It doesn’t matter if you live in Brentwood or Hollywood, in the San Fernando Valley or down by the beach in Santa Monica, when it comes to adding onto your house, or building a new one, you should consider doing it with green technology. You’ll save energy, be more efficient, and help save the environment and money at the same time. A certified Los Angeles electrician will be able to assist you with what you need to get it done.
For the work inside the walls and the ceiling, you will need the normal electrical hardware such as romex, electrical boxes, and strapping. but remember, since we are in southern California with the earthquakes, it is necessary to make sure all of your strapping and support is solid. for larger installations in bigger buildings using racks for pipe runs, you will probably need seismic support. Your Los Angeles electrician will be familiar with the current California NEC codes and will do his work accordingly.
A place to really make a difference with green technology is installing energy star products. Installing energy star fixtures will make a big difference. these fixtures use about 1/4 of the energy as traditional lighting and the bulbs last up to 7 years with regular use. With the nice weather in southern California, you should talk to your Los Angeles electrician about installing energy star ceiling fans in most of the rooms. they are a great way to cool things down in the summer. Energy star ceiling fan/light combination units are 50% more efficient than conventional ones. for your residential lighting, energy star qualified LED lighting should be used. It uses 75% less energy than traditional incandescent and last 25 times longer. And when possible, use energy star qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s). they use 75% less energy than incandescents and last 10 times longer.
Now that you have installed energy star fixtures, fans, and lighting, it’s time to install energy efficient switches like occupancy sensors, motion sensors, and photocells. Your Los Angeles electrician can match the correct occupancy sensor and motion sensor to the specific type of fixture. in a nutshell, they pick up the body heat of individuals and turn lights on, and after a predertimed period has elapsed, they turn them off. they work great in garages, bathrooms, and hallways. the photocell can be used for lights outside like security lights. When the sun is out, it turns the light off, and when the sun goes down, the light is turned on.