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. 

All of those millions of miles of dark fiber are primarily expected to deliver broadband connections. The Internet continues to grow unabated, and bandwidth must be expanded to accommodate that growth. 

Sometimes called the third wave of the Internet, the Internet of Things (IoT) is the next technology megatrend.

There is an old saying that liars figure and figures lie, which implies that the truth can be a challenge to discern from both people and data. At a recent standards-making conference, I encountered some examples of this concept that seemed worth sharing.

For electrical contractors with a low-voltage or security division—or for any company involved in physical security and surveillance—keeping pace with new technology is one of the greatest challenges.

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On The Lookout: Retail Security

Over the last decade, the retail
 security market has undergone shifts in both approach and technology.

Shopping With A Signal

Where are the growth areas? That’s a question many electrical contractors (ECs) ask themselves.

Strong Communication, Competitive Bidding

Commercial Controls Corp., Valencia, Calif., has about 30 employees who work out of three locations in California and one in Nevada. Fred Scripture, who continues to be the owner and president but is no longer as active in the day-to-day operations, started the company in 1993.

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Leading With BIM

The use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in medium-to-large construction projects is becoming more common. Yet, much of the design software still favors contractors other than electrical.

Lutron’s Maestro Wireless technology also is geared toward both the residential and commercial markets.
Decoupling Wire and Power

While wire and electric power delivery will remain a constant, the marriage between the two is being redefined. Wireless lighting and energy control are expanding from homes to office, healthcare, institutional and industrial settings.

Polishing The Connector
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Now that we have covered the process of stripping the fiber and attaching the connector with an adhesive, the connector is ready to polish. The biggest problem with polishing a fiber optic connector is patience.

The fountains and walkways of the healing garden are illuminated by LEDs.
Illuminating the Path to Recovery: Healthcare

In the healthcare-lighting arena, the improvements and increasing affordability of light-emitting diode (LED) products, along with advancements in lighting control technology, enable creative lighting designs that benefit patients and staff members.