Back To The Basics: LED Lights

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LED Lights

In recent years there has been an even greater push to make LED lights the preferred bulb in America. This year it was announced that incandescent bulbs would begin disappearing from shelves in this country. In fact, a great number of countries have stopped producing and selling incandescent bulbs in favor of LEDs and fluorescents.

At Mister Sparky we follow the industry trends, which means that we prefer LEDs and fluorescents over incandescent with any lighting projects we complete in your house. We understand that changing to LEDs can feel strange. What’s so great about them after all?

The best way to explain the outstanding benefits that come with making the switch is by breaking it down. We’ve gathered this information from the U.S. Department of Energy, which serves to explain the benefits of LEDs.

LED Lights Facts

1. A light-emitting diode, or LED, is a type of solid-state lighting that uses a semiconductor to convert electricity into light. Today’s LED bulbs can be six to seven times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights and cut energy use by more than 80 percent.

2. Good-quality LED bulbs can have a useful life of 25,000 hours or more — meaning they can last more than 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs. That is a life of more than three years if run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

3. Unlike incandescent bulbs — which release 90 percent of their energy as heat — LEDs use energy far more efficiently with little wasted heat.

4. From traffic lights and vehicle brake lights to TVs and display cases, LEDs are used in a wide range of applications because of their unique characteristics, which include compact size, ease of maintenance, resistance to breakage, and the ability to focus the light in a single direction instead of having it go every which way.

5. LEDs contain no mercury, and a recent Energy Department study determined that LEDs have a much smaller environmental impact than incandescent bulbs. They also have an edge over compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) that’s expected to grow over the next few years as LED technology continues its steady improvement.

6. The first visible-spectrum LED was invented by Nick Holonyak, Jr., while working for GE in 1962. Since then, the technology has rapidly advanced and costs have dropped tremendously, making LEDs a viable lighting solution. Between 2011 and 2012, global sales of LED replacement bulbs increased by 22 percent while the cost of a 60-watt equivalent LED bulb fell by nearly 40 percent. By 2030, it’s estimated that LEDs will account for 75 percent of all lighting sales.

7. In 2012, about 49 million LEDs were installed in the U.S. — saving about $675 million in annual energy costs. Switching entirely to LED lights over the next two decades could save the U.S. $250 billion in energy costs, reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly 50 percent and avoid 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions.

 

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, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

 

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Electrical Safety Tips for Children

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Fundamentals of Electricity

Teaching your kids the fundamentals of electricity is a crucial step when introducing your children to electrical safety. By educating your children on the basic concepts of conduction, the process of advising them on electrical safety will be much easier to comprehend.

Electricity is a live and powerful conductor of energy and can be extremely dangerous when not properly monitored. Often times parents find themselves at a difficult medium where they would like to monitor their children’s behavior but find it difficult to do so at all times in the day. This is why it is so important to teach your children the basics of electricity and a simple guide to keep them safe when using electrical devices.
The three most important concepts to stress to your children about electricity is:

  1. Electricity and water do not mix well. Do not use electrical devices in restrooms and do not touch electrical devices with wet hands.
  2. Do not touch plugs. Plugs are not meant to be touched or tampered with.
  3. Make sure any leads/wires are tucked away from heavy foot traffic. Leads can cause trips and falls if they are not keep tidily away.
    At Mister Sparky, we take the safety of your family into consideration at all times. We truly believe that the best methods for preventing an electrical accident from happening is through proper education and an open dialogue. We hope you find the following resources helpful to you as you introduce these safety tips to your little ones!

 

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, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

 

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Faulty Circuiting in Your Home

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Find Faulty Circuiting in Your Home

When looking around your abode, or when venturing into buying a new home, it’s easy to overlook the telltale signs of faulty circuiting. We want to remind you that it’s worth taking the time to assess your current or potential new home for the following hazards.

Shortage of Outlets

Many older homes are not equipped with enough outlets to support household demands of electricity. With so many power chargers, appliances, and technological devices dependent on those outlets, a home with too few outlets will become burdened with a high power to outlet ratio. Overburdened outlets can result in house fires that can devastate a home and leave homeowners in a difficult position.

Exposed Wiring

Another sign of faulty circuiting is exposed wiring. Any exposed wiring is sure to sustain physical damage, which can lead to flyaway sparks as electric currents transfer through the wire. These sparks can act as potential fire hazards in the home.

Splice Wiring

Many homeowners resort to splice wiring, or rather using electrical tape and wire connectors to conjoin wires, when performing DIY projects. Often times you can find splice wiring used in attics and basements. This method of conjoining wires is not overseen by licensed electricians and leads to an unstable electrical wiring environment.

Faulty electrical wiring is a huge fire hazard and can devastate your house. For this reason, take the time to look around your home and see if any of the wiring around your house is suspect. If you feel like you need the advice and guidance of a professional electrician, call on Mister Sparky today!

 

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, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

 

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Summer Security Lighting

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Summer is right around the corner and all of us at Mister Sparky couldn’t be more excited. Summer months are the most relaxing of the year. The kids will be out of school and the vast majority of us will be taking time off for vacations and summer festivities. It is important, however, to take into account that we are not the only ones who will be taking advantage of the warmer months.

According to robbery statistics, July and August are the most frequent months for home break-ins. Furthermore, criminals target homes that appear to be empty or don’t have much activity around them. For this reason it is important to tackle the issue of how to keep your home looking lively and full of people, not only during hot summer nights when you’re out on the town, but during extended periods of absence like those during vacation weeks.

At Mister Sparky we highly recommend investing in security lighting. Highly luminescent LED lights shine powerful rays around the perimeter of your home and property, spotlighting any suspicious behavior that might be taking place around your area. These security lights are triggered by any movement within their range. Additionally, these lights can be set up on a timer to run throughout the night from a given start and end point.

Mister Sparky professionals have installed thousands of security lights over the years. Our expertise with placement and installation ensures that we will be able to equip your home quickly and effectively. On time, friendly, reliable, and knowledgable, our Mister Sparky professionals are standing by to help you today!

 

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, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

 

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It’s Power Surge Season

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Spring has sprung! This is the time of reinventing your space and watching your flowers bloom. And while many great moments arise from the spring season, it is important to recognize the dangers that occupy this time of year, like power surge.

While light rainstorms are a welcoming sign of nourishment for our gardens and crops, the rains can also bring with them severe weather and lightening strikes. This is why it is so necessary for every household to invest in surge protectors. Surge protectors are designed to protect electrical devices when there is a dramatic spike in voltage in the power lines. Spikes in voltage can damage computers, servers, and many other data sensitive devices. Installing a surge protector will enable you to defend such devices from a voltage spike.

Power surges are not exclusively tied to lightening strikes. Many surges occur when high powered electrical devices— such as refrigerators and air conditioners— are switched on and off. The dramatic increase or decrease in the need of power can cause a surge in your power grid leading to the above mentioned problems.

The way surge protectors work is by creating a threshold of voltage that is allowed to run through your power grid. If the power spikes above the threshold, the surge protector will reject the increased volts.

Mister Sparky professionals understand how important all of your electrical devices are, especially personal home computers that hold such valuable information on them. If you would like a Mister Sparky electrician to visit your home or place of work and assess your need for a surge protector, feel free to give us a call! On time, friendly, reliable, and knowledgeable, our Mister Sparky professionals are standing by to help you today!

 

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, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

 

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