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 renewable power increases its market share, energy storage assumes a larger role. Recognizing the importance of government benchmarks, California lawmakers have taken steps to raise the state’s energy-storage standard.

J.M. Electrical Co., a Lynnfield, Mass., contractor with a specialty in advanced automation building system installations, recently completed project operations at the 85,000-square-foot Hanscom Air Force Base Middle School in Bedford, Mass., which holds 312 students.

Last month, I wrote about measurement uncertainty and metrology, the science of measurements. This month, I get more specific and cover the uncertainty of some basic fiber optic measurements, starting with optical power.

While renovating a basement, I came across a poster for “The Endless Summer,” a film released 50 years ago in which two surfers travel the world’s oceans, chasing warm weather and surfing adventures.

More on Systems

Retrofit Market Eyes CCTV

If you are an electrical contractor who offers voice/data/video, fire or other low-voltage systems and services, you’ve probably been getting more inquiries from end-users who want to retrofit their aging security systems.

IP Telephony

Telephony is the most basic form of communication, and we are not talking about the kind that carries you through a cocktail party.

Wireless Solutions: When Less is More

Times have changed and so has the hospitality industry. Nowadays, bigger is almost always better. Quaint bed and breakfasts may still exist, but most hotels have gone in the other direction. Just take a look around at any recent hotel or casino and you can literally get lost.

Big Winner in the Casino Market

Casino work involves the deployment of state-of-the-art systems and solutions. When a gambling cheat enters a casino, he or she should face a daunting array of security.

Equiping a Fiber Optic Installation Crew

Nowhere does the adage “the right tool for the job” make more sense than in fiber optic installation. The right tools can make installation easier, quicker, better and less expensive.

Alternative Power Source Generation

Advances in small-scale generation technology coupled with growing environmental concerns, a changing energy market, evolving public policy and customer need for reliable and economical electric power supplies will provide a new growth market for electrical contractors.

Enhanced Web Applications

The Internet is as popular as ever. It seems you can’t turn around without bumping into something Web related. But the Internet has evolved; there is more to it than surfing for sports scores and celebrity gossip.