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. 

The predictions have arrived! Analysts expect the first quarter of 2015 to show a rapid rise in commercial construction. Obviously, this is good news on almost all fronts.

One of my responsibilities over the years has been to field questions from our members and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) to help them find and understand code requirements. I have benefitted from the process as well.

A limited number of low-voltage contractors specialize in the installation of sprinkler systems power and controls. For them, it provides a regular source of revenue that most contractors have bypassed.

Fluke Networks DSX-5000 CableAnalyzer certification tester

A certification tester is the basic instrument for certifying that a building’s structured wiring meets industry standards. At one time, structured wiring referred to a facility’s communications network, but that has changed.

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What and Why? Testing Gigabit Ethernet
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Last month we looked at the state of Gigabit Ethernet today and recognized that it will be confined to backbone networks and server connections for the reasonably foreseeable future, simply because most desktops can’t use such speed.

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Category 6 Cabling - Standard or Not?
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I guess the honest answer to the above is, “We’re working on it.” Most manufacturers have products (cable, jacks, patch cords, and test equipment) out in the marketplace promoted in one fashion or another as Category 6 compliant.

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High-tech Robots Deploy Fiber Optic Cables in Sewer Systems
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CityNet Telecommunications Inc. has launched the first commercial deployment of a fiber optic network through a sewer system. The first-of-a-kind deployment was conducted in the city of Albuquerque, N.M.

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Lighting Controls: Profiting from Mood Lighting and Dimming
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True story: A few weeks ago I went to a major retail store to buy a new television. The model I liked was on sale and had all the features I wanted. Or so I thought.

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E-Lighting - Too Much of a Good Thing?
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The Internet is a wonderful creation. But, is it too much? It permits you to find all sorts of interesting information at no cost.

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Integrating Audio with Other Systems
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Several times each week, someone calls, saying, “HELP!

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Futureproof Your Installations
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“The world is going digital.” Recently, a customer service representative of my favorite long-distance provider made this statement. (I’m not being sarcastic when I use the word “favorite.”)

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