescents.</li> <li>Quick and easy energy saving replacement for incandescents in standard light sockets.</li> </ul><h3>HID/Metal Halide</h3> <ul><li>3-5 times more efficient than incandescents.</li> <li>Lasts 20 times longer.</li> <li>Produce large quantities of very bright light for warehouse and industrial applications.</li> <li>Purchasing/installing specially designed reduced wattage metal halide lamps may provide sufficient lighting while reducing energy consumption.</li> </ul><h3>LED (Light Emitting Diodes)</h3> <ul><li>Use 75 percent less energy than incandescents.</li> <li>Lasts 35-50 times longer.</li> <li>Multi-functional.</li> </ul><h2>Going beyond the bulb…</h2> <p>There’s more to upgrading your lighting than simple bulb and ballast replacement, however. According to the SBA (Small Business Association), technology plus effective design equals performance and energy savings. Screwing in more efficient bulbs are a great start, but not enough if you want the whole package. Ballast selection and lighting design are essential to getting the most bang for your lighting buck. For this, you’ll need the help of a Mr. Electric? lighting professional to coordinate:</p> <h3>Ballast or fixture selection</h3> <p>Finding the most efficient technology to meet your application needs and/or style.</p> <h3>Ballast and fixture placement</h3> <p>Including taking into consideration ceiling height, spacing, glare, light distribution, and task plane height.</p> <h3>Overall appearance and brightness</h3> <p>Including taking into account room finishes - paint colors and types that will improve lighting quality.</p> <h3>And more…</h3> <p>From safety considerations to integration with other building systems</p> <h2><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/electrical-services">Looking for a little more control and savings? You may want…</a></h2> <ul><li>Dimmers</li> <li>Occupancy sensors</li> <li>Vacancy sensors</li> <li>Bi-level switches</li> <li>Daylight sensors</li> <li>Intelligent lighting control systems</li> </ul><p>No matter what type of lighting your business utilizes, from LED indoor lighting solutions to landscaping and security lights, <em>Mr. Electric</em> has your covered. <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/contact-us">Contact Mr. Electric</a> and discover the many ways new lighting can brighten up your business today.</p> <div class="row"> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Other Related Blog Topics</h3> <div class="col-md-3"><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/blog/all-about-led-bulbs"><picture data-picture-mapping="full-0" data-picture-align="" data-picture-group="full-0" class="img-responsive"><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source data-srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-lg/public/mre-ledbulbs-blog.jpg?itok=sTckU3Wa 1x" 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href="/blog/important-things-to-consider-if-your-business-needs-ballast-or-bulb-replacement" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:43:58 +0000 Brad Roop 5688 at http://www.33pulse.com Is Your Home's Electrical Wiring In Need Of Updating http://www.33pulse.com/blog/is-your-homes-electrical-wiring-in-need-of-updating <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Is Your Home&#039;s Electrical Wiring In Need Of Updating</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code-mre-is-your-homes-electrical-wiring-in-need-of-updating.jpg?itok=ICtlrZvz" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code-mre-is-your-homes-electrical-wiring-in-need-of-updating.jpg?itok=ICtlrZvz" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Brad Roop</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 8:18am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Your lights and appliances are working fine, so that means your wiring is too, right? Not so much. Seldom inspected after installation, the wiring in your home may need an update, especially if your home is more than 40 years old.</p> <h2>Why update wiring?</h2> <p>Installing sufficient wiring goes beyond safety. It also means enhancing your home’s functionality, reliability, and safety to keep up with today’s ever-increasing power needs. This applies not only to the installation of current electrical wiring, but wiring for your phone, Internet, cable, and more.</p> <h2>Waiting is a risk.</h2> <p>According to the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association), faulty wiring is the leading cause for residential fires. The National Electric Code (NEC) <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/electrical-code-updates">updates electrical codes</a> and standards for outlets and wiring every three years. Their mission is to keep up with technology designed to keep your home and family safe. Has the wiring in your home gotten any attention since the 2014 NEC code updates? Chances are it’s been far longer than that. ??</p> <h2>Your home may be behind the times and in need of wiring updates if you have…</h2> <h3>Older wiring</h3> <p>Aluminum wiring used in the 60s and 70s, non-metallic wiring installed in the 40s and 50s, and knob and tube wiring in pre-1930s homes are well-known safety hazards, as are loose connections and frayed wires resulting from wear-and-tear. ?</p> <h3>Two pronged, ungrounded outlets</h3> <p>These are an enormous safety hazard – for you and your electronics. Without proper grounding, electrical excesses have nowhere to go but into your devices – or you – even if you have a <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/blog/how-a-surge-protector-works">surge protector</a>. Reduce shock risks by rapidly addressing this sign of wiring that is way behind the times.</p> <h3>Missing GFCIs</h3> <p>Identified by the “TEST” and “RESET” buttons on receptacles, <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-afci-and-gfci-outlets">GFCIs</a> protect you from shock in high moisture areas. They are currently required in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, utility rooms, garages, spa/pool areas, unfinished crawlspaces/basements, and any areas outside of your home. If you are lacking these inexpensive, easy-to-install devices in any of these areas, you may be in for a shocking experience.</p> <h3>Missing AFCIs</h3> <p><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-afci-and-gfci-outlets">AFCIs</a> prevent fire by acting as a circuit breaker, which disconnects in the event of a potentially dangerous arc. They are required in bedrooms in all 50 states, though some states require them in all circuits throughout the home.</p> <h3>Outlets that are not childproof</h3> <p><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/blog/child-proof-electrical-outlets">Childproof outlets</a> require equal pressure in all prongs simultaneously for electricity to flow. They cost pennies more than traditional outlets and are required in all newly built homes.</p> <h3>Not enough power</h3> <p>How many amps power your home? While 60 amps may have been sufficient in the past, today’s homes often need 100 to 200 amps to successfully operate the glut of large and technologically advanced appliances you use simultaneously, from mobile devices and flat screens to your refrigerator and air conditioner. Without an adequate power supply, you could end up damaging these sensitive items beyond repair.</p> <h3>Other behind-the-times, wiring problem signs also include:</h3> <ul><li>Tripped breakers</li> <li>Blown fuses</li> <li>Using extension cords or adapters to compensate for a lack of outlets</li> <li>Flickering or dimming lights with the operation of neighboring appliances</li> <li>Rodent damage</li> <li>Popping, crackling, or buzzing</li> <li>Hot or scorch marked outlets</li> <li>Burning smells or smoke</li> </ul><p>Protect your family and home, ensuring the smooth, efficient operation of all things electrical while boosting the value of your property. <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/contact-us">Contact Mr. Electric? </a> for an <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/electrical-safety-inspections">electrical safety and wiring inspection</a> today.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/is-your-homes-electrical-wiring-in-need-of-updating" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:18:37 +0000 Brad Roop 5598 at http://www.33pulse.com Setting the Record Straight About Going Green http://www.33pulse.com/blog/setting-the-record-straight-about-going-green <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Setting the Record Straight About Going Green</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code_-_mre_-_setting_the_record_straight_on_going_green.jpg?itok=-15BaSzo" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="734" height="359" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code_-_mre_-_setting_the_record_straight_on_going_green.jpg?itok=-15BaSzo" width="734" height="359" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Brad Roop</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 8:17am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Confused or overwhelmed about the benefits and drawbacks of making your home a little more green? Your friendly neighborhood Mr. Electric? professionals are here, helping you understand the bigger picture in your quest for a greener life.</p> <h2>Don’t let your quest to go green be thwarted by these common myths and misconceptions:</h2> <h3 style="color:red">Myth: Newer homes are more energy efficient.</h3> <h3>Truth: Age doesn’t have as much to do with efficiency as how your home is outfitted.</h3> <p>Energy consumption has more to do with having a green home than age. Newer homes with added square footage, vaulted ceilings and an array of high-tech electronics often consume a great deal of energy. Rather than upgrading, consider the size home that adequately fits your needs. With the help of an <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/special-offers">energy audit</a>, air sealing and insulation, and efficient appliances, you’ll be well on your way to a green home, regardless of age. ?</p> <h3 style="color:red">Myth: Investing money in wind, solar or geothermal is the only way to save on my monthly energy bill.</h3> <h3>Truth: Stopping your house from leaking like a sieve is an effective – and less cost prohibitive – investment.</h3> <p>Simply plugging gaps, holes and other air leaks in your home and beneath insulation in your attic can <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/home-energy-savings">reduce your demand</a> for nonrenewable energy by up to 40 percent. Thinking about investing in a little new insulation? Don’t sweat it if the top-of-the-line insulation is out of your price range – all insulation is green. Go with what’s in your price range today and get those heating and cooling bills down tomorrow. There’s nothing greener than reducing energy consumption.</p> <h3 style="color:red">Myth: The eco-friendly label on that product I just purchased means I’m headed in the right direction.</h3> <h3>Truth: You may be getting ripped-off.</h3> <p>Don’t become brainwashed by greenwashing companies who put more thought into labeling their products to gain your purchase than into sustainability practices. Avoid deceitful marketing tactics by getting to know which labels are truly green in your local hardware store:</p> <ul><li>Energy Star</li> <li>GreenSeal</li> <li>UL Environment</li> <li>Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)</li> <li>GREENGUARD</li> <li>Scientific Certification Systems</li> <li>Good Housekeeping Green Seal</li> </ul><h3 style="color:red">Myth: Replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy saving alternatives is too expensive.?</h3> <h3>Truth: Holding on to those incandescents will cost you far more in the long run.</h3> <p><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/ballast-bulb-replacement">Replacing those old incandescents</a> with CFLs or LEDs pays for itself over the lifespan of the bulbs, which not only use a fraction of the energy, but last far longer as well. Aren’t you tired of repeatedly replacing burnt out bulbs?</p> <h3 style="color:red">Myth: Turn the lights off when you leave the room to save money.</h3> <h3>?Truth: It depends on the bulb.</h3> <p>Huh? You heard right. Incandescents and halogens should ALWAYS be turned off when you leave the room. Why? They are less efficient. CFLs, however, are a bit more complicated. They cost 75 percent less to operate than an incandescent. However, turning them on and off reduces their operating life, which can cost you more in bulb replacements. The Department of Energy’s advice: If you’ll be out of the room for 15 minutes or less, leave it on.</p> <h3 style="color:red">Myth: Turning off your appliances means they are not consuming power.?</h3> <h3>Truth: You don’t know about “vampire power.”</h3> <p>Items with a power adapter, indicator light, standby function, or clock can suck up energy even when they’re turned off, draining you to the tune of 5 percent or more of your power bill. The typical cable box alone uses half the electricity of an Energy Star fridge. Multiply that times the number of these items in your house (TVs, computers, microwaves, cell phone chargers). To take a big bite out of your electric bill, plug these items into a power strip so they can be turned off when not in use. In addition, have <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/electrical-safety-inspections">wiring inspected</a> to ensure poor connections and undersized wiring aren’t contributing to additional energy loss and higher bills.</p> <h3 style="color:red">Myth: Turning down the thermostat when I’m gone wastes energy.?</h3> <h3>Truth: The longer your heating or cooling system is turned off, the greater the savings.</h3> <p>Adjusting your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours a day can save you 5-15 percent per year on heating and cooling costs – 1 percent for each degree it’s set back. Make the savings hassle-free with the installation of an inexpensive programmable or Wi-Fi home thermostat.</p> <h3 style="color:red">Myth: One person can’t save the world.?</h3> <h3>Truth: You are not alone.</h3> <p>With globalization, it’s easy to see how dramatically one person’s choices can effect another. Inspire change around you with your actions for an exponential impact that can be felt around the world. How do you want to impact the planet and future generations today?</p> <p>What’s sucking the green out of your life? <em>Mr. Electric </em>can help you figure it out. <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/contact-us">Contact us</a> for a complimentary energy audit or home electrical safety check-up today.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/setting-the-record-straight-about-going-green" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:17:57 +0000 Brad Roop 5555 at http://www.33pulse.com Power Behind March Madness http://www.33pulse.com/blog/power-behind-march-madness <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Power Behind March Madness</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me_-_power_behind_march_madness_blog.jpg?itok=nFONP1Kl" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="830" height="415" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me_-_power_behind_march_madness_blog.jpg?itok=nFONP1Kl" width="830" height="415" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Brad Roop</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, March 13, 2015 - 2:31pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>By Maddie Ogletree</strong></p> <p>What goes on behind the scenes of March Madness often goes unmentioned. The action is up front, while the lights and cameras are working hard in the background. Some major aspects of the March Madness experience happen without a hitch, and sometimes they’re the hardest to manage. No wonder there was a lighting mishap during the Super Bowl in 2013.</p> <p>Amidst all the madness this March, take a moment to notice the electrical components powering the stadiums, such as:</p> <h2>AV Systems</h2> <p>The music and sound effects heard during the event can all be attributed to the thousands of cables running throughout stadiums across the country, linking the AV control rooms to the speakers above the court. When stadiums are built, every single cable is intricately installed to enable you to experience the sights and sounds of March Madness the way you’re able. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, host of the Final Four and championship games, reports about 764,000 cables in their audio and video setup alone!</p> <h2><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/electrical-system-maintenance">Back Up Generators </a></h2> <p>To ensure that the arena doesn’t go dark mid-play, backup generators are a must to make sure everything runs smoothly during the games. It might not be the first concern to pop into your mind, but in an emergency or accidental power failure backup generators are the heroes of the game. Most arenas are prepared for these events and have multiple generators ready to go in the event of a power failure.</p> <h2><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/home-lighting-design">Lighting </a></h2> <p>How the stadium stays perfectly lit is not often considered, but it’s a necessity for these games that can be tough to power. Recently, NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas updated their lighting to a more sustainable system. The new system draws 337 kilowatts of energy at full power – 60 percent less than their previous system. That’s huge, especially when their stadium now houses more than 65,000 LEDs. Imagine keeping all of those lights functioning properly during the entire South Regional game.</p> <h2>Video Boards</h2> <p>Keeping up with the scores at games is easy with the giant screens present at every modern sports arena. But most people don’t realize the energy that is needed to show those replays on the big screen. While it does take quite a bit of energy, arenas are starting to focus on using sustainable sources of energy. The Moda Center, which will be hosting second and third round games for this year’s March Madness, purchases 100 percent renewable energy programs.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/power-behind-march-madness" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:31:28 +0000 Brad Roop 5551 at http://www.33pulse.com Is Your Home a “Smart” Home? http://www.33pulse.com/blog/is-your-home-a-smart-home <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Is Your Home a “Smart” Home?</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code_-_mre_-_is_your_home_a_-smart-_home-.jpg?itok=_GGna9mc" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="734" height="359" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code_-_mre_-_is_your_home_a_-smart-_home-.jpg?itok=_GGna9mc" width="734" height="359" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Kim Bechel</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 9:29am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Fully automated homes offer the ultimate in Smart Home Technology, boasting George?Jetson-like?advancement once believed to be many years in the future.</p> <p>Today’s Smart Home Technology offers everything from?Wi-Fi?home thermostats, to wireless door locks and outlets that can be turned on and off remotely, as well as inform you if your infirm Granny has started her morning pot of coffee. What’s more, the ability to manage outlets, appliances, heating and cooling, and more with the help of the wireless Internet, a smart device, and a few apps is now an affordable reality.</p> <p>How can you make your home a bit smarter? Mr. Electric<sup>?</sup> has ways to help you power your tomorrow with these technology options.</p> <h2>Smart Locks</h2> <p>Fitting over your existing?deadbolt, smart locks automatically disengage when a phone with a digital key is near. They allow for remote operation, unlimited keys for family and friends, and notify you of activity at your home. ?</p> <h2>Wireless Lighting Controls</h2> <p>Control your home’s lighting wirelessly, including lighting intensity, color and scheduling.</p> <h2><span style="color: rgb(0, 63, 162); font-size: 3.4rem; line-height: 1.1;">Smart Open/Close Sensors</span></h2> <p>Smart open/close sensors for windows, doors, and cabinets can text and inform you of a breach, and when used in conjunction with other home automation products, can even turn on lights, adjust the thermostat, and more.</p> <h2>Smart Outlets</h2> <p>Plug smart outlets directly into existing wall outlets for remote on/off operation, create a schedule, and track power usage of plugged-in appliances.</p> <p>As technology rapidly advances and becomes affordable, upcoming Smart Home Technology is sure to be limited only by our imaginations.?<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Visit our website or give us a call to find out about how we can help you capitalize on home automation opportunities today! The future is waiting…</span></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/is-your-home-a-smart-home" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:29:01 +0000 Kim Bechel 5526 at http://www.33pulse.com

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