Richard P. Bingham

Power Quality Columnist

Richard P. Bingham, a contributing editor for power quality. He can be reached at 732.287.3680.

Articles by Richard P. Bingham

December 2008
Recently, a knowledgeable colleague said we really don’t need precisely aligned, continuously sampled and calculated harmonics to get an accurate picture of what the average harmonics are. Usually, we are concerned with harmonics as they cause losses in electromagnetic devices that increase as square of the harmonic number. READ MORE
November 2008
Though May is officially National Electrical Safety Month, the statistics for electrocution of electricians indicate that we should make it an everyday event. People have been “playing” with electricity since the 6th century B.C. when Thales of Miletus conducted tests with different objects to create static and sparks. READ MORE
October 2008
The phrase "the good old days" describes a time (real or imagined) that a person thinks was better or simpler. The good old days were when the electric bill was proportional to how many times the black line on the thin metal disk inside the glass of the electric meter rotated. READ MORE
September 2008
Having just come back from two weeks of working with different standards-making organizations, the NFPA and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), it seemed appropriate to share the good news with those who aren’t able to participate. READ MORE
August 2008
It's amazing that searching the Shakespearean quote “A rose by any other name...” on the Internet can elicit such a wide range of subjects relating to it, from “white Merlot” to “hazards of cell phones on humans” to “juvenile justice Swedish style.” So adding one more relating to power quality to the hundreds of references on the Internet shouldn’t offend any of the literary aficionados in the wo READ MORE
August 2008
For this issue concerning public spaces, it seemed appropriate to feature something that the press often calls “stray voltage.” Several recent incidents involving utility Con Edison made headlines in the New York press. In a Daily News article, Adam Lisbert wrote, “The utility said yesterday that its fleet of 15 voltage-sensing trucks now sweeps the city all year long. READ MORE
July 2008
When something from the past comes to the forefront several times in a row, one might think of it as a sign. I think of it as an indication that there must be even more occurrences out there. The concept of a ground loop is the latest to rise to that level of awareness, though the circumstances of each were different. READ MORE
June 2008
The topics of global warming, the Greenhouse effect, reducing energy usage and rising energy costs can be found just about every day in the media. There are plenty of opportunities to work to reverse the negative environmental and economic trends, ranging from better insulation in facilities with higher thermal efficient windows and doors to using vehicles with better mileage or mass transit. READ MORE
June 2008
Though not known as one who dwells in the past or the "good ol' days" mentality, this column happens to mark the silver anniversary of my contributions to Electrical Contractor. It also comes on the heels of a recent meeting with the editor and associate editors to discuss ways to better serve the readership. READ MORE