Protecting Your Family From Electrical Hazards In The Home

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Electricity provides us with light, warmth and music. It allows us to access our favorite television shows and websites. These days, many of us even read on a device powered by electricity. It’s a fundamental part of modern life, but when something goes wrong, the consequences can be deadly.

ELECTRICAL FIRES: HOW OFTEN DO THEY OCCUR?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 500 people are killed in house electrical fires each year, and a frightening 51,000 electrical fires occur in general. Even if everyone survives the fire, many families are left out in the cold after their home and all possessions are destroyed. If this sounds like your worst nightmare, rest assured that it’s preventable.

STAYING SAFE: DO YOU HAVE ELECTRICAL HAZARDS IN THE HOME IN YOUR HOME?

  1. Watch Your Lighting
  2. Never use bulbs with a wattage higher than designed for the fixture you’re putting them in. Most lamps have a small label that states the recommended wattage. Be extra careful with halogen lamps, which tend to run hotter than other lighting equipment. If you choose to use these lamps, make sure they are not surrounded by flammable materials.

  1. Check Your Sockets
  2. Overloading a socket is never a good thing. Rather than plugging multiple extenders into an outlet to allow for more devices, consider talking to an electrician about installing additional sockets. Many older homes were not designed for the modern world. A few decades ago, people didn’t have cell phones, e-readers, laptops and gaming consoles to find outlets for. Rather than deal with this hassle and possibly start a fire, it makes more sense to have an additional outlet installed where you need it.

  1. Give it a Feel
  2. If you’re concerned that an outlet might be hazardous, give it a gentle touch with dry hands. If it feels hot, you likely have a problem brewing. Many people don’t realize that electrical wiring wears out over time, much like every other part of your home. The peace of mind can be worth the price when it comes to having modern wiring put in. If you’re worried, consider getting a quote from an electrician.

  1. Deal with Exposed Wiring
  2. Not every home is up to par. If you move into an apartment and find exposed wiring in the sockets, be sure to speak to your landlord right away. This is a fire hazard, and it likely isn’t up to code. If you have exposed wiring in your own home, now is the time to have it taken care of. Make sure all outlets have covers. Not only can exposed wiring lead to house electrical fires, but it can also cause electrocution in children or pets.

KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE: NATIONAL ELECTRICAL SAFETY MONTH

May is National Electrical Safety Month, and the team at Mister Sparky Electricians share these ideas to help you keep your home safer. If you’re concerned that your wiring, lighting or electrical devices might be dangerous, please contact us today. With every Mister Sparky appointment, we provide a 28-point safety inspection to help uncover any electrical safety hazard in your home. Our expert electricians will keep you knowledgeable about the current safety status of your house. Schedule your service today at 888-8-SPARKY or just find the link at the top of the website to request service online.

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Creative Lighting Ideas For Mother’s Day Gifts

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For the people that are searching everywhere for a perfect Mother’s Day gift, think about finding some creative lighting ideas that mom will appreciate. Finding unique Mother’s Day gifts can sometimes be a challenge. We have some practical, yet very unique gift ideas to share with you.

Let’s face it, mom spends a lot of time at home. There’s no better way to show her how much you care than creative home-lighting ideas this Mother’s Day. Here are some great creative lighting ideas you might not have thought of as gifts for mom.

If your mom loves to read books, a wall light might be the perfect gift for her. Your dad might just thank you for it too! Wall-mounted reading lights come in a large assortment of styles and varieties. From long stretch cords to swinging arms, reading lights can be wall mounted or even clip on to your bed post or head board. Reading lights are a great way for mom to enjoy a good book or magazine in bed without glare from overhead lights, and she won’t have to get back up to turn everything off before going to sleep.

A wall mounted reading lamp can be extremely attractive. A beautiful example from Lightology grabbed our attention. Its body has an expansive area of reach, and the design, which features a brushed nickel finish, looks great mounted on the wall.

Another unique gift idea for Mother’s Day is under counter accent lighting in the kitchen. This type of lighting can include hard wired puck lighting or led light strips. Both provide a nice warm glowing effect for mom’s kitchen. Pegasus Lighting has some good information about kitchen accent lighting and the best types of light sources to use. You will find some very creative lighting ideas here.

Creative lighting ideas, as unique gift ideas for Mother’s Day, are even better when they perform a helpful function. A great item to consider is an LED bathroom mirror for mom. From portable table-top mirrors to hard mounted back-lit mirrors, these products can emulate natural light which aides putting on make-up and brightens the room. Some styles are simply unique and very eye catching. We like the ones found at Decoraport. This is a self-proclaimed high-end online shop without the high-end prices. Check out this LED oval mirror for a really stunning Mother’s Day gift idea that your mom could hang in a single-vanity bathroom.

For any unique Mother’s Day gift ideas that require electrical installation assistance, call Mister Sparky Electrician in Northwest Arkansas, and we will make sure your gifts are installed in time to surprise mom. Our expert technicians all know just how special mom is and we look forward to helping you make her day a little bit brighter. Call us today at (479) 202-4757.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Energy Efficiency Tips From An NWA Electrician

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Mister Sparky Electrician in Northwest Arkansas is dedicated to keeping your family safe from electrical hazards. These energy efficiency tips will protect your family from using more energy than needed, and often these tips can reduce your household electrical utility bills. Money saved means more opportunities for your family. Take a look through these energy saving tips to find ways to improve your electrical consumption, you can always call Mister Sparky Electrician NWA for further information.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Upgrading Electrical Outlets

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Electrical outlets or wall outlets are the primary points of interaction most people have with their home electrical systems. Those of us who aren’t electricians or electrical contractors, may not ever open our main electrical panels, but we plug and unplug things from our outlets every day. Those electrical outlets don’t last forever, and they will eventually wear out. They may need to be upgraded and replaced at some point to help protect the safety and security of your home and family. Read on to learn when it’s time to make the switch.

DON’T TAKE ELECTRICAL OUTLETS FOR GRANTED

Given their steady, reliable performance delivering electricity to our appliances and devices, it’s tempting to take our outlets for granted, but they do actually have a lifespan and can become potentially hazardous over time. Especially if you live in an older house, your outlets and the wires they are attached to may be deteriorating. What’s more, older electrical outlets might not be in compliance with your local building code standards for electrical safety.

So why should you care? Old outlets can turn into major safety hazards, most notably being the source of many house fires. Sometimes, the wires connected to the outlets become loose or frayed, creating an immediate fire danger. This can be prevented by installing new electrical outlets. When you upgrade to the latest, up-to-code outlets, you can also add safety features like ground fault circuit interrupters, which decrease the possibility of electrocutions. You can also have an electrician install convenient features like combo outlets that can charge your USB devices, night-light outlets or kid-safe outlets in areas that are accessible to children.

WHEN TO CALL A LICENSED ELECTRICIAN

The easiest way to know when you need to update your outlets is to have an electrician inspect your home. There are also other warning signs that will let you know it’s time to make a change:

  • You live in a home that is more than a few decades old
  • There are visible sparks when you plug in your devices
  • The circuits in your home get tripped frequently for no apparent reason
  • Sockets in the outlet become wobbly or loose

Obviously, if you detect smoke or a burning odor coming from your outlet, you should call an electrician immediately. Fires can spread quickly within your walls before you even realize you have a problem. If you have any question about the safety of your home’s electrical system, you can call a Mister Sparky electrician for a home electrical inspection.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician, services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville. In addition to emergency electrical repair, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, flickering lights, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections. Call us today at (479) 202-4757 to schedule an appointment!

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Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

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Mister Sparky Electrician NWA shares potential causes of a consistently tripping circuit breaker with Northwest Arkansas homeowners.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician, offers the best electrician services in the Northwest Arkansas area, including Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, and Fayetteville.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA shares potential causes of a consistently tripping circuit breaker with Springdale homeowners.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician, services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, and Fayetteville. In addition to emergency electrical repair, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, flickering lights, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections. Call us today at (479) 202-4757 to schedule an appointment!

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Accent Lighting Ideas From Northwest Arkansas Electrician

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Looking for new accent lighting ideas? Check out these tips from Mister Sparky Electrician NWA!

When you assess the lighting in your home, you should be able to pick out several layers of illumination. General lighting is typically centered on the ceiling, casting a bright light around the room. Task lighting, such as desk lamps, under-cabinet lights, and reading lamps, are designed to help you get things done. Accent lighting helps showcase certain features of your home, such as artwork or custom cabinetry.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA offers Accent Lighting Ideas with Cabinet Lighting
If you’re wanting to add visual drama to your home, consider these accent lighting ideas!

ACCENT LIGHTING IDEAS FOR YOUR HOME

Depending on what you want to illuminate, we have many accent lighting ideas and options:

  • Picture lights: Artwork and photographs can really pop with a picture light mounted on the wall directly above each frame. Picture lights are usually reserved for formal settings because they can create an art gallery look.
  • Cabinet, shelf, and bookcase lighting: Show off your favorite collection with lights mounted on the underside of cabinets or bookshelves. These can include puck lights, surface-mount lights, battery-operated lights, and micro fluorescent lights.

Springdale Accent Lighting Ideas from Mister Sparky Electrician NWA

  • Recessed lighting: Often positioned across the ceiling for general lighting, recessed lights can also serve as good accent lighting ideas. Aim the light at a piece of art or another key focus for effective accent lighting.
  • Track lighting: Popular in modern or industrial designs, track lighting features three to five independently swiveling heads on a track. You can aim these fixtures however you want, using them to light up a built-in bookshelf or to provide indirect lighting around the room’s perimeter.
  • LED rope, tape, and strip lights: These are perfect for highlighting unique architectural features. Mount rope, tape, or strip lights above your cabinets or in a cove ceiling to make such features stand out.
  • String lights: For a fun, playful feel, hang string lights in arches across the ceiling. These temporary accent lighting ideas are especially perfect for holiday parties.

Accent Lighting ideas using String Lights from Mister Sparky Electrician NWA

USING ACCENT LIGHTING IDEAS

So, what’s the point of using accent lighting inside your home? Consider these benefits:

  • Add beauty: The most obvious reason to include accent lighting in your interior design is to set your home apart. Lighting plays a vital role in how your home appears, especially at night, and accent lighting enhances that look.
  • Entertain better: String lights, in particular, add a fun, spunky feel to your home when you host parties. Your guests will appreciate the added beauty of your fun accent lighting ideas.
  • Improve nighttime safety: You can choose to leave some accent lighting on all night to serve as nightlights. Toe kick lighting in the bathroom, for example, prevents you from stubbing your toe, and rope lights under kitchen cabinets light your way to the fridge for a midnight snack.
  • Increase home value: If you’re moving soon, the addition of accent lighting is sure to make your home look its best during open houses. You may even be able to cushion the asking price after adding custom accent lights in a few rooms.

Ready to install accent lighting in your home? Pick your favorite accent lighting ideas and contact Mister Sparky Electrician NWA for help with your lighting installation!

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician, services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville. In addition to emergency electrical repair, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, flickering lights, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections. Call us today at (479) 202-4757 to schedule an appointment!

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Power Outage Safety Tips

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Mister Sparky Electrician NWA shares power outage safety tips for Northwest Arkansas homeowners.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician, offers the best electrician services in the Northwest Arkansas area, including Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, and Fayetteville.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA shares helpful power outage safety tips for Northwest Arkansas homeowners!

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician, services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville. In addition to emergency electrical repair, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, flickering lights, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections. Call us today at (479) 202-4757 to schedule an appointment!

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Electrical Safety For The Big Game!

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Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician, offers the best electrician services in the Northwest Arkansas area, including Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, and Fayetteville.
Electrical safety tips provided by Mister Sparky Electrician NWA.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA shares helpful electrical safety tips for the big game!

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician, services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville. In addition to emergency electrical repair, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, flickering lights, smoke detectors, home generators, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Whole-Home Surge Protection

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Today, homes are more in need of whole-home surge protection than ever before. With the increasing use of technology and electronics, 80 percent of the electrical surges in a home are generated by people. Generators and appliances such as air conditioning units and washing machines introduce small surges into a home’s electrical lines. These surges build up over the years, degrading the performance of electronics and harming the electrical systems in your home.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA explaining surge protection

Whole-home surge protection can be built into your home’s breaker panel. Appliances send power surges through the electrical lines to the breaker panel. A whole-home surge protection system can shunt most of the impact to protect everything else in the home.

Many homeowners find themselves regularly swapping plugs or using devices like a power strip or surge protector. While these can work in many situations, many make the mistake of relying on surge protectors power strip too much. Every year, thousands of home fires result from surge protectors, power strips, and electrical cords.

At Mister Sparky, we don’t want to see you caught up in an electrical emergency, so we’ve compiled a short list of surge protector safety tips:

SURGE PROTECTION DO’S AND DON’TS

Mister Sparky Electrician explains overused surge protector power strip

  • Do only use power strips for light-load appliances (including computers, lamps, clocks).
  • Do use surge protectors or power strips that have an internal circuit breaker. These units will trip the breaker if the power strip is overloaded or shorted to prevent overheating.
  • Do use power strips sparingly. They aren’t designed to maintain a load for extended periods of time and can overheat if used too frequently.
  • Do use surge protectors or power strips that are UL (Underwriters Laboratory) or ETL (Electrical Testing Laboratories) approved. The UL or ETL label must never be removed from the unit. On the underside of the casing, there should be the manufacturer’s name and the name of the testing lab where the unit was tested.
  • Do visually inspect all surge protectors or power strips on a regular basis to ensure that they are not damaged or showing signs of degradation. During the visual inspection, ensure that the plug is fully engaged in their respective outlets.
  • Do unplug the surge protector or plug strip when the unit is not in use.
  • Don’t ever plug a surge protector or power strip into an existing surge protector or power strip. This practice is called “daisy-chaining” or “piggybacking” and can lead to serious electrical problems.

Surge protection overheat power strip electrical fire hazard

  • Don’t use surge protectors or power strips in moist areas. No kitchens, no utility rooms, no patios, and definitely no basements.
  • Don’t continue to use a surge protector or power strip if it feels hot. Remove and replace the unit.
  • Don’t cover a surge protector or power strip. Covering can smother the power strip and provide ample flammable material in the event of failure.
  • Don’t locate a surge protector or power strip in any area where the unit would be covered with carpet, furniture, or any other item that will limit or prevent air circulation.
  • Don’t staple, tack or nail a surge protector or power strip to anything. This can harm the cords and increase the risk of electrical fires.
  • Don’t use surge protectors, power strips, or extension cords as a substitute for permanent wiring.
  • Don’t use surge protectors or power strips that have a cord longer than 6 feet in length.
  • Don’t plug medical equipment into a surge protector or power strip unless it is approved for this purpose.
    For more information on electrical safety and whole-home surge protection or to schedule an installation, contact Mister Sparky today!

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician, services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Home Lighting Trends for 2017

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As the end of 2016 draws near, the days have become shorter with darkness arriving much earlier! We find ourselves spending more time inside our homes, and we can easily contract a bit of cabin-fever staring at the same walls every day. A bit of relief can come from switching things up. Consider making a home lighting change. New home lighting can actually brighten up your spaces and make your chilly home seem a bit cozier. With that said, here is a peek at some popular lighting trends for 2017.

NWA home lighting trends

  • Boxy, Geometric Shapes
  • Stores are already overflowing with angular light fixtures that are comprised entirely of interlocking triangles, squares, rectangles, and other geometric shapes. In addition to this, these connected shapes often form the larger shape of the fixture itself! Another popular design is simple, rectangular boxes that form around each other. These boxy, geometric shapes reflect a simplistic, modern style that is even better when paired with industrial materials!

  • Industrial and Modern Fixtures
  • Society is always evolving, new technology being invented, and industry booming. With that, many people opt to reflect this industrial and modern look in their homes through raw and rustic, metal light fixtures. The key to achieving this style is to find fixtures with an unfinished and raw texture. As for colors, the scheme is very monochromatic, with gold, bronze, brass, and nickel accent pieces to mix things up.

  • Nature-Inspired Lighting
  • Even among all of the industrial trends, people still look to nature for inspiration. Whether it is found in fixtures that resemble natural elements and shapes or fixtures that replicate warm glows and bright natural lights, these lighting appliances provide a natural accent to any room. If you’re tired of the industrial feel or if you simply want something understated, yet bold, this is the trend for you!

NWA industrial oversized floor lamp home lighting idea

  • Oversized Fixtures
  • In 2017, bigger is better! Many people are looking for large, unique fixtures that make a statement in their homes. While fixtures are traditionally sized in proportion to the size of the space they will be occupying, this year’s trend is the opposite. People are going big and going home, purchasing bold floor lamps and chandeliers that add flair and pack a visual punch!

  • Smart Lightbulbs
  • Technology has once again evolved, reinventing the light bulb entirely. These small, fragile glass bulbs are no longer restricted to being controlled by a switch on the wall. Instead, like most things these days, “smart bulbs” can be controlled by your phone! Depending on the system you install and the bulbs you buy, you can control the color and brightness of the light, as well as set schedules and check energy efficiency.

    As you can see, the various lighting trends of 2017 offer a lot of variety. If one of these styles speaks to you, go find your new statement piece and give us a call! We would love to help you get some new light fixtures installed in your home. Happy holidays!

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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