Electrical Contractor Magazine

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. 

Eaton’s Power Xpert multipoint meter

Although submeters have long enabled building owners, multiresidential property managers and facility managers to better control energy consumption and costs, use of the technology has remained steady in about 10 to 15 percent of the commercial and multifamily residential building space.

Last month, I covered the challenges to traditional structured cabling from multimode optical fiber and wireless. Multimode fiber became the favorite cabling for the backbone but never made it to the desktop because every connected device already had a free Cat 5 port.

In this third part of my series on the most common power quality phenomena, I group several IEEE 1159 categories together under the general description of “distortion.” Though one might argue that all power quality phenomena result in distortions of the voltage sine wave, these are the more steady-s

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About three years ago, security service providers started offering smart security solutions complete with professionally monitored home security services that were enhanced with home automation and energy management capabilities.

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