Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

August 2003
Growing numbers of electrical contractors are trying out new technology to increase their efficiency—some products with more success than others. But the CAD (computer-aided design) system has become a staple that contractors cannot ignore. READ MORE
July 2003
Technology is bounding forward in the wireless world and almost every electrical contractor carries one of a variety of cell phones or Internet-related phones, pocket PCs or personal digital assistants (PDAs). Some of this technology is still in its infancy, while some has already become a vital part of on-site work for contractors. READ MORE
June 2003
It has been three decades since fuel cell technology first emerged, but the clean and efficient power alternative is just now beginning to take off. At the rate it is turning up in large companies over the past few years, within another decade fuel cells will be producing electricity for homes as well as businesses. READ MORE
April 2003
You can call it progress or a restrictive economy, but there is one trend in stadium lighting that keeps contractors on their toes. Stadiums are being built faster than they ever have been, and any renovations happen in a fraction of the time they used to. The change is not so much a matter of better and more efficient construction as it is a matter of dollars and cents. Just ask stadium owners. READ MORE
February 2003
With a stalling economy and rising utility costs, saving money has become the most common objective of business owners. For electrical contractors, that equates to a shifted focus on upgrading existing electrical systems rather than on new construction. And many business owners are seeking ways to save without losing quality indoor lighting. READ MORE
September 2002
With tighter regulations and a greater need for emergency lighting in commercial buildings, product developers are continually focusing on ways to make exit and emergency lights more energy efficient and easier to self-diagnose. Local standards have become more restrictive for all lighting in the last couple of years, but emergency lighting standards have become even more so. READ MORE
September 2002
Smoking marijuana was a way of getting through the day for journeyman Michael Wilborn. It calmed his nerves, helped alleviate the boredom of mundane parts of his job (residential work) and helped him sleep at night. He’d been smoking marijuana since his teens and by 1997, at the age of 41, it seemed a permanent part of his lifestyle. READ MORE
May 2002
Well, we’ve heard it all before—fiber to the desktop (FTTD) is on its way to becoming the power source of choice. While unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cabling has been dominant, there is reason to think fiber will be a true competitor soon. READ MORE
February 2002
Ask most landscape lighting contractors about low voltage and you’re likely to get a shrug—unless you talk to the growing number of low-voltage specialists who are learning just how lucrative the jobs are. Bill Locklin, president of Netscaping, a manufacturer in Redlands, Calif., said this work is hands-down the most profitable. READ MORE