Nothing really compares to a brilliant light display when it comes to bringing out that holiday spirit. Most people decorate their homes with extravagant holiday lighting. While all of this is fine, everyone should still be making sure that everything is done safely. The holiday season is often the time when electrical outlets are overloaded. Along with household appliances, decorative lighting is plugged in for extended periods throughout the end of the year. Again, this is fine but there need to be some safety measures in place.
Avoid power issues this holiday season by following these tips:
Check the electrical load – Most electrical outlets are rated from 15 to 20 amps. This means you can’t use extension cords and run multiple electrical appliances on a single outlet at once. Bear in mind that there’s a limit to what you can plug into a single outlet. You will know how much electricity a single appliance consumes by looking at the label at the back. If you happen to reach 80% of the capacity of a single electrical outlet, you might want to plug those lights elsewhere.
Don’t plug alongside large appliances – if you plan on including your kitchen in your holiday makeover, be sure that you are sourcing the electricity from another room. Don’t use the same electrical outlets for your decorative lighting. According to an electrician Wilmington, adding more load to an existing outlet can cause problems. Although circuit breakers are there to prevent serious problems from happening, it is never a good idea to overload an electrical outlet.
Choose LED lighting – older incandescent lights use up a lot of electricity and generate more heat at the same time. A better option is to choose LED lights for your decorations. They are equally affordable, durable, and cost less. They also consume less electricity and does not emit the same amount of heat.
Install more electrical outlets – if you can’t seem to find vacant slots in our electrical outlets, the solution is to add more. However, don’t be too quick to think that you can just install electrical outlets yourself. You need to be knowledgeable about how electrical components work, the safety protocols needed, and the equipment to put it all together. If you need to get things done fast, hire an electrician. It’s the safest and fastest way to install electrical outlets in your home.
It is rather important to understand the limitations of the electrical outlets in your home. During the holiday season, it’s likely that you will plug in more appliances and decorative lighting which could overload some circuits. Although the circuit breaker is there to provide the first line of defense, it is always better to be safe than sorry. For any electrical repairs, upgrades, and installation, hire a professional electrician. A company like WHS Electricians LLC can provide all your desired results in the fastest time possible.
Maintain electrical safety during the holiday! For all electrical concerns, call WHS Electricians LLC. You may reach us at (910) 408-5448.
WHS Electricians LLC
Wilmington, NC 28409