Christmas Lighting!

This time of year everyone is decorating for Christmas and often times trying to out do the neighbor or even just adding a little more each year. Unfortunately with this can come issues… tripping GFCI’s and breakers. A few things that will help with the frustration is to first try to switch over to LED light strings. LED strings pull less wattage than older strands of bulbs and thus more can be used on the same circuit. Second, make sure all cord ends and joints (where two strands or more plug together) are covered. You can use Saran wrap, something most people keep on hand, to wrap the joints and help keep them free from moisture and problems. (This particularly helps if you have a sprinkler system that comes on regularly and also helps with roof lighting when extension cords and such are in roof valleys and along the gutters.) Third and final tip would be that most homes have a single GFCI circuit, usually controlled or protected from a garage outlet, that protects all outside outlets. This means that all outside outlets and the few in the garage are usually on one single circuit, so if all the lighting is plugged in to one circuit you are more likely to overload it and pop breakers or trip GFCI’s, as most garage/outdoor circuits are only a 15 amp circuit or 1800 watts. This is plenty of power if nothing else is plugged in to the circuit, but if you have a fridge in the garage or other appliances or power tools this drops significantly. As a fridge will draw 800 watts or more. In Conclusion if you lean towards celebrating with a Griswald type Christmas light set up, you may want to think about adding a few dedicated circuits around the home, even outlets in the soffits on a switch or smart switch to come on when wanted. We would be happy to help you figure out how to get your Christmas lighting done safe and right. Hope this helps and have a safe and happy Holidays. From all of us to all of you Merry Christmas!!!

Plugs and Switches

Did you know that plugs and switches can wear out over time from constant use?  If you have plugs that are loose or wobbly or that don’t just plain don’t work anymore this is a sign it’s time for a replacement. If your plugs and switches are 10 years old or older it also might be a good idea to switch them out.  If you do switch out your plugs and switches ask your electrician about upgrades and extra’s that are available.  Below is an example of a plug with a built-in night light.  Theses are nice little upgrades you can make to your home to add value and convenience.


If you want a quote on new plugs and switches call Bierman Electrical 281-757-3678

Electrical Check Up

Did you know the electrical systems in your home should have an occasional check up? Over time the wires in your home can become loose or damaged so it’s a good idea to have a professional come in and check things out every once in a while to avoid larger problems in the future.  If you notice any of the following it might be time for your electrical check up…

  • Loose or Wobbly Plugs
  • Breakers that keep tripping
  • Fuses that keep blowing
  • Lights that Dim, Flicker or Bulbs that continuously burn out
  • Sizzling Noises or Burning Smells
  • Frayed Wires

If you think it’s time for your electrical check up give us a call and we will be happy to assist.  Bierman Electrical Services 281-757-3678