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. 

Are your low-voltage and security customers concerned over “hanging” security cameras on the enterprise network and opening it to potential vulnerabilities? Or are they looking at protecting other parts of their commercial facility that may be housing data and other privileged information? reported in October 2014 that the United States has more electrical grid blackouts than any other developed nation and that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), demand for electricity has outpaced transmission rates by 25 percent every year since 1982.

As projects become more complex, electrical contractors need high-tech management methods to ensure more efficient results. Here are just a few examples to help you get headed in the right direction. 5pm

The dark fiber providers that most people are familiar with are private companies that were started to offer fiber connectivity for a profit. Today, there is a major movement toward building fiber networks as a public-private partnership.

More on Systems

Stripping Fibers

We left off last month preparing a fiber optic cable for termination.

Wiring Spaghetti

While spaghetti adorned with one of the dozens of different sauces that are served in the small, off-the-beaten path restaurants in the Italian countryside is “splendido,” wiring that looks like spaghetti is just the opposite.

Friends To The End: Partnering, relationships and design/build 

How do you build a relationship with your customers centered on trust? It starts with meeting commitments and consistently completing projects on time, on budget and in a code-compliant fashion. Why is this relationship important?

No False Alarms

“The serious losses in life and property 
resulting from fires causes me deep concern. I am sure that such unnecessary waste can be reduced.

Inspection, Testing And Maintenance

We all know that fire alarm systems that are tested and maintained on a regular basis are more reliable. According to NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, the owner is responsible for inspections, testing and maintenance as well as any alterations or additions to the fire alarm system.

Agreements benefit contractors

Keep It In Order: Maintenance and service contracts

As security systems become more sophisticated and complex, proper maintenance has become increasingly critical. Gone are the days when electrical contractors could just install a system and then walk away.

Do No Harm

Fixing or mitigating the problem of equipment malfunction or misoperation due to incompatible power supply isn’t much more complicated than diagnosing the power quality problem.