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The Best Landscape Lighting Requires Electrical Wiring

Houchin Electric Does Light Right!

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Many benefits come to mind when considering installing outdoor lighting around your home. Proper lighting not only ensures safety to your guests when walking on uneven surfaces such as staircases or rock pathways, but also raises your outdoor landscaping into a whole new realm of outdoor decor. One benefit that most homeowners do not consider about outdoor lighting is it’s ability to deter criminal activity. Poor outdoor lighting creates shadowy areas around the entry points of your home thus creating a safe haven for burglars to enter you home without being seen. If properly installed, landscape lighting can act as criminal repellent.

What is the difference between professionally installed landscape lighting and do-it-yourself lighting?

When looking to accent walkways and entrances with light, the cheapest option is often not sufficient. Many of the “do-it-youself” lighting kits only act as a temporary solution due to their low quality and low energy sources. Most lighting kits on the market today are solar powered and often do not give out enough light. Such kits are often of inferior quality and that lack of quality shows in their uniform look. If you do happen to find a kit that truly feeds off of your home’s power, your best bet is to hire a licensed electrician like Houchin Electric to install it.

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Keep in mind, landscape lighting should not be just for illumination, it should fit within its surroundings. When Houchin Electric installs outdoor lighting, the lighting blends so well with the environment that the eye only sees what is being illuminated. Unlike do-it-yourself lighting kits, professionally wired outdoor lighting is not an eyesore to your landscaping during daylight hours.

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Many effects can be accomplished by installing landscape lighting. Lighting can be installed to simulate moonlight filtering through the trees. It can project the shadows of plants onto the wall, creating dynamic and interesting visuals. And some of the best professional lighting can even accentuate landscaping elements and draw your eye to them at night.

If you’re ready to improve the exterior look of your home or business with custom landscape lighting and illumination, give the professionals at Houchin Electric a call. We do light right!

Call us at 918-663-1818 if we can be of assistance. Browse our website HouchinElectric.com for more information.

Electrical Outlets Not Working? Check Your GFCI Receptacles

reset buttonOne of the most common service calls we receive is often resolved by the simple push of a button. If you’re experiencing a problem with some of your electrical outlets not working, your problem may be merely a tripped GFCI receptacle.

The acronym GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. As a safety precaution, GFCIs are designed to instantly open the circuit to prevent electric shock when in contact with water. Thus, they are most commonly used in areas that have potential to get wet, like bathroom outlets, kitchen outlets, garage outlets and outdoor outlets. GFCIs are very sensitive and can occasionally trip or open the circuit at other times. Being exposed to things like unusual amounts of moisture, an electrical storm or a power surge can easily cause a GFCI to trip.

What many people do not know is that their other normal receptacles (non GFCIs) may be protected by a GFCI receptacle somewhere else along the circuit. So if some of your electrical outlets are not working, you might try the following solutions before making a service call.

If you have kitchen electrical outlets that are not working, you should look around the counter top and along the kitchen walls for any GFCI receptacles. Make certain to look behind small and large appliances. If you find a CFCI receptacle, look to see if the reset button is pressed in. If the GFCI receptacle is working properly, pushing the test button will cause the reset button to pop out. A sharp click noise can be heard when the test button is pushed. Now, after you have reset the GFCI receptacle, check all of your other kitchen outlets to make certain they are working. Keep in mind, many kitchens have two separate GFCI receptacles to protect the many appliances and other electronic gadgets that are often used in kitchens.

If you have bathroom electrical outlets that are not working, be sure to check each bathroom in your home for GFCI receptacles. Follow the same directions listed above for testing and resetting your GFCIs. Depending on your home’s design, each bathroom may have its own GFCI receptacle or multiple bathrooms may be protected by just one GFCI.

If your outside electrical outlets are not working, be sure to check every outside outlet, every garage outlet and every basement outlet for a tripped GFCI receptacle. Follow the same procedures listed above to reset your GFCIs.

Likewise, if your garage outlets are not working, check all around the interior of your garage for a tripped GFCI receptacle. The same goes for your basement. If you basement outlets are not working, check all around the basement for any tripped GFCI receptacles.

If you’ve tried everything listed above, and your GFCI receptacle will not reset or your outlets still do not work, then unplug any electrical devise that is plugged into the non-working outlet and try resetting the GFCI again. If this works and the GFCI resets, you may have a problem with whatever electrical devise you unplugged. If this does not work, you may have a tripped circuit breaker. Check your circuit breaker and if that is not the problem, it’s time to give us a call at Houchin Electric, (918)663-1818.

Find out more about Houchin Electric Company and why we’re Tulsa’s Best Electrician. Visit our website at HouchinElectric.com



Call Houchin Electric for Commercial Parking Lot and External Lighting

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Parking Lot Lighting

Investing in a properly functioning parking lot lighting system is an important factor in running a successful business.  At Houchin Electric we realize a well lit commercial business parking lot is not only more secure for your visiting customers but it also cuts down on possible break-ins and vandalism to your property. Houchin Electric has extensive experience in repairing and upgrading parking lot lights to increase lighting to desired levels.

Lighting for Safety and Aesthetics

The professionals at Houchin Electric can design and install parking lot and external lighting systems for both practical and ornamental purposes.  Houchin Electric has the skills and experience necessary to create aesthetically pleasing and decorative lighting to compliment the landscaping and architecture of any facility.

Decorative and Functional Parking Lot Lighting

The team at Houchin Electric will work with you to determine the style and size of parking lot poles you need to meet your decorative and functional purposes. Whether you desire standard 25-45 foot light poles that are more cost effective for large parking lots or you want shorter 12-16 foot poles to provide a more elegant atmosphere, Houchin Electric is your parking lot lighting source. Please visit our website at houchinelectric.com for more information or call us today for an estimate!



Outdoor Electrical Outlets

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Every home should have outdoor electrical outlets. They just seem to make life easier.

Having outdoor outlets installed at your home will allow you the ease of having electric power outside, close and always available when you need it. Imagine no more attaching multiple extension cords together to reach great lengths; no more plugging in extensions cords inside your home and dragging them outside, under the door or through the window.

Outdoor electrical outlets are perfect for when using an electric lawn mower or other power garden tools. They also come in handy when decorating for the holidays.

Say goodbye to yards and yards of extension cords and call Houchin Electric about installing outdoor outlets at your home today.

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Recessed Pop-Up Electrical Receptacles

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Are you tired of power cords hanging over the edge of counters to reach side-mounted outlets? If so, a recessed pop-up electrical receptacle is just what you need.

These outlets pop up when needed and can remain recessed below the counter when not in use. They are the perfect choice for eliminating the safety hazard of power cords hanging over counter edges.

Simply press down on the cover and the receptacle pops up, ready to use. These receptacles are ideal for counter top power solutions for kitchens, baths and other work surfaces.

Your kitchen or work surface will look so much cleaner and organized with a new pop-up receptacle.

Call Houchin Electric about installing recessed pop-up electrical receptacles in your home or office.

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