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Electrical Updates for Summer Enjoyment

The outdoor living season is just around the corner, so take time to do a walkaround of your home and make a list of projects to add extra enjoyment to your summer.

Fixups
Winter can take a toll on outdoor fixtures. Repair or replace any damaged porch, landscape, motion-sensing…

Lighting Tips

It’s Time to Switch to LED

Long-lasting LED lamps are the unquestioned leader in economically lighting homes and offices, and with more choices and lower prices there’s no reason to not make the switch.

Early LED bulbs were low on output and high in price, but that’s changed. Today you…

Next Gen Light Fixtures

Wander through a Home Depot lighting department and very little looks much different than it did 10 years ago. But jump online to either www.trendir.com or www.archiexpo.com, and you’ve entered the very definition of futurism.

Both of these websites are authorities on influential design trends and new age…

Home is Where the Smart Is Part 3: Lighting

Ever since electric lights made their way into homes there’s been someone, usually Dad, exhorting family members, usually kids, to turn them off. But now there is a host of clever devices to free Dad from light duty so he can concentrate on other things…like keeping doors closed.

These devices…

Choosing the Right Color Light

We discussed what color temperature is and how it affects lighting in an earlier article. Now let’s take a look at how to use that knowledge to choose the best light color for different locations in your home.

Light to Work By

Called task lighting by design pros, it’s the light…

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…

The Right Way to Hang Outdoor Holiday Lights

If you’ve already hung your holiday lights, good for you. You’re one of those people who gets things done. And we presume you did it safely, or you wouldn’t be reading this. But in case you haven’t gotten around to it yet, or would like to see if you did…

How Does a Light Switch Work?

The light switch—it’s something we take for granted dozens, if not hundreds, of times every day. But if improperly wired, a switch can be an accident waiting to happen.

What Does a Light Switch Do?

An electrical circuit is just what the name implies—a more-or-less circular path through which electricity…

Need to Troubleshoot an Electrical Issue? Call A Professional!

Just like there can be underlying causes for your indigestion or headaches, annoying electrical problems can be caused by things you can’t figure out on your own. But just like your doctor, professional electricians know what to look for, no matter how well they’re hidden or disguised.

Sure, there are…

Why You Need an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Electrician

You’re probably aware of lead concerns with paint and plumbing, but did you know it’s a concern in electrical work, too? 

The Lead, Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule

Reducing lead levels has been one of the most successful health goals, with anover 90% decline in blood lead levels since…

The Top 10 Tools for Every Electrician

Every electrician requires some basic tools, especially when starting out. These essential tools are the ones you will generally use everyday and likely on every job. Having said that, you will also grow your tool collection the longer you remain in the profession.

The Electrician’s Tool Belt

Your tool belt…

Important Things to Remember Before You Renovate

Whether you’re moving into a fixer-upper, getting your place ready to sell, or updating the old homestead, there are things you need to do before the first tool comes out of the box. Some of these help the project to stay on time and on budget. Others can prevent it…

The Benefits of Hiring an Electrical Property Maintenance Team

Property managers have a lot of resources at their disposal, and one of the most valuable is the speed dial on their phone. Whether you manage a two-unit duplex, a commercial building or an apartment complex, you need safe, reliable electrical service and a dependable electrical contractor to have your…

Does Your Kitchen Wiring Have What It Takes To Handle Modern Loads?

Modern kitchens exceed anything people only dreamed about 50 years ago—almost all of the excess is due to electrical appliances and lighting. Double ovens, warming drawers, dual fuel freestanding ranges, gleaming cooktops, range hoods, wine chillers, ice makers, French door refrigerators—those are only a few things today’s cooks have on…

Kitchen Light Fixture Installation Tips

Your kitchen is a workshop, and it needs to be lit accordingly, both for ease of use and for safety. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be both functional and beautiful. Choosing the right style and placement of light fixtures is a big part of achieving both goals.

When planning…

Electrical Upgrades for Your Attic Remodel

With Denver real estate prices skyrocketing, many homeowners are staying put and making the property they already occupy work for them. When that includes adding space, one of the best places to look is right over your head.

Many homes have quite a bit of usable space in their attics.…

Turn Up the Heat in Your Yard with Summer Night Party Lights

Create a festive mood with outdoor lighting in your yard, garden, deck or patio and show off your hostess with the mostess skills.

Keep these simple design tips in mind and your outdoor lighting will serve multiple occasions and make your garden parties the envy of the neighborhood.

String Lights…

Plan 90 Days Out for a Full Kitchen Remodel

Want a new kitchen before the holidays? Start now by scheduling a pre-planning appointment with Allstar Electrical Services. The pros at Allstar Electrical know what it takes to turn an outdated kitchen into a space a gourmet chef envies. We can work with you or your designer to plan…

Emergencies Won’t Wait – Get Same-Day Service from Allstar

DENVER, CO — Your customers won’t shop in the dark and you can’t send out bids from computers that don’t work. When the power goes on the fritz, you need a solution now, not sometime tomorrow afternoon.

That’s why Allstar Electrical Services provides same-day, on-time emergency service to both commercial…

NEC – National Electrical Code – changes in 2011 upgrade electrical safety

When electricians and inspectors talk about being “up to code,” they mean in compliance with NEC. Revisions every three years improve safety and address emerging technologies

DENVER, CO – The National Electrical Code, NEC, is a complete compilation of rigorously adopted standards for the safe installation of electrical wiring and…

Use caution with weekend electrical honey-dos: danger lurks

DENVER, CO, January 26, 2010 — When troubleshooting electrical problems in your home, the most cost-effective and sometimes life-saving decision you can make is to call on a professional. Systems that were installed or previously repaired by a weekend warrior—a homeowner without training who jury rigs a electrical outlet, fixture…

Do one thing; do it well

Search for an electrician online these days and chances are that you’ll notice what we did…more electrical shops have combined their services with other subcontractors to offer across-the-board repairs and remodeling.

Plumbers have aligned with Electrical Contractors and with HVAC specialists. Electrical Contractors have merged with alternative power companies. Some…

Remodeling the right way can save money over building new square footage

Colorado’s foreclosure rate isn’t as bad as in previous years, according to a report by John Rebchook in the Rocky Mountain News dated Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Viewed several ways The Mortgage Bankers Association has ranked Colorado No. 24 in the nation for seriously delinquent loans in fourth quarter 2007,…

Professional remodeling experts Allstar Electrical saves lives

Death and injury are not imagined when it comes to in-home accidents each year. Estimates show that each year $1.6 billion in residential electrical fires take their toll each year. More than 500 deaths are attributed to residential electrical fires as well as 6,000 injuries annually. More than 140,000 home…

Don’t let your diy project turn into a shocker

DENVER, CO - We all know that electricity can be deadly, but did you know that one of the most common sources of electrical shock injuries is when Do-It-Yourselfers fail to observe simple rules of safety?

According to Gary Stone, founder of Allstar Electrical Services, safe work starts with a…

Do-It-Yourself v do it right. The answer is in an Allstar Electrical Services electrician’s skillset

Q: I’m thinking about doing a little remodeling myself. Is there a proper height to locate outlets and switches to conform to code?

A: There are requirements if your installation needs to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but other than that, locations are determined more by custom than by…

Allstar electrical contractors wins three coveted iec awards

ELECTRICAL PROJECTS TAKE TOP HONORS IN 2007

DENVER, CO - Allstar Electrical Services, LLC won three awards from the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) including top honors for Commercial Project Under $1,000,000 at the March 29, 2007 awards banquet held in Denver.

The awards presented to Allstar…

Buying electrical appliances online? Beware of shock factor

Q: I’d like to use the Internet to shop for lighting fixtures. Is there anything I need to be careful of?

A: Buying your lighting fixtures online can be risky. Troubles can range from simple annoyances to potentially dangerous situations that can result in fires…or worse.

Safety is always the first concern…

Allstar chief notes online buying risks for electrical fixture shoppers

DENVER, CO - Fall is a popular time to commence home remodeling projects in anticipation of holiday guests, and upgrading lighting fixtures is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to do it. But Gary Stone, president of Allstar Electrical Services, serving metro Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo., sounds…

Allstar electrical service expands to Colorado Springs, Colorado area

Electrical repair service now available in El Paso County

DENVER, CO - Electrical contractors, Allstar Electrical Service, has extended its service reach to include Colorado Springs, Colo. where two of the company’s electricians already make their home. Owner Gary Stone explained that the inclusion of Colorado Springs in the Front…

Allstar Electrical Service is now taking service calls in Colorado Springs

Q. I live in Colorado Springs and need electrical repair at my home, but I don’t know who to call?

A. Allstar Electrical Service has expanded its service area to include El Paso County, the county seat of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

El Paso County lies encompasses more than 2,158 square miles, slightly…

Overheated electrical systems are fire hazards unless upgrades are implemented

369,000 household fires were reported in 2005 alone

DENVER, CO - Household electrical fires are more of a common occurrence than most people would like to think. Like any older residential area in a city, the homes in central Denver tend to be 60-80-100 years old, complete with archaic electrical…

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