Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

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.
  • 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.

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?
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
  • Senate Chamber ceiling and upper level with recessed and cove lighting fixtures were installed by Lynnwell.
August 2015
When a facility such as the Edward M. Kennedy Institute (EMKI) opens its doors to the public, the collaboration that made it a reality isn’t apparent. READ MORE
August 2015
Building automation systems (BASs) offer new opportunities for system maintenance, data management and cyber security. Electrical and integrated systems contractors are finding their way into this niche to provide long-term service to what might merely have been an installation project in the past.