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Articles in this section are intended to help electrical contractors grow and improve their businesses, from financial and legal advice to creating a service and maintenance department. You’ll find articles on estimating projects and more below. 

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is typically used to protect electrical equipment where an unexpected power disruption could cause injuries, business disruption or data loss.

The evolution of lighting technology is touching every aspect of society. Smart technology and alternative sources of energy are similarly expanding their reach, leading to a range of innovations even in street lighting.


As with many long-term investments, the upfront cost of implementation is one of solar power’s biggest challenges. Many companies offer assistance to energy consumers, but the latest is a joint effort to get photovoltaics (PVs) 
on homes.


Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have developed an organic, rechargeable battery that could be scaled up for use in power plants, making the energy grid more resilient and efficient by creating large-scale capacity to store energy for use as needed.


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Just a few years ago, knowledgeable electrical contractors believed that the trick was to virtually “give away” an initial VDV installation, and, by landing a service contract in that way, capitalize for years on the very lucrative moves, adds and changes (MACs) that followed.

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The Phantom Contract: Rights without a Writing
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There are hundreds of examples: no written contract for a small commercial repair or home improvement; a “letter of intent” so you can start work; verbal direction to perform extras; your written contract not signed by the owner. Do you have an enforceable contract?

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Evaluating Your Firm Using the Baldrige Award Criteria
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The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) is awarded annually to recognize firms that have achieved overall excellence in leadership, organizational effectiveness, operations and business results. Congress authorized the award in 1987 through Public Law 100-107.

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TIA Now Addresses Multi-Tenant Buildings
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TIA Subcommittee TR-42.3, responsible for developing recommendations for pathways and spaces, recently approved Addendum 6 to TIA/EIA-569-A, officially called ANSI/TIA/EIA-569-A-6 Multi-tenant Pathways and Spaces Addendum.

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Panel Boards in Hazardous Areas
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You have many electrical requirements to meet when specifying panel boards, but is addressing the cost-effectiveness issue ever one of them? In facilities having indoor or outdoor areas with hazardous locations, there is a need for very substantial equipment, namely explosion-proof panel boards.

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What Now? What Next?
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Every two years for more than four decades, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine has conducted original, in-depth research to help paint a clear picture of what makes up an electrical contractor. This year, we revamped the questionnaire to better reflect the dynamics of a changing industry.

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What Vendors Offer in E-Commerce
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The average electrical contractor spends perhaps three-quarters of his or her material dollars with distributors. What are these “old reliable” vendors doing on e-commerce? That’s the subject of this column, covering Grainger, Rexel and Sonepar.

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