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Can Turning Off Your Lights Really Save You Money?

The cost of turning off a single lightbulb does not amount to noteworthy savings. However, the cost when looking at the total number of bulbs in your home is more substantial. On average American homes have 40 lightbulbs, and the energy to power those accounts for 20% of the average electric bill. When ten incandescent bulbs are left on for an hour each day, the resulting cost is $24 each year. The expense for having ten halogens left running an hour daily is $17 annually. It is $6 annually to leave ten compact fluorescents running for a single hour every day. Leaving ten LEDs on for an hour daily equates to a net cost of $5 a year. These figures when multiplied show how much it truly costs to light your home, and the savings from turning the lights off when you leave the room.

When turning off your lights you may be saving energy, but the cost effectiveness of this is dependent on the type of light bulb used. Each style of bulb differs due to their individual rated operating life, which is impacted by the number of times the light is turned off and on. With every additional flipping of the switch, the functioning lifespan of the bulb is shortened. The Department of Energy compared the electricity usage and expenses of four 60-watt equivalent bulbs. A single Incandescent bulb employs 0.06 kWh of electricity in an hour. Each one consumes roughly $6.60 in electricity in a year. This number is calculated by the cost per kilowatt hour of $0.11 for one thousand hours of operation. This is the least efficient method of lighting, so these bulbs should be turned off whenever possible. A 43-watt halogen lightbulb is able to save 25% more energy than an incandescent. In 1,000 hours of usage, the cost of one bulb is typically $4.73. Replacing an incandescent bulb with a single 15-watt compact fluorescent will cause 75% less energy to be used. The compact fluorescent has an operational cost of $1.65 per 1,000 hours. An LED bulb provides 80% higher efficiency over incandescent lightbulbs. The cost to use a 12-watt LED for 1,000 hours is only $1.32. If you are interested in saving energy and money, consider switching to more energy efficient lighting options.

If you are looking for easier ways to deal with your lights, you may want to upgrade to dimmers, timers, or motion detectors. Dimmers are an affordable option to decrease the amount of wattage and output for your lighting. Timers can be programmed to align with your daily needs. Another option is motion detectors which use heat waves to detect when someone is in the room, and shuts lights off when there is no movement present. These are great solutions to reducing your lighting usage and ultimately saving energy.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we have expert electricians equipped to handle all of your electrical needs from small repairs to big construction projects. We provide services for residential, commercial, and industrial properties.  We built our business on hard work and honesty, so you can entrust that you are in good hands. We are located in Walton, KY and proudly serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us to schedule an appointment today.

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Keeping Your Outdoor Outlets Safe

Outdoor outlets are exposed to many situations that can be damaging. If an outlet is not in working condition, this can lead to potentially dangerous repercussions for your household. Here are some tips to keep your outdoor outlets free from harm.

It is important to only use outdoor-rated electrical elements. Anything you plan to use outside must be specially designed and built to withstand the weather. Even if the outdoor lighting fixture is under a roof and will not be exposed to any rain, it still must be able to endure dampness, and extreme temperatures. Higher ratings are available for components that are not shielded from precipitation; it will state that they are weather resistant, weatherproof, or suitable for wet settings. You must use outdoor-rated light bulbs, fixtures, extension cords, and decorative lights. Indoor extension cords cannot meet the capacity required by many power tools, lawn tools, and outdoor lighting.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, or GFCI, outlets are a critical electrical safety improvement in the last few decades. They should be used anywhere you plug in electronics while grounded, including outside. Weather-resistant GFCI will ensure that your family is not shocked in outdoor environments with moisture present. If the previous owners of your home did not switch the outdoor outlets to GFCI, it is imperative for safety to update them as quickly as possible. These receptacles feature components resistant to corrosion, meaning not only are they safer but they will last longer than indoor options available.

You can install covers to be placed over your outlets so they are not affected by the climate. For receptacles that on porches or in an area with a roof, a cover that is labeled as “Suitable For Damp Locations”, is the right choice. However, for outdoor outlets that do not have protective shelter, they require an in-use cover instead. This style allows both the receptacle and whatever is plugged in it to remain dry, even during rain.

Ensure that wires and extension cords are in proper working order before use. You should inspect them for nicks, cuts, tangles, or any signs of injury. You need to be careful when placing wires along walkways and trees, as this can make them more susceptible to destruction. Avoid the use of these components in locations where the wires can be impaired. Any damage sustained can cause potential problems to arise.

When plugging in something, you should pay attention to the capacity needed. If not, you could overload the extension cord or outlet which may lead to a fire. Consider installing an extra outlet or purchasing a higher-capacity cord for your gadgets.

For all your electrical needs, rely on Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We are available for residential, commercial, and industrial projects. We even offer 24 hour emergency service, so you can count on us to be there for you around-the-clock. Our superb rating by the Better Business Bureau is due to our dedication to providing outstanding customer service for clients. We are located in Walton, KY, and serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Contact us today.

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Thinking of Switching to LED Bulbs? We Can Help!

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While lighting and light bulbs are usually low on your to do list, they rank very high on the list for great design techniques. Since every room in your home needs lighting to function properly, you should only want the highest quality light bulbs. There is a wide variety of different light bulbs out there, including compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), incandescent light bulbs, Halogen light bulbs, and the ever-popular light emitting diode light bulbs (LED). Have you ever wondered how LED light bulbs became so popular? People that wanted to move away from generic bulbs did their research and found out that they are all around better for their home. They found that LED bulbs could also save them money, and good news travels fast! Our trusted electricians at Rose Brothers & Son’s Inc Electric and Construction , located in Walton, KY, know all the ins and outs about anything dealing with electricity, and it would be our pleasure to pass on our knowledge to you!

You work hard for the things you have, so why not make them work for you? When you choose non-LED bulbs, rather than saving money on your electric bill, they can actually cause it to be higher. Plus, you have to replace them fairly often. Along with LED lights being environmentally friendly, they are also pocket friendly. The upfront cost of LED bulbs may be a little more, but the long-term savings are definitely worth a few extra bucks now.

Do you have random lights in your home that are different colors? That does not means that you have one room that is vibrant green and another room purple, but different hues of yellow. The difference in colors can be distracting to the eye, especially if it’s happening in one room where one side of your room is a warm yellow and the other side is a more of a lighter yellow. With LED lights, you can choose to have a specific light color. That way, you can have the mood set for your room without having to use dimmers. A cooler blue light is one of the more popular choices.

You don’t only have to place LED lights inside of your home. You can and should also place them in highly used areas outside of your home. If you are like most people, you probably forget to turn your front porch and garage light off when you leave for work in the morning. Wouldn’t you feel better knowing that you are still saving 85% more energy when you use LED light bulbs? Start spending less time buying and changing incandescent light bulbs and start saving time and money with LED light bulbs.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you with all of your electrical needs, from knowledge about changing your light bulbs all the way up to rewiring your entire house. With over 45 years of experience, you can be confident that our family-owned company will get the job done right the first time. We proudly serve Northern KY, and Cincinnati.

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How to Choose the Right Lighting for a Room

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The right lighting for a space can make a huge difference. There is a reason that fancy restaurants have dim, hazy lighting and department stores have bright, even lighting. While your home isn’t a business, we could all stand to learn a thing or two from how businesses use lighting within spaces to strike the right mood. If you would like to learn more about how to choose the right lighting for a room, let the electricity experts at Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. in Walton, Kentucky inform you.

 

  1. Consider what the room is going to be used for

Lighting should be, at its foundation, functional. In many spaces, if you don’t have artificial lighting of some sort, you won’t be able to see for large portions of the day, and in others, you won’t be able to see at all, so making sure that your lighting is serving the purpose it has is central to choosing the right lighting for your space. Spaces that are primarily going to be used for work of some kind, such as a home office or a kitchen, should have bright lighting that easily and consistently illuminates what you are doing. Spaces that are going to be used for entertaining, however, like dining rooms or living rooms, can have dimmer lighting. Bedrooms, finally, should have the softest lighting of all, in order to encourage relaxation and sleep.

 

  1. Consider the size of a room

The size of a room can greatly impact the kind of lighting that you are going to need. Small rooms, such as closets, home offices, or small bathrooms, could each have their own particular lighting needs, but their size is going to influence what sort of lighting you will need to purchase and install. Smaller spaces are more easily illuminated, so even lower lighting can make a small space feel incredibly bright. Because of this, be careful not to overwhelm your smaller spaces with too much lighting. The converse goes for large spaces. Even very bright lighting can seem like a drop in the bucket for huge, open living rooms or basements, so make sure your lighting packs a suitable punch.

 

  1. Trust in Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. to help

Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. is here to help you with any of your electricity questions and projects in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area. We are located in Walton, Kentucky, but we proudly serve all of Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Southern Indiana, including  Florence KY, Ft. Mitchell KY, Villa Hills KY, Union KY, Ft. Wright, Hebron KY, Burlington, Covington KY, Erlanger, Independence KY, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glenco, and Williamstown.

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Adding Electrical Wiring to Your Basement

Basements are notoriously dark. If you are tired of the poor lighting in your basement, and are ready to brighten up your décor and lighting, adding new electrical wiring to your basement may be necessary to add the lighting fixtures that you love. If you are building a home, the electrical wiring in your basement is an important thing to consider so you avoid any lighting issues in the future. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., your best choice for an electrician in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas, we can give you tips on adding electrical wiring to your basement that will help the process run smoothly.

Installing Electrical Wiring in the Basement

First and foremost, if you are going to attempt to rough-in your electrical wiring yourself, it is important to acquaint yourself with the process of electrically wiring a room. Pick up some books and study. Plan the design for your lighting remodel of your room and attain your measurements before you start doing anything. After you have your measurements, it’s time to learn about nailing up boxes, drilling holes for wires, how to properly and safely pull cables, stapling cables, and connecting all the wires. Once you have done this, purchasing or renting the appropriate tools for your project are a necessity. Do not overlook any of these steps. Be prepared to be frustrated if this is your first DIY project, and don’t rush. Make this remodel a fun project and the work will not seem like work, but rather an accomplishment at the end.

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Designing a Basement’s Lighting

If you are not attempting a DIY project, but are instead designing the lighting for the basement of your new home, make sure you add in as much pre-wired lighting as possible. In addition to permanent light fixtures, another thing you must plan for in your design is the number of outlets and outlet placement in your basement. In the case of outlets, less is not more. Design your outlet placement for convenience. If you have a bar in the basement consider putting outlets on the bar. If your basement is a large, open room, consider placing outlets on the floor near where you will place furniture. This prevents annoying cords covering the floor and gives you more lighting placement options for décor purposes.

When to Call an Expert

Whether you are doing a DIY lighting project in an existing room, remodeling, or designing a new basement entirely, if you reach a point where you aren’t sure what to do, have an electrician come in and help you. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., we can help you with all electrical rewiring, remodeling, and design projects in your home. As an Angie’s List member with an A+ rating from the BBB, and over 45 years of experience, we can guarantee that our services will meet your needs. Contact us today with any questions on electrical contracting, wiring, or lighting you may have.

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Lighting Trends for Your New Home

 

lighting trendsPicking out lighting for your new home can be overwhelming. There are so many options to choose from! Stay up to date with the latest trends in home goods and finally be able to be one step ahead of the Jones’. At Rose Brothers & Sons, we want you to stay in the lighting trend loop. We’re going to give you all of the latest lighting trends for your new home.

2016 Lighting Trends

Getting Back to Brass and Vintage Glass

You know you have that favorite shirt sitting in the back of your closet that you can never bring yourself to get rid of. As you know, everything eventually comes back into style. Well, most everything. According to Progress Lighting, vintage and rustic fixtures from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s are making a comeback. Vintage glass and brass accents made a bold statement during that era and they’re still trendy today.

Pendant Lighting

This lighting trend makes a statement that combines tradition and nuance. You can personalize pendant lighting to make it unique to your own home. Mix and match different styles of these light fixtures to make it your own. According to New Home Source, you can combine a couple of pendant light fixtures at various heights to make a fun and unique chandelier of your own.

Oversized Fixtures

Make a dramatic and bold statement in your new home by adding an oversized light fixture to your home. Oversized fixtures are a bold focal point for homes with large foyers or high ceilings. These trendy fixtures give your home some modern flair rather than opting for the classic and traditional glass chandelier.

Nautical Twists

According to Progress Lighting, navy is the top color trend for 2016. Compliment this beautiful color with a lighting fixture that adds a nautical twist to your home. Beveled or seeded glass light fixtures create that nautical feel in your home that you’re looking for. These nautical elements will make you feel like the shore is right outside your window.

We hope that these 2016 lighting trends will help you add some modern flair to your new home. At Rose Brothers & Sons we want to be your first call when installing your new light fixtures. We are electricians and electrical contractors serving Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas.

 

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Commercial Property Lighting and Electricity

commercial property lightingCommercial Property lighting needs are important. There are so many things to do when you own a business. Sometimes the regular maintenance of your plumbing or electrical service gets put on the bottom of the list. It stays on the bottom where it never moves until something happens like the lights go out and you have no electricity. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric understand what it takes to run a business. We are available for emergency electrical repairs 24/7. We can also do an inspection of your electrical system to make sure your system is up to codes and safe for you and your customers. Here are a few tips on Commercial property lighting needs:

Lights Are Very Important!

It’s not just keeping your storefront lights on that is important. Lighted signs, parking lot lights and yes the storefront will keep customers coming. Keeping your lights working properly doesn’t just allow your customers to see your business at night. It also allows them to see clearly during the day. It also speaks volumes about your business. A dingy or dark looking building doesn’t look to attractive to new customers.

Lights Keep Customers Safe

Many people will avoid a parking lot that isn’t lit up at night. Bright lights will deter criminals and keep your customers and their belongings safe. Proper lighting also ensures your clients can see where they’re going and hopefully this will prevent accidents. Keeping a few store lights on will also deter crooks from breaking in after hours.

Commercial property lighting needs Professional Attention

Some people are equipped for DIY projects and will try to tackle almost any problem. When it comes to commercial electrical repairs, it is usually a problem better left to the professionals. Don’t risk personal injury and the possibility of losing your business or customers by doing your own electrical repairs.

Let the professional electricians at Rose Brother’s and Sons Electric handle your commercial property electrical wiring and repairs. Call today. As experienced electricians in Northern Kentucky we will  light up your business!

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