Safety First!

As an electrician, my most important job is installing safety. That includes following safe wiring practices, installing inherently safe hook-ups for backup generators, and installing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in homes.


  • 500 people die from Carbon Monoxide exposure in their homes,
  • 20,000 visit emergency rooms for CO exposure,
  • 3,000 people die in home fires.

The winter heating season is the time of the highest risk. Woodstoves, ash buckets, boilers, furnaces, and kerosene space heaters all contribute to the danger of fire and CO exposure. Please make sure you have working smoke and CO alarms throughout your home.

Carbon Monoxide alarms should be placed in rooms where people sleep. If that includes in front of the TV, then put one in that room too!

Smoke alarms should be installed in and near bedrooms, but away from areas which might cause false alarms such as kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces and woodstoves. Your local fire department is a great resource, and a trained fire safety expert can provide advice to help you safeguard your home and your family. What’s more important than that?

Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Alarms — Don’t stay home without them!

Dimmers: 3 benefits!

The news about dimmers is they do more than simply provide illumination control. Dimming the lights…

  • provides illumination control
  • saves energy!
  • extends the life of light bulbs!

Light bulbs

Why light bulbs (lamps)?

It’s a relevant topic to all of us since, without exception, we use them every day.

“Average Life: 2000 Hours”, or something similar, is what you might read on a package of lamps. What this really means is, at the moment these lamps have been burning for 2000 hours, exactly half of them still work! So, by definition, half of the lamps won’t last the “average life”.

Other factors may shorten lamp life, with solutions in italics.

  • Vibration.¬†“Rough Service” lamps are designed to withstand vibrations.
  • Voltage above 120 volts. “130 volt lamps” are designed to operate longer above 120 volts.
  • Excessive Heat.¬†Make sure not to exceed the “maximum rated wattage” of your light fixture.
So, I hope this post has shed some light on the subject of lamp life. Be sure to look for the upcoming post on “Dimmers” because of their interesting, positive effect on lamp longevity!
Mike M.

Mission Statement

In a nutshell, I am hoping to use this site as a forum for the dissemination of useful information to the end user of electricity and electrical equipment. In creating this forum, I hope to enhance the usefulness, economy, and safety of electricity in your life. Simple.

Some initial topics I have in mind are:

  • Lightbulbs
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Generators
  • Dimmers

Thanks for stopping by, and please check in again soon!

Mike M.


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