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. 

I often think how lucky we are to work in a profession in which we save lives. It can also make us a good living if we pay attention. Do you pay attention?


The outlook for solar-power project deployment continues to brighten, creating opportunities for electrical contractors. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Washington, D.C., 2014 was a banner year for U.S. photovoltaic (PV) projects.

All of that dark fiber we have been discussing the last few months is getting used for some fast-growing applications, and the fastest may be connecting cell towers. Cell phones have evolved into mobile data devices. Smartphones and tablets consume vast amounts of data.

A hot summer’s evening usually begets long lines at the local ice cream shop. Recently, at one such shop, the line grew extra long when the cash registers and credit card machines mysteriously powered off and on.

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Deterring the Mob Mentality
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The State College (Pennsylvania) Borough Council was looking for answers. During the summers of 1998 and 2000, students from Penn State took part in large-scale riots.

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Security Forecast
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Perhaps Homeland Security Defense initiatives haven’t been the windfall the security industry expected, but this market and other related low-voltage segments continue to grow. After Sept. 11, the phones wouldn’t stop ringing for many manufacturers.

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Cabling on a Shoestring
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It doesn’t always take cutting-edge technology to launch new applications, although that certainly has been the case for the most part in low-voltage in recent years.

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Saved by the Bell
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Educational construction continues to lead the non-residential market in new construction spending.

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Wiring Air Conditioning and More
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CODE CITATIONS Article 210 Branch Circuits Article 250 Grounding Article 300 Wiring Methods Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Article 334 Nonmetallic Sheathed Cable: Types NM, NMC and NMS Article 422 Appliances Article 518 Places of Assembly Article 700 Emergency Systems Wiring air condition

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Fiber Optic Update
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Fiber optics, as we all know, has not had a very good time the last couple of years, with the overall market dropping by almost 80 percent (see chart at top right).

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Installing a Service Disconnect
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Many changes have occurred to the National Electrical Code (NEC) since the first NEC was published on Aug. 31, 1897. Even though the electrical industry was in its infancy, this “first” NEC was remarkably insightful and has withstood the test of time.

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