Redstone Electric

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to have a short circuit?

A short circuit is when two conductors (electrical wiring) touch together, one or more of the wires carry electric current and one that is grounded (green or bare copper) or the designated neutral (white wire) cause a disruption in the circuit to cause a spark and usually tripped breaker that cannot be reset. If you have a short circuit then it is best to call an experienced electrician for a repair.

I have a number of electrical outlets that don’t seem to work. Why are they not working?

If you have electrical outlets that are not working in your home then most likely one of three things is wrong:

• A breaker in your electrical panel has tripped or is turned off.
• A GFCI receptacle has tripped. This works much like a breaker.
• There is a loose connection in the electrical circuit that is not allowing electrical current to flow properly.

Why does my light flicker?

Your light could be flickering for a variety of reasons. However, the most common reason that our electrician sees is that there is a loose connection. In this case you would want an electrician to check out the switch or dimmer that is connected to that particular light fixture.

What is an electrician?

An electrician is someone who works for an Electrical Contractor. That electrician could have a variety of field experience. They are required to maintain a journeyman certification to be able work for an Electrical Contractor. The Electrical Contractor is responsible for the job performance of their electricians. An Electrical Contractor holds a license distributed by the state. That license is subject to the laws of and enforced by the state.

How can I/we save energy in my home or business?

The first step is to call an electrical contractor and discuss your issues on energy conservation. However, installing low efficacy lighting such as LED fixtures or bulbs is a great first step in energy savings.

Can I use extension cords for long term use to bring power to multiple items?

No, we do not recommend that you use extension cords in this way because the use of extension cords is not for long term or permanent use. Doing so is a fire hazard. It is important that you contact an experienced electrician to come out to your home to install a new plug or even a dedicated circuit if required.

Do I need an electrician to install lighting after a renovation project?

Using an electrical contractor is always the best option. However, if you are comfortable installing lighting fixtures on your own and you can follow the instructions provided with the fixture than you are doing great.

How do I properly dispose of light bulbs?

Contact your local government website to see the options for disposing of electrical waste.

When should I call an electrician?

You should call an electrician any time you feel unsure or uncomfortable working on an electrical project yourself.

How do I install a new light fixture?

The majority of new lighting fixtures come with installation instructions. Always feel free to call Redstone Electric to come install one for you!