Not all electrical contractors are created equal.

March 24th, 2017 No comments

Not all electrical contractors are created equal.


This is the prime time of the year to start new construction projects. And almost every one of those projects will require some electrical work.

There are a lot of individuals and companies that offer to do electrical work.  In choosing which one is best suited to install a new electrical service; wire your home or business; or perform service calls and repairs; you’ll want to ask the following questions.

Do they hold current state licenses?
Are they up-to-date on all code requirements?
A license is your guarantee that the contractor has completed the necessary courses and practical work to perform the job safely and correctly. You should insist on any job, large or small, that your contractor demonstrates adherence to code and license requirements. Failure to do so could mean additional costs down the road to re-do a non-compliant job.

What type of training have they received?
Choosing a company that uses degreed journeyman electricians, who have completed a 4 or 5 year certified apprenticeship program, helps guarantee that the electrician has both the field experience and education to provide top level services and deal with the unforeseen in a professional manor.

Are they bonded and insured?
A call to the City Engineers Office in the town or county where you live can reveal a lot.  Find out if the trade you are researching requires a state license, and if the specific contractor you are researching is bonded with the city or county they are working in.

Be sure your contractor carries their own workers’ comp insurance. Ask to see copies of current policies and make sure they have not expired. Make no mistake, if an electrician is injured on the job, it will come back on the homeowner’s insurance policy if the contractor doesn’t carry workers’ comp insurance.  Always ask that a COI (certificate of insurance) be sent directly to you from their agent!

Are they listed with the Better Business Bureau or well-reviewed on Angie’s List?
The Better Business Bureau has an ever growing data base of information on contractors – you can find out a lot from their website or a phone call.  Angie’s List is a great resource to find out about first-hand experiences other customers have had with a contractor.

Does their company do background checks?
Not all electrical contractors perform background checks. In this day and age it is important to know who you are hiring and letting into your place of business or home.

Is their estimate clear and in writing?
A proper estimate for work should be fully itemized; provide adequate details and a scope of work; outline the terms and obligations of all parties; and always be in writing.  It should be clear what is and what is not going to be done for the dollars you are about to spend.

Will they provide full disclosure?
If you feel uncertain about an initial estimate ask the contractor to provide a schedule of values.  This is a document used to break down and track all job costs, including percent mark up of material and profit.  A good contractor should be willing to share this information with you up front.

Ask for recommendations and references.
Talking with someone you trust, who has worked closely with an electrician, can give you valuable insight into what you can expect in service and workmanship. If you cannot get a recommendation then ask the electrician for references.  Contact the references to learn firsthand about their experience with the contractor.

juice2We’ll Be Happy to Answer Your Questions
Talk to us about your next project and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions. We’ll follow up with one of our licensed pros providing an estimate on any electrical work you wish done.

Contact us today at Artisan Electric or give us a call at 765-414-3913.

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Creating Your Perfect “TECH” Space

February 27th, 2017 No comments

Creating Your Perfect “TECH” Space

Remodeling dens, basements, living rooms, lady lairs, outdoor living spaces, she sheds, and man caves is very popular right now.

Having that space where you can enjoy the big game, stream movies, play video games, have the neighborhood kids over, and entertain family and friends has become a #1 priority for many.

Understanding how to integrate multiple layers of technology is important when creating that perfect TECH space.

Don’t Underestimate the Technology and Electrical needs as part of the “Big Picture”

When designing spaces that have multiple layers of technology there are some important considerations that impact your end result.  These include placement and type of audio and video; lighting and environmental controls; internet and provider connectivity; and integration devices (such as smart remotes) that make up your home media or entertainment center.

Lighting for your new space and how it will be controlled is another essential part of getting the right look and feel for a given project.  Both the lighting and component integration entail extensive understanding of technology, as well as the electrical considerations and lighting design.

An Amazing Space or a Bad College Apartment
Integrating audio and video equipment for optimum effect involves its proper placement within the room, both visually and for the best performance and effect.  The right lighting can really set a room apart and increase its functionality. Thinking through how the room will be used will determine the type, number and location of A/V components and lighting options.

When all the pieces come together in the right way, they make for amazing spaces.  When they come together in the wrong way, they lead to technology frustrations and often look like a bad college apartment.

Consult an electrician on the design and installation of new technology.

Talk to Your Technology Friendly, Local Journeyman Electricians at Artisan Electric – we are here to help!
So when you decide to remodel that prime space, it would be wise to have an experienced team involved both in the design phase of your project and for the install and completion.  Our team has the experience and boots on the ground expertise to assist in a wide range of tech based projects.

So what can we do?
o    Full line electrical contracting – residential, commercial, light industrial
o    Audio and Video distribution – for home, business, industry
o    Conference room and commercial business space tech solutions (War Rooms)
o    Video conferencing solutions
o    Smart office systems
o    Smart home systems
o    IT infrastructure
o    Network cabling
o    Generator Systems / Critical power
o    Surge protection solutions for home / business / industry
o    Wireless access solutions
o    Electronic integration design and consultation services
o    House of worship audio / video / lighting solutions and space planning
o    Events centers and theatrical space audio / video / lighting solutions and space planning
o    Custom integrated lighting design and installation
o    Conference room and office furniture solutions with design support
o    Tech consulting for business and industry (proper planning makes for predictable results)
o    Home theater / listening rooms
o    Retrofits  / remodels of all kinds
o    Audio testing / acoustic sound treatment solutions
o    Hearing loops
o    Crestron control systems
o    Wireless solutions for audio and vide
o    Custom interface systems and programming
o    Consulting for other outside resources teams, architects, and plan review services
o    If you can dream it we have the team to make it a reality!

juice2The Artisan Way
Artisan Electric would be happy to review your ideas for any remodeling project, business space, or new home construction. Just give us a call.  We’ll go over our ideas and discuss the approach we use to get you to that final “yes, that’s what I wanted” moment with the least amount of headaches and stress.

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Change Your Lighting For A Dramatic New Look

January 30th, 2017 No comments

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Change Your Lighting For A Dramatic New Look

Looking for a relatively inexpensive way to give your home a dramatic and distinctive new look?  Change the lighting.  By adding new lights, replacing old fixtures and rethinking how you light each room, your home can take on a new appearance and ambiance.  Using newer lighting products can even save you money.

Each Room Has Its Own Personality
Lighting should be tailored for each room.  Family rooms that are used for multiple purposes will require different lighting schemes than kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.  Assess how a space is used before doing a lighting makeover.

Lighting in layers allows you to choose light fixtures that provide light where you need it and add visual interest as well.

kitchen with lightingAmbient or General Lighting
Ceiling fixtures and chandeliers provide light throughout a room.

Task Lighting
Add extra light to areas where chores and activities get done. Reading, cutting up food, applying makeup, and work areas benefit from task lighting.

Accent Lighting
Add interest to the décor or unique features of your home.  Lighting over a painting or display, or below or above cabinets will set these areas apart.

Ideas to Stimulate Your Imagination
Here are some suggestions we have to upgrade your lighting and not only enhance the ambiance of a space, but also make it more functional.

  • Use wall-washing recessed lighting fixtures around the perimeter of a small room to illuminate the walls and make the space feel larger, or highlight artwork or other special features.
  • A combination of ceiling lights, wall mounted sconces, and table lamps can create an overall look that resonates.  Adding sconce lights to living rooms and dining rooms is a very cost effective way to spruce up a space and really change the look of a room.
  • For dark corners, use metal can up-lights. They can be purchased in a variety of styles and only need to be plugged in, with the light directed at the dark area. These are small and can be placed out of sight in a potted floor plant or on the top of a dresser.

    white switch with dimmer

    Dimmer switches add versatility

  • Install under-cabinet light strips in the kitchen, desk area, or workroom. The light will shine directly on the work area and make any task easier. Switch them off when you leave the job.
  • When lighting a three-dimensional object such as a fireplace, sculpture, or favorite item with recessed lighting, it is more effective to light it from two or three different angles.  Make sure you avoid the runway light look by not placing recessed lights in a straight line.
  • Install dimmer switches on as many lamps and light fixtures as practical.  Dimmer switches and controls add versatility – creating a light source that’s customizable to your needs.  Set a different mood in your dining room, bathroom, bedroom and even outside on your deck or patio. You’ll have control over the intensity of light around your home and save energy at the same time.Being able to dim the lights in a given space is one of the quickest and most affordable changes that can be made to dramatically affect the lighting in a space.

juice2Need Some Help Picking Our New Light Fixtures
Picking out new light fixtures and determining what can be done to change the lighting in a space can be an intimidating process.  Lighting is an art, we understand this very well (it is in our name after all).  We would be happy to assist you with design and new ideas to find a fresh approach for your space.  Just give us a call.

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Safety Tips for Your Holiday Lighting

November 30th, 2016 No comments

Lighting Up the Holidays … Safely and Efficiently

Decorating the outside of your home with Christmas lights and decorations adds to the spirit of the season.  For many stringing lights is an annual tradition that the whole family enjoys.  But along with the holiday glow come a number of electrical hazards that need to be avoided.


LED Christmas Lights

Standard or LED Lights
LED Christmas lights, although a little more expensive, use less energy, last longer and give off similar light levels. Because they draw less current, you can also attach more LED light strings together.  Given the energy savings and greater service life, LED lights are the way to go.

Buy the Correct Type of Lights
Make sure that the lights and decorations you use are rated for outdoor use and are UL rated. Check the color-coded UL mark on the product’s package. A green holographic UL mark means for indoor use only, while a red UL mark indicates the lights are safe for both indoor and outdoor use.  Putting indoor-only lights outside in the weather can result in electric shock and fire hazards.

Inspect Lights First
Inspect all lights, electric decorations and extension cords for signs of damage to wire insulation, plugs, and bulbs. If cords and plugs are damaged, discard and replace the decoration.

Too Many Lights Strung Together Can Be A Problem
One of the most common mistakes made when stringing lights is connecting too many strands of standard lights end-to-end.  Most manufacturers’ guidelines allow up to three strands to be connected.  Exceeding these limits can lead to overheating and a potential fire hazard.  Because of their lower current draw, LED lights allow for considerably more strings of lights to be strung together.

Overloading extension cords can also occur if you attach too many lights to one cord.  Use good quality cords with 14 gauge wire (or larger) that are rated for outdoor applications.  Be careful were you run the cords and how you install them.  Do not pinch them in windows or doors or use nails or tacks to hang them.  Use insulated hooks instead.

GFCI Outlet

GFCI Outlet

GFCI Outlets Are Important
According to NEC code outdoor lights and cords that will get wet should be plugged into an electrical outlet that is GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) protected.  This will protect you and others if a short circuit occurs.

Be Safe When Hanging Your Lights
Take extra care when hanging lights from metal surfaces like gutters or aluminum siding.  These surfaces are very conductive and a defect in a wire can cause a sever shock under the right conditions.

When hanging Christmas lights outdoors, reduce your risk of electric shock by using ladders made of non-conductive materials like wood or fiberglass-reinforced plastic instead of metal ladders.

Always turn off all Christmas lights and decorations before going to bed or leaving the house.


juice2Need Something for the Holidays?
We’ll be happy to come out and have one of our licensed pros give an estimate on any electrical work you wish done.  Contact us today at Artisan Electric or give us a call at 765-414-3913 and we’ll answer any questions you have.

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It’s Time for Fall Outdoor Electrical Maintenance

October 24th, 2016 No comments

Fall Exterior Electrical Maintenance

Now’s the Time to Get Your Outdoor Lights, Signs and Home Ready for Winter

No one likes dealing with outdoor lights that don’t work or hot tubs that don’t heat up when cold weather arrives.  Repairing outside wiring, pole lights and signs when the fixtures and ground are frozen make these tasks extra difficult.

That is why NOW is the time to have exterior electrical maintenance done.

Fixing lights, signs and other exterior electrical items that are in need of repair is easier and less expensive now.  There are also preventive maintenance steps you can take in the fall that will help eliminate potential problems when your electrical usage increases during the winter months.

Six Areas to Check Before Winter Arrives
We suggest checking out these six areas around your home and business before the chill winds blow.

Electrician working on outdoor electrical panel

Check outdoor electrical panels.

  • Panels and service equipment – The summer cooling season and the big electrical loads from AC units stress electrical systems hard. The same thing occurs at peak heating season when the below zero temps set in.Fall is a great time to service this equipment before the winter heating season kicks in. It is a good idea to have your outside electrical service, meter box, and electrical panel board “the breaker box” inspected and all the wiring connections and breaker terminals tightened on a regular basis.  Manufacturers recommend this be done annually.
  • Landscape lights – after a summer of heavy use many landscape lighting systems have some fixtures and lamps that need repair … these get very hard to service once the ground freezes. If there are in-ground buried wiring issues sometimes we have to wait for spring.
  • Outdoor spas and hot tubs – checking the electric circuits that heat the water in your spa or hot tub is good insurance from an electrical equipment failure that might lead to a costly freeze up of the unit.

    Outdoor lighting of stairs

    Make sure all your outdoor lighting is working properly.

  • Exterior lighting on homes – it is always more expensive to service outdoor lighting in the winter time – especially those hard to reach fixture locations and pesky motion sensor lights.  These outages become much more noticeable and inconvenient as our days grow shorter.
  • Exterior lights and signage on commercial buildings – hard to reach pole lights, building lights, and signs are very difficult and costly to service once they freeze up.  Once this occurs we often cannot get the fixtures apart to work on them.
  • Portable space heaters – it is the time of year when many of us start reaching for space heaters to keep rooms comfortable…. we see this a lot in older historic homes.  Space heaters draw a lot of current and many older electrical circuits are not rated for this kind of use.  If you are going to be using portable heaters you need to know if the circuit and electrical outlet you are using is correctly sized and rated for the load. Never use portable heaters on extension cords, plug strips, or two-prong adapters!

juice2Exterior Electrical Maintenance
We’ll be happy to come out and have one of our licensed pros give an estimate on any electrical maintenance work you wish done. Contact us today at Artisan Electric or give us a call at 765-414-3913 and we’ll answer any questions you have.

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Do You Need a Standby/Emergency Generator?

September 20th, 2016 No comments

Silhouette of electric transformer substation.

No lights.  No water.  No heat.  No air conditioning.  No refrigeration.  No sump pump.  No security.  No ability to work from home.  Or even worse no computer, TV or video games.

When you lose power most of your home systems and appliances no longer work.  They all depend on electricity.  So when major thunder, snow and ice storms bring down power lines, or our aging power grid fails, we all hope our local electrical utility company can get power restored quickly.  But sometimes it can take days depending on the extent of the damage in a given area.

How Long Can You Live Without Power?
Deciding if you need a standby/emergency power generator depends primarily on how long you can live without power before your business or personal situations are impacted negatively.

Reasons you may not be able to go without power for an extended period of time, especially if it is during periods of bad/cold weather, are ….

  • Young children
  • Seniors with medical needs/equipment
  • Large quantities of perishable foods
  • Security systems
  • Life safety systems
  • Basement flooding
  • Home businesses

What is a Standby Generator?
A standby generator automatically operates within seconds of a utility outage.  An automatic transfer switch senses the loss of power and redirects the electrical load to the generator that kicks in and provides your home with electrical power.  Unlike portable generators, standby generators are installed permanently outside your home and will provide uninterrupted backup power for days.  Smaller, air-cooled essential-circuit units are slightly larger than portable generators and can energize just a few circuits at a time.  Larger, liquid-cooled whole-house systems will comfortably power all your home’s needs.

kohler-generatorsWith Generators, Size Makes a Difference
The size of generator you’ll need will depend on how many electrical items you need/want to run.  If you choose to run only essential circuits, a 7 KW to 12 KW unit can run up to 16 critical loads, although not all at once.  Mid-size units of 12 KW to 20 KW will allow you to operate more creature comforts like your TV, more lights, and at the high end of this range, even your AC.  A 20 KW to 48 KW high-capacity, liquid-cooled generator can provide electricity for an entire home.

Getting Set Up with a Generator
A standby generator will require professional installation.  Initially you’ll need to assess your load requirements and the logistics of installing a generator in your home.  Connecting a unit requires advanced electrical and plumbing skills, as well as knowledge of local ordinances and building codes. You’ll also need permits before you start and inspections when you’re done.

Standby Generators Add Value and Peace of Mind
Typically having a standby generator on your property will increase the value of your home.  Buyers like the idea of having back up power particularly in regions where power outages are common.  Having a back-up system in place also provides “peace of mind” for those with family members or personal property that may be affected by loss of power for an extended period of time.

juice2Free Site Evaluation
Have questions on whether or not you would benefit from having a standby generator?  Contact us today at Artisan Electric and let our licensed pros do a free site evaluation.

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Surge Protection Can Save You Big $$$

August 17th, 2016 No comments

Lightning storm over city

You think it won’t happen to you and then BAM! the lightning flashes, the thunder crashes and so do all the electronic devices in your home. 

Your computer, your large screen TV, home entertainment equipment, your microwave, perhaps your electronic features on your refrigerator and other appliances.  All gone. Fried.

Surge Protection Protects Sensitive Electronics

Electrical surges can occur at any time.  The most damaging are those that enter the home through the power, telephone and cable TV/satellite lines like lightning strikes close to your home.  Actually it’s more common that surges result from motors and large appliances kicking on and off and creating electrical spikes within your home.

Today’s homes are more reliant than ever on appliances and electronics that are controlled by extremely sensitive microprocessor circuits. These circuits are easily damaged or disrupted by power surges originating both inside and outside the home.

wh_mainpanelProtecting Your BIG $$$ Investments

Many of us have invested significant dollars in our home computers and electronic equipment.  Wouldn’t it be wise to invest a little more to protect these major purchases?

Surge protection comes in multiple forms, but the approach that provides the best overall protection involves installing surge protection at different points in your home.

  • MAIN ZONE: Surge protection installed at the main power panel, cable TV/satellite service entrance, and telephone/broadband internet service entrance
  • INTERIOR ZONE: Individual surge protectors for sensitive electronics inside the home.
  • EXTERIOR ZONE: Surge protection for equipment located outside the home such as the air conditioning unit, pool pump or well pumps.

Sleep Easier

Physical damage, disruption or degradation to our electronic devices doesn’t have to occur the next time lightning strikes near your home.  With a well thought through surge protection plan, you’ll sleep easier knowing you won’t have to replace your 60” TV anytime soon.

juice2Free Site Assessment

Have questions or concerns about surge protection for your home or business?  Contact us today at Artisan Electric and let our licensed pros do a free site assessment.  We can then discuss the best way to protect your electronic devices.


May 13th, 2014 No comments

OUR “A “TEAM: In this day and age there is no way for any one electrical contractor to cover the full range of emerging tech that comes our way now. One of the best services we offer at Artisan is knowing when to call in for back up. Here is a list of some of our trusted tech professional resources that we co-op with.

a team

• Artisan Electric – residential / commercial / industrial electrical contracting and voice / data / audio services with full project management services – this is us
• Sound Lab – Audio / Video / Home Theater – (this is our primary local partnership with the always awesome Mark Baitinger)
• Hearing Loops – Indiana Hearing Loops Team of Sound Lab and Artisan Electric
• Profound Technologies – we use this company for the design and programming back end for Crestron installs – they are a nationwide major player
• ESCO Communications – high end communications contractor / AV / Integration specialists that we can partner with for design / build and install support
• Edge IT – IT professional services and network systems support
• Abstract Tech Group – another IT professional group that we work with for network systems support
• ESG – Electronic Systems Group – controlled access (biometric systems) / alarm / digital camera integration
• Backup Automated Generator Systems – this is us with support from our supplier Buckeye Power Sales. We are an authorized Kohler generator dealer / Installer
• KL Security Systems – safe rooms / vaults / IO Safe disaster proof digital hard drive storage systems (water proof / fire proof / crush proof)
• Johnson Melloh – high end PV solar and wet thermal solar design / build group that we work with

Let us know what we can help you dream up / design / or implement at your home or business!

Contact us HERE to get started with a free quote

Artisan Electric Earns Angie’s List Super Service Award

March 10th, 2014 No comments

Artisan Electric Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service


Artisan Electric has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013.

“This is the 4th year in a row that we have won this award, it means a great deal to us.  We strive every day to become better at what we do and maintain the highest level of quality and ethics.  Each and every client matters to us every time”

“Only about 5 percent of the companies Artisan Electric competes with in Greater Lafayette area able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.  Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2013 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on


Angie’s List helps consumers have happy transactions with local service professionals in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to healthcare. More than 2 million paid households use Angie’s List to gain access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List Magazine and the Angie’s List complaint resolution service.

Frozen Gutters & Down Spouts

February 19th, 2014 No comments

It has been a snowy icy winter here in the Midwest – reminding us just how mild the last few winters have been.  With changing weather patterns we seem to be heading back into a cycle of heavy winters and can expect to see more of the same.

With the heavy snow and ice build up this season we have seen more ice damming and gutter related roof leaks than ever before.  It is not a problem that comes up often – but when it does it can flood out a building very quickly from the roof down, and usually happens without much warning.  Often times we see that hard-to-reach icy gutter jams cause rot and roof damage over the course of years leading up to roof failure that is costly and very hard to fix in the winter / spring months when the water leaks finally present themselves.

ice on gutters

ice on gutters

There is a quality solution to this problem – commonly know as gutter tape, freeze tape, or heat tape.  The pro commercial version of these systems are installed in areas to be controlled and kept from freezing.  The systems are self-regulating and need to be GFCI protected, usually installed on dedicated circuits.  The systems are custom fabricated to fit each install and are the only truly effective way to address the situation and keep gutters, downspouts, and flat roof leading edges flowing correctly and the water shed where you want it.

We use the IceStop System thru our vendor rep Kirby Risk Supply.

Freeze tape picture

If you have questions about these systems we would be happy to help.  Just let us now your needs here.