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Electrical Gremlins And Old Homes

When I bought an old house because I fell in love with the charm, I was completely unprepared for some of the issues that come along with homes of that age. One of the biggest surprises to me was the electrical issues I experienced. Everything from having to unplug everything in the kitchen to use a compressor in the garage to tripped breakers from a single air conditioner left me frustrated and confused. I called an electrician and learned a lot during his inspection. If you are thinking about buying an old house, this blog is for you. I hope that my knowledge and first-hand experience can help you avoid some of the disasters that I faced.

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Lighting system repair, especially exterior lighting of a commercial property, can be rather complicated. From lights on the outside of the building to parking lot lights, there is a lot to consider when various lights need to be repaired. The following is an example of the damage caused by a runaway vehicle (or an inattentive or inexperienced driver) that plows through and damages many of the different lights on your commercial property and how to fix the lights with an electrician's help.

You Have One Parking Lot Pole Light Damaged, Several Damaged Landscape Lights, and One Motion Detection Exterior Light Destroyed

For the sake of argument, let's say that this driver was driving very fast, very erratically, and crashed off the pole light, plowed through the landscaping near the building, and ended up "climbing" the wall with the front end of the vehicle before coming into contact with the motion light and turning into a crunched ball of metal. (It could happen; there have been enough vehicular accidents where people intentionally hit buildings.) That said, you have lights of three different sorts that all need your attention or, rather, the electrician's attention. 

How This Lighting System Repair Job Will Go

Your electrician will examine the damage done to the parking lot pole light first. These are safety lights to keep customers and employees safe at night. They are important lights in the prevention of crime and the prevention of assaults. Ergo, the electrician will probably want to fix this light first.

These lights are operated by two separate systems. First, they are on their own electrical timing system in the bases that look like concrete pylons. A hatch opens in each base to give an electrician access to the controls. The controls determine when to turn these lights on or off and how much power to feed to the bulbs all the way up on top of the poles. The second system is the electrical cabling that runs from the poles to the power stations inside the building. There are switches here that control the lights and these switches can shut off the pole lights completely. Your electrician will want to use this set of switches to cut the power to the damaged pole before starting to repair it. 

Next, the landscape lights are easily replaced. If they are hardwired into the building's power supply, the electrician turns the power off and removes these lights. Then he/she installs new lights and secures them in position. Finally, the motion light on the outside of the building is repaired by simply replacing it with a solar reproduction. 

For more information, reach out to a company that offers lighting repair services.