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

July 2011
To state the obvious, detecting toxic or combustible gases—or the lack of appropriate oxygenation in an area—before an event occurs is an important part of maintaining security in commercial, institutional and industrial applications, including wastewater plants, refineries and nuclear facilities. READ MORE
July 2011
Debate continues about whether LEDs have the output in lumens, the color consistency and the price point to replace traditional incandescent, halogen and fluorescent lamps in high brightness and general illumination applications. Is it finally time to end the discussion? Well, the numbers don’t lie. READ MORE
June 2011
Housing computer systems and associated components, data centers generally include redundant and/or backup power supplies, redundant data communications connections, environmental systems and controls, and security systems. READ MORE
May 2011
According to the International Data Corp. (IDC) Energy Insights’ report, “Business Strategy: Trends to Watch as the Rate of North American Solar PV Installations Doubles in 2011,” the United States will add 2 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) power in 2011, despite the uncertainty of political changes and unsettled power markets. READ MORE
May 2011
When it comes to a facility’s physical security, lighting is often used as a preventive or corrective measure against intrusions or other criminal activity. It can, however, be counterproductive. READ MORE
April 2011
No Longer an afterthought, the integration of a security system’s components with each other is probably the largest physical part of a security installation project, according to Rob Hile, director, integrated security segment for Siemens Industry Inc., Building Technologies, Buffalo Grove, Ill. READ MORE
March 2011
Humans have taken advantage of geothermal heat since the Paleolithic era. In recent years, it has become a stronger trend. In 2007, 28 gigawatts (GW) of geothermal heating capacity was installed around the world, satisfying 0.07 percent of global primary energy consumption. READ MORE
March 2011
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
February 2011
Companies in the security systems services industry sell, install and monitor commercial and residential electronic security systems. According to First Research, Raleigh, N.C., the 50 largest companies in the industry generate about 60 percent of the revenue. Electrical contractors will have many opportunities in the years ahead. The Homeland Security Research Corp. READ MORE