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. 

As I have described in the previous few columns, splicing fibers is fairly easy. If the installer cleans and cleaves the fibers properly, the machine does the rest. However, the installer’s job is not over at that point.

Industrial firms and contractors stand to benefit from emerging innovations in remote-monitoring technology.

When people send in data from a power quality monitor to be reviewed, some common questions include “Is my site normal?” and “Does this data look OK to operate my facility?” Such questions usually get the same ambiguous answer: “It depends.” The quality of electric power as supplied and how much is

When it comes to systems integration, intrusion detectors and sensors are the ties that bind.

More on Systems

Who Watches the Watchmen?

Backing up your backups—aka redundancy—is critical Having backup for the backup to the backup is the only way to go in power and systems. For the healthcare market, which provides critical and comprehensive care 24/7, it’s a necessity.

Testing Fiber Optic Loss

Two measurements of optical power required Compared to Category 5e or Category 6, fiber optics wire is easy to test. A “flashlight test” can make sure the fiber has continuity and is correctly identified.

Making the Grade

A system assessment is essentially a comprehensive overview of the structure, layout and functionality of any given system. In the world of electrical contractors, we are more often than not referring to networking systems, even though the same methodology applies to electrical systems.

NM Cables Installed in Temporary Installations

Article 305 for temporary wiring in the 1999 National Electrical Code has been relocated to Article 527 covering temporary installations in the 2002 NEC.

'James Bond' Surveillance

Covert “007” techniques are possible James Bond, watch out! Now, many of the techniques employed by the action adventure hero turned cultural icon are possible—especially when it comes to closed-circuit television surveillance (CCTV).

Bridging the IT Gap

It’s easier when you speak the language

Wire Cutting and Paralleling

A little innovation goes a long way More than 25 years ago, Rexel’s Upper Marlboro (Md.) Regional Distribution Center came up with a value-add to improve service to contractor customers. Among the first to take advantage of Rexel’s wire cutting and paralleling service was Dynalectric Co.