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Electrician Blog - Advice and Tips from a Licensed Electrician

Welcome to our electrician's blog, offering articles, advice and tips from a licensed electrician and electrical contractor in Orlando, Fl. Though our service area for residential and commercial electrical services covers the Greater Orlando area specifically, our articles, advice and tips apply to electrical situations encountered nationwide - we strive to make our articles interesting, our advice informative, and our tips helpful no matter where you live or do business.

If you have an idea for an article, or have any questions about any of the articles below, shoot me an email. Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

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  • The Purpose of GFCIs and Why You Should Install them in Your Home. Jun 27, 2014 - posted by Spectrum Electric

    Ground faults are a dangerous condition that occurs when electricity develops an unintended path to a grounded surface. Properly functioning electrical systems follow an intended low-resistance grounding path. When there is a break in this grounding path, one’s body can become the grounding path, causing severe or fatal electric shocks. GFCIs are designed to mitigate the risk of this electrical danger.

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  • Inspecting Your Electrical Outlets for Safety and Preventing Dangers to Children and Pets Jun 14, 2014 - posted by Spectrum Electric

    Electrical outlets are necessary in homes for obvious reasons. What might not be so obvious is the dangers associated with outlets that are damaged, improperly installed or used, or easily accessible to children and pets in your home. In this article, we’ll give you some tips on properly examining and protecting the electrical outlets in your home.

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  • The Causes and Dangers of Power Surges and the Importance of Whole-House and Individual Device Surge Protection Jun 5, 2014 - posted by Spectrum Electric

    Surge protection has become far more important in recent years than it was previously, if only for the simple fact that there are a greater number of devices in most homes that can be negatively impacted by power surges. In this article, we’ll examine the different types of power surges as well as tell you how to protect against them at the whole-home and individual device level.

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  • Christmas and Holiday Season Fire Safety Statistics and Tips Dec 4, 2013 - posted by Spectrum Electric

    Who doesn't love driving the children through the neighborhood to take in the beauty of the variety of lighting and decorative displays that can be seen this time of year? It's a wonderful tradition that really gets us in the spirit to celebrate the holidays however we celebrate them. It's extremely important, though, to be mindful of the risks of electrical fires associated with Christmas decorations. It's therefore equally important to do everything we can to make sure we're all as safe as possible this holiday season.

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  • When is it Time for an Electrical Service Panel Upgrade? Oct 31, 2013 - posted by Spectrum Electric

    In this article, we'll talk a little bit about the purpose of your home's electrical panel(s), electrical service size, how to determine whether or not your home's electrical system is functioning properly, and whether or not it's time for an upgrade.

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  • 6 Steps to Determining your Electrical Service Size Sep 30, 2013 - posted by Spectrum Electric

    If you know what you’re looking for, it’s relatively easy (and only takes a few minutes) to determine your home’s electrical service size. In this article we’ll tell you how to do just that, in 6 simple, easy-to-follow steps.

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  • Selecting a Ceiling Fan and Ceiling Fan Installation Considerations Aug 31, 2013 - posted by Spectrum Electric

    If you've visited your local home supply store lately, you've probably seen the vast amount of ceiling fans available in a variety of configurations and designs, from a variety of manufacturers. The choices can be overwhelming. This article aims to serve as your guide when selecting a ceiling fan, to ensure you get the best quality, best price, and most well-suited ceiling fan before you begin your ceiling fan installation project.

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  • Tips for Saving Money on Your Electricity Bill (Part 2) Jul 16, 2013 - posted by Spectrum Electric

    In this second article of a two-part series, we'll outline several simple measures to help you save money on your electrical bill.

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  • Tips for Saving Money on Your Electricity Bill (Part 1) Jul 6, 2013 - posted by Spectrum Electric

    In this article, we’ll outline three simple measures that will put you on the path to reducing your power bill. In the next article, we’ll outline several more.

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  • Federal Pacific Stab-lok Electrical Panels – Why you should care, how to tell if you have one, and what to do about it Apr 17, 2013 - posted by Spectrum Electric

    The main electrical service panel in your home is a highly essential component of your home’s electrical system. It is responsible for the distribution of power throughout the home. Power comes into the home through a utility company service drop and enters the electrical service panel, where it is split into the separate circuits running through your home and providing power to your outlets.

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  • Preparation and Safety Tips for Power Outages Aug 27, 2011 - posted by Spectrum Electric

    While those of us in Florida may have dodged a rather large bullet with Hurricane Irene, there's no guarantee we'll be as fortunate the next time a storm heads our way. This article will attempt to offer some advice that we've learned for coping with power outages, whether they're created by storms or some other phenomenon.

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  • Indoor and Outdoor LED Lighting for the Home or Office Jun 30, 2011 - posted by Spectrum Electric

    The LED technology behind LED lamps has been around for a long time, but its practical application, as a replacement to traditional incandescent or CFL lighting in lamps, is a relatively new concept. LED lighting technology has made enormous strides in quality, availability, utility, and longevity, making it a viable alternative to costly, wasteful, traditional lighting in the home or office.

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  • Home Electrical Fires and How to Prevent Them May 26, 2011 - posted by Spectrum Electric

    Home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage.

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  • How to Choose the Right Electrician in Orlando Apr 29, 2011 - posted by Spectrum Electric

    Once you've made the decision to hire an electrician or electrical contractor, it's important that you hire the right one. Choosing the right electrician is extremely important, and can have serious implications should the wrong decision be made. In this article, we'll look at a few ways to make sure you're on the right track.

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  • Why Hire an Electrician? Mar 14, 2011 - posted by Spectrum Electric

    Even if you are an experienced do-it-yourself homeowner, there are times when it is best to hire an electrician.

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