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November 13th, 2017 by AdamsPearceAdmin

Everyone talks about taglines for your business.  Seems like everywhere we go, there are jingles, commercials, and things that a business owner is supposed to come up with something memorable.

Randy likes to stop for coffee in the morning. He calls it his “rocketfuel”.  He visits the local Mapco nearly every morning, and being the people person that he is; he loves to mess with the attendants.

Kisha is one of our favorites, and I created this jingle to get her to remember our rewards number; and it stuck!

Check out the video…call 920-4716 when you need an electrical fix!

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September 18th, 2017 by AdamsPearceAdmin

The Most Common Electrical Fire Hazards at Home

 

October is National Fire Safety Awareness Month, and along with great deals for you to save on helping you make your home safe, we wanted to let you know about the 5 most common places electrical fire hazards happen at home.

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation
Facts and Statistics:

  • Home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly than 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage.
  • Electrical distribution systems are the third leading cause of home structure fires.
  • Each year in the United States, arcing faults are responsible for starting more than 28,000 home fires, killing and injuring hundreds of people, and causing over $700 million in property damage.
  • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that electrical receptacles are involved in 5,300 fires every year, causing forty deaths and more than 100 consumer injuries.
  • Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke detectors.

1. Improper use of Extension Cords

Extension cords are for temporary use only! Never use an extension cord for an extended amount of time.

As we like to say, “It’s a whole lot cheaper for us to install an outlet for you than for you to buy a new house.”

Because they are meant to be temporary, extension cords can deteriorate quickly, and can pose a risk for fire or shock.

If you must use one, make sure that you are not overloading it. Pay careful attention that what you’re plugging into the cord, and make sure the cord can handle the wattage of the device being plugged in.

Never use an extension cord as permanent wiring for your house  (Yes. we’ve seen this attempted.)

2. Light Fixtures

Every light fixture that you have installed will have a recommended bulb wattage on it. Make sure you pay attention to this. Here’s why.

A fixtures wiring, and insulation are only rated to handle so much. If you have a 100 watt bulb in a 40 watt recommended fixture, you’re create an environment where the fixture cannot handle the heat produced by the bulb.

Eventually, over time, you run the risk of damaged insulation, and melting wires. It’s bad news to damage the insulation and wiring and having bare wires.

 

3. Space Heaters

It’s that time of year when we will start getting tons of calls, and Space Heaters will be the bulk of what is causing power to go out in rooms, and tripped breakers.

Space Heaters really should be the only thing plugged into a circuit. Because they pull a lot of “juice,” they can easily trip a breaker and cause power outages if not used properly.

If you have a lot of things plugged in on one wall or in a room, you might not realize how quickly you have overloaded a circuit, and that causes it to trip.

If you must use a Space Heater, make sure you purchase one of the newer, and safer ones that provide radiant heat.

And always make sure you keep them away from clothing, bedding and anything flammable.

4. Faulty Receptacles and Switches.

If you have loose switches or receptacles, make sure you have them replaced.

Often times, improperly wired receptacles can have wires that come loose. Make sure they are wired using the screws on the sides and not by poking the wires into the backs of them. This can cause improper connections, and can result in a fire hazard with repeated usage.

Make sure that you have GFCI outlets installed in your home where there is a water presence too.

 

5. Lack of Smoke Detectors

It’s that time of year to check your batteries or have smoke detectors installed in your home! This is important!

You have a few options. If you go with battery operated ones, you have to make sure that you test them often to ensure they are working. Although these are cheaper, they aren’t connected.

So, if you have one go off in your child’s bedroom, you might not hear it. This isn’t the case in a hard wired system. They have battery backup in the event of an outage, and when one goes off they all do.

Whichever you choose, just get them installed. It could save your life!

 

This month from now until Oct 31, 2017, we have a few chances for you to save on getting things done to ensure your house is as safe as possible.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY CHECK $97

Get $100 off Smoke Detector Installation

15% off whole house switch and receptacle replacement

15% off on any LED Lighting Upgrade

Just give us a call at (501)920-4716 and we will get you more information on any of your electrical needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 22nd, 2016 by AdamsPearceAdmin

North Little Rock Electricians receive Top Rated Home Advisor badge

We did it! Today Adams & Pearce Electric received the Top Rated Home Advisor Badge! Thanks to all of our fabulous reviews from HomeAdvisor.Com and Thumbtack, our clients have rated us as some of the best North Little Rock Electricians!

We are so excited that we have the opportunity to serve the community by providing electrical solutions when you need them most!

Whether it’s an emergency electrical issue, an upgrade, a generator installation, or outdoor lighting you need, you can rest assured that we will work hard to make sure you are happy with our services!

When we opened our company, we set out to make sure that the typical contractor stories you hear were not being said about our company!

We pride ourselves in:

  1. Being on time.
  2. Providing exactly the solution you need to your problem
  3. Detailed work
  4. Cleanliness
  5. Follow Up Client Care

You can read more reviews by visiting Home Advisor, and make sure you download the 10% off coupon we offer to new North Little Rock clients by Clicking Here

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December 19th, 2016 by AdamsPearceAdmin

Is Fluorescent lighting bad for you?

Did you know that children or family members with ADHD, Autism, Seizure Disorders, and Migraines might benefit if you changed the light bulbs in your home? Fluorescent lighting has been shown in studies to affect people in harmful ways.

They Emit noise

The common “spiral bulbs” also called, CFL’S that you can get today in the store emit a noise. If you’ve never noticed it, consider yourself lucky, but those with sensitivity to sound will notice it.

Our oldest son had a terrible time in school, and one of the complaints that he had was that he could hear the lights. That distracted him from his schoolwork. Maybe you’ve noticed that in your own children with ADHD issues.

They flicker

According to Psychology Today Doctors have changed their bulbs in the office when seeing a patient with seizure or migraine disorders.
The flicker can trigger a stress response or migraine in some people. LED lights have no warm up time like the other bulbs on the market, so they don’t emit a flicker.

They can cause sleep disturbances

Nothing can cause more stress than a bad night’s sleep.  Fluorescent or CFL bulbs can emit a melatonin suppressor. Melatonin is the hormone responsible for helping our circadian clocks regulate our sleep patterns.

If these bulbs are in your bedroom, you might consider changing them to promote a better night’s sleep.

The color they emit can cause stress

The blue color that these bulbs emit is known to be able to reach parts of the brain that are responsible for triggering stress hormones, hyperactivity, and muscle tension

Conclusion

It is recommended that CFL’s and Fluorescent bulbs be replaced by LED’s or the older Incandescent bulbs if you or loved one has issues that may cause extra stress, hyperactivity, migraines or sleep disturbances.

The healthiest light is sunlight, so also make sure that you or your loved one get plenty of that each day so that you can counteract some of the issues that come with Fluorescent Bulbs and CFL’s usage.

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December 18th, 2016 by AdamsPearceAdmin

9 Steps to Beautiful outdoor lighting

Do you need to design beautiful outdoor home lighting for both security and ambience in your landscape?

Follow these 9 steps to get the lighting design of your dreams!

Step 1: Why are you designing the lighting system?

First come up with the top reasons you are designing your outdoor lighting. Do you have a favorite tree or area in your yard that your enjoy the most? Maybe you have a gazebo or nice architectural lines on the home itself. Where is light important to you in terms of lighting pathways and entrances?

Also, come up with things you don’t like looking at in your yard. Do you see the neighbor’s house, or garbage cans?

Think of all the thinks that you’d like to focus on and highlight and integrate into your new outdoor lighting design.

Step 2: sketch out the landscape of your home

Sketch out the landscape of your property so that it is like you are looking down on it. You can get a copy of your property assessment from your local county assessor’s office that can assist you in sketching your home closer to scale. If you can’t get the assessment, draw the outline to the best of your abilities

Step 3: A new design layer

Take a sheet of tracing paper draw in the areas that are not on the original drawing such as landscape plants, garden areas, and any other areas that you have added since you purchased the home.

Step 4: Design your lighting priorities

Our lighting design kit would be a valuable resource on this and the following steps in your outdoor lighting design plan. This is the step where you determine what areas from step one that you want to light, and what you want to hide.

Take another sheet of tracing paper and place it on top of the existing layers that you’ve drawn up to this point, and sketch out the lighting areas you want.

(NOTE:) If you are having us design and install your outdoor lighting, you can stop at this step, and we will take care of the rest!

Step 5: Try out your plan with temporary lighting

Gather some extension cords, and a fixtures. Get a couple of different bulbs with different wattage, and a few flood lights. If you don’t have these, and don’t want to purchase items just to try them out. We offer a free consultation and can design and experiment for you.

You’ll want to start by placing the lights out before dark, and then experiment with the lighting to see how you like it after dark. Try this for a few days to learn what you like.

Step 6: Calculate how much power you need

After determining where you want to place all of the lights, you will need to determine if your existing electrical panel will be able to handle the extra power required to run your design. You want to determine your wire run lengths, new circuits you need, and how many transformers you will need so that your new lighting does not overload your existing panel.

Step 7: Choose your lights and materials

Now that you have designed, experimented and calculated everything you need to achieve your goals, you can now determine which fixtures you want to use.

Low Voltage systems have some advantages as well as using LED bulbs. We can help you determine what works best for your budget and ideas.

Step 8: The Final Plan

You’re almost done! Calculate the costs associated with all of you work, and double check the design, lighting angles, and any other installation requirements.

Step 9: Get YOur plan Checked

If you want to install the lighting yourself, and are familiar with electricity, you still want to have your plans checked by a licensed electrician. You can also decide how much of your plan you want to install yourself or have a contractor do for you.

You can consider doing the design in stages, but make sure you have all the systems in place at the beginning to be able to add to them later.

Conclusion:

Designing your outdoor lighting system is a fun way to use your imagination, but make sure that you take the time to cover each step. Hire an electrical contractor to design, consult or do the installation for you if all of this is overwhelming!

Make sure to check out our FREE Luxury Lighting Design Info Kit to help guide you to the outdoor lighting design of your dreams!

 

 

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December 18th, 2016 by AdamsPearceAdmin

How Chip and Joanna Gaines Inspired Us.

It was the warmest December Saturday we’ve had in a long time!

Randy was busy installing electrical outlets, and rewiring a few things in a new client’s home, and it was my job to shuffle 4 of our 7 children around. One child needed a haircut. It was one child’s 15th birthday, and the youngest girls were stomping around in the house with my high heels on. Little did I know that I would be inspired by a magazine article today!

So, I loaded up Dallas to get his haircut.

There was a one hour wait at the hair salon! Yikes! So I scanned the magazines and found the December Issue of Entrepreneur magazine. On the cover was Chip and Joanna Gaines the stars of HGTV’s show Fixer Upper.

Now, I will admit. I’ve never seen an episode of the show, but I am familiar with them from other media sources.

So, I flipped over to the article about them, and I was truly inspired by what I read. Chip and Joanna seemed a lot like Randy and Lena.  The first being that Joanna had a commercial location of her Interior Design business at one point, but closed it up so that they could focus on Chip’s construction business.

If you know us personally, I closed my commercial music school in November so that we could focus on building Randy’s electrical business.

Another thing that inspired me was that they were a great team. This is another place where Randy and I shine. We often joke that he is the Technical Director, and I am the Creative Director in our relationship, but all jokes aside, it is the truth!

I asked Randy the other day what he got out of doing electrical work, and his response was, “I like to see people happy.”

And if you know him, that is the very essence of who he is. He strives to please his clients through solving their electrical issues, lighting installations, and being easy to work with.

Chip and Joanna haven’t always had the easiest route to building their dreams together, but it was inspiring to read how they have come along in their business by working together and staying positive.

Another source of inspiration was the amount of investing Chip and Joanna do by putting money and resources back into their hometown. Randy and I strive to do that for North Little Rock, too.

And that is how Chip and Joanna inspire our business. Adams & Pearce electric exists because 2 entrepreneurs came together to focus on our strengths, and it’s a family owned business where we strive to make people happy!

 

 

 

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November 3rd, 2016 by AdamsPearceAdmin

Another Arkansas Winter is approaching.

We know that sounds funny since all of us here in Central Arkansas have been sitting on the front porch, while our Sweet Tea evaporates in this record breaking October heat, but Winter is coming.

Every year, we get conflicting news about what is in store for us. We know that we can probably count on it not being a White Christmas, but we still secretly wish for at least one snow day!

Well, we’ve scoured the internet for the forecasts, and The Farmer’s Almanac says we will have much milder weather than expected with snowfall being much lower than expected, and confined to North. We also won’t see much rain.

If you head on over to what Meteorologist, Darby Bybee said in a July blog, most everyone says that there is a 30 to 40 percent chance that Winter will be warmer than usual.

The Winter Forecast website says that “The Artic Jet will be the dominant Jet Stream this winter, with more snow events vs. last winter, but smaller events overall.  Little Rock has an average on 4 inches, but this year we may be lucky to get 1.5 inches. However, if you want to get snowed in somewhere, Eureka Springs looks like it still might get a good snow!

So, you might not want to get out the scarves and crochet beanies that grandma made just yet. It looks like we might still be able to sit on the front porch with our Sweet Tea in a light jacket for a few more months.

P.S. If by chance all of these smart professionals are wrong, and we happen to get snowed in; remember that Adams & Pearce Electric can surely help you with installing a generator or getting your electrical service back up.

 

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October 27th, 2016 by AdamsPearceAdmin

We love Antique lamps, Chandeliers, and Stained Glass lighting!

If you’re anything like us, we love to find unique lighting that isn’t the run of the mill stuff that you will find at the big box stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot.

Today, we were on a mission to find some repair parts for a pair of 1920’s wall sconces that Randy is repairing for a client. While we were out and about, we checked in on the inventory of these 5 amazing Little Rock Lighting Stores.

TEC Electric is located on Maumelle Boulevard, and is bursting at the seams with some of the most unique and beautiful lighting in Central Arkansas. From modern to vintage reproductions, and indoor and outdoor lighting solutions, TEC Electric definitely needs to be on your list of places to shop.

2) The Shade Above is located on Old Cantrell in the warehouse area in front of Cajun’s Wharf. This is the place to get beautiful, one of a kind lamps and shades. The showroom is inviting and full of unique custom made lamps. They also have lots of repair parts for lamps, and you can get monogrammed lamp shades too! They were very knowledgeable and helpful. This is the place to go to to get your vintage or antique lamps and shades made like new!

3) Fabulous Finds Antique and Decorative Mall We have an awful time getting out of any upscale Antique Mall without spending lots of money. Today, we walked out with a gorgeous set of lamps for ourselves, but it didn’t break the bank. Fabulous Finds isn’t just focused on lighting. They have tons of antique items that would take us days to fully take in. The owners and employees there are very welcoming, and the whole shopping experience was fun.

Next time you’re in the market to do some decorating and add some lighting to your Central Arkansas home or office, check any of these places out! And if you need us to hang that new chandelier, give us a call or Click here to contact us

 

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July 21st, 2016 by AdamsPearceAdmin

Incandescent, Fluorescent or LED? Which is Better for Your Home? 

With the many choices of light bulbs available on the market, how do you decide what to purchase?

Here are the Pros and Cons of each option so that you can make a wise choice!

Incandescent Bulbs

incandescentFor many years Incandescent bulbs were the standard light bulbs being used in homes. Although new bulbs have been introduced on the market, there are still some benefits to using Incandescent bulbs.

Pros:

  1. The initial cost of purchasing this type of bulb is much lower.
  2. They remain relatively unchanged for the last 140 years. Their design has stood the test of time.
  3. The light they produce closely resembles natural lighting conditions.
  4. They will produce light between 750-1500 hours.

Cons:

  1. Incandescent bulbs have a shorter life expectancy than the newer Fluorescent and LED bulbs.
  2. They will cost more on your energy bill because they will use more energy.

Fluorescent Bulbs

cfl-bulbFluorescent bulbs, also called CFLs have gained popularity over the last several years.

Pros:

  1. They use about 75% less energy than the standard Incandescent bulb.
  2. They will last 8 to 10 times longer.
  3. They produce less heat.
  4. They are now as versatile as Incandescent bulbs with the wide range of available options in sizes, shapes and colors.

Cons:

  1. They contain trace amounts of Mercury and must be disposed of carefully.
  2. They have a slow warm up time. This means that it can take several minutes for them to achieve full brightness.
  3. They are much more sensitive to repeatedly turning them off and on, shortening their life span.

LEDs

ledLED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs are the newest bulb available on the market, and they have some amazing benefits.

Pros:

  1. They are more efficient than Incandescent or Fluorescent bulbs.
  2. They are available in many different colors.
  3. They are much more durable than Incandescent and Fluorescent bulbs.
  4. Their life span can be rated for upwards of 100,000 hours.
  5. They achieve full brightness instantly.

Cons:

  1. Initial costs are much higher than the other bulbs.
  2. They may overheat in outside environments shortening their life span.

If we had to choose which option we would personally pick, LED bulbs would be the winner. Yes, the initial cost is higher, but they will pay for themselves over time.

 

 

 

 

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