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

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
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
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
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