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What is a Surge Protector?

The surge protector definition is an electrical device that protects the computer system as well as various electronic devices from sudden voltages within electrical power otherwise transient voltage that supply from the power supply. In Canada, the limit of standard voltage used for home, office, or buildings is 120 volts.

If the voltage is increased over this amount then it is considered as transient voltage. This voltage can harm all the electronic devices which are plugged into a channel. Although surges are so short, they are calculated in nanoseconds. These can cause huge harm to electronic devices.


Surge protector

Fortunately, a surge protector protects electronic devices from voltage surges. Even though, these devices always do not guard against the voltage surge because of lightning. They definitely guard the devices from the voltage surges which can be caused due to many reasons.

How Does Surge Protector Work?

A surge protector working principle is by directing the additional voltage into the grounding wire of outlets, avoiding it against supplying through the devices while at the equal time permitting the usual voltage for maintaining along its lane. The surges can harm the computer system through blazing its wires otherwise slowly over time wearing down the interior components of the equipment and also destroy any saved data. These protectors are also used for protecting cable as well as telephone lines because these also hold electric current.

These protectors are normally shields apparatus from lower voltage surges. These types of surges occur often in current electrical wiring. For instance, electronic devices like air conditioners & refrigerators require using more energy to control motors, as well as compressors, forming surges within the power, which can disturb the stable flow of voltage.

Power surges can cause by defective wiring, faulty devices, and down power lines at the power source that can cause power surges too. Alternate names of surge protectors are surge suppressors, power strips & transient suppressors.

Surge Protector Types

Surge protectors are classified into four types which include the following.

  • Service Entrance Type
  • Branch Surge Panels
  • Service Entrance Type
  • Surge Protection Modules


  1. Service Entrance Type

This kind of surge protector installation is in the entrance of Meter base.

  1. Branch Surge Panels

  This kind of surge protectors is arranged on the load side to the       entrance of the main service to guard the entrance of electrical service from motor-driven searches, lightning energy & other inside produced surges. The main intention of this protector is to defend responsive electronics as well as different loads based on microprocessors through transient voltage limiting. These surge panels are used in different applications like commercial, residual and industrial.

  1. Power Strips

These are secondary surge protectors. A power strip is used to plug into any electrical channel. These strips are available with numerous channels so that several electrical devices can connect into. If there is an electrical surge occurs then the power strip will cut the power. This is the most useful feature to protect the devices from damage.

  1. Surge Protection Modules.

This kind of protector provides a different type of summit to view the protection of surge than the power strips provide. These protectors offer defense for industrial applications like PLCs automation of factory, motors drives which are obtainable in both configurations like DIN mounted and standard wall. These protectors also give wired within the protection of surge for devices used in commercial and industrial equipment cabinets. There are several types of surge protectors available in the market that can guard a few devices in a home as well as commercial services in the whole electrical system.


Surge Protector Advantages & Disadvantages




The advantages of surge protectors include the following.

  • These devices guards’ electrical equipment from voltage spikes
  • It controls the voltage in your electrical equipment to keep the equipment at a safe level
  • These are affordable
  • Maintenance costs will be reduced
  • Repair costs and replacement will be reduced

The disadvantages of surge protectors include the following.

  • The surge protector for owl home is expensive
  • The cost of installation for owl home is also costly
  • Its usage is limited and strip surge protectors shouldn’t be utilized through with hard-wired machines such as a stove otherwise a dishwasher.

Surge Protector Applications / Uses

Surge protectors are used to guarding electronic equipment against surges. The equipment which is at risk includes the following.

  • Speakers
  • TV receiver
  • Computer systems
  • LCDs and Plasma TVs
  • Router
  • Phone System
  • Game consoles

Thus, this is all about the Surge protector. From the above information finally, we can conclude that by using these protectors, electronic appliances used in homes like refrigerators, laundry units, dishwashers will also be sheltered from harm. It provides expediency by opening up additional obtainable outlets to you; however, they can also conserve your money when you control the multiple devices by a flick of the knob only. Here is a question for you, what is the function of a surge protector?

Is a circuit breaker a surge protector?


While circuit breakers protect wires from starting a fire due from too many amps (amount of electrical current), surge protectors protect your appliances from power surges, which is a brief spike in voltage (electrical power or force.

Our team in Redox Electric in Richmond will help you with professional electricians that can be in your by calling with  604 476 5611   or   604 910 9691.



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One customer from Coquitlam city called Redox Electric office and he wanted one electrician check the 4 lamp florescent which is flickering and installed on the ceiling in the kitchen. As the owner said they changed the bulbs in the fixture still the problem is there. (more…)

Now that winter is around the corner and the temperature is already dropping and the heating bills will start to increase. Here are a few ways you can keep down your expenses this season.

  • Lower the thermostat at night

Wrap yourself up in bed and turn down the thermostat by 10 degrees. If you are not moving around the house don’t use energy for the area that you don’t need.


GFCI outlet for ground fault circuit interrupter

Since 1980, GFCI building code requirements that previously only used on construction site have expanded.  GFCIs are not required in many different rooms of your home especially those with moisture such as washroom, kitchen, pool area, etc. The GFCI cover the input and output levels being passed through an outlet.  If there is a slight difference in the current being transferred from the hot outlet to the neutral outlet then the device will quickly cut off the power supply to prevent damage or injury. A GFCI can detect changes in the current supply as minor as if you Milliamps.  GFCIs are simply advancement in technology that could potentially save lives or prevent injury to your family. (more…)

Having a hot tub spa at home is a wonderful amenity. But before you have the ability to sit back and relax, there can be a lot of headache. Proper preparation is required before you position the hot tub and plug it in. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your hot tub or spa installation.

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Location selection & setup

You probably have an idea of where you would like to place your hot tub. If you are planning to build a place for it outdoors, ensure that you have:

  • A firm level surface
  • Sufficient foundation material
  • An appropriate walkway

Keep in mind the warranty of your hot tub. Some bases can void the warranty and the material of surrounding walkway. For an indoor spa, ensure that the room you have chosen is suitable for the condition. You will require a strong foundation as well as suitable ventilation for the steam and moisture.

Municipal building code

Before a deck, support structure, or upgrade to a room in your home, check with your municipality that you are able to complete the improvements. You may require permits and there may be codes that your new structure must meet in addition to the manufactures, warranty. Building illegally can cost you more in the long run.

Electrical requirement

This is where a certified electricians important. Most hot tubs require approximately, 240 volt. A Hot tub does not plug directly into a standard outlet like other appliances; you will be required to add an additional circuit breaker into your main service panel. This can be a complex job and should be done correctly to keep your Family and home safe. In proper electrical wiring can cause electrical surge and fires.

Redox Electric professional electrician can install Hot tub and Span in a location like made rise as well as customer wants.

When upgrading florescent lighting, don’t forget the ballast:

We have lots of customer for fluorescent light repair here at Redox Electric. But before calling, always remember that if your fluorescent light fixture is burnt out or flickering, first change the bulbs to see if this corrects the problem and also save yourself some money. If you are not comfortable changing the bulbs due to location or any other safety concern, we would be very happy to help you. Fluorescent fixture still does not light up after changing the bulbs then the problem is most likely faulty ballast, or less commonly a possible wiring issue.

Fluorescent fixtures

Fluorescent light is the product of two components: the lamp and the ballast, the role of the ballast is to boost voltage for short duration. The ballast will then maintain a constant applied limited current to property operate the lamp. You must use the proper ballast for each type of fluorescent bulb. Bulb types are T12, T8, and T5.

Ballast upgrades

The ballast technology has improved a lot in the last 15 years. If you are not upgrading your ballast you won’t see the potential energy saving that efficient fluorescent lighting can provide. The new electronic ballasts operate differently from older electro-magnetic ballasts.

More control

Electronic ballasts can be manufactured to under drive or over drive. The lamps they support, producing more or less light. This allows you to adjust which need less light. The lighting pattern can now be changed due to work patterns and specific lighting requirements.

Dimmer switches

Dimming is also with electronic ballast. Present your dimmer and it can cut your light by 50% and this will save you money as well.

Less Heating

Electronic solid- state ballast produces less heat than electromagnetic. Type ballast what this means is if you are operating cooling equipment, such as food coolers or air conditioning during summer the electronic ballasts will help you save on cooling costs.


Importance of Smoke Detectors

Alarm or smoke detectors are installed in houses to provide early warning of a fire. Note that smoke detectors can only save lives when they are properly installed, tested and maintained. The most important subject is that all the smoke detectors must be connected together in house area because if some problems appear in the home area all smoke detectors will start beeping. The smoke detectors working age usually is 10 years so recommending that   replace them with new ones.

Area of Smoke Detectors Installation

According to electrical codes in each level of house must have smoke Alarms and by the new code in each sleeping room must be installed one smoke detector as well as outside sleeping rooms such as living room and hallway to have sufficient time to run away from the fire.

Regular Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Smoke Detector

Regular smoke detector can be installed everywhere except the area which installed furnace already. Carbon monoxide smoke detector must be installed in basement and main floor. Installing at least one carbon monoxide smoke detector in hallway is essential also.

Battery Backup in Smoke Detector

Smoke detectors usually have battery back-up for no power in the house so smoke detector always will be activated. Replace the backup battery of hard-wired smoke or carbon monoxide (CO) alarm at least once per year so that smoke detectors can operate without electricity at home during power outages.


There are many reasons that electrical fires can start in the home. One of the best protections ways to reduces electrical fire threats is AFCI (arc-fault). AFCI detects any dangerous electric arc in its related circuit and breaks it. AFCI is very sensitive and is not comparable with the traditional circuit breaker.

Dangers of Aluminum Wiring

Few years ago because copper was very expensive in compared with other materials like Aluminum, the common wiring for home constructions were Aluminum. But the problem is that Aluminum was very soft and electricians were not able to tight that wire with screw. Therefore, power transferring would make heat and sparking on the screw connection and is not safe for preferring of fire.

By new code there is one method for preferring of Aluminum connection to the Electrical parts. The name of the method is (pig tailing) after that method connection to electrical part will be copper instead of Aluminum.

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