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Artisan Electric chosen for May 2010 SMALL BUSINESS OF THE MONTH

April 20th, 2010 No comments

WOW… this is super awesome people!  Thank you so much for your support, trust, and business – we could not do this with out you (really, we have to sell work to eat).

If you have some extra time and can make it out to the reception it would be great to see you.

Best Regards,

Chris Voglund

Artisan Small Business of the Month - May 2010

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Electrical Tip of the Day: Ceiling fans save money!

April 15th, 2010 No comments

Spring is here… and not too far down the road we will be suffering thru the dog days of summer, and the fight to stay cool and comfortable in our homes.

That brings us back to my old friend the ceiling fan.  I love fans… they are efficient, they are eco-friendly as compared to the manufacturing and use of AC systems, they extend the season you can keep the AC turned OFF, they help with winter heating (by as much as 25% in an old home), and with all the options available today they can add a real statement to a home.

F529-BS-CH.jpg cooler fanSo what do they actually cost to run you ask… here is a quick break down on costs for use of each of these appliance loads, based on a 12 hour run time per day with current average electrical rates.  This in only meant to be a base line – the cost of running Window AC units and Central Air can go up or down form this dramatically based on the age of the equipment, the efficiency of the system.


Ceiling Fan = ($.10)
Window Air Conditioner = ($1.63)
Central Air System = ($4.30)




Ceiling fans are very efficient – they use about as much power as a 100 watt light bulb to run.  If you have any questions about applications or installations we would be happy to take a look.  We get our fan products thru Kirby Risk – and in most case these better units come with a 5 to 10 year motor life warranty.

Electrical Tip of the Day: Surge protection for your expensive electronics is a must!

April 13th, 2010 No comments

Surge protection is the kind of thing that no one wants to think about or spend money on, until the worst happens.  It’s not “cool” and is not the kind of thing thing that comes up in causal conversation at the gym.  “Say Bob, what kind of surge protection you running these days”, just kind of weird ah?

Stay with me here… let’s say its spring time, and you just went out and bought that wall hung 60″ LCD High Definition TV you have been drooling over all winter.  Maybe a little gift to yourself for making it to spring – after all it’s baseball season right?  We both know you got a bundle of money tied up into your new toy; and if you dropped the change on home theater components to go with it you very well may have a months wroth of wages into “your system” – yet some how you have convinced yourself that YOU NEED THIS and that your wife will approve.  It’s OK – we all do it.

With spring also comes squirrels… starving from winter and more then a little wound up.  Still, its cold at night – and that big metal thing behind your house is warm year round, good place to take a nap if your a squirrel. Then it comes… first that unnatural electrical arching sound, then the lights flicker for a few seconds – wait for it, and BA-BOOM!!!  Hours later the power is restored and you find yourself sitting in front of your new TV – head in your hands, crying.  You knew it was smoked as soon as you tried to turn it on.  Yet you keep trying, on, off, on, off, on, off – “come on, you can do it”.  Like any good tech user you head to your computer to look for some answers on Google – surly it is just a fuse or something.  then you realize how bad of a day it is really going to be  – computer is fried too, lost everything on the drive.  UGH!

Now your old friend surge protection is looking pretty good 🙂

Here is a link to a company that makes a full line of products we really like, PANAMAX.  We can assist you with small point of use systems for an entertainment center or computer – all the way up to whole whose or whole office electrical system protection units *TVSS*.

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Electrical Tip of the Day: Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI’s) required for pools, spas, hot tubs, and more…

April 8th, 2010 No comments

These days we are surrounded by portable spas, inexpensive all-in-the-box inflatable pools, hot tubs, spa garden tubs, steam baths, and any number of new water related play time products.  Electricity and water typically do not play nice together… when you take a vessel, fill it with water, then wire it up with more then enough electrical potential to cook and elephant you have created a uniquely dangerous situation.  In my experience most people take this for granted, and tend to make the assumption of  “it must be safe” or they would not sell it, right?

All of these types of products MUST be  GFCI protected.  The National Electrical Code has complete section of the code book (2008 NEC – Article 680) dedicated to this topic.  Everything from little wading pools to that fancy new pond your thinking about putting in this spring.

I found this CPSC write up on the subject I thought I would share.  In the end, what it comes down is that if it mixes WATER and ELECTRICITY you need to be very careful.  Please take some time to find out about how and when to use the proper GFCI protection for your application.

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Safety Alert

Install Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection for Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs

CPSC Document #5039

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends installing and using ground-fault circuit-interrupters (GFCIs) for protection against electrocution hazards involving electrical circuits and underwater lighting circuits in and around pools, spas, and hot tubs.

CPSC is aware of more than a dozen electrocutions and a similar number of electrical shock incidents involving circuits around swimming pools between 1997 and 2002. Electrical incidents involving underwater pool lighting were more numerous than those involving any other consumer product used in or around pools, spas, and hot tubs.

The greater danger associated with electrical shock in a swimming pool is that anyone in the pool may be rendered immobile and unable to rescue themselves or to call for help. Drowning becomes a likely outcome, even if the current is not immediately lethal. Bystanders and would-be rescuers risk serious injury if the current flow isn’t stopped before they make contact with a conductive fixture, such as a ladder, or enter the water to try to help a victim.

While grounding provides essential protection for pool, spa, and hot tub equipment, GFCIs are the most effective means for protecting people against electrical shock hazards of this nature.

A GFCI constantly monitors the flow of current through a protected lighting fixture, pump motor or appliance circuit and senses any loss of current to an outside path. If the current flowing into an electrical appliance or fixture differs by a very small amount from what flows

back out, the GFCI instantly interrupts the current flow to prevent a sustained, lethal level of electricity from reaching the consumer. The consumer may feel a painful shock but should be protected from electrocution.

The National Electrical Code (NEC) requires GFCI protection for cord- and plug-connected pumps on pools, spas, and hot tubs; 120-volt underwater lighting fixtures; and receptacle outlets in the vicinity of pools, spas and hot tubs. Today, the code prohibits electrical installations closer than five feet from water and requires GFCI protection for all electrical equipment, including 240-volt equipment located five to 10 feet from the water and for receptacles within a 20-foot perimeter.

Older pools, spas and hot tubs may not have adequate GFCI protection. In particular, pools older than 30 years may not have GFCI protection on underwater lighting circuits. Because the NEC provision for spas only became effective in 1981, even somewhat newer spas or hot tubs may not be protected.

CPSC urges consumers to have an electrician who is qualified in pool and spa repairs install adequate GFCI protection for all pool, spa, and hot tub electrical equipment and for underwater swimming pool lighting fixtures. Additionally, outdoor outlets that could potentially be used to plug in electrical appliances (e.g., radios, pumps, washers) used near the pool also should be equipped with GFCI protection. Remember to test the GFCI regularly to be assured of continued protection.


  • Install GFCIs
    • On underwater lighting circuits operating at more than 15 volts.
    • On all electrical equipment used with pools, spas and hot tubs, including heaters operated on 240-volt circuits.
    • On all outdoor receptacles and any indoor receptacles that could potentially be used to power electrical appliances within 20 feet of the water’s edge.
    • In accordance with applicable local codes and the NEC.
  • Test GFCIs monthly to assure continued protection. Infrequently used and portable or cord-connected GFCIs should be tested before each day’s use.
  • To test a GFCI:
    • Plug a nightlight into the outlet and turn it on.
    • Press the “TEST” button. Did the light go out? If not, replace the GFCI.
    • Press the “RESET” button. Did the light come back on? If not, replace the GFCI.
Types of GFCIs


Consumers can obtain this publication and additional publication information from the Publications section of CPSC’s web site or by sending your publication request to [email protected].

This document is in the public domain. It may be reproduced without change in part or whole by an individual or organization without permission. If it is reproduced, however, the Commission would appreciate knowing how it is used. Write the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Office of Information and Public Affairs, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814 or send an e-mail via CPSC’s On-Line Form.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

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New print ads – what do you think?

April 7th, 2010 No comments

Hey friends – we are getting ready to run a series of print ads targeting future clients with vacation property and lake / river homes.  Here is our new ad, tell us what you think?

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