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  • Office Lighting Controls Optimized for Occupancy

    The other night — somewhere between midnight and 1 AM — I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep. Figured I might as well burn a little midnight oil and make productive use of my insomnia.

    Our hallways are lit with tiny LEDs embedded in the power outlets to cut down on stubbed toes. In the kitchen, soft lighting over the stove and sink allow even sleep-encrusted eyes to find the ON switch to my coffee pot.

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  • Energy Efficient Warehouse Lighting

    Over the past 3 decades as an electrician (and more as a warehouse worker), I've seen a lot of lighting schemes. And I've watched in interest as lighting has evolved from bare incandescent bulbs and HID lamp to modern LED luminaires.

    Back in the day, incandescent lighting produced a lot of shadows... and heat. It was the nature of the beast, unfortunately. Not to mention that most of the money spent on lighting energy was more or less wasted on heat, not light.

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  • Upgraded Signaling Systems Providing Faster, More Accurate Weather Alerts

    If you live in an area at risk of severe weather events, you’ve probably heard community-wide outdoor warning sirens. For decades, as public safety officials have learned of thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and other severe storms coming toward their areas, they’ve sounded these alarms warning citizens to take shelter.

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  • Wireless Light Control Helped Reduce Labor and Installation Costs at the Seattle VA Hospital

    Working with energy-efficient lighting service provider, Northwest Edison, The Veteran’s Memorial Hospital in Seattle, Washington completed a renovation of its Facilities building, some office space and several laboratories to provide a more energy-efficient, updated space. The installation was complicated by the fact that the hospital building was constructed in the early 1950s, and budgets were tight.

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  • Emerson Offers SolaHD K-Rated Transformers to Address Power Harmonics

    Power harmonics have become an increasingly important issue in today’s industrial environment, a result of the growing number of sensitive electronics, high-powered computers and sophisticated production technology employed on many factory floors, production facilities and labs.

    Harmonics are, essentially, current and voltage with frequencies that are not aligned — also known as non-linear loads.

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  • Power Quality

    The quality of power coming into a residence or commercial operation has always been important. You expect a consistent and constant flow of electricity to power whatever you're doing.

    Years ago, homes and businesses could tolerate a certain amount of inconsistency. Other than outright power outages, life and commerce could hum along and never notice any differences in power quality, up to a certain point that is.

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