The benefits of recessed lighting

One of the most popular renovations we take part in are upgrading light fixtures – and specifically switching from hanging lights to recessed lighting. Recessed lighting is popular for a whole host of reasons – one of which being that recessed lighting makes a room look and feel bigger.

Especially in smaller homes and rooms like you find here in the Largo, Florida area, recessed lighting can make a big difference in the look and feel of your home. Today – we’re going to make a small departure from the usual safety-oriented content in our blogs and discuss aesthetics. Specifically – why people like recessed lighting so much and what the benefits of having it are. Let’s jump right in!

Wall washing

As we mentioned above – recessed lighting makes a room look and feel bigger. This is due to an effect called ‘wall washing’. This kind of wall washing doesn’t involve soap and water – but rather it is the effect that the lighting has on the walls.

Wall washing casts more light around the room via the use of trim. What that trim does is serve as a directional reflector that casts a wider net in terms of the light itself being spread out. This means a more efficient, brighter room.

It brings other accents forward

Another great feature of  recessed lighting is that it can be used to really emphasize other things in a room that you want to draw attention to. For example – if you want to highlight a built-in bookcase or a work of art – recessed lighting can be used to bring you into that feature.

They’re safer

With recessed lighting, you don’t have dangling light fixtures – which means you don’t have to protect the lights from dust, children and other mishaps. They stay cleaner, are less prone to fires and run less of a risk of being overrun by unexpected, curious children.


Recessed lighting comes in all sorts of colors and there are all sorts of trim and reflectors for you to choose from as well. So no matter the look you’re going for – whether it’s loud and proud or soft and subtle – you can find the kind of lighting that will help bring your vision to life.

Keep in mind that if you do want to take that step and upgrade to recessed lighting, that you’ll need an experienced electrician to help you install them. To learn more about recessed lighting and whether they’re a fit in your home, give us a call today. Until then – good luck!

How your home’s electrical impacts its value

Are you thinking of holding off on upgrading the electrical system in your house because you’re thinking about selling it? DON’T. Take it from us – it’s a bad idea to sell a home with electrical issues, or a system that’s long in the tooth. Putting these things off can even deep-six a potential sale.

While curb appeal is all the rage and is important in it’s own right, it’s usually what’s under the hood of the house that can cause a deal to fall through. It’s when you find that thing in the corner or that defect behind the scenes that sends a potential buyer shopping elsewhere.

Getting top dollar for your home should be a priority for anyone, but to do that – you’ll need to think about some upgrades. Here are some common issues we’ve encountered that give people reason for pause when they’re looking to buy a house.

Let’s jump right in!

Outdated wiring systems

Make sure your wiring system isn’t something from the Cleveland administration. Knob and tube aluminum wiring will cause insurers and inspectors heading for the hills. In order to manage today’s significant electrical loads, you’ll want to make sure your home is supported by modern, solid copper wire and make sure things are grounded.
2-prong outlets

2 prong outlets just won’t get the job done these days. In the digital age, home buyers want lots of plugs – not only that they can depend on, but in places that are convenient to them. All your outlets should be 3-prong and grounded. You might not care that your old Zenith gets zapped but your buyers will care that their nice, shiny new toys will.

Not enough outlets

Like we said above, an outlet per room just doesn’t cut it anymore. There should be multiple outlets in every room and in locations that are convenient for users in places such as next to nightstand, in the bathroom or just outside the front door.

Circuit breaker panels

All your wiring will run through a circuit breaker panel. Those that are outdated, recalled or uh… ‘customized’ to fit a home – need to go. Not only is this a safety issue, but undersized boxes can often stall a home sale, which not only effects the value of your home, but how insurable it is.

Every outlet that is in the presence of some sort of water – whether it’s a bathtub, sink, dishwasher or washing machine – should be GFCI equipped as water will dramatically increase the risk of electrical shock. Whenever there is an imbalance detected in your electrical system the current will shut off – keeping you and your loved ones safe.

So if you’re about to put your home on the market – take a look at some of these things and determine whether or not you might need to make a upgrade. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to get an inspection beforehand that can help you circumnavigate these issues before they torpedo any potential sale. Good luck!

Should you consider buying a generator?

One of the more interesting questions we frequently get is whether or not our customers should purchase a generator.

Believe it or not, this is timely, because the winter will be coming to an end sooner rather than later and with it will come the inevitable summer storms that knock power out, etc. And nothing stinks worse than being stuck in the dark for days at a time. Long story, short – now’s the time to discuss this.

That being said, while generators are a huge luxury for homeowners, they’re not ideal for every situation. Instead of telling you why you should or shouldn’t buy a generator, we’re going to instead give you the questions that you need to be asking yourself if you’re interested in purchasing one. That way, you can come to the best answer for yourself and your situation.

Let’s jump right in!

What runs on electricity in your home?

There are a lot of homes that are built to avoid power outages better than others. If your HVAC system, water heater, oven, stove and the like all run on natural gas, then you’re going to be fine if the power goes out. If they’re powered by electricity though, you’ll want to make sure you have those conveniences when the power goes out. Especially in the winter time when things get colder.

Do you have enough space?

While portable generators are ‘portable’ in a sense, they’re not that small. Some can be the size of a few car batteries while others can be as big as a 120 qt beverage cooler. When you aren’t using your generator, you’ll need a covered, safe space to keep it stored.

Additionally, you’ll need to remember to use them outside – which means you need to see if you’ve got enough space to run it. Generators give off carbon monoxide, so keeping them out of indoor settings is crucial. You must also keep them covered if it’s raining out as well, so be sure you have a tent handy or something to keep the generator under shelter once it’s outside doing it’s job. While you might have plenty of room for all of this in your home, if you live in a multi-family setting, you might not.

And last, but certainly not least – most generators run on fuel of some sort. Do you have a safe place where you can store it?

What’s essential?

Look, while things like the internet, TV and the like are nice to have – they’re not essential. When we say ‘essential’ we really mean it. We’re talking about the things keeping you alive. Things like medical equipment, respirators, and the like. If you have someone in your home who is dependent on these sorts of things to stay healthy – then absolutely, 100% buy a generator in case something occurs.

Consider the alternatives 

Ask yourself how you would deal with a multi-day outage. You can charge certain handheld devices with solar charges and power banks. You might be able to descend on the local café to give your phone a charge and grab a cup of coffee while you wait. You could keep cool in your car, or you could pack up for a hotel for a day or two or maybe go visit the in-laws. There are lots of ways to brave the proverbial storm.

That being said, if your in-laws are the absolute worst, you hate coffee, have a huge fridge full of steaks you can’t afford to see go bad, or more seriously – have a home business that you’re running – maybe owning a generator is your only option.

If you’re still unsure as to whether owning a home generator is right for you, then give us a call and we’d be happy to walk you through the process and determine whether it’s something that’s a good idea for your particular situation. Good luck!

Halloween electrical safety

One of everyone’s favorite holidays is Halloween. Not only are the costumes, kids and candy a lot of fun – but man oh man, do people get into their decorations! In a time where it seems like everything is stressful – it’s the one holiday that doesn’t require us to plan extensively, cook, clean or buy expensive stuff for others. It’s all about having fun.

That being said – in our world – it’s an interesting time because it’s one of the two big holidays where people tend to use a ton of electricity and unfortunately – that can lead to some safety concerns. If you’re going all out with your Halloween decorations, we have some tips for you today that will help you stay safe this season.

Check your decorations

As you wade through boxes of plastic skeletons, hands and other boo-factor helter-skelter, be sure you check them for any issues. Not only will it put a damper on your display, but someone could get hurt or you could even cause a fire. Check the chords, the bulbs and look for any signs of wear and tear.

Test everything once before you set up

Before you lay out your grand display, we suggest that you check each of your ornaments – particularly the ones that use electricity – to make sure that they work, gage distance and the like. Reacquaint yourself with your outlets and make sure you’re not overextending yourself with the amount of electricity you’ll be using or the length of chord you’ll be using.

Check your exterior lighting

This has less to do with your display and everything to do with simply being safe. Kids get awful enthusiastic and if you’re into the season, you’ll inevitably be anticipating an entire horde of little monsters descending on your home to get their candy. Make sure their pathways are lighted and that there’s a clear, safe pathway to your door.

When you leave, lights out

While we’re all proud of our displays and the purpose of them is to simply show off and spread some happiness, it’s important that you turn them off when you’re not home. Not only will you save a boatload on your electrical bill; but even if you’ve checked all your safety boxes, unexplained fires can still occur. Turn it off when you’re out and err on the side of safety.


Above all else this year, have fun! Halloween is a blast! Good luck!

Oldsmar Electrical Services for Restaurant Renovations


Our Oldsmar Electrical services team provides a high level of service to restaurant owners in the area with electrical renovations. At times, we are asked to do simple installations in a kitchen, or an entire restaurants electricity needs to be updated. We are the experts that go above and beyond to provide high-quality updates. Do you need help with electrical updates? Call our team at 813-855-6969 or 727-787-0913 today. Continue reading

The Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services You Need

The excitement of Christmas is in the air, and everyone is in good spirits. A few years ago your Oldsmar Florida Electrical services company made a few repairs, and you’re your ready to light up your house like the fourth of July. With the excitement of the holidays, you may end up spending hours in the attic, basement, and garage looking for ornaments, lights, and figurines that will light up your entire house. Your children keep asking you about what happened to the moving Santa Clause in the living room from last year and as you are in a hurry to follow through what you deliver you finally find it in the attic. As you place it in your living room, you plug in the electrical cord, and you start to smell something burning. Santa loses power and thanks to old electrical wiring in your living room; it dies in front of your children’s eyes.

Has this ever happened to you? When you think the electrical system in your house is perfect, all it takes is one heavy duty item to knock it out. This is common in older homes, but we have a few things for you to keep in mind the next time you call us as your Oldsmar Florida Electrical services company at.

Repair Services for Commercial Customers


Who can you depend on in the Oldsmar area? Kenco Electrical Services makes it their priority to provide the most professional and high-quality electrical work.


 At KENCO ELECTRICAL SERVICES we are committed to providing you with a professional service and the highest quality in all types of electrical work. Here are the commercial services you can depend on us for:

  • Emergency Same Day Service
  • Surge Protection
  • Tenant Build-Out
  • Energy Efficient Lighting
  • Stand-By Generators
  • Dedicated Circuits
  • Equipment Wiring

One of the benefits of choosing Kenco Electrical Services is we are licensed, insured, and bonded. Visit us at our office located in Oldsmar, Florida.

Services Areas for Pinellas County:

Do you live or own a business in Pinellas County? Here are the areas that we serve:

Seminole, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs,
Belleair Shore, Sand Key, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Redington Beach,
Redington Shores, North Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island, St. Pete Beach, Tierra Verde, Pass-A-Grill Beach, Bay Pines, St. Petersburg, Largo, Kenneth City, Gulfport, Pinellas Park, Lealman, Ozona, Safety Harbor, East Lake, South Pasadena, Oldsmar,
Palm Harbor, Dunedin and Tarpon Springs.

Service Areas for Hillsborough County

Westchase, Tampa, Carrollwood, Odessa, Lutz, Citrus Park, and Temple Terrace.




We only hire highly trained electricians that have years of experience and continuing education. We arrive at your house with a fully stocked truck to complete most any service.

Surge Protection – Tampa Bay is the lightning capital and on average homes in our community get hit by lightning in 20 energy spikes a day. Wow! As an Oldsmar Florida Electrical services company, we install high-quality surge protection by Purchase a lifetime product warranty with a replacement policy up to $25,000 and give us a call today to find out more about what we have to offer.

Lighting Fixtures – Call Kenco Electrical Services when you need new light fixtures instead of shopping in the crowds this season at the local store. Our quality fixtures are at a discounted price that we can deliver and install. We welcome you to visit our showroom to order your lighting fixtures online.


The Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services We Offer


We have seen it all; the first time home buyer that purchases a property without completing an electrical inspection. A homeowner that wants to save money and makes the decision to install they’re own electrical system without having the education and experience to do the job safely. You hire an unqualified handyman to set up a stand-by generator. All of these situations can end in either death or personal injury to your family, visitors or neighbors. All it takes is one phone call to an Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company to help you save money, heartache and sleepless nights. In addition to our customers, safety is our highest priority and ensuring the job is done right the first time is our mission. Call us with questions and schedule an appointment at 813-855-6969. We are here to help!



At Kenco Electrical Services we continue to give our time and attention to the Oldsmar community with professionalism and high quality electrical work. Our Electricians went above and beyond to pass their background trips before working with us. Call us as your Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company, make an appointment and when we come to your house, our fully stocked truck will be used to complete any task at hand.

The Electrical Services that we offer our community includes:

  • Home Inspections
  • Service Upgrades
  • Remodels & Additions
  • Lighting Fixtures
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Security Lighting
  • Led Lighting
  • New Circuits

Commercial Repair & Installations


We not only serve residential customers, we also provide a list of services to commercial clients. In our industry, safety is essential for the well-being of employees and visitors that walk inside and on the outside of your establishment. Not every Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company can deliver the specific service that is based on your needs. Get the best electrical service in Oldsmar that you deserve.
Here is a list of commercial services for you to choose from:

  • Emergency Same Day Service
  • Surge Protection
  • Tenant Build-Out
  • Energy Efficient Lighting
  • Stand-By Generators
  • Dedicated Circuits
  • Equipment Wiring

Why Plug In with Kenco Electrical Services

The Kind of Quality You Can Count On

  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • Licensed, Insured and Bonded
  • Fully Stocked Vehicles
  • Trained Technicians
  • No Job Too Small
  • Service 6 Days a Week
  • 24 Hr Emergency Service
  • Two Decades of Superb Service
  • Uniformed Electricians
  • Clean & Courteous
  • Background Checked
  • Drug-Free Workplace
  • Up Front Pricing
  • All Labor & Material Warranted