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Archive for January 2015

Security Lighting Woes

January 21, 2015

House Light

Security lighting is a great way to protect your home from intruders, yet when they are not  working properly they can be a real headache! Malfunctioning security lights may stay on longer than they should, and not turn on when they should turn on, or face a number of other issues that stop them from working properly. Below is a list of the most common security lighting issues we've encountered.

They Won’t Turn Off

Motion sensor lights are intended to come on when they detect movement and shut off after a few minutes when movement stops. In some cases, motion stops and the lights stay on, generally as a result of a spike in current.

If your motion sensor lights won’t shut off, the first thing to do is check to see if the time interval has been changed. Most motion sensors let you set a length of time for the light to stay on, typically anywhere between 30 seconds to 10 minutes. If the interval has been changed and the lights are staying on too long, change it back to the time you desire.

If that doesn’t work, go outside during daylight, and see if there is anything in range of the motion detector that may be continuously moving, such as a flag. If you don’t see anything, try shutting the lights off at the breaker, then restarting them.

They Won’t Turn On

Lights that won’t shut off are unpleasant enough, but what about lights that won’t turn on? One common cause when this happens is that artificial light is coming in from another resource and is simulating daylight, and stopping the sensor from working properly. Try to find where that light source is coming from and change the direction of the sensor to avoid that artificial light source.

They Flicker

The fundamental issues behind constantly flickering lights vary depending on a number of factors, including whether the problem is only occurring with a single bulb or more than one at a time. If it’s only a single bulb, thoroughly check it to see if it’s secure in its fitting. If it is, try replacing it with a new bulb. If that doesn’t work, call an electrician.

They Don’t Work in Bad Weather

This one isn’t as common as the other issues, but in the past we’ve had customers whose security lights have been faulty when the weather was rainy, or snowy. This is ordinarily the result of low quality motion sensors, which can be unpredictable in extreme hot or cold weather.

Security lighting is generally reliable and will provide years of safety at low energy costs. But if your security lighting is giving you headaches, call McCurdy Electrical Services today!

 

The Future of Electricity

January 12, 2015

Solar Cells one

At McCurdy Electrical Services, we like to take a progressive look at how our electrical system works in this day and age. This is a particularly interesting subject in our world today, because there is a good chance that the ways that we produce, distribute and use electricity are on the edge of drastic change.

 Keeping up with these changes is important because if we're going to be performing electrical work and perhaps upgrading electrical wiring or installing new lighting we want to be able to educate our customers about the best technologies and those are always the ones that are as future proof as possible.

 It is crucial to know something about the future of electricity as an electrician, because without this information we are unable to help our customers make educated decisions about whether to upgrade electrical wiring, install solar panels, or make any other major electrical modifications and improvements to their homes and businesses.

This is why we are very much aware of the changes that may possibly be coming in the very near future. There is a sayings that is often used these days ‘off-the-grid’. This phrase typically suggests a home which produces all (or most of) its own power and is then able to exist without the standard electrical system that most of us depend on.

 In the future, this kind of redistribution of electricity production may become even more common, especially as we switch from concentrated fossil fuel energy sources to green energy sources.

 What does that mean for you the consumer? It means that equipping your home for this kind of upgrade to your electrical wiring and adding power production capacity can increase your self-sufficiency and your flexibility to future electric and energy shocks which may develop. It also means that you should look into tax and other incentives for these kinds of upgrades which are either in place or coming in the near future.