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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April 30th, 2017 by AdamsPearceAdmin

Antique Hurricane Lamps

 

We love Antiques! Recently we went on a short vacation. We could only leave for a few days, because it’s hard for business owners to find the time.  But…we made the time so we could keep our sanity. Everyone needs a little getaway!

One of our favorite things to do is scour flea markets looking for antique light fixtures, chandeliers, lamps, or anything that we might be able to turn into an awesome light.

One of our favorite finds was this simple white Hurricane Lamp that we found in an Antique Shop on the way to Colonial Williamsburg.

This Hurricane Lamp lights 3 ways. You can light just the top, or the bottom the light the whole lamp. It also has simple hand-painted flowers on it, with a lovely raised rose pattern on the glass as well.

Isn’t it beautiful?
Here is a great site on the history of Hurricane Lamps

Best of all this one is for sale in our shop! Browse our other selection of lamps and light fixtures, too!

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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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October 1st, 2016 by AdamsPearceAdmin

It’s that time of year again! People all over Central Arkansas are setting up their Halloween decorations,
and since we are obsessed with lighting here at Adams & Pearce; we took a trip over to Youtube to see what they had for ideas!

Here are the 5 Most Awesome Halloween Light Shows that we found!

#1. The 2010 Halloween Light Show from Creative Lighting Displays 

Getting over 6 Million views this video rocks! You may have seen this one on social media already, but it never gets old! They did a great job combining this lighting spectacular with Michael Jackson’s Thriller!

#2. What Does the Fox Say? 2013 from Edwards Landing Lights

This has over 8 Million views, and along with cool light show, we suspect it got so popular because of the song attached to it by Ylvis.  According to their Youtube channel, this one took over 8, 500 lights and 1066 computer animation channels. And this isn’t a business for them, it’s just a hobby! Someone has a lot of time on their hands!

#3. Party Rock Anthem Halloween Light Show

This house, based in California, put on a great show to Party Rock Anthem. We like the addition of the crowd dancing to it in their driveway!

#4. Halloween Light Show to Bohemian Rhapsody

Let’s face it. This song is super popular, and this crew from Odessa Texas did a great job on this one!

#5 For Whom the Bell Tolls Halloween Light Show from Tripp Light Show

Maybe it’s because we are children from the 80’s, but we enjoyed this light show to Metallica!

 

We hope you stay safe during this spooky season. Which one did you like best? Tell us in the comments!

P.S. If you need some help making sure your Central Arkansas lighting display has enough power to make an awesome performance this Halloween, Message Us Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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