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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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  • 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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