Featured Articles

rss
  • Smart Office Lighting Begins with Switches and Sensors

    As my brother and I grew up in rural Indiana, our mom was very concerned about us leaving piles clothes, toys, and other sundries around our room and strewn about the house. She was constantly after us to pick up after ourselves.

    Dad was different.

    Read more
  • Smart Office Lighting – It's in their DNA

    No, we're not talking about  deoxyribonucleic acid. That's complex in its understanding, has nothing to do with smart office lighting, and besides...

    I can't even spell it.

    What I can spell (and even understand) is Distributed Network Architecture. That's DNA for smart lighting and it has some significant advantages over and differences from its biological counterpart.

    Read more
  • ABB’s Ubiquitous Ty-Rap Cable Tie Turns 60

    Sometimes it’s the little things that both matter the most and last the longest.

    Take, for instance, the ubiquitous Ty-Rap cable tie, invented in 1958 by an engineer at Thomas & Betts, now ABB Installation Products, to bundle cables in airplanes. Any contractor who has opened a control panel has either used one or cut and removed one — or most likely done both, many times over.

    Read more
  • New Electronic Timers Give Consumers – And Contractors – What They Want

    Electronic timer technology has changed the way homeowners interact with timer-enabled switches. Now consumers have the option of intuitive controls and settings that can be changed remotely, using smartphone apps. However, contractors are becoming more involved in the initial setup of these devices, which is a switch from what some installers may be used to. Fortunately, the latest generation of timers is making that process easier, as well, improving the experience for both contractors and their customers.

    Read more
  • Philips Lighting Offers Array of New LED Products

    Earlier this year at the Light + Building 2018 trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, Philips Lighting announced a string of new initiatives aimed at the transition to more LED lamps as well as the inclusion of LEDs into the “Internet of Things” (IoT) in homes and buildings worldwide.

    First the company announced IoT platform called Interact, designed to handle data collected from connected light points, sensors, devices and systems.

    Read more
  • Cable Trays Versus Conduit

    Conduit is still the most popular choice for many electrical installations. In industrial applications, conduit gives more choices for the many and various environments found in industrial setting.

    For example, food and beverage processing facilities will have harsh environments that can damage conductors easily. Some are caused by the process itself, while other conductor hazards come from the sanitation chemicals and processes used to ensure food and beverage safety.

    Read more