Systems

 

 

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 several recent columns, I discussed the process of fiber optic terminations. I examined each step in detail and shared some of the things I have learned from experience and teaching students. As they say, one learns from one’s mistakes.


Data centers are energy hogs. They can consume up to 100 times more energy than a standard office building, according to the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

Dranetz Model 606 was introduced in 1975.

The importance of monitoring the quality of the electrical supply has increased with the ongoing push to boost uptime, productivity and profits. When carrying out business 24/7, having a process or operational interruption can negatively affect of the bottom line.

Invented in the 1980s at Eastman Kodak, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are composed of a layer of organic material situated between an anode and a cathode and deposited on a substrate.

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Macro Opportunities In Microgrids
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It hasn’t been easy to live in Connecticut the last couple years. First Hurricane Irene slammed through the state in August 2011, leaving some residents without electricity for weeks. A freak Halloween snowstorm two months later brought wires down again.

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From 'Commodity' Installer ...
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Like most contractors, you probably keep busy trying to sell and install what you know best, struggling to provide the low bid to get the work.

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Think Globally
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There’s some good news in the construction arena: A significant number of new college dormitories and multifamily residential properties have recently broken ground or will do so soon. Reports indicate that more projects are in the pipeline.

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Rules Of Order
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We all know our an industry is governed by codes and standards. While many complain about some of the requirements, few try to do anything about it. We all have an opportunity to fix things that we don’t like. Most people don’t understand the process or believe they can have any effect.

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Low-Key Approach To Low-Voltage
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PDE Total Energy Solutions in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., with a satellite office in San Leandro, is a full-service electrical contracting company.

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Mobile at Home
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Despite years of forecasting the future of low-voltage installations, the use of tablets and smartphones still took the market by surprise.

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A Comfort Zone Away From Home
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For decades, the penetration rate of residential security systems has been hovering around 20 percent. However, technology advancements, mobile communication and consumer expectations seem to be finally driving that rate up and bringing home automation and interactive services along for the ride.


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