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What’s So Special About LED Lights?

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LED lights are made from a cluster or strip of Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs. There are many characteristics of LED lights that make them far superior to incandescent or fluorescent globes, such as their incredible efficiency and benefits to the environment.

LED lighting is a relatively new and emerging technology. You might have heard a few of their benefits, but here’s the rundown on what makes them so special.LED lights

LED, or Light Emitting Diode Lighting, is the latest development in lighting technology that is good for your wallet, as well as the environment.

 

LED Lights Save Energy

The first thing that is touted about LEDs is their incredible efficiency. In fact, they consume up to 80% less energy than a standard incandescent light bulb. When you consider that lighting takes up around 10% of a homes energy use, you can really see where the savings come in.

They Last Longer

Along with being efficient, LED lights also have an incredibly long lifespan. Incandescent bulbs can often blow after a year, however, LED lights can clock in over 100,000 hours before they need to be changed. Most manufactures claim they will last somewhere between 50,000 and 80,000 hours. That’s 5-10 years!

They Produce Less Heat

Everyone knows how hot an incandescent bulb can get. You’ve probably gone to change a globe to find it scalding hot before having to wait for it to cool down. And no one wants hot globes, especially in the middle of summer.

But why are they so hot? Incandescent lights are incredibly inefficient, 20% of the energy is converted to light, while a massive 80% converts to heat. So how do LED lights compare? Well, only 10%-20% converts to heat and the remaining 80%-90% all to lighting. Energy efficient and cool.

They Are Good For the Environment

There are numerous reasons why LED lights are better for the environment than standard globes. For starters, they use less energy – that’s a given. They also don’t contain some of the harmful chemicals that other globes do. For instance, neon lighting contains mercury, a harmful toxin if not disposed of correctly. As LED lights don’t have to be replaced so often they produce less waste. And on top of this they are made from 100% recyclable materials.

ED Lights Come in a Range of Colours

A criticism of non-traditional lights is that they don’t have the nice warm globe of an old-style incandescent bulb. Some people are taken aback by the harsh, cold lighting of newer style lights, especially where mood is crucial.

However, fear no more, because LED lighting is now widely available in a range of colours, including warm white (similar to an incandescent bulb), a slightly lighter soft white, as well as bright white, which is great for specific tasks.

They Save Money

Yes, as they are a newer technology, LED lighting is more expensive than traditional lighting. However, when you factor in the savings in energy and replacement costs, they will quickly pay back what they owe you.

If you have any questions about installing LED lighting in your home or business or have any other electrical queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with HunterCon today.

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Understanding The Basic Electrical Parts and Components In Your Home

By | Electrical

Every household in the world relies on a variety of electrical components to function. However, many people have little understanding of what these are, how they work and what their function is.

It’s important that you at least have some basic knowledge about the electricity in your household. You’d be surprised how often this will come in handy, and it may even help keep you safe in an electrical emergency one day.
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Understanding the basic electrical parts and components in your home is very important. Let’s take a look what the meter box, circuits, fuse board and breakers do and how they work.

The Meter Box

When electricity is delivered to your home, it first goes through your electrical meter box. This is what measures how many units of energy your household uses. This is measured in kWh – kilowatt hours – and is what your energy provider uses to determine how much power you used during your billing cycle (and hence how much you will be charged).

You are charged by the number of total units used in a cycle, meaning the total kWh used. 1 kWh is the amount of watts used, multiplied by the number of hours used, divided by 1000. For example, if you use a 1000W electrical appliance for one hour every day, then the total kWh used by this appliance is one kWh per day. How much this costs you will depend on your energy provider.

Circuits

For energy to flow to light sockets and power points in your home, it needs to travel through a path or “circuit”. It is called a circuit because it contains two wires: one that delivers electricity from the generator to the destination (this is ‘active’) and one that carries electricity back to the generator (this is ‘neutral’), thus completing the “circuit”.

The Fuse Board

The circuits delivering electricity to different parts of a house are all connected to single fuse board. This is the “brain” of the whole system. When electricity is delivered to a house, it first flows through the meter box, then is carried to the fuse board. From there it is distributed throughout the house via various circuits, hence why is it also called the ‘distribution box’. There are not circuits for every powerpoint and lighting socket in a house, rather they are grouped into different categories (for example there may be one for your hot water system, one for your stove, three for your power points, and two for your lighting).

Circuit Breakers

Each circuit group has a switch, which are called ‘circuit breakers’. Labels will usually indicate which part of the house each switch controls. In the event that a circuit is overloaded it could become very hot and pose the risk of starting an electrical fire. The circuit breaker’s job is to stop this happening. If the current flow exceeds the rated amp value of the circuit, the switch is opens, “breaking” the flow of the current, shutting the power off to that circuit in a extremely short amount of time, stopping any chance of an accident happening. The circuit can be connected again simply by closing the switch.

Main Breaker

The fuse board also has a “main breaker”. This is the first component that receives electricity after the meter box. This is kind of like the master power switch – if you need to shut off power for the entire house, simply flip this switch.

Trip Switch

The trip switch is a kind of master circuit breaker that monitors the flow of current through all electrical wiring and disconnects the supply of electricity if it detects any abnormalities, from the tiniest imbalance (such as if a power board is overloaded) to large surges (such as during an electrical storm). If the amount of current flowing in is the same as the amount flowing out, the switches remain on. If there is an imbalance, the switch is “tripped” and the flow of current to the entire house is cut off.

If you have any questions regarding electricity in your house, or are looking for a quote for electrical installations, repairs, or general maintenance, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.

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How To Choose The Best Electrician

By | Electrical

No matter how big or small the job at hand, when it comes to electrical matters with your home or business – from installation and maintenance to inspections and repairs – it’s important to work with electrician you can trust. But how do you choose the best electrician? There are a few attributes that the right electrician for you will have. Let’s take a look at what they are.best electrician

Choosing the best electrician in Sydney will require you to consider a couple of factors. Let’s take a look at what they are.

 

What Are Their Skills?

The best electricians are those who are competent with a range of electrical services and are familiar with working with all kinds of electrical components. You don’t want to get stuck in a situation where you need to engage multiple service providers.

Our experienced team have wide skill sets and are more than capable of handling all kinds of
electrical components that may be required in residences, offices, business and industrial facilities, including:

• Powerpoints
• Light switches
• Dimmers
• Indoor lighting
• Switchboards, control panels and junction boxes
• Wiring
• Ceiling fans
• Outdoor and garden lighting
• Sensor lighting
• Bathroom electrical, including lighting, heating and exhaust fans
• TV antennas
• Telephones wiring
• Communications systems
• Emergency lighting
• Smoke alarms
• Security systems

We offer a range of ongoing electrical services too, including general maintenance, electrical fault inspection and repairs, rewiring or wiring repairs and safety checks.

Do They Have Good Recommendations?

A great way to quickly and easily assess the reputation of an electrician is to look at their online reviews. The best electricians will always have good recommendations on Facebook, Google, and other platforms.

How Well Do The Communicate?

The best electrician will be the one that communicates clearly and in a timely manner – from the first phone call to finishing the job. Expertise is always evident in how well your electrician can answer your questions, how clearly they quote, and the manner in which they interact with you over the course of a job.

We pride ourselves on always putting relationships with our customers first. Having a nimble team means we can offer ongoing support to all of our clients and see that you always know who you are talking to. We always quote transparently, so you know what you’re getting and how much it is going to cost you. If you have any questions about an electrical matter, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Are They Licensed?

As with any trade, knowing you are working with a certified and qualified electrician will you ensure peace of mind during the job and after its finished. If you do not, you could potentially be placing you, your family, or your staff and your patrons at risk.

We are fully licensed electrical specialists with a wealth of experience in all aspects of the industry. Our entire team is fully qualified and equipped with the skills and knowledge to handle any job you throw at us.

Are They Local?

Electrical repair and maintenance is all about speed and efficiency, therefore working with an electrician who is local is very important. Some electrical issues are even considered emergencies, and may require attention right away – you don’t want to be left in the lurch by a provider who is based on the other side of Sydney.

We are based in the Inner West. However, our operations span the greater metro area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West. We always respond to calls quickly and aim to be on-site as soon as possible.

With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing electrical services of the highest quality. If you’re looking for a quote, get in touch with us today.

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7 Benefits of Using LED Lighting

By | Electrical

Over the years there have been numerous developments in lighting technology. The latest and most talked about of these is the emergence of LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting. You may have heard that using LEDs is very beneficial for both your energy bills and the environment, but you may not exactly understand why. So, let’s take a look. Here are some of the benefits of using LED lighting.

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Choosing the right lights for your home can save you money and reduce your impact on the environment. Here are some of the benefits of using LED lighting.

LEDs Have a Longer Lifespan

This is by far the most beneficial aspect of switching over to LED from traditional lighting – they simply last longer. The average LED light will last between 30,000 and 100,000 operating hours or more, which is at least twice as much as most traditional options. The standard incandescent bulb will only last around 1,000 to 2,000 hours. LEDs are different to standard lighting options in that they don’t burn out. Rather the diodes lose their output levels and they simply get dimmer over time.

They Are More Energy Efficient

The other (equally important) benefit of using LED lighting is that they are far more energy efficient than other options. They require very low amounts of power to operate – between 50% and 90% less energy than standard bulbs. This results in significantly lower energy bill for you.

They Are Far More Sturdy Than Other Types

Incandescent, fluorescent and halogen and other lighting options require a filament or neon gas to operate. Most are also housed in glass. These components are fragile and tend to break easily if they are bumped or tampered with in any way. LEDs on the other hand are a semiconductor device that convert electricity into energy. Thus they are far more sturdy.

LEDs Are Eco-Friendly

LEDs are the eco-friendly option when it comes to choosing lighting. First of all, they consume far less energy than other options. Secondly, they do not contain any of the toxic chemicals that are found in some lighting. For example, neon lighting contains mercury, which can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of responsibly. LED lights are made from 100% recyclable materials. And, because they last longer, you will not need to replace them as often, which reduces the impacts associated with production.

They Are Safer Than Other Options

LED lights produce very little heat, less than 20% of the energy they consume, whereas typical incandescent lights can convert up to 90% of the energy they consume them directly into heat. Obviously, LEDs are the safer option. Also, because they consume less power they can operate effectively on low-voltage electrical systems, meaning they are less likely to cause any issues in the event of some kind of electrical emergency.

They Are Flexible When It Comes To Design and Configuration

LEDs can be configured in any number of ways to suit the aesthetic and atmospheric needs of a wide variety of spaces.

LEDs produce only a small amount of infrared light and close to no UV emissions, meaning they are ideal in spaces where these factors can have an impact (such as an art gallery or stores with fragile products).

If you have any questions about installing LED lighting in your home or business, or have any other electrical queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

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11 Ways To Reduce Your Emissions at Home

By | Air Conditioning, Electrical

It is extremely important that as a global community we all take steps to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. There are a number of ways you can do this in your everyday life. Many are to do with lifestyle choices that we won’t look at here.

What we do want to bring to light is what you can do in your home to reduce emissions. Most of these are very easy and can make a huge difference in the long run. Let’s take a look.

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There are many things you can do to reduce your emissions at home in order to do your part for the environment. Most are very easy.

 

Check Your Insulation

Poorly insulated homes will require far more energy to heat. If you live in an older home, it is a good idea to check what kind of insulation you have, and consider how this can be updated if necessary. This doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg – there are DIY insulation options that are very effective and affordable. For example, if you can access underneath your floors, you may be able to pack insulation (such as foam) between the joists.

Change Your Lightbulbs

Energy efficient light bulbs are a slightly larger investment when you buy them, but they use far less energy in the long run. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LEDs are better options than incandescent bulbs. And if everyone makes the switch, it can eliminate a huge amount of greenhouse gas.

Upgrade Your Water Heating

Older gas and oil boilers are extremely inefficient and can be hugely wasteful when it comes to energy consumption. Consider upgrading your boiler – this will require an upfront investment, but you will save money in the long run, and help reduce your emissions significantly.

Buy Energy Efficient Appliances

Those star ratings on your appliances aren’t just a marketing tool – they actually mean something. While all modern appliances need to meet a certain standard to make their way into the market, the more stars, the more energy efficient your appliance will be. Although those with more stars are more expensive, they will save you money in the long run and are much more environmentally friendly.

Consider Ways You Can Use You Appliances Less

Sure, we buy appliances because they make life more convenient. But do you sometimes use yours unnecessarily? Do you use your dryer when you could just as easily sun dry. Do you put a load of dishes on when the dishwasher is basically empty, or when you could have washed them by hand? Do you use your heater or fan when the temperature is actually quite nice? Think about all the ways you can use your appliances less and get into better habits. You’ll be surprised at how much of an impact this can make.

Use Lights Less

If you’re in the habit of leaving lights on unnecessarily, make a conscious effort to switch them off when they aren’t being used. The same goes for electronics like computers, TVs and stereos – switch them off when not in use. Even when on standby these things consume quite a lot of energy.

Seal Your Doors and Windows

Seal your windows – a lot of heat is lost through windows, often through small cracks and gaps. Sealing these is a cheap and effective way to save energy. The same goes for doors. Snakes are cheap and a really great way to stop the passage of air between rooms and indoors/outside. Grab yourself a few and use them where possible.

Consider Investing In Renewable Energy

If it’s within your means, consider investing in renewable sources of energy like solar power. Solar panels can be expensive but they are extremely sustainable.

Take Short Showers Not Baths

A large portion of the energy used by households is for heating water used for bathing and showering. Showering uses significantly less water than bathing and is a far more energy efficient option. When you do take a shower, keep it short. On a similar note, try and limit all running hot water, such as when you are brushing your teeth, cleaning your face or wet shaving.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Get into good habits with recycling everything you can and reducing your overall waste. Buy products with minimal packaging to reduce waste. Compost what you can. Recycle your clothes. Think sustainably!

Keep Your Air Conditioning Unit In Top Condition

Regularly cleaning maintaining your AC system will help ensure it is running at maximum efficiency and not wasting any energy unnecessarily.

We pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient electrical and air conditioning services of the highest quality. If you’re looking for an air con installation quote or electrical advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

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Electrical Emergencies: What You Need To Know

By | Electrical

It goes without saying that electricity is an incredibly important part of our daily lives. We take it for granted – it is simply one of the things that make the world turn. However, electricity can fail us at times. In our homes, this is usually because of poor wiring and faulty appliances, and this can present potential dangers to you and your family.
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Electrical emergencies can be potentially dangerous for you and your family. Here’s what you need to know about what they are and what to do.

Some issues are fairly straightforward and shouldn’t be a cause for concern – if you cannot solve the problem yourself, simply call your electrician to get it sorted. But in some cases, a situation may be considered an electrical emergency. Let’s take a look at what this means and what you should do in these circumstances.

What Is Considered an Electrical Emergency?

An electrical emergency is basically any situation involving electricity where people could potentially get hurt. This is a fairly broad description but it is the only possible one because every situation is different. Determining whether something is an emergency will require some personal judgement. A blackout is not considered an emergency (except, say, in a commercial office building where this could potentially lead to someone injuring themselves).

A hazardous electrical situation may involve burning wires or smoke coming from an electrical device, wiring or an electrical panel. Lights flickering on your breaker panel or fallen electrical wires and power lines are also indicative of a dangerous situation where somebody could get electrocuted or a fire could start.

What To Do In An Electrical Emergency

What you should do in these kinds of situation will chance on a case by case basis. You may be able to resolve the issue yourself, for example by switching off your main breaker. However, if wires are burning, smoke is coming from a device or wiring, your panel is getting hot or there are flickering lights in your breaker panel, this may indicate a dangerous situation and you should steer well clear of coming in contact with the problematic device/wires etc.

Electrical emergencies can be quite stressful, but it is important to stay calm and to approach the situation with a clear head. If somebody has been electrocuted or the situation is critical (such as if power lines have fallen on your home, or there is an electrical fire) call emergency services immediately and await instructions.

If somebody in your home has been shocked by an electrical appliance such as a hairdryer, toaster or wall socket, be sure not to touch them as you could be electrocuted too. Unplug the responsible appliance and switch off the power in your home to ensure no further damage is caused. Call emergency services and await instructions. If possible, ensure the injured person is warm, still and lying down until an ambulance arrives.

If there is an electrical fire in your home, do not use any water to try and quell the flames. Call emergency services immediately. If you have one on hand and are qualified to use it, use a fire extinguisher or fire blanket to put out the flames. However, you should only do this if the fire is manageable. If the fire is out of hand, or if you do not have an extinguisher or blanket on hand, leave your home right away.

How To Be Prepared For An Electrical Emergency

Electrical emergencies can happen at any time to anyone, so it’s always good to be prepared.

• Have the contact information for emergency services available in an easy to access part of the house, such as on the fridge or a communal noticeboard. It might also be a good idea to keep your electrician’s number handy.

• Purchase a fire extinguisher or fire blanket and ensure that everyone in your home knows where they are an how to use them

• Always have an escape plan, make sure the other occupants of your home know what it is

We pride ourselves on being one of the most reliable and competent electricians in Sydney. If you’re looking for a quote for electrical services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you are experiencing an electrical emergency, contact emergency services immediately.

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Electrical Services: Installation, Maintenance, Inspections & Repairs

By | Electrical

No matter how big or small the job at hand, when it comes to electrical installation, maintenance, inspections and repairs, it is important to work with a trusted electrician. Here at HunterCON, we provide fast and efficient electrical services to our valued customers, and we always we strive to tailor solutions to your needs.

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We provide a full range of electrical installation, maintenance, inspections and repair services. Get in touch today for a quote today.

Whether it’s for a new build, renovation or extension, we provide full service electrical solutions for residential, commercial and industrial clients in the Inner West, Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West of Sydney.

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Our experienced team can install a wide range of electrical components that may be required in residences, offices, business and industrial facilities, including:

• Powerpoints
• Light switches
• Dimmers
• Indoor lighting
• Switchboards, control panels and junction boxes
• Wiring
• Ceiling fans
• Outdoor and garden lighting
• Sensor lighting
• Bathroom electrical, including lighting, heating and exhaust fans
• TV antennas
• Telephones wiring
• Communications systems
• Emergency lighting
• Smoke alarms
• Security systems

Electrical Maintenance

Dealing with electrical maintenance can be quite stressful for homes and businesses. Ongoing developments in the design and overall quality of electrical components have meant that systems can often run for many years without any issues. However, problems do occur. And this is why having a fast, efficient electrical maintenance expert on hand is very important.

Our electrical maintenance services cover all aspects of assessing, fixing and replacing electrical systems and components. Every single job is of utmost importance to us, no matter the size. Whether you simply need smoke alarm changed, or an entire commercial switchboard repaired, we’re here for you.

Electrical Fault Inspection and Repairs

Electrical faults are quite common, and they can be very frustrating, particularly when you cannot identify the issue. They can also be downright dangerous, posing the risk of an electrical fire and electrocution. Faulty powerpoints, switches or sockets, old or damaged wiring, defective circuits and power surges are just a few of the reasons your electrical system may not be working, and it is important to get in touch with an experienced and knowledgeable electrician to address the issue.

Our team of local electricians can safely inspect and repair your electrical fault in no time. We are one of the most trusted electrical providers in Sydney. Our team is nimble, and we understand that an electrical fault is an emergency issue.

Rewiring or Wiring Repairs

Wiring is one of the integral components of an electrical system. It is the source of power for all electrical appliances, units and devices, and any issues can undermine the integrity of your system.

Whether your wiring is simply outdated, has been damaged (rodent damage is very common), or is faulty, we pride ourselves on the highest quality of workmanship when it comes to rewiring and wiring repairs.

Safety Checks

Our expert electricians are fully qualified to perform safety checks for both homes and businesses. Safety inspections involve reviewing electrical circuits and components to make sure they are not overloaded, assessing faulty earthing or bonding in older buildings, and assessing the overall condition of your electrical system and whether it’s safe. If work is needed, we will advise you on the next step.

For businesses, safety checks are very important in order to comply with AS/NZS 3760:2010 standards. We provide comprehensive testing systems that utilise the latest technology, and we always provide hassle-free service that you can rely on.

Importance of Using a Certified & Qualified Installer

As with any trade, is extremely important to work with a certified and qualified electrician to ensure peace of mind during the entire process. If you do not, you place yourself, your family, your staff or your patrons at risk.

We are fully licensed electrical specialists with a wealth of experience in all aspects of the industry. We’re located in Sydney’s Inner West, and we service the greater metropolitan area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West.

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With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality. If you’re looking for a quote for electrical installation, maintenance, inspections or repairs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.