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. 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept that gets thrown around a lot, and while many understand its general meaning, a deep examination of its various aspects and abilities may leave some heads spinning.

Updating a lighting system to improve energy efficiency seems like a no brainer. The facilities in the space will be improved, and it saves the owner money. What could be the problem with that?

Imagine storing summer heat. Renewable energy has always been about the art of the possible, turning the obvious and plentiful into a reliable source of clean fuel. If the wind, waves and even the almighty sun can be harnessed for generation, almost anything else can be captured, too.

Safety has always been one of the biggest knocks against nuclear power. A standard adopted in March 2016 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) could further the industry’s neverending quest to address those concerns.

More on Systems

Happy New Year

An update on the status of fiber optics:

Deploying CCTV at Night

Boost revenues with performance knowledge:

CHP Systems Could Combat Rising Electric Bills
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Bernard Malin of Massachusetts is the owner of a residential “micro combined-heat-and-power” (micro-CHP) system, according to the Christian Science Monitor; the device combines an internal-combustion engine with a household natural gas furnace, and Malin saves about $600 to $800 in electricity costs

The FOA Reaches Milestone in Membership

The Fiber Optics Association (FOA) certified its 20,000th Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) in October.

Breaking into the Security Business

Home security can open doors for residential work:

The World According to Wireless

Wow your customers with Wi-Fi expertise: If you don’t know about the continued surge of wireless access technology or Wi-Fi, you might want to come out from under that rock. It’s everywhere: airports, libraries, coffee shops, orthodontists’ offices.

How Accurate Is That Measurement?

And why should you care? When making a measurement on a newly installed fiber optic cable, do you ever wonder when you make a measurement, just how accurate that measurement is? Just what does accurate mean, anyway?