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  • How to Earn a Premium Rebate on Your Next Lighting Upgrade

    Electric utility rebates have been a big driver in the rapid growth of LED lamps and fixtures, especially in nonresidential applications – but not all LED products are eligible for these incentives. Utilities depend on evaluations by a group called the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) to determine which products deserve a rebate, and a DLC listing helps ensure products will meet certain efficiency and lifespan targets.

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  • LED Replacement Tubes Light the Way to Big Lighting-Maintenance Savings

    While LED fixtures are becoming the top choice, versus fluorescent models, in new construction and major renovation efforts, millions of existing fluorescent troffers are still operating in schools and offices across the United States. The newest of these likely feature energy-efficient T5 or T5HO lamps, and owners might not yet be ready to think about complete replacement of these fixtures. However, new LED tube lamps offer plug-and-play compatibility with fluorescent units, so owners can gain the energy savings and maintenance-cost reductions LED lamps can provide.

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  • Gardner Bender Offers New Locknut Wrench; Hand Tools with Onboard Voltage Detection

    Electricians and contractors frustrated by finding just the right wrench to loosen a locknut now have an easy answer — add the new Gardner Bender Locknut Wrench (LNW) in any of three sizes from 1/2-inch (LNW-500) to 3/4-inch (LNW-750) and full 1-inch (LNW-1000) diameters.

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  • Southwire Develops Overhead Conductor for Extreme Ice Conditions

    Numerous electric utilities across the country have had to weather significant ice storms over the past several winters that have taken down overhead transmission and distribution lines.

    Southwire has developed a new high-quality and high-strength overhead conductor designed to help power lines withstand extreme ice loads.

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  • Data Centers Part 1 — The Growing Industry

    Over 30 years ago, I walked into my first datacom room. It provided the network and data interface for a food processing facility. It connected all the plant's office computers, along with providing connectivity to the home office across town.

    It was housed... in a closet. And not a big closet, either.

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  • Data Centers Part 2 — Challenges and Solutions

    In a previous article, I mentioned the first "data center" I ever encountered... a closet in a hallway.

    Times have changed as the sheer volume of data has increased. And, so have the infrastructures that house it. Data centers are vast repositories of pretty much every piece of information used to run and maintain business operations.

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