Prep Your Outdoor Lighting, Signs and Home for Winter

October 26th, 2018 No comments

Winter is Coming.
When cold weather arrives no one likes working on outdoor electrical problems. Frozen fixtures and ground make parking lot lights, wall packs, motion detector lights, landscape lighting, and any outdoor wiring, motors, and electrical panels extra difficult and more expensive to service.

Now is the time to have outdoor electrical maintenance done

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Scheduled maintenance is always more cost effective than emergency or unplanned repair work.  There are preventive maintenance steps you can take in the fall that will help eliminate potential problems when your electrical usage increases during the winter months. Installing fresh light bulbs and inspecting outdoor electrical wiring before winter arrives is money well spent.

Businesses

  • Outdoor lights including parking lot lights, and hard to reach pole lights, wall packs and security lighting should be inspected.
  • Signage on commercial buildings can be very difficult and costly to service once it freezes up. When this occurs we often cannot get the fixtures apart to work on them.
  • Panels and service equipment  The summer cooling season and the big electrical loads from AC units place heavy stress on electrical systems. The same thing occurs at peak heating season when the below zero temps set 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.

Home Owners

  • 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.
  • Exterior lighting on homes is always more expensive to service outdoor lighting in the winter time – especially those hard to reach fixture locations and pesky motion sensor lights.  Lights that don’t work become much more noticeable and inconvenient as our days grow shorter.
  • Outdoor spa and hot tub electric circuits that heat the water in your spa or hot tub should be checked to avoid electrical equipment failure that might lead to a costly freeze up of the unit.
  • Portable space heaters are commonly used to provide additional heat to help keep rooms comfortable.  We see this frequently 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 using portable heaters you need to know that 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!

Artisan Electric logoExterior Electrical Maintenance
One of Artisan Electric’s certified technicians would be happy to come out and provide 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 may have.

 

Outdoor Living Space Electrical Upgrades

February 23rd, 2018 No comments

Looking to Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space?  We Can Help With Those Warm Weather Electrical Projects.

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Outdoor lighting, hot tub, outdoor kitchen
With a hint of spring in the air, many of us look forward to getting outside and enjoying the nicer weather.  For those who want to upgrade their outdoor living spaces, this is the time to plan and line up the contractors you’ll need to get these jobs done.
 

Even if you are handy and expect to do most of the work yourself, we highly suggest leaving the electrical work to the professionals.

Artisan List of Outdoor Wiring ProjectsIncrease the Enjoyment and Value of Your Home
Improving your outdoor living space with landscape, patio and deck lighting improves the appeal and safety around your home.

Adding electrical capacity for outdoor kitchens, sheds, garages, pools and docks will allow you to use these areas more extensively. For more outdoor wiring ideas go to Enjoy Your Home.

Keep Everyone Safe
The National Electrical Code (NEC) includes many specific requirements for outdoor circuits and equipment. The primary safety concerns outdoors are moisture and corrosion, physical damage, and issues related to underground burial.

With most residential outdoor wiring projects, the relevant code requirements pertain to installing outdoor receptacles and fixtures and running wiring above and below ground.

Where requirements call for “listed” equipment, products must be listed for the application by an approved testing agency, such as UL (formerly Underwriters Laboratories).

Artisan Electric logoContact Us With Your Questions
We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction to get your next warm weather project up and running. Contact us today at Artisan Electric or give us a call at 765-414-3913.

Electrical Amenities Add to Outdoor Living

May 30th, 2017 No comments

Add to Your Summer Memories with Great Outdoor Living

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With spring here and the summer soon to follow we can all look forward to taking advantage of those long summer days and warm summer nights.  Having an outdoor living space with extra amenities that your friends and family can enjoy will add to your summer memories.

Outdoor Living At Its Best
Here are five great ways to take your patio, deck or backyard to the next level.

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Add visual appeal with outdoor lighting.

1. Incorporate Landscape and Architectural Lighting
Make your outdoor space and walkways more functional and attractive with lights around your deck, walkways and landscaping.  LED accent lighting adds beauty and appeal to your evening activities.

2. Supplement Outdoor Heating and Cooling
Using fans and patio heaters you can help cool the summer heat or be comfortable in the fall when the temperatures drop.  Ceiling fans in your screened-in porch or gazebo can easily be installed.

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Relax in your own hot tub.

3. Install Outdoor Audio and Video Systems
Enjoying the game or your favorite music while relaxing on your deck can be a lot of fun with family and friends.  Installing a big screen TV and audio components around your outdoor bar or pool can easily be done with today’s technology.

4. Add a Spa or Hot Tub
When it comes to relaxing nothing beats a Jacuzzi or hot tub.  Incorporating a hot tub into your outdoor design will give you extra enjoyment for many years.

5. Create an Outdoor Kitchen

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Enjoy great meals in your outdoor kitchen.

For the chef in all of us, creating a place to grill and prepare meals is a great way to entertain and enjoy a great meal at the same time.  From the simple to the elaborate, outdoor kitchens can be created to your specifications and budget.

Electrical Expertise Required
From installing a ceiling fan, to adding accent lighting, to wiring an A/V system, all of these projects require input from a knowledgeable electrician.  Making sure that all wiring is to code and is weather proof is important to insure everyone’s safety.

juice2Any one of our the certified electricians on the Artisan Electric team would be happy to discuss your plans and provide input on turning your backyard into the outdoor space of your dreams.  Just give us a call at 765-414-3913 or contact us at Artisan Electric.

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.

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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.

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    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!

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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.

Electrical Preventive Maintenance

July 15th, 2019 No comments

Don’t Neglect Preventive Maintenance on Your Electrical Systems

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We perform preventive maintenance on a number of items around our homes and businesses.  This includes your HVAC system, your security system and your vehicles.  But how often do we schedule preventive maintenance on our electrical system? 

Your home’s wiring to your lights, appliances and computers, as well as your electrical panels, electrical outlets and switches all require maintenance as your home or facilities age.  Making sure your electrical components are working properly is essential to maintaining your family’s and employee’s safety.

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A Home Maintenance Electrical Checklist  

Give your home a timely electrical checkup to ensure that your wiring, circuit breakers, outlets, and plugs are in good working order and are used safely.  Several of these items can be done on your own, but others, particularly if they need repairs, will require a licensed electrician.

  • If you have breakers tripping and fuses blowing on a regular basis, it’s time to bring in an electrician to inspect your home.
  • Having your electrical panel inspected is important.  Depending on the age of your home or business older panels may no longer be adequate or safe.  Those with older style circuit breakers or fuses may need to be replaced.
  • Also with the increased electrical loads that newer appliances and technologies require, older electrical services may need to be upgraded to 200 or 400 amp units.
  • On newer electrical panels all wiring connections should be tightened periodically to ensure each breaker works properly.  Outside service connections should also be checked and the overall condition of any outdoor equipment monitored.
  • Electrician working on outdoor electrical panelBe sure all your circuits are properly grounded. A circuit consists of wires transporting electrical current to your lights and appliances, so properly grounded wiring is connected to a ground wire in your home.
  • All outlets near wet locations such as kitchens, bathrooms, or laundry rooms should be Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI).
  •  If you have children or grandchildren, put protectors in all your outlets or replace them with tamper-resistant outlets. These outlets are now required by code in all new homes.
  • Replace any frayed wires in your house that can potentially cause shocks or fires.
  • Replace all plugs that wobble or fit loosely in the socket.
  • Any indication of dimming lights, flickering lights, a sizzling sound, or a burning odor mandate a prompt inspection.
  • Extension cords are a temporary solution. They shouldn’t be used to power home appliances on a permanent basis. Most extension cords are not rated to handle air conditioners, refrigerators, or space heaters that draw high current.

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To learn more about what’s included in Artisan Electric’s preventive maintenance service calls, please just give us a call.  We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Summer Electrical Projects

April 30th, 2018 No comments

Popular Summertime Projects for Better Outdoor Living

Over the last few years the trend has been to create outdoor living spaces that provide many of the comforts and conveniences previously found only inside the home.  These enhanced living  and work spaces often require additional wiring and electrical outlets to accommodate new entertainment, cooking and work items.

Some of the most popular projects include:

Deck with Lighting

Landscape and accent lighting add to the ambiance of your outdoor space.

Landscape Lighting
Landscape lighting can really make your home, walks, landscaping and hardscapes sparkle after dark.  Additional lighting for decks, patios, pergolas and gazebos can let you enjoy these spaces late into the evening.

Pools and Hot Tubs
Have a pool that needs extra lighting around it, or want to install a hot tub or spa? These offer a great way to relax and enjoy the hotter weather.

Outdoor Kitchens
Cooking outdoors has always been fun.  Taking it to the next level with an outdoor kitchen adds a whole other level of capability.

Outdoor kitchen

Outdoor kitchens have really grown in popularity.

These spaces often require dedicated circuits for a new stove, refrigerator, or other appliance.

Adding TV’s and Sound Systems
Being able to enjoy the game on the large screen TV, or your favorite music on the entertainment system makes for a great afternoon as you relax on your porch or deck.

Garage Additions
Need to add on to your garage to accommodate your latest hobby, or just to have more room for your workshop and stuff?   Expanding your garage or shed can give you that extra space.

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Adding technology, ceiling fans and lighting all add to the appeal of your deck or patio.

Security and Motion Detectors
A home security system and/or motion detectors can help keep your property, family and valuables safe.

Ceiling Fans for Porches or Pergolas
Ceiling fans come in a variety of styles and sizes and provide welcome relief when all you want is a nice breeze while you sit outside.

Help from the Professionals
Planning, designing and installing additional electrical power for outdoor living, recreational and work spaces requires input from a knowledgeable electrician.  From installing a ceiling fan, to adding landscape lighting, to wiring an A/V system, it is important all wiring is to code and is weather proof to insure everyone’s safety.

Artisan Electric logoAny one of our certified electricians on the Artisan Electric team would be happy to discuss your plans and provide input on any of the outdoor living projects you are considering.  Just give us a call at 765-414-3913 or contact us at Artisan Electric.

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.

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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.

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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.

How a custom home should be wired – The ARTISAN WAY!

February 10th, 2012 No comments

A little known fact in the building trades is how cheap the workmanship has really gotten.  Once upon a day – when you put your companies name on it that meant you stood behind what you did, period.  In this day and age low bid gets the job.  Sure there are some stand up exceptions to this, but for the most part the war cry of  “get it done fast and cheap” is the norm.  In that process the real loser is the homeowner, and in most cases they don’t even know it happened.

Here is one example:  most sub-contractors are only required as part of the bid process to back their work with a 1 year warranty to the builder, and most builders only offer a stock 3 to 5 year warranty on the whole project.  Frankly speaking – we think that is despicable!  Your home is likely the single  largest investment you will ever make – how is it that you can get a great warranty on a car these days but not your house?

 

 

Here are 25 reasons an Artisan Electric custom home project stands out from the rest

1)      Our jobs are run and staffed by Journeyman electricians, no exceptions!

2)      We use only quality materials and practices, no exceptions!

3)      No 15 amp – 14 gauge “cheap-o” circuits.  We use only 20 amp (or larger) rated branch conductors

4)      We only use copper buss commercial load centers and service entrance equipment

5)      We use separate circuits for each room (excluding lighting) in a home.  This avoids problems with today’s computer and electronic equipment, as well as new high-demand appliances

6)      We do not share neutrals for any of our circuits

7)      Artisan Electric is the highest rated Angie’s List contractor in a 30 mile radius of Lafayette – go take a look

8)      Arc-fault circuit breakers are used on bedroom power circuits per NEC requirements

9)      We do not use feed thru wiring practices or “stab in the back” wiring methods. All devices are pig tailed at the point of use

10)   We only use steel junction boxes with threaded ground screw connections.  Do it once, do it right!

11)   Our employees take extensive safety training (CPR, First Aid,) and OSHA safety certifications

12)   All of our employees have been thru a BAT certified 4 year electrical apprenticeship program and have testing documentation

13)   We use Hubbell 15 and 20 amp commercial rated receptacles, with dedicated 20 amp rated receptacles for all appliance loads. We only use 20 amp rated commercial GFCI outlets

14)   We put spare pipes to the garage / attic / outdoor living / and crawl spaces for future use.  It is our job to look out for your total lifespan needs

15)   We use only 1000 watt or larger rated Lutron dimmers for our projects – with CFL / LED dimmers for any unique lighting requirements

16)   All of the products we use for construction come from pro vendors – no “home store” off brand or B-Stock items are used for our installs

17)   Artisan Electric is a member of a certified recycling system, all wasted generated by us will be sorted and recycled with Resolve Earth Solutions

18)   We provided “As-Built” drawings for our projects upon completion – you will know exactly what you paid for

19)   We understand the importance of good housekeeping, our projects are cleaned daily – we won’t leave a mess for you

20)   We have the experience, expertise, professionalism, and training to handle the job – without creating stress and re-work for the other trades, project supervisors, and especially to the home owner

21)   Our bids are comprehensive, ethical, and truthful.  We provide a line item of the circuits to be used to our clients so they KNOW exactly what they are paying for and what it includes

22)   Our bids cover the items the others leave out, including options for audio, video, internet, exterior lights and audio, home theater, and smart home wiring

23)   Whole house surge protection comes standard with our bid package

24)   We are an authorized Kohler GenSet dealer.  We can provide best in generator solutions for natural gas and LP systems -including pre-wire options for future generator hook-up / smart transfer interface panels / legendary Kohler reliability and certified maintenance plans

25) A custom home wired the Artisan Electric way comes with a 10 year transferable workmanship warranty – we do it right, period!

 

A Few Good Words – Client Testimonials

February 24th, 2010 No comments

As a small business owner the days can be long… many of them turning into nights and weekends.  One of the things that keeps us going and ready to meet the challenge is the satisfaction of knowing we did the right thing, for the right reason, and made a difference in the lives of the people we are doing business with.

To that end here are some kind words from some of our valued clients. Thanks again to everyone who continues to support us and believes in our company.  It means a lot to me, my family, and my crew!

Best Regards – Chris Voglund

Excellent Service!

It’s great to know that there’s an electrician out there that can provide the service and expertise that Artisan Electric can. If you’ve been looking for a dependable electrician for your business or home look no further you just found them. Thanks Chris!

  • Jay Patzschke – Owner, JP Video Productions

Installed right the first time!

We own a local business here in town in a old building. We purchased a new piece of equipment and the electrical was not up to par. We called Chris from Artisan Electric to come out and give us some options. He came out that day inspected the wiring and looked at the new equipment. He scheduled us in the next day for the repair. His professional staff did an excellent job and was very knowledgeable. Chris had us up and running in no time with minimal down time. I have since used their service to update electrical projects at our house and am still very impressed with his service. Artisan Electric comes highly recommended from me.‎

  • Rob Hancock – Owner, Beck Muffler & Service

For all your electrical needs

They are electricians of the highest caliber. Knowledgeable, skilled, punctual, and clean. They are the perfect choice for any job, big or small. I got same day service for grounding my gas range and running a new wire to my washer. Great work Chris!!!‎

  • Gaius Douglas – Owner, R. Douglas Painting

Contractor with Integrity

Customer Service and Integrity from Artisan is the best in Indiana. I am very pleased with the professional electrical services from Artisan at my commercial and residential properties. When quality and integrity are the name of the game, Artisan delivers in Lafayette. I recommend them to everyone as they put the client’s needs and electrical safety first.‎

  • Johnny Klemme – Owner, KL Security

Get the job done

Chris and his company showed up on time and worked in the rain to insure the work was completed on time. We have worked with this contractor before. If you want it done right and are value minded this company will exceed your expectations.

  • Randy Lynch – Service Manager, Brenneco Plumbing & Pipe Fitting

Sound On!

Artisan Electric provided live audio, temporary power, and sound services for the LayFlats Arts & Music Festival, an annual outdoor event that benefits local charity. Artisan Electric arrived on time, set up, provided live audio sound services for approx. 12 hours and cleaned up before the deadline. Our festival decided to up the number of bands from 25 to 65 and use five stages rather than two. Due to the large increase in stages, we needed a quality sound company with a great reputation to run a dedicated stage with a wide variety of sound needs. Artisan did an outstanding job from noon until midnight with some of the best sound we had during the weekend.

  • The Layflats Organizers
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