Why Is My Electrical Equipment Overheating?

Posted on: November 25, 2014

Do you own electrical equipment that is overheating? If you’ve noticed any of your electrical devices, like a toaster or a radio, overheating you may have a serious electrical problem on your hands. Fortunately, at Kolb Electric, we have just the tools to diagnose and fix the problem.

Do You Need to Update Your Outlet Wiring?

Posted on: November 25, 2014

Is it time to update your outlets? This may not be the easiest question to answer! Your outlets are a fairly commonplace thing in your home—usually if they’re not acting up, they’re pretty much ignored. Unfortunately, by the time you get to the place where your outlets are acting up, you could be putting yourself in danger of a serious electrical malfunction or fire.

Holiday Lighting & Electricity Tips

Posted on: November 25, 2014

Decorating your home for the holidays is a time-honored tradition that many in the DMV area take part in each year. However, it’s important to be as safe as possible when putting up lights both inside and outside your home! When you string up lights in and around your home, you’re increasing your chances of an electrical malfunction. Make sure you follow these tips before and during your lighting setup!

If you have any questions, contact the electrical experts at Kolb Electric today!

Holiday Lighting Safety Tips

Your lights—both interior and exterior—require some careful inspection prior to hooking them up. One of the most common causes of fires around the holidays are faulty string lightings. In order to avoid any potential electrical fires, it’s important to:

  • Carefully inspect all light strands, cords, and bulbs. This is one of the biggest causes of holiday fires. If your lights show any signs of fraying or tearing, or have any signs of burn marks, it’s essential to throw these lights away. Using these lights significantly increase your chances of a fire. If you attempt to repair these strands, you can face electrocution. It’s best to invest in new lights at this point.
  • Use the correct outlet. It’s essential to use a grounded outlet when putting up lights for the holidays—especially for outdoor lights. This greatly reduces the risk of shorts and shocks in the wiring. Don’t gamble with the outlets you use—it’s better to be safe than sorry!
  • Turn off lights when not in use. We know lights look good, but it’s best to leave them off when you’re not at home. This will help you save on your electric bill and reduce the risk of a fire. Lights that are left on too long can overheat and potentially cause a fire. Always pick safety over style!
  • Only use outdoor lights outdoors. It’s important to use lights only for their intended purpose! Check the tag on the strand for proper identification. Outdoor lights have a different rating and may not be suited for indoor use due to their voltage or the amount of heat they produce.

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What Is the Most Energy Efficient-Lighting for Your Home?

Posted on: November 3, 2014

You’re always conscientious about turning off lights in rooms that you’re no longer occupying because you take pride in keeping a green and sustainable household. But along with your desire to conserve resources, you also want to find ways to keep your electricity consumption in check and your electric bill low. You might ask, “What are the most energy-efficient and cost-saving lighting solutions available on the market today?” The answer comes in two parts: Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Compact Florescent Lights (CFLs). There are a few key differences between these two lights, and figuring out which is best for your home based on your energy consumption is difficult. Fortunately, the experts at Kolb Electric are here to help!

LEDs vs. CFLs

Light emitting Diode (LED) is a semiconductor light source that has many advantages over traditional incandescent and ordinary fluorescent lighting in several ways. From their low energy use and long life time—more than 35 times that of an incandescent bulb—they’re a strong choice for home lighting. Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) are made by bending traditional fluorescent tubing into compact configurations that easily fit into any ordinary incandescent fixture. These use significantly less energy than incandescent bulbs and are moderately priced.

But which is best for your home? If your main concern is price, CFLs are the superior value.

  • If you want to place bulbs in a difficult-to-reach location, LEDs win because they need to be replaced less often.
  • LEDs are very durable. CFLs, like incandescent bulbs, are made of glass and break easily.

Whichever you choose, CFLs or LED lighting, you’ll have a brighter future when you say goodbye to energy-draining, expensive, and land-filling incandescent lighting. CFLs and LEDs: Win, win.

If you have any questions about the differences between LEDs and CFLs, contact Kolb Electric.


What causes the lights in my home to flicker?

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Do your lights flicker regularly? When you turn on your dishwasher or any other heavy appliance, do your lights dim briefly? Not only is this frustrating, but it could be the sign of a more serious electrical issue. While most people simply tolerate flickering lights, it’s best to understand what can cause flickering lights and why it’s important to get it corrected as soon as possible!

Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Does your circuit breaker keep tripping? Do you constantly have to go through the process of resetting your breaker to get your necessary electrical systems back on? At Kolb Electric, we know this is one of the more frustrating electrical issues you can deal with on a regular basis.