Electrical - Lighting

Functional and aesthetic lighting has been installed on the interior and exterior of your home.


Care and Maintenance Tips Energy Savings

  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in all fixtures. These bulbs use less energy than regular bulbs. Note: Do not use CFL's on fixtures controlled by a dimmer switch.
  • Use a motion sensor for outside lighting (check with your HOA to ensure there is no requirements for outside lighting). Motion sensors will automatically shut off the lights after 1-15 minutes, so you're not paying to run them all night.
  • Use low wattage bulbs for the lights that are always on. For example, using a 60 watt bulb instead of a 75 watt bulb will use less energy.
  • Installing and periodically testing photo sensors on exterior lights, such as lamp posts, will help ensure that they are not left on during the day.

Safety

  • Always check the maximum wattage of light bulbs for fixtures. Installing a bulb with higher wattage bulbs can be a fire hazard.
  • If you are digging to install plants, fences, or other permanent structures be sure to take note where electrical wires are run. Ideally, call your utility company to mark the utilities.



Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why are the lights not working?
A: First check that the light bulb is not burned out and the circuit breaker has not tripped. If the bulb is not burned out and the circuit is on, there is a problem with the fixture and you will need to contact an electrician.


Q: Why do the lights dim when the air conditioning unit turns on?
A: It is not uncommon for lights to temporarily dim when an A/C unit initially comes on due to the large amount of energy required to start the compressor. Periodic maintenance of your air conditioning unit, as prescribed by the manufacturer, will help verify that the unit is running efficiently and not creating an electrical hazard.


Q: Why does one half of an outlet not work?
A: Check that there is not a switch in the room that operates the 2nd half of the outlet. These switched outlets are usually located in bedrooms, family rooms, and sunrooms. If turning on the switch does not solve the issue, call your electrician.


Q: Why is a light switch not working?
A: There are potentially many reasons, but a few things to check are that the bulb in the fixture is not out and that there is not another switch also controlling the unit (such as a 2-way switch in large rooms). If you have a ceiling fan, be aware that there are 2 switches for the fan. One will operate the blades and one the lights. If you do not have a light kit, the 2nd switch does not do anything.


Q: Why is my lamp post not working?
A: Cover the photocell with a dark material to simulate nighttime. If you hear a click, there is power going to the unit, and it more than likely is a faulty bulb that needs replaced. If changing the bulb does not solve the issue, call an electrician.


Q: Why is the doorbell not working?
A: Check to make sure that all circuit breakers are on. If this does not solve the problem, call your electrician.


* If you are in a Condo residence please refer to your Condo Association Documents to verify your responsibilities, if any, for the maintenance of these areas.