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. 

Until recently, the energy standards referenced by state and municipal building codes in the United States have emphasized performance levels of products specified for lighting, air conditioning and other building systems without reference to the importance of maintaining those performance levels ov

When a portfolio of work dried up in 2007 for Components Express, an electrical cable manufacturer in Woodridge, Ill., the company found a market niche and focused on a narrow but specialized line of cables used for video transmission: machine vision cables.

How much simpler would it be if you could go for a run, stop to buy a bottle of water and return home without having to carry your wallet or keys?

If you are like most people in the fire alarm industry, you struggle with what is and is not allowed for transmitting fire alarm signals to a supervising station. NFPA 72 has changed a lot in the last few code cycles, so let’s clarify some of those changes.

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Renovation Meets Integration

The need for modern mechanical and communication systems is breathing new life into aging buildings through technologies many decades newer than their bricks and mortar;

What Is the 'Mandrel Wrap'?

Understanding TIA-568 can lead to more consistent loss measurements:

Infinity and Beyond!

The diverse future of structured cabling:

Lineman from IMAX film posted on YouTube
by Staff |

In 2002, the Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space Museum produced an IMAX film called “Straight Up: Helicopters in Action.” A brief clip from that film showing a high voltage cable inspection by a lineman on a helicopter recently became a popular video segment on You Tube.

Wireless Sensors Testing Facility Begins Collecting Data
by Staff |

According to the Associated Press, the growth of wireless sensor networks presents the possibility of connecting people with physical locations and conditions in the same way the Internet connects people with computers.