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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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Outlook Bright for Security Lighting

Illuminating the premises is a critical component of the complete protection plan It has been a whirlwind ride for the security industry the last several years.


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Tapping the Power of the Ethernet

A standard finds new strength There’s common ground between security end-users and electrical contractors/integrators, and it lies in the Ethernet.


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Number of Conductors in an Outlet Box, Connecting Ground Rods and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 250 Grounding Article 314 Outlet, Device, Pull and Junction Boxes; Conduit Bodies, Fittings and Manholes Article 430 Motors, Motor Circuits and Controllers Article 440 Air Conditioning and Refrigerating Equipment Article 517 Healthcare Facilities Article 695 Fire Pumps Overcur


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Private Security

VPNs offer privacy over a public backbone From a systems standpoint, security always seems to make its way to the top of any task list.


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The Trouble with Mismatched Fibers

Careful documentation can help Gone are the days when all fiber optic cables were the same. Most building cables had 62.5/125 micron multimode fibers for LANs or security systems, while outside plant cables were all single-mode fiber.


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Make Data More Productive

Improving the information flow Real-time data is a hot commodity in technology-for-business circles right now. The interest is mostly coming from big companies, but that doesn’t mean it’s not for you. Real-time data is useful to even the smallest contractor with employees.


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Analog Addressable Fire Alarm Systems

Is high-tech better? Fire alarm system technology seems to be developing faster each day. It wasn’t that many years ago when an electrician treated a fire alarm system just like any other electrical system he or she had to install.


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