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!

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  • 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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Christmas Tree Safety

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Christmas tree safety information.

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No Power – Dead Electrical Outlet

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Electrical outlets, sometimes called receptacles, are in nearly every room we live in. They deliver the electricity that provides light at night. Outlets provide power for our computers and allow us to charge our phones, and they keep the clocks on time so we can get to our jobs on time. They’re so important to keeping us in sync with our daily routines that it becomes a major disaster when there is a power outage or electrical outlet problems. Here are 3 possible reasons why you may be experiencing problems at the electrical outlet.

LOOSE CONTACT POINTS

Electrical outlet in NWA that is being replaced by electrician.

Electrical outlets do not have any moving parts. They do have points of contact made of metal. These metal contact points have grounded connections that become worn down and loosen over time, which causes loose contact points. This is can cause an increased resistance that can be dangerous. The increasing resistance generates heat which can lead to electrical wiring problems or blown fuses in the electrical panel. To prevent this from happening, replace power outlets when you first notice there is a problem.

LOOSE WIRES

Loose wires at connection points can not only cause abnormal amounts of heat generation, but they also cause sparking and arcing. Arcing creates a fire danger and can often be identified burn marks in terminals. To be sure that your home is safe from these electrical issues you can call Mister Sparky for a home electric inspection.

LOW-QUALITY POWER OUTLETS

Installing low-quality power outlets is never a good idea, as the life of power outlets relies heavily on the quality. To be safe, invest in professional grade outlets. These outlets are built to endure heavy usage and a heavy duty contact area makes them more reliable.

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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Smoke Detectors

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Mister Sparky Electrician Northwest Arkansas honors fire protection week in October! Mister Sparky Electrician Northwest Arkansas has been on a mission to educate the public on fire safety, including the proper use and maintenance of smoke detectors.

Your First Line of Defense

Your first line of defense for fire safety is taking proper precautions to avoid a fire in the first place. The top three causes of house fires include faulty electrical, whether that be faulty wiring in the home or poor use of plugs and extension cords. At Mister Sparky Electrician Northwest Arkansas, we offer home electrical inspections to ensure that the wiring in your house is up to code—it’s an inspection that can protect your family from potential house fire issues.

It’s also very important that you adhere to proper electrical safety. Running electrical wires under rugs and heavy furniture, as well as overloading plugs, can be a major fire hazard. Take a look at your electrical appliance cords. Are they loose? Frayed? Any of these issues can result in a house fire.

Smoke detector replacement information.

Smoke Detectors

If a house fire begins, your smoke detectors can mean the difference between life and death. Properly maintained smoke detectors will sound the moment smoke is detected in your home – giving you an instant head’s up to exit the home.

Because of the invaluable service smoke detectors provide, it is necessary that they are in optimal running condition. For this reason, it’s important that you replace the batteries in your detectors at least once a year. Also, smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years.

To determine how old a smoke detector is, remove the smoke detector from the wall and look at the back of the unit for a date of manufacture. The manufacture date determines how old a smoke detector is. So if yours is ten years old or older, it’s time to replace your smoke detector!

Mister Sparky Electrician Northwest Arkansas can inspect, test and install smoke detectors in your home, as well as perform home electrical inspections to make sure that your home is safe and up to code on all electrical wiring. So give us a call, we would be happy to ensure that your home is safe and free of any existing or potential electrical problems!

Mister Sparky, America’s On-Time Electrician serves the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of certified 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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