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Are You Ready for Halloween?



Halloween is almost here and even during a pandemic there’s no need to deprive yourself of the joys of this popular occasion. Decorations and fun lighting can improve your mood, even if the trick-or-treaters are in shorter supply this year. Plus, it can let those who are out know you’re ready to celebrate with them.

Here are a few tips on how to keep the goblins you want happy and safe and the ones you don’t away.

Lighting

Outdoor lighting makes your home safe and welcoming for guests and discourages unwelcome visitors. Motion detector lights help family and visitors navigate safely in the dark and put a spotlight on trespassers, alerting you to their presence and chasing them away.

Pathway lighting on walks and steps guides visitors and alerts them to tripping and other hazards while directing them to your door.

Solar-powered and some low-voltage lights are easy to install, but even low-voltage lighting requires a transformer connected to household 120-volt wiring. Be sure to follow instructions for safe installation and call a licensed electrician if you have any questions or concerns.

Safety

Take a few minutes to walk around your property. Are your outdoor lights working properly?  Do bulbs need replacing? Do photocells and motion sensors work properly? Do you need to add additional lighting or cameras? Weatherproof outdoor outlets? Are lights and cameras pointing in the right direction?

Many of these tasks are DIY-friendly, but if you need AC-powered outdoor fixtures and switches, you should call a licensed electrician. 120-volt outdoor lighting and switches need weatherproof installation and GFCI protection to meet code requirements. Improper installation creates both shock and fire hazards. Electrical professionals know how to install them so they’re both safe and reliable.

Security

Home security is an increasing concern, and outdoor cameras offer an extra layer of protection. The choices vary from simple always-on recordings to state-of-the-art cameras that can be activated by motion, sound, and even the press of a doorbell button. Most can now be monitored on Wi-Fi connections and even controlled remotely. With a camera or two you can immediately know if the person coming up the sidewalk is a friendly ghost or a porch pirate.

If you have any needs or concerns with your electrical service, the pros at Allstar Electrical Services are ready to solve them for you. Our residential services are tailored to homeowners and their individual circumstances.

Just give us a call at 303.399.7420 or visit our website. Then use our handy online forms to request a free estimate or set up an appointment. We’ve served Colorado’s Front Range for over 20 years, are top-rated by the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List, and are proud to be listed as a preferred contractor by Home Advisor. 


Call Allstar Electrical at 303.399.7420 for more information or visit our website.