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  • Meeting Today’s Latest Energy Standards with Today’s Latest Panelboards

    Submetering used to only be an issue for landlords of multitenant buildings, but new energy standards are adding new submetering requirements for a range of commercial facilities, even those that are fully owner occupied. Electrical contractors involved in specifying panelboards should be familiar with these new provisions, as it could impact the products they order for projects in jurisdictions incorporating these standards into to their building codes.

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  • New Generation of Occupancy Sensors Offer Even More Features

    The current trend in occupancy sensors is to pack more features and options in ever smaller packages, making sensor installation quick and efficient, while also promoting the greater use of sensors for both energy savings and security benefits.

    First, sensors are moving towards a lower-profile, cleaner design intended to “flatten” the device against a ceiling or wall.

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  • New Options for Illuminating the Great Outdoors

    Exterior luminaires often are treated as the workhorses of the lighting industry. With a need to withstand what can be harsh operating conditions, through winter storms and summer heat, design emphasis often focuses on durability and basic lighting functions, over more versatile applications. That’s beginning to change, however, as manufacturers have begun adding new capabilities to a range of outdoor fixture types.

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  • Energy Savings Add Up Quickly with LED Parking and Area Lighting

    Maybe like you, I’ve recently begun switching out my compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs with LED replacements in my table and ceiling fixtures. The energy savings aren’t huge, maybe 5 watts per lamp, and certainly not what I initially managed when switching from old 60 watt incandescents to the 13 watt CFLs. But every little bit helps, plus, the LEDs could last 15 or 20 years, depending on use, so I won’t have to worry about replacing them again for another decade or two.

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  • Conduit Bending Tools

    Conduit bending is a common task for commercial electricians, with many jobs requiring a combination of 90-degree, offset and saddle bends. IDEAL industries offers a selection of bender heads, hickeys and handles to help get the job done.

    The place to start is in the selection of bender heads.

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  • Littelfuse Offers Bluetooth Smartphone App for Overload Relay Protection

    Littelfuse is busy making fault detection easier and faster, while improving safety for contractors and electricians.

    The company’s new MP8000 Bluetooth-Enabled Overload Relay can communicate directly with your smart-phone via Bluetooth®.

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