Lighting Upgrade In Johnston

Lighting Upgrade In Johnston

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Lighting upgrade performed by Integra Electrical

We recently completed a lighting upgrade in Johnston, IA for one of your neighbors. The included adding upgraded outdoor GFCI outlets, recessed lighting and a smart doorbell, and additional lighting upgrades with new fixtures inside.

When you feel like your interior design is begginning to feel outdated, upgrading your lighting is one of the easiest ways to make a space feel modern again. Old brass fixtures have begun to look old or can actually show their age with discoloration. Large, clunky lighting fixture can be replaced by recessed can lighting that seamlessly fits into the ceiling. By getting a lighting upgrade with Integra Electrical, this family made their indoor space feel new again!

Before the Lighting Upgrade

Old brass lighting fixture

Large drop-style lighting fixture

The fixtures in this home were ready to be brought into a more modern style. The homeowner provided the fixtures they wanted and our team got to work making sure everything was safely installed. It may be tempting to do a DIY project witth home upgrades, but with electrical wiring it’s always best to leave it to licensed professionals.

After the Lighting Upgrade

After the upgrades to their home lighting, the space looked fresh and new again! Our team replaced multiple fixtures throughout the home with new ones provided by the homeowner. Whatever your home design goals, Integra Electrical is here to help you make them a reality.

 

New lighting upgrade

When it comes to removing multiple lighting fixtures, it’s best to call on professionals who can ensure it’s done safely. This job required removing large lighting fixtures and adding new connections. Plus, we also added some GFCI safe outlets outside the home as well! GFCI outlets are important because they protect the outlet from water damage and grounds the outlet to prevent electrical shocks.

If you plan to have outdoor electrical appliances, make sure you have GFCI outlets that can safely be used in any weather.

Call Integra for all your lighting upgrade needs!

When you need to install new lighting fixtures, call on your local electricians at Integra Electrical. A DIY project might sound fun at first, but when dealing with electrical wires it’s best to leave it to a professional who can ensure your family’s safety. New lighting is a great way to improve and update your home to feel more contemporary. Recessed lighting and modern fixtures are just one of the many services are electricians are happy to provide for our customers!

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Five Signs That You Need Outlet Replacement

Five Signs That You Need Outlet Replacement

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Get outlet replacement in your home today

A safe home is every homeowners goal. Ideally, your home is a place where you don’t worry about danger.  However, as a responsible homeowner it is imperative that you do what you can to prevent uncessesary issues. If not harnessed correctly, electricity can be a foe instead of the illuminating friend we rely on. Outlets are the main way most of us use electricity to power various devices. If your outlets aren’t up to code or in good shape, it may be time to schedule outlet replacement with a reliable local electricians. 

1. Home is equipped with two-prong outlets

A quick scan of your outlets will answer this question. The National Electrical Code or NEC, made grounded three-prong outlets a requirement in 1965.  NEC though not the federal law is a part of the National Fire Codes series under the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA. The aim of NEC is to ensure a standard of safe electrical practices. Grounding an outlet refers to having a direct circuit path back to the actual earth or ground for extra current. This is what makes the third prong necessary. Two pronged outlets are known as being polarized. If there is a short in the wire, or excessive current due to a faulty appliance or for any reason, the chances of an electrical fire are greater in a two pronged circuit system since the excess or misdirected current has no way to travel to a neutralizing port – the ground.

It is critical to check for two pronged outlets quickly and if any are found schedule an electrician to have the outlets updated.   

2. Outlets have significant wear and tear

 This is a point that many people overlook or put at the bottom of their to-do list. Signs of significant wear and tear include worn outlets. If inserted cords do not fit snugly in the receptacle. If the cords slip out easily or are hanging out of the outlet, there is a chance that excess or even the proper voltage current may not have the proper channel in which to flow due to ill-fitted prongs.

Other signs of wear and tear include broken plate covers that expose the electrical outlet mechanism. Paint or other decorative substances inside the outlet pose another risk. To ensure safety, outlets that are exhausted from years of use need to be replaced as soon as possible.  

3. Electrical outlets are not tamper resistant

If you look around your home and find that the outlets are not tamper resistant then it is a good chance you need to replace them.  For over twenty years the NEC mandates require tamper resistant electrical outlets for the pediatric floors of hospital settings. Since 2008 NEC has required tamper resistant outlets on newly constructed residential dwellings.  The tamper resistant outlets are manufactured with a shutter that only allows a two pronged plug into the receptacle to properly create a circuit. If a child attempts to put a foreign object into one of the receptacles the shutter will not open allowing for proper contact to connect the flow of electricity. Since many people do not live in a new construction it is important to check them.   

4. Home is equipped with builder’s grade outlets

Builder’s grade or homeowner’s grade outlets are the least expensive outlets that can be purchased. It is a very good chance that if your home has been built by a contractor and you did not specifically request a higher grade outlet you have builder’s grade outlets installed in your home. If you are a renter again you should speak with your landlord regarding the outlets in use in your rented dwelling. Builder’s grade outlets are of an overall poorer quality and are designed to last for 5 to 10 years at most.

Not significantly more expensive are the better choice for residences which is commercial grade outlets. These outlets are built to last for one hundred years. Replace builder’s grade outlets with commercial grade. The third general type of outlet on the market is the hospital grade outlet. These outlets are very expensive and not typically recommended for residential use.

5. Outlets have ungrounded receptacles 

Ungrounded receptacles are receptacles which are two pronged and have no way to channel electrical current to a ground or earth source. Replacing two pronged outlets with three pronged outlets will remedy the problem and provide safe outlets for your home.  In addition to replacing the two-pronged receptacles it is necessary to have an electrician check your panel’s grounding source.

 

Call Integra Electrical Today!

If you need outlet replacement services, call Integra Electrical today! We put the safety of our customers first and always perform each job to the highest codes and standards. You can depend on our professional team of electricians to be there for you when you need us!

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100 AMP Upgrade In Indianola

100 AMP Upgrade In Indianola

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100 amp upgrade in indianola

Do you have a new home addition, garage, or out-building on your property? Do you want it to have access to reliable power like the rest of your home? Then you’re going to need to update your electrical service to connect the new building. Recently our team was contacted by a homeowner about a new garage where they wanted to extend electrical service. After discussing options with our team, they decided to go with a 100 AMP upgrade in Indianola. Check out the photos below to see the great work done by the Integra Electrical team!

100 AMP Upgrade in Indianola

100 amp upgrade in Indianola

We started by giving the garage its own circuits and outlets. For an upgrade like this, we want to ensure the space is functional and able to provide for every need the homeowners may have over the years. GFCI outlets and a panel with clearly labeled breakers are key to a functional, safe system. We also added an air compressor connection in the panel.

GFCI outlets installed during the 100 amp upgrade in Indianola

Features of the 100 AMP Upgrade in Indianola

We added some ceiling lighting in the barn-style ceiling of the garage. These lights are perfect for a space like this because they’re out of the way and allow for full use of the garage space. No chance of hitting one on a wall while moving cars or belongings around!

New Meter and A Motion Detector Outside

 

In order to provide another level of safety, we also installed a motion sensor outside the building. This allows the homeowners to safely access the garage at night without fear of tripping in the dark. Motion sensors are also a great way to deter burglars from the property. It’s so small, it’s almost invisible!

These customers also chose to use our financing option. Financing allows for big projects like this to be affordable with small monthly payments and no money down. At Integra Electrical, we know investing in your home can become expensive, so we are proud to offer financing options for large projects like this!

Why Choose Integra Electrical As Your Electrician?

We go above and beyond to provide the best service to our customers. At Integra Electrical, our customer’s safety and comfort are our main goals. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year to provide your home reliable electrical service. Whether you need an electrical service upgrade, a ceiling fan installed, or a total rewire of your home- no job is too big or too small for the team at Integra Electrical.

If you need an electrical upgrade in Indianola, contact Integra Electrical today! 

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