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How to Avoid Electrical Problems with Your Lighting

When it comes to installing and maintaining lighting, the number one thing you want to avoid is electrical problems.  Lighting relies on a steady, safe supply of electricity to power the lights for any home or business.  But, the key is that it must be a steady and safe supply which often means cutting corners is a big NO NO.  Electrical problems with your lighting are not only frustrating, they are downright dangerous and could lead to injury and even death so it is important to avoid them at all costs.

One of the best ways to avoid electrical problems with your lighting is to hire a trusted and experienced professional lighting installer. There are some things that home or business owners think they can do themselves, or DIY.  While that may be true of some things like painting a wall or hanging a picture, other things are best left to the professionals.  By hiring a professional you will avoid common mistakes that are often the source of electrical problems such as bad or incorrect wire size choice, bad connections due to incorrect installation, and even incorrect wire length.  The Balance explains why choosing the proper size and length wire when installing electrical is so important for lighting, “One of the most common problems and one of the most dangerous ones as well. Using improper wiring can cause wires to overheat. This can also occur when the number of outlets and light receptacles combined into one single circuit is much more than what the circuit is designed for. Make sure you are not adding more amps to that circuit and if needed, add a new circuit to the panel board. Watch out as the problem is not always the wiring. It can be the breaker itself so make sure to analyze amp requirements….Code regulation is specific about how much wiring can be stripped. At least six inches are recommended to facilitate handling of the outlet box. Stripping too much wire can lead to sparks as hot conductors can make contact with each another, causing sparks and potential fires. Also. when the wire run is too long, there might be some voltage drops associated with it, causing the wire to underperform and carry less current than it is designed for…Do not replace light fixtures in older homes without a grounding conductor. Replacement of light fixtures requires grounding if a metal fixture is installed, or install GFCI protection on the circuit. Non-metallic fixtures may be replaced without grounding.”

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