Darlene Bremer

Freelance Writer

Darlene Bremer, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributes frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. She can be reached at 410.394.6966 and darbremer@comcast.net.

Articles by Darlene Bremer

September 2006
ARC-FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTERS (AFCIs) first made their appearance in the National Electrical Code (NEC) in 1999, with a mandatory effective date of Jan. 1, 2002. Research—conducted by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) for the U.S. READ MORE
September 2006
HURRICANE RITA, which hit the U.S. Gulf Coast in September 2005 and caused $10 billion in damage, is the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, and was the third Category 5 hurricane of the 2005 season. Rita made landfall on Sept. 24 near the Texas-Louisiana border as a Category 3 storm before continuing on through parts of southeast Texas. READ MORE
September 2006
Northside Electric relocates power service without disrupting hospital business As the only academic medical center in central Virginia, the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS) is a regional teaching institution that provides patients with access to some of the most advanced state-of-the-art treatments and technologies available. READ MORE
September 2006
Power Solutions helps builds green community center IN 2004, THE COUNTY OF Arlington, Va., located just outside Washington, D.C., decided to build a new community center to provide recreational programs and an adult facility for senior citizens. READ MORE
August 2006
The U.S. market for ballasts ranges from about 77 to 100 million units for electronic and magnetic fluorescent devices. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) estimated 2005 shipments of fluorescent ballast systems in the $829 million range, according to Jeff Plaskon, ballast product manager—North America for GE Consumer and Industrial Lighting, Cleveland. READ MORE
July 2006
Electrical contractors install a variety of parts, material and equipment on every job, which represents almost half of the total project cost. Providing the correct materials at the right time is critical to keeping projects on schedule; delays can waste valuable labor hours and money. Managing materials inventory is essential to ensuring project profitability. READ MORE
June 2006
Research concerning the audio market has historically been inconsistent. The lack of verifiable data is due to the industry’s fragmented nature and the increasing number and types of products that can be used across applications. READ MORE
May 2006
Solar-power cells, also known as photovoltaics (PV), are semiconductors that convert sunlight directly to direct current (DC) electric power. “The sun’s light dislodges free electrons in each cell on the solar panel and collects them on conductors to create a volt. READ MORE
April 2006
According to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., sales of industrial control products and systems, as measured by the organization’s Primary Industrial Controls Index, increased 3 percent during the third quarter of 2005. The index jumped 5.5 percent compared to the same period in 2004. READ MORE

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