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. 

Residential home fire alarm protection methods can be broken down into two distinct applications: stand-alone detection devices, known as smoke alarms or carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, and combination fire alarm and detection systems that employ smoke detectors and CO detectors connected to a resident

When we install fire protection
in a building, we are focused on active protection systems such as fire alarms, fire sprinklers, clean agents or smoke control.

Residential end-user expectation is fueling automation expansion not only in the homes of the wealthy but also in middle class developments where residents expect to be able to manage the operation of their homes with their cell phone or tablet.

The advertisements bombard us constantly. On television, on websites, in your inbox, all with the same message: everyone else is using technology that integrates security systems with home automation and enables remote control of the whole house with smart devices. Why aren’t you doing this too?


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Tune into Wireless
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We’ve come to know it and love it: the wonderful world of wireless. Otherwise known as radio frequency transmission, wireless has gone mainstream, with hands-free and remote capabilities a way of life. If you think electrical contracting has nothing to do with wireless, you’re wrong.

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Power Bridging Strategies
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For years now, the increasing demand for backup power has been a major issue for both consumers and electricians because voltage surges can bring an entire home or office to a standstill.

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Resisting Change
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Since the 1980s, the National Fire Protection Association’s fire alarm standards have required the notification appliance (speaker) circuits used in high-rise building Emergency Voice/Alarm Communications systems to “survive” during a fire.

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TIA Approves Automation Standard
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In the March 2002 issue, I reported on the activity within the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) to develop a cabling system in support of building-automation systems (BAS). At the time of writing that article, the document was out for industry ballot.

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Choosing the Right Fiber Optic Cable
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Choosing the right fiber optic cable is extremely important for any installation. The purpose of the cable is to protect the fibers during installation and the service lifetime. Several types of cable are available.

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Equipment Warning Signs, Remote Service Disconnecting Means and More
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CODE CITATIONS Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 230 Services Article 240 Overcurrent Protection Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Article 430 Motors, Motor Circuits, and Controllers Article 450 Transformers and Transformer Vaults Article 695 Fire Pumps Warning si

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Bonding Water Piping
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There is a quiet revolution occurring in the home-building industry. Traditional single- and multiple-dwelling construction methods as we knew them have changed forever. Metal studs are now often being installed in place of wood and steel beams in place of wooden trusses and joists.

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