National Electrical Safety Month 2015
When choosing lighting for your home, it is important to understand that some light switches have more functions than simply turning on lights. These added features such as timers and dimmers can make your home more convenient and efficient. If you are thinking of making a switch, contact a qualified electrician to make sure that the lighting you choose is compatible with your home. And remember, all light switches should be installed by a professional.
Don’t Take These Warning Signs Lightly:
- The wall plate is hot to the touch.
- There is discoloration of or around the switch plate.
- Lights dim and/or flicker without cause.
- You hear crackling, popping, or buzzing from your outlet.
- Often Breakers trip or fuses blow when the switch is turned on.
- You detect an odor when a switch is used.
- The switch leans to one side or feels loose when operating.
- You often experience a shock when operating the switch.
- Lights get brighter or dimmer when other appliances turn on or off.
- The home is over 40 years old and has aluminum wiring, but has not recently undergone a safety inspection by an electrician.
If your lighting control points are characterized by any of the above, have your home’s electrical system inspected by a qualified electrician as soon as possible.
- Save energy and reduce utility costs
- Extend bulb life
- Adjust light levels to meet range of preferences
- LEDs and CFLs need to be dimmer compatible
Remote Control/Smart panels:
- Offer convenient management from phone or remote control
- Some models save preset preference profiles
- Have ability to save energy and reduce utility costs
- Some models allow for remote management from anywhere providing security and peace of mind
- Provide added security while away from the home
- Improve safety for entrance after dark
- Countdown timers prevent leaving lights on accidentally
- Motion Sensors:
- Allows for hands-free convenience
- May save energy and reduce utility costs
- Added security when installed outside
If you want to switch up your lighting controls, contact a qualified electrician to make sure the option you desire is compatible with your home. And remember, all light switches should be installed by a licensed professional.