Rae Hamilton

Freelance Writer

Rae Hamilton, a former vice president of communications for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, is a freelance writer and artist living in Parkton, Md., and can be reached at caddy41048@yahoo.com.

Articles by Rae Hamilton

April 2014
The information superhighway is about to experience bumper-to-bumper traffic snarls that—even with the best planning—will become increasingly difficult to untangle. READ MORE
January 2014
While there may be marginal improvement in the U.S. economy, the electrical contracting business has not yet recovered from a slowdown that has hurt businesses across the spectrum, often lowering margins and slamming once thriving businesses into painful contractions. READ MORE
December 2013
The opportunity in the LED retrofit market is enormous, and the missteps made in rushing other energy-efficient lighting to market (e.g., the compact fluorescent lamp) are less likely to slow market growth this time around. READ MORE
April 2013
By most accounts, the light-emitting diode (LED) revolution is well underway, even though LEDs still remain a small fraction of today’s total lighting market. Government estimates predict that solid-state lighting (SSL) will rise from around 1 percent of the installed base today to the lion’s share of the market in just two decades. READ MORE
December 2012
Joel Spira, who founded Lutron Electronics Co. in 1961, invented the first solid-state dimmer in 1959. For decades after, dimmers were largely used to control the aesthetic environment. Only in recent years has dimming become an important part of the energy costs saving debate. As such, the rapidly evolving technology represents a significant market opportunity for electrical contractors. READ MORE
March 2010
Even though home automation technology has been around for decades, the opportunity it represents for electrical contractors right now is phenomenal. READ MORE
January 2009
Residential landscape lighting design is a rapidly growing business that is transforming the way people think about the space surrounding their homes. No longer is landscaping limited to one neatly trimmed hedge, one manicured lawn, and one glaring flood light on the garage. READ MORE
December 2008
“All the world's a stage,” Shakespeare once wrote, “and all the men and women merely players.” But if there is no light on the stage, is the actor really there? In Shakespeare’s day, lighting was measured in candlepower. Now lighting is measured in watts, amps, volts, beam lumens, field lumens and yes, candlepower, and it is still key to telling a story on stage or in film. READ MORE
April 2008
Electrical contractors increasingly perform scheduled or preventative maintenance of commercial, institutional and industrial buildings. While that might seem to be a logical extension of the contracting business, some laws on the books could make life a little more complicated for the unsuspecting maintenance contractor. READ MORE