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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. 

In 2009, Home furnishings retailer Havertys launched a sustainability program using a data-driven energy-management system to pinpoint inefficiency. After implementing a discrete energy-monitoring system, it was able to reduce overall consumption by 20 percent.

Electrical contractors work hard to learn their business and understand how to complete a project professionally and make a profit. The profit part ensures ECs can stay in business. The professional part is mandatory if ECs want to stay in business and grow.

We are all aware fiber optics is the backbone of communications networks such as telecom, the internet, local area networks, cable television and more. It’s also the backbone of the electrical grid.

Over the past two years, the technical committee responsible for IEEE 1547, Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems, has added a section on power quality (PQ), including the parameters, indexes and limits on those for distributed energy resources (DERs) connect

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Smarter and Safer Cities

Connected people, places and things. The number of integrated systems solutions is rapidly expanding, bringing data and gathering analytics from more points than ever.


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Fire Alarm Systems 101

Many technicians new to the fire/life safety field perform fire alarm system installations. For these technicians, the code and the equipment they intend to install look ominous.



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Unwanted Alarms

There has been discussion about unwanted alarms in the last few years. The fire service says this is “an industry problem,” but is it? What can be done to improve the reliability of fire alarm systems so people stop ignoring alarms when they activate?



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On The Road To Success: Rosendin Electric's Network Services Group


These days, it is becoming more common for low-voltage contractors to specialize in a specific type of work (such as security or audiovisual) or a specific customer base (such as hospitals or schools).



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New Electrical Equipment Standards For Nuclear Power


Safety has always been one of the biggest knocks against nuclear power. A standard adopted in March 2016 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) could further the industry’s neverending quest to address those concerns.


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Greenlee offers a variety of fishing reach poles and telescoping fish poles.
Cool Tools: Fish Sticks And Fishing Tools

The routing of wiring for voice/data/video, security, alarm and control systems is done differently from electrical cable and, in most cases, is completed with different tools.



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The Future Of Building 
Automation Systems


Two recent reports analyze the outlook for building automation and control systems.


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