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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. 

An arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) is an advanced circuit breaker that, as a way to reduce electrical fire threats, breaks the circuit when it detects a dangerous electric arc in the circuit that it protects.

What we have been installing in buildings and data centers for years that could be a lethal element for a terrorist attack?

In the changing dynamic of energy resources, efficiency is playing a vital role. Even if political support for efficiency diminishes, its importance to the future of energy remains.

Renewable generation and energy storage technology have evolved at a similar pace in recent years. Their mutually beneficial relationship is no mystery.

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An Endless Summer: Persistent Power Quality Problems

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Wired For The Information Age

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Methods of Detection: Smoke And Heat Detectors

Recently, I encountered questions regarding the nonactuation of smoke detectors in an atmosphere the occupants reported as “smoky.” The discussions revealed a general misunderstanding of how a fuel-dependent fire grows, how smoke and heat detectors function, and how a designer should apply them to a


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First Line Of Defense

The outdoor or perimeter physical security-detection market is strong and on the upswing.


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Cool Tools: Mobile Communications

Once business people recognized cellphones as a viable communications tool, it wasn’t long before they reached construction job sites.


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Cloud Service

Integrated systems contracts are low-voltage specifications created to meet the owner’s current and future needs. A bid specification can take weeks, months or longer to assemble. Winning the bid is a feat in and of itself, considering the market’s competitive nature.


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The More I Learn: Answering Sag Questions Creates More Questions


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