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. 

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Efficient electric energy storage (EES) has always been both technically challenging and expensive, like capturing lightning in a bottle.

Providing fire alarm system design services can prove troublesome for some contractors.

Designing for 802.11ac

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As wireless deployments continue to keep electrical contractors (ECs) busy, installers are seeing increased diversity in the type and scope of these projects. One reason is the greater reliance on wireless networks. Another is the introduction of the latest wireless standard, 802.11ac.

The drive for networked building controls aimed at lowering energy costs and boosting efficiency is changing the market for providers. Business is growing as companies become installers and service providers in this industry.

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