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Boise, ID. 83714
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Welcome to Alloway Electric

Boise's premier electrical contractor, Alloway Electric, responds with licensed electricians in fully equipped vans to handle your residential repairs, remodels, new construction, installations, and maintenance contracts.

Servicing the Treasure Valley since 1924, we are proud of our heritage.  Our customers know they come first and can count on Alloway Electric to take care of their problems.  With Alloway Electric, your problem is no problem - call the people you trust!

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Inventing the Incandescent Light Bulb

Clare Vaterlaus

            Long before Thomas Edison tried his hand at creating an electric light source, at least twenty-two inventors had worked to invent the incandescent light bulb.  An incandescent light bulb is an electric light, which produces light with a wire filament heated to a high temperature by an electric current passing through it, until it glows.  Starting in the early 19th century various inventors from Europe and America experimented with different materials to conduct electrical power.  The different combinations of filaments and various approaches to sealing them lead to varying degrees of success, but overall these initial bulbs were dim, fragile, and did not last very long.

            In 1878, Thomas Edison began his research on developing a practical incandescent lamp.  Edison decided to utilize a carbon filament connected to patina contact wires.  Edison’s attempts would eventually give 1200 hours of continual light.  While Edison was preceded and followed by many inventors who worked to invent and improve the incandescent light bulb, he is typically recognized as the inventor of the most practical design.  Edison’s combination of a higher vacuum seal and most efficient incandescent material gave him the edge over his competitors.  The incandescent bulb remained the commercial and residential standard until the more efficient fluorescent and LED lights became available.

DIY Lamp: Spider Webs

Clare Vaterlaus

Need something sPoOkY to do with the kids to get ready for Halloween? Look no further, Better Homes and Garden shares how to make this easy DIY lamp shade. All you need is a lamp shade, spiderweb-printed acetate, and spray adhesive. If you don't have these things around the house, get creative and use a sharpie!

Directions here.

Make it into a whole activity and share this poem with the kids while you are making it!

Spider Webs

The spider weaves a sticky web
To capture bugs to eat.
What keeps the spider's sticky web
From sticking to her feet?

Spider webs are very tricky
Because not all the strands are sticky.
Unlike the passing hapless fly,
The spider knows which strands are dry.

But if she accidentally stands
Upon one of the sticky strands,
She still would not get stuck, you see--
Her oily body slides off free.

-Amy Goldman Koss

DIY Lamp: Gourds Galore

Clare Vaterlaus

Gourds are a staple in many local gardens. It is not unusual to find yourself with an overwhelming amount of them by the end of the summer. There are many things you can do with them from cooking to decorating. Today we want to highlight a blog post from A Little Bit of Everything website that shows us how to use a gourd as a lamp decoration. Head on over to their website for directions!

Updating Your Home’s Bathroom

Clare Vaterlaus

            Whether you are building your home or remodeling, there are special electrical and lighting concerns you need account for in a bathroom.  Having a professional Alloway electrician assist you in wiring your bathroom will ensure that it is a safe environment with maximized utility for everyday use. 

            Bathrooms present a damp environment.  Lighting fixtures near showers and bathtubs need to be watertight with waterproof lens covers to prevent potential electrical hazards.  These areas also need to be well lit so that these areas, which are slippery when wet, can be used safely.  Lighting is also critical around the bathroom mirror.  Many bathrooms have access to very little natural light, so it is necessary to use strip lighting, can lights, or wall sconces to create a bright environment.

            A good ceiling exhaust fan installed correctly will keep moisture at bay and dissipate any bad smells that emanate from the bathroom.  An Alloway electrician can suggest the best model for your space and install it correctly.

            Finally, electrical outlets also are an important component of any bathroom configuration.  Outlets need to be near the sink for easy use, but in the right location to avoid a hair dryer or curling iron falling into the sink.  Ground fault circuit interrupter outlets (GFCI) will provide safe power for all of your bathroom electrical needs.

            If you are ready to create the bathroom you have always wanted be sure to include an Alloway electrician in your plans so that it is safe, convenient to use, and aesthetically pleasing. 

DIY Lamp: A Taste of Fall

Clare Vaterlaus

Today's DIY Lamp Shade was found on the blog My 1929 Charmer. This is a great decoration to bring the feeling of Fall into your home. The nice thing about this DIY Lamp Shade is that you can take it down when the season is over. It is a simple cover up. All you need to do is take a trip to the local dollar store and buy some burlap and a few fall decorations and let your creative side roll. Feel free to read more on "how to" make this shade on the blog My 1929 Charmer.

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