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. 

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.

In solar installations, ranging from rooftop panels and larger community- and utility-scale arrays, photovoltaics (PVs) are becoming increasingly important to our energy supply.

Damaged dog-fence power source

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.

More on Systems

 
Understanding Wavelength
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Fiber optics is full of jargon but it’s important to understand it. One of the more confusing terms to many is “wavelength.” It sounds very scientific, but it is simply the term used to define what we think of as the color of light.

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Branch Circuits, Grounding, Luminaires and More
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Article 210 Branch Circuits Article 220 Branch-Circuit, Feeder, and Service Calculations Article 230 Services Article 250 Grounding Article 404 Switches Article 410 Luminaires (Lighting Fixtures) Lampholders, and Lamps Article 445 Generators Article 702 Optional Standby Systems Volume I of the Fire

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Rising to IBS Installations' Challenges
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The arena of voice/data/video installations for electrical contractors can be both challenging and rewarding. The market is flowing into combining the traditional with the new in what is now being called integrated building systems (IBS) installations.

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Multimedia Cabling Demands Flexible, Creative Solutions
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Multimedia applications have just taken over networks. Long gone are the days when the most taxing task for any network was moving data files through itself.

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Is FTTD Just Another False Alarm?
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Well, we’ve heard it all before—fiber to the desktop (FTTD) is on its way to becoming the power source of choice. While unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cabling has been dominant, there is reason to think fiber will be a true competitor soon.

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Ensuring Standards-Compliant Structured Wiring
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With the convergence of voice/data/video (VDV) applications within both the commercial and residential ectors, electrical contractors are now faced with becoming information technology professionals in addition to being electricians.

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Upholding Safety in Fiber Optic Installations
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Regarding safety in fiber optic installations, the first thing that comes to mind is usually eye damage from laser light in the fiber. People imagine a laser burning holes in metal or perhaps burning off warts.

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