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

April 2003
Fluorescent ballasts are the “engine” of the lighting systems, and are designed to provide the proper electrical voltage to begin the lighting sequence, to regulate the electrical current flowing through the lamp to stabilize the light output, and to supply the correct voltage required for proper lamp operation. READ MORE
March 2003
Since the 1940s, national and local codes and standards have directed and mandated the use of emergency lighting in commercial buildings, industrial facilities and public spaces to protect people from injury or loss of life by fire, smoke or panic. READ MORE
January 2003
In today’s fast-paced world, business travelers need to stay in constant communication with the office. Even when on vacation, people want to access the Internet, as well as their professional and personal e-mails. READ MORE
November 2002
Building owners and facility managers are becoming increasingly aware of the cost savings and reduced energy consumption benefits of lighting control technology, including occupancy sensors that are most effective where there is constant traffic, timed switches based on elapsed time or programmed according to specific schedules, dimming controls, or a combination of these options. READ MORE
October 2002
Using design-build as a project delivery method allows the electrical contractor to provide early input into the construction process and gives the contractor more influence over what product types and brands go into a project. So, which contractors are taking advantage of this lucrative market and offering design-build to their customers? READ MORE
September 2002
More than 100 years ago, St. Louis served as the gateway to the country’s Western frontier. Today’s pioneers are technology firms, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and health care facilities. St. Louis has become the host city to many of these high-tech facilities and the country’s gateway to the future. A group of young entrepreneurs founded Guarantee Electrical Co. READ MORE
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