John Paul Quinn

Freelance Writer

John Paul Quinn reports on a broad range of business and industry issues for journals in the United States and Europe. He can be reached at 203.323.9850 and

Articles by John Paul Quinn

May 2013
Safety and security are sister installations in the integrated systems model, and they differ sharply from the other three major elements—power, controls and communications—because safety and security have become two of the most high-visibility and critical issues in our daily lives in the past decade.
April 2013
It’s hard to imagine anyone in the electrical industry seriously questioning the fact that light-emitting diode (LED) technology and solid-state lighting (SSL) are becoming the light source choice of the future. Most would agree that it is just a matter of time before the technologies’ widespread acceptance is established.
October 2012
There’s little doubt that, in the ongoing phase-out of inefficient incandescent lamps, the homeowner is the most uninformed, concerned and resistant of the electrical contractor’s customers. READ MORE
October 2012
In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama said, “With more research and incentives, we could become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.” Many people considered this goal to be somewhat ambitious. In fact, in 2011, automobile dealers only sold 18,000 electric vehicles (EVs), while conventional auto sales reached 13 million. READ MORE
December 2011
The biggest selling point of the light-emitting diode (LED) lamp is its already legendary longevity, which far surpasses the life expectancy of incandescent, halogen or fluorescent light sources. READ MORE
November 2011
Whether we like it or not, and regardless of our individual technical expertise, we live in the hour of the BlackBerry, iPhone, the iPod, the Internet websites and apps and operating systems ad infinitum. Given this incredible range of technological communications possibilities, the question is, how will the historical day-to-day interaction between electrical contractor and distributor change? READ MORE
October 2011
Legend has it that, at the turn of the 20th century, the Chicago department store magnate Marshall Field instructed his salespeople that the customer is always right. Coincidentally, across the Atlantic, French hotelier César Ritz was telling his staff, “Le client n’a jamais tort”—“The customer is never wrong.” READ MORE
September 2011
During the opening minutes of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” set in a dimly lit saloon, Butch teasingly warns Sundance that maybe he shouldn’t be getting into gunfights anymore. “We all keep getting older,” Butch said. READ MORE
July 2011
"LED" is often used in casual converstion, and most people think they know what these initials stand for. Actally, most people don’t. So, the critical and practical question is: what do electrical contractors really need to know about the history and development of LED technology in dealing with their customers? READ MORE