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RadioRA: Your Wireless Total Home Control System

light-settings-mobileWhat if you had the power to completely control your home’s internal environment? What if temperature, security settings, and both daylight and electric light could be adjusted to suit your preferences and schedule, for maximum enjoyment and energy savings? Though it may sound like a sci-fi fantasy, these updates to your home are now 100% possible with the RadioRA 2 wireless total home control system.

Seamless Integration with Your Life

RadioRA 2 works with your current appliances and lighting, for a monitoring system that supplies your home with just the right amount of light, warm or cool air, and energy conservation to make your space suit your activities, your family, your life.

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Prairie Electric Out-Foxes Phoenix Contact's Fox Challenge!

fox-challenge-employeesAt Prairie Electric, we pride ourselves with providing you with the highest-quality, cutting edge industrial solutions. For this reason, we partner with Phoenix Contact, a renowned provider of industrial automation, interconnection, and interface solutions. So when Phoenix Contact opened up entry in their Fox Challenge, who were we to say no?

Maria the TOOL Fox from Phoenix Contact visited Prairie Electric’s industrial control division and engaged them in the Fox Challenge. The results were fun, education, and victory!

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Discover Convenience Version 2.0 with the Pass & Seymour In-Wall USB Charger

in-wall-usbCharging your mobile phone, tablet, or other electronic device on-the-go can be frustrating.

You need to drag your bulky “charger,” or AC adapter, with you whenever you leave the house, just in case your phone or iPod powers down at an inopportune time. If you forget it, heaven forbid, you can look forward to carrying around a “dead” device, unless someone around you has an adapter that fits your model.

If, however, you do bring your apparatus with you, you’ll have to plug it into an outlet. If you’re lucky enough to have one near your table at a restaurant or in the living room at your friends’ house, good luck trying to fit this clunky piece of technology into someone else’s in-use outlet.

Sound familiar? It doesn’t have to.

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Our Favorite Home Electrical Tips

label-your-circuit-panelYou know those small tips and tricks that turn the way you maintain your home on its head? The home hacks that shatter your brain with their brilliance and forever change the way you relate to that little piece of plastic that holds the bread bag closed, or the space underneath your staircase?

Those tips are worth their proverbial weight in gold, and so are these. Make your electrical system and wiring easier to navigate with the following tips, from our team to you:

Make Bulbs Last Longer

Light bulbs can burn out for a variety of reasons. So how can you prolong their life and avoid changing them out every few months?

The first reason for bulb burnout is that the wattage in the bulb is too high for the fixture you are using. Check the fixture - often, the recommended wattage is written somewhere on it - and purchase bulbs suited for the one you are using.

Burnout is another reason for bulbs gone bad. If a bulb is not making contact within the socket, electrical arcing can occur. You don’t want this to happen, as arcing can cause power surges within the bulb, shortening its lifespan. Because most bulbs last about 2000 hours, using a regular bulb for eight hours a day will provide a lifespan of about eight months. If you use your bulb less and screw it in properly to ensure connection with the socket, it can last much longer.

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Intelligent Street Lights

street-lightsCalling all city workers: which one of you wouldn’t want to be able to check for outed street lighting from the comfort of your desk?

We thought so.  

Enter the lighting system Tvilight, invented by Dutch designer Chintan Shah, who, on a flight over Europe one day, noticed that desolate streets were lit at night when no one was there   to require illumination. As he began to ask questions about the cost of needlessly burning bulbs, he discovered that a great deal of money could be saved with a lighting system that only turns on when needed.

Smart Street Lights

Can you imagine a streetlamp that anticipates your arrival and turns on as you walk by? This lamp could change color, announce that its bulb was getting low, and save communities billions of dollars in lighting costs. Tvilight does just that.

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