DIY Electrical Projects and Ideas
Projects that involve electricity are best done by those with skills in the area.
Since swapping outlets, light switches, circuit breakers and even rated bulbs can present risks that make assumptions.
Electrical supply houses often have expertise about system maps, circuits, boxes and connections.
They can help layout lighting diagrams, and ceiling schematics
that coordinate the best overall placement for desired
effects with the latest products available.
- outlets throughout the home can be tested by
plugging in a receptacle analyzer. GFCI's - ground-fault circuit interrupters must always be working in
areas of water and moisture. Homeowners and occupants should test these regularly.
Search for hidden outlets
- the added dimmer switch controls the lighting
through a spectrum of intensity, doing this by regulating the voltage. This
is done at relatively low effort and cost.
While changing a particular switch here and there to a timed switch
convenience, saves on electric and is potentially safer.
- the digital thermostats can regulate temperatures with greater
efficiency and possibly save on electric. Following installation, the thermostats are programmed to suit your schedule.
Home Theater Wall Speakers
- bring life to the home theater. Installing flush mount or satellite speakers
means running the wiring. If you already have a series of speakers, consolidate the connections by ending off into a pole plate.
Full Spectrum Light bulbs
- are easily changed out, and emit more of a true-to-natural sun color light.
Which can go much appreciated when seen next to regular bulbs, that are actually yellow.
Of course you could also change out to energy-efficient bulbs, but they are halogen, with their larger coil.
General Electric claims to have developed an 'Eternal Bulb' that they say is made of a filament that will never wear out.
Routing electrical lines
through walls almost always means doing drywall repair
or ceiling repair
that must be done afterward.