Monthly Archives: March 2015

Outdoor Lighting Options That Will Improve Your Home’s Functionality & Safety

House In The  DarkWhen it comes to your home, it isn’t just what’s on the inside that counts. With the appropriate outdoor lighting in Charlotte,  you can take full advantage of your exterior space. Whether you want to enjoy social gatherings on the patio well after nightfall or you just want to illuminate the dark to deter unsavory characters after hours, Douthit Electrical has the outdoor lighting option that’s right for you!

Outdoor Lighting That Will Keep the Party Going
Don’t let the sun dictate how long your gatherings will go. Our electricians can outfit your property with the right amount of light in all the right places so that you, your family, your friends can enjoy the warm spring and summer nights long after the sun sets. Just tell us what you’d like to be able to do at night and we’ll come up with the outdoor lighting design that will meet your needs.

Outdoor Lighting That Will Make Your Home an Unlikely Target for Burglars
No burglar wants to feel like he is out in the open being watched. Flood lights, motion detector lights, and walkway lights will help to deter criminals and make your home less of a target. You can even set up indoor or outdoor lights on timers so that it will look like you’re home even when you’re away on vacation.

While outdoor lights will encourage burglars to walk the other way, they will actually help to welcome your guests. Properly illuminated walkways can also help to prevent falls which are one of the most common causes of injuries on residential properties.

Outdoor Lighting That Will Improve Curb Appeal
With landscape lighting you can show off the exterior of your home at any time. Whether you want to illuminate a flower garden, statue, lawn ornament, fountain, or any other outdoor feature, we can install the perfect lighting for the task. Your home will look more welcoming that ever!

Don’t attempt an outdoor lighting project on your own. Our Charlotte electricians will make sure all electrical wiring and installations are done safely. Give Douthit Electrical a call today for outdoor lighting that you will enjoy for years to come!

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Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters in Charlotte: Everything You Need to Know About the Devices That Could Save Your Life

GFCI Safety Electrical OutletOur electricians can’t express the importance of having GFCIs in Charlotte enough.  Thousands of people are injured or killed each year by electrical shocks that could have been prevented.  It’s time to take action to ensure that your family is protected!

What is a GFCI?

A GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) is an extremely important safety device used in modern electrical systems.  GFCIs are often built into electrical outlets and can also be found the cords of electrical appliances (such as hairdryers) or other tools that are commonly used near water.  GFCIs protect us from electrical shocks by cutting off electrical currents when necessary.

How do GFCIs work?

Let’s use a hairdryer as an example.  When an old model hairdryer, without a GFCI, is accidentally dropped into a sink of water, high-voltage electricity can make its way through the water, down a metal drain, to the ground.  Then, a person standing on a wet floor may reflexively reach for the hairdryer, allowing the electricity to flow through his or her body.  This electrical shock can stop a person’s heart and cause serious injury or death.  Luckily, new hairdryers are required to have GFCIs.  The moment that a GFCI-protected hairdryer comes into contact with water, the GFCI detects that electricity has shorted to the ground and turns off the electrical current.  This happens in under a second, long before the person can reach a hand in for the hairdryer and be shocked.

Where should I have GFCIs?

Any outlet that could come into contact with moisture should have a GFCI.  Any places that appliances, tools, and other electronics will be used in close proximity to water should have GFCIs.  Common areas where GFCIs are found include bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, garages, laundry rooms, pool areas, porches, patios, and workshops.  Basically, the more outlets that have GFCIs installed, the more protected you and your family will be from electrical shocks.

Are some areas in your home lacking the protection of GFCIs?  Give Douthit Electrical a call today, so that we can make your home a safer place!  GFCI installation in Charlotte could save a life!

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