Darlene Bremer

Freelance Writer

Darlene Bremer, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributes frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. She can be reached at 410.610.7164 and darbremer@comcast.net.

Articles by Darlene Bremer

November 2011
Smart phones and tablet computers enable on-the-go access to information and key applications, especially considering 98 percent of Americans have an available 3G network (and 4G increasingly in certain markets). But what good is this technology to electrical contractors, their customers and the electricians in the field? READ MORE
November 2011
When founded in 1987 by Wayne Tyrell, Prime Electric Inc. (Bellevue, Wash.) concentrated on small electrical service projects and in-plant installations. Now, the company’s portfolio encompasses aerospace, commercial and high-rise office, municipal, educational and institutional, hospitality, high-rise residential, medical, biotech, retail, and industrial industries. READ MORE
November 2011
The healthcare market has changed quickly with the introduction of healthcare reform, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and the high-tech focus in healthcare facilities. READ MORE
November 2011
Videos of Asian carp in rivers near the Great Lakes have gone viral. The fish literally jump out of the water and into passing boats and occasionally even smack people in the head. Jumping fish, however, is not what worries the federal government, politicians, local jurisdictions, residents, businesses and environmentalists. READ MORE
October 2011
The security industry may have turned a corner on the road to recovery, and that is good news for electrical contractors (ECs) looking to broaden their offerings into residential security. READ MORE
September 2011
No specific market numbers apply to the cable and wire used to install and integrate security and life safety products, according to Maricha Ellis, business manager, security solutions for Belden Inc., St. Louis. “The total global market for cable, however, is estimated to be around $41.2 billion annually,” she said. READ MORE
September 2011
Infiniti Research Limited’s report, “Global Smart Energy Meter Market 2010–2014,” forecasts that market will reach $19.5 billion in 2014. Key factors contributing to market growth are initiatives from regulatory authorities and home area networking connectivity technology. READ MORE
August 2011
Building informationg modeling (BIM) uses 3-D, real-time building modeling software to increase productivity and accuracy in design and construction. But what specific role does the technology play in the design of a building’s security system, and what can electrical contractors contribute to the process by using BIM? READ MORE
July 2011
Debate continues about whether LEDs have the output in lumens, the color consistency and the price point to replace traditional incandescent, halogen and fluorescent lamps in high brightness and general illumination applications. Is it finally time to end the discussion? Well, the numbers don’t lie. READ MORE