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    3 Reasons to Convert Your Business' Old Neon Sign to LED

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Light-emitting diode (LED) lights have become popular for use in illuminated business signs, as an alternative to neon signs. Despite many business owners’ reluctance to make the switch, the benefits of using LED light over neon are numerous. Read on to learn about three of these benefits:

    Modern Look

    Neon signs were once considered a must-have for any business in America. Times have changed, however, and the current generation generally associates neon signs with diners, greasy spoons, and generally outdated businesses of eras gone by. It’s nice if your business has a legacy that dates back to the 1950s, when neon signs were popular, but its important to move with the times. LED lights are soft and contribute a warm, contemporary look that is sure to catch any customer’s eye.

    Great Efficiency

    Neon signs date back to the ‘50s, when little was known about conserving electricity. LED lights were created as a safer, more economical alternative to traditional incandescent light. They can save you up to 70% in energy costs over the incandescent lighting that powers neon signs. To put this in perspective, neon requires well over 15,000 volts to power itself up, while LED requires just 24.

    Safe Operation

    Neon light tubes are made up of real glass, which can heat up to a scorching 240 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, glass shatters very easily, meaning that it could become a liability if it collapses and flying glass hurts any bystanders. LED signs, given that they utilize just .1% of the volts of glass neon signs, glow at a much lower temperature. They are also much more durable and resistant to breakage.

    No electrical contractor in Denver knows LED lighting like McBride Lighting and Electrical Services. Our experts have been extensively trained on how to install, repair, and maintain all types of LED-light signs, as well as a variety of other types of lighting. For more information about our services, call us today at (720) 250-9777.

    Basic Principles of Security Lighting

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Security lighting is a great investment to supplement or replace a security camera system. Besides being relatively affordable, lighting adds a layer of security to any home or business that is quite effective at detecting and deterring criminals. To find out more about the principles of a security lighting system, continue reading:

    Detecting Intruders

    One of the most significant principles of outdoor security lighting is to detect intruders. This most often takes the form of motion-activated lights. These lights are equipped with lasers or infrared sensors. If the movement is detected, a signal is triggered and the connected lights turn on immediately. Other types of detection lighting include window sensors, which activate the interior lights of a home or business if a window is broken.

     

    Deterring Crime

    Few burglars will even attempt to rob a house that is brightly illuminated, for fear of a neighbor noticing and calling the police or being able to identify them later. This is why deterrent security lighting is a very popular type of security lighting. It can manifest itself in a number of applications including automatic timers for holiday lights, floodlights that illuminate doors at night, and decorative-looking lights that highlight dark or shadowy areas where a criminal might hide. When lit, all of these make it appear to potential burglars that somebody is inside or monitoring the building.

    Increasing Peace of Mind

    There’s a reason why colleges and parks have invested tens of millions of dollars on extensive, state-of-the-art security lighting for their grounds. These open public spaces can be intimidating places to walk alone at night. Having thorough lighting reduces shadows and darkness, thus helping pedestrians keep a better eye on their surroundings. The less darkness, the fewer places there are for criminals to hide, and the safer everyone feels.

    If you are interested in boosting the security of your home or business through LED lighting, look no further than McBride Lighting and Electrical Services. Our professionals have been servicing the lighting needs of citizens of Denver and beyond for over 50 years. Call us at (720) 250-9777 or visit our website to get your coupon for 10% off service.

    Identifying 220V Outlets

    Last updated 1 year ago

    When it comes to home electricity, it is important to remember that not all outlets are the same. A high-voltage appliance might require a 220V outlet, and it’s important to be able to identify them correctly.

    In this video, an electrical contractor explains how to identify a 220V outlet. It is actually a relatively simple process, requiring only testing the plug and memorizing the shape. Watch the video to learn more.

    If you ever encounter any problems with the electricity in your Denver home, be sure to contact McBride Lighting and Electrical Services at (720) 250-9777 for assistance. You can also visit our website to learn more about what we offer.

    Learn More About Residential Wiring And Electrical Fire Prevention!

    Last updated 1 year ago

    You can learn about when it’s time to upgrade your home’s wiring and how to prevent electrical fires from causing damage to your home by checking out the links below. McBride Lighting & Electrical Services of Denver invites you to explore our website for more safety information, or call us at (720) 250-9777.

    Find out why it’s important to hire a professional electrician to examine your home’s electrical system by visiting this page from AsktheBuilder.com.

    These easy-to-follow tips from Wisconsin.gov can help you understand how to keep an eye out for potential electrical problems in your home.

    Get some sobering statistics and learn how you can prevent electrical fires on FEMA.gov.

    Visit ThisOldHouse.com to understand the dangers of old wiring and problems that can indicate it’s time to have your electrical system upgraded.

    This article from HouseLogic.com offers some practical information that can help you become aware of potential electrical fire hazards in your home.

    A Basic Guide to Preventing Residential Electrical Fires

    Last updated 1 year ago

    There are at least 1,000 injuries every year due to electrical fires, and one of the most important facts to know about these accidents is that nearly all electrical fires can be prevented. The winter months are especially hazardous for homeowners who have unseen dangers in their electrical systems, or for those who don’t take the right measures to ensure they use heating, lighting, and other electrical appliances safely.

    How Electrical Fires Start
    According to FEMA, almost all electrical distribution fires, such as those that start behind walls or electrical panels, can be blamed on faulty electrical components and old wiring. The main cause of other accidental fires is the misuse of extension cords, power strips, and circuits by plugging in too many appliances into one outlet.

    When to Check Your Appliances
    It’s important to keep an eye on all your electrical appliances and accessories. For example, if you regularly use an extension cord, check it before each use. Look at each end for signs of fraying or separation from the plug heads, and always use the cord away from high-traffic areas. Check the cords of your appliances along their entire length. Discard or replace appliances with signs of damage.

    How to Employ Safe Practices
    The best way to prevent most electrical fires is to use common sense and educate yourself on your electrical system. For example, only connect one high-energy appliance to a single outlet, and be aware of which outlets are connected to which circuits in your electrical service panel. Major appliances should have dedicated circuits, and these circuits should be able to handle the amount of power the appliance draws.

    Your electrical system does require maintenance. McBride Lighting & Electrical Services can provide the necessary inspections and care to ensure that your system remains safe year after year, reducing your risk of electrical fires. Schedule an inspection by calling us at (720) 250-9777 today. Take 10% off your next service call when you visit our website.

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