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. 

“Dark fiber” is a term often heard in conversations about fiber optic communications. Perhaps this is because it has a name that sounds evil or nefarious. But dark fiber is just fiber that has been installed and is not currently in use; instead, it is reserved for spares or future use.


If you’re going to do a job right, you need the right tools. Today, the definition of tool goes beyond wire crimpers and multimeters. It now includes smartphones and the apps that make them crucial to a contractor’s success. The following are some of the apps that contractors could consider using.


Last month, we looked into positive, negative and zero-sequence components, also known as symmetrical components, with virtually no math involved.

It is a sign of tight budgets when facility directors at most K–12 and higher education institutions receive mandates to defer maintenance on their existing building inventory to allow for budget dollar application elsewhere.

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Stationary Pump Installation, Grounding and More
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CODE CITATIONS Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 250 Grounding Article 408 Switchboards and Panelboards Article 410 Luminaires (Lighting Fixtures), Lampholders, and Lamps Article 430 Motors, Motor Circuits, and Controllers

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Storage Area Networks Take Two Steps Forward
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The latest buzz in the low-voltage market is Storage Area Networks (SANs). SANs began in a mixed environment, and contractors had to deal with different host bus adapters and different configurations. Resolving compatibility problems often involved calls to numerous vendors. That is changing.

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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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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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