landscape lighting, electrician,
Written by Larry Cook

Light Your Landscaping with Low Voltage This Summer – Part 1

After beautifying your home with a new wall, driveway, walkway, or landscaping, you may have overlooked the idea of accentuating these new exterior features with low voltage lighting. Done skillfully, lighting design can make your house look much more appealing at night.

There is also an important safety aspect to installing exterior lighting for both residents and visitors.  People will find it easier to find and maneuver on steps and walkways because of the improved visibility. Security will also be improved because a well-lit exterior will discourage would-be intruders from entering your property.

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lighting, commercial lighting, electrician
Written by Larry Cook

Commercial Lighting Services for Your New Facility

One of the first rules when opening a new business is ensuring that customers or clients can see your office or facility. A primary purpose of commercial lighting is providing proper illumination for your company’s building and parking lot. Not only does well-designed lighting set the desired atmosphere, it also promotes the safety and security of people who visit your business. 

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home, electrical services, Annapolis, MD
Written by Larry Cook

Top 10 Home Electrical Projects of Summer – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, summer is the best season to accomplish electrical projects that will increase your family’s quality of life. The indoor projects will make life cooler and more pleasant. The outdoor projects will make the improved areas safer and more fun. Part 2 will cover the outdoor items for the Top 10 Home Electrical Projects of Summer. 

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Electrician,Home, Residential
Written by Larry Cook

Top 10 Home Electrical Projects of Summer – Part 1

Summer is the best time of year to accomplish the electrical projects that will increase your family’s quality of life. Warm weather and longer days make them easier to do. The indoor projects will make life cooler and more pleasant. The outdoor projects will make the improved areas safer and more fun. Below are the Top 10 Home Electrical Projects of Summer. Part 1 will cover the indoor items. 

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Electrician,Commercial, services
Written by Larry Cook

Get Current for Your Retail Lighting – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, the retail industry now considers lighting a worthwhile investment that can help drive sales. Part 2 will discuss Vertical & Accent Lighting and Current Trends.

Vertical & Accent Lighting

A shopper’s visual experience in a retail space occurs mostly while standing. Consequently, attaining good levels of vertical light levels at about 6 feet is generally of greater importance than horizontal light levels at about 3 feet over the floor for sightlines and creating contrast for merchandise. 

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electrician. Annapolis MD, Installation
Written by Larry Cook

The Importance of Parking Lot Lighting – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, good parking lot lighting is an important feature of every commercial property for the protection and safety of customers and employees. Part 2 will discuss four important tips regarding parking lot lighting. Rely on an experienced and licensed electrician for creating a professional lighting layout for your parking lot that will meet the needs of your business.

1) Consider Business Needs

The type of your business will chiefly determine what will be adequate for the lighting of your company’s parking lot. For example, a restaurant will need a lighting scheme focused on a high volume of pedestrians. An office building will probably require a configuration that helps enhance security after office hours.

2) Take a Lighting Survey

Have a discussion with a commercial electrician regarding your company’s parking lot needs in terms of lighting. Topics to discuss are lighting qualities such as uniformity, intensity, energy efficiency, color temperature, and expenses. Take a walk at night in the parking lot to survey what can be retained, repaired, or upgraded.

3) Implement LED

Implement LED for your parking lot lighting to achieve energy efficiency and get savings on electrical bills. LED lamps are capable of life spans lasting 100,000 hours. They also need to be replaced much less frequently, reducing maintenance costs. In addition, they can easily replace older types of lamps on parking lot poles. LED lights also provide consistency in both intensity and color temperature during their entire service lives, and they are more durable than traditional bulbs.

4) Surge Protection

Surge protection for parking lot lighting is a wise investment. A licensed commercial electrician will be able to recommend and install surge protection devices that will be able to handle inevitable spikes of electrical energy, preventing them from damaging your company’s parking lot lighting and causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Electrical Peace of Mind

Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs, including:

  • Commercial & Residential Electrical Installations
  • Marina & Residential Pier Wiring
  • Electrical Service & Repair
  • Specialty Electrical Services

For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.

electrician, lighting designs
Written by Larry Cook

The Importance of Parking Lot Lighting – Part 1

Although you haven’t thought much about your company’s parking lot lighting, it is important for the safety of your customers and staff. A lighting grid that is well designed will provide protection not only for people, but for the business as well. The following will discuss why good parking lot lighting is an important feature of every commercial property. Consult with an experienced and licensed electrician if you need repairs or an upgrade to get the best results.

Safety

Ensuring your company’s parking lot lighting meets the needs of both visitors and employees is a sound investment. As mentioned above, a sound lighting system will promote safety. Both walking and driving are more dangerous at night because of reduced visibility. Well-lit walkways and parking lots will make sure pedestrians and drivers will be able to see each other, helping in the prevention of collisions and injuries. In addition, good lighting will help people on the parking lot spot objects or surfaces that may cause them to trip, slip, or fall.

Protection

A well-designed lighting grid will help protect customers, staff, and the building itself during nighttime hours. Good lighting maintains the visibility of areas around your business after sundown, increasing the security of exterior areas. This will discourage both vandals and thieves who may cause damage or loss to your company. Excellent lighting is deterrence, and criminals will choose an easier target.

Liability

Failing to ensure adequate lighting for your company’s parking lot may lead to significant financial losses resulting from lawsuits filed by people injured and a reduced number of customers due to their safety concerns. You and your business may also be held liable for vehicles damaged on your parking lot if the lighting is found to be faulty or insufficient. Having lighting professionally installed and repaired will help prevent the above.

Part 2 will discuss four important tips regarding parking lot lighting.

Electrical Peace of Mind

Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs, including:

  • Commercial & Residential Electrical Installations
  • Marina & Residential Pier Wiring
  • Electrical Service & Repair
  • Specialty Electrical Services

For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.

electrical services, electrician, lighting designs
Written by Larry Cook

Benefits from Improving Your Marina’s Lighting

You may have a marina or a boat kept inside one. Now that another fun boating season is back, you’ve been thinking of investing in a lighting upgrade. There are several great benefits you’ll get from going forward with this project. Remember to call a licensed electrician who has experience lighting marinas for the best results. 

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Residential,electrician, Annapolis MD
Written by Stu Kushner

Exciting Landscape Lighting Ideas for Spring 2018 – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, spring has arrived, and you, your family, and guests will be spending more time outdoors in the evenings. This article will discuss exciting landscape lighting ideas for Spring 2018 that will beautify your property with light. Part 2 will discuss Under Lighting, Task Lighting, and Water Lighting. Call a licensed electrician to get the best results for your project. 

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electrician, lighting, Annapolis, MD
Written by Larry Cook

Exciting Landscape Lighting Ideas for Spring 2018 – Part 1

Spring is here, and the weather is gradually getting nicer. You have great landscaping around your home and beautiful gardens in the front and back, and you, your family, and guests will be spending more time outdoors in the evenings. This article will discuss exciting landscape lighting ideas for Spring 2018 that will beautify your property with light. Work with a licensed electrician to get the best results for your project. 

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