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

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
July 2011
According to the Division of Energy Resources (DOER) for the Rebuild Massachusetts Program’s strategic energy management booklet, it is useful to think of energy management as a three-phase process within which the effort and resources expended on gaining control of energy use, maintaining control as a continuous business process, and investing in measures to improve energy performance vary over READ MORE
July 2011
To state the obvious, detecting toxic or combustible gases—or the lack of appropriate oxygenation in an area—before an event occurs is an important part of maintaining security in commercial, institutional and industrial applications, including wastewater plants, refineries and nuclear facilities. READ MORE
June 2011
Housing computer systems and associated components, data centers generally include redundant and/or backup power supplies, redundant data communications connections, environmental systems and controls, and security systems. READ MORE
May 2011
According to the International Data Corp. (IDC) Energy Insights’ report, “Business Strategy: Trends to Watch as the Rate of North American Solar PV Installations Doubles in 2011,” the United States will add 2 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) power in 2011, despite the uncertainty of political changes and unsettled power markets. READ MORE