Frequently Asked Questions

Cisco Electric believes that our customers and all homeowners alike should be well educated about the wiring in their home. Over the years we have been asked many excellent questions. We have gathered these questions and answers so that this valuable information can be available to everyone. Please, educate yourself, we just might have the answer to your question below!


Once a year minimum.  It is a good idea to push the test button every 6 months though just to be sure a battery has not prematurely expired. 

Several actually.  First, a hardwired smoke detector has 120 volt power and a battery back up so no matter what you have a functional smoke detector, even if the power goes out.  Second, usually hardwired smoke detectors have a signal wire connected between multiple them that allows them to communicate to each other when there is smoke.  This means that even in a large home if there is a fire on the other side of the house the smoke detector in your bedroom will go off giving you plenty of time to evacuate.  Third, you will be in compliance with current code requirements.

Yes, but only if the light bulb is rated as "Dimmable".  It will say on the package when you purchase the bulb.  If it is not rated as dimmable you must replace the dimmer with a standard switch.

When in use, yes.  The amount of load on each dimmer will determine how hot it gets, the higher the load the hotter it will get.  If it is too hot too touch it may be undersized for the connected load, call Cisco Electric if this is the case to determine if a repair is needed.