New Ontario Electrical Code (May 2016) – Arc Fault Breakers

As of May 2016, NEW electrical code concerning arc fault breakers for most receptacles in your Ottawa home came into effect. What is an Electric Arc?  It is an electric current, often strong, brief, and luminous, in which electrons jump across a gap. Electric arcs across specially designed electrodes can produce very high heats and…

Outdoor Recessed LED Lighting by Ring Electric Inc.

Ring Electric had the recent opportunity to light up the exterior of a Kanata home in Ottawa with our energy efficient LED recessed lights.  The homeowner is delighted and was able to take some high-resolution pictures for us to share. It only costs pennies to run these LED lights in the evening hours. In this…

Importance of Electrical Bonding in Ottawa

Ring Electric’s rewiring electrical expertise is in high demand in the Ottawa region.  Some of the jobs are for portions of a home, a single room, and many for whole house rewires.  As homes change hands or get renovated, non-code compliant electrical wiring is often discovered.  It may be faulty connections, knob and tube, overloaded…

Benefits of LED Lighting Options in Ottawa!

Today we want to talk about LED and under cabinet lighting.  The difference in energy consumption for this type of lighting compared to Halogen or incandescent, is one of the main reasons customers convert to LED lighting. LED’s use approximately 80% less power and give off a nice warm light that is very close to…

House Works: Storage heaters could cut power costs in half

From here Like it or not, time-of-day electricity prices are here to stay. And having to pay more for power during peak periods means higher electric heating bills because most household heating happens when power costs are higher. All this is why I’ve been expecting storage heaters to hit the market in a big way,…

What is a “Final Inspection” and when does it take place?

This inspection is done after the electrical installation is complete. This means that all receptacles, switches, cover plates, lighting fixtures and permanently connected appliances are in place and the panel directory has been completed. All unused openings in panel boards or junction and outlet boxes shall be filled with suitable fillers. Where an appliance that…

Power Surge Protection: How it Works

From here A power surge is an increase in voltage flowing through your electrical units that rise above the standard voltage levels (120 Volts). These surges can be caused by lightning, high-powered electrical devices (elevators, air conditioners, refrigerators, etc), faulty wiring or even problems with your utility company’s equipment. Inevitably, these are all occurrences that…

Outlets & Circuits

From here Do you need additional outlets in your home or office? Do you trip breakers when you run multiple appliances? At Ring Electric we will add the wiring, junction box and receptacle in your existing home or business. Additional circuits and breakers can be added in areas where multiple appliances cause the breaker to…

Service Panel Upgrades

What is a Main Electrical Service and Panel? From here The main panel is where the primary power source is distributed to the branch circuits throughout the house or building. Why do you need a main panel? An electrical system needs a main panel to break up the power supply of 100 amps or larger…

Electrical Upgrades for Home Additions

From here Many of us know as the years go on families grow in number and size. Unfortunately, our homes don’t expand to make room for us all. To get that extra square footage or an extra room, a home addition is ideal. But it is important to remember that the additional room needs to…

Electrical Inspections

Electrical Inspections   For your safety, insist on an electrical inspection Electrical inspections are designed to help protect the people in your home or building from electrical hazards. Today, inspections are handled by the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). An Inspector from the ESA will check any electrical work to make sure it meets the requirements…