Electrical Powered Games & Toys

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Production of electrical powered toys and games has increased tremendously over the years. Early inventions required connection to a wired electrical system, which meant the products were generally not portable. Even so, many of the early toys and games powered by electricity are still popular today, either in vintage form which is often sought by collectors, or more modern versions.  The increased electrical load demanded by the plethora of electric devices in the average home requires extra measures be taken to guard against electrical shock and fire.

Electrical Outlets & Safety For Games & Toys

Proud to have several pinball machines and video games in your game room or man cave? Have the biggest, baddest model train layout in all of North Texas?  You should consider having AFCI and GFCI protection installed to ensure the maximum protection possible for your playmates and your sensitive electronics.  Simply put, AFCIs prevent fires and GFCIs prevent electrical shocks. Both should be installed by a licensed electrician to make your home safer.

Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) help prevent electric fires. Electricity can “leak” from damaged or decaying wires and start a fire. These fires spread quickly in the wiring behind walls, cause more damage than other types of fire and, most important, they are twice as deadly as other types of fire. AFCI protection uses sensors to detect an electricity leak; immediately upon sensing an electricity leak, AFCIs automatically shut down electrical current. Stopping the electrical current before overheating occurs is key to preventing electrical fires.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) help prevent burns, electric shocks and electrocution. A GFCI has sensors that measure the current going out and the current coming back in. Normally, the current is balanced in both directions; if the current is out of balance, something is not working properly. This creates a personal safety hazard. The GFCI senses this, and immediately shuts down the circuit, stopping the flow of electricity. Because water is a highly dangerous electric conductor, GFCIs are extremely important in areas where both water and electricity are present such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and garages.

Call Nisat Electric at (214) 536-5555 to install additional electrical outlets for your electrical toys!  We can even install dedicated circuits and whole house surge protection to ensure the maximum protection possible for your sensitive electronics.  In the meantime, we hope you are inspired by the following information about the earliest electrical powered toys & games!

Early Electricity Powered Toys & Games

Toy Trains

The first electric train set was produced in 1897 by the American company Carlisle & Finch. By 1901, Lionel made its first electric train for use in store display windows. Because the average home did not have electricity to power model trains, the earliest electrical train sets were only found in the wealthiest homes. As more homes became “electrified” and prices for the electric toy trains dropped, the toys gained in popularity and beginning in the 1920s they were mass-produced for the general public. Initially developed with young boys in mind, train sets have become very popular among adults spawning an entire industry that supports the collection and operation of toy trains. Modern toy trains incorporate digital technology both on board and at the control panels.

Pinball Machines

MONTAGE Electrical Powered Pinball Machines 01The earliest version of the modern pinball machine evolved from the table game bagatelle. Coin operated versions known as “marble games” or “pin games” were introduced in the 1930s. The table was under glass and incorporated a spring-loaded plunger device to propel the ball into the play field. In 1932, the game Ballyhoo was invented; it featured a large playing field and ten pockets. Immensely popular, the name was later changed to Bally. Around the same time, Pacific Amusements in California produced Contact which had an electrically powered solenoid to propel the ball out of a bonus hole in the middle of the play field; another solenoid rang a bell to reward the player. Bells, music and electric lights designed to attract players soon became a standard feature of all subsequent pinball games. Popular among both males and females, pinball machines were the undisputed electronic game of choice for older kids throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Electronic Football

MONTAGE Electrical Powered Table Football 01The first electric football game was produced by Tudor Metal Products in 1947. Tudor used a vibrating model for their electric race car game as the technological basis for Electric Football. When the motor beneath the playing field was activated, the metallic field vibrated causing players on the field to spring into motion.Licensing rights with the National Football League in the 1960s brought about the use of team logos and replication of real life stadiums. Rising popularity of the game led to frequent improvements over the years including greater control of player movement and digital scoreboards. However, as with nearly all early electrical games, electronic football has lost in popularity to the increasingly more convenient and technologically advanced video game.

Lite-Brite

ELECTRICAL GAME Lite Brite 01Invented by Burt Meyer and created by Hasbro in 1967, Lite-Brite allows the user to create illuminated designs using small colored plastic pegs by pushing the pegs through opaque black paper lit from behind. When illuminated, the pegs appear similar to LEDs. Children can create a design using color-by-letter templates or create their own designs. Modern versions of Lite-Brite include a flat-screen version, a 3D cube and a FX edition that spins and plays music. Prices range from $10 to $40.

Feeling a nostalgic desire to play with your old Lite-Brite but don’t have it anymore?

Easy-Bake Oven

ELECTRICAL GAME Easy Bake Oven 02Generations of American women baked their first cake at a very young age using a cherished Easy-Bake Oven. Introduced by Kenner in 1963 and currently manufactured by Hasbro, the original toy used an ordinary incandescent light bulb as a heat source to cook. Modern versions of this toy, the use of which is considered a rite of passage by many, use a true heating element. The oven comes with packets of cake mix and small round pans. Still highly popular today because it is generally considered a safe and fun product to introduce children to cooking, there is an entire website devoted to Easy-Bake Oven recipes of all kinds!

Operation Board Game

ELECTRICAL GAME Operation 01John Spinello, inventor of one of the first battery-powered pop culture board games, Operation, is raising funds for his own real life surgery. Operation debuted in 1965 and by the early 70s was a hit among youngsters “shocked” by the lighted nose and buzzer sound. Although the game is still produced by Hasbro and sold by many retailers, Spinello does not receive any royalties; he sold the rights for $500 shortly after inventing the game when he was an industrial design student.

Testing players’ hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, Operation consists of an operating table featuring a comical image of the patient, “Cavity Sam.” The surface has a number of openings (cavities) filled with fictional and humorously named plastic ailments. Using a pair of tweezers, players must remove the ailment from the cavity without touching the tweezers to the metal edge of the cavity opening. When a player fails to safely remove an ailment, Cavity Sam’s red lightbulb nose lights up and a harsh buzzer sound is played.

If you’re wishing you had thought of a better Halloween costume this past weekend, consider dressing up as Cavity Sam next year! Some of the best Operation-themed Halloween costumes are featured at Coolest Homemade Costumes.

Battery Powered Toys

Although it had a relatively low battery life, zinc-carbon batteries were the primary battery of choice until the late 1950s. In the mid-50s, the National Carbon Company Parma Research Laboratory focused development on economically feasible alkaline batteries, thus the birth of the common alkaline battery in 1959. Quickly gaining use worldwide, the batteries spawned the battery operated toy industry. Early inventions were mainly battery-powered vehicles of all different types, interactive activity centers which featured lights and noises and, for some unfathomable reason, monkeys and bears that played drums, banged cymbals or engaged in other strange activities. There’s even a battery operated bartender (video) that we hope was for adult entertainment only.  Collectors can share their finds at Collectors Weekly.

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Visit our website or call Nisat Electric today at (214) 536-5555!

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Fall Back & Replace Smoke Detector Batteries!

Sunday, November 2nd at 2 a.m. is the end of Daylight Saving Time! Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour before bedtime on Saturday and, equally important, change the batteries in all of your smoke detectors. You might just save a life by doing so!

Be sure to test your smoke detector after changing the battery. Don’t assume that it works; you may have inadvertently loosened a wire or the connection may not be properly reset. And while you’re at it, check to see if YOUR smoke detector has been recalled. If your smoke detector does not work properly when tested, is older than ten years or has been recalled, call Nisat Electric at (214) 536-5555 right away to schedule your smoke detector repair or replacement. Working smoke detectors save lives!

Daylight Saving Time Tips

Looking forward to having an extra hour in bed on Sunday morning? If you don’t have young children or pets, that is; no matter how many times you explain Daylight Saving Time to them, they just don’t understand! We don’t have any tips for this problem; if you’ve found a solution, please comment below!

Five SIX Tips to ‘Fall Back’ From Daylight Saving Time

Experts suggest everyone should take steps to minimize the adjustment period. According to this ABC News article, Dr. Yosef Krespi, director of the New York Head and Neck Institute’s Center for Sleep Disorders, says “It will hit you Sunday evening, but if your body clock is tuned to waking up with sunlight, you’re going to benefit.”

1. Wake Up at a Normal Time Sunday Morning
2. Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries
3. Eat Well and Exercise
4. Get a Good Night’s Sleep Sunday Night
5. Try a Low Dose of Melatonin
6. Know That Your Body Will Adjust

Have you ever considered that ending Daylight Saving Time in favor of having daylight begin an hour earlier is dangerous? If so, you’re not alone. According to this article in Time, keeping the hour of sunlight in the evening rather than earlier in the day could prevent traffic deaths and save more than 170 lives annually.

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Nisat Electric is proud to maintain three different categories of electrician licenses in the State of Texas: Electrical Contractor, Master Electrician and Journeyman Electrician.  Please, take a few minutes to check out our reviews and licensure in the State of Texas and you will understand why thousands of customers entrust their electrical installation and repairs to Nisat Electric!

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Trick or Treat: An Electrician’s Halloween

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Happy Halloween!

What do you get when you cross an electrician and Halloween? Bad jokes, cool costumes and amazing Halloween themed light shows, of course! We cruised the internet to see what we could find so we could share some of the more interesting (or not) with you.

Q: What did the skeleton say to the vampire?
A: You suck!

Decorating With Electrical Tape

Among the many creative uses for that roll of electrical tape the electrician left behind is this Creepy Front Door!

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Coolest Homemade Electrician Costumes!

Awesome LED Halloween Costumes

Glowy Zoey’s LED Minnie Mouse Halloween Costume

Halloween Light Shows

Halloween Light Show 2010 – Thriller (Michael Jackson)
Set to Michael Jackson’s pop hit Thriller, this fun light show features singing pumpkins, tombstones and, of course, lights!

Halloween Light Show 2011 – Party Rock Anthem
Singing pumpkins? Of course! And the RGB LED lighting synchronized to The Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO will get your feet tapping!

Have a Safe & Happy Halloween!

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Nisat Electric is proud to maintain three different categories of electrician licenses in the State of Texas: Electrical Contractor, Master Electrician and Journeyman Electrician.  Please, take a few minutes to check out our reviews and licensure in the State of Texas and you will understand why thousands of customers entrust their electrical installation and repairs to Nisat Electric!

Visit our website or call Nisat Electric today at (214) 536-5555!

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BOO! Energy Vampires & Phantom Loads

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BOO! Energy Vampires & Phantom Loads
Halloween is the time of year to remind you that Energy Vampires and Phantom Loads lurk throughout your home and business year round! You can save money and conserve energy by taking measures to reduce these areas that suck valuable resources.

What Are They?
Energy vampires are appliances or other devices that draw energy, aka phantom loads, when they are plugged in but not in use. This includes electronics that require standby power to run such as clocks, coffeemakers and cable/satellite units. Alone, each device doesn’t cost that much but consider the cumulative effect of several devices drawing phantom loads over the course of a year. This can add up to significant cash vanishing from your bank account!

Unplug!
While it’s not realistic to unplug devices that feature clocks and timers due to the necessity of resetting lost data as a result of power loss, you can easily unplug laptop, tablet, cell phone, camera and power tool chargers when not in direct use.

Use Advanced Power Strips
An Advanced Power Strip manages vampire load for you so that when you turn off devices such as your TV, your entire home theater system including DVD player and game console, turn off as well. Use an Advanced Power Strip for any cluster of electronics you want to control with the flip of a single switch or the click of a remote control.

Choose ENERGY STAR® Products and Save!
ENERGY STAR® qualified electronics offer the same features and technology as non-qualified products, but they use less energy.

Green Computing
Another step you can take is to activate the power management feature available via your computer’s operating system. This will allow you to reduce energy usage and costs by putting the computer into a low-power “sleep” mode when you aren’t using it. A simple touch of the mouse or keyboard will “wake” the computer up in seconds.

You can also set your system to “hibernate” which puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk and then turns off the computer. Hibernation uses less power than sleep (and protects unsaved files from any power interruptions), but takes longer to wake up.

Enabling power management features on your computer could save you anywhere from 100 to 600 kWh per year depending on your computer usage. These savings are equivalent to anywhere from $9 to $54 per year at 9 cents per kWh.

Easy, step-by-step instructions to activate power management on your computers are available via Energy Star here.

Realistic Savings
According to the ENERGY STAR® program, the average U.S. household spends $100 per year to power devices in standby mode and chargers that are not in direct use. For those that think this insignificant in terms of your bank account, consider this: on a national basis, standby power accounts for more than 100 billion kilowatt hours of annual U.S. electricity consumption and more than $10 billion in annual energy costs.

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Search For Missing Chandelier

Have You Seen This Chandelier?
Believed to be in someone’s home or barn, the chandelier is described as brass and glass composition and measures 8 to 10 inches tall and 40 inches in diameter. The brass metal work has an intricate floral leaf pattern. It has one large globe in the center set below ten smaller globes. Manufactured for either electric or gas illumination, all ten smaller globes are topped by a small gas fixture.

The chandelier has been missing from the Missoula County Courthouse in Montana for over 50 years. Parties involved in the restoration of the courtroom where the chandelier went missing would like to return it to its original location. An exact replication of the missing chandelier would cost $20,000 to $30,000.

Additional details about this missing chandelier are available in the local newspaper.  Anyone with information about the whereabouts of this fixture is asked to contact courthouse officials as soon as possible.

Nisat Electric Reviews & Licensure
Nisat Electric is proud to maintain three different categories of electrician licenses in the State of Texas: Electrical Contractor, Master Electrician and Journeyman Electrician.  Please, take a few minutes to check out our reviews and licensure in the State of Texas and you will understand why thousands of customers entrust their electrical installation and repairs to Nisat Electric!

Visit our website or call Nisat Electric today at (214) 536-5555!

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Pet Lighting! Who Knew?

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Poochlight LED Collars & Leashes
Not our area of expertise but interesting nonetheless. Turns out there are LED leashes and collars available to help keep you and your pet safe after dark. Since Nisat Electric customers are like family, we wanted to share more information about these potentially life saving products with you. Be sure to check out the cute video below!

We recently stumbled upon the Poochlight by Squeaker. They make both collars and leashes that incorporate LED technology for illumination so that both are brightly lit in the dark. The most obvious and potentially life saving benefit is greater visibility, thus reducing the likelihood of being hit by a car or cyclist.

The collar by itself would be a very useful tool in locating pets that take advantage of an open door and run off for a solo jog around the neighborhood! This actually happened to me recently when I was pet-sitting for a neighbor; unfortunately, Harley was not wearing one of these glow in the dark collars at the time and it took two hours to find the furry Lothario visiting a few four-legged ladies way down the street!

The Poochlight comes with a thirty-day guarantee. It has dual pair LEDs in optical fiber strips and features three nighttime flashing modes. The battery life lasts over ten hours and includes rapid USB charging capability.

Have you used the Poochlight? Post a comment or drop us a note and let us know if it lives up to its potential!

Additional Poochlight Information

  • Squeaker’s website.
  • Live demonstration of Poochlight in action during this news interview with veterinarian Dr. Chris Brown (aka Bondi Vet).
  • Product review by Pretty Fluffy, The Ultimate Guide for the Discerning Pet Owner.

Just For Fun
Check out this bulldog outfitted in Poochlight accessories as he struts his way down the sidewalk to the tune of the Bee Gee’s classic hit Night Fever! This handsome guy learned a thing or two watching John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, that’s for sure!

Say It Isn’t So!
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Nisat Electric is proud to maintain three different categories of electrician licenses in the State of Texas: Electrical Contractor, Master Electrician and Journeyman Electrician.  Please, take a few minutes to check out our reviews and licensure in the State of Texas and you will understand why thousands of customers entrust their electrical installation and repairs to Nisat Electric!

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