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Frequent Summer Electrical Issues

Just like every season, summer has its own set of electrical problems. As you are trying to stay cool inside, you might be noticing some strange issues occurring with your home or office electricity. Flickering lights, tripping circuit breakers, power going off at odd times, these are some of the signs of electrical problems. Solving your problems can be difficult when you don’t have the answers. Nipper Electric can help you solve all your electric problems with our wide range of services including:

Nipper Electric is a family owned business based in the Virginia Beach area. We have been helping families and businesses solve their electrical mysteries for over 18 years. Our expert team of licensed electricians can help you find the answers to all of your electrical problems, even those pesky summertime troubles.

Summer Time Power Struggles

Summertime electricity comes with its own set of troubles. Some of the issues that occur during summer include:

  • lightning strikeHigher Levels of Electrical Usage
  • Aluminum Wiring Issues
  • High Wind Storms
  • Storms with Lightning

Each of these problems can affect other areas of your home and create dangerous electrical issues.

Stormy Weather

Summer time storms are a natural part of warm weather. However, these storms can cause problems for your electrical systems.

  • Windy Storms- These storms can tear up your electrical wiring outside, including your weather-head. Damaged weather-heads can keep electricity from getting to your home and create hazardous conditions outside the home.
  • Lightning Storms-Electrical Storms or storms with lightning can cause strong power surges that send your panel into electrical overload. They can also damage your appliances and technology.

In the case of storms, it is always better to be safe than sorry. For windy weather, prepare early to make sure all of your wiring is safe and secure. For electrical storms, look into adding a surge protector that will help guard your home from powerful electrical surges.

Aluminum Wiring Problems

The heating and cooling of your home can cause major problems for your aluminum wiring. Creeping occurs when the aluminum wiring is repeatedly heated and cooled. The wire expands and contracts which causes the wire to start creeping away from screws and terminals. Aluminum wiring issues create:

  • wires on fireOverheating
  • Loose Connections
  • Faulty Wiring
  • Rusted Wires
  • Hot Spots
  • Arcing

Untreated, aluminum wiring issues can create dangerous problems for your home. Nipper Electric knows how to work with Aluminum wiring in a way that is fast, efficient and won’t break your budget.

Increased Electrical Use

One of the main causes for electrical issues during summer is the increased electrical load needed to run the home. As air conditioners come on and computers and devices are being used more often the electrical demand increases. Your panel can start to overload quickly. Signs of an overloaded panel include:

  • Power Outages
  • Buzzing Sounds
  • Flickering Lights
  • Sparks from Plugs
  • Overheated Plugs, Switches, Outlets, Cords
  • Repeated Tripped Breakers

Panels can be upgraded to carry the necessary load, an additional panel can be added for new loads or loads can be decreased with energy efficient options. You can also look into adding additional receptacles with USB ports to help carry the extra electrical demand. Nipper Electric can help you find the perfect solution to your panel problems.

Mystery Solved! Call Nipper Electric

Your home or business is a vital part of your life. At Nipper Electric, we treat your home like our own. We take great care to help you solve all of your electrical issues so your family or staff can stay safe. Don’t hesitate to call us at 757-842-1710 if you have experienced any of the issues above. You can even make an appointment online while you work or play. Our experienced and licensed staff will work with you to keep your home cool and safe all summer long.  

Choosing Right Security Camera

Choosing the Right Security Camera for your Office or Home

Security cameras come in all different sizes with a multitude of options. These options can be overwhelming. Nipper Electric has a team of experts with the knowledge and tools to install the perfect security camera for your home. To help you choose the best security camera for your home or office, our experts have created a quick guideline of different security camera options.

Wireless– These cameras don’t need wires to perform, but do often rely on batteries. You’ll have to keep them fully charged to get good security. Benefits include:

  • security cameraVersatility
  • Easy Placement
  • Great for Outdoors
  • Easy to Relocate
  • Discreet

Wired– Cameras that are wired need power sources, so they are easy for criminals to spot. A professional experienced electrician can set up a complete security system including outdoor security lights best fit your needs. Benefits include:

  • Great Option for Indoor Security
  • Clearer Pictures
  • More Reliable When Streaming
  • Better Power Source

Black and White/ Color– Security cameras in color are more expensive but the benefits are often worth the costs. These benefits include:

Bullet camera– Great for ceiling and wall mounting, bullet shaped cameras provide basic security. Since these cameras don’t usually zoom in or move, they’re great for

  • Entrances
  • Porches
  • Backdoors
  • Garage Entrances

Pan/Tilt/Zoom– For extra security, it’s great to have a camera that can pan, zoom or tilt. Your trusted electrician in Virginia Beach can install and set up a PTZ camera to perfectly fit your needs. Benefits include:

  • Cover larger areas
  • Get different angles
  • Move direction

Combining these capabilities can make one camera do the job of many. Plus, pan tilt zoom cameras or PTZs can be controlled remotely or preprogrammed.

Wide Angle– A wide angle lens camera can capture a lot of movement over larger areas. This means you can have one camera that does the work of several cameras. Benefits include:

  • Use Fewer Cameras
  • Covers Large Areas
  • Catch Movement Up to 40 Feet Away
  • Great for Backyards

Night Vision– One of the top times for crime is when everything is dark. Night vision cameras use LED to capture video in dark areas. They are great for:

  • Backyards
  • Windows
  • Shaded Areas
  • Remote Storage Units
  • Remote Areas of the Home

NipperElectric-Logo6No matter what kind of security camera you choose Nipper Electric is here to answer your questions and provide mounting and installation services. Call us today at 757-842-1710 or make an appointment online. Get your home secured today.

Protect your Electrical Systems from Summer Storms

Professional Electricians Provide Power Outage Prevention in VA Beach

lightning strikePower surges, power outages, and low power issues in the Virginia Beach area can wreak havoc on your home and electrical devices. This is especially true now, during hurricane season. Nipper Electric provides multiple services to help you protect against power surges.

Here are a few tips from our experts to help prevent summer storm power and electrical issues.

Install A Generator/Have a Generator Check-Up- If your home or office doesn’t currently have a generator, consider investing in one. Generators offer protection against damage and provide safety during dangerous storms. They can also help save data and expensive equipment from being damaged when bad weather sets in. If you do have a generator, have your trusted electrician in Virginia Beach do a check-up on the wiring and installation before storm season hits. Faulty or poorly installed generators can cause dangerous issues for you and your family.

Check and Update Alarms– Carbon monoxide and fire detection alarms are vital for the safety of your home especially during storm season. These alarms can detect dangerous carbon monoxide that can form when generators are installed improperly and detect smoke early when fires occur due to surges or power outages. You can have separate alarms or combination alarms that detect both smoke and carbon monoxide.

Invest in a Whole House Surge Protectors-From causing fires to destroying computers, power surges damage your home in unexpected and hidden ways. A whole house surge protector sends the extreme voltage of a power surge to a ground wire, instead of through your electrical system. For extra safety, add a local surge protector for special devices like computers and Smart TVs.

Prepare Before Storms Hit– Have your trusted electrician in the Norfolk VA area do an electrical checkup of your home, including:

  • pier wavesWiring
  • Fire/Carbon Monoxide Alarms
  • Wear and Tear of Electrical Wires and Cables
  • Electric Panels
  • Meter boxes
  • Weatherheads
  • Generators
  • Electrical circuits

Have repairs, replacements, or additions done as soon as possible. Nipper Electric works with your schedule to provide fast and reliable work when you need it most.

When it comes to protecting our friends and neighbors, the experts at Nipper Electric are always ready. There is no job too big or too small. Call us today at 751-842-1710 or make an appointment online. We’ll help you weather storm season and protect your home all year long.

Benefits of Dock Boat Lifts for Your Summer Fun

Trusted Professional Electricians in Virginia Beach Provide Worry Free Installations

It’s summer again and that means one thing in Virginia Beach, it’s time to get back out on the water! Nipper Electric is here to help you make the switch to boat lifts. We offer a wide range of dock electrical services including:

  • dock-electrical-workDock Lighting Installations
  • Dedicated Circuits
  • Marina Power Pedestal Installations
  • Shore Power Pedestal Installations
  • Dock Electrical Maintenance
  • Dock Motor Boat Lifts

Our experts can get your dock wired for a super summer.

One of the most popular dock installations that we do is the boat lift. Here are just a few of the benefits of adding a Boat Lift to your dock this summer.

Prevent Sinking

The majority of boats that sink will sink at the dock. In fact, almost 70% of sinking boats occur at the dock. Causes include:

  • Improper Docking
  • Wear & Tear
  • Dead Batteries
  • Bilge Pump Failures

A boat lift gets your boat safely out of the water and prevents damage that comes from waves. Your trusted electrician in Virginia Beach can wire the boat lift to fit your dock perfectly.

Clean Less, Boat More

From algae to barnacles to blisters to, boats left in the water get messy. Boat lifts keep you boat out of the water so they stay clean, getting you out on the water faster and safer.


The main cause of damage to boats is wet storing your boat. Areas often damaged from wet storage include:

  • docked boatHulls
  • Outdrive
  • Shafts
  • Propellers
  • Paint

If your boat is left in saltwater, it can also corrode. Corrosion can increase the danger of electrocution or overheating.

Save Money and Time

Getting your boat in and out of the water is a difficult chore. Using a boat life can save you time and money by:

  • Increasing Resale Values
  • Lower Repair Costs
  • Provide Easier Docking and Undocking
  • Lower Costs for Hull Repainting and Upkeep
  • Lower Fuel Costs
  • Enhance Overall Performance

A boat life can help you get the most out of your boating this season. Nipper Electric provides expert boat lift installations that will keep you and your family safe and happy this summer. Call us today at 757-842-1710 or make an appointment online . We’ll have your boat secure all summer long.

Keeping Home Safe During Summer

Keeping Your Home Safe & Secure During Summer

big house with all the lights onFor a lot of people, summer means vacations, beach trips, or other outdoor fun. All this fun means your home is either empty or you’re spending a lot of time outside of your house. Nipper Electric takes your safety and security seriously. We offer multiple security services, like outdoor security lighting to help you and your loved ones.

To further help you, here are a few ways to increase your home’s security and safety.

Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting can help dissuade discourage criminals and create safety by lighting paths, steps, and entrances. Adding the right lighting can also increase the time you can spend outside, enjoying beautiful summer evenings.

Security Cameras

One of the biggest developments in home security are security cameras, they’re also a top preventative for crime . Many security cameras can be accessed remotely by your cell phone so you can keep an eye on your home from anywhere in the world. Nipper Electric provides security camera installations for your home or office.

Outdoor Security Lighting

Security lighting can make all the difference when it comes to keeping criminals away. When you’re adding outdoor security lighting, remember to choose the right lights for the area. Don’t go too bright or you’ll create big shadows that will actually encourage criminals. Don’t go too dim or you won’t have enough light to keep potential thieves away. Our experts can help you create the perfect outdoor security lighting plan for you. Remember to always light entrances and exits as well as driveways.

Alarm Systems

Alarm systems can scare off potential robbers or give you the extra warning and time you need to either get to a safe place or escape. Also, alarms alert security companies and the authorities early to quickly get you the help or protection you need.

Keep Your Home Secure with Professional Electrical Security Installations.

No matter what kind of home or business you have, Nipper Electric is here to keep it safe and secure with electrical security installations and lighting installations. Before you go on that long weekend or leave for your summer reunion, call us at 757-842-1710 or make an appointment online. We’ll get your security system locked down before your first summer getaway.

Pool Lighting Options to Brighten Summer Swimming

Brighten Summer Swimming With Pool Lights

patio and pool lightingPools need specialized lighting for safety purposes. You can also add special touches that enhance and improve your pool all summer long. Nipper Electric will safely install pool and hot tub wiring and/or lighting that will bring your pool a whole new look. We are fully licensed and insured with over 20 years of experience in the Virginia Beach Area. To help you create the perfect backyard retreat, here are a few options you can consider for your pool and/or hot tub.

Fiber Optic Lighting- For lower energy use and design options, fiber optic lighting is a great choice for your pool. You can create a cool neon look for your pool with fiber optic lighting strips or a star ceiling design.

Hanging Lights- Strands of hanging lights can be very pretty around your pool or hot tub. However, you can’t just hang up any type of light strand. Outdoor lights have to be water proof and weather proof. To stay safe, follow these rules for hanging lights outdoors or over any area of water.

Lighting Around the Pool- Besides creating a beautiful setting, the lights surrounding your pool also add extra safety for you and your guests. Nipper Electric provides beautiful landscape lighting options for pool patios and decks. Consider adding lights in the following areas:

  • pool design lightPathways
  • Border lighting along the outside or your pool patio.
  • Lights along the edge of the pool itself.
  • Lights near seating or dining areas.

Floating Lights- Floating lights can add a fun touch to your pool and can be changed to fit any occasion. While these lights shouldn’t be used as a primary source of light for your pool they can certainly transform your pool into an oasis.

LED Lights- LED pool lighting is the top choice for most pools today. The bulbs are versatile, long lasting, and provide a wide range of design options. If you still have incandescent lighting in your pool, consider having LED bulbs installed through a professional LED conversion.

The design possibilities for your pool are endless. Make sure that you consult a professional electrician to have your pool lighting properly wired and installed. At Nipper Electric, we will provide you with safe and beautiful pool and hot tub lighting and wiring while you relax. Call us today at 757-842-1710 or make an appointment online, we’ll turn your backyard pool into your personal retreat.

Get Ready For Summer with Outdoor Wiring

Professional Electrical Contractors in Virginia Beach Make Your Outdoors Fun

patio table and lightningSummer comes and goes quickly. You can add extra hours to your summer fun with a few quick outdoor changes. Nipper Electrical offers a wide range of outdoor electrical services to extend your summer fun, like landscape lighting and hot tub wiring. To get you started, we’ve come up with a list of some of the most popular outdoor wiring additions and installations for summer to help you enjoy the season.

Pool & Hot Tub Wiring- When it comes to wiring and water, you should always seek professional help from your trusted electrician.. One mistake could cause a serious or even fatal injury. For your safety, consider adding the lights to the following areas:

  • Pool Patio and Pathways-Slips and falls are one of the top injuries at pools. Keep your pathways lit and beautiful with a few soft but not dim lights.
  • Entrances, Steps, and Ladders- Lighting along entrances provide safety and a beautiful atmosphere that is relaxing and enjoyable.
  • LED Lights Along The Pool- For efficiency, effectiveness, and design options, you can’t beat LED lights in your pool. They use less energy, last longer, and can change colors easily.

Landscape Lighting- The perfect landscape lighting can turn your home into a castle. Consider adding the following landscape lighting touches:

  • Patio or Deck Lighting- If you love spending time outside, adding lights on your patio or deck brings hours of fun. Remember:
    • Stay away from super bright lights.
    • Don’t point lights where they’ll be in someone’s eyes as they sit.
    • Design the lighting to make entertainment easy and comfortable.
  • Pathway & Driveway & Landscape Lighting- Lighting along pathways, driveways and landscapes create safety and beauty. Consider adding lighting in the following ways:
    • Parallel lighting or Symmetrical Lighting
    • Patterns of lights
    • Along Steps
    • Inside the pathway with special recessed lights.
    • On favorite landscaping features to protect and highlight special pieces.

Deck Out Your Deck!- Adding electrical wiring to your deck can create a whole new space for your home. Here are a few great ideas for your deck this summer:

  • flat screen installations - NipperElectricOutdoor Flat TV installations– Imagine enjoying BBQ while you watch the big game outside.
  • Outdoor Ceiling Fans– These fans are specially made and wired for the outdoors. They can cool you off during hot summer days and warm you up on cool summer evenings.
  • Outdoor Lighting– Landscape lighting will lengthen your summer nights. They also make pathways and steps safer and deter criminals.

No matter what outdoor wiring project you choose, Nipper Electric is fully licensed and insured to meet all of your electrical needs. No job is too big or too small. Call us today at 757-842-1710 to get your summer started or make an appointment online.

Finding an Electrician You Can Trust in Virginia Beach

Finding an Electrician You Can Trust in Virginia Beach, VA

nipper-electric-hoodie with logoChoosing the right electrician or electrical contractor in Virginia Beach can be overwhelming. To help you find the electrical services you need, here are a few things to consider when you start searching for a dependable electrician.

  • Are They Fully Licensed and Insured?- Fully Insured and licensed electricians have the proper licenses to perform the services you are looking for. They will also be covered so that should any damages occur during the work will be covered by the insurance of the electrician.
  • Does Their Labor Come with Warrantees? An electrician who provides trusted and reliable work will be happy to put a warranty on their labor. Then, should any issues come up that are tied to the work, they will be happy to come out and fix those problems at little or no cost to you.
  • What Kind of Experience Do the Electricians Have?- Look carefully at the projects the electrician has previously performed and the years they have been active. Ask the following questions:
    • Are they experienced in many areas of electrical work or do they only specialize in one area?
    • Do the offer commercial and residential services?

    • Can they work with new technology?

    • How long have they been providing services in the area?

All of these questions will help you see just how much experience the electrician has before you hire them. Look for a business that works in residential and commercial services as well as someone who can work on new technology and equipment.

Also look for an electrician that has been working for more than a few years. The more experienced an electrician has, the better they will be able to serve you.

  • Check Out Their Reviews- In today’s world of constant comment on social media, it isn’t unusual to come across a bad review every now and then. However, when you find overwhelmingly positive reviews, you can bet you’ve found an electrician that will work hard to meet your standards.
  • Look for an Official Place of Business- Some electricians are more like a handy man. An electrician who has an official office is an established and trusted electrician, someone you can depend on and go to when you have issues with your electricity.
  • Look for Simple Straight-Forward Pricing- Professional electricians should be able to give you an estimate or show you a clear bill. Those who can’t, might be taking more of your money than they need to. Nipper Electric provides clear-cut pricing for all of our clients to keep the guesswork out of electrical work.  We also offer multiple discounts to our hardworking neighbors and friends in the Virginia Beach area.
  • Don’t Choose the Cheapest Option- Sometimes the cheapest offer is not the best offer. Good work costs money, that doesn’t mean it can’t be affordable too. Take a close look at other aspects, like the ones we mentioned here.

Your Trusted Electrician in Virginia Beach

You can get the electrical services you need from a dependable electrician right down the road. Nipper Electric has been providing trusted electrical services to Virginia Beach for over 20 years. If you have any electrical issues or are looking for a new electrician, call us today at 757-842-1710. We offer licensed and insured electrical work that you can trust. You can even make an appointment online today so you can keep up with your busy schedule.  

Improving Lighting in Your Workspaces

Professional Electricians in Virginia Beach Bring Better Lighting

A lot of people don’t pay close attention to lighting choices, especially in workspaces and offices.. However, choosing the perfect lighting plan for your home workspace or office can make all the difference.

Nipper Electric can help you choose lighting that will improve your work efficiency, productivity and even improve your health. We offer multiple styles and designs for lighting installations including:

  • bright-kitchen-lots-of-lightRecessed Lighting
  • Pendant Lighting
  • Under Cabinet Lighting
  • Chandeliers
  • Track Lighting
  • Energy Efficient Lighting options

Choosing the Right Lighting Can Improve Your Productivity and Health.

Lighting is an important part of an efficient and effective office. It can also turn a healthy and happy staff into a team that is struggling to make it through the day.

Poor lighting can lead to:

  • Headaches
  • Bad Posture
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Lack of Concentration
  • Lowered Productivity
  • Eyestrain

Depending on your workspace and personal preferences, you might want different types of lighting than those originally installed in the space. A professional electrician will be able to help you choose the right type of lighting for the work you want to do.

Here are a few options:

1) Small Study or Office

If you are short on space, under cabinet lighting. recessed lighting or track lighting can help you get the focused lighting you need.
You can easily place cabinet lighting into cabinets to help easily find books, papers, and other important information or under cabinets to combine storage and work spaces.
Track lighting takes up little to no room when installed inside the ceiling and it can be moved to focus on different areas of the space.
Recessed lighting offers, even more, space since it is installed into walls or ceilings.
Add a dimmer and you can create different levels of lighting to help you adjust the space to the needs.

2) Corporate Offices

2 bulbs onWhile a little larger than your average home office or study, corporate offices come with their own set of lighting challenges. You don’t want to make the lighting so bright that it distracts from the work or makes guests feel uncomfortable. You also don’t want to have lighting that is too dim. Creating levels of lighting is often the best option for a medium sized or corporate office.

Make sure your workspaces are properly lit with both brighter lighting and warm lighting. The layering of these lights will help you avoid the headaches often brought on by overpowering lights or dim lights.

Create layers of lighting at different levels within ceiling lighting or pendant lights, lamps, and under-cabinet lighting.

Conference Rooms – Conference rooms are often the most difficult to comfortably light due to their size and open space.

You can easily use track lighting or pendant lighting for overall lighting. Including some accent lighting to help soften the feel of the room or bring a  little style to an otherwise boring room.
Be sure to add dimmers so you can utilize the space for presentations too.

Work Benches/Drafting Tables

Some work requires extra attention to lighting choices. In spaces where you need to have extra attention to detail, like workbenches or drafting tables, create focused lighting close to the work area.

Make sure the lighting can be dimmed or complemented with other lighting options. Pendant lighting with bendable posts or adjustable lamps are great options to add in these spaces.

Lighting Options for Every Space

No matter what kind of office or workspace you have, Nipper Electric offers lighting options to match your needs. Call us today at 757-842-1710 or make an appointment online. We’ll turn your old office into a brand new work retreat!

Energy Tax Credits Save Even More Money

Professional Electrical Contractors Provide Energy Efficient Services in Virginia Beach

Tax time is just weeks away. If you’ve made energy efficient changes this year or forgot to claim some from 2015, you could be saving more money this year on your tax return. Nipper Electric has been providing the best in energy efficient and green technology in the Virginia Beach, VA for 20 years. Some of our green technology services include:

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
  • Lighting Retrofit Installations
  • Solar Energy Panel Installations
  • Solar Energy Security Lighting
  • Generator Installations

To better serve you, we’ve provided a quick rundown of just a few of the energy tax credits you might be missing out on.

1) Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit- This tax credit is for energy efficient improvements on existing homes. It includes the following improvements:

  • trees growing on coinsInsulation Materials
  • Windows and Doors
  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Water-Heating Equipment

Can be used for improvements made from 2011–2016, if the deduction has not already been taken.

Maximum Total Savings: $500

2) Net Metering- Did you know you can actually claim a credit on the solar power you produce? Net metering is available to Virginia residents on a first-come basis up until 1% of the electric companies energy peak load has been met. It is not available to municipal utility consumers. Nipper Electric regularly installs solar power panels that save our customers money all year round.

Maximum Total Savings: Varies (estimated savings for Solar Power in Virginia, including solar loans)

3) Section 179D or EPAct- This particular credit gives owners the opportunity to receive accelerated tax deductions for the cost of any energy efficient retrofit lighting project.

Manufacturing companies, distribution centers, and other commercial buildings are all eligible for this tax credit.

Maximum Total Savings: Most companies find that they can save approximately $.60 a square foot on this deduction.

4) Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit-

People who have added renewable energy technologies can receive a tax credit of up to 30% of costs for the additions. Eligible renewable technologies include:

  • solar panels on the roofFuel Cells
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaic Panels
  • Residential Wind Turbines
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps

Maximum Total Savings: Up to 30% of Costs for Additions

5) Exemptions for Solar Energy Equipment and Recycling Equipment- The state of Virginia allows the option for cities, towns, and counties to exempt their solar energy equipment from their local property taxes.

You must first have the equipment inspected and certified professionally to get a concrete value of the equipment.

Systems included in the tax exemption include:

  • Solar Photovoltaic Panels
  • Solar Thermal Heating
  • Storage for Solar Energy

Maximum Total Savings: Dependent on the Value of the Equipment

6) Electric Vehicles- If you have purchased a new electric vehicle after 2009, you could be eligible for a tax credit. To get the credit, the electric vehicle must be brand new, have four wheels or more, have a weight rating of lower than 14, 000 lbs, and an electric motor that utilizes a rechargeable battery for a minimum of 4 kilowatt-hours.

Companies that have Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations (or EVs) installed can also save 30% of the installation costs.

Maximum Total Savings: From $2,500 to $7,500 for the car and up to $30,00 for businesses who install EVs.

Using energy efficient technology can save you a bundle on your tax returns. Nipper Electric loves working with green technology and energy efficient equipment. If you have any questions about energy efficient and green technology, call us today at 757-842-1710 or make an appointment online. We’ll make sure you’re ready to save money all year long with energy efficient electrical systems and lighting.