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About Peninsula Lighting/Electric

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If you want absolute assurance that your job will turn out as you envision it or better than you may have anticipated, then please consider using us. We specialize in higher-end homes. We work very closely with you or your general contractor, designer, and architect to ensure nothing is overlooked, so that there are no hidden costs.

No hidden costs translates into our endeavoring to point out in advance things that may be lacking or missing. These items are normally not included in an estimate because the contractor knows they can issue a change order later. Most contractors like this because you are already somewhat obligated to stay with them. "Oh, there was no door-bell on the plans, that will be $475 more" is an example of what may happen down the road.

We do complete residential and commercial lighting and electrical design, installation, troubleshooting, and repair. We also specialize in Savant systems lighting or Insteon devices.

We also provide comprehensive site analysis, power usage, building to design intent, maintenance and PG&E interface for a new electrical service or upgrading an existing service.

With over 30 years of experience along the San Francisco peninsula, we have a proven track record of excellent electrical service, communication, and long-term relationships. We love what we do.


San Bruno, CA 94066

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  • 5/5 stars Electrical and Wiring Issues Verified Review

    Gary was a great hire. Very knowledgeable, understanding,and fair. Came to my house, explained the problem and the solution, then taught me how to repair in the future.

    I would strongly recommend hiring Gary.

  • 5/5 stars

    experienced,good trouble shooter

    Gary F. from Peninsula Lighting/Electric replied to this review on October 4, 2014:

    Robert is a general contractor in the Palo Alto, CA area. Robert does most of his own work but calls me when it is a larger project or has difficult to diagnose problems. As you can see, he is brief but to the point.

  • 5/5 stars Electrical and Wiring Issues Verified Review

    I hired Gary for some relatively simple electrical work – installing two line voltage thermostats in my apartment. Gary picked out an excellent thermostat model for me, was prompt in responding to all of my messages, arrived on time, and finished the installation in less than an hour. My entire experience was outstanding.

    Gary F. from Peninsula Lighting/Electric replied to this review on July 4, 2013:

    The client was very reasonable and appreciated my help over the phone, not taking my time and using all of that to hire some inexpensive handyman. It is too bad more people are not like this.

  • 5/5 stars

    We were tripping a landscape irrigation pump motor circuit almost every month. Peninsula Lighting Electric suggested a VFD. Not only has nothing tripped for several months now, but the pressure stays very constant. Great job.

    Gary F. from Peninsula Lighting/Electric replied to this review on September 4, 2012:

    This client had been paying a pump company to come out almost once a month due to huge swings in output pressure and failing motors.. There was a complex piping system in pace to "regulate" pressure. Along with Peninsula Irrigation, we pulled out all of the complex parts, dissembled their existing controller, reassembled "simple" piping, and installed a Variable Frequency to keep pressure within a 5 pound differential versus the 25 they had before, I just spoke with them, never a problem since our work.

Question and answer

Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

A. I am a certified Washington State electrical administrator as well as a California licensed electrical contractor. As an administrator I am required to take continuing education classes to maintain certification. The state of California only mandates classes for certified electricians, so an electrical contractor does NOT have to take classes and you will find that most do not.

I take classes to keep up with the latest electrical code changes and safety issues, as well as classes to keep up with controls and integration protocols, and though I already have a college degree I take general classes at a local community college,

Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

A. This is a great field to present to potential clients. So many post a job that contains next to no detail that we are forced to develop a somewhat complex pricing scheme. At the same time, most people would never expect their employer to ask them to come and work for free, but there is often an expectation a service person will come out for free to look at a small job.

If a job is large, or is right next door, looking at it at no cost to the potential client may be feasible. Otherwise, it is necessary for us to recover the costs associated with getting up, starting vehicles, driving, reviewing and helping to define needs, and then giving an estimated cost to perform the work. Given this typical venue, we charge for initial site visits a flat rate of $250 for a maximum 1.5 hours on site.

The result of the visit will minimally provide you with a complete written scope of work that you may use to solicit other bids, if you feel the need.

Q. What types of customers have you worked with?

A. Complete CAD drawings, full load calculations, design and installation from simple to complex. Following up with any maintenance or repair needs, if they arise.

Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

A. I designed and installed a landscape lighting control scheme using Savant Systems, spanning three properties in Atherton. I built three custom enclosures for remote modules and allowed for control over the internet via an IPAD/IPOD application. The clients are very happy and the controls work GREAT!! Yes, we also incorporated hardwired controls in the event of the internet access being down.
The Savant System lighting control may easily be incorporated into a whole-home control because Savant Systems can interface with Audio/video/HVAC/security and pretty much anything you would like to control via a singular user interface.
If you have a need, a desire, or just want to learn more about it, give me a call or shoot me an email!

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. Ask your friends who they have used and REALLY liked. Do not take client contacts from those you are requesting work of, they will only provide you with names of clients whose jobs happened to work out well. OR, get a list of several of their clients and then blind contact a few. Also, look at how long they have been in business. After over 30 years, I could never have raised a family if I was doing things wrong, nor would I be working for the clients I now work for.

Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

A. That I love what I do. If I cannot do it right, I would rather not do it. I have been called to many homes/businesses after someone else has done an installation or a repair only to find that not only was it a poor job, but that it also violated the NEC, making the installation unsafe for both the property and the users.

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