From Christmas tree lights, Halloween lights, to the strings of lights decorating our cubicles, holiday décor is something that most of us consider to be part and parcel of the holiday festivities. There are many factors to consider even before we can put up the decorations as wrongful installation may cause severe complications for your electrical network.
Overloading Your Circuit
Plugging several power-hungry holiday lights into different sockets that are connected to the same electric line puts way too much pressure on the electric wires. This often leads to blown up fuse boxes and damaged extension cords. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are approximately 24,000 electrical fires per year. Faulty appliance cords, receptacles, and switches have been attributed to electrical fires during festive seasons.
Excessive Power Consumption
If you are considering using incandescent bulbs for your thanksgiving décor or Christmas décor, then you should reconsider. As stated by NASA, starting around Black Friday every year up until after the start of the new year, the light intensity in American suburbs increases by 30 to 50 percent. This light can even be seen from space! All that extra lighting costs money, and as you mull over that staggering statistics, it might be prudent of you to think of more energy-efficient lights, for example, florescent lights.
A fluorescent bulb produces less heat, so it is much more efficient. A fluorescent bulb can produce between 50 and 100 lumens per watt. This makes fluorescent bulbs four to six times more efficient than incandescent bulbs.
So, as we are heading towards the festive season, it is crucial to take into account all the factors that you should consider before setting up the holiday home decor, from safety, costs, and aesthetics. If you are in need of electrical maintenance, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical at (717) 207-9952! We are here to help you reach your holiday decor dreams without compromising your electrical networks.