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Improve Safety And Use Less Energy With Motion-Activated Lighting

Outdoor lighting is essential in both urban and rural areas, but keeping on a high-intensity flood light all night uses up a lot of power. Many homeowners have had to switch off their outdoor lights to keep electricity bills under control. However, there is a simple solution that increases the safety of your property without using up too much power.

Try Motion Activation

By swapping your switch controlled outdoor lights for motion-activated lighting, you can get the illumination you need with an intruder or stray animal immediately. These detectors have quite a range. With proper spacing and installation, you can surround your entire yard with inexpensive fixtures that give enough light to highlight anything unusual when movement triggers the switch.

Saving Power

These motion activated options are energy friendly because they keep the lights off when they’re not needed. Since most homeowners turn to halogen or other high-draw bulbs for exterior use, these lights cost more to run constantly than a bulb you’d use indoors.

For more helpful tips on cutting your energy usage in Conejo Valley, pick up the phone and call Fornoff Electric.

How To Baby-Proof Your Electrical Outlets And Wires

The home is full of risks and hazards for a curious baby, but there are simple steps to take to reduce them. Extra care should be taken with the electrical system because it has the power to severely injure a full-grown adult. Try these tips around your house to make sure your bundle of joy stays safe.

Start by putting on outlet covers. These small, inexpensive plastic devices keep tiny fingers and toys out of the sockets. They’re strong enough to withstand a toddler’s attempt to remove them, but come out easily when an adult needs to plug something in. Sliding switch plates also work to cover outlets when not in use. Invest in outlet locks as well to make sure plugs stay in when tugged on by curious explorers.

Move those electrical cords as well so crawling family members can’t wrap themselves up or chew on them when teething starts. It’s also best to use simple latches and locks to keep babies out of risky rooms like the bathroom and kitchen, where it’s too easy for an electrical device to get knocked into water.

If you need more tips for protecting your family in Conejo Valley, pick up the phone and contact Fornoff Electric.

Protect Your Family With Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Your home is a place of refuge and somewhere you should feel safe, but fire and carbon monoxide poisoning are two hazards that can destroy your sense of safety and put your life in danger. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, four out of five fire-related deaths occur in the home. Fortunately, installing fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your house is a simple way to keep yourself and your family safe from potentially deadly situations. Smoke detectors, also known as fire alarms, come in two forms. Ionization smoke detectors can detect open flames that produce heavy smoke, while photoelectric smoke alarms can detect smoldering fires that produce little smoke, such as electrical fires inside the walls. Some smoke detectors include both types of technology to cover all types of fire. Carbon monoxide detectors scan the air for CO, a colorless, odorless gas similar to the carbon dioxide your lungs produce but with a different, more deadly chemical structure. This gas is produced by any type of fuel that burns, including natural gas, heating oil and firewood burning in a fireplace. It can cause you to fall unconscious or even die if high levels build up in your home. If you have both a fire alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm, you can rest easy that you’ll be alerted to any potential problems in time to safeguard your life. Also make sure to keep an eye out for potential fire hazards in the home, such as damaged wiring or appliances that feel hotter than normal.

For more information about local electrical repairs in the Conejo Valley area, contact Fornoff Electric today. We’re also available to answer questions about electrical problems that could lead to fire.


Decorating with Recessed Lighting: The Better Look

Recessed lighting is perceived as the better look in decorating because without bulbs hanging down from the ceiling, the look is more streamlined.  The amount of light is increased and this type of lighting helps to focus on a particular area such as hung artwork, or recessed lighting can make a room seem bigger. It is best to install this type of lighting when building a house.


The ideal time to install recessed lighting is when a home is being built.  The lights are placed between the ceiling joists and are part of the original install. When updating an existing home, adding recessed lighting can be quite challenging and a licensed electrician should be consulted.  It’s important to choose the right fixtures; for example, if used near insulation, the lighting fixtures should be rated (IC housing rated). There are safety factors to consider and it must be decided what size bulbs to use.

Recessed bulbs come in basic sizes of 4, 5, and 6 inches in diameter. The smaller sizes have a sleek, modern look, and are perfect for smaller spaces.  The 6 inch size works best in entryways with a tall ceiling.

Recessed lighting is a great look for the home whether in the planning stages of building a home, or for an updated look in one room or many.

Contact Fornoff Electric for advice on your next decorating project.  We are available to answer all your questions because we care about your results being stellar and safe. Electricity runs through our veins at Fornoff as we are three generations strong. A family of electricians, we have been serving the area of Conejo Valley and beyond since 1968 and have earned the reputation of being honest and able. Contact Fornoff Electric for your local residential and commercial needs.

Celebrate Mother Nature: Earth Day facts and energy saving tips

On April 22 billions will celebrate Mother Earth for Earth Day in 190 different countries around the globe. Earth day is a time to celebrate being green and preserving our natural resources, such as water, trees and the animals.

The start of Earth Day goes back to the protests during the Vietnam War in the 1960s, when the grassroots movement wanted to raise the awareness of environmental issues. It was not until April 22, 1970 when Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day and the world started to pay attention to environmental concerns. The increase in environmental awareness has many organizations and political projects have been created, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Water, Clean Air and Endangered Species acts.

In addition to raising environmental awareness, Earth Day-related initiatives, including recycling, reusing and remanufacturing of items has created more than three million jobs in the United States. Plus, recycling saves three to five times the energy used to incinerate waste.

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, there are multiple ways to save energy right in your own home. Some of these energy saving tips include:

  • Unplug unused appliances
  • Set computers to sleep
  • Control temperatures
  • Turn off lights

For answers to your electrical-related questions or for ways to conserve energy in the local Conejo Valley area, contact Fornoff Electric. We are available and ready to help you become more green this Earth Day.

This Weekend and Beyond: Local Events in Conejo Valley and Surrounding Areas

Conejo Valley has some great family friendly events that will get everyone excited about Spring. There is a Scandinavian Festival in Thousand Oaks, an event at the Teaching Zoo in Moorpark, and Free Craft Classes on Saturdays in Ventura.


The Scandinavian Festival will be held this weekend on April 5 and 6 at the CLU Campus in Thousand Oaks. There will be Scandinavian food, music and crafts, games for the kids, and even an authentic Viking Village. Children are free, but teens have a $4 entrance fee, and the adult price is $8.  Enjoy the children’s theater, demonstrations, and lectures.  There is something for everyone at this festival, so join the community this weekend for Scandinavian style family fun.


America’s Teaching Zoo in Moorpark is having its Spring Spectacular that has been running since March 22nd and concludes this weekend.  Be sure to bring the family to this large fundraising event and be entertained with live animal shows and speak with trainers.  Participate in the games, sample the variety of foods and have a good time learning about animals. Cost to enter is $7 for kids, and $10 for adults.  Members have a discounted rate of $5 for kids and $8 for adults.


 Lakeshore Learning in Ventura offers a plethora of classes on Saturdays that the whole family can appreciate. Each Saturday a different craft/theme is offered. For the full list and more details call Lakeshore Learning at: 805-289-1550.


Spring is a wonderful time to break out of the same old, same old routine of winter. With the Scandinavian Festival, the Teaching Zoo, and Free Craft Classes, there is enjoyment to be had for all ages.  Conejo Valley and surrounding areas is known for their community events and this weekend is no exception.


Contact Fornoff Electric when you need local electric repairs or installations. Fornoff is family owned and operated with three generations of electricians.  Since 1968, Fornoff Electric has been establishing trusted relationships with residential and commercial customers.  Fornoff Electric is available to answer your electrical questions and resolve your issues.

Westlake Home Show: April 26 & 27

Every spring, hundreds of exhibitors head to the Conejo Valley area for the annual Westlake Home Show at the Hyatt. The home show brings in thousands of attendees who seek help with their home improvement, gardening, landscaping and contracting needs. With so many experts under a single roof, the home show gives attendees a chance to get all of their questions answered in a single weekend.

With the weather warming up, the spring show is the best one to attend, especially if you have a lot of outdoor projects this spring and summer. Bring your ideas with you and discuss your options with local contractors and get do-it-yourself tips from the experts.

The 37th Annual Westlake Home Show will be held on April 26 & 27 at the Westlake Hyatt located at 880 S. Westlake Blvd. Event times for Saturday are from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The food truck will be open outside the event from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday only.

For more information about your electrical needs in the Thousand Oaks area contact Fornoff Electric today.

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