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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. 

The new year is upon us. For electrical contractors that continue to add low-voltage security to their operations, there is a light shining brightly on what can really boost the overall future stability and profitability of a company, and that’s the category of video surveillance.


Regardless of the changes in our federal government this year, there is one thing we know for sure: we have a new NFPA 72 2016, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code from the National Fire Protection Association. Does that mean we should have started using the new code on Jan. 1?

The proliferation of alternative forms of lighting—for example, LED lamps—has been accelerated by the significantly limited sale of incandescent light lamps. In case you forgot, incandescents failed to meet the efficiency rules of the Energy Independence and Securities Act of 2007.

The application of fiber optics has been growing rapidly.

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PoE May Equal "Big Mo" for Contractors

How about this: Under IEEE Standard 803.2af, power can be run via datacomm cable. It's called “Power over Ethernet” (PoE). For many electrical contractors, PoE could turn out to be the greatest development in world history. But wait: Maybe it's not all that remarkable.


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Cable Warranties

Another selling point for the cable industry Warranties. They are both frustrating and appreciated. Warranties are those intangible benefits that consumers look for prior to making a large purchase. Who has not taken the warranty into consideration before buying a car, a freezer, even a house?


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Problems of Aging Fiber Optic Networks

Is it time to fine-tune older fiber? Some fiber optic networks have now been in use for more than 20 years, a tribute to the inherent capabilities of optical fiber.


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On Auctions, RFID and '4D'

The construction industry won a major battle in late July, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) issued its verdict on reverse auctions. As hoped, the Corps sees no advantages to the idea.


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Wind Generation - Trends and Issues

In 1993, government researchers concluded that a group of 12 states in the midsection of the country have enough wind energy resources to generate nearly four times the amount of electricity consumed nationwide in 1990.


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Backups for Blackouts

Last year's blackout sparked a sharp rise in consumer interest in ensuring constant uptime, which has provided more and more opportunities for the electrical contractor. With this increased demand comes the consumer's desire for more cost-effective power.


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Voice Data Products Show Maturation

It's an extension of capabilities that rules Straight from the show floor at the recent American Society for Industry Security (ASIS) convention in Dallas is this revelation: new isn't the buzzword for voice/data/video, security and life safety products-a maturation or extension of current capabili


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