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And the Winner Is...

If you have kept up with the 2017 Nobel prizes, you know three Americans won the prize in physiology or medicine for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.


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The Next Chapter

Here’s an undeniable truth I’ve learned over the years: When one chapter ends, another is right around the corner. That’s especially true now for me and the National Electrical Contractors Association.



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Kitchen Receptacles, Shower Lighting And More

Jim Dollard has an extensive background in codes and standards. If you have a query about the National Electrical Code (NEC), Jim will help you solve it. Send questions to codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2017 NEC.
 Kitchen GFCIs



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Inside The Panelboard: Does This Installation Comply With the NEC?

A friend recently sent me an email with this picture (right) of a manual fire alarm pull station mounted on the side of an electrical panelboard. My friend was inspecting the fire alarm system and was accompanied by the electrician who had installed both the fire alarm and electrical systems.


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More Restrictive Requirements: Branch Circuit Wiring in Patient Care Spaces

Reducing differences of potential between conductive equipment or other objects and ground (earth) helps minimize shock hazards in normal circuit operation.


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Training session at Flir's Infrared Training Center
Cool Tools: Thermal Imaging Training

Advances in thermal imagers are affecting the way electricians monitor the operation of electrical systems.


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Bosch 18V LED work light
Cool Tools: Job-Site Lighting

For years, electricians carried a basic flashlight. While most people in the trade still use them, flashlights are nothing like they were even two years ago.



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Got What It Takes? Smart Cities Are Built on Fiber

After 15 years of rural living on a small farm in Southern California, my wife and I recently moved back into the city. Now, as we walk around our neighborhood, we are often reminded that we live in one of the smartest “smart cities” in the world: Santa Monica, Calif.


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Holiday Season Safety

With the constant emphasis on workplace safety from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, it’s easy to forget the hazards that exist in our everyday lives. In fact, people are six times more likely to suffer an injury away from work.


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Andrew P. McCoy
Is Service Work Recession-Proof?

Construction activity in many regional markets has heated up to the point that some areas are experiencing worker shortages. In the midst of such a boom, it is easy to forget that, for every boom, there is a bust.



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Just Wires: Power Quality and the NEC

At a small telecommunications facility, equipment mysteriously started self-destructing for no apparent reason. Laptops, routers, printers and cell phones were apparently just becoming nonfunctional.


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A New Style Of Grid Design

While restoration of Puerto Rico’s electrical transmission and distribution systems following Hurricane Maria was still in its early stages, Gov. Ricardo Rossello pledged to have power restored to 95 percent of the commonwealth’s citizens within two months. The U.S.


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Ideas That Work: Hanging on to Your Tools

Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.


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More U.S. Electricity Coming From Natural Gas

As the landscape of electricity generation in the United States evolves, natural gas continues to account for an increasing share of the mix.


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An Unforeseen Problem With LED Traffic Lights

During a snowstorm last week, the Minnesota State Patrol responded to over 1,200 crashes and spinouts around the state. Fifty people were injured, and one woman was killed.


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City Leaders Sign 'Chicago Charter' in Paris Agreement Void

December 4-6, Chicago played host to the North American Climate Summit in concert with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. There, city leaders signed the "Chicago Charter," an agreement that broadly echoes the Paris climate agreement in establishing carbon emissions reductions.


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11,000 Without Power Due to SoCal Fires

Roughly 11,000 people are without power today as a result of extreme winds and multiple wildfires burning throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties in Southern California.


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Survey Suggests Electricians Are Not Concerned About Technology Affecting Job Security

According to new information from the annual State of the Industry survey conducted by Klein Tools, Lincolnshire, Ill., electricians continue to be in high demand, and most in the industry are not concerned that the rise of new technologies will significantly impact job security.


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Solar Power Will Become Chernobyl's Future

More than thirty years after the infamous disaster, the Chernobyl exclusion zone might be transforming from an abandoned nuclear wasteland to a green energy hub.


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'Passive House' Buildings Becoming More Common

A lot has been written in recent months about net-zero energy homes, especially in California, where legislation is beginning to mandate the practice.


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