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Picking a Sconce Height

Posted by Eric Self on July 18, 2013 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Wall Sconces add a lot to a lighting layout. From a design standpoint, they contribute to how a room looks even when off. When on, they add fill or spot lighting to areas that might otherwise be impossible to light. For example, in a bathroom, they light your body from the front, something down lighting can't accomplish.

But in laying out your sconce, the big issue we seem to wrestle with is what height to set them at on the wall.

There are a few general rules to we use....

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Recessed Lighting

Posted by Eric Self on June 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Recessed lighting is a popular and relatively cost effective way to light rooms or areas of the house.  One challenge it presents is that its pretty easy to underdo it.

It can be tempting to limit the number of lights in a room, but we've found recessed lighting to be a cruel master.  It's better to go all the way with your layout than to try to scrimp.  The good news is that there are some pretty solid fundamentals in this industry that help set the ground rules for layo...

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What is "voltage drop"?

Posted by Eric Self on June 24, 2013 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

For most homeowners voltage drop is not an issue they come up against often.  Commercial and Industrial sites deal with it pretty frequently.  That's because voltage drop is a factor of an electrical load, and most homes don't have large loads.

Having said that, many homes do have one issue with voltage drop, and it relates to their low voltage lighting.

Low voltage lighting in residences is often seen in undercabinet lighting and landscape lighting.  These installs...

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What is an A-Frame meter?

Posted by Eric Self on June 18, 2013 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Most folks don't worry about their electric meter.  But if you have an A-Frame meter, utility companies have you on a list for retiring it.  That means if you have to do any work to maintain your electrical service, like fix a leak, replace a worn cable drop or deal with similar wear related issues, they will make you replace the entire service.

For Central Hudson customers, that will mean upgrading the service to 200 amps.  Sometimes that is is relatively simple and inex...

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Pump Up Septic Systems

Posted by Eric Self on June 17, 2013 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The first thing you need to know about Pump Up Septic Systems is that you don't want one.

But you probably could figure that out on your own.  Getting these systems to last is a real challenge.  Especially the equipment in the pump chambers.  That environment is incredibly corrosive and damaging to equipment.  Even sealed plastic outdoor rated boxes get eaten through in just a couple of years.

So with a nod to the guys at Red Hook Plumbing in Red Hook New York,...

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