Christmas decorations safety tips

Even your Phoenix Electrical contractor likes to go overboard when decorating for the holidays. I have some tips to help keep you and your family safe this season.  My first tip is if you have a live tree; please remember to add water to the tree stand daily to avoid a fire hazard. All outdoor electric lights and decorations should be plugged into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters. Electrical cords should never be pinched by furniture, and never ran under rugs. My last tip is to always turn off, unplug and extinguish all decorations when you retire for the night or leave your home.  Happy decorating and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

How to buy new light bulbs

Remember the days when you went to the store and picked up a replacement 60 watt cheap light bulb, those days are long gone. Today we have more choices and energy efficient options than ever. The best way to replace a light bulb is to bring the old one with you to the store, compare the base to make sure it will fit properly and then choose the brightness. To do that you need to convert the amount of watts to the Lumens you need, you’re probably thinking what are Lumens? Lumens are metric measurement of the light bulbs brightness.   You can find a full conversion list below but if you find yourself at the store in hurry just remember around 1000 is the number you need to be between an old 60 to 75 watt bulb.

40 W = 450 Lumens

60 W = 800 Lumens

75 W = 1100 Lumens

100 W = 1600 Lumens

Ceiling fan tip from your Phoenix Electricians

This week we have a ceiling fan tip from your Phoenix Electricians, the fan direction makes a difference depending on the season. If you only run your ceiling fan during the summer season in the valley, your missing out on saving money. Even Phoenix Electricians forget to use the ceiling fan in the winter to warm up a room instead of running the heater. With much of our season calling for the cooling effect of a ceiling fan, try to remember to switch the direction during winter to keep your energy costs down. For winter time your ceiling fan should run on low and turn clockwise. This pulls the lower cooler air up to mix with warmer air and circulations the warmer air in the room.   Hopefully you can easily change the direction of your fan from a remote, if not, you can manually switch the direction. If you need a quick and easy test to see if the direction is correct for winter and you have little ones in the house, blow some bubbles and see if they travel up towards the fan. Thank you from your Phoenix Electricians for reading our blog.

How long does a smoke detector work?

As your Phoenix Electrical Contractor we want you and your family to be safe in your home. We know smoke alarms are not something that most people worry about but they should. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. To check the age of your smoke alarms you should look at the manufacture date listed on the back. If it is over 10 years you need to replace it. As a Phoenix Electrical Contractor we have seen homes without working smoke detectors, homes with dead batteries in their smoke detectors and ancient obsolete smoke detectors. If you hear a chirp sound that means the back up battery for your smoke detector is going bad. Don’t put off something so important for you and your families safety any longer, any Phoenix Electrical Contractor can help you check and replace your smoke detectors with new and improved detectors.


Tip from your sun city electrician

We pride ourselves on our honestly and ethics and it shows by how many of our return customers are from Sun City and Sun City West. Being a preferred Sun City electrician means we look out for our customers in any way we can. One thing we can all do to help protect ourselves and our love one’s is to shred important documents but sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with the amount of documents that need to be disposed of properly. This coming November 7th in Phoenix is a free no limit Shred-a-thon. They are also accepting food donations for St. Mary’s Food Bank to feed those in need.   Keep coming back for more tips from your trusted Sun City Electrician.


Shred Day at Comerica Bank

Saturday November 7th 2015, 8am – 3pm Comerica Theatre 400 W. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

New lighting technology

As a Phoenix Electrical contractor we get to see many exciting changes happening in the lighting industry. One of the new technologies that has come out is the home automation of your household lights. We don’t just install your new electrical light fixtures we also help to setup new light technologies like the Hue Bulbs by Philips. They allow you to change the colors of your room to change your mood or décor. This is a fun and affordable way to make a room feel warmer or cooler. As a Phoenix Electrician we are always looking for affordable ways to help our costumers and the new LED’s available on the market are one way we can do this.   As your affordable Phoenix Electricians we look forward to help you with all the new lighting technologies.


The team at Alive Wire Electrical is excited to start this blog and bring tips and information to you our customers. We have been in the Phoenix Electrical industry for many years and as your Phoenix electricians we want to share ways to improve your home and life. Sometimes we may talk about products to help save your money by being more energy efficient or maybe just a interesting thing happening around Phoenix metro area. We are excited to start this weekly communication with you and we thank you for your time.

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