Avoid Costly Mistakes with a Mid-Project Walkthrough

Whether it’s a remodel or new construction, scheduling a work-in-progress walkthrough with your architect/designer and subcontractors can avoid annoying and costly re-dos. A careful assessment of electrical and plumbing installations after the framing is up but before drywall is hung lets… ... Read More

Posted by Mike McClanahan on June 28, 2019 | Categories: electrical installation, saving money

Should You Consider Hiring a Lighting Designer?

The type and placement of lighting is important to the function and enjoyment of a home. It adds drama, affects moods and makes functional areas like kitchens, laundries, and workspaces safer and more efficient. And it’s too often neglected when remodeling or renovating. A good lighting… ... Read More

Posted by Allstar Electrical Services, LLC on December 09, 2018 | Categories: commercial electrical tips, electrical installation, electrical maintenance, electrical safety, light fixtures, lighting

Is Your House Safe for—and from—Ghosts & Goblins?

Halloween is almost here and mobs of mischievous marauders are ready to descend on your castle. Some are welcome—some are not. Here are a few tips on how to keep the ones you want safe and the ones you don’t away. Lights! Outdoor lighting makes your home safe and welcoming for guests and… ... Read More

Posted by awarneke on October 19, 2018 | Categories: electrical audit, electrical installation, electrical maintenance, residential electrical tips

Smart Homes: How Hackers Strike Your Home

As we load our homes with smart thermostats, remote access, and disembodied voices inside boxes that are always listening, these internet-connected devices offer increasing pathways for digital intruders to break into our homes. And they do it often without leaving a sign until mysterious… ... Read More

Posted by Allstar Electrical Services, LLC on September 21, 2018 | Categories: access control systems, electrical installation, electrical maintenance, electrical safety, home improvement

The Color Temperature of Light-It Matters

You’ve no doubt heard of light being referred to as warm or cold but may not realize that the color of light is often measured in degrees of heat. But those degrees don’t refer to the bulb’s room temperature or how much heat it gives off. They refer to a piece of carbon burning in a physics… ... Read More

Posted by Allstar Electrical Services, LLC on March 15, 2018 | Categories: electrical installation

Installing a Ceiling Fan? Make Sure It’s Done Right!

Ceiling fans are an easy and inexpensive way to add comfort to rooms year-round. They can provide a gentle breeze indoors and out in the summer and can keep cool air evenly distributed around a room. In winter, they keep warm air from collecting near the ceiling, eliminating cold spots and… ... Read More

Urban Farming and Agricultural Grow Lighting

Recent changes in local laws have sparked interest in growing plants normally found in outdoor gardens in indoor settings. These plants require more light than is typically found indoors, causing a spike in grow light sales. It has also led to numerous electrical problems, from overloading… ... Read More

Posted by Allstar Electrical Services, LLC on August 10, 2017 | Categories: diy, electrical installation, electrical safety, electrical upgrades, lighting, residential electrical services , residential electrical tips, safety

Generator Service: The Electrician vs. The Handyman

Some electrical installation and repair work can be done by someone with a basic understanding of how circuits work. While hazards exist with electrical work of any kind, things like replacing a broken light switch or adding a dimmer are within the capabilities of anyone who can understand… ... Read More

Upgrading Your Electrical Panel - What To Buy?

As you add new household appliances and devices, you may discover that your home wiring is insufficient to handle the load. Individual branch circuits may be inadequate, or you may not have enough power available to begin with, especially in older homes. You solve the first problem by… ... Read More

Should You Install a Smart Electric Meter?

The so-called “Internet of Things” is a hot topic these days, and is not without controversy. On the one hand, being able to see inside your house from your phone or tune into the Weather Channel on your refrigerator door has definite advantages—plus it’s pretty cool. At the same time,… ... Read More

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