Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

August 2004
While CAD drafting systems are an increasing part of the building process, many electrical contractors face choices between investing in CAD, or a raster system with software links to CAD, or watching the process from the sidelines. READ MORE
July 2004
Lighting demands are changing the nature of recreational field installation Athletes may be playing ball in the dark before long. The irony of today’s outdoor recreational lighting is that never before has such high-quality lighting been available and in demand, and never have residential groups fought more vociferously to have those lights turned off. READ MORE
June 2004
Fuel Cells are in demand where power is in short supply Fuel cell technology is turning up in unusual places. As the utilities—as well as commercial and residential customers—seek energy alternatives, fuel cells are emerging wherever government assistance or reliability needs are the greatest. These two factors have led to the emergence of fuel cells in specific geographical regions. READ MORE
June 2004
Small, Mobile, Powerful Solid oxide fuel cells may be among the first to benefit Nanotechnology is a hot topic in dozens of industries, including the medicine, environment, public health markets. But there seems to be nothing that can stand in the way of what experts call the new industrial revolution. READ MORE
May 2004
Drug testing is more prevalent than it was just 10 years ago It’s not a popular subject for most electrical contractors. In fact, it tends to make employers and their electricians downright uncomfortable. But drug and alcohol abuse, as well as the liability and loss of production that comes with it, is a problem that has affected nearly every electrical contractor. READ MORE
April 2004
Hospital security is a multilayered issue with hospitals of varying sizes struggling with how to keep the facility safe from intruders, both human and bacterial, without hindering accessibility. Making hospitals both safe and accessible generally requires technology. Just how much security hospitals use is often determined by their budgets. READ MORE
January 2004
Ask most electrical contractors about the latest cogenerating technology—microturbines—and you’re likely to get silence, or possibly: “micro-what?” This technology, which has only been on the market a few years (Capstone Turbine’s C30 model was introduced in December 1998), may still be relatively unknown, but is poised to take off in the next decade in commercial, municipal and light industrial u READ MORE
December 2003
As long as there have been banks, there have been bank robbers. But in the past decade, keeping up with criminal threats to the banking industry is becoming more high tech as security demands change. Today’s criminals need never set foot near a bank; they can now enter electronically and access bank card information. Identity theft is the other side of the coin, so to speak. READ MORE
November 2003
No one would put their profits on shelves each year to sit and lose value, but that is what many contractors do by ordering and keeping unnecessary inventory. Overordering of inventory costs electrical contractors thousands of dollars a year in lost profits. READ MORE