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Stay on Top of Home Safety by Having an Electrician Install Outdoor Security Lighting

[fa icon="calendar'] October 3, 2017 at 11:49 AM / by Home Services Expert

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This is one quandary you didn't quite expect as you began to research how to “light up” your home with outdoor lighting.

As you did expect, companies that sell home security systems and outdoor lighting swear that their products deter crime. Their argument seems logical: Burglars prefer to go unnoticed, so keep your home well-lit and stop them in their tracks. Many metropolitan police departments – including those in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago – agree with this logic and urge homeowners to enact these and other home safety & security measures.

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The Best Type of Bulbs to Use for Your Home Lighting

[fa icon="calendar'] September 8, 2017 at 11:08 AM / by Home Services Expert

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If you've visited the light bulb aisle at your home improvement store lately, you may have wondered, “When did shopping for light bulbs become so complicated?”

It used to be simple: grab an incandescent bulb, check the wattage and head toward the checkout. Now there are dozens of bulbs to choose from in many assorted shapes. And they feature terms you may not recognize or understand.

Many consumers still don't realize that assistance is right in front of them, on the light bulb packages. Experts in Your Home can shed light on the subject to make your home lighting decisions a little easier.

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Why Your Ungrounded Electrical Outlet is a Hazard

[fa icon="calendar'] December 29, 2016 at 2:51 PM / by Home Services Expert

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You were in hot pursuit – crawling around on the floor, moving furniture and drapes aside – to find every outlet you could get your hands on to plug in holiday decorations.

It was a pleasant surprise to discover an outlet you didn't expect. But you might have found something else: that your home features many two-slot outlets, also known as ungrounded outlets.

Take your time and put the holiday decorations away. But then make a point to call Experts in Your Home. Those outlets can pose a safety hazard and should be addressed in one of three ways. Since the Experts always try to anticipate your questions, here are some questions you might have about both types of outlets, followed by the answers from our team of licensed electricians:

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Stay Safe While Hanging Outdoor Lights Like a Pro

[fa icon="calendar'] December 6, 2016 at 11:06 AM / by Home Services Expert

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There's one in every neighborhood: the house that looks like an A-list movie director oversaw the artful hanging of outdoor lights along the eaves, trees and shrubs.

There's usually another kind of house in every neighborhood, too: the one that looks so tacky that you've given thought about how to pull the plug without getting caught.

How do you create an outdoor lighting display that looks more like the former than the latter? By following some tips from Experts in Your Home, who happen to be experts outside the home, too.

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Is It Time to Install a Ceiling Fan? Let Experts In Your Home Help!

[fa icon="calendar'] August 24, 2016 at 9:05 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Here is a question Experts in Your Home hears quite often at this time of year: When is the best time of year to install a ceiling fan?

This is a question that actually has four potential answers and one fundamentally spot-on answer: Summer, fall, winter, spring, which means that any time is a good time to install a ceiling fan.

While ceiling fans are most commonly associated with providing much-needed cool breezes during the summer and fall, they actually provide benefits year-round.

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Home Tips: Make These Five Moves to De-Stress Your Next Move

[fa icon="calendar'] August 5, 2016 at 9:30 AM / by Home Services Expert

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They don't call it one of life's biggest stressors for nothing.

Moving to a new house is an all-consuming process (some would call it an ordeal) for months beforehand and weeks afterward. A thorough home inspection and a walk-through right before your closing should have set your expectations accordingly. But since it's rare for anybody to move out of one home and directly (and completely) into another home on the same day, carve out a window of time to tend to these five issues either right before you move into your new home or just as soon as you do.

These five home tips won't eliminate the stress of your move. But based on the experience of Experts In Your Home, they will instill you with some peace of mind when you need it most:

5 Home Tips to De-Stress Your Move:

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How to Improve Your Home with Recessed Lighting

[fa icon="calendar'] May 2, 2016 at 4:07 PM / by Home Services Expert

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kitchen with recessed lightingIf you've ever walked through a model home, or a fabulous room addition just completed by a proud neighbor, you might have thought to yourself, “That recessed lighting is terrific. Now why didn't we think of that?”

Don't kick yourself too hard; many time-pressed builders pass on installing recessed lighting because it requires time and planning to do it right. After all, it's much more expedient to mount a light fixture on a wall or ceiling than in a ceiling or wall.

But it's never too late to install recessed lighting

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How to Choose the Best Ceiling Fan for Your Home

[fa icon="calendar'] April 20, 2016 at 4:33 PM / by Home Services Expert

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ceiling fanIf you're feeling a bit “blown away” by all the choices you face as you shop for your first home ceiling fan, rest assured that you have plenty of company.

Many customers of The Hignell Companies seek our help with the selection process, and we always reassure them of two points right from the start:

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DIY Electrical Video: Checking Your Light Switches

[fa icon="calendar'] April 18, 2016 at 11:50 AM / by Home Services Expert

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It's more than “the law of averages”; it's a fact of a homeowner's life: somewhere in your home lies at least one light switch that doesn't work like it should.

If you're already nodding and wondering what you should do next, the answer is: let the Experts In Your Home help with this DIY video that will walk you through the process of conducting what we call an electrical switch check. Then you can decide whether you can make the electrical repair yourself.

Watch this DIY Electrical Video here to find out how to check your home light switches:

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Outdoor Safety Lighting: Where & What to Have a Chico Electrician Install

[fa icon="calendar'] April 1, 2016 at 12:26 PM / by Home Services Expert

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A family purchased a home in Chico and, for the first time since they moved in, arrived home after dark. What they saw – or rather, what they couldn't see – left them a bit rattled.

With their home cloaked in shadows, their thoughts immediately turned to how it might be a target to burglars, who, as law enforcement officials often say, prefer to operate in the darkness. The darkness also triggered the homeowners' concerns for their safety in terms of navigating a crumbling stone sidewalk and the wood steps leading to their front door.

While that stone sidewalk was on their “to do” list, the couple placed another job above it: install lighting to make their home safer – and do it quickly. This family’s experience at their home could be replicated at many other homes in the Chico area.

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