Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

Claire Swedberg is a freelance writer based in western Washington. She can be reached at claire_swedberg@msn.com.

Articles by Claire Swedberg

April 2016
In some ways, electrical contractors are becoming manufacturers. Companies of all sizes are prefabricating and modularizing work before the equipment shows up on the construction site. While some big operators have been doing it for years, small and mid-sized contractors still face a decision: either do it in-house or find someone to do the work for them. READ MORE
April 2016
With cities and utilities worldwide upgrading to light-emitting diode (LED) lighting for streets and outdoor areas, owners and installers wonder when they 
will build in the controls for smart-city applications. Most analysts and technology 
vendors say installing controls while doing retrofits will bring the greatest gain. READ MORE
April 2016
For data centers that still use copper, Category 8 (Cat 8) cabling promises to quadruple speed to 40 gigabits. Cat 8 could operate at a bandwidth frequency of 2 gigahertz. This increased capacity doesn’t mean copper will replace fiber optics, but it will offer a relatively low-cost, high-speed alternative.
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  • Photos by Jill Mazur
March 2016
In Southern California, large multifamily residential projects are growing vertically—in towers, high rises and other multibuilding complexes. Orange County electrical contractor SBE Contracting (formerly Stout and Burg) is front and center of this movement.

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February 2016
Sometimes you just have to think big. When Pueblo, Colo.’s Dutch Clark Stadium needed a new scoreboard and lighting, Pueblo City Schools (PCS) considered modest options to keep the cost down. Due to some forward thinking, support and fundraising efforts from electrical contractor Pueblo Electrics Inc. READ MORE
February 2016
Demand for skilled electricians is growing. The industry is looking for traditional electrical installation abilities as well as advanced expertise in controls programming, networking and systems integration. READ MORE
December 2015
Utility companies have driven smart-meter installation in homes. Now, touting the amount of useful data smart meters can provide, utilities and building owners are setting their sights on commercial and industrial buildings through submetering. READ MORE
November 2015
Paperwork is vanishing from desks in contractor offices and from the hands of contractors on the job site. The shift to digital, however, can be hard to navigate. A host of software solutions and mobile apps are available, but not all are created equal. How does a contractor prevent the mistake of spending thousands of dollars on a convoluted system that doesn’t provide any benefit?
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October 2015
A few decades ago, the term “smart home” was regarded as science fiction and used to describe automation that few homes actually used. However, with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), the smart home is emerging for a consumer base that always has smartphones in hand and high expectations in mind. READ MORE

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