When and How to Get a Fluorescent Ballast Replacement

When and How to Get a Fluorescent Ballast Replacement

Fluorescent ballast replacement is sometimes necessary for the most common source of lighting in commercial buildings such as schools, offices and other major facilities. The first thing you might think of when you think of fluorescent lighting is how difficult it is to fix issues regarding dim or flickering bulbs. In this article, we’ll explain…

Signs That You Need to Update Your Home’s Electrical System

Signs That You Need to Update Your Home’s Electrical System

Do you suspect you might need a home electrical upgrade? Can you think of the last time you updated or repaired anything to do with your home’s electrical system? Unless a fuse trips we often don’t think to think too much about how we can keep our home electrical systems updated and healthy. An electrical code…

Why Canada is Phasing Out Incandescent Light Bulbs

Why did Canada implement the incandescent light bulb phase out is a question that our Abbotsford electricians seem to hear quite often. Our Canadian Government is committed to finding efficient, more cost-effective ways for reducing environmental impact. Phasing out incandescent light bulbs (as of 2014) and setting new standards to improve light bulb efficiency is…

Aluminum Wiring FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
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Aluminum Wiring FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

In this post, we’ll look at answering some of the most common FAQ about aluminum wiring in houses. History of Aluminum Wiring. Historically, aluminum wiring, which is lighter than copper, was also thought to conduct electricity better than copper. Aluminum wiring in houses has been around since the late 1800s. Even today, most utility companies…

What Is A GFCI Outlet & How Does It Work?

What Is A GFCI Outlet & How Does It Work?

You may have heard the term before, but exactly what is a GFCI outlet? A GFCI outlet uses a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter designed by Charles Dalziel in 1961. This outlet prevents people from becoming shocked or electrocuted should they come in contact with an open electrical current. GFCI outlets have been installed in homes…

FAQ – Types of Electrical Fuses & How They Work

FAQ – Types of Electrical Fuses & How They Work

In this post, our Abbotsford electricians answer the most frequently asked questions about the types of fuses available, plus how they work and how they should be used properly. What Is A Fuse? Fuses are devices that allow the flow of standard electrical current and in some cases, a marginal percentage more. Although there are…

Ballast Repair vs Replacement
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Ballast Repair vs Replacement

If your light fixture isn’t working properly how can you tell if you should do a ballast repair vs ballast replacement? Without light fixture ballasts, our world would be a much darker place. Ballasts are utilized in street lamps, floodlighting, and other indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures for homes or businesses. How Do You Replace…

How Do Portable Generators Work to Supply Power?

Have you ever wondered how do generators work during a power outage? We don’t often think twice about electrical power when we flip a light switch or turn on the television until there’s a power outage. That’s when generators can play a huge role in our lives. Without generators, we would literally be left in…

LED vs Incandescent Lights – Myths & Truths

LED vs Incandescent Lights – Myths & Truths

Ever since LED lights were first developed in the 1960s, there have been numerous myths about LED vs incandescent lights. That included myths about the effectiveness of LED lights, cost of ownership, reliability, and longevity. In this article, our Abbotsford electricians at Premium Electric hope to debunk the LED myths and present the LED lighting…

10 Simple Rules to Follow for Extension Cord Safety

10 Simple Rules to Follow for Extension Cord Safety

Be smart about electrical safety and follow these extension cord safety tips when using electrical extension cords outdoors or indoors. These electrical safety tips apply to the proper use of extension cords, power surge protectors, and electrical power strips in your home or in your place of business. 1. Avoid using extension cords near water,…

Outdoor Outlet Protector Tips by Premium Electric

Outdoor Outlet Protector Tips by Premium Electric

For safety reasons, always use an outdoor outlet protector, especially since our electrical outlets are always exposed to our Pacific Northwest wet weather. Outdoor outlets can be just as susceptible as indoor outlets (if not more so) to electrical shorts, faults, and other electrical problems. Contact our electricians if you find any electrical outlet not…