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. 

On November 2, the United States Department of Agriculture announced a $2.5-billion investment in rural electric infrastructure improvements. These funds will be used to support improvements in 27 states, with the hope of creating jobs and supporting economic development.

Electrical contracting—and the electrical construction industry as a whole—may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of innovation.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

On Tuesday, Nov. 21, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to hold a vote for the repeal of the FCC's net neutrality rules on Dec. 14. Despite popular support of the FCC's net neutrality rules, the repeal is widely expected to pass.

A variety of carts and reel carriers are available to hold and transport wire reels.

From shipping and arrival of wire supplies through installation, efficiently managing electric wire on the job can be the difference between a profit or loss.

More on Systems

Flicking the Switch

According to the Energy Information Administration, which gathers and analyzes energy data for the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial buildings currently consume 18 percent of the energy in the United States (

How Far Apart?

This month, we address smoke detector spacing, which is found in NFPA 72-2007 or the National Fire Alarm Code. It is important that your technicians know the spacing requirements for these devices, so they can discover problems on the drawings and prevent mistakes during the installation.

In the Driver's Seat
by Staff |

Electrical contractors at the forefront of their industry understand the need to keep abreast of new trends and technologies.

On the Edge of Greatness

The hottest thing out there this summer is not the weather but the highly anticipated iPhone from Apple Inc. At a starting cost of $500 and another $60 to $100 per month in service from AT&T (the iPhone’s exclusive provider), it’s not cheap.

Wi-Fi in Public Places
by Staff |

Everyone loves the convenience and accessibility Wi-Fi has brought us. As is often the case with technology, it’s great—when it works. When a building owner or tenant discovers “dead spots” that are difficult or impossible to reach with a Wi-Fi signal, the challenge is not.

Integrated Fire Protection

To protect today’s public spaces, integration of systems is more important than ever. And in light of recent catastrophic events, the pluses of integrated fire and life safety communications have become perfectly clear.

The Gap Between CCD and CMOS Narrows

Camera surveillance is one of the fastest growing segments in the physical security arena. But the real story involves a potential paradigm shift from charge coupled device (CCD) imaging technology to complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS).