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  • Explosion Proof Devices and the Code

    There are stringent codes governing the use of electrical equipment and components in potentially flammable atmospheres. But, let's start with a few definitions.

    Two terms that sometimes get confused are explosion-proof and intrinsically safe. Though similar, they are not identical. While the intent of both is to prevent ignition or explosion of flammable atmospheres, how they go about it is handled differently.

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  • Explosion Proof Devices and the Code – Why Not Use I.S?

    In a different article, we looked at explosion-proof devices and the NEC®. In it, we briefly discussed some of the locations that require explosion-proof components and how the area classification impacts the devices design.

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  • Hubbell Offers New Variable Intensity LED Lamps

    Simple. Affordable. Efficient.” — and will feature Litecontrol’s Variable Intensity (“Vi”) Technology, letting specifiers match output or power in 50-lumen increments to meet precise needs, either indirect or direct output. Vi Technology also provides verifiable wattage for specifiers who need to meet performance criteria by application, Hubbell says.

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  • Today’s Poke-Through Devices Charging Ahead with More Connection Options

    In my 50-plus-year-old home, finding an electrical outlet can mean trying to remember which sofa, bed or bookcase the closest connection might be hiding behind. And a dying smartphone battery can mean a reprioritization of whatever other devices might be plugged into the closest power strip.

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  • Wiring Device Innovation – Motor Control

    I've been installing and troubleshooting motors for over 30 years. The majority have been three-phase motors. They've range in size from fractional horsepower motors to those up to 350 horsepower.

    Through the years, I've watched the evolution of motor control devices, particularly disconnects and manual motor controllers.

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  • Wiring Device Innovations – Installation and More

    Innovations in wiring devices have simplified installation without compromising device integrity. Other modernizations have brought wiring devices into the 21st century.

    Device assemblies allow electricians to install multiple devices as a unit, eliminating the need for field assembly.

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