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Northern Kentucky Outlets & Switches

Our trained, friendly Northern Kentucky electrical contractors can come to your home or office and troubleshoot any issue you may be having with your outlet and electrical switches. Our electrician’s vehicles are completely stocked for any potential problem to ensure that we have the proper tools to ensure the absolute best service for your home. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we will complete all of your electrical work ourselves to guarantee a fantastic job for you. We always make sure we keep a clean working environment, leaving your home or office as clean, if not cleaner than when we arrived!

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we have the ability to complete any kind of electrical outlet or electrical switch replacement. No repair is too small and with just a single call, Rose Brothers does it all! Get started today by getting in touch with our team of top-quality Northern Kentucky electricians.

Our Northern Kentucky Electricians Provide:

  • Outlets Switches
  • Wall Outlet Switch
  • Outlet Switch
  • Switch Plates Outlet Covers
  • Outlet Switches
  • Electrical Outlets And Switches
  • Outlet Switch Covers
  • Remote Outlet Switch
  • Light Switches
  • Electrical Outlet Switch
  • Outlet Switch Combo
  • Outlet And Switch Covers

Our Northern Kentucky Service Areas:

  • Florence
  • Covington
  • Taylor Mill
  • Villa Hills
  • Union
  • Newport
  • Independence
  • Hebron… and much more!

If you’re looking for a professional Northern Kentucky Outlets & Switches electrician, then please call us today at 859-746-9441 or fill out our online form.


Emergency Electrician in Northern Kentucky

Looking for an Emergency Electrician in Northern Kentucky? Electricity is one of our most important utilities and when a problem occurs, having a trusted, trained professional in your phone contacts can come in very handy. Emergency electrical problems can and do happen from time to time. Choosing the right, emergency electrician is very important for your safety and pocketbook when an electrical emergency arises.

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Choosing a Northern Kentucky Emergency Electrician

Choosing the right trained, trusted professional doesn’t have to be as big of a hassle as it sounds. Checking the web and doing a little research will give you many options. But, sometimes an emergency occurs where there isn’t time to source a proper contractor. This often leads to the cheaper option, which in turn can lead to poor workmanship and in the end an unsatisfied customer.

Hiring the right emergency electrician in Northern Kentucky can make the difference of a stormy night with power or a stormy night without power. Since we never know what mother nature is going throw our way, having the right electrical contractor on your side will pay off in the long run.

If you need the best Emergency Electrician in Northern Kentucky, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today! Our trained emergency electricians will be able to help with any of your electrical issues. Call us today to get started!

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Northern Kentucky Electrician

If you are looking for a reliable, experienced electrician in Northern Kentucky, please don’t hesitate to call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We are licensed, bonded and insured professionals that put safety first when handling your electrical needs. We pride ourselves on being meticulous and thorough in our work no matter how big or small the job may be. With the skills, experience and latest equipment, our highly trained electricians can guarantee nothing short of your satisfaction.

We are a locally owned and operated company that has been serving the local Northern Kentucky area for years. If you need an initial consultation, our professional staff will take as much time as needed to answer all of your questions and address any concerns. We work with extreme diligence to finish your project on time and within an agreed budget. Our pledge is our prompt project completion when dealing with your residential electrical needs. Some of the services provided by our Northern Kentucky electricians include commercial lighting, generators, lighting control systems, lighting repair and installation, service upgrades, electrical repairs, wiring and inspections.

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Let our Northern Kentucky electricians be your choice for servicing all of your electrical projects. Whether you are a new customer or a long-standing client, our goal is to provide the most efficient and affordable comprehensive electric service.

For questions, consultations, estimates or to schedule an appointment, please call us today.

Why choose Rose Brothers’ Northern Kentucky Electricians?

  • We have up to 20 years of experience
  • We are locally owned and operated
  • We are fully insured/bonded
  • We are state licensed
  • We provide prompt project completion
  • Our staff is punctual and professional
  • We offer 24 our emergency services
  • 7 days a week

Electrical Glossary

Electrical Glossary


A-Line Lamp: An indoor lamp regularly used in residential homes.

Accent Lighting: Bright, specifically placed lighting used to accent certain parts of residential homes.

Alternating Current (AC): A current of electricity that changes direction according to frequency.

Alternator: A generator that producing a constant alternating electrical current.

Ambient Lighting: General lighting used in resident and commercial areas.

American Wire Gauge (AWG): A standard measurement system to rate the size of electrical wire.

Ampacity: Maximum amount of current that a conductor can carry continuously.

Ampere: An electrical current that is created when one ohm is applied to one volt.

Analog: The standard unit of measure assessing physical restrictions.

Arc Tube: A clear, glass tube made of quartz that houses an arc stream.



Ballast: A limited electrical current device that works to run fluorescent lighting.

Ballast Cycling: When fluorescent lighting cycles on and off to avoid overheating.

Battery: A unit that houses two or more cells that connect to create an electrical current.

Blower Doors: A device used to send a wind current though residential homes and make leaks around doors, windows and other areas become apparent.

Branch Circuit: Circuits that feed devices, appliances and other electrical needs in a residence.

Brownout: A decrease in available power when the generation of electricity cannot keep up with demand.

BTU (British Thermal Unit): Standard unit for measuring heat quantities.



Cable Lighting System: A hanging track wiring system of low voltage spot lighting.

Candlepower/Candela: Unit of measure for light intensity.

Capacitor: Electronic component that holds an electrical charge.

Cathode: An electrode that emits electrons out of a device.

Cell: The part of a battery that converts chemical energy into a working electrical current.

Circuit Breaker: A device designed to control electrical currents without ruining the wiring.

Circuit Extensions: An extension to a circuit that provides an additional power source.

Code Corrections: A citation issued to correct wiring that does not meet required safety regulations.

Colored Glass Filter: Color inserted directly into glass during the forming process, instead of coated after the glass has cooled.

Color Temperature: Range of measurement from warm colors to cool colors, used to measure the color appearance of a light source.

Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL): Small, tube shaped fluorescent lighting with a high color illumination.

Constant Wattage (CW) Ballast: Occurs when a primary and secondary coil is isolated in an HID ballast.

Continuous Load: The maximum electrical load current for a whoy is excepted to run a constant 3+ hours.

Contrast: The range of illumination from light and dark.

Controller: The regulator of electricity between the origin of power and the device it is running.

Cornice Lighting: Bar-shaped fixtures that cover ceiling lighting.

Cover Lighting: a ceiling mounted light used to distribute light across an area.

Current: The flow of electricity.

Cut-off Angle: the angle at which the light from a lamp is not visible.



Daylight Compensation: A dimming lighting system that dims at the presence of natural daylight.

Diffuse: Disillusion of light so that it’s softened around an area.

Dimmer: Used to vary the light distributed by a lamp.

Diode: Device used to allow electricity to flow in one direction.

Direct Current (DC): Power rating that allows the current to flow in one direction.

Downlight: Light mounted in a ceiling that is used to direct light downwards.



Efficacy: Term used to measure light produced vs. energy consumption.

Electroluminescent: A new technology used to provide long lamp life in which consumes very little energy.

Electric Resistance Heating: A heating system the creates heat by passing an electrical current through a conductor.

EMI (Electromagnetic Inference): Interference caused by an electronic component that hinders the operation of electrical equipment.

Emergency Lighting: Lighting that illuminates during a power outage or other emergency.

Energy: A unit of measure for mechanical work, measured in kilo-watt hours.

Energy Efficiency Ration (EER): A ratio comparing the rate at which an air conditioner cools to the total wattage of electrical input.

Energy-Saving Ballast: A efficiently performing magnetic ballast.



Fault: A hiccup in an electrical system causing a short circuit.

Filament: The wire within a light bulb that illuminates when electricity is ran through it.

Flexible Track Lighting System: A lighting system on a track that has the ability to be adjusted.

Fluorescent Lamps: Lights that produce light when electricity is passed through gas rather than a wire.

Foot-Candle: A unit of measurement used to measure the amount of light reaching an object.

Four-Way Switch: Three light switches all wired to control a single lighting system.

Frequency: Rate in which a current changes it’s direction.



Generator: Rotating copper wheel that generates electricity.

Glare: An effect caused by direct light entering the eye.

Grid: A network of wires used to distribute electricity.

Ground: Used to direct electricity to a safe location.



Halogen Lamp: A bulb that contains halogen gases to slow the evaporation of the filament.

Hard Wired: A permanent connection to an electrical source.

Hertz: Measurement of frequency.

HID Lamp: High Intensity lamps with an extensive lifespan.

High Bay: Ceiling lighting where the ceiling exceeds a height of 20 feet.

High Output (HO): A lighting system designed to function with higher currents to put out more light.

High-Tech Troubleshooting: A testing system to identify and wiring system issues or failures.

Horsepower: A unit of power that is equivalent to 746 watts.

Hot Restart/Hot Restrike: The action of a HID light source automatically restarting following a loss in power.



Illuminance (Light Level): The amount of light in a particular room or on an object or surface.

Impulse: A temporary electrical current surge.

Incandescent Light Bulbs: Light bulbs specially made to run electricity through a thin layer.

Infared Cameras: Cameras that pick up on any heat source.

Infared Radiation: An invisible radiation that has extended wavelengths.

Instant Start: Fluorescent lamps that function without requiring preheating.

Insulation: Materials used to resist electrical currents.

Inverter: A device that converts an direct electrical current into an alternative one.

Ion: A molecule or atom that is either positively or negatively charged.


Joule: Unit of measure for potential electrical current equal to 1,000 volts.



Kilovolt (kV): A unit of electrical current equal to 1,000 volts.

Kilowatt (kW): Power delivered in a load.

Kilowatt-hour: Measurement comparison for a unit to energy to one kilowatt for one hour.


Layers: The layers of illumination created by multiple light sources.

LED: An energy-efficient light that has an extremely extensive lifespan.

Light Loss Factor (LLF): An allowance that lets lighting systems in less than ideal conditions.

Light Trespass/Spill Light: The lighting of an unintended area.

Life Cycle Cost: The overall cost of buy and operating a total system over the total lifespan.

Limit Switch: A switch that causes an alteration to an electrical current.

Liquid-Filled Transformer: A liquid that cools and insulates a submerged transformer.

Live Parts: Components of electrical wiring that are exposed and deemed dangerous.

Load: The power supplied by an electrical device.

Loadbreak: The successful avoidance of disengaging a load with damaging it’s components.

Load Center: The power center that distributes power to an entire structure.

Load Curve: Electronic demand vs. Time.

Load Factor: A unit of measure for an electrical system’s capacity and efficiency.

Load Switching: Taking one load and transferring it from one source to another.

Louver: A opaque screen created to minimize glare.

Low Voltage: A wiring system that provides electricity to a device under 100 volts.

Lumen: Unit of measure that indicates the amount of light emitted from a light source.

Luminaire: A light system or single fixture.



Mercury Vapor Lamp: A lamp in which light is produced from the radiation of mercury vapor.

Metal Enclosed/Metalclad: A metal casing that surrounds a device.

Metal Halide: A lamp in which light is produced by the radiation of metal halide.

Motors: The device that moves or runs a system.



National Electrical Code: The code of requirements for proper electrical practices and procedures.

Neodymium: A metal used to create a purple-hued glass for certain light bulbs, goggles, filters and lenses.



Occupancy Sensor: An motion sensor light switch system.

Ohm: Unit of measure to properly measure resistance.

Opaque: A material that does not allow light to pass through at all.

Outlet: A current that is borrowed to supply electricity to somewhere outside of the orginally intended power grid.

Overload: An excessive amount of stress on a particular circuit.

Overvoltage: A voltage that is above the recommend capacity.



PAR Lamp: An aluminium reflector lamp.

Pendant: A glare-deflecting shade for ceiling-mounted lamps.

Phase: An AC circuit classification.

Photocell: Device that senses light and controls the lighting system accordingly.

Power: The unit of measure for energy transferred.

Power Outlet: A device intended to distribute power temporarily to other equipment.

Preheat: The heating up of a fluorescent lamp before the use of high voltage.

Puncture: A discharge that temporarily disrupts a solid dielectric.



Radio Frequency Inference (RFI): The disruption of a radio frequency band by another frequency band nearby.

Rapid Start: A fluorescent lighting system that goes to high voltage quickly without warming up first.

Rated Life: Half the expected lifespan of a particular kind of lamp.

Reactive Power: The voltage and current taken up by reactive loads.

Real (Active) Power: The measurment in watts or kilowatts measuring the rate at which energy is transferred.

Receptacles: Power sources within a structure.

Reflector/Refractor: A light fixture’s part that redirects a light’s path.

Regulation: The ability a ballast has to uphold fluctuations in voltage.

Relay: A device used to turn a load on or off during electrical current changes.

Resistor: Any limitation on a current’s flow.

Retrofit: Upgrading a feature based on previous installations.



Sconce: Lighting fixtures that attached to the wall.

Semi-spectacular: Characteristics of a material that creates light reflection.

Service: Materials used to deliver electric energy from a utility into a wiring system.

Series Gap: Areas in the internal system in which voltage is suppose to appear.

Series/Multiple: Two coils wound together to create a series of operating systems.

Service Cable: Cables used to transfer conductors.

Spacing Criterion: The maximum spacing requirement for interior lighting systems for appropriate light.

Specular: A surface that is polished or mirror.

Starter: A device that is used to start a fluorescent lamp.

Stroboscopic Effect: An effect that is created when machinery is rotating, but appears to be standing still.

Switchboard: An assembly of panels that are mounted with protective devices.

Switches: A interruption to a circuit that controls the flow of electricity.

Symmetric: The natural flow of a electrical current.

Systems Capacity: The maximum allowance of electricity allowed for one system.



Tap: Connections made from an outside wiring system.

Tandem Wiring: A ballast shared by two or more luminaries for heightened efficiency.

Task Lighting: Lighting that is installed in particular areas where tasks are performed.

Three-Way Switch: A switch allowing two switches to control a single lighting system.

Track and Accent Lighting: Lighting used to highlight certain areas or walls in residential homes and businesses.

Transfer Switch: A device that can connect to different sources.

Transformer: A device that lets electromagnetic energy transfer from one circuit to another.

Transient: A amplitude that is overlaid onto normal voltage.

Translucent: Any material that allows light to pass directly through with a small amount of distortion.

Transparent: Any material that allows light to pass directly through with little or no distortion.

Troffer: A recessed light fixture that is built in the ceiling.

Turn Ratio: The turn count of a high voltage winding vs. low voltage winding.



UL (Underwriters Laboratories Inc.): A non-profit safety organization.

Uninterruptible Power Supply: A device that constantly puts out a current, even with interruption.

Uplight: Light that is directed at or about 90 degress.

UV Radiation: Invisible light rays



Vandal-resistant: Fixtures that resist breaking or tampering

Vapor-Tight Luminaire: A lighting fixture that is protected against water vapor and gas

VCP (Visual Comfort Probability): A system used to rate the output of direct glare.

Very High Output (VHO): A fluorescent lamp that operates at a high current and thus puts off more light.

Volt: An flow of electricity that carries one ampere.

Voltage Drop: A drop in voltage due to an electrical resistance or failure.



Wall Grazing: Light and shadow effects on a surface.

Wall Washing: A lighting method that produces a constant level of light to reduce surface texture.

Watt: A unit of electricity that is equal to one ampere.

Wiring: The system of wires that distributes electricity throughout the entirety of a building.

Whole-House Fan: A fan that runs ventilation for an entire building.


Electrical Upgrades: What You Need To Know

Electrical Upgrades: What You Need To Know

As we buy more and more powerful electrical equipment, it’s often the case that the electrical system in houses just isn’t capable of supplying enough power, particularly in homes built many years ago that were not designed with today’s needs in mind. An upgrade of the electrical system is often necessary. The more you inform yourself about these systems, the better you’ll be able to explain to your electrical contractor in Florence KY what you are aiming for in an upgrade.

By researching and carefully planning your upgrade, you can ensure that you not only have plenty of power for your current needs, but also for your future needs. If you are adding an outdoor circuit for a garage, wiring a new or remodelled kitchen, or even adding new circuits for an extension, you should take into account the peak usage of the system, and plan your electrical service accordingly. One of the worst things you can do is spend a small fortune on an upgrade that doesn’t upgrade enough, requiring another small fortune to upgrade down the line.

First, check that the mains coming into the fuse board are rated high enough. For example, a lot of older houses will have a 60 amp main circuit breaker. This needs to be uprated to 100 amp or more, which may require the mains line being uprated also. A 100 amp circuit breaker is enough for most homes, but if you have a lot of powerful equipment such as in a garage, you may require more headroom. It is necessary for a licensed electrician to carry out this work.

While tackling electrical wiring yourself is not a good idea, it is important to understand what will be needed to update your house. This prevents miscommunication when talking with your electrical contractor in Northern Kentucky.

If you plan on adding a whole new circuit, you should check your circuit breaker panel for free slots. For each 120 volt circuit you plan on adding you will need one free slot, and for every 240 volt circuit you will need two slots. Though some homeowners may be intimidated by this panel, you should have no problems finding the size of the circuit breakers and locating any empty slots. If there are no free slots on the circuit breaker panel, you will need a separate sub panel installed.

It must be stressed that any electrical work carried out should be done by a licensed, competent professional. Depending on local laws, any work carried out may require a review by an electrical engineer to ensure that the work has been completed in a safe manner, and conforms to local electrical and building codes. While it might seem like a shortcut to get an “under the table” job done, you could find yourself in a lot of bother for doing so. Without having the proper permits and relevant inspections carried out, you could have trouble when you come to sell your home. You could even have your home insurance invalidated because of a house fire due to incompetent workmanship.

Looking for an electrician in Florence Kentucky? Call us today at (859) 746-9440! Our electrical contractors serve all of Northern Kentucky!



Lighting Ideas For Your Basement

Many homeowners dream of remodeling their basements, but don’t know where to start. One of the easiest ways to transform your basement into a useable living space is to install great lighting. Depending on your choice of lighting, you may need professional help from an Electrician in Northern Kentucky. Several options are available for basement lighting; the best option depends upon the desired function of the remodeled room.

Overhead Lighting

Homeowners who would like lighting for the entire room may choose overhead lighting. Florescent lighting is typically the best choice because it is brighter, long-lasting, and energy-saving. While this choice may be the best for the long term, most homeowners will not be able to safely install this lighting choice independently. They should contact an Electrician in Northern Kentucky to install overhead lighting in their basement. Families who would like to use the basement regularly as an additional space in their home should consider this option.

Floor Lamps

Another option for lighting in a basement is floor lamps. This selection might work best for homeowners who desire a workstation or movie theater atmosphere in the space. This option is original and stylish. While the floor lamps could all operate independently, a more convenient option for use would be to have them wired to work together on a switch. Homeowners who would like to have floor lamps operate simultaneously will require professional help to achieve this effect. This option creates an ambiance that lends itself to more relaxed, subdued activity.

Hanging Lights

Finally, hanging lights are an option for basement lighting. These lights may also incorporate a decorative scheme. For instance, the color of the fixture may complement the colors of the decorative scheme. Other decorative ideas might include Chinese lanterns or even Christmas lights. Homeowners have a wide array of choices should they choose hanging lights as their ideal option for lighting in their basement. This option may appeal most to those homeowners who have an established decorative theme as a priority and wish to enhance that theme with lighting.

Electricity can be dangerous. A consultation with an Electrician in Northern Kentucky will provide you with advice and guidance when choosing what lighting option is best for your basement. A professional will also be able to complete the install should the option chosen be outside of your skill set. If you decide to complete the project independently, extreme caution should be observed during all levels of the project. If you have any doubt about your ability to complete the project, contact your friends at Rose Brothers & Sons for help. The cost of professional help far outweighs the potential dangers that come when mistakes are made while working with electricity!

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