3 Ways to Improve Parking Lot Lighting and Increase Energy Efficiency

1. Group Relamping

Discharge lamps (metal halide, high pressure sodium) degrade over time, losing up to 40 % of their light output over just a few years.  The energy consumed doesn’t change, i.e. power bill cost, but the light level lowers. Think of it like a 400-watt lamp that’s only putting out the lumens that a 250-watt lamp would. Read more

We’re Growing and Hiring

“Life Savers! On Wednesday night before Christmas a tree fell on our power lines. My husband is on dialysis and the situation was critical. Belco arrived in 45 minutes and worked diligently until Christmas Eve to restore our power. This was our first experience with Belco. We will never use anyone else and highly recommend them.”

This  recent comment from one of our customers illustrates the commitment of our electricians to providing our customers with the best electrical service in Atlanta. Read more

Surge Protection-It’s Not Just for Computers Anymore

By now most people are aware of the need for surge protection for their computers and TV’s, but is there more in the modern home that you should be concerned with when it comes to power surges? Technology is finding it’s way into more and more of the items we use everyday. Read more

When To Upgrade Your Electrical System to Current Code

The following is an excerpt from a recent complaint posted on a consumer reporting website by a homeowner regarding an electrician in Atlanta:

He told me (the electrician)  he couldn’t connect the pool pump unless he did all this work and  that the house wasn’t up to code (turns out he meant up to current code, but I later found out from a builder that houses are just suppose to be up to the code at the time they were built so he deliberately misled me). He said he had to rewire the main panel in the house and totally redo the way the pool was set up or we could get electrocuted in the pool or the house could catch on fire from the wiring. He said it would take two days and cost around $3,100. He worked about six hours and then told. me it would cost more money than he thought he said I and I had to pay him the $3,100.

The National Electrical Code is a United States construction standard and is part of the National Fire Codes series published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Read more

Outdoor Lighting Maintenance – A Facility Manager’s Guide

Parking-Lot-LtgMaintaining parking lot, building, and sign lighting is a very important part of doing business.  A well lighted facility gives customers, tenants and employees a feeling of security and confidence at night, inviting visitation and increasing revenue.   Read more

How to Install a Ceiling Fan & 5 places Not to Install One

unscrewing fan assemblyInstalling a ceiling fan can vary from a very simple job that can be performed by a homeowner with basic handyman skills to one that is somewhat complex requiring the services of a qualified electrician.  There are many factors that need to be considered when dealing with ceiling fans: ceiling height, whether ceiling is sloped, condition of existing outlet box and whether it is adequately supported, access above the ceiling, how many switches are to be installed, will there be dimmers or remote kits installed, if the fan is to have a light kit, etc.   Materials required may include: fan brace, electrical switch, cut-in boxes, switch plate, romex and staples, down-rod, mounting kit,  pancake box and ceiling medallion. Read more

Atlanta Electrician Belco Electric Welcomes You

Welcome to the Blog for Belco Electric and to our first Blog post.  This blog is part of a brand new website that we have just published and which you can visit by clicking here: Belco.

Belco has been providing  electricians and 24-hour electrical service to residential and commercial customers in the Atlanta Metro Area since 1972.  My name is Gordon Watts and I’m the President/CEO. I’ve been working at Belco since 1983.  You will be hearing from other employees of the company in future postings. Read more