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Electrician’s Tips to Keep Your Christmas Lights Lit

 tips to keep your Christmas lights litIt’s that time of year again when homeowners in Northern Kentucky will be stringing up the Christmas lights to add a bit of festive cheer to the outside of their houses. Besides giving the kiddos something to enjoy as they drive by, you may also be setting yourself up for a major disaster if you’re not careful. Maybe instead of plugging as many lights into the power strip as you can, you can look at it a little more systematically. Here are tips to keep your Christmas lights lit.

Why Light Fuses Blow in Christmas Lights

If you plug too many strands of lights together, chances are your fuse will blow in the first strand within a few hours. Although you may be tempted to bypass the fuse, this will create a fire hazard that really isn’t worth it. Instead, run multiple outdoor extension cords to make sure your strands of lights stay lit. If you have a blow up Santa or other outdoor decoration that involves electricity, you may need to check your circuit breaker to make sure you have enough power.

When To Call The Electrician

Most homes have a good 200-amp service that will allow them to run quite a few lights without overloading the entire system. You may need to switch outlets and use an outlet that isn’t servicing other items to keep your circuit breaker from blowing. Many older homes don’t have enough outdoor outlets. The outdoor outlets they do have may be connected to all the outdoor lights or other outdoor electrical appliances. You can have an electrician install more dedicated circuits for your outdoor lighting needs. This will enable you to run more lights without overloading one particular circuit.

Electrician’s Tips To Keep Your Christmas Lights Lit

Before you go trying to upgrade your electrical system or you start by-passing fuses in your Christmas lights, remember circuit breakers and fuses are designed to blow or switch off when there is a problem. Without your circuit breakers or the fuse, your house could burn down. You can’t just change your switch to a larger amp breaker because the breaker corresponds to the wiring and this can also create a fire hazard. If you are having trouble with your Christmas lights, you need an electrician’s tips to keep your Christmas lights lit. Don’t try to figure out electricity and how to rig your lights. Call an expert and get a safe solution. If you have questions about how to quit blowing your circuit breaker, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We are residential electricians who can help with all your electric repairs in Northern Kentucky.

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A Whole Home Surge Protector Will Save You Money

whole home surge protectorA whole home surge protector can save you money. Whether you are worried about protecting your computer, TV or any large appliance, lightening strikes and electrical surges can damage appliances in your home.  It doesn’t take but one bad storm, one downed tree or one lightening strike to cause damage. Here are a few things you can do to protect your family and your electrical appliances.

Invest in a Whole Home Surge Protector

Recently my neighbor’s home was struck by lightening. One of his water pumps was damaged costing him 1300.00 to replace. Over the years I have heard similar stories of homeowners who lost costly electrical equipment because of lightening. Investing in a whole home surge protector could have saved them from the expense of replacing appliances and office equipment.

Most people know that lighting can cause damage to their TV and appliances and yet many of us don’t take the time to unplug our appliances every time a storm comes or every time we leave the house. You can rely on a whole home surge protector to protect your belongings even when you’re away.

Full Protection

Whole home surge protectors will protect you home from up to 40,000 amps or more depending on the size of the protector. Adding this to your electrical panel will protect your home, but you still need individual surge protector outlets and/or power strips. Having both will ensure you are protected from lighting and power surges within your home.

Dedicated Circuits

Having your TV, Computer or other appliances on dedicated circuits can also protect you and your electrical equipment from electrical fluctuations that could cause poor TV quality, or surges when other appliances on the same circuit start running. This can result in fluctuations, surges and the like that can become a problem.

Your Electrician Can Help

If you want to learn more about installing a whole home surge protector or if you are considering adding a few dedicated circuits, your electrician can provide you with information and help with the installations. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric  your electrician in Northern Kentucky, for all your electrical needs.

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