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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Code Question

Question: I know you have addressed the practice of using 15 amp rated conductors for switch legs in residential 20 amp lighting circuits. I still have electricians saying it meets code. Will you try again? Thanks, Don Stephens Answer: Thanks for your comment Don.

Wireless Local Loop Technology Eyeing the Last Mile

In spite of previous setbacks, many in the telcom industry still see potential in Wireless Local Loop (WLL) technology to complete the connection between users and their phone companies. Past attempts have not been encouraging.

California's Energy Future Looking Brighter

According to the California Energy Commission, Golden State residents will have no trouble turning on their air conditioners this summer.

TIA Published New Standard TIA/EIA-568-B.2-1

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has published two new standards, 'Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Standard, Part 2: Balanced Twisted Pair Cabling Components, Addendum 1 -- Transmission Performance Specifications for Four-Pair 100 Category 6 Cabling.

Digital Video Innovation Boosts Applications

In no other market has technology advanced as quickly as in digital video and closed circuit television video (CCTV) surveillance. Digital signal processing is state-of-the-art and beyond, and cameras are nearly end-to-end digital.

Reverse Auctions and Construction - Online Bidding Has Promise and Problems

In reverse actions, also knows as "online auctions," " e-sourcing," and "e-procurement," buyers use the Web to drive prices down. If this concept is new to you, it might sound weird. An auction might be held after a company goes bankrupt and sells off its possessions, including desks and computers.

Fiberoptic Cabling May Have Bottomed Out

By Rick Laezman Like many high tech products over the last few years, fiberoptic cable has experienced a roller coaster ride of extreme highs and lows. 2001 was a peak year for installations of single- and multi-mode fiberoptic.