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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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Operating in a Wireless World

Wireless power management is on the rise. With its choice of closed or open systems, customers expect seamless performance. The electrical contractor (EC) that understands the two wireless approaches can recognize the benefits of each, ably work with a design team and better advise the client.


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What's Driving EVs?

Five years ago, as plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) began hitting the road in numbers, U.S. gasoline prices were running around $3.50 per gallon and heading upward, and automakers saw a great market opportunity for cars that granted their drivers independence from the gas pump.


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Project challenges for Advent Systems included dealing with the sound reverberations caused by the diagonal lines and peaked center of the ceiling.
Heavenly Voices: Advent Systems, Soundworks System Integrators

Churches are designed to be places of worship. Pastors deliver sermons. Congregations pray, sing and clap. It’s a simple setting with a simple purpose. What can go wrong?



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Know The Facts: Residential Smoke Alarms

Each year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) publishes fire statistics. Residential typically leads all other occupancy types in fires, injuries and deaths. However, since the advent of the residential smoke alarm, residential fire deaths have fallen by more than 50 percent. 



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Supercharge Your Specs

The market for electronic access control continues to grow. It’s a sign of an ongoing upturn in future specifications. A big opportunity resides in one- to 10-door systems because these openings still may have traditional mechanical locks.


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Three Reasons To Install A New HVAC System

Innovations in energy and building management systems have opened new avenues to implementing cutting-edge features to commercial buildings without increasing overhead.


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Going Solo: Preparing for single-mode fiber


For almost a year, I’ve been covering the expansion—explosion?—of optical fiber’s applications. Data speed is a factor in almost all of these networks; networks are getting progressively faster.


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