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. 

For many of us, these are technologically challenging times. Just when I think I have mastered the latest smartphone, it changes. Prepare yourself, because, just like mobile devices, the codes and standards are morphing in ways you might not expect.

When manufacturers are asked what is the biggest problem with installing of fiber optic components and systems, they invariably say “testing.” Practically everything they do depends on testing. During development, engineering and manufacturing in their labs, they test product performance.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has many moving parts, and they’re moving quickly. One is power over ethernet (PoE), the IoT’s electric power delivery agent.

Rampant technology refinement and innovation are redefining security. More technologies help ensure mobile accessibility.

More on Systems

Why Isn't Fiber More Popular?

My first thought in writing this column was that the title was wrong.It should be “Why Do People Still Install Copper?” In the fiber optic business, we’ve suffered from the copper industry’s harping that fiber is fragile because it’s made of glass, hard to install and too expensive.

Intelligent Buildings

A flooded landscape strewn with debris was all that many could see last month as Hurricane Isabel hit the East Coast of the United States, leaving millions without power and blowing down 60-foot pine trees in many neighborhoods, including mine.

Shopping for Retail Fire Systems

Retail stores or “mercantile” properties, as defined by the various building codes, include everything from small mom-and-pop stores in free-standing buildings to multiple stores in a strip mall, from large, enclosed malls to big-box stores selling books, hardware or whatever.

Large Box, Small Box

It certainly is not easy being a retailer today. There are so many different fronts to cover. From keeping customers happy to competing efficiently and seeing to security and management functions, the tasks at hand can seem overwhelming at times. Security is always an issue.

Network Safety with a Retail Twist

The retail industry is integration in action. The business owner or corporation for the most part has a computerized operation—from point-of-sale and employee time and attendance to security and a host of information technology functions.

Designing LANs

A LAN (Local Area Network) is the only true way to connect computers and peripherals to one another. LANs have become a necessity over the years.

Lubrication Rooms with Pits, Receptacles Above Suspended Ceilings and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 230 Services Article 240 Overcurrent Protection Article 250 Grounding Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Article 400 Flexible Cords and Cables Article 406 Receptacles, Cord Connectors and Attachment Plugs (Caps) Arti