Magnum Security Installations, Inc.

Security Professionals serving the greater Charlotte NC / Rock Hill SC areas for 27 years.

Phone: +1 803-566-0699

 
 
 

Charlotte NC Low Voltage Tips & FAQ

These are the most common electrical questions asked by our clients in the Charlotte NC area. Contact us today at (803) 566-0699 so that we can discuss your electrical needs, since each electrical configuration and design is different we will study your case and provide an array of options.

Do you have to be licensed and are you?

Anyone hired to do electrical work on your property requires a license, even low voltage electricians. We are fully licensed and insured. It's just as important to be insured as it is to be licensed, because not every accident incurred is covered by a homeowners policy and a mistake could get costly. Most importantly, though, we constantly train our experienced staff and strive safety first, so we tend to just avoid mistakes.

Can I do my own simple wiring?

In most areas, you can, but in some places you cannot. You need to check with your local zoning board or electrical inspector if you are unsure. You also better be sure you know what you are doing. A simple mistake, even with low voltage wiring, can be very costly in the long run. At the very least, consult with an electrician.

How do I find a good electrician?

As they used to say in school, do some homework. Ask for references. Make sure they are licensed and insured. Ask all questions before you contract them. Also, it's smart to get at least three bids to make sure the company isn't charging too much or too little. Either one could be a problem. Too high, you're getting soaked, too low, you might get soaked a lot more when the job goes sour.

Tips

While with most projects involving electriCharlotte NC, even low voltage electriCharlotte NC, require the hands of an experienced technician, some small problems can be handled by the homeowner. We've listed a few tips to help you if you want to try and tackle that small problem on your own. If you don't, or the problem is too complex, feel free to contact us. We're here, we're ready and able to help. We look forward to hearing from you.

* Never start any electrical project with your power being live. Always, always shut off the power at the source, no matter how small you think the job might be or how experienced you think you are. Working with live electriCharlotte NC can have devastating effects. Shut off the breaker or fuse that controls the circuit you're going to be working on, then you can do the work you need to do.

* Land phone lines can have many problems, if the problem is caused somewhere before the gray box attached to your house, then it's the phone company's problem, but if the problem exists beyond the box coming into your house and you don't have insurance from the phone company, it's your problem. Some simple problems are easy to fix. Buzzing in the line can be caused by faulty wiring, check the wires to make sure they are properly color coded. Static could mean wires are loose or moist. Check inside the phone for moisture and for a loose connection. If you have no sound at all, the power could be unplugged. If it's something more than this or something you can easily identify, you likely need to contact a professional for help.

* So what is low voltage power? Low voltage power is 30 volts or less. So any piece of electronic equipment that runs off of that amount of power is considered low voltage, be it a doorbell, a thermostat or a phone. How is it your 120 volt supply doesn't overpower your 30 volt equipment? That is because a low voltage transformer is transforming the power. Usually transformers are mounted on your junction box. Often, especially when installing outdoor lights for example, you will need to make sure your power supply has a low voltage transformer. You can by them at most hardware stores, they're easy to install and come with directions. If not, we're here to help.


About Us

At Magnum Security Installations, Inc., we believe in customer service, safety, and fair prices. We are the Charlotte NC, Columbia SC, Rock Hill Fort Mills, SC and surrounding area's number 1 choice low voltage electrical experts who go the extra mile to make certain that our electricians are experienced, well trained and skilled. Our electricians know exactly what they are doing, therefore they don't need to waste time fumbling around or figuring things out, so that keeps our labor costs down. We pass that savings on to our customers and have been for many years.

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Magnum Security Installations, Inc. is the leading low voltage electrical contract you will find in Charlotte NC, specializing in IP Phone System Services, Alarm System Services, Fire Alarm Services, Card Access Systems and CCTV video surveillance services. Contact us, and you're low voltage needs will be taken care of promptly, safely, and cost effectively. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and constantly update and train our electricians on all the new trends in the ever changing world of technology and communications.

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When to Call a Pro

If you have a need for assistance with any of the following projects, contact us A.S.A.P.

  • Fire alarm systems / Fire alarm inspections / Monitoring and repairs
  • Closed circuit video systems (CCTV) and surveillance systems
  • Residential alarm systems / Commercial alarm systems / Smart home automation integration
  • Data wiring / Network cabling
  • Access control / Intercom systems
  • IP phone systems
  • Barrier gate / Traffic control

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