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Should I buy LED or Incandescent Christmas Lights?

If you’ve been decorating for the holidays as long as we have, you might still be wondering if it is worth the money to update to LED lights. The initial cost can be a bit daunting on the budget, and change comes slowly for most.

While a beautiful display of Christmas lights can be created at anyone’s home with either type of lights, here’s a few things to consider.

What do you get for the higher LED price tag?

LED lights are more durable. They are plastic which makes them easier for storage … and it will seem like they never burn out! They may get dimmer with age, but as we know, nothing lasts forever without losing a step here and there. LED will last up to 50,000 hours compared to incandescent’s approx. 1000 hours of light.

LED lights are cool to the touch. That makes them, not only safer to use to decorate with, but Flourescent lights use up to 90% of their expended energy on heat that is both wasted and unwanted near our home’s holiday cheer. LED lights are going to save you up to 80% on your energy cost by not creating heat … only beautiful holiday brilliance.

LED light options are constantly changing and expanding. New styles come out every year to constantly awe and amaze us. While LED lights will have a higher price tag than their less expensive fluorescent counterparts, they will prove their worthiness over time. If you plan on decorating year after year, LED will be worth the investment.

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Prevent Home Power Surges with the Help of a Charlotte, NC Electrician

Ask any local Charlotte, NC electrician about the troubles power surges bring to the table, and he’s likely to enumerate a lot. Also referred to as “voltage surges” or “transient voltages,” power surges are anything but harmless. Even with protective devices such as fuse-protected multi-outlet strips in place, appliances such as PCs and VCRs may still be vulnerable to voltage surges and sustain damage to their electronic circuits as a result.

In the U.S., most homes use 120-volt, 60-Hz, single-phase AC electricity. However, AC isn’t delivered at a constant 120 volts. By its nature, the voltage in an alternating current rises and falls rhythmically, from 0 to a peak of 169 volts. A power surge occurs when the voltage uncharacteristically goes beyond 169 volts.

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Fight Fires: Let a Charlotte, NC Electrician Ensure Your Home is Safe

It’s been estimated by the U.S. Fire Administration that over 28,600 electrical fires occur annually, resulting in $1.1 billion worth of property damage to homes. Majority of these cases could have been prevented if property owners took extra precaution with their electrical installations and systems, and addressed any electrical problem immediately. Avoid having your own home go up in flames by having a Charlotte, NC electrician take a look at your home’s electrical setup. An article on the Fire Recruit site emphasizes one of the main causes of electrical fires: Continue reading

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An Electrician in Charlotte, NC Can Ensure Safe Home Electrical Wiring

Although electricity allows people to live comfortably with their appliances and devices, care should be taken to ensure nothing terrible happens. Faulty electrical wiring in a residence can do more than just cause power problems; it can also be a potential fire hazard waiting to happen. Such was the case of two families from Charlotte, N.C., whose apartment units burned down, according to a report on the WCNC website, released last September 26, 2014. According to reports, the fire was caused by problems in the units’ electrical systems:
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