• How to Replace a Light Ballast

    Hold up! Do not get rid of your fluorescent fixture! Try a fluorescent light ballast upgrade! A ballast is needed to produce light. Replacing this will return your lights back to full operation! A ballast upgrade only takes around 10 minutes and if you would like to know how to do it, look no further. Kalahari Electrical of Atlanta, Georgia has you covered.

    How to Replace a Ballast in a Fluorescent Light

    • Gather Tools
      • Smartphone/camera
      • Voltage tester (non-contact)
      • Wire nuts
      • Wire cutter/stripper
      • Socket wrench
    • Turn the power off
      Always remember to turn off the power to the light at the breaker box.
      Make sure the light is unplugged as well.
    • Take off the cover of the fixture
      On fixtures with a clear plastic lens surrounding the fixture, remove the cover. If your fixture has a framed lid, look for the clasps. These pull down and allow you to swing the lens down.
    • Remove the Fluorescent Light Tubes
      Twist the bulbs about 90-degrees. When you see the metal contact located at the ends of the bulb, tug down until the contacts slide out of the socket and remove the bulbs. While you’re in there, check the sockets holding the bulbs, tightening/replacing as necessary.
    • Take Off the Cover Plate
      The wiring cover plate in the center of the fixture must be removed to expose the wires. Visually locate the tabs that hold the cover in place, then squeeze the sides of the cover in to release the tabs from the slots, pulling down to remove the cover.
    • Check for Voltage
      Before you touch and connections/wires, check the power with a voltage tester (Non-contact)
    • Take A Picture
      You should take a picture of the wires, for when hooking up the new ballast!
    • Disconnect the Ballast Wires
      Disconnect each ballast wire, removing the connectors or cutting the wires as close to the ballast as possible.
    • Remove the Ballast
      Support the ballast with your hand to keep it from falling while using your socket wrench to remove the nuts/bolts. Remove ballast from the fixture.
    • Replacement Ballast
      Get a new replacement ballast. Take down the code of the current ballast and order online or visit your local store. Make sure the new ballast matches the wiring diagram, voltage, and current of the old one
    • Prepare The Wires For The Brand New Ballast
      Removed damaged/crimped portions of ballast wires, stripping half inch insulation from ends using wire strippers.
    • Install the New Ballast!
      Mount the new ballast to the fixture using mounting nuts/bolts and your socket wrench. Connect the new ballast wires to the fixture with wire nuts, referencing your photo an ensuring a match to the original wiring.
    • Reinstall Light Components
      Put the wiring cover plate back in, followed by the bulbs and the fixture lens.
    • Restore Power
      Flick the circuit breaker back on and plug-in the light, testing for proper operation.
    • Get Rid Of The Old Ballast
      Older ballasts (made before 1979) often contain PCBs, a known environmental toxin. If your old ballast is leaking a black, tar-like substance, handle it carefully, avoiding skin contact and taking it to the nearest hazardous waste disposal site.

    No matter the situation, if you need any electrical work done, Kalahari Electrical of Atlanta, Georgia is the go to electricians. Call today for information or consultation.

     

  • Commercial Electrician

    4 Times to Call Your Commercial Electrician

     

    Since everyone knows that time is money, it’s a given that electrical problems at the office can really poke a stick into the spokes of your business’ productivity wheels. They prevent effective communication with clients and coworkers, darken the hallways, hobble the breakroom microwave, halt work and generally cost you time and, therefore, money. Kalahari-Electrical has been providing safe, reliable commercial electrical services for office buildings throughout Atlanta, Georgia for many years.

    1. Electrical Services for Office Buildings: Lighting

    It’s not news that office lighting can either prevent or promote productivity and sales. The more reliable, natural-spectrum lighting an office building receives, either from windows or new LED and energy efficient lighting sources, the better. Employees feel less fatigue, more energized and can get more done during the work day. Clients can feel the energy and are more likely to respond positively to your pitches. Flickering fluorescent lights, dimly-lit corridors and energy inefficient lighting can cost you time and money. Kalahari-Electrical can repair and update office lighting so it’s bright, healthy and efficient.

    2. Electrical Repairs for Office Buildings

    If there are troublesome electrical problems that are getting in the way of your productivity and sales, it’s time to have them diagnosed and repaired. Even if the problem seems small—like flickering lights or outlets that don’t charge laptops very well, or any other electrical problem in the office, it could be a sign of deeper issues. Get it checked and stop any office electrical hazards and energy leakages today.

    3. Electrical Maintenance for Office Buildings

    Let’s face it—preventing electrical problems in the office is far wiser, less expensive and costs you less downtime than having to deal with electrical repairs that could cause inconvenience at best and safety hazards at the worst. A regular electrical safety and maintenance inspection for the office can catch potential problems before they start so you can prevent them altogether.

    4. Commercial Electrical Services for New Office Buildings

    If you’re starting construction or tenant improvement on an office building, get the best commercial electrical contractor in Northern Virginia to make sure everything is properly installed, up to the latest electrical codes, convenient, modern, energy efficient and ready to go on opening day. It’s also critical to have the circuits installed so they bear the daily load of your office evenly and efficiently.

    Kalahari-Electrical has provided excellent electrical services for office buildings for over three decades. Our extremely detailed quotes, professional electricians and top-quality electrical work help businesses across Northern Virginia keep the lights on and business humming. Contact us for a free estimate today.

    Kalahari-Electrical provides the best electrical services in the metro Atlanta. We pride ourselves on quality work. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call today at: 678.500.8778

     

  • Electrical Jobs That Should Be Left To A Professional, and Why

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    In modern times, the possibilities of expanding your knowledge are endless. By way of the Internet, we are able to explore, problem-solve, and learn how to do things alone that we never thought were possible, a.k.a. the evolution of the DIY-er. One should be cautious, however, as to the tasks they decide to conquer without the assistance of a professional. Let’s explore electrical jobs that should always be left for a highly trained electrician, and why.

    Replacing or Installing a Light Fixture

    So maybe you’ve updated your kitchen with all stainless steel appliances and are looking for more ways to upgrade your home. Installing a light fixture for your dining room may first appear as a quick and easy solution, but the task couldn’t be more misleading. With online tutorials and booklets included with our purchases, we often receive the generic instructions. The reality is there are a lot of different types of homes and construction which means there are different types of problems that may arise that aren’t included with the how-to’s. A common bump in the road includes issues with light fixture wiring. So before you rush to swap your basic single light fixture for your artsy multi-light installation, consider calling a professional to save time and money.

    Adding Cable and Data Lines

    Historical homes may be charming but they can also cause headaches when it comes to installing your new flat screen TV or data network. There are codes and ordinances that MUST be followed while upgrading your home network system. Failing to do so will prove to be very costly. A qualified Atlanta Electrician will know these laws and will have the permits necessary to complete the task.

    Expanding Circuits

    Often times, a home will have a fuse box with every single circuit already assigned but what happens when you want to expand? More often than not, homeowners may plan for the present only and not consider future construction/electrical needs. Most of us know to check the breaker box when we there’s an outage but beyond that, its functions are completely foreign. Leave circuitry to a professional in order to avoid overload and extremely costly repairs.

    At Kalahari Electrical, we want to keep you educated about all things involving your home’s electricity. Give us a ring if you are ever hesitant about any repair/remodeling issue. You can trust us as your highly trained, Atlanta electricians.

  • What Does the New LED “watt” Mean?

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    We all would like to cut costs whenever possible but when it comes to light bulbs, cheaper is definitely not better. Technology grows when there is a want or a need for improvement and it has now become a necessity to save money on electricity with sustainable options. There are now so many different light bulbs to choose from that one may find their self in disarray while shopping. To better understand your options, there are a few definitions worth learning.

    “Old school” light bulbs, or incandescent bulbs, were measured in watts and for the most part, they were self-explanatory. If you wanted a brighter light, you would go for the bulb with the most wattage. Now there is a new term of measurement called Lumens, which is being used to measure the LED bulb. In case you haven’t heard, incandescent light bulbs are being federally phased out in favor of the Light Emission Diode bulb.

    Fluorescent bulbs are still a good mid-point choice but for the sake of calculations, we’ll focus on the high and low-end.

    Imagine the light that emits from a birthday candle. Now stand one foot away from it. The end result would be about the same light as one Lumen. Lumens are used to measure the actual output of light whereas watts tell you the amount of electricity used to light the bulb. A 60-watt incandescent bulb will produce 800 lumens. Alternatively, a LED bulb producing the same amount of lumens will only use about 8 watts! Presumably at first, LED bulbs appear more expensive. However upon further comparison of the life span and the amount of energy consumption used, you will end up spending upwards of 4 times the amount by buying incandescent bulbs, an investment return that will manifest itself in just a few weeks. Not to mention, the price of incandescent bulbs will continually rise in order to sway consumers away from them as the cost of LED decreases.

    It is important to get the idea of choosing light bulbs by the number of watts out of your mind. LED labels will showcase a lower wattage but that does not mean it will put out less light. If you are searching for a way to light your kitchen or any other area of your home with LED then remember, the higher a number of lumens, the brighter the light. Still having a hard time deciphering? Search for the energy star symbol and study the labels for help configuring the lumens per watts average. For more energy efficient, electrical options or to simply pick the brains of some of the best electricians in Atlanta, contact Kalahari Electrical Services. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions.

  • How To Test If An Outlet Is Working Properly.

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    At Kalahari Electrical we want to help keep you informed on everything electric. We are well-established Atlanta electrical contractors and are available for our your needs. Often times we go to our clients’ homes and find that their outlets are either malfunctioning or not working at all. This month we want to discuss how you can test to see if your outlet is working properly.

    There are a few steps that we recommend taking when checking to see if an outlet works especially before calling out an electrician. First and foremost, make sure that all switches that could be attached to that particular outlet are turned on. The next thing that you want to make sure and check is that the circuit breaker or fuse is intact that is in connection with that outlet. Often times outlets are tripped and simply need to be flipped in the circuit breaker. Once you have completed these steps, now you can test the outlet! It is often as simple as plugging in a light and seeing if you can turn it on. If the light doesn’t turn on you can assume there is no current in the socket and you should call a professional to repair it.

    If you have any questions about your particular outlets, or if you need help with repairing broken outlets please do not hesitate to call us at Kalahari Electric.

  • Electrical Fires

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    Every year, it is estimated that 28,300 electrical fires caused 360 deaths, 1000 injuries, and almost 1 billion in direct loss. Here at Kalahari Electric we want to inform you how you can avoid electrical fires and keep your family and your belongings safe.

    Faulty Wiring and Old Appliances

    Make sure to check all of your wall outlets! Often times electrical outlets need to be replaced if they are loose or old. If you are using older appliances make sure to check your wires. If you have any frayed wiring make sure and get rid of that appliance as it is extremely susceptible to an electrical fire.

    Installing Bulbs with Too high of Wattage

    Whenever you are using different light bulbs make sure that it is the right wattage for the fixture. If the wattage is too high it can cause an electrical fire!

    Outdated Wiring

    Please be aware that if your home is over 20 years old, you could have outdated electrical wiring and be susceptible to an electrical fire. Homes were not wired for the massive about of electronics that we use today and can cause a home’s system to overload.

    Electrical Fires are very serious and it is important that you know where you are at risk. If you do find that your outlets need updating or that your wiring is outdated please contact us at Kalahari Electrical. We are Atlanta electrical contractors and we want to help keep your home safe from electrical fires for years to come.