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. 

If you’re going to do a job right, you need the right tools. Today, the definition of tool goes beyond wire crimpers and multimeters. It now includes smartphones and the apps that make them crucial to a contractor’s success. The following are some of the apps that contractors could consider using.


Last month, we looked into positive, negative and zero-sequence components, also known as symmetrical components, with virtually no math involved.

It is a sign of tight budgets when facility directors at most K–12 and higher education institutions receive mandates to defer maintenance on their existing building inventory to allow for budget dollar application elsewhere.

“Dark fiber” is a term often heard in conversations about fiber optic communications. Perhaps this is because it has a name that sounds evil or nefarious. But dark fiber is just fiber that has been installed and is not currently in use; instead, it is reserved for spares or future use.


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From 'Commodity' Installer ...
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Like most contractors, you probably keep busy trying to sell and install what you know best, struggling to provide the low bid to get the work.

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Think Globally
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There’s some good news in the construction arena: A significant number of new college dormitories and multifamily residential properties have recently broken ground or will do so soon. Reports indicate that more projects are in the pipeline.

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Rules Of Order
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We all know our an industry is governed by codes and standards. While many complain about some of the requirements, few try to do anything about it. We all have an opportunity to fix things that we don’t like. Most people don’t understand the process or believe they can have any effect.

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Low-Key Approach To Low-Voltage
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PDE Total Energy Solutions in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., with a satellite office in San Leandro, is a full-service electrical contracting company.

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Mobile at Home
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Despite years of forecasting the future of low-voltage installations, the use of tablets and smartphones still took the market by surprise.

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A Comfort Zone Away From Home
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For decades, the penetration rate of residential security systems has been hovering around 20 percent. However, technology advancements, mobile communication and consumer expectations seem to be finally driving that rate up and bringing home automation and interactive services along for the ride.


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(Air-Blown) Fiber Added
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Sometimes, customer requests turn out to be very good things.

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