Darlene Bremer

Freelance Writer

Darlene Bremer, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributed frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR until the end of 2015.

Articles by Darlene Bremer

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
In 2003, in an exclusive neighborhood outside of Portland, Ore., a homeowner was working with MCM Architects PC, and the general contracting firm of Reimers and Jolivette Inc., to build a 21st-century home with the look of an early 1800s residence. The owners had already chosen an electrical contractor when they attended a social event hosted by a friend. 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
March 2006
According to a report by the ARC Advisory Group Inc., Dedham, Mass., steady growth will push the global market for automated building systems to more than $25 billion in 2009, with market expansion over the next five years expected to compound at an annual growth rate of nearly 5 percent. READ MORE
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