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The Philippine International Construction Equipment, Building Materials, Interior & Exterior Products Exhibition and Technology Forum (PHILCONSTRUCT)-  the biggest expo of its kind in the Philippines, has been defining the landscape of building and construction in the country for over two decades.

 

This year, the event will be held on January 6-9 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Pasay City. The event is organized by the Philippine Construction Association, Inc. (PCA), the leading organization in building and construction whose members are responsible for over 70% of all construction projects in the country.

 

Every year, Meiji Electric participates in various exhibits to showcase their innovative items and the Philconstruct 2018 cannot be missed! As it now serves as the annual meeting place for the industry’s movers and shakers, gathering hundreds of the leading suppliers and thousands of trade buyers in one venue. Visit Meiji Electric at Booth Number H30 to view their advance electrical items like the  newly designed 2.1 USB Outlet, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI’s), Meiji White Panel Board, Variable Frequency Inverter, Step Down Transformer, Automatic Voltage Regulator, Meiji Home Panel Board and many more.

 

And here are some reasons why you should visit Meiji Electric at Booth Number H30:

  • Purchase any Meiji Electric item at the exhibit to get a big discount!
  • Take a selfie at the Meiji Electric booth and use the hashtag #MEIJIELECTRIC to get an additional discount.
  • Upload your selfie with any Meiji Electric item with the hashtag #MEIJIELECTRIC and you will get a FREE Meiji chocolate.
  • Get a FREE Meiji giveaway  when you spend a minimum purchase of 2,000 PHP on any Meiji Electric item.

 

So what are you waiting for? Mark your calendars now, and see you there!

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The electrical switch is one of the most basic yet essential electrical devices in your household. Although they practically all look the same, it functions in varied ways. Your home has numerous light switches to control various types of lighting.

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Light switches control things like light combination, a fluorescent light, ceiling fan, outdoor entrance lights etc. It comes in different shapes, styles, and colors. But, have you ever gone DIY and went to a hardware to buy one? The sales agent will ask you whether you need, 1 gang 2 way, 3 gang 1 way, 2 gang 1 way, dimmer, or illuminated switches etc.  So what does it all mean? Do you know what the difference is?

 

It’s really quite simple.

 

The GANG:

  It refers to the number of light switches on the plate. A 1 gang switch will control a single lighting circuit, and with a 2 gang switch you can control two lighting circuits, and so on.

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THE WAYS:

 

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The most common household switch, a single-pole or one-way switch has two terminals that simply turn the power on or off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Way Switch

 

 

A three-way switch has three terminals; a four-way has four. These control a light from two or three locations, such as in a stairwell; at either end of a hallway; or in a large room with more than one entrance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A dimmer switch controls a light’s intensity. Usually you can replace any single-pole switch with a dimmer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An illuminated switch has an indicator light when the switch is off. This is especially helpful to find the switch in dark rooms.

 

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Now you know the difference of light switches, ways and gangs! Call us now at 448-7423, 727-5790, 414-4012 and 413-6636 and let us quote your various electrical requirements! You can visit our showrooms located at Unit 15 Landsdale Arcade, Mother Ignacia, Quezon City and 1 Mabolo Street, New Manila, Quezon City. You can also visit any of our displays at ACE Hardware, Handyman or Ortigas Home Depot. We offer a complete line of traditional and updated modern wiring devices. Please see them to appreciate.

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Meiji Electric at Worldbex 2016

If you were one of the thousands of guests who visited Worldbex 2016 at the World Trade Center last March 16 to 20, I am sure you were drawn by the striking red and white booth of Meiji Electric. Guests couldn’t help but utter “WOW” when they pass by the modern-day booth.  It’s like a high-end shop of electrical items in the middle of the exhibit. Guests marveled at the various Meiji items that were showcased and arranged like cell phones in the booth. There were also two TV screens which displayed Meiji Electric’s other items. Not only were the products explained by the sales executives, there were also eye-catching models that accommodated all the guests’ queries.

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Equipment Display

Meiji Electric displayed their extensive line of electrical controls and distribution equipment. These include the complete line of `Meiji’ Classic Series Wiring Devices, Home Panel Boards, Circuit Breakers, Extension Cords, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs), Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVRs), Step-Down Transformers and Timers. Other innovative products such as USB outlets were also displayed during the exhibit.

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Many visitors were impressed with the three new Meiji items namely the Meiji 4-Port USB Extension Cord  MES1405, the 3’’x3’’Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter with 1 International Outlet and 2 USB Outlets MGU252, the Quad Extension Set with 4 International Outlets and 4 USB Outlets MES1404. All items were sold like hotcakes because of special bundled promos and special discount on some displayed items.

Lastly, Meiji Electric launched a raffle game, wherein lucky business card-droppers and visitors; especially those who bought items,  got a chance to win Meiji gift items like chocolates, Meiji tumblers, Meiji red polo shirts and Meiji white T-shirts.

Once again, thank you everyone for visiting Meiji Electric’s booth.  This is a great initial event for 2016! See you all again in the next upcoming trade show!

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Worldbex is a 5 day event that will be held from March 16-20, 2016 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Philippines.

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This event puts together over 500 exhibiting companies and more than a thousand booths showcasing products like construction equipment, building materials, interior decorative items, garden and landscaping tools, DIY home improvement kits, lighting systems, alternative energy sources etc. in the Building Construction, Home Furnishings, Architecture & Designing industries.

Meiji Electric at Worldbex

Meiji Electric will once again join Worldbex to showcase their innovative items to the public. Some of the items that will be displayed are the Meiji Classic and Champagne Series Wiring Devices, Circuit Breakers, Contactors, Thermal Overload Relays, Timers, Motor Starters.

 

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Meiji’s pioneer items like the USB outlets, Meiji Home Panel Boards, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs), Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVRs), Step-Down Transformers will also be showcased. This is also the perfect time to view the 3 new items namely the Meiji 4-Port USB Extension Cord  MES1405, The 3’’x3’’Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter with 1 International Outlet and 2 USB Outlets MGU252, The Quad Extension Set with 4 International Outlets and 4 USB Outlets MES1404.

 

Visitors can avail these items on a special limited offer! Plus, there is a special raffle game in Meiji Electric’s booth where visitors will get a chance win exciting prizes! So we are inviting all architects, engineers, project managers, interior designers and end users to visit Meiji Electric’s Booth Number 3024-3025 at Worldbex to view the various innovative products that provide safety and convenience to homes, commercial and industrial establishments.

 

See you all there and witness how Meiji Electric enhances energy to your everyday life!

 

 

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wiring devices philippinesEvery year, plenty of people fall victim to electrical hazards. The number tends to rise sometime around December. To avoid this, we are advised to take necessary precautions, including replacing your old wiring devices. When neglected, faulty wiring devices in the Philippines can spark problems and electrical hazards.

Save your home from future hazards by taking the necessary steps to prevent electrical problems in your wiring devices. Here is a list of things you can do to minimize the risk of electrical hazards.

 

Check Extension Cords

Before turning on or plugging something in your extension cords, inspect them first. Make sure that the insulation doesn’t have cracks, tears, or abrasions. Also, do not to knot the cables. Knotting extension cables can harm the conductor and increase the risk of fire.

Inspect Power Tools

Inspect your power tools regularly. If you see that the cords and plugs’ insulation, blades, or grounding pin is damaged, have them repaired before using them again. Watch out for overheating, smoke, or a burning smell. If you experience any of these in your tools, stop using them as soon as possible.

Replace Damaged Insulated Tools

Check your insulated tools for damages. If you find a crack or cut on the insulated layer of the tool, stop using it. Once damaged, your insulated tool becomes more of an electrical conductor and puts you at risk of injury.

Don’t Alter Electrical Plugs

Sometimes, people alter electrical plugs to fit into a socket. NEVER do this because it is dangerous. This will increase the chances of catching fire in your home, and the likelihood of electrocution and shock. If you really need to modify your electrical plug, have an electrician do it. An even safer option would be to just replace your old two-prong outlets with grounded outlets which has three prongs.

Keep Extension Cords Inside

Are you using an extension cord for your lights display outside? Keep the extension cord in a safe place or inside the house as much as possible. If the cord cannot be placed inside the house, just make sure that it won’t be stepped on or run over by your car outside. Otherwise, the cord’s conductor might break or become deformed. Just because you can’t see a tear in the cord, doesn’t mean that you are safe! Conductor damage happens in the core of the cable and might lead to electrical fire.

Keep Your Wiring Devices Dry

Electricity and water don’t mix well. So whatever happens, keep your wiring devices dry. Don’t use power tools in wet environment. You can install GFCI, which can detect when a powered device comes into contact with water. When this happens, the GFCI shuts off the power to prevent shocks and burns. It can help save you from electrocution!

Use Outlet Covers

Exposed outlets might harm children. Unknown to the dangers of electrocution or shock, they might stick their fingers or other objects in the socket. To avoid this, purchase outlet covers from your electrical supplier.

 

Anyone can be a victim of electrical hazard due to damaged wiring devices. So make sure to take the necessary precaution advised above. And remember that it’s important to protect your home from these hazards not only during December, but all year round.

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Christmastime has come once again! It’s around this time that we dust off our Christmas trees and hang garlands in our homes. Malls will be packed more than usual as people rush to take advantage of the crazy sales and finish Christmas shopping on time. Every house in the neighborhood will be displaying bright and colorful Christmas lights at night.

However, don’t get carried away with lavish displays of lights this December. Every year, incidents of fire are recorded during the Ber months due to faulty wirings and electrical energy via wiring devices in the Philippines.

Electrical Wiring is essential in our day to day lives. We use it every time we turn on the lights or use the microwave. Here are some signs that you should look for when considering whether or not you should replace your home’s electrical wiring:

 

Breakers and Fuses Blow Often

Both breakers and fuses protect your home when there is an overload in your circuit. They do this by ‘tripping’ or ‘blowing out’. If your breakers and fuses blow or trip often, it could mean that there’s a problem in your wiring.

Dimming Lights

Do you lights flicker or dim when you use another appliance? If this happens more than occasionally, you may have a faulty wiring or a breaker that needs to be replaced.

Scorch Marks on Outlets and Switch

Watch out for scorch marks on your outlets or switches. This might be caused by faulty wiring in the circuit near the switch or outlet. In this case, you should replace the switch or outlet immediately.

Burning Smell

If you notice a burning smell when you enter a room, call an electrician right away. Turn off your breakers and remove your fuses just to be safe. The burning smell might be caused by a short in your outlets or switch.

Damaged Wires

Sometimes, wires fray over time. In other cases, the damage on your electrical wiring might be caused by rodents. Either way, damaged wires are dangerous and should be replaced immediately.

 

Keep Your Homes Safe From Electrical Problems

It would be best to let a professional deal with your house’s electrical wiring. Especially if you are not knowledgeable about these things at all. If your house is old, it’s likely that your wiring is also old and outdated. It would be safer to pay an electrician to inspect the status or condition of your electrical wiring.

However, you should still take some precautions to avoid accidents from happening. Check the signs listed above and coordinate with your electrician to keep your house safe from electrical problems.

When ignored, faulty wiring can lead to worse problems such as fire. Be safe this Christmas by replacing your old electrical wiring before it causes any more damage and replacing them with more durable ones.

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Every year, the country is hit by an average of 20 typhoons. Unfortunately, these calamities can wreak havoc on virtually everything that plugs into the walls, putting you at higher risk for power surges and power outages. Fortunately, you can easily purchase surge protectors like the AVR in the Philippines to save your appliances. To help increase your knowledge on how to save your electronics, here are some tips on how to protect your electronics when the inevitable happens.

Get Insured

Since we’re talking about dangerous storms here, let’s be honest—nothing is absolutely guaranteed to keep you or your possessions safe from the act of nature, so to be sure, better get yourself insured. There are general insurance plans that can cover and protect your electronics in the event of an electrical surge or lighting. There are also electrical repair businesses you can go to once the unfortunate happen and in case your beloved electronics gets damaged,you can bring them to these kinds of shops. Some specific equipment have their own warranty, so it would be best to keep the receipts and booklets of your appliances to save on money.

Invest in UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply)

A UPS is a device that allows computers to run when a brownout occurs but only for short time. It also protects the computer from power surges. The rechargeable battery enables the UPS to take over powering your device so you can be sure that whatever you were working on will be safe because sudden shutoffs won’t be a factor of you losing your work. Some UPS’s also have functions that include guaranteed surge protection which serves as temporary warranty for anything plugged into the UPS system.

Invest in Surge Protectors

Surge protectors are designed to protect your electrical devices from voltage spikes. It also limits the voltage supplied to an electrical device by blocking it or grounding the unwanted voltage to a safe threshold. A surge protector is one of the most important things you should invest in especially if you have expensive electronics. Usual and unexpected surges can be easily blocked by surge protectors but lighting can still get past it if it strikes close enough or directly.

Unplug All Devices

The most effective defense is to unplug all of your devices and appliances if you know a storm is brewing.  If your computer, television or refrigerator or just about all the electrical appliances you have isn’t plugged in, then there is a lesser chance for it to be struck by electrical damage. Unplugging them is the best method we can use and as much as we hate it, it’s the only sure way for them to be protected from surges or lightning strikes.

Mother Nature is fierce and dangerous; she holds forces that can damage your electronics. Take caution and by using the tips aforementioned,you can be sure that your expensive electronics can be safe from harm and no lightning strike can easily harm them.

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It’s no secret that one of the biggest concerns homeowners have, or at least should have, is how to make everything in your household last as long as it could. Some people think in order to save, you must purchase cheap appliances. Others think it would be better to buy the more expensive appliances in order for them to last. But here’s a little secret: a higher price doesn’t always mean longer life expectancy.

Good guy electrical suppliers in the Philippines will tell you that in most cases, the longevity of appliances, gadgets, or any item depends on its usage!

Don’t believe us? Try out these tips to help maintain your home appliances!

Keep Them Inside and Away from Windows

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Place your home appliances anywhere but right beside or in front of the windows, especially if the windows are often wide open or there are no curtains. This will keep them safe from direct sunlight which can overheat any piece of machinery. Worst case scenario is that it gets rained on and damages the equipment!

Regularly Clean Your Appliances

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Your appliances may differ from each other in many ways, but all of them need to be cleaned regularly. For example, cleaning the base grill of your refrigerator often will help improve air flow to its components. Dust off the compressor coils at least once every six months in order for it to cool your refrigerator efficiently. In addition, wipe down the refrigerator door seals whenever they get sticky. According to Ryan Huntley of RepairClinic.com, a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the seals will make them last longer. Don’t forget to remove, clean, and return the drip tray every couple of months.

As for microwaves, don’t leave the food particles in there for too long. These particles can turn into carbon, which can cause electrical sparking that can damage your appliance. One way to clean the inside of the microwave is by heating up a glass of water (microwave-safe glass of course), and wait for the water to boil. The steam will help soften and loosen the food particles inside. Afterwards, use a cloth, dishwashing soap and water to clean remove the food residue.

The filters in air conditioners need to be cleaned every 225 to 360 hours of use—that is, around every 9 to 15 days of operation. Use a damp cloth and soap to clean off the filters.

Don’t Overuse Any Appliance

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Appliances are technically slaves to its owners, but they shouldn’t be treated as such. Keeping your house in tip-top shape is a joint effort, meaning you shouldn’t skimp on your share of the workload! For starters, never overload the washing machine in an effort to hasten the laundry washing process up. This is likely to wear out the unit’s motor and drive belts. There will always be a maximum capacity recommended by its manufacturers, depending on the appliance, which should be followed. The same goes for dryers.

If you follow these tips, there is a higher chance you’ll be able to use your home appliances for a little bit longer. If you have comments, suggestions, or stories to tell, don’t forget to share it in the comment box below!

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When you have an AVR in the Philippines, you definitely want to keep it and the rest of your home safe when you leave for a few days to go on vacation. Some people just ‘wing it’, leaving everything up to the last minute, but it will be very beneficial for you to make plans ahead. Create a checklist of all the things you need to do before leaving the house. Here are a few tips on what you need to accomplish before driving off to enjoy your vacation.

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Make Sure All Appliances are Turned Off

It is surprising how many people overlook turning off all appliances in the house by not checking their homes thoroughly. Yes, even your Wi-Fi needs to be turned off (sorry, neighbors). Please do not leave your desktop or laptop on and plugged in with the intent of letting it download large files. This is to avoid gadgets, appliances, or lights from overheating or blowing a fuse.  The only thing you should leave on is your refrigerator, to keep the food in it from going bad.

Unplug Everything

Again, except for the refrigerator, unplug the rest of your appliances. With you and everyone else in the family out of the house, there really is no need for anything to be plugged in anyway. This will prevent power surges and save energy. Many appliances use up power even when they are turned off.

Do NOT Leave Your Pet without Food or Water

As much as possible, we advocate not leaving any pet behind when you’re going on vacation. However, there are times when it is inevitable.

Even if your pet cat is free roaming, never assume that they will be able to find sufficient food and water on their own, especially if they’ve been fed regularly their whole life. Allowing your pet to scavenge for food can also put them at risk of getting lost, acquiring diseases, or worse, getting run over. For large pets staying inside such as a dog or cat, don’t lock them in a cage; the least you can do is to keep them in a safe room. The room must not trap heat and must be well ventilated. Make sure there are no wires, gadgets, or appliances they can chew on or knock over. Leave a bathroom area for the pet  and keep their food and water a good distance from the said place.

It would still be better to leave your pet with someone you trust who will take care of them during the duration of your vacation, or at least ask your neighbor to check up on them daily. Do note that you must NEVER leave your pet alone for more than a couple of days.

Make it Look like Someone’s Home

Regarding curtains, your first instinct might be to close them all the way to prevent people from seeing the inside. However, noticeable changes like this can alert a thief that this was done because the owners have left the house vacant. Keep the curtains as is. You might be tempted to leave the lights on in an effort to make it look like there is someone inside but this can rack up a large electric bill, is not very environmental-friendly, and is even more suspicious! You can purchase a light switch timer that will turn the switch on and off according to the time it is programmed to do so.

Have Your Mail Put on Hold

If you’re expecting any mail, ask someone to pick it up for you or inform your courier of your absence and to hold your mail for the meantime. Parcels might easily be stolen off your garage, and piled up mail is a clear signal that there is nobody home!

If you have a spare key, make sure you keep it somewhere so hidden that even the person who knows there is a spare key will have a hard time looking for it. Follow these steps in keeping your home safe and you’ll be able to have a fun vacation without any worries!

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electricity measurement wiring meijiElectricity can be measured and controlled. It circles around three basic factors: voltage, current, and resistance. Each of these measurements are quantified and has their respective units. So before you go looking for home appliances and wiring devices in the Philippines and elsewhere, you better know this stuff first. Read on below!

Voltage (V)

Voltage is the force that pushes the electrons in the wires from one point to another. In short, it is the difference in electric charge between two places.

For example, you have two clumps of metals, one loaded with electrons and the other not so much. Using a conductor, you can connect these two clumps to transfer some electrons to the second clump. But you won’t be able to do that fast enough without voltage! You see, electrons in its natural state freely move between atoms, but they do so randomly. By using voltage, you can nudge them all to move in a single direction.

Voltage is measured in volts or V, after Alessandro Volta, an Italian physicist who possibly invented the first chemical battery with his voltaic pile. You can find out the exact amount of voltage in wires using a device called voltmeter.

Current (I)

Current, on the other hand, is the rate of flow of the electric charge in the wire. While voltage is the force that pushes the electrons to move from one atom to the next, current is the factor that enables them to flow through the conductor.

To better understand how current works, line up 15 balls in a pool table in a straight line and hit the one in front with the cue ball. As you’ll see, doing that will cause the ball at the rear to move. Something similar happens in current flow. Electrons move from one atom to another, displacing electrons from the second atom which will then move to a third atom to displace the electrons there. And on it goes!

Current is measured in amperes or A, in honor of French mathematician, physicist and well-known father of electrodynamics André-Marie Ampère. One ampere is equivalent to around 6,240 quadrillion electrons per second, and it can be measured using an ammeter.

Resistance (R)

Resistance, however, restricts the passage of electric current through the conductor. In short, it controls how many electrons can go through the wire. It’s an important factor in electricity, as too much electric current yield too output power, which may cause damage to various electric and electronic devices.

Resistance is created by adding a component known as resistors, a device made from an amalgamation of conductors and insulators. Due to its nature, it only allows a certain amount of current to pass through it, thereby controlling how much can flow to the output section of the system.

Resistance is measured in Ohms or Ω, after German mathematician and physicist Georg Simon Ohm, who is best known for his law on the relationship of current with voltage and resistance (Ohm’s Law).

Knowing these three factors is extremely important, especially since they affect the amount of electricity flowing in and around your home’s electric system as well as determine the power it could give your appliances and devices. So better learn it!

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