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When was Electricity widely used? – A brief history of Electricity

when was electricity widely used lightningFor centuries humanity has been awed, inspired, and fascinated by electricity. Scientists of all generations have been confounded by the idea that it does exist but not understanding exactly how.  Not until pretty recently, anyways.

The first appearance in print of someone even using the word “electric” and “electricity” was in 1646. (This was in Thomas Browne’s  Pseudodoxia Epidemica.) These terms came from the Latin word electricus, coined  earlier that century by the English scientist William Gilbert who had made a careful study of electricity and magnetism. But when was electricity widely used?

Even though in the next couple hundred years we see scientists beginning to understand electricity a little more, it wasn’t until the late 1800s that the most progress and application took place. And that is where our modern history of electricity takes off.

when was electricity widely used Electricity use: 1830-1930

Though scientists understood that electricity exists and even how to produce and harness it (thanks to Michael Faraday, 1831), they struggled for a while with finding a practical use for it.

Enter: Thomas Edison.

During the end of the 19th century lived many great minds working on electrical application. But, it is Mr. Edison that finally produced an electric light bulb in 1879 that was reliable and long-lasting.

First use of this new luxury was by means of generators installed into buildings and homes. For instance, when was electricity widely used in the White House? In 1891 electric lighting was installed in the White House itself, powered by means of two generators. Neither the President nor his wife felt safe touching the light switches, however, for fear of electrocution. They left that responsibility to the staff.when was electricity widely used city grid

Soon afterwards, electrical stations in major cities began to spring up. This was great and all, but most of them were only able to power a few city blocks. So, in 1892, Thomas Edison’s personal assistant and executive at the lighting company, Samuel Insull, left to make great things for himself and others. In so doing he was able to achieve something that changed the electric industry forever.

Insull started work at an electric generation and distribution company called Chicago Edison. In the next decades Insull created cost savings in large-scale operations. In so doing, the more customers he got, the cheaper it was to provide power, and the more customers he got. And on and on.

Using high voltage transmission lines, Insull brought electricity to the suburbs and then the countryside. Over time, Samuel Insull made it possible for everyone to have electricity, not just the rich and famous. He consolidated. He mass-produced. He networked power. He changed pricing for customers who used electricity differently. He brought electricity to rural areas. He was the master businessman of electricity.

Sadly, Insull’s companies and wealth were lost in the Great Depression, along with so much else. As politics was always an issue from the beginning of electric power, now they took over pretty much completely. Federal intervention ensued and laws were enacted, both in the 30s and later in the troubled 70s. But, it wasn’t the death of electrical use.

when was electricity widely used electrical lightWhen was electricity widely used?

Today, we are a far cry from the start of harnessing electricity. We use it on a minute by minute basis. Not only do we use electricity in the powering of our homes – in lights, appliances, etc – but so much more. Our cars, planes, trains. Our phones, computers, gaming devices. Internet storage facilities, office buildings, grocery stores. Our lives are powered by electricity.

The electric industry continues to change and grow, despite constant politics. While making use of renewable resources, such as wind energy, the possibilities in electricity are far from over. In fact, the potential is nearly endless. There are things about it we still don’t understand, things left to learn and use.

To quote Sir Humphry Davy: “Nothing is so fatal to the progress of the human mind as to suppose our views of science are ultimate; that there are no new mysteries in nature; that our triumphs are complete; and that there are no new worlds to conquer.”

Recognizing electricity was observation. Curiosity sparked research. Imagination and the vision of potential worked together to drive men and women to the future.

So: Observe. Always remember. Keep dreaming. It is how you answered the question: When was electricity widely used?

And use Wire Works Co. for all your electrical needs. 😉

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 lighting installation, powering devices over ethernet & home automation to the next level. Our electricians are certified and hold all proper licensing & insurance

Electrical panel upgrades – Important for Safety

Why trust Wire Works Co Inc with electrical panel upgrades?

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 an electrical panel upgrade.

What are Electrical Panel Upgrades?

Electrical panel upgrades are important to ensure the safety of your home or business. As noted from the pictures above, bad electrical panels can wreak havoc!

Electrical panel upgrades help protect your family and every item inside of your home.  Oftentimes, a power outage or short happens at the worst possible moment. With a smart, well thought-out plan a professional electrician can ensure your home never loses power or suffers the consequences of a bad electric panel. Ensure your investments are protected.

 How does the electrical panel upgrade process 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.
  3. An easy to understand explanation and written estimate will be provided to you.
  4. Wire Works will install electrical panel upgrades 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 home electrical wiring  or business security systems to the next level. Our electricians are certified and hold all proper licensing & insurance.

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

###

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.

Professional Electricians in Colorado Springs – 5 Common Misconceptions

Everyone has opinions. As with many subjects, there are many items that people say or preconceptions they have. Some true, many untrue. This includes the subject of electricians. Particularly Professional Electricians.

Given this fact, I want to talk about some common misconceptions about Electricians. We’ll clear up 5 misconceptions about professional electricians in this article:

#1 Misconception: I can do the electrical work myself.

Some people think that being an electrician is something that every homeowner can “become”, and maybe should become. With the rise in a  “Do It Yourself” mentality many may be tempted to try their hand at electrical work. They may think that much like other household chores, electrical work can’t be that hard to master.

Yes and no.

Although almost anyone could become a Professional Electrician if they wanted to, there are definitely many skills that are needed for the job.  For example, an Electrician needs to have math skills and extensive electrical knowledge in general. One would also need experience in drawing electrical diagrams and a vast knowledge of code regulations. Without this training an electrical job would be dangerous, even impossible.professional-electricians-colorado-springs

#2 Misconception: Any General Contractor can do what a Professional Electrician does.

To many who have experience in construction work it may seem obvious that not every General Contractor can do what a Professional Electrician can. But to those with less construction knowledge it may not seem so black and white.

There are many areas of construction work, and while a skilled General Contractor may have quite a bit o’ knowledge on how electrical works, being a Professional Electrician is quite another story. Working with electricity is a specialized trade.

There is an extensive store of knowledge that is required of an electrician, whether he is an apprentice, journeyman, or master electrician. Along the way, not only do they acquire hands on experience, but there is also a degree of education involved that pertains directly to their field.professional-electricians-colorado-springs-outlet

#3 Misconception: Electricians will tear apart your walls!

Especially if one is remodeling an older home in which rewiring is necessary, the subject of how extensively the walls will be damaged can be a very real worry. It need not be.

The process of rewiring your home will not be a big worry if you find an electrician that has done that process before and is skilled at it. How extensive a Professional Electrician will need to see into your walls will depend greatly on their make-up (eg. brick or frame, plaster, paneling, one story home or two, etc.) Rest assured, though, this shouldn’t be a huge concern . There are many electricians skilled in this area, and even enjoy the process.

#4 Misconception: What Professional Electricians do is very dangerous or risky.

In the past electrical work used to be very dangerous (about a hundred years ago an electrician’s apprentice had a one in two chance of surviving his apprenticeship), and it still can be dangerous in some fields. For the vast majority of home or commercial work, though, a professional electrician will not be in great danger. In fact, most people who retain injuries or even have fatal contact with electricity are not electricians at all but are homeowners.

Professional Electricians have received significant training. And precautions are always in place to prevent injuries or accidents.

professional-electricians-colorado-springs-sign#5 Misconception: Hiring a licensed Electrician isn’t necessary.

For most of us, cost can be an issue. Because of this many people resort to hiring an unlicensed or uninsured electrician. Despite the small sum of money one may save by going this route initially, in the long run this could be a very dangerous decision.

An unlicensed electrician cannot guarantee the quality or accuracy of their service. If they do not fix your problem accurately your home or business could be in more danger than before. In the least, you may end up dishing out more money than you could have by simply hiring a licensed Electrician.

There is also the subject of safety. If your electrician is uninsured as well, there is the risk of them injuring themselves, others, or your property and not being able to cover that expense.

With these misconceptions out of the way, consider Wire Works Co., Inc. for your electrical needs.

Wire Works is a company of highly skilled, well-educated Professional Electricians. We are BBB rated, fully licensed and insured. We take pride in making sure our work is done safely and properly, and most importantly that our clients come out happy. You can feel at ease knowing that your home or business will remain safe and undamaged. Contact us today!

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 wiringsecurity system installation, home automation & TV over fireplace installation to the next level. Our electricians are certified and hold all proper licensing & insurance.

TV over fireplace installation in Colorado Springs

Why trust Wire Works with your TV over fireplace?

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.

What is a TV over fireplace?

A TV over fireplace allows you to enjoy the flames of of warmth and watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster.  With a smart, well thought-out plan a professional electrician can ensure your television investment is protected. In addition, a TV over fireplace solution can ensure the safety of your chimney, home and family. It is important to consider all the problems that may arise when mounting a TV over a fireplace in your home or business.

How does it work?

  1. If you prefer silence, email us. If you prefer talking, give us a call.
  2. WireWorks will schedule a time convenient for you to assess your home and unique needs.
  3. An easy to understand explanation and written estimate will be provided to you.
  4. After your agreement, Wire Works will install a lovely TV over fireplace for you. In addition, our installs are super clean and very efficient. We are often praised for our clean up processes and speed.
  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

###

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 automation & home theater to the next level. Our electricians are certified and hold all proper licensing & insurance.

 

Commercial CCTV business security – Why & How?

 

In an increasingly crime prevalent world our personal and business security is on our minds more and more. Also known as Video Surveillance, CCTV has been both trusted and doubted, relied upon and the source of much debate. What is the history of CCTV and how is it used today? What are the limitations  and what are the benefits? Let Wire Works Co Inc be your guide to security systems in Colorado Springs

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HISTORY OF CCTV

The first known CCTV installed was in 1942 Germany to observe the launch of the V-2 rockets. Seven years later the first commercially used CCTV was installed in the United States under the name “Vericon”. Unfortunately little is known about Vericon itself, and the continued growth of Video Surveillance in general was slow in the following decades.

Though there were some early forerunners in installation, CCTV didn’t really start taking off until the 1980s when surveillance by video began to spread all across the country in efforts to limit crime rate. Then, in the mid-1990s police departments joined in by installing surveillance in various public places, like schools and public park departments.

In 2014 there were an estimated 245 million video surveillance cameras worldwide in a variety of applications such as retailing, industry, banking, transportation, communication, health care, apartment buildings, hotels, and private homes. And in contrast with the poor abilities of early video surveillance, modern CCTV just keeps improving.

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DEBATE OF CCTV

There is strong evidence that CCTV aids in the detection and conviction of offenders, yet there is much public and political hostility toward video surveillance in the issue of personal privacy. Some even reference George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, calling CCTV “Big Brother Surveillance.”

While there are many published papers strongly against the use of video surveillance in public areas, the fact of video surveillance being used in private homes or small businesses doesn’t appear to be debated as heavily. And we believe for good reason. Most people will admit that not only does CCTV help business owners to run a more honest, safe, and crime-free business, it also helps with peace of mind. This peace of mind transfers over when video surveillance is used in the private home.

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LIMITATIONS AND BENEFITS OF CCTV

There is a wide range in the quality of the system you may look into buying. Ranging from just a couple hundred dollars to the many thousands, the cost of what you could install is affected by many factors. These factors also strongly influence the limitations and/or benefits of your particular CCTV system.

Among the obvious limitations of a camera system is that while it will record a crime taking place, a camera does not have the ability to immediately put up a force field or some such around the offender (we don’t live in a science fiction story). But, many CCTV systems do have the ability to work with the other security systems installed in your home or business. For instance, when alarms are set off in a particular area, the cameras in that area may have the ability to record at an improved frame rate and then transmit that to an Alarm Receiving Center. Some cameras can even identify, track and categorize things in their line of vision, with the help of video surveillance software.

Perhaps another limitation is actually within the type of recording system you use. Some need to be monitored live, whereas others can use recording technology. Among recording technology there are many options: Some can be recorded onto a DVR, which can then be watched and retained, or removed. Others have the ability to take high resolution images from the scene either on a motion-detection basis or by time lapse photography. Yet others will only record video based on motion-detection.

While there are many other factors to consider, and many pros and cons therein, the benefits of using CCTV in either your home or business heavily outweigh the limitations.

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WHY SHOULD I GET CCTV?

Prevent Crime.

Simply the presence of a security camera in sight of your business or home can deter not only outsiders from doing something they shouldn’t, but also (unfortunate that we have to consider this) our employees.

Evidence.

Let’s say a crime is committed, but we were either not home when it happened, or couldn’t get the offender before they left. Having your CCTV system set up to record can be a great asset as evidence against the criminal. On top of that, your system may be used in helping Law Enforcement solve a crime you weren’t even aware of.

Confidence in Security.

Many CCTV systems can link with the internet, therefore your smart phone or tablet. Since this is the case, you would have the ability to not only check on your home while you’re away, but also any loved ones you may be concerned about (such as elderly relatives). In your business, knowing that cameras are around can give customers the confidence that if something were to occur to endanger them, there would be recorded evidence of it. They would feel an increase of security in your establishment.

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How to install CCTV

It can be overwhelming trying to find the right CCTV system and software that is just right for you. And then, if you were to find it or are just looking to upgrade the security camera system you presently have, “who can I trust to install/ improve it,” would be a valid question.

Let Wire Works Co Inc do our best to help. If you live in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area 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 wiring,  home automation & security systems to the next level. Our electricians are certified and hold all proper licensing & insurance.

 

 

Outdoor movies | Summer is coming – watch TV outside

What are outdoor movies?

An outdoor movie allows you to enjoy a home theater whilst also spending your time outdoors – soaking up the sunshine or feeling the brisk air. With a professional electrician’s help, you can enjoy nature and your favorite movie on a huge screen. In addition, outdoor movies are something your whole family or large groups of people can have fun with. Imagine watching the big game with a cold beer on a warm Colorado evening as the sun is setting!

Plus, you can even get the best surround sound speakers in Colorado installed right alongside the latest in television technology.

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An outdoor home theater installation in Colorado Springs completed by Wire Works Co Inc

Why trust Wire Works with your outside movies installation?

Wire Works Co Inc has over 20 years of specialized experience in providing quality electrical installations. Our licenses and insurance are up-to-date. We spend hours researching the latest in home theater news & technology. In addition, we have many testimonials from satisfied clients. Wire Works Co Inc serves Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas of Colorado. We are your local and trusted electrician.  Contact us today  for personalized service.

How does it work?

  1. Shoot us an email or give us a call.
  2. We’ll schedule a time convenient for you to assess your home, outdoor living area and unique needs.
  3. An easy to understand explanation and written estimate will be provided to you.
  4. After your agreement, Wire Works will install a perfectly balanced outside movies experience customized just for you. Our installs are clean and very efficient. We are often praised for our clean up processes. No unnecessary holes in your walls will be left behind.
  5. Any option you prefer to pay with -cash, check or credit card- is great!

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 electrical wiring,  home automation & security systems to the next level. Our electricians are certified and hold all proper licensing & insurance.

 

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