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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Republican House members are preparing themselves to take a stand to save the incandescent light bulb.

Monday, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 2417, the Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act, a bill to repeal the federal ban on the incandescent light bulb, contained in a 2007 energy law.

Sponsored by Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton, the bill would protect Americans’ ability to use the kind of light bulbs they want and not be forced to use mercury containing light sources such as compact fluorescent lights. Read More

As Electrical Contractors we have mixed feelings about the ban and this legislation to reverse it. The light bulb is perhaps the single most important invention by Thomas Edison. He worked on the invention in his two labs right here in New Jersey and Menlo Park NJ was the first city in the Nation to be lit by the Edison Light bulb, To see it banned is extreamly sad, but there are much more energy effecient lighting choices now.

Most of the reasoning for wanting to reverse the ban is that CFL flourescent lamps, that are widely replacing the Incandescent lamp contain mercury. However, there is a better although more costly choice that saves even more energy without mercury, which is the up and coming LED lamps. We predict that LED Lamp is the future of lighting to replace the Edison Incandescent Light Bulb.

Friday, May 13, 2011

New Jersey & Solar Not So Perfect Together

There is considerable confusion about whether an Electrical Contractor's License and Business Permit is required for solar-photovoltaic (SPV) installations in New Jersey.

The answer, direct from NJ's Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors who regulate the Electrical Contracting Industry in NJ is; with the exception of owners of single family homes performing the installation of PV panels on own home themselves is yes. See letter published in the NJ Construction Code Communicator Here

N.J.S.A. 45:5A-1 et seq., known as "The Electrical Contractors Licensing Act of 1962", States; "No person shall advertise, enter into, engage in, or work in a business as an electrical contractor unless they have secured a business permit and a license from the New Jersey Board of Electrical Contractors (the Board)."

The term "electrical contractor" is defined as a person who engages in the business of contracting to install, erect, repair, or alter electrical equipment for the generation, transmission, or utilization of electrical energy (N.J.S.A. 45:5A-2(d)).

SPV systems, by definition, are electrical work. They are a series of components that generate (the SPV panels), transmit, and/or utilize electrical energy. Any person engaged in installing, erecting, repairing, etc. such equipment must be an electrical contractor under the provisions of the Act. Read More

The Law applies to all Residential, Commercial, and Institutional, and Industrial installations of Photo Voltaic Panels.

Additionally any person who engages in these activities without a valid Electrical Contractors Business Permit may be charged with a Felony in the State of New Jersey. (151_C.2C21-33 of the New Jersey Statutes) Read Felony Law Here

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Place Safety High On Your Project List!

Do it Yourselfers: Put safety high on your project list!

If summer weather is sprouting thoughts of home improvement projects, you are not alone. Rising temperatures traditionally give rise to more remodeling, repairs, maintenance, landscaping and construction projects both inside and outside the home

Whether it’s putting in a new deck, remodeling, or landscaping, Advanced Electric Design & Service urges everyone to take precautions, particularly when working around electrical equipment and overhead power lines. Make sure electric tools are in good working order, with cords free from frays and cracked insulation. Be sure to use ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection when using power tools.

For added protection consider the installation of ARC Fault Circuit breakers on your existing circuits. More on ARC Fault Here

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

FloodPak Series FPL-Featuring Philips LifeLED™ Technology

Stonco’s new FloodPak is the ultimate in exterior lighting versatility. It is the perfect blend of performance, flexibility and architectural design.

The FloodPak is three fixtures in one! It’s a high performance cutoff luminaire for perimeter and site lighting. Rotate it 22.5° and it’s a semi-cutoff luminaire offering forward throw. Rotate it to 45° for floodlighting or turn it over to create indirect/accent lighting—the possibilities are endless.

The High-output LED FloodPak is a perfect blend of architectural design and performance. It Functions in environments with temperatures that range from -30°C to 40°C and can be surface mounted in various positions for forward throw with semi-cut-off.

The FloodPak can also be pole mounted or ground mounted using mounting accessories and is available in a variety of designer colors.

Its Patented LifeLED™ Optical System individually controls the placement of light in the target area minimizing glare. LEDs have an average rated life of 60,000 hours.