LIGHTING & FIXTURES
RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL - REPAIRS, INSTALLATIONS, UPGRADES
Licensed electricians in Kaneohe know that electrical lighting and fixtures take the award as your home's most routinely used items. If you're on the Windward Side and need a repair, installation, or upgrade on anything powered by electricity in your home or office our electricians in Kaneohe, Hawaii are ready to serve you today. Call Windward Side Electric at 808-670-1383.
INTERIOR & EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Lighting, devices, and appliances no matter if they are inside your home, on top of your building, underneath your foundation, in between the walls, where there is an electrical repair, installation, or upgrade to me made, I'll be able to reach it one way or another. Usually out of reach places can accessed with a ladder, or some instances a bucket truck, either way, I am not afraid of heights and I will be able to access your fixture. In Hawaii we enjoy equal parts day and night year around. With that 12 hours of darkness our lights and electricity get used a lot. Make sure your ohana is properly illuminated and has a sufficient electrical system to power all of your needs.
KITCHENS & BATHROOMS
It is a lot of fun to completely re-wire a kitchen or bathroom. When people renovate or build a new home, I've done a lot of subcontract work to do the wiring of the entire house. When I say its fun to completely re-wire a kitchen or bathroom, I mean it's fun to talk to the owner and ask them what appliances they'll be using, what lighting fixtures they want, what kind of lighting they want to achieve, seeing their overall layout, and how they plan to use the area. After doing this for so long, I know exactly where, how many, and what types of fixtures and outlets should be installed. That is the biggest complaint I get from people after they move in. There are not enough outlets! Sometimes I am called to add extra outlets, or to up-size them because the previous contractor didn't take into consideration how the space or area would be used. I like to think ahead and make sure there is always enough outlets in the right spots. Ask me about hidden outlets that are there for your use, but out of sight so your space isn't a big checker board of outlets and switches.
Landscaping lighting is not for every house, but it can add incredible value and space to your property. A lot of homeowners underestimate the value of their exterior space. Let's just talk about the best part of landscape lighting: creative lighting plus landscape design equals the neighborhood's spotlight at night. Most homeowners opt for the solar powered pathway lighting to illuminate the walk ways into and around their house at night, this is by far the most popular use and application of landscape lighting. For the properties with more to show or that don't want to live in a black hole at night, landscape lighting is used to highlight and accentuate trees, palms, hedges, shrubs, and other landscape features. This can add tremendous value to your property. Exterior landscape lighting is easiest when installed during new construction, but can be tricky because the landscape features are still immature. Most commonly landscape lighting is installed later with either underground or aboveground conduit. Your space and budget will determine whether underground or aboveground conduit is the right choice. I do not recommend direct bury applications meaning trenching and laying the insulated wires directly on the soil and backfilling with soil. I always recommend trenching a minimum of 24"- 36" deep, installing conduit, pull the conductors through the conduit, backfill and compact, and always installing buried electrical warning tape 12" below the finished ground surface. This will alert someone at a later date that there is an underground electrical line below. This is always recommended for any underground utility in any application, residential or commercial.
The power and impact of architectural lighting is absolutely underestimated. Knowledge and creative architectural lighting design can truly add immediate value to a home or building. There are two facets to architectural lighting. One is proper illumination of the area to obtain to correct amount and type of light in order to make the most use of the space and the other is for aesthetics and how the actual light and light fixtures make the room or space look and feel. I am not an architect, but I have worked off of many lighting plans designed by architects and it is a specialty trade all in itself. While not an architect, I have installed and built hundreds of lighting systems and I have seen what works and what does not. I know all of the light fixture suppliers on island and I can always give you my opinion and recommendations on how you can achieve the look and feel you are after.
LIGHTING CONTROLS & DIMMER SWITCHES
Don't you just love dimmer switches? Just the right amount of light you need. Keep in mind that halogen and incandescent light bulbs and LED bulbs have their pros and cons in terms of dimming. Incandescent and halogen bulbs are compatible with virtually any dimmer switch and have a much lower initial cost. Their cons would be a short lifespan when compared to LED bulbs and high cost to operate due to inefficient nature of how light is generated. LED bulbs have been around for awhile now but have not completely replaced previous light bulb technology. It is important to note that LED bulbs and fixtures are not always compatible with dimmer switches and one must not assume they will be compatible without first researching and confirming. Other lighting controls to consider are motion detectors, motherboard or master controllers, which are usually linked to efficiency and energy conservation.
BALLAST & BULB REPLACEMENTS
Unknown to many people, light ballasts are critical in many electronic devices, the most common example of this is the florescent light bulb. Simply put, a ballast is the bodyguard for a florescent light bulb. The ballast receives an incoming electrical current and reduces the current to a lower amount before passing through the florescent light bulb without causing damage. This is one of the most common calls I get. The kitchen light doesn't work anymore, the breaker is closed, the bulbs have been replaced, but still no light. Replacing a ballast is a quick and easy repair and is easily confirmed to be the problem by checking the current with a multi-meter.
The most common use of motion detection is for exterior applications with a combination light, detector, and timer system. There are a variety of choices to choose from based on your need, but as far as an installation goes, they are the same as installing a traditional light fixture. One cool application to consider is installing a motion detection light in your garage. The light will always be there for you when you open the door from the house, your hands are full, and you don't want to worry about turning the light off behind you.
UNDER CABINET, RECESSED & TRACK LIGHTING
There are an unlimited variety and types of lighting fixtures available today that help illuminate and highlight interior and exterior spaces. When you have just remodeled your kitchen and have a beautiful koa island top or olivine marbled counter tops or handmade oak cabinets, you want the right type of light illuminating those surfaces and the right type of fixture holding that light at just the right angle. Functionality and style are always vying for the spotlight when it comes to interior lighting. Creative lighting in the kitchen has seemed to go from track lighting, to recessed lighting, to under cabinet lighting. All 3 are great options to get away from traditional in-expensive light fixtures. My favorite is the undercabinet lighting which provides useful light, will highlight and bring out the best in your counter tops, and makes the entire kitchen look rich and classy.
Ceiling fans are as common in Hawaii as a sink in a kitchen. People are constantly adding ceiling fans to move air in their homes and provides an inexpensive way to help keep cool by moving air and allowing for convection to evaporate water from your skin. If you really want to supercharge your cooling efforts, use a combination of an air conditioner and a ceiling fan to quickly and evenly circulate the cool air from the air conditioner. If you're looking to install a ceiling fan into an area that currently does not have an electric power source, I can install both the new power source, switch, and also the ceiling fan itself. There is absolutely no need to hire an additional contractor to install the fan after I have ran the power for the fan.
REMODELS, RENOVATIONS & RETROFITS
Remodeling homes and retrofits are two opposite ends of a similar category. While the terms remodeling and retrofit can each vary in their complexity and involvement, both require an existing system. On one end of a remodel, one could simply be remodeling a bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom or at the other end a remodel could literally mean tear down everything down to the studs, subfloor, or even a complete remodel down to the foundation. The latter would be better defined as a renovation. The retrofit usually includes replacing a specific part of a whole with something new while keeping everything else the same. The goal here as an electrician is to make it all work, but blending new and old and sometimes very old can be challenging. The number one most important factor is to evaluate the condition of the electrical system that is to remain and to verify the old system once connected to the new system will be able to handle the new electrical load as intended to be utilized.
BULBS: LED, CFL, FLUORESCENT, HALOGEN, INCANDESCENT
There are a variety of bulbs being used today and it is important to be aware of which ones your light fixture uses and the pros and cons of that particular bulb. While it is certainly interesting to nerd out on how light is created for each bulb, most people just want the light and only stop to think about the kind, size, wattage, how many lumens, temperature, cost of a bulb until they need to replace a burnt out bulb. While this is fairly simple to determine, just look at the existing bulb, access to the bulb proves to be the most challenging aspect of changing a bulb. Do not worry. There has not been a light bulb that I haven't been able to access in the 20+ years I have been an electrician. The future of lighting is currently here and although it will be surpassed by some superior technology in the future, the LED (light emitting diode) light bulb will become the new standard in common lighting applications.
CIRCUIT UPGRADES FOR NEW APPLIANCES
A large portion of my jobs come from people needing to up-grade and up-size an existing circuit for a shiny new appliance. Most common are ovens, washer and dryer, hot tubs, and more and more common these days are dedicated circuits for electric car charging stations. An on-site visit is absolutely required in order to evaluate the main feed into your home or building from the primary service drop from HECO, the circuit breaker panel, and the existing system. Sometime it is wise to create a new dedicated circuit for the new appliance you are installing to avoid overloading the circuit and to provide uninterrupted power supply.