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  • IDEA’s IDW Data for Contractors Enters Year Three

    The IDEA (Industry Data Exchange Association) Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) is now entering its third year of successful use by contractors worldwide to streamline parts ordering and produce accurate and timely estimates.

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  • LED Lifespans Lead Manufacturers to New Business Models

    In my years working in commercial offices – cubicle farms, we called them, then – the sight of a building maintenance staffer up on a ladder to replace a burned out fluorescent tube lamp or ballast was a regular occurrence. As commercial building owners and managers make the switch to much longer-lived LED replacement options, lighting manufacturers will be selling many fewer lamps, and they’re looking for new options to make up that anticipated lost revenue.

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  • Eaton XT Series IEC Motor Controls Ease Installation, Amp Up Usability

    Eaton’s XT IEC Motor and Power Control Series offers faster and easier installation along with increased functionality and improvements in usability for contractors.

    The XT series offers non-reversing and reversing contactors and starters as well as overload relays and accessories.

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  • Commercial Owners Sensing Savings in Today’s Smarter Lighting Controls

    Once upon a time, commercial office buildings were lit up like candles 24 hours a day, perhaps because installing the right control systems was more expensive than the electricity used to power all those light fixtures. That time has long passed though, and today’s owners are looking for new solutions that maximize the contribution of natural sunlight, where and when possible, and minimize the use of electric lighting in unoccupied spaces. These combined demands are driving a growing market for light and occupancy sensors in lighting designs both large and small.

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  • Explosion Proof Devices and the Code

    There are stringent codes governing the use of electrical equipment and components in potentially flammable atmospheres. But, let's start with a few definitions.

    Two terms that sometimes get confused are explosion-proof and intrinsically safe. Though similar, they are not identical. While the intent of both is to prevent ignition or explosion of flammable atmospheres, how they go about it is handled differently.

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  • Explosion Proof Devices and the Code – Why Not Use I.S?

    In a different article, we looked at explosion-proof devices and the NEC®. In it, we briefly discussed some of the locations that require explosion-proof components and how the area classification impacts the devices design.

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