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

February 2006
Opportunities for renovation projects go beyond residential “fixer-up” work, offering electrical contractors a way to participate in a market that can provide increased growth. For example, in California, there have been a number of bond measures floated throughout the state to refurbish schools and universities to modernize them with the latest technologies. READ MORE
December 2005
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program, lighting consumes 25 to 40 percent of the energy used in commercial buildings and is a primary source of waste heat. READ MORE
November 2005
Between a troubled public utility power grid, unprecedented demand for power by a growing population and the need to protect an increasingly digitally dependent economy, everyone from major manufacturing facilities to homeowners are recognizing the need and value of the protection and capabilities offered by today's uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. READ MORE
November 2005
As the first Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States, the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore is a major national landmark and an icon of American architecture. It is generally considered the architectural masterpiece of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the first professional architect to practice in the United States, and the designer of the U.S. Capitol building. READ MORE
October 2005
Fast-track project schedules, along with economic and competitive pressures, are forcing everyone in the construction industry to find ways to streamline the process. In some circumstances, this includes having electrical contractors specify the necessary products. READ MORE
September 2005
As the baby boom generation ages, so does the leadership of the electrical contracting industry, emphasizing the need for retirement and succession planning. READ MORE
September 2005
In 1997, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began a nationwide program targeting electrical merchandise with counterfeit Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) certification marks being imported from Asia. That first year yielded about 220 seizures of counterfeited electrical merchandise, totaling more than two million products. READ MORE
August 2005
With urgent deliveries to dozens of job sites around the area and your customers depending on you for the timely completion of their projects, your fleet cannot afford to be on the sidelines. Vehicle maintenance and time management software are important for ensuring the satisfaction of your customers' needs. READ MORE
July 2005
Based on figures from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., the market for roadway fixtures is growing at about 5 to 6 percent a year. According to David B. Smith, product general manager for lighting systems at GE Consumer and Industrial Lighting in Hendersonville, N.C., growth in the transportation lighting market is steady. READ MORE