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Parking Lot Lighting Maintenance and Repair

Parking Lot Lighting Service, Maintenance, and Repair

Benefits of a Well Lit Parking LotParking Lot Lighting Repair

A well lit parking lot is your first defense against property damage and theft.  In addition to property damage and theft, a well lit parking lot will also be a deterrent to criminal activities against your employees and customers.  Your parking lot is usually the first place a customer goes; so, make them feel safer with well maintained parking lot lighting.

What Type of Lighting to Choose?

LED lighting can be a great investment for your business.  LED lighting is durable, powers up quickly, and cost effective.  Check out our comparison chart that compares lighting options and the associated costs and life of light.  In most cases, your pole and parking lot lighting can be retrofitted for LED lighting options.

Who to Call

Joyner Electric & Security has been doing business in Savannah and the surrounding areas since 1975. We are licensed and insured and guarantee all of our work. Give us a call today.

Joyner Electric and Security provides lighting consultations and surveys for retrofitting light fixtures, area lighting, parking lot lighting, outside pole lighting, emergency lighting,  warehouse lighting and more. We provide creative and cost effective solutions for results that will meet your expectations. Let us help you with your outside and indoor lighting and we will find the best solution for you.

What our customers say…

“I manage the Ashley Furniture Showroom here in Savannah and have contracted Melvin and his team for several electrical projects. Fair prices, prompt service and professional work . Great Company!”

– Don A. – Review on Google

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When Lightning Hits Your Home or Business

Lighting StrikesLightning Hit

Our area has seen a lot of storms recently and our phones have been ringing off the hooks ever since due to lightning strikes and the damage it has caused. These are two of the most common calls we get after a big storm.

  1. Lightning hit their home or close to it, and electronics got fried and home insurance requires electrical inspection.
  2. Lightning hit and now some outlets & switches aren’t functioning.

Can I prevent damage from a lighting strike?

Lightning is a powerful and unpredictable force.  Even with a lightning protection system and surge protectors, there is no guarantee that lightning won’t find a way to cause damage.  One way to reduce the damage caused by lighting hits is to unplug your devices before a storm begins.  Please do not do this during a storm or while a storm is approaching. Unplugging your devices won’t protect your electrical system but it will prevent your electronics from getting fried.

My home or business was hit by lightning. Now what?

Call an electrician to inspect your electrical system.  We’ll check your electrical system and make any necessary repairs. Here are a few things that we inspect after a home is hit.

  1. Inspect Breaker Panel
  2. Check & Test Outlets
  3. Test Switches
  4. Find & Repair Damage

Melvin Joyner, CEO

Who to Call

Joyner Electric & Security has been doing business in Savannah and the surrounding areas since 1975. We are licensed and insured and guarantee all of our work. Give us a call today.

What Our Customer’s Say…

After our house was struck by lightening. They came right over and checked all the sockets and switches and repaired everything perfectly. They were also able to point out the electronics that were damaged and needed replacing.
Thanks for the speedy service!!!

– P. Baxter on Aug 2, 2016

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2-Prong Outlets? Time to Update

Out with the old 2-prong outlets2 prong outlet

You may remember the 2-prong outlets that were common prior to the 70’s.   If your house still has them, it’s probably time to make use of the phrase, “Out with old and in with the new”.

Why do I need to update my outlets?

If your home has the 2-prong outlets, your house isn’t necessarily out of code, these outlets are grandfathered in.  In many cases, the wiring to the outlets can be old and brittle with insulation falling off the wire.  When there isn’t proper insulation on the wire, you run the risk of having a short.

What do you do when you have an electrical plug that has 3 prongs when you have a 2-prong outlet? We’re familiar with the adapters some people choose to use instead of having the outlet replaced, It may be a quick and cheap fix but there is no ground and you run the risk of electrical shock.

Outdated 2-prong outletsCan’t I just do it myself?

There are websites out there that show you step by step instructions on replacing 2-prong outlets to 3-prong outlets, HOWEVER, you can never be sure the results will be up to code.  In our review of online instructionals on the topic, we found multiple problems like outlets not being grounded and final results not being up to code.

Be safe and not sorry when dealing with electrical upgrades. Avoid short circuits and electrical shock and get the job done up to code by professionals.

What our customers say…

“Joyner Electric is quick, efficient, and friendly! We were very pleased with their service and would highly recommend!”
– Jenna D.
Date Reviewed: 5/27/16
Review on Facebook

Who to Call

Joyner Electric & Security has been doing business in Savannah and the surrounding areas since 1975. We are licensed and insured and guarantee all of our work. All of our employees are background checked before getting hired so you can feel safe when we send out our team.  Give us a call today.  Give us a call today.

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Charging Your Devices Just Got Easier

Charging Electronics

At my home we have a drawer dedicated to just charging cables and chargers.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to use your wall outlets for things other than charging devices?  I thought so too.  Even though I have four outlets along one wall, I still find myself looking for another outlet to charge my phone or tablet or laptop.  Not to mention my husband’s phone or my son’s walkie talkies and RC helicopter.

Wall Plates with Built In Chargers

Thankfully, there are some very smart people who had the same problems and came up with a new wall plate with chargers built-in.  Now you can plug your USB charging cable directly into the wall outlet and still use the power outlet for other things like a lamp or radio.  For your convenience, I’ve included couple of products (below)on Amazon so you can find a couple different options.  For the tech guru, this is a must-have and even if you aren’t the tech guru it’s nice to have a dedicated charging station in your home. If you would like a couple of these wall outlets for your home, please give us a call and we can get them installed for you.


What our customers say…

“It started with great CS skills on the phone, great follow through and follow-up. The work quality was exceptional and the 2 techs (Seth and dang it…forgot his name, sorry) could have not been more helpful and accommodating. I will use NO one else down here in SE Georgia. Outstanding company!! Thank you guys and gals!!”
– G. Bostick in May 2016
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Who to Call

Joyner Electric & Security has been doing business in Savannah and the surrounding areas since 1975. We are licensed and insured and guarantee all of our work. All of our employees are background checked before getting hired so you can feel safe when we send out our team. Give us a call today. We are always looking for new and innovative solutions to make living a little bit easier.  Give us a call today or go ahead and book an appointment.

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Ceiling Fan Installation

Ceiling Fan Installation

Ceiling fans are a must here in the summer time. A ceiling fan can make any indoor and outdoor space more comfortable.  Check out the below article for some tips on choosing the right ceiling fans for your space and what to expect when getting them installed.

Choosing the best fan for your spaceJoyner Electric & Security Does Ceiling Fan Installations

The primary purpose of a ceiling fan is to circulate the air and make the space a bit more comfortable.  You may be able to save money by bumping your thermostat up a degree or two and not notice the difference once your ceiling fan is installed.

Outdoor Ceiling Fans

There isn’t anything much better than sitting on your back porch and enjoying the warm weather while sitting comfortably under a ceiling fan.  Seriously, if your covered outdoor space doesn’t have a fan, you are missing out.   When choosing an outdoor fan, make sure it’s rated for outdoor use and in our coastal region, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s weatherproof.

Indoor Ceiling Fans

Different room sizes require different fan sizes.   How much fan is too much fan?  Energy Star gives a basic guide to choosing the right fan size.

  • Up to 75 square feet = 29-36 inch
  • 76-144 square feet = 36-42 inch
  • 144-225 square feet = 44 inch
  • 225-400 square feet = 50-54 inch

Ceiling height also needs to be factored in.  Depending on your ceiling height, you may want a flush mounted ceiling fan or a downrod mount ceiling fan.  Usually, fans will come with a downrod mount but if your ceiling is extra tall the downrod mount that came with the ceiling fan may not be a good fit for your building.

Getting It Installed – What to Expect

Angie’s List reports that the average cost for a ceiling fan installation in 2013 was around $200.  Depending on your current electrical wiring situation, however, the cost can fluctuate.  If you want a fan installed where there is already wiring, the cost will usually stay on the lower end of the range.   If there is no wiring in that part of the house or building, it’s likely to take the electricians a little more time on the job so expect to pay a little more.

Who to Call

Joyner Electric & Security has been doing business in Savannah and the surrounding areas since 1975. We are licensed and insured and guarantee all of our work. All of our employees are background checked before getting hired so you can feel safe when we send out our team.  Give us a call today.  Ceiling fan installation is no problem for this team.  Give us a call today.

What our customers say…

“The team worked fast and was very courteous.”
– Homeowner in Port Wentworth, GA
Project: Install a Ceiling Fan
Date Reviewed: 5/10/16

Review on Home Advisor

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Sparking Outlets – Possible Fire Hazard

Electrical Safety Hazards – Sparking Outlets

When you’ve got sparking outlets, it may be time to call a pro.  Listed below are some reasons why outlets could spark.

Everyday / Normal Sparking

You plug in a small appliance or lamp and there is a tiny spark.  When power is transferred to that appliance, there will be a quick draw on the available power.  This results in that tiny spark you saw and is sometimes normal.  However, if you continue to see sparking in a single outlet, it may need to be looked at by an electrician.

Poor Installation or Repair

Many times this is due to a DIY attempt or a lazy installer. When a receptacle is installed, wires should be connected to the screw terminal.  The installer may have simply stabbed the wire in the back rather than connecting it to the screw terminal. This is not necessarily wrong but it is better practice to connect via the screw terminal rather than stab lock on the back. If you aren’t sure how to install an outlet, please call a pro that is licensed and insured.

Old or Loose ConnectionsOriginal outlets in a 1982 home. Outlet is old and connections are loose. This could lead to sparking outlets.

Outlets wear out just like anything else that gets used everyday.  You’ll know your outlets are old when the plug doesn’t stay in or just barely stays in the outlet. Loose connections can result in short circuits and electrical fires.

Water Damage

Water damage in an outlet causes oxidation which will result in poor connection between the outlet and the plug. Poor connections cause heat and will eventually burn up your receptacle.

Exposed and Frayed Wires

Electrical wires are covered with and insulating material which prevents electricity from conducting through it.  If your electrical wires are exposed and not covered by some time of insulating material, a serious spark can occur.

What do I do when my outlets are sparking?

If the spark is something you are concerned about and believe it could be one of the last 4 reasons listed, go ahead and turn the breaker off to that outlet and call a professional.

Who to Call

Joyner Electric & Security has been doing business in Savannah and the surrounding areas since 1975. We are licensed and insured and guarantee all of our work. Give us a call today.  Sparking outlets should not be a do it yourself project.  Please call a licensed electrician.

What our customers say…

“Mr.Joyner came on an emergency basis,and removed a wall plug that was sparking and flaming.He was patient and polite,and did a good job.I would recommend him to anyone who needs an electrician.I will use him and his company again with confidence that the work will be done right,and priced fairly.”
– Byron C. of Rincon, Ga on 4/28/16
Review on Home Advisor

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Electrical Panel Upgrade

You may need to upgrade your electrical panel or you may just need it serviced or inspected. First, let’s go over the basics.

What is an Electrical Panel?

Your panel channels power from your power company into your home. At the panel, the power is divided and sent throughout the house or building. In order for your home appliances and light fixtures to work, your panel has to be updated and maintained.

Burnt Electrical Panel
Does my electrical panel need servicing or maintenance?

The electrical panel naturally warms up and cools down in accordance to the load demand placed on it. With this warming and cooling constantly going on, many connections in the panel will become loose. Loose connections cause a higher amp draw and a higher amp draw causes HEAT. Heat causes loose connections; it is a vicious cycle that will grow. With little to no maintenance, small problems will slowly arise, usually unnoticed and can grow into major problems and sometimes become catastrophic (FIRE).

Do I need to upgrade my panel?

These are situations when you may need to upgrade your panel.

  • Remodeling / Renovation
  • Addition of a major appliance like a chest freezer or spa
  • Building an addition
  • Panel is being overtaxed. Most homes require at least 150 amps.
  • Home has one of these panels / boxes.
  • Federal Pacific Electric Company (FPE) Panel – Fire hazards
  • Zinsco Panels
  • Fuse Box
  • Flickering or Dimming Lights when something is turned on
  • Circuit breakers tripping frequently
  • Panel is over 25 years old

Ultimately, your electrical panel is very important to your home or workplace and if not cared for, it can become a safety hazard. Be safe and give Joyner Electric and Security a call to set up an inspection to make sure your panel is running as it should.

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