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. 

In the past year, fiber optics underwent some important developments, some technical and some market-related. For those of you working in fiber optic network design and installation, the changes present opportunities and challenges.

This article is the first in a series that provides a step-by-step approach for performing arc flash calculations.
 Arc flash studies and software

I often give my power quality (PQ) 101 course to new engineers or salespeople. This introduction starts with the basics: an overview of PQ phenomena based on IEEE 1159 Table 4.2 followed by Ohm’s and Kirchhoff’s laws and how they apply to power quality.

We strive to protect building occupants, including our employees. Many years ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) formed to codify regulations in the area of employee protection.

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Home Automation Gains Momentum

From personal home theaters complete with surround-sound speakers, high-definition, large-screen projection and DVD recordings to total-system lighting packages, electrical contractors are profiting from rapid technological advances.

MACs: A 'Contractor Paradise'

When it comes to moves, adds and changes, most customers can’t or won’t do what it takes to cut costs. As a result, many VDV contractors are surviving tough times thanks primarily to MACs work.

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.

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?