CMW Electric
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Light the Night

Landscape lighting is a night light for the neighborhood. It brings an ambience to an area that would otherwise go unnoticed, while it also offers the bonus of adding safety and security to your surroundings. Where there is light, there is also less opportunity for crime.

Landscape lighting is more than a few lights on the pathway. A variety of techniques work together for a complete effect, including:
 
  • Uplighting. Uses a low fixture location to focus light on objects, often on a shrub, tree or architectural feature.
     
  • Path Lighting. Uses low fixtures for directing illumination along walks, stairs and other pathways. A shield on top directs the light down and outward to prevents glare.
     
  • Downlighting or moonlighting. A bullet-type fixture is placed above eye level, sometimes in a tree.
     
  • Backlighting. Also called silhouette lighting, the special effect illumination uses a wash light fixture to illuminate a large surface.
 
Some aspects of landscape lighting can be relatively safe for the homeowner to install. But beware of hazards from loose fixture connections or too many fixtures connected on one cable. Give us a call to learn more about lighting your yard.
 

Child Safety

Electricity in the home makes everything hum, buzz and run – just like magic. Like any magic, of course, it can attract the attention of children. Outlets are a dangerous attraction. If a child sticks wet fingers, or worse, a piece of metal, into an outlet, electrocution can be the result.
About 100 kids die every year by electrocution. What’s more, 86% of the reported injuries involved children 1 to 4 years old. You’ll never be able to contain a child’s natural curiosity, but there are many things you can do to protect them:
 
  • Plastic Outlet Protectors.
  • Tamper-Resistant Outlets.
  • Tamper-Resistant Outlet Face Covers.

Call us if we can help in any way.
 

21st Century Lighting

Improved lighting technology has transformed the traditional light switch into a multitude of options and automation – just as our lighting needs have grown to meet the new technology.

Dimmers are growing in popularity, but they’re more than “mood lighting.” They also save energy. If a light is dimmed by 25 percent, electricity use is reduced by almost as much.
 
Central lighting stations have also blazed a trail into the modern home. A central control panel can monitor and control all switches and dimmers within the household – turning any or all lights on or off at the touch of a single button.

We’d be glad to come out and discuss the lighting in your home.

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