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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 new year is upon us. For electrical contractors that continue to add low-voltage security to their operations, there is a light shining brightly on what can really boost the overall future stability and profitability of a company, and that’s the category of video surveillance.


Regardless of the changes in our federal government this year, there is one thing we know for sure: we have a new NFPA 72 2016, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code from the National Fire Protection Association. Does that mean we should have started using the new code on Jan. 1?

The proliferation of alternative forms of lighting—for example, LED lamps—has been accelerated by the significantly limited sale of incandescent light lamps. In case you forgot, incandescents failed to meet the efficiency rules of the Energy Independence and Securities Act of 2007.

The application of fiber optics has been growing rapidly.

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The New Wireless Hype

Gi-Fi, shorthand for Gigabit Wi-Fi, 802.11 and wireless Gigabit to the desktop (wGTTD), is the latest and greatest wireless technology hype. The technology would be capable of transmitting high data rates.


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The ZigBee Buzz

ZigBee is the name OF a new open-architecture wireless personal area network (WPAN) technology designed for linking devices that perform a monitoring and control function.


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But They Changed Inspectors!

I enjoy working in the field. Providing construction oversight services for our clients gives me the opportunity to see the results of our designs and evaluate whether the contractors clearly understood our specifications.


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The 'New World' Challenge

Sept. 11, 2001, changed our lives forever. Since then, we have experienced additional security measures in all areas of our lives. According to the 9/11 Commission Report, “Private-sector preparedness is not a luxury; it is a cost of doing business in the post-9/11 world.


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A Bright Future? BPL Today

According to what I hear, broadband over power lines (BPL) is either a winning or losing technology. It started as a winner because it was positioned as a cheaper alternative to provide high-speed, broadband Internet access to homes and businesses by using the existing power grid infrastructure.


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Is the Customer Always Right?

Most customers for fiber optic installation expect the installer to be more knowledgeable about and experienced with fiber optics than they are.


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'I Always Do Class A Work!'

“I always do class A work!” That was the answer I got when I asked the fire alarm system contractor whether or not he had wired the system in a Class A fashion.


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