Do you take your electrical power supply for granted?
Many Americans do, but the fact is that our national electrical grid has become very vulnerable due to an aging and complex infrastructure, the threat of cyber attacks and terrorism, and ever-increasing extreme weather conditions across the country.
American homes, industries, and businesses are deeply dependent on reliable electricity, so threats to the consistent delivery of electricity put modern life itself at risk.
Electrical substations are critical links in the power grid, which make it possible for electricity to move long distances and distribute power to residences and businesses throughout the United States. The interconnectivity of our grid, while beneficial also makes it vulnerable to natural disasters and cyber-attacks. Evidence of these attempted attacks is increasing in frequency. While our utilities have many systems in place to thwart these attacks, it could happen.
Our aging electrical infrastructure also poses risks to our power needs. Reliability in our local areas is another factor. Isolated incidents, as well as wider spread outages are a familiar occurrence. Being prepared for a power interruption with an automatic Generac Standby Generator or portable generator is no longer a luxury, but a necessity, especially for those who work from home and require computer access on a daily basis. The conveniences of water and a refrigerator and the need for heat or sump pumps depending on the circumstances of the outage can be critical as well.
Storms and natural disasters have caused hardships due to lost power for hours, days or weeks at a time. But a cyber or physical attack on our electrical infrastructure could be much longer.
We highly recommend that all households have a personal disaster recovery plan. A generator should be an integral part of this plan. Loss of power effects communications, emergency dispatch, fuel and transportation, security, banking, medical facilities and medications, as well as food and water.
If you don’t have an Automatic Standby Generator, or an ongoing service contract on your present generator, we urge you to be prepared and talk to Lucci Electric about the alternatives. We can provide a range of solutions that will insure that you and your family have ample power should the grid be compromised.
Outdoor Lighting Installation:
Warmer days and nights entice us to spend more time outdoors. As you begin to plan landscaping or where to place your outdoor furniture, don’t forget that outdoor lighting design and installation can transform your outdoor space into a beautiful extension of your home. And completely enhance all the other things you do to make your outdoor space enjoyable.
Lucci Electric can design a custom plan for you to bring your outdoors living area to life by making your outdoor lighting magical. From path lighting to up lighting or accent lighting as well as flood lighting, we have the ideas and solutions to illuminate your property and home and truly make your outdoor experience special as well as bringing you peace of mind.
We consider several elements when developing a plan for outdoor lighting installations, including safety (on pathways), security, and pure aesthetics (lighting a beautiful garden, wall, patio or tree).
When planning your outdoor and landscape lighting, we encourage you to think in threes: light something close to the house, something midrange in the yard, and something afar. This creates interesting focal points when viewed from the house or the street at night. One overlooked benefit of outdoor lighting is that it minimizes the reflection of glass surfaces viewed from inside the house at night. If you install an outside fixture just outside a door, you will be looking beyond the glass reflection.
We also develop our plans with the philosophy that less is more and avoid the mistake of using too much light outdoors. People often think more is better, brighter is better, but outside wherever you create a super bright area you’ve also created super dark areas, and that can be unsafe. It’s better to have low levels of lighting all around. The front door is one of the few outdoor areas where a brighter light is acceptable, with a traditional lighting plan calling for two wall-mounted fixtures flanking the door.
Ask yourself what your purposes are for wanting illumination in your yard. You may wish to set a mood during the evening hours. Maybe you have a bench or a shadowy garden corner you need to illuminate for security reasons. A path leading through the garden may require landscape lighting to mark its boundaries. Add outdoor lighting, and your outdoor space is immediately transformed into usable space. You might want to highlight some features of your backyard like a water fountain or pond. Flood lights provide security and illumination.
Since paths and areas are on the ground, it makes sense that all path and area lights project downward. And, most of them have some kind of shade or glare guard to prevent the light from shining into people’s eyes. High quality fixtures may be constructed out of brass or copper. Brass and copper have the advantage of better weathering the environment and offer a nice patina after installation.
Our expertise in vision, design and implementation can help you to expand your space with outdoor lighting installation and create a beautiful and safe area that you will enjoy and be proud of.
Recessed Lighting Installations:
If you are looking to update and transform your home, make sure to consider recessed lighting.
A well designed recessed lighting plan and expert recessed lighting installation has shown to be a profitable and enjoyable move. . It can improve the light quality throughout your home, adding efficiency while giving your space a fresh new look.
Recessed lighting is attractive and functional and comes with several benefits; it makes your space look brighter, larger and more modern and these changes can add to the value of your home. Recessed LED lighting is more economical and once installed can last for up to 25 years.
You will enjoy the benefits of recessed lighting throughout your home and we recommend working with experts as the right fixture and lamp can help maximize the overall effect and impact in any room.
Giving your family room, living room or kitchen lighting a makeover with recessed lighting is a great investment.
Recessed Lighting installation is important in the living/family room, an area of the house where people tend to gather for long stretches of time and engage in an array of activities, including conversation, watching TV, reading, playing board games and using a laptop.
Bookcases, built-ins, fireplaces, or an entertainment unit and even art work can be highlighted with recessed lighting. Adding a dimmer to recessed lighting provides a warm appearance. Recessed lighting is also effective in bedrooms, above the bed on each side with a switch for reading, for general lighting in the room, a closet, or even a workspace.
If it’s time to update your kitchen lights, recessed lighting is ideal for kitchens, and it’s what you’ll find in most new homes. When determining the number of recessed lights your kitchen needs, think in terms of general lighting and task lighting. General lighting is what provides the overall brightness in the room. Since kitchens require a higher level of brightness than most other rooms of a home, you may need a few more lights or brighter lights than you’d use in other rooms of the same size.
Recessed lighting can provide many special effects throughout your home. For example, it can be installed in a living/family room is to wash the walls with light, which can be accomplished with recessed lighting when it is directed toward the walls.
Illuminating an entry way or hallway with recessed lighting is another way to provide a warm and welcoming effect.
Recessed lighting installation is a simple way to add a modern, streamlined and enjoyable update to your home. Our expertise can help you make the best decisions as you plan your update and our vast experience will insure a flawless recessed lighting installation.
Winter Tips for your Automatic or Portable Generator
Power outages can happen at any time of year. They can be widespread or localized. You’ve made the investment in ensuring you have power during an outage with an automatic standby generator.
As an authorized Generac dealer and service provider here a few tips will keep your generator in good working order for the winter. A monthly check of these items goes a long way in preventative care.
Perform a visual inspection
Inspect the unit visually, looking for anything that’s out of place. Check the interior and exhaust for any debris that can interfere with the unit’s operation. Brush, leaves or mulch should be cleaned up.
Make a Path to Easily Access Your Standby Generator
Shovel or snow blow a path to your standby generator and keep it clear! in order to easily access and quickly troubleshoot during the winter. This also makes it easier for your local generator technician to perform any repairs, maintenance, or emergency service!
Check the oil
A standby generator is, essentially, a fuel-powered engine, similar to a car. Just like with a car, the oil needs to be checked. In most cases, generators take 2 quarts of oil. Natural or synthetic oil can typically be used, but synthetics tend to perform better in temperature extremes. Have SAE 5W-30 motor oil SAE 5W-30 motor oil on hand as this helps your standby generator start more easily during the winter months .
Check the Fuel (LP)
Check your propane tank(s) and make sure you’ve got fuel. Contact your fuel provider for percentages and when you might need a delivery should you experience an extended outage.
Portable generators require maintenance as well; some helpful hints:
Think About Fuel. If you have your generator in storage and do not plan to use it within 30 days, stabilize the gas with fuel stabilizer. Add the stabilizer according to package directions and then run your generator for a few minutes to circulate the solution through the carburetor. This is also a good time to rotate your fuel supply. Pour the gas from your stored fuel into the car and then fill up the gas cans with fresh fuel, again adding fuel stabilizer for storage. Start up an run the unit outside.
Check Your Generators Oil. Make sure your Portable Generator has enough oil to keep it running smoothly. Many generators shut down automatically to protect the engine if the level gets too low. To keep yours protected and ready-to-go for a winter storm or home emergency, check the oil level by referencing the dipstick and filling to the full marker. Keep a few quarts of oil on hand in case of emergencies. Refer to your engine manual for exact specifications.
Know How, Where and With What. Keep a flashlight handy so that you will be able to find your way to your generator and learn to start, adjust and shut off your generator to make sure you are familiar with how you will operate it when there is a power outage. Running your generator occasionally will not only help you learn to use it, but will also keep the engine well-lubricated.
Also be sure to think about where you will place the generator when you do need to use it. Do not run a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, basements, sheds or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide (CO) can quickly build up in these spaces and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off. Place the unit outside and far from doors, windows, vents and other openings that could allow CO to come indoors or be drawn into potentially occupied spaces. Direct the engine exhaust away from potentially occupied spaces.
Should you experience an outage or generator emergency Lucci Electric is on call 24/7 to help.
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Do you worry about getting the right level of heating and cooling when you are away?
Whether you are traveling for the holidays, a long weekend or the winter or summer months, a Nest thermostat just might be the answer to keeping a check on your heat and air conditioning while away or out of town.
Today’s improved technology allows you to keep track of your thermostat from your Smartphone or Tablet, insuring that it’s operating in the most cost efficient and effective way.
In the past, the best way to save energy at home was with a programmable thermostat. Now with improved technology, the NEST thermostat provides a more advanced solution to your heating and cooling needs. Said simply, the new NEST thermostat can save you money and simplify your life by optimizing your heat and air-conditioning. It adjusts to the right temperature that you have been doing manually regardless of where you are. How does it do that?
The NEST is a learning thermostat. Once installed and used for a few days it will acquire the temperatures at the times you prefer and start to activate those heating and cooling requests. Connected to your home or office WIFI it’s that simple. Control NEST with “Nest Mobile app” on your smart phone offers all of the control you need to check in.
Lucci Electric is a NEST PRO provider and installer and that brings several benefits to you that you can’t get from “the big box stores” and doing it on your own. For starters, we offer an exclusive 5-year warranty versus the standard 2 year warranty and we can make it seamless for you from installation as well as train you how to use it. And if a problem does exist, when you are away, we are here to help.
NEST can bring you more energy efficiency, and peace of mind. It also “connects” with other NEST product such as cameras, smoke detectors and CO2 detectors.
In some states (including Connecticut), there are rebates available if you purchase a Smart thermostat (including Nest) and provide proof of purchase.
Check out this NEST Video to better understand how it works and we are here to help make it happen for you.