The service we're highlighting on today's blog is our landscape lighting service. Outdoor landscape lighting, or "uplighting" is a fantastic way to illuminate your home both for aesthetic, and for safety reasons. Path lighting can be added to help guide you home. Uplights can be added to greenery such as crepe myrtles and palms to bring brightness to your home's façade.

It's important to hire a licensed electrician to install and maintain your landscape lighting, because a licensed electrician understands lighting loads, transformer sizing, troubleshooting, and voltage drop calculations, which are all important parts of your outdoor lighting install and upkeep.

Contact us today for a landscape lighting quote, and check out some of our landscape lighting jobs below!

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The dangers of electricity are sometimes easy to forget. We are accustomed to it silently flowing through our homes. It is conveniently located at the flip of a light switch, the plug of your phone charger, or at the turn of your oven knob. But the safety of our homes, or even our lives, rests in the hands of the electricians we put our trust in.

A recent study by the NFPA shows that electrical fires and hazards are the second leading cause of house fires. Electrical lighting, power, and distribution equipment made up for 50% of the causes of these fires. The chances of these issues can be drastically reduced by hiring a licensed electrician that you trust. Why is this more important during this time of year? Residential building electrical fires occur most often in the winter months (12%) due to increased use of heating appliances and lights.

So, what should your electrician be looking for to help keep you safe?

1. Inspect the integrity of your home's electrical wiring. The insulation should be of good condition, and should be addressed if faults are found.

2. Inspect the integrity of the light fixtures. They should check the bulbs of each fixture for the correct wattages. One of the main causes of fires is heat from an appliance or light fixture that can’t handle the load put on it.

3. Check the connection inside your home's electrical panel, outlets, switch boxes, etc. Loose connections cause a gap in contact. These contacts try to make connection and will arc, causing excessive heat build up. We at Gloudeman Electric offer a special load test that checks the integrity of your electric wiring by putting a heavy load that is rated for the gauge of your wire. The voltage drop read at the device will tell us if it passes the 5% rule, or if connections need to be addressed.

These are just some of the many ways to help prevent electrical fires and dangers in your home.

Stay safe!

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Did we get your attention? Today we're talking about your electrical panel!

For reference, your panel probably looks something like this:

Your electrical panel is the heart of your electrical system. Electrical panels go by many names: breaker panels, load centers, service panels or breaker boxes. It’s the steel box that holds your home’s circuit breakers. When needed, the circuit breakers turn off or “trip” the circuits that carry power throughout your home.

Your panel is the origin of a circuit, coming from a circuit breaker, and is what feeds the rest of your house's appliances, outlets, etc.

Besides flipping a breaker on and off, we always recommend having a professional do anything further. Although a breaker panel may appear simple, it's a relatively complex piece of equipment that caries heavy risk when not handled professionally. A breaker panel carries heavy electrical current, and if you touch the panel somewhere that's energized, there are a number of things that can happen: An arc flash can blind you, if you aren't insulated you can die of electrical shock through your heart (called ventricular fibrillation), or if a leg of a 240 volt circuit is loose and your panel is live, the loose wire could touch and electrocute you.

Even if you have turned the main breaker off, there are parts of your electrical panel that are still energized all of the time, and if touched can cause an above hazard to occur.

We don't say this to scare you, just to impart how important it is to have a licensed electrician work on your panel.

Now onto the good stuff!

What are the things that a licensed electrician can do for your panel to improve your home?

  1. Install surge protection. Read more HERE.

  2. Check your electrical impedance (Which is the "path to ground", or how strong the path is that will safely dissipate unwanted electrical current) using a ground impedance tester.

  3. Check the temperature of your main lugs and connections. This helps tell us if there are bad connections that could cause potential hazards or energy inefficiency.

  4. Visual panel inspection & tune up. This includes an inspection of all breakers and lugs, and a tune up which will include tightening connections.

  5. Bus bar inspection to make sure it's still in a safe operating condition to prevent any future hazards from occurring.

If you're interested in any of the above services or have questions about your panel that you'd like answered, feel free to reach out by email (, text, or call (909-801-4009).

Thank you for your time and stay safe!

- The Gloudeman Electric Team

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