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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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  • New Multizone Luminary Cable Combines Three Into One

    Atkore International’s AFC Cable Systems has debuted a new three-in-one multizone luminary cable called the MC Luminary MultiZone that carries all power and control conductors under one sheath, allowing contractors to replace three traditional luminary cables or three power and three control cables with a single strand.

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  • Datacom: Feed-through Connectors and Crimp Tools

    Installing cabling for data connectivity means dealing with evolving technologies. In commercial and industrial installations, that normally means running and terminating Cat5e and Cat6 cabling.

    When installing patch panels and working in Datacom rooms, it appears the maze of cabling gets ever more complex.

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  • Datacom: Tools and Meters

    What do rubies, sapphires, and carbide have to do with each other? All are types of scoring blades for fiber optic conductors, that's what. If you've done any fiber work, you know how delicate the cables can be.

    That's why special tools have been developed just for installing fiber optic circuits. Fiber is a highly efficient way of carrying massive amounts of data in both commercial and now residential installations.

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