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  • IDEA Connector: New Name, but Same Great Data

    For the last 20 years, behind the scenes, the Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA) has been working to develop and improve the way electrical contractors and distributors find the electrical product and pricing information they need for bidding and other purposes. Long called the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW), the product database IDEA manages, was recently rechristened IDEA Connector, in a move IDEA says more clearly communicates the database’s intent.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Grounding Kits Help Contractors Manage Cable Tray Project Details

    Any weekend DIY warrior knows the importance – and challenge – of being properly prepared for a Saturday fix-it project. Of course, this means having all the right tools at hand, along with a high-level plan of approach. But it can also mean keeping track of easier-to-forget, detailed requirements. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s realized a need for a replacement faucet washer in a different size, just as said faucet is in pieces in front of me.

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  • Helping Grounding Cable Move When It Needs To

    Grounding attachments are typically considered to be a stationary and permanent – after all, the equipment being used as a grounding connection is generally expected to remain fixed in place. But what about installations in which the protected equipment is frequently in motion? In these situations, a festoon-style approach can allow an appropriate range of motion without fear of creating pinch-points or other hazards in the grounding cable.

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  • 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.

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