Monthly Archives: October 2015

3 Scary, Spooky, and Simple Ideas for Safe Charlotte Outdoor Lighting This Halloween

The fear is here at Douthit Electrical this Halloween season!

Pumpkin Lights HangingIt may be hard to believe but it’s already that time of year again. With Halloween right around the corner it’s time to get ready for goblins, ghouls, and all kinds of scary stuff. There’s no better way to get into the spooky spirit of the season than by creating your very own haunted house, complete with hanging lights and the appropriate lawn decorations. But the only thing scarier than a monster is a Halloween-related injury or poorly installed outdoor lighting.

According to a study published in the 2010 journal Pediatrics, Halloween ranked fourth among holidays with the highest number of injuries resulting in emergency room visits, with the most common being leg injuries as a result of trips and falls. As common as these injuries are, there are simple measures you can take ensure your homemade haunted house is both safe and fun for your family and trick or treaters alike. Our team of professional Charlotte electricians’ and lighting designers are happy to help bring your Halloween lighting ideas back from the dead!

Here are three easy ways to safely and boo-tifully light up your home for Halloween.

Zip it up

Perhaps the easiest and most inexpensive way to prevent injuries caused by hanging string lights is to use zip ties. They can be used to keep lights out of the way by securing them to banisters, deck railings, fences, and even tree branches. Unlike nails, they require seconds to attach and don’t leave any surface damage behind. For an extra measure of safety and security, consider installing a security lighting system. They’re excellent way to keep your home trick-or-treaters safe while keeping ghouls at bay!

Tape it down

General extension and power cord safety is a must for Charlotte Halloween lighting. Be sure to keep extension and power cords off of hallways, sidewalks, paths, and other high-traffic areas. In cases where this is unavoidable, it’s best to duct tape your cords to the surface to keep them out of the way. This greatly reduces the chances that someone will trip or fall. Ensure that your extension and power cords are in good in condition and only use cords designed to carry the electrical load you need. Never use extension or power cords meant for use indoors outside. You can’t go wrong by sticking to decorative lighting and cords that have been approved and tested for safety by reputable laboratories such the Underwriters Laboratory (UL).

Leverage your outdoor outlets

It’s never a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket and you shouldn’t plug all your decorations into the same outlet either. As a general rule of thumb, never plug more than three strings of lights together. Many homes have more than one outdoor outlet, so be sure to use them accordingly. Plugging too many lights into one outlet often leads to a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.

If you do blow a fuse, don’t blow your top! This common Halloween mishap happens to just about everyone. A circuit breaker is designed to trip or turn off as a safety feature when too much power is running through it. This cuts off the flow of electricity to prevent damage or worse, a fire. If this does happen, unplug all your hanging lights and head to your home’s electrical panel. For circuit breakers, look for a breaker that has shifted from the “on” position to “off” and simply move it back to the “on” position. For fuse boxes, look for any fuses that have melted metal or that are discolored. These can easily be replaced to get your lights shining bright again in no time!

At Douthit Electrical, we love Halloween just as much as anyone else. Our seasoned electrical professionals can help you have some safe, frightening fun this Halloween season with our outdoor lighting design expertise.

Give us a call today to see how!


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5 Brilliant Lighting Ideas for Homes in Charlotte

Family RoomMany people don’t put much thought into their lighting design in Charlotte. Many people will flip the switches to whatever light fixtures came with their home year after year, or maybe they’ll freshen the living room up with a new lamp now and then. Some people don’t realize the impact that lighting has on the atmosphere within a home. The truth is that changing lighting can alter the entire feel or function of a room. With help from Douthit Electrical’s creative lighting designers, you could take your home’s lighting to the next level. Our electricians think that the variety of options and the impact that they can make might just surprise you. Here are just a few lighting options that can improve the function or ambience of your home.

Closet Lighting – So many people out there are dealing with closets that are permanently dim, even when the sun is shining bright outside. When it comes to a tightly packed area like a closet, a little lighting goes a long way. When you can easily view everything in your closet, it becomes easier and faster to find what you’re looking for.

Unique Outdoor Lighting – Your outdoor spaces can become an extension of your indoor living space when you have the proper lighting. You can illuminate your deck or pool area to make those spaces more functional and desirable after sunset.

Workshop Lighting – Whether you’re making furniture, painting, or doing household repairs, your eyes need sufficient lighting. While big, overhead fluorescent lights are popular for workshops, there are other options available that can give your space a more enjoyable feel that helps to induce creativity and productivity.

Stairway Lighting – Most stairways have some kind of overhead lighting, but lighting that illuminates each stair can be absolutely beautiful. You can bring eyes to any piece of architecture with the right lighting to grab one’s attention.

Recessed Lighting – Many people opt for recessed lighting when doing a kitchen remodel. These versatile lights can be used on a dimmer switch to set a mood or for task lighting. Furthermore, they can use a variety of lightbulb types and can cover a wide area with light without feeling obtrusive.

At Douthit Electrical, our electricians can help you with any type of indoor or outdoor lighting design in Charlotte. We have bright ideas and the skills to make them a reality—just give us a call today!

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