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Bend the Knee!

Posted On April 25, 2019



Posted On April 22, 2019

Canes Win 

Let’s Go Canes!

Posted On April 11, 2019

Let’s Go Canes! #Game1 #stanleycupplayoffs @nhlcanes
Hurricane Warning 

Is your home ready for storm season?

Posted On March 22, 2019

Is your home ready for storm season? Call us today to get a Whole house surge protector installed for just $249 until April 20th

Some lights getting brighter while others are dimmer? Appliances and electronics acting funny? Probably not a poltergeist, just a bad connection somewhere. In this case it was on the utility side causing 1 leg to have 190v to neutral instead of 120v and the other having only 50v to neutral. Give us a call 24/7 we’ll exorcise your electrical system 💪⚡️... unless it’s not an electrical issue 😳👻 #poltergeist #electricalgremlins #RaleighElectrician #arcelectric

Shoutout to the MVP’s of ARC

Posted On March 8, 2019

Shoutout to the MVP’s of ARC, thanks for all that you do! #internationalwomensday #arcelectric


Well well well, look who’s 2nd place best quality of life in the world according to Numbeo... And now since we’ve added ARC Plumbing we’ll hit #1 in 2020 👍😬 go #Raleigh #BestPlacetolive



truck 1 day 1 of ARC

Posted On February 28, 2019

#TBT to truck #1 day 1 of ARC #gottastartsomewhere


you have to start recruiting young

Posted On February 18, 2019

When you have a dwindling labor pool you have to start recruiting young

Let us help Make your House your Home

Posted On February 16, 2019

Let us help Make your House your Home #CustomBentTracks #touchofmodern


If you really want it... we can do it!

Posted On February 15, 2019

If you really want it... we can do it!

learn more about NC solar at SEIA.org

Posted On February 7, 2019

Did you know? #Werenumber2 #1percapita learn more about NC solar at SEIA.org

Well... there’s your problem

Posted On February 6, 2019

Well... there’s your problem...
To prevent Problems like these maybe you need a safety inspection

👀... sign of things to come?
Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven has announced that the sale of cars with gasoline or diesel engines will be banned in his country after 2030
Sweden now joins Denmark, India, the Netherlands, Ireland, and Israel on the list of nations which say they will ban the sale of cars with internal combustion engines by that date.

Sometimes, size does matter! #77inches #Superbowlready #areyou?

Did you know, we can provide and install all your home theater needs? Including: LG OLED TV’s and Martin Logan speakers shown here 😍 #StepUpyourgame #BestTVonthemarket #MakeYourhouseyourCastle

Raleigh #3!! Charlotte #41 🤔 probably cause we don’t service the Charlotte area. Sorry Charlotte #Expansionsoon #Raleigh #Goodjobbeinghappyeveryone 👍

When you have a 4 person group project but you’re the only one doing any work #burntout #GroupProjects #Thereusedtobe4prongs

Start Them young!

Posted On January 29, 2019 (0) Comments | Leave a Comment

Start Them young! Don’t listen to @arc.plumbing #CheapLabor #ARCElectric #Greatforcrawlspaces

It’s 2019 🥳! It’s time to get your parking lot lights out of 1999. Upgrade to LED, the environment and your wallet😉 will thank you. #MassiveSavings #LoweryourpowerbillToday #SorryDukeEnergy #Notreallysorry #theywillsurvive

Have a dark closet or pantry? We have solutions! A switched rope light can give you a nice even light on every shelf! #seeyourstuff #WereFullOfBrightIdeas #andbadjokes #Butweonlychargeforthelighting

Testing The new Halogen Lamps for the Times Square New Years ball in 1978, How many WHITE LED’s are found on this years ball? Will post correct answer later this evening! #Googlingischeating #Noonelikesacheater #lightupthenewyear
The answer to our trivia question is ... 8,064 white LED’s but there are also red, blue, and green LED’s for a total of 32,256! From ARC we wish you a bright New Year!

Smarten Up Your Home

Posted On December 20, 2018

We can help smarten up your home to thwart the wet bandits!  Google Assistant plus smart appliances = more security for your home.  Watch their video here:
Call today for a free quote 919-888-3500

Greener Communities - Solar Panel Energy

Posted On November 29, 2018

Are you willing to pay more for a greener home? How about a greener community?
Developer Syd Kitson has been building a planned community north of Ft. Meyers, Florida, that is just that.

See the story at this news site: Babcock Ranch

Or, watch the news video here:

Meanwhile, visit your Service Electrician for Apex, Cary, Holly Springs, and Raleigh, for your current electrical service needs!

Home Generators for Emergencies

Posted On October 2, 2018

Bought a generator this past month?
Call us to schedule a free quote to install a generator interlock and Inlet outlet so you're prepared for the next storm!
Need a fuse box upgrade?  Call us for an Apex panel change!
Meanwhile, visit your Service Electrician for Apex, Cary, Holly Springs, and Raleigh, for your current electrical service needs!

Let Arc Light up your yard!

Posted On June 29, 2018

How many Oscar winners does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Just One! But they couldn't do it without the support of their manager, agent, the academy and of course Mom and Dad!

ARC Electric has now installed:

1646 LED lights replacing incandescents!

that’s a savings of 244,447kw/hrs a year!

Or $26,889.22 in savings to our customers.

* based on an average of the lights being on 8hrs. a day, 60watt bulbs to LED equivalent

See Arc Electric for all of your residential lighting needs!

Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters

Posted On May 24, 2018

: Installing Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) could prevent half of the home electrical fires that occur each year.

 Call Arc Electric for a home electrical safety inspection!

Learn more: http://ow.ly/o2AH30jL8R0 



Safety Tips - Flood Damage

Posted On April 20, 2018

#Floodwater contaminants can create #fire hazards if electrical wiring & equipment have gotten wet. In the aftermath of a flood, there may be hidden electrical hazards.
Before beginning the cleanup effort, have a qualified Cary commercial electrician check the house wiring, assess other damages and proceed with repair work.
Learn more from the ESFI Safety pages!:

Safety Tips - Space Heaters

Posted On April 20, 2018

According to @NFPA, space heaters cause of 79% of all fatal home heating fires. DO NOT plug a space heater into a power strip or extension cord. They are not designed to handle the high current flow of a space heater and can overheat and catch fire.
Power Strip Cannot Support Space Heater  
Contact your Apex commercial electrician for your additional electric needs.

For those who have a hard time with home maintenance schedules, check out HomeZada. Remember to test your GFCI's!

HomeZada software provides a digital hub of information for your home. Get organized and save money managing your home with HomeZada. Get started today!
Avoid Expensive Repair Costs and Reduce Energy Bills

An annual home maintenance schedule is created for you with alerts and reminders of important monthly maintenance tasks to make sure your home is efficient, safe, and healthy for your family.

A pipe leak above this panel caused all of this corrosion in a fairly new panel.
Your Electrical Service Panel is the heart of your electrical system it distributes power from your service provider to every electrical device in your home or business. If this fails or is out of date major problems can occur, loss of power, damage to electrical appliances, and at worst an electrical fire.
Contact an Apex commercial electrician at Arc Electric, and schedule a panel change for your residence or commercial building!

Power of Past Posts - Angie's List Award

Posted On January 15, 2018

Our team has done it once again!
We have received Angie's List Super Service Award 2 years in a row!
Thanks to all our customers for such great reviews!
Angie's List is an American home services website. Founded in 1995, it is an online directory that allows users to read and publish crowd-sourced reviews of local businesses and contractors

Give Your Home an Electrical Safety Checkup

Just as regular wellness checkups are critical for maintaining your health, routine safety checkups are critical for the safety of your home.  Use ESFI's handy Electrical Safety Checkup list to ensure that you can identify and correct potential electrical hazards around your home before an electrical fire or incident can result.  
Regularly check the vitals of your home, and encourage your friends and loved ones to do the same!
Visit the National Electrical Safety Month section of the website for additional resources and suggestions for facilitating a local electrical safety awareness campaign.

Give Your Home an Electrical Safety Checkup.  Download this Checklist from the Electrical Safety Foundation International Inc., and visit the ESFI site, here!  http://www.esfi.org/

This post was originally made October 2015 in Facebook.  As you can see by the image above, we are STILL NUMBER ONE!
We're the #1 rated Electricians in Raleigh! Thank you to all our customers for the kind words!
The Best 10 Electricians in Raleigh, NC Top Electricians in Raleigh, NC Arc Electric Inc., Streamline Plumbing & Electric Inc, Express Electrical Service, Michael & Son Services, Miller & Miller Electric, Richard's and Son Electrical Service, Expert Express Inc, Wright Brothers… yelp.com

What Does a Tamper Resistant Receptacle (TRR) Do?

Posted in Home Safety by ESFi

Tamper resistant receptacles (TRRs) provide a simple, permanent solution for preventing common childhood shock and electrical burn injuries caused by tampering with a wall outlet.

  1. Unprotected outlets are a hazard for small children.
  2. Serious injuries result when common household objects are pushed into the slots.
  3. TRRs replace standard outlets to protect children from injury.
  4. A built-in shutter system prevents objects from being inserted.
  5. Plugs can still be easily inserted when equal pressure is applied to both slots.
  6. Unlike removable outlet caps, TRRs provide a permanent solution.

Arc Electric Celebrating Christmas in Apex

Posted On December 26, 2017

Ready for the Apex Christmas Parade! #WaterTowerTown


ESFI: Don't Overload your Home!

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 home fires in the U.S. are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions each year. These fires result in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage. Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. Help lower your risk of electrical fires by not overloading your electrical system.


Overloaded circuit warning signs:

  • Flickering, blinking, or dimming lights
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses
  • Warm or discolored wall plates
  • Cracking, sizzling, or buzzing from receptacles
  • Burning order coming from receptacles or wall switches
  • Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles, or switches

How to prevent electrical overloads:

  • Never use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for appliances
  • All major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Only plug one heat producing appliance into a receptacle outlet at a time
  • A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have a qualified electrician inspect your home and add new outlets
  • Power strips only add additional outlets; they do not change the amount of power being received from the outlet

The CPSC estimates more than 50% of electrical fires that occur every year can be prevented by Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)

Only use the appropriate watt bulb for any lighting fixture, Using a larger watt light bulb may cause a fire

Power of Past Posts - Halloween Safety

Posted On November 26, 2017

ESFI:  It’s Not a Trick.  Treat Yourself to Safety

  • Curiosity leads to many things, not all of them safe.  Protect children by installing Tamper Resistant Receptacles in your home.  This permanent, cost-effective solution prevents injuries and deaths caused by the insertion of foreign objects into outlets.
  • Avoid using dried flowers, corn stalks or hay in your festive decorations.  These items are highly flammable and could even be ignited by heat from a nearby lightbulb.
  • Outdoor electrical decorations are increasingly popular.  To reduce your risk of shocks, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) should be used wherever water may come into contact with electrical products.  Replace traditional receptacles with GFCIs or use a portable one. 
  • Inspect all electrical decorations and extension cords before use.  Discard any that are have cracked, frayed, or exposed wiring.
  • Use only electrical decorations and products that have been tested and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as UL, Intertek, or CSA.

Above safety tips provided by



January 22, 2012 ·

Generator maintenance plans available. call now!

Arc Electric does professional generator installations in Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, and Apex areas.

Benefits Of Having A Residential Backup Generator

Powered by liquid propane fuel or natural gas,
 residential backup generators offer homeowners peace of mind during unexpected power blackouts by providing a continuous flow of power. ... It is also important to consider the fuel sources.

February 6, 2012 ·

Monday Money saving tip:

Homeowners can save about $180 a year by installing and properly setting a programmable thermostat!

Programmable Thermostat 
March 5, 2012 ·

Monday Money Saving Tip:

Dimming Lights can greatly reduce energy usage, dimming one bulb just 13% can save you $10 a year on power and extend the life of your bulb. Imagine dimming your whole house!! for more info on this visit Lutron's great calculator

Lutron light controls save energy, while creating inviting, comfortable spaces. Use an interactive dimmer calculator here to see how much you can save.
March 12, 2012 ·

Monday Money Saving Tip:

Believe it or not, unplugging chargers (laptop, cell phone, ipod) while they're not in use could potentially save big bucks over time. Follow the link bellow to see a more in-depth article



24/7 we work in the dark so you don't have to

Posted On September 22, 2017

24/7 we work in the dark so you don't have to

Whatever, whenever you have a problem, call us immediately at (919) 888-3500. We respond to ALL emergencies, no matter what time of day or day of the week.
Your Arc Electric Electrician will also complete a Free general safety inspection on your home or business' electrical panel to be sure their are no looming issues in your home.
24/7 emergency electrical services in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and all of Wake and surrounding counties.

What Arc customers, are saying about us!

Posted On September 22, 2017

What our customers are saying about us!
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With hurricane season upon us, and winter coming soon; these tips about Flood Safety could be very helpful.  See the professional electricians at Arc Electric to be sure you are prepared.

ALS Walk

Posted On May 16, 2017

Some of the ARC team out to "Walk to defeat ALS" with Rosanna VanderMeer, Richer Levert and Cassi Thompson Levert.
 Arc Electric Staff for ALS

Electrical Troubleshooting

Posted On April 10, 2017

Do not let a potential emergency electrical issues wait!  Some problems can be fixed inexpensively and can prevent bigger monetary loss and/or injury.

If you suspect your home has electrical issues, have seen smoke, sparks, or heat coming from any electrical device in your house please call an electrician right away to troubleshoot and fix your electrical problem.

24/7 emergency electrical troubleshooting in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and all of Wake and surrounding counties. 

Whatever, whenever you have a problem, call us immediately at (919) 888-3500. We respond to ALL emergencies, no matter what time of day or day of the week.

Power of Past Posts - Happy New Year 2016

Posted On December 31, 2015

Happy New year! From all of us at Arc Electric!

LED Light Bulbs

With LED bulbs now hitting affordable prices it might be time to run out and replace all the bulbs in your home. 

   Cree inc. has released a new 60w equivalent LED bulb that doesn't look all that different from the regular incandescent light bulb with amazing upsides. The new bulb retails for $12.97 and can be found at your nearest Home Depot or online here. Now you might think $12.97 is still a lot for a regular light bulb, you can buy a 60watt incandescent bulb for around $0.50 or even a quality CFL equivalent for $2.00. so, why should i pay more, you ask? Here's a few reasons:
  1. Energy Savings - Cree's new LED uses 9.5watts to give out the same amount of light it takes 60watts for the incandescent and 13watts for the CFL,
  2. Life - LED bulbs can last 50,000 hrs! This is compared to only 5,000-8,000 for CFL's and a 750 for incandescent. This bulb could last you 50 yrs!
  3. Green - CFL's contain a small amount of mercury which reeks havoc to our environment when not disposed of properly. 
  4. Instant on and Dimming - Unlike CFL's these LED's can dim utilizing your existing dimmer as well as turn on to full brightness immediately upon flipping the switch!

When factoring in these points, converting to LED's will pay itself back in a matter of years and you'll still have over a decade of lamp life to enjoy at a fraction of the cost.

For more information contact your friendly electricians at Arc Electric Inc. (919) 888-3500

Home Electrical 101 From


Your home has a 120/240 volt system and, depending on the size of your home, 100 to 400 amps. Every home has a main breaker than can shut off power to the entire house. The main breaker is typically outside next to your electrical meter. Removing panel covers to access the wiring should only be done by a licensed electrician. If not handled correctly, an electrical shock and an ARC flash may cause severe burns and possibly death.


It is useful to familiarize yourself with the whereabouts of all electrical panels inside and outside of your home. The electrical panel will have multiple breakers and each of these should be labeled as to what that particular circuit powers. A circuit can either power a series of lights or outlets or something specific such as a garbage disposal or dishwasher. Breakers protect the system by tripping the power if there are too many things drawing power on the same circuit. A short in the system will also trip the breaker. Tripping a breaker causes the breaker to move into the center tripped position. Reset the breaker by first going to the OFF position and then back to the ON position.  If the breaker trips again after resetting it once DO NOT keep trying to reset the breaker as this indicates there is a problem on that circuit and attempting to reset could cause damage or a fire. Some outlets in your home will not allow things to be plugged in that are not aligned with the outlets proper orientation. Do not ever force something into an outlet, it could be the improper orientation or a different voltage and forcing it into the wrong type of outlet can cause damage to the device and/or the outlet.


Going Green

Conserving energy by replacing all of your appliances to Energy Star appliances or changing out your A/C system can be very expensive. There are many small things you can do to save lots of energy at little to no cost.



We have been brightening our homes with the typical incandescent light bulb since it was perfected (not invented) by Thomas Edison in 1879. Recently, with new technology, we have seen more energy efficient alternatives on the market. For example, the Compaq Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting diodes (LEDs) are exponentially more efficient by losing less energy to heat loss while giving off more usable light.  Buying a CFL bulb can be confusing but they can save you a lot of money and energy. There are several things to look for when buying a CFL bulb but the number one thing is wattage (W) or the amount of energy the bulb uses; as far as light output is concerned (measured in Lumens) a 13 watt CFL bulb is approximately equal to a standard 60 watt bulb. Light color is a factor with CFLs , measured in Kelvin(K), because of the many different choices ranging from 2500K-6500K. The standard incandescent light bulb has a light color of approximately 3000K. There are a few things that should be noted about CFL bulbs: CFL bulbs cannot be dimmed, they take some time to reach full brightness so we do not recommend them in areas where the light is not on for an extended period of time, and they contain small amounts of mercury which is harmful to the environment and need to be disposed of properly. LED bulbs are the newest on the scene and can be a little pricey, but if you are willing to pay a little more they will save you more energy and they last a lot longer (some up to 20 years!). Most LEDs can be dimmed with the appropriate dimmer and they contain no mercury. Another way to save energy is by installing motion sensor switches in some areas of your home. Areas that benefit most from motions sensors are closets, bathrooms, pantries, hallways, or anywhere else where lights do not need to be left on when not in use.


Laptops, Cell Phones, and TV s Oh My!

Most people don’t realize it but your laptop and cell phone chargers pull electricity just by being plugged into an outlet even when they are not connected to your laptop or cell phone. Picture a small drip from your faucet, over a week it could fill up the sink and more…leaving a charger plugged in pulls power 24/7 slowly but surely costing you money! So unplug your chargers when not in use or plug them all into a power strip that has an on/off button and turn them all off at once. Disconnecting your TV set could also save you money depending on the unit. Some units cannot be disconnected because doing so will cause them to reset each time. LCD and Plasma TVs are all the rage and as amazing and space-saving as they are they pull more energy than previous TV models. We’re not saying throw away that new television (if you are though please send to the address at the top of this guide), but we are saying to simply turn off the television when no one is watching and think about turning on your radio for background noise instead of that TV – your wallet and the environment will thank you.


A/C system and you

Ensuring your air conditioning system and/or heat pump are working properly can save you lots of energy. In North Carolina most homes use a heat pump style system which heats in the winter and cools in the summer from the same system. While these are efficient, they often use back-up electrical heat strips which turn on when the temperature outside drops really low and the heat pump cannot heat effectively. Unfortunately, if your system is not working properly it is difficult to tell because the heat strips pick up the slack and this increases the amount of energy needed to heat your home. Regular maintenance should be done twice a year to ensure everything is working properly. Problems? What to do if something is not working properly? First and foremost, if you are not comfortable or do not have the training please do not attempt to fix problems with your electrical system, this can cause you to get hurt and/or damage your home. We will be glad to come out and repair any problem no matter how big or small.


GFCI Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter

(GFCI) protects circuits that could potentially be exposed to water or moisture. Typically they protect bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and exterior outlets. There are two types of GFCI s, a GFCI breaker and an outlet GFCI. Outlet GFCI s are the outlets you see that have 2 buttons in the center one says TEST and the other RESET. An outlet GFCI can protect as many as 10 other outlets and are more sensitive than breakers to protect you from electrical shock, thus, trip a lot more often. Hair dryers are notorious for tripping these quite often. If one of these trips all you have to do is unplug everything in that outlet and push in the RESET button. If this button immediately trips again there is a larger problem that might require an electrician. What if I can’t find my GFCI? A common problem with homes is that outlets will be protected by a GFCI that is in a different room, outside, or even in the crawl space then when there is no power to an outlet is can be a game of hide and seek throughout your home trying to find the culprit GFCI outlet. A great way to solve this is to identify all the GFCI outlets before furniture might be in the way. Here is a quick flow chart of where to check first that could possibly save you time.

If the outlet is in the bathroom
  1. Check other bathrooms on every level of the house
  2. Check electrical panel for tripped breaker
  3. Check the garage outlets
  4. Call Arc Electric Inc.
If the outlet is outside the house
  1.   Check other exterior outlets Check Garage outlets
  2. Check electrical panel for tripped breaker
  3.   Check all bathrooms
  4. Check crawl space entrance
  5. Call Arc Electric Inc.