Electrical & Power

The term "electrical" encompasses everything from doorbells and switches to Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) and outlets, receptacles, motion sensors, and dimmers. For the typical homeowner, many electrical projects can seem daunting and should be approached with caution. For certain jobs, it may be wise to hire an electrical contractor instead of trying the Do-It-Yourself approach.

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Electricity in the Home

Electrical components can:

From an architectural standpoint, electrical devices are important. As lighting control systems can create a certain mood, task lighting helps direct power to one or more specific areas, such as in a kitchen or to spotlight artwork on a wall.

Energy efficient systems save money. Motion sensor systems help secure a home and keep its occupants safe from intruders. Of course, problems can occur when a circuit breaker is overloaded and is expected to generate too much power at any given time.

Electricity and Power: How it All Works

Essentially, when a house is built, the electrical company pulls power from electrical poles in the area and directs it to the home. The electrical service comes in from the street, usually underground, to the circuit breaker panel in the home. The wires from the circuit breaker panel distribute to all the outlets and switches and lighting components in the house. The wires are pulled into plastic boxes that meet city building codes.

Electricity and Power: Components and Accessories

There are a whole host of electrical components designed for lighting, entertaining, communicating, and keeping an area safe. These include:

General and electrical contractors can help lead the way through this maze of devices.