Facts from the Residential Electrical Industry

The residential electrical industry is always evolving. Staying up on current technology is something that CodeRad Electrical in Calgary prides itself on. Here are some interesting facts about home electrical features, functions and updated electrical code that you might not have known about.

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Home automation isn’t just for the high-end home market anymore. Homeowners can find affordable home automation systems that will control things like lighting, climate, audio and window coverings all from a keypad or smart phone application!

There is a system for every budget. Ask about our free in home demo!

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Choosing a light bulb is not as simple as it used to be. There is a few things that you have to keep in mind while looking for a replacement lamp. With the new LED technology it is important to consider the application and fixture style, before making your selection. There are few specific ratings to look out for:

Dimmable/Non Dimmable: Would you like your new lamp to dim, it must be rated to do so. It is also important to make sure your current dimmer is compatible with the lamp you would like to use.

For Totally Enclosed/Not For Totally Enclosed: This is an important one! The rating is for heat dissipation, if you have a fixture that is enclosed be sure to select appropriately rated lamp.

Colour Temperature: This is more of an aesthetic rating, one thing to keep in mind is a standard incandescent light bulb is around 2700 Kelvin. If your preference is a warm light stick to 3000 Kelvin or less. If you like bright white you will want to look 4000 Kelvin & above.

Looking for something with the best of both worlds bright when you need task lighting, warm when you are looking for an accent, new dim to warm technology, is great option. The colour temperature drops as you dim!

Questions about lighting? CodeRad Electrical  is happy to help.

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Smoke Detectors are a lifesaving device. It is important to know that all smoke detectors have an expiry date, it is typically stamped on the side of the smoke detector. The life span of a Smoke Detector is 10 years, after the expiry date it must be replace to ensure proper operation and detection.

New building codes require smoke detectors in every bedroom, it is not mandatory to add them. But if you are renovating it is something to keep in mind.

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Most new electrical receptacles require a combination Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI). This adds another level of safety to your home’s electrical system. For example, if you accidentally drive a screw through an electrical wire contact will only be made with a single conductor. The new breaker will sense this and disrupt the circuit before a potential unsafe condition can occur.

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When installing a ceiling fan, it is important to make sure the electrical box that was previously install is rated for the application. There are new codes that require a fan rated box. These boxes must be fan duty rated, they have stronger fasteners and are able to handle the weight and motion of a ceiling fan.

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New electrical devices (ie. Receptacles & Switches) are not rate for direct connection to aluminum wiring, they carry a copper conductor only rating. The Aluminum conductors must be spliced to Copper using proper marrets and ani-oxidant, if you intend update the devices.

The originally devices typically carried an Aluminum and Copper conductor rating, these are no longer manufactured. Some Aluminum installations can be deemed safe if the devices are Aluminum Rated and are still in good working order. The original installation quality and proper maintenance are key to maintained safety.

Typically Aluminum wire was used if your home was built in the 1960’s to the late 1970’s.

Most insurance companies require an inspection report from certified electrician, before they will insure a recently purchased home with aluminum wiring.

CodeRad Electrical has the knowledge and skill to perform a detailed inspection to insure the safety of your home.

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CodeRad Electrical offers full residential and commercial electrical services including home automation, audio and home theater installations.

Whether you are building a new home, need to upgrade your existing electrical system, are thinking about a home renovation, enhancing your lighting layout and design, you can count on CodeRad Electrical for quality work, excellent service and competitive pricing.

Contact CodeRad Electrical today!

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