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 and even today, most utility…

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Knob and Tube Wiring Frequently Asked Questions

In this post, we’ll provide answers to some of the most common questions about knob and tube wiring replacement. When was knob and tube wiring used? Knob and Tube wiring (aka open wiring or K&T wiring) is now obsolete but it was the standard form of electrical wiring used in Canada and the United States…

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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.     Even though GFCI outlets have…

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Which is Better – Fuse vs Circuit Breaker

In this blog post, our Abbotsford electricians at Premium Electric take a look at a fuse vs circuit breaker. What makes them different and which one is better? It’s important to keep in mind that depending on the power application, in most cases a fuse and a circuit breaker are not interchangeable. As an example,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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; 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 facts. We…

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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,…

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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…

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