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. 

Are your low-voltage and security customers concerned over “hanging” security cameras on the enterprise network and opening it to potential vulnerabilities? Or are they looking at protecting other parts of their commercial facility that may be housing data and other privileged information? reported in October 2014 that the United States has more electrical grid blackouts than any other developed nation and that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), demand for electricity has outpaced transmission rates by 25 percent every year since 1982.

As projects become more complex, electrical contractors need high-tech management methods to ensure more efficient results. Here are just a few examples to help you get headed in the right direction. 5pm

The dark fiber providers that most people are familiar with are private companies that were started to offer fiber connectivity for a profit. Today, there is a major movement toward building fiber networks as a public-private partnership.

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Aluminum Wire Terminations, Oversize Distribution Panels and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 215 Feeders Article 220 Branch Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations Article 250 Grounding Article 400 Flexible Cords and Cables Article 404 Switches Article 430 Motors, Motor Circuits and Controllers Aluminum wire termi

Article 210 - Branch Circuits: Required Receptacle Outlets, Part X

210.52(H) Hallways Article 210 covers branch circuits except for those supplying only motor loads. Motor-load requirements are covered in Article 430. Receptacle-placement provisions are stipulated in 210.52(A) through (H).

Alternative Energy Storage Solutions to Take on Mature UPS Market

Frequent power cuts that disrupt crucial operations of organizations create the need for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. Companies dependent on sensitive electronic equipment require continuous, reliable power, thereby increasing the demand for power quality products.

Splicing Optical Fiber

It’s possible to terminate fiber optic cable in two ways––connectors or splices. Connectors install on fiber ends that mate to other fibers creating a temporary joint, or connect the fiber to the transmitter or receiver of a piece of network gear. Splices are used for permanent joints.

Installing Fire Alarm Systems - Part I: A Quick Guide To Getting Started In The Business

Many electrical contractors have attempted to install commercial fire alarm systems and because they were not properly prepared, they did not enjoy the experience. What steps do you take to properly install such a system?

Fiber Optic Update - A Peek At The Future, A Look At The Past

The beginning of the year is always a good time to reflect on the past and contemplate the future. Except in fiber optics. It is hard to get people to look back, as the last year and a half has been pretty painful for many in fiber.

Contractors Should Learn About Wireless LANs - They're No Longer Cost-Prohibitive

Just yesterday, or so it seems, wireless technology meant nothing more than cell phones. In fact, it may be that the whole love affair with all things wireless truly began with pagers. Remember when everybody and their brother had one? Don’t you wonder where they all went?