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

November 2003
Market estimates of annual sales for the outdoor commercial lighting segment range from $875 million to $2 billion, including street and bridge lighting. The desire for expanded security and the development of new lighting technologies offer electrical contractors an opportunity to gain an increased share of this large market. READ MORE
October 2003
It certainly is not easy being a retailer today. There are so many different fronts to cover. From keeping customers happy to competing efficiently and seeing to security and management functions, the tasks at hand can seem overwhelming at times. Security is always an issue. READ MORE
September 2003
Located in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Pinellas County Resource Recovery Facility (PCRRF) is a refuse-to-energy plant that is operated and maintained by Wheelabrator Pinellas Inc. In 2001, Pinellas County and Wheelabrator Pinellas (WPI) embarked on an ambitious three-year series of modifications designed to dramatically improve the plant’s operating efficiencies. Olson Electric Co. READ MORE
September 2003
The Mid-Hudson Bridge spans the Hudson River from Poughkeepsie to Highland, N.Y., and officially opened in August 1930. The two-mile-long suspension bridge has had various upgrades made to it over the years, and in 2001, the New York State Bridge Authority (NYBA) issued its Request for Proposal (RFP) to install “necklace lighting” designed to accentuate the suspension cables at night. READ MORE
September 2003
Just outside of Rochester, N.Y., one of the oldest road salt mines in the world was flooded in the mid 1990s, and the owner eventually decided to close down the operation. Dedicated to returning mining to the area, a local businessman, and third-generation miner, formed American Rock Salt, LLC (ARSCo). READ MORE
August 2003
Situated on the south side of the Las Vegas Strip, Mandalay Bay Resort boasts a variety of facilities and amenities, including a casino, 3,400-room hotel tower, spa, golf course, theater, 12,000-seat arena and an aquarium. It’s a healthy mix of hospitality and gaming all its own. READ MORE
July 2003
The Latest in LEDs According to Permlight in Tustin, Calif., the portion of the illumination market that currently uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as its main light source is now $8 to $10 billion. This includes LEDs used in cell phone and PDA displays, indicator lights, signage, traffic signals, lasers and general illumination applications. READ MORE
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