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. 

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Lightning is the biggest cause of damage and destruction of electrical and electronic equipment in industrial facilities, commercial buildings and homes, as stated in the 2008 report by the U.S. National Lightning Safety Institute.

Historically, security system installations have only mandated acceptance testing as the last requirement for a project to be deemed completed.

Energy costs and potential energy shortages are increasingly driving commercial building and industrial facility owners to find ways to use less energy for the same level of activity.

I suspect that the idea of employing anaerobic adhesives for fiber optics came from someone using Krazy Glue or the two-part adhesive made to fix a car’s rearview mirror after it fell off in the hot summer sun.

More on Systems

 
Security System Cabling
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Because we all want to feel safe and secure, the prevalence and necessity of security systems has always been a driving factor in business and industry. The tragic events of Sept.

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Monitoring Systems Remotely
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Advances in technology have made the remote monitoring of commercial building systems both possible and economical.

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Installing Fire-Alarm Systems, Part II
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Last month, in part one of this article, we said the National Electrical Code (NEC) and the “National Fire Alarm Code” from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) were two of the most important resources needed to properly install a fire-alarm system.

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Market Convergence Means Opportunity
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While the general market outlook for unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) and coax cable is flat, certain segments will jump this year. “Overall market growth will be in the lower single-digit area,” said Bill Miller, director of marketing for Belden Electronics Division.

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Home Theater: Broadening Your View
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You’re familiar with the concept of the “smart house,” which is in the third generation of development. Their computerized electrical systems open garage doors, program lighting schemes and operate home-security systems. Some even turn on the coffee pot.

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Home Automation Gains Momentum
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From personal home theaters complete with surround-sound speakers, high-definition, large-screen projection and DVD recordings to total-system lighting packages, electrical contractors are profiting from rapid technological advances.

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MACs: A 'Contractor Paradise'
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When it comes to moves, adds and changes, most customers can’t or won’t do what it takes to cut costs. As a result, many VDV contractors are surviving tough times thanks primarily to MACs work.

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