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Hot Tub Electrician Colorado Springs

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Getting a hot tub isn’t as easy as picking which one you like the look of, and sitting it on your back porch. You have to get installed! If you need a hot tub electrician Colorado Springs, read on to find out how we can help.

Do You Need a Hot Tub Electrician Colorado Springs?

This is a great question.

Nobody really needs a hot tub. They’re just a way of relaxing after a long day. Ultimately, there’s only one person who knows if you need one or not, and that’s you. If you can afford it without breaking the bank, and if it would make a genuine difference to your quality of life, then you should go ahead and get one.

Where Should You Install a Hot Tub?

First, we’ll work together with you to pick the perfect place for it. Obviously there’s the question of whether you want it inside or outside. There are advantages to each. Having it indoors gives you more privacy, of course, but outdoors is more fun in the summer. More than anything, you have to pick somewhere that you’ll actually have room for it, plus a few feet either side to walk around it.

You’ll also need to pick somewhere that’s well ventilated. If your hot tub is an outdoor one, you’ll have no trouble with that. But indoors, you need ventilation or your walls and windows will get moldy. As such you should pick somewhere that’s near a window you can open, and that preferably has venting and a ceiling fan to circulate the air.

Finally, you should think of the weather. There’s no point having a hot tub outdoors if the weather only lets you use it twice a year. Having yours indoors means you can use it to unwind after a long working day, whether it’s summer or winter. And if you want to use it late at night, you could set the mood with specialist lighting!

Can You Be a DIY Hot Tub Electrician Colorado Springs?

It’s important to note that you can install hot tubs yourself. You can do anything you want with your property, provided you have the proper planning permission. However, there are two main reasons to avoid going the DIY route when it comes to hot tubs:

  1. You need to install electrical wiring. If you do this wrong, you could hurt yourself, start a fire, or worse. It’s not as easy as hammering in a nail or two! Water and electrics don’t mix, after all.
  2. Big projects like these tend to take longer than you think, especially if you’ve never tried before. The last thing you want is for a project like this to overrun, and leave your yard a mess for weeks.
  3. If you don’t have a foundation ready for it, you’ll have to create one. Otherwise, the weight of the hot tub plus the water and people inside it could actually make it tip, tilt or push into the soil underneath it. This is more work that you can probably do without.
  4. Hot tubs are big and bulky, and can be difficult to fit. You might need some help putting it in place, especially if it has to be plumbed in too.

Even if you’ve got a lot of experience with DIY, you should avoid working with wiring. Things can go wrong through no fault of your own, and your dream would turn into a nightmare! That’s why businesses like ours advertise our experience working with electrics.

How Do You Install a Hot Tub?

Before we install anything, you need planning permission to install a hot tub in Colorado Springs. These are issued by Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, which covers unincorporated El Paso County; the cities of Colorado Springs, Fountain and Manitou Springs; the towns of Green Mountain Falls, Monument and Palmer Lake; and in Teller County, the City of Woodland Park.

If the location of your hot tub is out in the yard somewhere, you might need to prep the site first. This means laying down a concrete foundation for it. You might also want to build a deck for it to sit on, depending on the style you’re going for. Then, you have to put the hot tub in place.

If it needs to be plumbed in, then you’ll need to run piping from your existing system to your hot tub. Fortunately, most modern tubs are self-contained. To keep the water clean, you use filters, cleaning powders and the pH level to stop bacteria from multiplying or algae from forming.

Next, we’ll have to wire up your hot tub so that there’s power for it. Otherwise, it’s a tiny pool that will never heat up! Most modern hot tubs are actually self-contained, which means they don’t have to be plumbed in. But hot tubs will always need power. We’ll wire it up to the mains for you, and install a new electrical panel if you need one.

Why Hire Us As Your Hot Tub Electrician Colorado Springs?

At Wire Works, there are three things that are more important to us than anything. They are our professionalism, our reputation, and our specialized knowledge.

  • We’re a local business, so our continued success relies entirely on our reputation. Without it, we’re nothing, because our business would dry up quicker than a hot tub with a leak! That’s why we pride ourselves on working to schedule and to budget. Everything we do, we do right, first time.
  • Not only that, but we’re professional—we treat your house as if it were our own home. That means treating you with courtesy, and leaving your house as we found it. We’re fully licensed and insured.
  • Last but not least, we specialize in a number of things, hot tubs included. Our specializations include home cinemas, security and lighting—which means that we work on lots of interesting projects with the people of Colorado Springs!

So, if you need a hot tub electrician Colorado Springs, give us a call and one of our friendly team will book you an appointment. Don’t delay—get in touch today!

Colorado Springs Kitchen Lighting

Thinking of sprucing up your kitchen? Or are you going for a complete remodel? Either way, lighting should be at the heart of it. Read on to find out everything you’ll ever need to know about Colorado Springs kitchen lighting!

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Colorado Springs Kitchen Lighting

Kitchen lighting is surprisingly important! When it comes to interior design, actually designing a beautiful space is one thing—but if you don’t have the right lighting to make the most of it, you might as well not have bothered. Lighting can transform your kitchen and make it look cleaner, bigger, more cozy… Anything you like.

Why Get New Kitchen Lighting?

There are a few reasons why you might need or want to get new kitchen lighting. As we said above, the right lighting can transform your home. If you remodeled your kitchen, but didn’t install new lighting to go with it, then you really should—so that you can fully make use of your new space.

Aside from that, though, there are a couple of reasons why you might want new kitchen lighting. The first is that you want to take advantage of different lighting options, e.g. LED. Depending on the mood you want to set, LED or dimmer switches and bulbs can help you re-imagine your kitchen in brand new ways.

You might also want more lighting. Say for example that your kitchen has one big overhead light; not only does that do little to give your kitchen character, but it can also make it hard for you to see what you’re doing. Under-the-cabinet lighting will illuminate your kitchen counters, making it easier to stay safe when you’re chopping vegetables, and making your kitchen just look better.

What Kinds of Kitchen Lighting Can You Get?

Lighting your kitchen is more complicated than you think—because there are lots of different ways to do it. Let’s take a look at a big list of all the different kinds of lighting you could use!

  1. Recessed lighting. These are lights that sit in the ceiling, rather than hanging down from it. These are really common in kitchens because they provide crisp, clear lighting for every corner of the space.
  2. Track lighting. These lights are basically the same as recessed lighting lights, except they’re on a track running along the ceiling rather than recessed. Track lighting is a great idea, because it allows you to position your lights however you like.
  3. Under-the-cabinet lighting. If you can’t guess, this is lighting that runs along the underside of your kitchen cabinets. They’re great for illuminating whatever you’re trying to do, and create a cozy contrast if you have all the other lights off.
  4. Wall lights. Wall mounted lighting is great for directional lighting: above, above and below, or to the sides. Again, this helps to set the mood in the kitchen.
  5. Overhead lighting integrated with a ceiling fan. To help circulate air around the home, you could have a ceiling fan installed. The light fits in the middle.
  6. LED vs Dimmable vs Regular lighting. LED lighting is typically more ‘blue’ or harsh than regular incandescent lightbulbs. Dimmable bulbs obviously can be made dimmer or brighter as the mood requires. You can also get clappers that turn lights on and off by virtue of you clapping, or energy saving bulbs. The choice is yours!

Good kitchen lighting is typically a mixture of two or three of the above. Recessed lights can provide enough light to cover every inch of your kitchen when it’s in use, but for when you want to eat and you want to set the mood, you can switch them off and rely on under-the-cabinet lighting instead, for example. Or you could stick to one big light combined with a ceiling fan, and have a number of wall lights to provide accents. It’s up to you.

How can you decide? By working with a professional! It’s fun to make your own plans, but it’s even more fun to see those plans come to life. Talk to a pro about any ideas you’ve had, and they can tell you how to make those ideas a reality. But who should you call?

Who to Call for Colorado Springs Kitchen Lighting

If you’re interested in new kitchen lighting, give Wire Works a call! We’re a locally owned and operated company that’s been here in Colorado Springs for years. We pride ourselves on our professionalism: however you need us to help, we’ll treat your house as well as we would our own, and leave it exactly as tidy as we found it!

It’s also important to call a real, registered electrician because installing new lighting doesn’t just mean installing new lighting. There’s cabling involved, too, and playing with cabling if you don’t know what you’re doing is dangerous. And depending on how much lighting you want to install—and whether you want more outlets for more appliances in your kitchen—you might also need to upgrade your electrical panel at the same time. This is all in a day’s work for a genuine electrician, but is beyond the knowledge of many DIYers.

How Can We Help with Colorado Springs Kitchen Lighting?

It all starts with you. Give us a call, and you’ll get through to one of our friendly staff. They’ll set up a time for one of our team to come to you, so that you can tell them what it is you’re after. After we figure out how to put your plans into practice, we can give you an estimate—so you’ll never be left out of pocket.

Then, we can set up a time and date to commence work. We schedule our work around you, to minimize disruption to your daily life. Let us know how best to do that, and we’ll do everything we can to oblige. Then? You leave the rest to us.

So, what are you waiting for? If you still want Colorado Springs kitchen lighting, give us a call today on (719) 492-6955. Alternatively, contact us through our online form and we’ll call you back as soon as possible.

Ceiling Fan Installation Colorado Springs

Looking for ceiling fan installation Colorado Springs? Well, you’re in the right place! Wire Works are Colorado Springs’ number one electrician company locally owned, and locally operated. But before we get into all that, let’s learn more about ceiling fan installation!

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Can You Install Ceiling Fans Yourself?

Yes, you can! If you already have a ceiling outlet, then installing a ceiling fan isn’t too complicated. You usually need the ceiling fan itself, some wire strippers and wire connectors, electrical tape, a drill, a circuit tester, a screwdriver, some pliers and safety goggles. And, of course, you’ll need a ladder to actually get up there and install it!

There are a few things that mean installing a ceiling fan is more suitable for an intermediate or expert than a novice. First of all, you’re dealing with electricity. The electrics in older houses, especially, can be full of surprises. So, you might think you’ve turned off the supply… But you really haven’t! Or old cables might have frayed and become exposed. And you might have to upgrade your electrical panel, too.

Not only that, but you’re working at height, which is more dangerous than your average DIY. And what you’re doing is permanent and difficult to fix if anything goes wrong. That’s why most people opt for contractors for jobs like these, even if they usually go the DIY route.

How Do You Install Ceiling Fans?

The first thing you have to do is turn off the electrical supply to the existing light at the breaker box/fuse box. If necessary, remove any facing and expose the wiring, using a circuit tester to check if any of them are still live. Once you’re sure that the electricity is off, remove the fixture. If the existing electrical box is plastic, replace it with a metal box that’s suitable for ceiling fans.

Then you have to follow the ceiling fan’s manufacturer instructions (since all ceiling fans are different). Normally, this involves fixing the bracket either as-is or using an extension, before fixing the ceiling fan in place and wiring it up. This all assumes that there’s already an electrical connection, which there won’t be if you don’t have a ceiling light/other electrics in place.

The point of hiring a contractor is so that they take care of everything for you. If you aren’t comfortable working with electrics—and don’t worry, because plenty of people aren’t—then a contractor can do it all for you. Not only that, but you can have peace of mind that it was installed correctly. So who can you call…?

Call Wire Works for Ceiling Fan Installation Colorado Springs!

We’re Wire Works, a locally owned and operated electrician company here in Colorado Springs. We’ve got decades of experience between us working on projects just like these. So why should you call us, and how does hiring a contractor work? Let’s find out.

What Sets Us Apart From Other Contractors?

We pride ourselves on three things: our reputation, our professionalism, and our specialization.

Our reputation is something that we’ve earned over the decades. We aren’t part of any big conglomerate, and we aren’t a big nationwide business that couldn’t care less about the people we work for. Our business is built on good customer service, prompt and high-quality work, and repeat business from happy customers! To go along with our reputation, we’re fully licensed and insured too.

To us, professionalism means leaving your house exactly how we found it! Not only that, but we complete every single one of our projects with the utmost attention to detail. And finally, our specialization in things like ceiling fan installations, home cinema and sound, lighting and security mean that we can offer better quality service than any other contractors out there!

So how does hiring a contractor actually work?

Hiring a Contractor for Ceiling Fan Installation Colorado Springs

It starts with you. Give us a quick call, and one of our friendly team will answer. We’ll set up a time and date for a house call, so that we can see what work you need us to do. When the day comes, we’ll sit down with you and figure out exactly what it is that you want. We can then take a look around and figure out how long it’ll take, and how much it’ll cost. Then we can set up a time and date from the work.

Why Pick Wire Works for Ceiling Fan Installation Colorado Springs?

When it’s time for us to install your ceiling fan, we’ll leave your house exactly how we found it. We promise that all of our work is done as quickly as possible, with minimum disruption to your daily life! That’s not to mention all of the advantages that come from hiring a contractor rather than doing it yourself. Like:

  1. Because we work in teams, and because of our experience, we get things done more quickly than you could on your own.
  2. You don’t have to tidy up after you get your brand new ceiling fan… Because we’ll do it all for you!
  3. Although we’ve got no doubt you’re capable at DIY, fixing or installing something for the first time can still be daunting. So if you’ve no experience with ceiling fans, you can relax while we do it all for you.
  4. Because you had us professionally install it, you can be completely confident of a job well done!

And if that’s not enough, we offer estimates for all of our work. We’ll never leave you out of pocket and jack up our prices unexpectedly, because what you see with us is what you get! So what are you waiting for? Give us a call today for ceiling fan installation Colorado Springs!

 

 

Ceiling Speakers Colorado Springs

If you’re creating a home cinema, or you’d just like to improve on your current living room, then you need ceiling speakers Colorado Springs! They’re a permanent fixture that will provide top-notch sound quality for years.

Needless to say, that’s why it’s so important that you pick the right speakers, and install them correctly. That’s where we come in, and that’s what this post is all about. So let’s find out more about them!

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What Are Ceiling Speakers Colorado Springs?

For starters, you can buy ceiling speakers either for your wall or for your ceiling. The way they work is the exact same. They’re like any other kind of speaker, but without a housing. Instead, you cut away either a part of the wall or the ceiling and have them there.

Why buy ceiling speakers? Let’s take a look.

  • They free up room in your home. Having a surround sound system can take up quite a bit of room, in between the sound bars, big speakers, small rear speakers and more.
  • And because there are plenty of high quality speakers available, you aren’t compromising on the actual sound system either. Ceiling speakers can be exceptionally high quality. Or, if you’re on a budget, you can find cheap ones too.
  • Not only that, but you avoid the need for tangles of wires all around the room. The more speakers you need, the more wires you have. This means having to buy cable tidies, or worse yet, run them through the wall. If you’re going to run them through the wall, just have ceiling speakers instead!

So, if you’re completely sold on ceiling speakers Colorado Springs, how many do you need?

How Many Ceiling Speakers Do I Need?

How long is a piece of string? You can have as many as you want, although after a certain point you do experience diminishing returns! These speakers usually come in pairs. If your TV has decent speakers or a sound bar, that means you don’t need so many. One on each side in the middle of the room, and two behind you would give high quality surround sound. But if you wanted, you could have two ceiling speakers, and ‘regular’ speakers in front and behind you. Ultimately, it’s all up to you and your budget.

Ceiling Speakers and Surround Sound

Ceiling speakers are the best way of achieving surround sound, without the need for lots of visible wires, lots of tiny speakers, and lots of effort. And because they’re installed directly, you can set them up for optimal sound, which will stay optimal for however long you use it. The principle of surround sound is in the name: it’s about having noise coming at you from the side, from behind, from the front, and even from above! The point is to make you feel like you’re really experiencing the movie. It’s the perfect complement to a 3D movie, because the sound is in 3D too.

Ceiling speakers help you achieve that. With ceiling speakers above and on each side of where you’re sitting, you’re creating that 3D sound (coupled with the speakers in front of you).

Do I Need Anything Else?

You most definitely do. If you’re installing a top quality sound system, you’re going to need top quality cable. If you wanted to scrimp and save on wiring, you’re welcome to, but you’re shooting yourself in the foot. Essentially, the longer the wire is, the more the sound degrades. This isn’t likely to affect you—it’s more to do with bigger rooms, like actual cinemas! But you’ll still need either two-core or four-core speaker cables.

Besides that, you also need ceiling speaker hoods. They’re big fabric hoods designed to fit around the speaker. They look almost like a cat bed! The point is that they stop noise from echoing around in the wall or ceiling cavity. This improves the sound quality of your ceiling speaker system. But even more importantly, it stops noise from spreading around the house. Plus, if you have an upstairs neighbor, it stops them from being able to hear whatever it is you’re listening to.

Can You Install Ceiling Speakers Yourself?

If you’re thinking of installing ceiling speakers yourself, you’ll need to be able to gain access either behind the wall or above the ceiling. You’ll then need to run the wire through to the TV or home cinema setup—if you do want ceiling speakers that use wires, that is. You can get Bluetooth speakers, although these are a little more expensive.

However, no matter what kind of ceiling speaker you buy, you’re going to need to power it. So your choices, really, are between a lot of wires and even more wires! All of this is to say that it’s perfectly possible for you to install them yourself, but it’s going to be a lot of hassle. If you’d prefer, we can do it all for you.

How Can Wire Works Help with Ceiling Speakers Colorado Springs?

We’re a locally owned and operated electrician company, and we can install ceiling speakers Colorado Springs—and more besides, like lighting and even security. Between us, we’ve got decades of experience, and we’re fully licensed, & insured. We pride ourselves on our work, our professionalism, and our reputation.

Better yet, we specialize in home cinemas. We don’t just do sound systems, we do everything—from the big screen to the lighting, and even upgrading your electrical panel if necessary. We’ve been installing home cinemas from scratch for years, right here, and we’re also the best port of call for repairs.

So, still need ceiling speakers Colorado Springs? Then why not give us a call? Our friendly team will set up a home visit so that we can give you a quote and a timeframe for the work. But it all starts with you, so get in touch with us today!

 

Looking For a Commercial Electrician Colorado Springs?

You need a commercial electrician Colorado Springs business owners can trust. Well, stop searching—you’ve found what you were looking for. We offer absolutely everything you could possibly need, and more! Let’s take a look at what sets Wire Works apart, and why you should choose us, no matter what it is you need.

Looking for a commercial electrician Colorado Springs? We could help you with signage, security, upgrades, repairs and more. So give us a call! Image courtesy of Storyblocks.

Fully Licensed Commercial Electrician Colorado Springs

For starters, we’re fully licensed to work on both residential and commercial properties. So you don’t have to hire half a dozen contractors, when you can have us do everything for you! We’re fully licensed and insured too.

Aside from being licensed, though, we’re actually good at what we do.

Fast

We know how important it is to get electrical issues fixed quickly. Every minute that your business isn’t in full working order is more money lost—that’s just the way it is. If we couldn’t use our tools, then we’d be stuck in the same situation! That’s why we take pride in the speed of our service, whether we’re repairing an electrical fault or installing new signage or lighting in your commercial property.

Dependable

We’re the commercial electrician Colorado Springs turns to when they need dependable service. We’ve been working here in Colorado Springs for twenty years, and have a client base of customers who trust us. Because of the huge range of local electricians, it can be difficult to know who to pick… But our twenty years of good reputation run before us!

Professional

Whatever we do,we do to the best of our abilities. Not only that, but we’re completely professional. Whenever we work on somebody else’s property, we treat it as if it were our own. That means leaving it in the exact condition we found it, tidying up after ourselves, and making sure that you’re ready for business. It would be a terrible way for us to run our own business if we created such a negative reputation!

Knowledgeable

Because of our experience, we have knowledgeable experts who’ve seen it all, and done it all. There’s nothing you can throw at us that’ll surprise us, and no project that’s too big or too difficult to understand that we can’t handle. Not only that, but we have a number of electricians specialized in different areas that you can ask for help from. Every single one of our employees doesn’t stop at their licensing tests, but keeps learning and getting used to the most up-to-date technology. This gives us a competitive edge, and helps us prepare for whatever we might have to tackle next!

We Work With Any Business!

We love working with varied businesses across the Colorado Springs area. No challenge is too big for us, whether your business is a tiny bakery or a big office block. Businesses across the board have needs when it comes to lighting, repair, servicing and upgrades and we’ll be there for you no matter what you do. If your business is…

  • A bakery
  • A spa
  • An office
  • A big industrial building
  • A sports bar
  • A fancy restaurant
  • A takeout
  • A library
  • A Mom & Pop store
  • A gym
  • A club

…Then give us a call. Better lighting could help you no matter what your business idea, and everyone needs repairs once in a while. So bookmark us, save our number, or whatever you’d like to do—so that you can find us later!

We Install…

For any business, it’s important to stay secure. Just one robbery might be enough to put you in the red, either because of damage caused or goods/cash stolen. Both home invasions and robberies against businesses are becoming more common these days, but we can help.

Wire Works can install security systems for you that will monitor and protect your business. We’ve installed cameras in many homes and businesses around the Colorado Springs area, and without fail they help the owner/occupier find peace of mind at last.

Besides that, we also install digital signage. We don’t need to tell you how important signage is, or the positive effect it could have on your business. Branded signage can draw customers in and increase footfall, or help customers by displaying important information like opening hours. And we’ll install it all for you!

Wide Range of Services

We offer plenty of different services to Colorado Springs businesses. As such, we can be there for you whether you’re opening a brand new store, or whether you’re facing teething troubles getting your signage to work! At Wire Works, we offer:

  • New building wiring, done completely from scratch
  • Rewiring, whether partial or complete
  • Electrical panel updates, whether your old panel has broken or you just need it upgraded
  • Lighting design and installation throughout your business (we don’t need to tell you how important lighting is!)
  • Projectors and big screens for offices
  • TVs and audio for restaurants, takeouts and more
  • Ceiling fans for any business
  • General servicing and repairs

We especially love working on lighting design and installation, either for businesses that are just opening or have been operating for years. But if you need anything in the above list, or even anything besides that, give us a call today. We offer free consultations, so call us today on 719-492-6955… No matter what why you need a commercial electrician Colorado Springs!

Home Lighting Colorado Springs CO

Home lighting does so much more than just help you see where you’re going. Home lighting Colorado Springs CO experts can help bring your house to life, using lighting techniques that highlight everything you want to see, and hide whatever you don’t. Not only that, but we’ll be done sooner than you think, too!

Interested in what home lighting experts can do for you? Then read on, and find out more!

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What Can Home Lighting Do For You?

You can have the nicest home in the world, but if it’s not lit well, it doesn’t count for a thing. Home lighting is what makes a good design great, and a great design exceptional. Let’s take a look at how you can use home lighting to make your home look better!

Install Accent Lights

First things first, you can install accent lights that highlight certain things, and leave others in the (relative) dark. Let’s take a kitchen as an example. You can use accent lighting to focus down on the worktop, so that you can more easily see what you’re doing. Alternatively, you could have the accent lighting pointing up and away from the worktop, so that light doesn’t bounce off your marble worktop and blind you as you’re trying to walk around! What we’re trying to say is that the choice is yours, because accent lighting is both versatile and useful.

Accent lighting is also a great choice for outside, either the front or back yard. You can use it in the back yard to create an ambience: to highlight certain parts of your garden, for example, or to dimly light a small and cozy living space outside. In the front yard, you can cast accent lighting up from the ground against the walls of your house, to make it look mighty and impressive—that’s curb appeal for you!

Lighting For a Home Cinema

If you’re thinking of getting a home cinema, the TV itself is only half of the story! You also have to think of the lighting you need to make your home cinema, well, a home cinema.

Good lighting in a home cinema doesn’t blind you: it’s muted and dim, like a real cinema. There are a few options you can go for, including down-lights and strip lighting that aren’t intrusive, but add to the experience. We make home cinemas from scratch, including lighting, sound, and setup.

So, we’re not just home lighting Colorado Springs CO experts. We work on home cinemas too!

Replace Old Fluorescent Lighting

One major bugbear that people call out home lighting Colorado Springs CO experts for is fluorescent lighting.

Let’s face it: nobody likes it. Either at home or at work, it’s too bright, and can give you a headache. So why not get rid of your headache, and replace it with some nice modern lighting solutions instead? You can pick between incandescent or LED for kitchens, for example, both of which are much easier on the eye than fluorescent. They’re also both easier to manage, because if a bulb blows, you just replace it. If only fluorescent lighting were that easy to replace!

Replace Your Electrical Panel Too!

If you’re planning on a complete redesign of your lighting, this can necessitate more wiring, and the need for more power. If your house is of a certain age, then the odds are that it has an electrical panel that’s not up to standard.

Back in the day, people didn’t need that much power. They would have had a fridge, maybe a radio and some lights—and that was it. But today, we have far more white goods, big-screen TVs, more lighting, more outlets… More everything! That means you need more power.

In the early part of the last century, for example, households only needed 30 amp fuse panels, which were the norm. Today, a bigger house that needs to meet the needs of a family might need a 200 amp one instead, purely because of the number of gadgets and equipment we use today. So while you’re getting your lighting upgraded, it might be best to upgrade your electrical panel too.

Home Lighting Colorado Springs CO Experts!

At Wire Works, our electricians have a combined 20+ years in the industry to back us up. We can take your ideas and bring them to life, whether you’re thinking of making your home look better inside and out, or you have to replace an ancient electrical panel in your Victorian-era home.

Why Hire Us?

Hiring Wire Works to work on your lighting job would be the best decision you could make. Why? Here’s why.

  1. Professionalism. We take care of every detail, and we’re not done until you’re happy with what we do. That’s real professionalism.
  2. Reputation. As a locally owned and operated business, our reputation is paramount—more important than anything else. Our work reflects the reputation we’d like to keep.
  3. Specialization. We aren’t the only electric company in Colorado Springs (unfortunately!), so we strive to keep ahead of the game by continuously advancing the education of our contractors and working with the latest technology and advanced techniques.

For us, there’s no job that’s too big or too small. So give us a call today at (719) 492-6955, or contact us online. We’ll get back in touch ASAP either through email or over the phone.

So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with the home lighting Colorado Springs CO experts today!

Electric Colorado Springs: Repairs, Security and Lighting

WireWorks are Colorado Springs’ premier electric contractors. We work tirelessly until you’re happy, on both small jobs and large. Interested in electric Colorado Springs? Then take a look at what we can do for you, below!

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Electric Colorado Springs

Our master electricians are some of the best in the Colorado Springs area. We work on a variety of electrical and lighting projects, including:

  1. New construction wiring
  2. Service/repair
  3. Remodels and additions
  4. Electrical panel upgrades
  5. Yard lighting

Electrical panel upgrades are especially important in older builds. They allow you to make the most of your home, and replace old panels that weren’t built for modern life. You might also need a more powerful electrical panel if you’re planning on an extension.

Repairs

You should never, ever put off electrical repairs- even if they’re minor. Needless to say, but wiring faults can be exceptionally dangerous. They don’t typically necessitate that you replace your entire wiring system, though. Just one short section is typically enough. Here are a few signs that you might need electrical wiring repair:

  • A strange, almost fishy smell. That’s the smell of electrical arcing
  • Feeling a shock when you touch a switch
  • Noticing that your breakers trip or your fuses blow more often than usual
  • Smoke
  • Discoloration on or around your switches and outlets

If you’re not certain whether you need repairs or not, it’s better to be safe than sorry. As we said above, frayed or broken wiring can be exceptionally dangerous. Electrical faults cause 51,000 fires each year, and almost 500 deaths. That’s no small number, especially considering that the majority of electric Colorado Springs repairs are so minor and affordable, even if you contact contractors like us.

Home Security

At Wire Works, we’re experts when it comes to home security. Unfortunately, there are around 16,500 ‘property related crimes’ in Colorado Springs each year. That’s 35 per 1,000 residents! Improving your home security system is normally enough to completely safeguard your property- the moment a thief spots that your house is properly protected, they’ll start looking for another house. So how can we help?

  • Lights… Having even just a small amount of movement-activated lighting is normally enough to deter most burglars. Making it obvious that it’s there, i.e. with a sign, also helps. Either way, if a thief knows that they’re going to be lit up when they’re trying to do their ‘job’, that’s enough to convince them to try a different house!
  • Cameras… Cameras go hand in hand with lighting. If the thief is still fool enough to try and steal from your home despite the lights, the cameras will mean you can identify them, even if they get away. Our cameras are wireless, easy to install, and affordable. You can even watch them from your computer, laptop or tablet so long as you have an internet connection.
  • Action! Last but not least, you have to think of your alarm system. The sound of an alarm isn’t just to alert you and your neighbors that there’s somebody there. It also confuses and distracts the thief. This can help you and your family get to safety, and gives you time to call the police.

So… Lights, camera, action! These three home security tools are more than enough to keep your home and family safe. We can help you with each of them, by sourcing the products, installing them, and helping you figure out how they work.

Home Theater

On a more pleasant note, we can also help if you want to set up a home theater. The right lighting and the right sound are essential if you’re thinking of setting up a home theater. Whether you’re thinking of a surround sound system, a wall mounted TV or a projector, we can help get the job done. So why should you consider electric Colorado Springs contractors instead of doing the job yourself?

First off, let’s get something straight: if you want a home theater, you don’t want to settle for anything less than the best, right? So let’s say you buy a big screen TV, an expensive sound system, some luxurious seats- great. But when you’re setting it up, you realize something: there are bunches of ugly wires here, there and everywhere! As electrical contractors, we can either run the wire through the wall, or use cable management to keep your home theater tidy.

Next, we don’t just help with installation. We can help you source your equipment, too, if you’d like. We only source the very best products, and at good prices too. And once we’ve installed them, we can help you get to grips with them, too.

Commercial Electric Colorado Springs

We also work with on commercial electric Colorado Springs business owners can be proud of. In the past, we’ve worked with:

  • Offices,
  • Spas,
  • Medical Complexes,
  • Industrial Buildings,
  • Sports Bars,
  • Restaurants,
  • Schools,
  • Libraries,
  • Shopping Stores,
  • Manufacturers & Factories,
  • Artist Studios,
  • Clubs and Gyms

You wouldn’t believe how much the right lighting can help your business. It makes your shop look warm and inviting, or relaxes the mood in a restaurant. It can make your gym seem energized and your sports bar the ideal place to watch the game. And for any business, the right lighting makes your business a better place to shop and work.

Give Us a Call Today!

So, if you’re in need of electrical repair or extensions, give us a call today. We’re BBB (Better Business Bureau) rated, and fully licensed and insured. That’s not to mention that we offer a free consultation, no matter what the job. So give us a call today at (719) 492-6955. We promise we won’t leave you feeling disappointed!

 

Why Should You Hire a Colorado Springs Licensed Electrician?

So, you’ve got some electrical work that needs doing around your home. It could be anything – from installing new lighting, to fixing an electric heater. Whatever the project is, should you attempt it yourself? Or should you hire a Colorado Springs licensed electrician?

There are pros and cons to taking both routes. However, when it comes to electrical work, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. It may seem appealing to attempt DIY work around your home, but is it worth the risk? If you aren’t a fully trained electrician, you could end up causing damage or hurting yourself.

There are five very good reasons why you should hire a Colorado Springs licensed electrician. Before you decide to attempt anything yourself, read our article. We’ll take you through these reasons so that you can make an informed decision.

Reason 1: Quality

One of the most tempting reasons for carrying out electrical work yourself is the cost. Many people like the idea of saving money by doing it themselves. After all, purchasing the materials and tools often work out cheaper than hiring a professional.

However, electrical work is not like regular DIY work, such as building bookshelves. If you aren’t a trained, qualified professional, you may not know how to spot a problem when you see one. It might be hard to tell if you’ve fitted something incorrectly. If you do something wrong, it’ll come at a cost. You could risk causing serious damage to your home, or even starting a fire. The amount you’ll spend on fixing the damage may end up being far more than what you’d have paid for a professional.

A Colorado Springs licensed electrician will complete the job to a high standard. Although you may pay more than doing it yourself, it’s well worth it.

Reason 2: Safety

Working with electricity is extremely dangerous. Everybody knows of the danger of electrical shocks and fire. However, would you know what to look for? A layperson – someone who isn’t a qualified electrician – may not be familiar with important electrical safety regulations. It’s not just a case of not mixing electricity with water, and covering plug sockets if there are toddlers in the house. There’s so much more to it than that.

For instance, many people don’t know that a loose wire inside a switch could potentially cause a fire. How do you know if you’ve tightened everything enough? And are you familiar with the proper protective equipment to wear when working with electric?

Licensed electricians are fully qualified to carry out electrical work. They’ve taken qualifications in electrical safety, and are familiar with all aspects of safe electrical maintenance. You can be sure that if you hire a Colorado Springs licensed electrician, you and your family will be safe.

Reason 3: Time

The third reason to hire a licensed electrician is that it saves you time. An unqualified layperson may take a lot longer to carry out electrical work than a professional.

It’s easy to imagine that something “simple” like installing a new light switch will be a quick job. But if you aren’t sure exactly what you’re doing, you may be surprised. Electrical work can be tiring, difficult and frustrating (even for the professionals, sometimes). If you do something wrong, the electrics can’t tell you why they’re not working. Sometimes, a job that seems like it’ll take half an hour can take a layperson days to get right.

Hiring a licensed electrician means you’re free to carry on with your life. While they work, you can spend quality time with your family. Run errands, look after children, or get on with another job around the home. Although you might spend less money doing it yourself, your time is worth more. A professional electrician will get the job done faster than someone inexperienced. This will give you more time to continue with the rest of your home renovations.

Reason 4: Insurance

Now to get on to the less obvious reasons. Have you thought about how attempting electrical work by yourself might affect your home insurance?

Working with electrics is not like working with wood, or laying a carpet. If you’re not a qualified professional, you may invalidate your home insurance by attempting it yourself. Many insurance companies will only cover you if all electrical work in your home is carried out by a licensed electrician.

Even if you do a great job, electrical appliances and wiring can develop spontaneous faults. If a fire starts in your home, your insurance company will want to know why. When they find out it was caused by an electrical fault, they’ll want to know who carried out the work.

A Colorado Springs licensed electrician will provide you with proper records of the work. So if anything does happen, you can prove the work was carried out by a licensed professional.

Reason 5:  The Law

Finally, it’s time to consider the law. In the United States, you can’t just carry out electrical work in your home at you please. What you can and can’t do by yourself varies from state to state. The state of Colorado requires homeowners to apply for permits for some types of electrical work.

If you carry out electrical work without seeking the proper permit, you might be breaking the law. When you come to sell your home, you’ll bear the brunt of this mistake. The buyer will want to proof that all electrical work was carried out by licensed electricians with the proper permits.

Hiring a licensed electrician will take all of this off your shoulders. They’ll obtain any required permits before they start the work, and provide you with a paper trail should you need to prove this.

Contact WireWorks today if you need a Colorado Springs Licensed Electrician!

If you need any electrical work doing in your home, contact Wire Works today. We’d be happy to chat with you about your requirements and give you a personalized quote. Our team of licensed electricians will be happy to work with you to the highest standard. You can be sure you’ll get the quality that you pay for.

 

Typical Cost To Upgrade Electrical Panel

Replacing your electrical panel is a complex job. It can make a real mess, necessitate repairs and replacements all around your home (not just your panel) and cost quite a sum too. Like we said, it’s a big job, but it’s a necessary one, especially if your house is more than forty or fifty years old. That’s the point of today’s post: below, we explain the typical cost to upgrade electrical panel and the wiring in your home, as well as all the reasons why you might need to. Take a look if you’d like to know more!

cost to upgrade electrical panel

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Why Upgrade Your Electrical Panel?

First off, why should you upgrade, especially if the cost to upgrade electrical panel makes it such a big job? There are a few very good reasons.

  1. If the electrical panel in your home is decades old, then there is a good chance that it will be more susceptible to faults. Faulty wiring is a major cause of house fires in the United States, and you can’t put a price on the safety of you and your family.
  2. If you didn’t know, most houses these days use circuit breakers rather than fuses. That’s because fuses are one-time use. Once a fuse blows, it can’t be used again, whereas you can simply reset a circuit breaker. Older electrical panels use fuses, which may be a reason why you’d like to replace it.
  3. Electrical panels are designed to provide a certain amount of power, up to a maximum. That maximum is typically between 100 and 400 amps. Put simply, that’s the amount of energy that it can distribute at any one time. Any more and there won’t be enough to go around.

When Should You Upgrade?

You can upgrade your panel any time you want to. But while that may be true, it’s best to do it before you have to. There are a number of signs that you should pay attention to which will warn you that your electrical panel is out of date, the most obvious of which is that your appliances don’t work. If you plug in electronics and appliances like your TV, chargers for various devices, kitchen goods and so on, but they simply won’t work at the same time, that means that you’re overloading your electrical panel.

Similarly, if your lights are flickering then that means the same thing. There simply isn’t enough electricity to go around, and you’ll need an electrical panel that provides more. You should also think about upgrading if you’re about to add an extension to your home. If you’re about to add another room to your property, or even if you’re just upgrading your kitchen, you should consider whether your electrical panel will be able to handle the extra workload.

Cost To Upgrade Electrical Panel

So, let’s get down to business: how much does it cost to upgrade electrical panel?

First things first, it depends on how old your wiring is. If you’re simply adding a new panel in a home that was only built ten years ago, you won’t have to replace your wiring. If that’s the case, you won’t have to replace wiring throughout your home, which is costly and time consuming.

In that case, then, you’re looking at the cost of parts and labor for a smaller job. The typical 200 amp panel costs between $100-$200, and the job itself normally takes between 8 to 10 hours. Naturally, this depends on the location of your panel and how easy it is to access and work in the space around it. Working in a cramped space can make the process take longer! There may also be other repairs which are necessary for your safety which will extend the cost of parts and labor. Overall, the average cost comes to $1500-$2000, including parts, labor and permit fees.

Cost To Upgrade Electrical Panel And Wiring

Say for the sake of argument that your house is fifty years old, and the wiring hasn’t been changed since the house was built. If that’s the case, you can’t simply change your electrical panel and call the job done. As we mentioned above, the older your wiring gets, the more of a fire hazard it becomes. Not only that, but your outlets, fixtures and circuits may also be damaged. If so, we would 100% recommend that you have these replaced too.

Of course, this does mean that the job becomes more complex, time consuming and costly. But if you leave faulty wiring in place for long enough, the risk of fire only gets higher. It’s impossible to give a ballpark figure because the cost depends on the size of your home, the number of floors in your home, how easy to access your crawlspace is and the age of your home as well. If you need an estimate for a job like this, we recommend that you ask us for a free estimate. We can visit your home, talk with you about what you need and recommend what we think is best.

What Next?

Your next step should be either calling us at (719) 492-6955 or message us through our contact form here. We can arrange a service visit at a time that works for you, so that we can take a look at your problem. Once we’ve had a chance to look around, we can suggest what we think are your best options- the ultimate decision is up to you. We also offer an estimate for our work, so that you’ll never be left out of pocket.

What are you waiting for? Call today!

 

All You Ever Needed to know about 200 Amp Breakers

Not everybody is familiar with breaker boxes and what they do. In fact, the average person doesn’t know much about breaker boxes at all. But if you don’t, its important to educate yourself. Such boxes help to prevent circuits from overloading and causing wire damage or electrical fires. In turn, they are essential to safety in any home. If you don’t know much about circuit breakers, we are here to help! Here is everything you could possibly want to know about circuit breakers, and what exactly 200 amp breakers are.

200 amp breakers

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What is a circuit breaker?

You can find circuit breakers on your home’s electrical panel. These panels are what takes incoming electricity and redistributes it throughout the circuits in your home. Circuit breakers are essential to the safety of any home or building. Their job is to prevent circuits from overloading. In laymen’s terms, what does this mean? It means that anytime a home or building’s electrical wiring has too much electricity flowing through it, the breaker will cut the power. Power will remain cut until the problem gets solved. Without circuit breakers homes and buildings would be at much higher risk of potential fires, equipment failures, and other wiring concerns.

What does a circuit breaker do?

Before we can understand what a circuit breaker does and what  200 amp breakers are, we first need to better understand the concept of electricity. There are three major attributes that make up electricity; voltage, currents, and resistance.

Voltage = A force or pressure that makes an electrical charge move. They’re understood in terms of “volts”.

Currents = The “flow” of an electric charge. In other words, the rate at which the charge moves.

Resistance = Is the amount of resistance offered by the conductor

Voltage, currents, and resistance all work together – and you cannot change one without causing change to another. So what does this have to do with your circuit breaker? Electricity in your home is initially received from a power plant. Inside your home, this electricity moves through circuits. One end of the circuit leads to the power plant, and the other leads to the ground. Whenever this circuit is closed, current can move through it. Electricity gets delivered to your home at a steady voltage, but all electrical appliances within your home provide a different amount of resistance. This resistance is what limits how much charge can flow through the circuit. For safety reasons, appliances are generally designed to keep a low current. If too much current were to pass through, the wires would generate too much heat, and a fire hazard would be the result.

This is how electricity should work in your home. But occasionally, things can go awry. In some cases, problems can cause resistance to minimize, pushing huge amounts of current through the wires. In turn, it becomes a safety hazard as the wires can overheat and create a fire. Luckily, it is cases like there where your circuit breaker will come to the rescue. When too much current is being pushed through, the breaker cuts off your circuit until the problem gets fixed.

How does a circuit breaker work? What does it mean to have “200 Amp breakers”?

Fuses are the simplest circuit protection devices. This is simply a thin wire that plugs into the circuit. When a circuit is closed, any charge that flows through it also flows through the wire or fuse. If the fuse gets too hot or there is too much current flowing through it, it disintegrates. This causes the circuit to open and prevents any further damage. Heres the problem with a fuse; you can only use it one time. If you blow a fuse, you have to replace it. This is why so many people are now moving to circuit breakers. They hold the same function as a fuse (opening when there is too much current), but you can use them more than once. How does it work? Unlike fuses, circuit breakers don’t “blow”, they “trip”. When this happens, all you need to do to restart them is simply flip a switch.

Now let’s talk about Amps. An Amp is a unit for measuring electricity. It is the standard unit for measuring how fast an electrical current flows. Each circuit breaker will have a maximum Ampage marked on its handle. This number represents the maximum Amp that can flow through the circuit before it trips. Before the 1950’s, 30 Amp fuse panels were the norm. Travel into the 1960’s, and 60 Amp panels became more widely preferred. Nowadays, 100 and 200 Amp breakers have become the standard. In fact, 100 Amps are the minimum allowed, while 200 Amp breakers are the preferred option.

What are the different types of breakers?

There are 2 standard types of circuit breakers; single and double pole. Single poles probably make up most of the breakers within your box. They are single switches designed for delivering electricity to smaller appliances. Double poles are for operating the larger appliances like washers, dryers, and dishwashers. These resemble two switches joined together.

So, why should you choose breakers? Well, you could just choose a simple fuse. But why continue to replace fuses when you can just flick a switch? Circuit breakers are an important choice in any home because they control your safety. Breakers help to keep the electrical currents flowing properly in your home, shielding you and your family from electrical fires. In terms of Amps, 200 is the standard in most homes today.

Where can you buy 200 Amp breakers? At WireWorksCoInc.com. At Wire Works Co Inc, we can help you install electrical panel upgrades that will keep your home or business safe. With the help of our professionals, we can ensure your home never loses power or suffers the consequences associated with a bad electrical panel. Invest in your safety today!

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