Troubleshooting Electrical Problems

After we moved into a house that seemed to have a lot of electrical problems, I had to learn how to troubleshoot things and fast. I learned how to flip the switch on my circuit breaker, deal with tripped GFCI outlets, and even how to rewire an outlet with the power off. It was a lot of work, but I was able to save a lot of money on professional services. However, after trying in vain to fix my circuit breaker on my own, I realized that I needed some help from an expert. A professional came out, took apart my panel and fixed everything. This blog is all about troubleshooting electrical issues and when to call a pro.

Why Should You Install A Dimmer Switch?

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Years ago, light switches were basic, little switches that you flipped upward to turn a light on and downward to turn a light off. Surely, these basic switches still exist. But there is another type of switch that is becoming more and more common: dimmer switches. Whether in a bathroom, a kitchen, or a bedroom, dimmer switches have a number of advantages. Here are a few reasons to consider replacing your old-fashioned switches with new dimmer switches.

1. You can change the mood.

Bright light tends to put you in a positive, uplifted mood where you feel motivated and energetic. Dim lighting is great for creating a calm, peaceful, and even romantic mood. There's a good chance that you use a lot of the rooms in your home for multiple purposes. A dimmer switch allows you to control the level of light in the room to change the mood for each purpose. For example, you can turn the light down in the living room in the evening when you want to relax and unwind. When you're using the same living room to do homework, you can turn the light up to create an energetic, encouraging atmosphere.

2. Bulbs last longer.

Do you feel like you're always having to change out your light bulbs? LED light bulbs last longer than the old, incandescent bulbs that used to be found in homes, but if you always run them at top voltage, they still wear out pretty soon. With a dimmer switch, you will often only demand part-power from a light bulb. This means it will last longer, so you don't waste so much time and money replacing your bulbs.

3. You'll save energy.

Why pay to power a light bulb at top capacity when you only need a little dim light? With a dimmer switch, you will save energy, only using as much as you need at any one time. Saving energy is not only good for your wallet; it's also good for the planet, especially considering that a lot of the energy in the U.S. is derived from burning coal and other fossil fuels.

If you want to save energy, have the ability to change the mood of your room, and help your bulbs last longer, install a dimmer switch. Most electricians offer this service at an affordable rate, and it's easy to have done when you're already having other electrical repairs made. For more information, contact a company that offers electrical switch installation.

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4 September 2018