Third Conviction in Tangled Web of Illegal Electrical Work in Eastern Ontario

Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) secures conviction including unlicensed worker, licensed electrical contractor and general contractor

MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 24, 2014 /CNW/ – An unlicensed individual has been convicted and fined $18,750 for illegal electrical work done in several schools and two residential sites in the Ottawa, Kingston and Pembroke areas. On June 9, 2014 Martin Laprade pleaded guilty to two counts of performing electrical work without an electrical contractor’s licence and one count of leaving an unsafe condition.

This conviction follows two recent related convictions. In April, Mario Giroux of Construction “G” was convicted and fined $58,750 for multiple violations related to hiring an unlicensed individual — Mr. Laprade — to do electrical work in several schools in Eastern Ontario. Nick Medewar of NM Electric was convicted and fined $7,500 for multiple counts of illegally taking out electrical permits on Laprade’s behalf.

“The conviction of Mr. Laprade is the final in a series of convictions of a group of individuals working in concert outside of the law. Their actions resulted in public safety –specifically children – being at risk,” said Normand Breton, ESA’s General Manager, Harm Mitigation, who oversees ESA’s electrical contractor licensing system. “Through the course of our investigation, we discovered significant electrical hazards at one school that could have seriously injured or killed someone, or caused a fire.”

All fines include a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Only Licensed Electrical Contractors are permitted to contract to perform electrical work in Ontario under Ontario Regulation 570/05, Licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians.

ESA worked with the school board to ensure all electrical defects have been corrected by a Licensed Electrical Contractor in compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.

“Anyone – homeowners, businesses or institutions – considering hiring someone to do electrical work are reminded to follow ‘the three Cs’: check to ensure the contractor holds a valid electrical contractor licence (there is a searchable database at www.esasafe.com); confirm that they are arranging the appropriate permits and inspections from ESA; and call ESA at 1-877-ESA-SAFE (1-877-372-7233) if you suspect someone is misrepresenting themselves,” added Breton.

Hiring a contractor with a valid ECRA/ESA Electrical Contractor Licence ensures that the company you have hired:
•is fully insured
•uses qualified electricians to perform the electrical work you require
•will arrange for permits with the ESA
•can deliver an ESA Certificate of Inspection
•can provide references
•will prepare a written cost estimate of the work

About the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)

The Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA) role is to enhance public electrical safety in Ontario. As an administrative authority acting on behalf of the Government of Ontario, ESA is responsible for administering specific regulations related to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, the licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians, electricity distribution system safety, and electrical product safety. ESA works extensively with stakeholders throughout the province on education, training and promotion to foster electrical safety across the province. More information on the Electrical Safety Authority can be found at www.esasafe.com, through Twitter @HomeandSafety and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ElectricalSafetyAuthority

SOURCE Electrical Safety Authority

Eye-Catching Lights and Fixtures

The world is moving away from incandescent bulbs and towards LEDs to save energy.

Not only is home lighting a major attention grabber, it also makes up about 10 percent of the electricity a home uses. In other words, it’s no small piece of the homebuilding puzzle. You’ll want to make sure that lighting bulbs and fixtures are cost efficient while meeting the aesthetic desires of potential homebuyers.

The days of the incandescent light bulb are most likely numbered, as many governments around the world are beginning to phase them out. In 2012, the United States placed new standards on lights to reduce energy consumption. By the end of 2014, 60w and 40w will be gone. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 will be gearing up for the second part of the law, which requires that most light bulbs be 60 to 70 percent more efficient than the standard incandescent by 2020. Luckily, many compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) meet this requirement today.

Out With the Old, In With the New

LEDs are the top dog in lighting now. According to Energy Star, LEDs use only about 20 to 25 percent of the energy and last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. In addition to standard screw-in bulbs, you’ll find LEDs in applications such as recessed downlights, desk lamps, kitchen under-cabinet lighting, and outdoor area lights.

“The savvy homebuyer knows about LED and will at least want an LED option to consider,” says Jon Stovall, owner of custom electronics installation company Bethesda Systems and green tech and LED distributor Energy Squad. “Separate yourself from the competition and actually make LEDs standard and market better lighting, energy savings and no maintenance.”

Read Stovall’s interview in 5 Questions: LED Lighting

Consider purchasing ENERGY STAR-qualified fixtures. They are available in many styles, distribute light more efficiently and evenly than standard fixtures, and some offer convenient features such as lighting control and dimming.

Most of the pendants and sconces in the Ivalo Collection from Lutron use LED bulbs, or are about to. The fixtures have guaranteed compatibility with Lutron systems and automation controls and have 1 percent dimming with standard Lutron driver or ballast.

The Ivalo Collection also includes LED linear and recessed lighting in its line. The company’s new Lumaris lighting bar comes standard with the Lutron UL Listed Hi-lume A-Series 1% dimming driver. Lumaris is compatible with dozens of different Lutron dimmers and controls. It features a 90+ Color Rendering Index and has an even light distribution of 130 degrees. It is available in various sizes. Products in the Ivalo Collection are Energy Star certified compliant with FCC and meet the new CA Title 24 requirements. Lumaris has a base a price of $150.

Lumaris by Ivalo LED Linear Lighting

The Shaper Lighting 105 Series Fabrique Mini Shades are available in a Cone, Square, Cylinder, or Drum for a variety of Halo Track Systems, or canopy mount with 26 standard materials. Shade is solid cold-rolled steel construction. Material comes on heavy translucent white polystyrene or PVC backing. The copper and bronze alloys used in our exterior luminaires feature up to 98% recycled content, contribute less undesirable air emissions compared to painted aluminum and are easy to recycle.

Eaton Cooper also has an impressive LED lineup, with its Halo LED Art Glass Collection at the top of the class. It was recently shown at the Lightfair show in Las Vegas. The dimmable pendants are actually hand-blown by crafters. They use a 65-watt equivalent integrated LED module consuming 8 watts. The pendants are available in several styles and in large and small sizes. The copper and bronze alloys used in our exterior luminaires feature up to 98 percent recycled content. Halo was the first to have an Energy Star-qualified product in 2009.

Outdoor LightingTrendscape cattail solar LED

Because outdoor lights are usually left on a long time, Energy Star recommends using CFLs or LEDs in these fixtures to save energy. Most bare spiral CFLs can be used in enclosed fixtures that protect them from the weather. CFLs and LEDs are available as flood lights. These models have been tested to withstand the rain and snow so they can be used in exposed fixtures. Many also have features like automatic daylight shut-off and motion sensors.

Trendscape manufactures outdoor solar LED lights to blend with the landscaping. Models include those that look like cattails, lilies, tulips, sunflowers and more. They soak up the sun during the day and emit a warm light. It has an auto on and off feature as well.

OLEDs

OLEDs, or organic light-emitting diodes, are emerging as a great-looking choice as well. The emissive electroluminescent layer is a film of organic compound, which emits light in response to an electric current. Since OLED displays are thinner and lighter than a liquid crystal display, they are being used in television screens, computer monitors and even lighting fixtures, since they can produce a white area-light.

Philips DNA Helix concept chandelier“OLED fixtures are becoming more and more popular for architectural lighting applications,” Stovall says. He notes that there are limitless possibilities. “This is a very exciting technology for fixture manufacturers.”

The Philips Lumiblade OLED Panel GL350, for example, provides 120 lumens at 16.8 lumens per watt. It is powerful enough to be used in a table lamp or any other source of functional lighting. The new Brite FL300 provides 300 lumens over 12 cm2 at an efficiency of over 50 lumens per watt. This makes it the brightest commercially available OLED in the world.

TecHome Builder looks forward to seeing entire walls or ceilings illuminated by OLED panels and making them, in effect, giant light fixtures.

Miss Incandescents?

Satco KolourOneSatco Products has introduced a new omnidirectional LED lamp under its KolourOne brand that is reminiscent of incandescent A19 lamps. They have the same look, they’re dimmable and due to their familiar shape, can be used almost anywhere the older incandescent lamps are now used. Omni uses 9.8 watts and is available in 2700K, 3500K and 5000K, delivering 820, 840 and 850 lumens of brightness respectively. A GU24 base version is also available at 2700K, delivering 820 lumens. The major difference is that they deliver a savings of at least 80 percent on energy costs versus older incandescent technologies, and it will last up to 30,000 hours.

Belkin WeMo Smart LED bulb kit.Belkin WeMo Smart LED bulbs give off a warm bright light similar to incandescent bulbs and consume 10 watts of energy. They have a life expectancy of 23 years (based on three hours of daily usage), eliminating the need to replace them as often as incandescent bulbs. WeMo smart LED lights can be controlled from any web-enabled device to automatically respond to sunset/sunrise, gradually dim at night, or be turned off after the user leaves home. The WeMo app lets users control the bulb individually, or in groups. The starter kit will soon be available for $130.

Also entering the race this July is the acandescent light. That’s right: acendescent.

The Finally Light Bulb Company is introducing an energy-efficient A-type light bulb that replicates the shape, warmth and glow of traditional incandescent lights. The bulbs generate light with a copper coil, unlike other bulbs that use a tungsten filament or electrode to give users the light they really want with a lower lifetime cost. The Finally bulb uses 75 percent less energy than an incandescent and will last 15 times longer, providing up to $75 worth of savings over its lifetime. The bulb can be used both indoors and outdoors and costs about $8.

Finally bulbs will be available in 60, 75 and 100 Watts. The Finally 60 Watt bulb is available now for pre-order and is expected to be offered at select retail outlets in July. The Finally 75 Watt and 100 Watt bulbs are expected to be available for pre-order in the fall.

Is this a trend that consumers really want?

“We recognize that people love their incandescent light bulbs and that they’ve been baffled and disappointed by the LED and CFL bulbs being offered as replacements,” says Tim Hanlon of Finally Light Bulb Company. “Many analysts and lighting specialists have agreed that LEDs and CFLs raise aesthetic issues. People just don’t like the light that the most affordable bulbs produce. And while LEDs are certainly getting better, better quality LED light comes at a significantly higher price. No matter what the labels and literature say, we understand that it’s not about the lumens, color rendering index or Kelvin temperature. It’s about how the light reflects on you.”

While Finally bulbs are not yet Energy Star rated, the company has recently submitted its product for certification. The process generally takes 10 to 14 months.


“Any new homes must be energy-efficient, consumers demand it, and the preservation of our environment requires it,” Hanlon says.

By Kelly A. Mello

We Make Powerful Impressions

Decoded Electric began in Calgary in 2012, and provides residential and commercial customers with professional electrical services throughout Calgary and the surrounding area.

From rewiring an outlet to installing a custom designed lighting system or wiring a commercial structure, Decoded Electric can provide you with the electrical services you need.

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