Integrated electrical and low-voltage systems of all types—inside and outside a building—encompass the range of work that electrical contractors do. The articles in this section highlight different types of work, from security, fire and life safety, to traditional electrical power and distribution, to lighting, cabling and more. 

In the past year, fiber optics underwent some important developments, some technical and some market-related. For those of you working in fiber optic network design and installation, the changes present opportunities and challenges.

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I often give my power quality (PQ) 101 course to new engineers or salespeople. This introduction starts with the basics: an overview of PQ phenomena based on IEEE 1159 Table 4.2 followed by Ohm’s and Kirchhoff’s laws and how they apply to power quality.

We strive to protect building occupants, including our employees. Many years ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) formed to codify regulations in the area of employee protection.

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Connect And Power Up

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a way to safely transmit electrical power and data over standard structured cabling to remote devices where there may not be a power outlet or where it is too expensive to install a new outlet or bring in additional electrical service.

Data Centers On Dark Fiber

Data center connection is one of the most common uses for dark fiber, and it’s all due to growing data needs. You have probably seen graphs of the Internet’s growth and heard claims about how much data moves along it.

It's All Fundamental

When one of the coaches was asked before the “big game” what would be the key to his team’s success, he said, “executing the fundamentals.” While blocking, tackling, passing and catching may work for football, Ohm’s and Kirchhoff’s Laws are fundamental to understanding any power quality issue.

Life Goes On: Emergency power reliability

In this power-hungry world, people find it unacceptable to lose their connection to electricity. A backup generator can supply peace of mind, bringing home- or business-owners the emergency power they need.

Got A Problem?

An estimated 3 percent of every sales dollar in the United States is spent on solving power quality (PQ) problems, according to Christopher Forthaus, senior product manager, test division, Ideal Industries Inc., Sycamore, Ill.

A Productive Environment

Employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace. Reducing or eliminating the number and severity of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)—which affect muscles, nerves and tendons—and their associated costs is an important component in achieving that goal.

No More Wireless Fears

Across the country, electrical contractors (ECs) are on a mission to increase their installation efficiencies, save labor costs and provide the most robust security to customers even in the toughest environments.