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  • Smart Building Lighting Strategies Save Money

    For decades, lighting control in commercial spaces amounted to either on or off. Easy, simple, but not very effective when it came to workplace productivity in offices, boardrooms, and classrooms.

    Lighting control eventually evolved in the form of light sensors, motion sensors and electro-mechanical timers. It was better, as it helped cut lighting energy costs by automatically turning off lights when not needed. Even so, the technology was still limited to either on or off.

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  • Smart Lighting Control for Today's Connected Home

    As a contractor, you have the ability to offer residential customers the same dimming strategies and lighting control available in commercial settings.

    By offering smart lighting control, you can provide homeowners with the added benefits of convenience and peace of mind, and smart lighting adds to the value of the home when putting it on the market.

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  • Liquid-Tight Conduit for Splash Areas

    AFC Cable Systems, a division of Atkore International, offers new liquid-tight conduits for commercial and industrial lighting cable installation.

    The company’s new “Liquid-Tuff” product is designed specifically for splash zones. Splash zones are areas that require regular washing, bleaching and disinfecting to prevent contamination and other hazards.

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  • Bigger and Brighter Not Always Better With Security Lighting

    When it comes to outdoor security lighting, it’s easy to understand why some might think broader and brighter is always better. However, we’re learning that such approaches can disturb wildlife in the surrounding environment and even, potentially, harm human health. That’s why building codes and professional lighting organizations now are calling for designers and contractors to pay closer attention to performance details of the exterior fixtures they specify and install.

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  • New Multizone Luminary Cable Combines Three Into One

    Atkore International’s AFC Cable Systems has debuted a new three-in-one multizone luminary cable called the MC Luminary MultiZone that carries all power and control conductors under one sheath, allowing contractors to replace three traditional luminary cables or three power and three control cables with a single strand.

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  • Adding Flexibility to Selective Coordination Designs

    Selective coordination is a National Electrical Code (NEC) requirement for those systems that code defines as related to life safety. While the intent of selective coordination – restricting the potential impact of an electrical overload or short circuit – is easy to understand, putting such designs into practice isn’t always as simple.

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