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. 

Certified Multi-Media Solutions, Farmingdale, N.Y., is a low-voltage contractor that has been in business since 2005.

Throughout my career, I have found contractors that attempt to perform fire alarm system installations by the seat of their pants. A contractor typically has grown up in the industry with some valuable training resources.

Fluke Networks' DSX-8000 cable analyzer and accessories

Structured wiring technicians carry their own tools for everyday work, but the companies that employ them often find it practical and economical to rent high-end network-testing equipment. Specialty rental companies carry broad selections of network and electrical testers.

How often does something go wrong on a project? I bet your answer is, “Too often.” Of course, when this happens, it erodes profitability.

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Broadband over Powerlines Picking up Speed
by Staff |

According to Energybiz, the electricity industry has viewed broadband over powerline (BPL) technology as an attractive revenue generator. Several successful technology trials of BPL systems have been conducted. The industry is exploring using BPL for a variety of applications.

Littter Bugs and Minor Offenders Beware
by Staff |

According to the York Press, The United Kingdom is preparing to expand its network of "talking" surveillance cameras to 20 additional metropolitan areas, according to an announcement from Home Secretary John Reid.

Ethernet Switch Market Shows Steady Growth
by Staff |

According to the Redwood City, California-based market research firm, Dell’Oro Group, the Ethernet switch market will grow steadily over the next five years; revenues are expected to reach $19 billion by the year 2011.