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They really did that?

December 28th, 2010 No comments

I did a kiln service call this week and we found this. You are looking at a 240 volt 60 amp element stack held together by aluminum ground bars. One small bump an this whole thing is gonna blow.  Oh, just to add some suspense – this kiln is in use at a school.

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When terminations go bad…

December 15th, 2010 No comments

Found this mess in a lighting control panel last week. These type of crimp on terminal connectors don’t work on solid wire.

12 unit meter bank change out

December 15th, 2010 No comments

We just completed this project last week. Retro fit of a new 800 amp service on a 12 unit building. The old service was not installed correctly and failed due to water and rust.

We do Kiln Installs!

December 15th, 2010 No comments

We have worked with many of the potters in the area for kiln installs and repair work. We did this install with vent a few weeks ago.

Generator cords for Fowler Ridge wind farm

December 15th, 2010 No comments

Made up these 300′ extension cords this week. 30 amp / 240 volt with twist lock ends and strain relief grips. These will be used to drop down the towers while they are under construction.

New 200 amp service – the Artisan Way

December 15th, 2010 No comments

This is a picture of a new 200 amp service done the Artisan Way!

Artisan Electric launches MonticelloElectric.Com

December 14th, 2010 No comments

2010 has been a banner year for us marked by some signification changes in how we do business and interact with our clients.  Despite the soft economy and all the doom and gloom coming out of Washington we have had a considerable amount of growth this year.

Looking forward into 2011 we are pleased to roll out the next phase of our targeted web development plan – MonticelloElectric.Com. This web site will be a mini version of our standard site with a focus on the unique skills we can bring to the Monticello market.

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Here are just a few of the things we can do for our Monticello Clients:

  • Historic re-wires
  • Service upgrades
  • Boat Dock electrical systems
  • Boat lift motor service
  • Pump motor service
  • Home theater and audio distribution
  • Computer networks
  • TV Cable / HD antenna systems
  • Deck and Landscape lighting
  • Custom kitchen and bathroom projects
  • Those “unique” and “difficult” projects
  • Commercial business service and fit-outs

Artisan Electric – “doing the right things, the right way, period”

What Is Your Commercial Lighting Telling Your Clients?

December 1st, 2010 No comments

Days are short right now, it’s dark A LOT.  Its dark during the morning commute to work, and for most people dark on their way home.  Combine that with the crazy number of commercial business spaces that are closed up and sitting empty these days and you have a golden opportunity to make your place of business really stand out.

 

So what does your current lighting say about your business?  Does it say “take a look at us, we are in it to win it”?  or are you projecting another image, one that makes people ask “is that place even still open”?

So here are a few points to consider:

  1. Signage – do you have lighted signs that are clearly visible at night and working properly.  Nothing says “we don’t care” quicker then a place of business that does not keep their own company singe in good repair (or working at all)
  2. Parking lot lights – do you have pole mounted parking lot lights that are sufficient and functional?  Do they flicker or come off and on at random intervals?  Maybe they hum really bad…
  3. Building Lights – does your building or space have wall pack lighting, soffit lighting, or specialty feature lighting – is it working?  Are there lamps out all over the place and a general state of disrepair, or are things squared away?
  4. Lighting Controls – how do your lights come on?  Is the photo eye or automated controller working correctly and set to the correct time?  The seasonal time on / time off settings change by as much as 4 hours over the course of the year.
  5. Store front lights – do you have adequate store front lighting that is showing off the features of your building as well as your products and / or services.  The need(s) and type(s) of store front lighting can be a petty wide range, you don’t light an industrial building the same way as an art gallery – but in either case you are sending a message.  What does your message say?
  6. Display Window Lighting – this is typically that first impression you give at night… even more important if you have a destination business that is open late or located in an areas with high visibility and high foot traffic.  Are you making your potential clients take a glance or a long hard look?
  7. Safety – are you providing adequate lighting for your clients and staff to safely get to and from your place of business on those dark winter days?  This can tell your team a lot about how you are dong business.  Are  you telling them you “really care” or “good luck in the dark”?
  8. Fun and Unique – what does your lighting tell people.  Are you in a type of business that fun, unique, and interesting lighting might make a significant impact on your image and the overall “feeling”?   Do you need to project an industrial or “squared away” no frills image – is that what you are getting from your lightning plan?

empty sign faceSigns and lighting say a lot about you and your business.  If your not happy about that image let us help!