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How to Replace a Pool Light

on July 7, 2017

Outdoor lighting has always been about beauty, but every light doubles as a matter of safety.  While path-way lights can range from haunting and mystical to strictly utilitarian, they serve as guardians of safety in the dark.  This is true of all the lights in your yard, from porch and security lights to accent lights […]

Why the Death Star has Exhaust Ports

on May 19, 2017

Next week fans of the movie STAR WARS will be celebrating the original film’s 40th anniversary.  On May 25th, 1977, Lucasfilm released a movie that became not only one of the most iconic space opera films, but refreshed the science fiction film genre and paved the way for others to follow (according to some, the […]

The Best Blogs of 2016

on December 29, 2016

Simple Home Electrical Fixes Unless you designed it yourself (and sometimes, even if you did), there will always be one or two things about your home that can use changes or upgrades over the years.  The electrical system for your home is no different.  The number of fixes, upgrades, and additions required to make your […]

Easier Ways to Warm your Home

on November 25, 2016

There are many ways to stay warm during the winter.  While you could go visit family in Florida all winter long, there are cheaper alternatives that are just as effective and don’t force you to travel 3,000 miles just to avoid snow, ice, and the cold.  Simple home repairs and a few extra adjustments to […]

Electrical Safety for Pets

on July 15, 2016

Most of us have had, or at least interacted with, pets at some point.  We grow up with the family pet, have taken our turn caring for someone’s pet while they’re away, and even adopt or acquire our own pet as time goes on.  We love them and care for them and they, in return, […]

Outdoor Electronics

Outdoor Electronics

on June 3, 2016

Lawn parties, decorative lighting, automated sprinklers, and countless other electrical devices have pushed your power grid to the outdoors.  Unfortunately, you have less control over the outdoors than you do when wires and outlets are located inside the walls of your home.  A little bit of consideration is all it takes to make sure that […]

The basics about ceiling fans and home heating and cooling

Ceiling Fans 101: The Basics

on April 15, 2016

We see them on a daily basis: ceiling fans.  Marvelous devices that help to keep us cool during the summer and warm during the winter.  Many people don’t even realize that ceiling fans are able to help you reduce the costs of heating or cooling your home when used properly.  They’re supposed to be easy […]

What are ballasts, transformers, and drivers

Ballasts, Transformers, and Drivers

on April 8, 2016

Lighting sounds like a simple thing.  Plug a lightbulb into a socket and turn on the switch, right?  While incandescent lights are often that simple, energy-efficient and high-power lighting requires a little more effort (and some extra devices) for installation and operation.  At some point or other, you’ve probably heard of ballasts, transformers, and drivers.  […]

What is Electric Current?

What Is Electric Current?

on January 29, 2016

Your breakers are rated by amps, your lightbulbs are listed in watts, but everything that plugs into the wall has to be 120 volts.  What’s the difference?  Why are all of these things listed with different units when they all use electricity?  Today, let’s try to unpack what these are to give you a better […]

Home automation made easy

Home Automation & Smart Homes

on January 22, 2016

It’s been a dream of science fiction since the early 20th century: a self-maintaining home.  A place where every system, maintenance, repair, and cleaning is handled by the home itself without direct necessary input.  While that dream is still a long way off, we have made great strides in bringing domestic automation to the general […]