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  • Tip For Changing a Light to a Ceiling Fan: Check Out Your Electrical Box First.

    We installed another ceiling fan for a client in Duluth, Georgia . This client had tried installing it themselves at first, but realized the electrical box was not sufficient for the new fan. That’s when they contacted me . I talked to them about why fans need a properly rated heavy duty electrical box, not the builder grade light fixture box that was currently there. So, we changed that out too. Why Are Ceiling Fan Rated Electrical Boxes the Right Choice? Ceiling fan electrical boxes that are  UL-listed  for mounting you fan, will say on the box: “For Use With Ceiling Fans.” It's not recommended that you use standard boxes for installing them. Having a UL-listed electrical box for your fan means it's built to work with the force that comes from a rotating fan. More Reasons to Use Ceiling Fan Rated Electrical Boxes: Can hold up to 70 pound fans. Come in different sizes and and shapes: including a 1/2-inch-deep "pancake" type and a standard 2-1/8 inch deep box. Are usually round but can be octagonal Cost more that standard electrical boxes Can be mounted directly (with four screws) to a ceiling joist or wood blocking, or they can attach to adjustable braces spanning between ceiling joists.

  • New Recessed Lighting Added in Alpharetta Basement

    Our customer contacted us for a quote to install recessed lighting in the basement of their home. This dark room had no overhead lighting. Before we gave our quote, we discussed with the client how the room would be used. For this size and shape (square) of room, we specifically recommended installing four 6" LED wafer lights (with 5 color options) in each corner of the room along with a dimmer switch. Our suggested options would allow the client to choose options from warm to cool colored lighting - this works well to fine tune the lighting as it reflects off the color of the walls. The dimmer switch provides the added option of more or less light for work, projects, or social occasions. The customer contacted us  after receiving estimates from several other companies in the area ( our service areas ), and chose our company's lighting plan which saved roughly 20% over the other companies' bids. We were able to complete the job with minimum drywall repair. Why Use Recessed Lighting in Your Basement? If ever there were a perfect match of lighting fixture and space, it's this one. Recessed lights work so well in basements. Fitting flush with the ceiling, it lends a clean, streamlined look to a room. It can increase the amount of light in a room, highlight artwork, or open up spaces so they look and feel bigger. This is also great way to light your space without worrying about endless lamps or mounted lights. In larger rooms or open floor plans, unless you want to place lamps in the middle of your room, larger spaces might be left with darkened centers. The more lamps you need, the fewer outlets you’ll have left open for other uses. With fewer lamps crowding your rooms, another benefit you’ll enjoy when you add recessed light fixtures is the feeling of having more space. Whether you plan to sell your home now or in the future, recessed lighting is a great way to add value to your home and attract potential buyers. Recessed, flush-mounted lighting can boost your home’s resale value. How is good lighting important to our health? Appropriate lighting can reduce eye fatigue and headaches, which makes completing tasks easier. In particular, good lighting ergonomics can prevent computer vision syndrome (CVS), which is a type of eye strain that occurs when you use a computer for a long period of time. CVS symptoms include: Blurred and double vision. Other benefits of good lighting Ambient lighting helps evenly light a space. Good lighting can: Set the mood. It can brighten up a whole room. When paired with color, it can open up a space . A light-colored space will feel much larger. When a light illuminates a wall, the room is going to look much bigger and more open. Add a sense of comfort Help guests have a more enjoyable experience

  • Change Out a Flush Mounted Light Fixture to a New Ceiling Fan with Lights

    This Roswell client wanted better lighting, including a ceiling fan, than their builder grade flush mounted lights. After searching for help on google, they found our company and contacted us . This home is a brand-new home build and came with your standard builder grade flush-mount dome light fixtures. Things to Check When Changing from A Flush Mounted Light Fixture to a Fan The wall switch plate may need to be rewired.  Ninety percent of modern fans, like a Fandelier , come with remotes, so the wall switch plate needs rewiring to better work with the remote. The electrical box may need to be switched out for a heavier duty one.  All new homes are required to have heavy duty electrical boxes in all bedrooms. Older homes, however, often do not. Hire someone who is able to understand the difference between the two types of electrical boxes. You don't want a fan falling out of the ceiling a year after the installation because it is hooked to the wrong type of electrical box. What Kind of Ceiling Fan  Can You Choose? Standard  - these most commonly feature four or five blades and can come with or without a light kit included in the center. They typically extend from a down rod – a metal pipe that connects the fan’s mounting brackets to the motor housing – which allows them to be mounted on both flat and sloped ceilings. Low-Profile  - these are commonly referred to as hugger fans or flush-mount ceiling fans and provide the air circulation you need but are built to accommodate lower ceiling heights (eight feet tall or less). ENERGY STAR® Rated  - Save money on your electric bill by choosing ENERGY STAR ceiling fans. To be given an Energy Star rating, the fan must use 20-30% less energy than what federal standards require. ENERGY STAR fans come in both standard and low-profile varieties. Many energy-efficient ceiling fans also incorporate LED light features. Dual  - Get twice the comfort in a bold, even industrial look with a dual-motor ceiling fan. These fans have a central motor housing attached to two horizontal rods. Each rod supports an adjustable fan head, complete with a motor. Look for a dual-motor ceiling fan with light kits to make the space both bright and breezy. Smart  - These come packed with smart features you’ll love. Smart ceiling fans are available with and without light kits and allow for remote control from your smartphone or tablet. Outdoor  - Your patio, backyard deck, or lanai is a valuable living area in your home, and exposure to the elements brings its own set of challenges. Outdoor ceiling fans are crafted of strong and durable materials designed to hold up to moisture, making them perfect for use in a room that doesn’t get direct rain but may experience a lot of humidity and moisture, such as a sunroom, lanai, or outdoor living area. Damp rated  - These are suitable for areas that aren’t coming in contact with direct water but may be exposed to humidity and indirect moisture. They are perfect for a covered patio, screened porch, or covered outdoor kitchen. Wet-rated  - These are built for direct exposure to rain, snow, and even humid and salty ocean breezes. They can be installed in outdoor rooms with direct exposure to the elements. Why Did This Client Choose Knightly Services? This client was looking to upgrade their lighting, found me through Google and asked for a quote. Within 3 days, I was able to inspect the project, at their home, figure out what would be needed and give them a quote. Because of the lateness in the day, I scheduled the work for three days later. From start to finish, it was less than a week. Changing out a builder grade flush mounted light for a ceiling fan, often means replacing the original electrical box with a heavier duty, ceiling fan rated box. Because I am a licensed electrician, I know how to assess what needs changing both for local code and safety reasons. Also, by default I rewire the wall switch plate that is hooked to the ceiling fan so that the remote can better work with the ceiling fan.

  • Concerned About Your Front of Home Lighting and Security?

    Should you be concerned about your home's lighting and security around the entrance to your home? This Roswell client contacted us  because some of her outdoor lights were not working properly. After a conversation about it, I discovered her worries about the lights not working proper had more to do with her own sense of security. Her husband had recently passed away, and talking some more, we decided that a two-fold strategy: 1) install a new front door Ring Camera Doorbell  and 2) install a front of driveway Ring Camera Flood Light  would work for her situation. I purchased the products for both and then installed them on the same day. Why do we need security lights? Here are the top reasons why  you need to have security lights around your home: Illuminating driveways, backyards, pathways, steps, porches and around the rest of your home will help to eliminate the possibilities of injuries for you and your loved ones One of the greatest benefits in installing outdoor lighting is to improve home security. By adding bright lights around the exterior of your house, you can guarantee shadows and dark corners are brought to light in the late hours of the night. This makes it easier for you, neighbors and security cameras to notice unwanted night time visitors. When you install exterior security lighting, it's an investment towards your home's overall value. It will add to the overall appraisal value when you are looking to sell your home. It can reduce your cost in home insurance. Many insurance companies offer discounts or deductions on premiums for homeowners who have installed security lighting outside their home. This Roswell client kindly left us a 5-star Google Recommendation: “Very pleased with the installation Knightly Electrical (Ryan Smith) did for me. He offered some excellent advice on issues that need attention. I will definitely use for future needs.”

  • 8 Outdoor Fixtures Replaced Plus New Ring Doorbell

    This Roswell  client found us  through reviews from other clients on Nextdoor . She needed 8 new outdoor fixtures installed around the outside of her home as well as adding a new Ring Doorbell  system for security. What Was It Like to Work with Knightly Electrical Services? We thought you might like to hear it from the client's perspective: "Their office was easy to work with and the appointments for the quote and getting the work done were kept and times were exact with a 30 min notice before arrival. "Ryan was knowledgeable, professional and kind and his work and cleanup were A+. Install was perfect and he set-up the ring doorbell on my phone as well - what a nice extra step! Pricing was good and I look forward to using them again in the future." - Lori F., Roswell, GA Need to update your outdoor fixtures or doorbell for security? Contact us .

  • Front Porch Lighting That Gives You the Best Coverage

    While replacing all of the siding on the front of their house, this Marietta client began thinking about the best layout for new front porch lighting. The front door area originally had no lights at all. On first thought, the client thought about installing one single large Led light on the front porch. After contacting  us for a quote to install the front porch lighting, and after we looked over the area, we talked about how two smaller lights would better distribute the light over the porch instead of having a single "spot light" effect from one light. We installed two Halo 4-inch color changing LED Wafer Lights. What are Some Advantages Of Installing Outdoor Lighting at Your Home? Outdoor lighting  adds curb appeal. Installing outdoor lighting improves the look around your home: Aesthetic Beauty: Lighting makes your home look more inviting and warm, so that it's more attractive to potential buyers if you ever thinking about selling. Security: In our post, Concerned About Your Front of Home Lighting and Security?  we talked about how outdoor lighting makes your home safer. Versatility And Creativity: Great lighting creates a specific mood in your home. It highlights features of your home, and can create interesting effects that are not visible during the daytime. Increased Functionality: helps you see better in your backyard, around your home, and when walking to and from your car. What to Think About When Purchasing Outdoor Lighting Are you getting best quality for your money? Is it a dependable brand name? Is it approved? Does it have a warranty? Are you looking for both style and durability? Want to read another story where we added exterior lighting ?

  • Need New Lighting for Your HOA's Entrance Sign? We'll Help You with the Power

    This Alpharetta neighborhood's Home Owners Association contacted us because they needed to add power to the front of their community for new lighting for their neighborhood sign. They also asked us to provide an outlet where they could plug in their sprinkler system. We installed a new meter main combo along with a new grounding system. These are required for adding electrical power at a new location on the property. We also handled all the permitting fees and communication between the city inspector and the power company to bring the new power on. The only thing HOA had to do was call the power company to set up a number for the address for the front of the neighborhood since it wasn't for a physical house location. Normally, we use Square D electrical panels for our installations. However after inspecting the area where it needed to be installed, we chose an Eaton electrical panel because of it's shorter profile that fit perfectly on the short brick wall. Why is New Lighting for Your Front of Neighborhood Sign Important? Having a beautifully designed, well-lit entrance to your HOA makes it a more attractive option to potential buyers. Also, when you have amazing HOA entrance lighting, your community feels warm and welcoming. Benefits of Having New Lighting for Your Neighborhood Entrance: Great way to continually market your property, even after the sun goes down Provides a welcoming environment for current residents and their guests Delivers serious wow factor to boost the property value of your community Need a New Electrical Panel? Contact us.

  • Need to Upgrade Your Old Doorbell to a New Video System?

    This Alpharetta client contacted us because their six-month-old Ring Doorbell was not working. They had an old Nutone intercom system throughout their house. This is very common to find in late 80's early 90's homes in the Alpharetta area. None of them are ever working anymore however. Why Did the New Video System Stop Working? Through initial diagnostics, I found that the transformer was very old and may have been the main culprit that made the new Ring doorbell stop working. Some of the wiring was not quite up to the professional expectations I would have as a licensed electrician. Sometime back, the client had hired a handyman to rewire their old Nutone Intercom system to allow them to install a new Ring doorbell. We removed the old Nutone system completely because of the bad wiring and the faulty transformer. Then we rewired the doorbell system in a way that you would expect to see and have in any modern home. Once we finished, we also installed a new lightbulb that had gone out in the high stairwell. It had been out for months because they didn’t have the proper ladder to reach and replace it. So we did it for them. What to do with an old intercom system If you live in an older home with an outdated or broken intercom system you can remove or upgrade it. Intercom systems come in several types: Hardwired Plug In Battery Operated It's easier to remove a plug in or battery operated intercom. Contact a licensed electrician to help you remove one that has been hardwired into your home. You may also need some drywall repair when it has been removed. Need to remove or upgrade to your old intercom doorbell system? Contact us.

  • Has Your Whole Home Surge Protector Been Recalled?

    On an installation at an Alpharetta client's home for recessed lighting, I did my routine maintenance check on their entire electrical system and found a Sycom surge protector installed in their two electrical panels. Sycom surge protectors had a recall about 5 years ago because they were melting and catching home owner’s electrical panels on fire. Normally, I have recommended to people to call the company and have them send a new surge protector to replace the recalled one. However, with all those recalls, this company went out of business. This customer hired me to install new Square D Surge protectors in their two electrical panels. I like using the Square D surge protectors because of their reliability and 5-year warranty that includes $75,000 equipment protection. Why Do You Need a Whole Home Surge Protector? In 2020 the National Electrical Code Council found the need for whole home surge protectors to be a necessity, where before it was optional. With the addition of computer chips in almost everything in your home from vacuum cleaners to refrigerators, the need for whole home surge protection is a necessity. What is a power surge? A surge protector keeps power surges  that cause sudden and unwanted increases in voltage from damaging, degrading, or destroying your electronic equipment. Surges can happen when large appliances such as air conditioners turn on and off. Surges can also originate from electric utilities or lightning. Levels of Surge Protection: Good: Point-of-Use Surge Protection: Easy to use – just plug in Only protects electronics plugged into the device You'll need to replace them over time or after a major surge event Best: Whole Home Surge Protection Must be installed by a qualified electrician Provides protection for your entire electrical system at home including large appliances, outlets, and light switches Protects against larger surges and provide longer lasting surge protection than point-of-use devices No surge protection can handle a direct lightning strike. Disconnect sensitive electronics if you suspect a surge is coming. Need to add or change your whole home surge protection? Contact us

  • Cost-Effective Way to Add Electrical Outlets in a Shop

    When this Dunwoody client contacted us, she needed more electrical outlets in her shop where she could plug in her wood working equipment. She had a tight budget, and didn’t know if she could afford all of the outlets she wanted immediately. She asked if I could give her an estimate. I looked over the situation. Then, I suggested that instead of installing 6 or electrical outlets around the outside walls of her shop (which she was originally thinking she would need), we could more cost effectively install two pull down power cord reels. We could mount the two reels to the rafters of the open ceiling in her shop. With the two pull down power cord reels installed, she can operate her wood working equipment by plugging in two pieces of equipment she’s using at the same time. I also suggested an upgrade to her electrical panel. She needed the upgrade to handle her future electrical needs. As a result, we installed a dedicated sub panel to her wood working shop electrical panel.

  • Convert Tesla Charger To Plug and Play For Easy Move To New Home

    This Alpharetta family bought a new home, and needed their Tesla charger moved from their current home to their new one. So they asked me for a quote to install it. Tesla chargers are unique as they have a dial that can chose the amount of amperage they pull. So, you really need someone with electrical experience. That person would be able to calculate the proper load to the setting you’re applying. For the install, I chose a Hubbell 14-50 Receptacle. I use them because they are the only 240v receptacle that can really hold up to car chargers long term. I needed to run a new wire from the electrical panel to the car charger. Then I re-wired the charger to a plug and play set up. This allows this family, if they need to move again, to be able to unplug the car charger from their current home, then take it with them to their new one, and plug it in. All they would need is would be a 240v plug in the garage. This will keep them from having to call an electrician again. Key Points to Keep in Mind When You Install a Tesla Charging Station Choose the right charging equipment, such as the Tesla Wall Connector or a Level 2 charging station, based on your preferences and needs. Consider professional installation, especially if you're unfamiliar with electrical work or want to prioritize compliance and safety. Understand your home's electrical capacity and potential need for panel upgrades to support the charging station. Optimize charging efficiency by minimizing circuit length and voltage drop. Explore smart charging features to enhance convenience and reduce energy costs. Where Does the Charger Go in Your Garage? Install the charger on the same side of the vehicle's charge port and as close as possible. Place the charger within 15 to 20 feet of the vehicle's charge port. Charging cords can be as long as 25 feet, with 18 to 20 feet being the norm. The charger and the 240v outlet should be within about 3 to 4 feet of each other. The charger should be at least 18 inches off of the garage floor, preferably between 42 and 48 inches high.

  • Safety Tips Are Important When Repairing Smoke Detectors For Elderly Clients

    An elderly Alpharetta woman, contacted us because of a beeping Smoke detector in her home. When I got there, I noticed she was bed ridden and had a full time nurse to take care of her. I also noticed that she had one smoke detector for her smaller home. When replacing a smoke detector for an elderly client, we remember that code requires a smoke/carbon monoxide combo detector now in a home's main area. As we install it, we know that the unit has to be hardwired into the electrical system. We also know that the detector is not allowed to be turned on or off by a security company. Which Combo Detector Did We Install? Taking everything into consideration, we decided to replace the smoke detector she had with a brand new 10-year life battery Kiddie smoke detector/carbon monoxide detector.  Since she's bedridden, it means that she doesn’t have to worry about the smoke detector beeping and causing a nuisance for the next 10 years. Smoke detectors are a must-have for anyone but especially for older adults who want to safely age at home. They are truly one of the most important tools that can save lives in the event of an emergency. As people age, they are more likely to have medical conditions that make them especially vulnerable to smoke and fire hazards. Some of these medical conditions may include dementia, arthritis, or Parkinson’s disease. General vision and hearing issues can impact one’s safety as well. This is why it is important to have a working smoke detector(s) in the home. Why Use A Combo Smoke Detector? Because safety codes require it Combination detectors can save you on installation - one device takes less time to install Having fewer devices provides a more streamlined look to your home You only have to maintain or replace one unit

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