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. 

Plug loads, according to a pilot study performed by New York-based green technology company ThinkEco Inc., make up the fastest growing end-use of electricity in the commercial sector. As the amount of electricity used by plug loads grows, it becomes increasingly important to manage it.

In attempting to explain to a colleague why we care about negative sequence components, I tried to follow the guidance that Bob Lawrie, another member of the NFPA 70B Electrical Equipment Maintenance committee, offered to me many years ago: never use a formula in an article.

Another year has passed, and we have nothing revolutionary to report about fiber optic technology—no instant-on connectors, dirt-cheap lasers or simple solutions to installation problems.

When a potential client calls on you to provide a fire alarm system, do you assume the design responsibility? If so, what resources do you use?


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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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Analog to Digital Expands CCTV
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Digital video makes surveillance a snap. At your fingertips are control functions (pan-tilt-zoom, recording, etc.) and limitless remote monitoring options.

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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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