Archive for June 2016

Lighting Installation – A Definitive Guide

lighting installation colorado springsWhat is Lighting Installation?

We need light. I don’t just mean Vitamin D, soak up the sunshine kind of light, either. If we are to get anything done before or after dark, inside or outside, we need artificial light.

A SUPER Brief History

That’s where lighting installation comes in. What’s that? Indoor lighting may seem to us as natural as the sun sometimes, and understandably so. The first electric light was first patented in 1879, after all. That’s well over 100 years ago. I don’t know anyone on earth that old, do you? So, all most of us have ever known is indoor lighting.

Even before 1879, though, people were well aware of the need for light. We used candles and oil lamps for thousands of years. But of course, that means fire. I suppose that’s another story for another time, though.

What exactly is lighting installation? Simply put, it is the installing of artificial lighting into a building. This will include wiring and lighting fixtures, then the connecting of these two.

Although it did take time for many people outside of major cities to adopt the new trend, as early as 1881 electric lights were installed indoors.  (This was done in the Philadelphia department store of John Wanamaker.) Between then and the 1920’s electricity was the hot new topic. By that time, all the major cities of the U.S. had competing electric companies, each racing along with its own set of poles and wires, ready to bring the miracle of electric light and appliances to all.

As you can see, then, although indoor electric lighting is as natural to us as flipping on a switch without thought, it was a process to get to this point. Now that we are here, what are the options for lighting installation?

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Lighting Options

Although desk lamps and floor lamps are quite common for their mobility and power of shedding additional light into a space, that doesn’t exactly fall into the category of lighting installation. With a portable lamp, you plug it into an electric outlet, and if you move you can take it with you. When it comes to lighting installation the lights are hardwired into your home. That means they are connected to your ceiling or wall and you would have to detach the wiring in order to replace the light fixture (please don’t do this as an unprofessional electrician ) or to take it with you when you move. They are no less important, though.

Who doesn’t love the comfort of walking inside from a dark night and simply turning and flicking the switch? Your house lights up. Fears are abated. No, there are no scary monsters lurking in the shadows. That is the comfort of having lighting fixtures installed. No bumping into furniture, creaking of floor, as you make your way to turn the knob of the nearest movable lamp. No. Don’t do that. Two words: Installed lighting.

So, what are the options? In a good lighting plan there are three basic types of hardwired lighting, but almost endless variations of those three. They are: Ambient (or, general lighting), Task, and Accent.

  • AMBIENT Lighting

    Ambient light is the most dominant type of lighting in a home. It is lighting that covers a general area with a comfortable level of brightness. When you flip on the switch as first coming home, most likely it is the ambient lighting you are accessing. In a very small room or work space, this would also likely double as your task lighting.

    The types of lights used for this include chandeliers, recessed or track fixtures, wall or ceiling mounted light fixtures, and even exterior lanterns.

  • TASK Lighting

    Task lighting helps you to perform specific tasks. (Surprise, surprise.) Good task lighting would accomplish its job free of distracting glare or shadows. It would also be bright enough to prevent undue eye strain.

    Examples of task lighting are recessed, pendant, or under-cabinet lighting.

  • ACCENT Lighting

    Accent lighting is especially an option to those who wish to create visual interest in a room. This would include lighting that draws the eye to pictures, sculptures, or even the texture of a wall, window treatments or outdoor landscaping.

    The most common choices for accent lighting are the use of recessed lighting, track lighting, or wall mounted picture lights.

What Can I Do?

We are in an era where technology is becoming more and more a part of everyone’s lives. We may not be science fiction quite yet, but sometimes it eerily seems like it. We are past the days of gas lamps and candles to light our way. We all deserve to have good installed lighting in our homes.

If you live in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area, let Wire Works be your lighting consultants and installers.

Wire Works Company Incorporated

102 S Tejon Street Suite 1100

Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

United States

Phone: (719) 492-6955

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Wire Works Co Inc provides electrical wiring in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today – our specialized consultations can take your electrical wiringsecurity system installation, & home theater to the next level. Our electricians are certified and hold all proper licensing & insurance.

Power over Ethernet (PoE) – Testing & Installing Devices

power over ethernet colorado springsMany devices, like security cameras, require a separate power source – meaning that more wiring and complexity are needed. However, Power over Ethernet or PoE, is a better way of wiring – the Ethernet cable running to a device can also supply the power needed to run the device. This eliminates many of the problems of traditional CCTV security cameras. Power over Ethernet can also power other automated systems.

To install PoE (Power over Ethernet) systems,  basic electrical principles and rules need to applied. If issues occur during installation, a digital network tester must be used to  to measure and detect Power over Ethernet (PoE) errors.

Power over Ethernet (PoE) options

Two Power over Ethernet (PoE) variances are available. One PoE, referred to as “Standard PoE” ensures that a max of 12.95 watts is present at the device, in this case a security camera. This provides a working voltage of 37 & 57 volts DC.

There is also a higher variant of PoE, often referred to as PoE+.  Power over Ethernet Plus supplies 25.5 watts at a voltage between 42.5 and 57 volts at the device.

PoE Operating Modes & Power Specs

In addition to these two variances, two operating modes are available. Mode A supplies positive power on pins 1 and 2 and negative power on pins 3 and 6, while mode B uses pins 4 and 5 for positive power and pins 7 and 8 for negative power.

Two types of power supply are possible. A midspan injector is connected between the switch and the device. 12.95 watts is the maximum that Midspan can support.

Power Supply – Midspan PoE

Midspan operates in mode B and operates using spare pairs that are not needed for 10Base-TX and 100Base-TX Ethernet.

Power Supply – PoE Routers & Switches

As another option,PoE enabled routers and switches can supply the power. This is compatible with 1000Base-TX Ethernet speeds. Data lines supply the power.

PoE (Power over Ethernet) Problems

A Power over Ethernet device like a security camera can only operate when power is supplied. Therefore, power is supplied when the device is plugged in. The actual power supply is higher than the specs listed. Why? The power must overcome the resistance of the cable itself.  For PoE it is 15.4 watts and PoE+ it’s 30 watts.

4, 7, 15.4 or 30 watts are the max classes that PoE can supply.

A high quality cable is worth using in Power over Ethernet applications.  A poor quality cable will leave insufficient  power for the device, and it will power off. A high quality solid CAT6 cable is best, especially for PoE+, due to its higher current carrying capacity.

Digital Network Testers installing PoE

Need to know the length of a cable, or measure distance? A digital network tester can help!

Installing Power over Ethernet (PoE) requires the use of digital network testers. The availability of PoE, the maximum power available as well as the supply voltage range and power supply mode are displayed on a tester. The digital network tester will also identify which pairs are transmitting the PoE voltage, test the link speed and capability.

Network Testers can also show IPV4 and IPV6 protocols, ping IP and URL addresses and establish whether CDP or LLDP protocols are used. When using the network mapping capabilities, the tester will show MAC addresses, device names and IP addresses, in addition to VLAN identification.

To find errors and faults, link light identification on the tester can identify which port the cable is connected. Plus, a tone generator can even trace, show and identify individual cores.  Open circuits, short circuits and incorrect RJ45 connections can be identified.

How to install Power over Ethernet (PoE)

It can be overwhelming trying to find & install the right Power over Ethernet devices that are just right for you.

Let Wire Works Co Inc help. If you live in Colorado Springs we would be more than happy to be of assistance. With over 20 years of experience you can fully depend on us to provide work of the highest quality and with the most up-to-date techniques. Contact us!

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Wire Works Company Incorporated

102 S Tejon Street Suite 1100

Colorado SpringsColorado 80903

United States

Phone: (719) 492-6955

Wire Works Co Inc provides electrical wiring in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today – our specialized consultations can take your electrical wiringhome automation & security systems to the next level. Our electricians are certified and hold all proper licensing & insurance.

 

Home Automation Embedding – WHAT IS IT?

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A very brief explanation of what home automation embedding is:

Also known as domotics or “smart home systems”, home automation embedding refers to the electronic or automatic control of home systems. These include household features, such as lighting, heating, air conditioning, and various appliances.

A more in-depth, and more interesting explanation, goes a little bit like this:

History of Home Automation

The history of automation goes back further than many people realize. As early as almost 120 years ago Nikola Tesla made the first wireless remote control. (He used it for controlling a miniature boat. Hurrah for all the model boat enthusiasts!)

Only a few years later we see the start of electric or gas-powered domestic appliances, beginning with a vacuum cleaner. It soared on from there with refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, sewing machines, and toasters. (This was only for the wealthy, though. Those things were expensive.)

As time went on, and appliances were becoming more common place, the idea of home automation was played with more and more. And not just by science fiction authors. It wasn’t until 1975, though, when the first home automation network technology was developed.

In the year of 1984 the term “Smart Home” was first coined by the American Association of House Builders. On through the late ’80s and ’90s embedded home automation was slowly growing. Until we reach today, when it is absolutely booming.Home Automation Embedding Colorado Springs

Home Automation Today

Today technology is so affordable and readily available we generally don’t even think about it. Automation in both the home and business is a part of all of our lives. Not everyone has jumped onto the bandwagon yet, but millions now control their TVs, heating and AC, lightsalarm systems, and doors via controllers or smart phones. This is Home Automation!

But what do the individual terms mean?  Automation? Embedding? Why domotics, or “Smart Home”?

  • Automation

When something operates automatically it means that it works by itself, with little or no direct human control. So, home automation means that much of the items in the home can operate pretty much on their own. As an example, modern thermostats adjust minute by minute to daily temperature fluctuations in the home. So, other than us entering our preferred temperature, they operate automatically. More home systems are becoming automated every year.

  • Embedding

Originally, according to dictionary.com, the word Embed referred to fossils in rock. Today, it can refer to fixing any one thing to another. So, given the subject at hand, “home automation embedding” refers to the attaching of control systems to any automated object in your home.

  • Domotics

The term “domotics” has been used more and more as a way to describe how domestic appliances are being combined with computers and robotics. (It comes from mixing together the Latin word for home, domus, and robotics.) Really it’s just a cool was to say Home Automation, or Smart Home.

  • Smart Home

So, onto the last phrase: Smart Home. This term refers to more than just strictly automated appliances. Rather, it combines the above three terms into one. We’ve covered how pretty much anything in your home can be automated, and it can be embedded with control systems to make that possible. A Smart Home is one that takes these automated systems and gives you the opportunity to keep an eye on them by means of your smart phone or computer. Much like in Ray Bradbury’s short story There Will Come Soft Rains, a Smart Home provides comfort and efficiency whether anyone is home or not. (But, not in a creepy way.)

How Do I Get Home Automation Embedding?

Embedded home automation, or making our home a “smart” one, is something that is not only feasible in the modern age, but something that will make our lives so much better!

Ranging from “intelligent” stand alone objects to entire “attentive” homes that gather information with the goal of anticipating the occupants needs, the options are nearly endless. Whatever extent you wish to go with your home automation, we will be there to help. Contact Wire Works Co., and let us make life easier for you.

Wire Works Company Incorporated

102 S Tejon Street Suite 1100

Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

United States

Phone: (719) 492-6955

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Wire Works Co Inc provides electrical wiring in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today – our specialized consultations can take your electrical wiringsecurity system installation, & whole house generators to the next level. Our electricians are certified and hold all proper licensing & insurance.

Whole house generators installed in Colorado Springs – Protect your home from power outages

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Standby generator installation completed by Wire Works Co Inc

What is a whole house generator?

A whole house generator installation is good for those power outages when critical appliances can’t lose power, especially when you’re not there to deal with it!

Whole house generators help protect your family and every item inside it.  Oftentimes, a power outage happens when you least expect it. With a smart, well thought-out plan a professional electrician can ensure your home never loses power. Electricity is vital to our modern lifestyle. Ensure your investments are protected. A whole house generator solution can ensure the safety of your home, business and family.

Why trust Wire Works Co Inc with a whole house generators installation?

Wire Works Co Inc has over 20 years of experience in providing quality electrical installations. Our licenses and insurance are up-to-date. In addition, we have many testimonials from satisfied clients. Wire Works Co Inc serves Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. We are a local, trusted master electrician.  Contact us today to meet a friendly, helpful electrician who can help you with a standby generator installation.

How does a standby generator installation work?

  1. Email Wire Works Co Inc, or give us a call.
  2. WireWorks will schedule a time convenient for you to assess your home for standby generator installation.
  3. An easy to understand explanation and written estimate will be provided to you.
  4. Wire Works will install whole house generators customized to your needs. We pride ourselves on being clean and efficient.
  5. Any option you prefer to pay with -cash, check or credit card- works just fine!

Contact us now to set up a consultation & receive a written estimate.

Wire Works Company Incorporated

102 S Tejon Street Suite 1100

Colorado SpringsColorado 80903

United States

Phone: (719) 492-6955

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Wire Works Co Inc provides electrical wiring in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today – our specialized consultations can take your TV over fireplace installation, CCTV security systems, home automation & outdoor movies to the next level. Our electricians are certified and hold all proper licensing & insurance.