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 2002
In 1996, Congress passed the Telecommunications Act to “provide for a pro-competitive, de-regulatory national policy framework designed to accelerate rapidly private sector deployment of advanced telecommunications and information technologies and services to all Americans ...” That’s all well and good, but what does it actually mean? READ MORE
September 2002
Since James Kelso and Oliver Burnett started pulling wire through the old gas pipes in downtown Chicago for electricity, almost a century has passed. "Founded in 1908, Kelso-Burnett Co. is one of the oldest electrical contractors in Chicago and one of the first members of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA),” pointed out Jim Kostek, president. READ MORE
June 2002
Firestopping is a simple, yet essential, part of any construction project. READ MORE
May 2002
According to The Digital Domicile: The Exploding Market for Home Networking Technology and Services, a report by Cahner’s In-Stat Group, several factors are currently driving the home networking market in a positive direction. READ MORE
April 2002
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have been used as indicator lights and displays for many years. However, because of their low levels of light output and the lack of color options, LEDs were limited to these few applications. Recent advances in technology, materials and production processes are now opening the way for LEDs to be used in a vast array of lighting applications. READ MORE
March 2002
Until recently, labor contracts prohibited electrical contractors from doing much preassembly of electrical parts away from the job site. “Negotiations during the past couple of years, however, have given management more flexibility in choosing to prefab electrical components,” said Rob Colgan, director of marketing for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). READ MORE
March 2002
As customers increasingly demand more complex and technologically advanced voice/data/video (VDV) systems for their facilities, electrical contractors must rely more than ever on their distributor partners to supply the value-added services that will strengthen their competitive edge. READ MORE
February 2002
Cahner’s in-state group recently predicted that the connected home market, which consists of home networking equipment and software, residential gateways, and home control and automation products, will grow from $1.4 billion in 2001 to $9.2 billion worldwide by 2006. READ MORE
Gone are the days when home security systems were labor-intensive to install and provided no safety or security if the homeowner forgot to set the alarm. Modern systems provide new levels of controls, accessibility and connection and provide electrical contractors another avenue to expand their offerings. READ MORE