Frequently Asked Questions

ARE YOU LICENSED IN THIS CITY?

Yes. We are liscenced in MN, ND, and WI

WILL I HAVE TO APPLY FOR A PERMIT?
If a permit is required, the electrician often will make the application for the homeowner. Some municipalities allow homeowners to do minor electrical repairs and installations if they first secure a permit and have the work inspected when complete.
IF MY SERVICE NEEDS UPGRADING, WILL THE ENTIRE HOUSE HAVE TO BE REWIRED?
Unless you live in a very old home with antiquated wiring, you probably won’t have to replace your existing electrical lines. However, if you require more electrical capacity in certain rooms, new wiring runs and additional outlets are likely to be needed.
WILL MY ELECTRICAL SERVICE PANEL NEED REPLACEMENT?
The current National Electrical Code recommends a minimum l00-amp incoming electrical service. If you service panel provides less, it should be upgraded to this level or better to meet today’s home requirements. Most new homes are wired with 200-amp service.
WHEN DO WE DISCUSS MY ELECTRICAL SYSTEM & COME UP WITH A DESIGN?

 

Your builder will schedule an on-site walk through meeting with Simco after the framing is complete. This is the time where we discuss all the options you have and design your electrical system based on your input.

WHO SUPPLIES ALL OF MY LIGHT FIXTURES?

The homeowner supplies all of the fixtures, with the exception of the recessed lighting, under cabinet lights, fluorescent closet lights, and mechanical or unfinished areas that will have simple keyless fixtures installed.

WHEN SHOULD THE LIGHT FIXTURES BE ORDERED?

As soon as possible, after the decisions have been made.

WHEN DO I NEED TO BRING THE LIGHT FIXTURES TO THE HOUSE FOR INSTALLATION?

After the house is painted, the fixtures can be installed. We do not need them prior to finishes being completed.

SHOULD I GET REGULAR, FLOURESCENT, OR LED LIGHTBULBS FOR MY LIGHT FIXTURES?

LED are the preferred light bulb type because of the lower power usage. Note: Florescent and LED bulbs are only able to be dimmed if marked “dimmable”.

CAN WE INSTALL DIMMERS ON MY LIGHTS?

Yes! Dimmers are a very nice addition to a home. All of the LED fixtures that we provide are able to be dimmed.

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