Monthly Archives: August 2016

Using LED and the Benefits

Long Life
Long life time stands out as the number one benefit of LED lights! LED bulbs have an exceptional operational life time expectation of up to 100,000 hours. This is 11 years of continuous operation or 22 years at 50% usage. If you leave the LED fixture on for 8 hours a day it would take around 20 years before you’d have to replace the LED bulb.
Energy Efficiency
LED’s are today’s most efficient way of lighting; an estimated energy efficiency of 80%-90% when compared to traditional lighting and conventional light bulbs. You can go back to the Comparison Chart from the previous blog and see how energy efficient LED bulbs can be.
Ecologically Friendly
LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent lighting bulbs contain a multitude of materials one being mercury, that is dangerous for the environment. LED lights contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, this will help you to reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third. A huge step towards a greener future!
Durable Quality
LEDs are extremely durable, they are built with sturdy components that are highly rugged and can withstand even the toughest conditions. Because LED lights are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts, they make great outdoor lighting systems for rough terrain, exposure and construction/manufacturing sites.
Instant Lighting & Frequent Switching
LED lights brighten up immediately when powered on, which has great advantages for infrastructure projects such as traffic and signal lights. LED lights can switched off and on frequently without affecting the LED’s lifetime or light emission. In contrast, traditional lighting may take several seconds to reach full brightness, and frequent on/off switching does drastically reduce operational life expectancy.

Switch Bulbs to LED!


At ARC Electric Company we are urge our customers to take an initiative with LED bulbs, LED bulbs have become an energy efficient option to lighting your home.


The pricing for LED bulbs has drastically dropped in the past few years, this energy efficient option lasts considerably longer than traditional bulbs. While the upfront costs may be a bit more than expected, the overall savings is worth it. Consumers are reducing their monthly power bills and re-coping their upfront costs.
LED, CFL Comparison Chart - ARC Electric Company


Monthly Reminder to Check Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors


Testing Your Smoke Alarms Monthly
*Smoke alarms should be maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions.
*Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the “Test” button.
*Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
*Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning to keep smoke alarms working. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.
*Smoke alarms need a new battery at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.


Testing Your CO Detector
*Test CO alarms at least once a month using the “Test” button to ensure it is drawing electrical power. It will emit high-pitched, loud beeping, usually louder than a smoke detector. During this test it will also speak to you.
*Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the CO detector and knows how to respond.
*If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries and replace. If it still sounds, call the fire department.
*Replace CO detectors every 7 years.


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Quote for Home Inspection Reports

Did you know that you can send us your home inspection report and from that we can work up an estimate for electrical services? We have worked with countless real estate agents, sellers and buyers to work up an free estimate for their home inspection report. Once we get a report, we will look it over and work up an estimate. If you would like to schedule the repairs, we would be glad to set that up for you as well.
When buying or selling a home, it is always a good idea to get an understanding of where the home’s electrical system. ARC Electric Company offers a 5 year warranty on all of our work and stand behind the quality of our services.
Please give us a call if we can help – 704-821-7005.

Electrical Safety After Severe Storm

Severe storms can cause a multitude of electrical safety hazards in and around your home. Lightning, downed power lines, and flooding are a few of the serious safety concerns associated with a severe storm. Unfortunately, many electrical safety hazards remain long after the storm has passed.
ARC Electric Company offers CurrentSAFE, the most comprehensive diagnosis of your homes electrical system! Our specially trained CurrentSAFE Technician can locate concealed electrical problems by providing this revolutionary electrical testing on residential properties without having to dismantle, damage or cut into any parts of the home. CurrentSAFE’s unique testing process ensures the electrical safety of a home along with reducing the risk of fire or electric shock by exposing any potential hazards that can and should be corrected.

Lightning Storm Facts for Kids


* Lightning is a powerful burst of electricity that happens very quickly during a thunderstorm.
* Lightning is caused by an electrical charge in the atmosphere that is unbalanced.
* The movement of rain and ice inside a thundercloud creates an electrical charge, with the negative charge (electrons) forming at the bottom of the cloud and the positive charge (protons) forming at the top.
* Opposites attract so the negative charge at the bottom of the cloud seeks out a positive charge to connect with.
* Lightning can occur inside clouds, between clouds and from clouds to the ground.
* When lightning strikes the ground it seeks out the shortest route to something with a positive charge, this might be a tree, a tall building or if they’re very unlucky, a person.
* Thousands of people are struck by lightning every year.
* Direct lightning strikes are usually fatal.
* Lightning rods (also called conductors) are metal rods or similar objects that divert lightning safely to the ground, they can often be seen at the top of tall buildings.
* Most lightning occurs over land rather than oceans, with around 70% of it occurring in the Tropics.
* There are bolts of lightning striking somewhere on Earth every second.
* Lightning strikes usually last around 1 or 2 microseconds.
* Lightning contains millions of volts of electricity.
* The average temperature of lightning is around 20000 °C (36000 °F).
* Lightning is usually produced by cumulonimbus clouds that are very tall and dense.
* Lightning can also occur during volcanic eruptions, dust storms, snow storms, forest fires and tornadoes.
* The study of lightning is known as fulminology.
* Astraphobia is the fear of thunder and lightning.