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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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  • Why is Power Quality Important?

    Before we begin to discuss why power quality is important, let's answer a few questions about what it is, what it involves and what affects it.

    From the utility or provider standpoint, the main concern is a consistent and uninterrupted voltage supply. Remember that this is not a constant value, but a voltage range. While we might talk about, for instance, a 120-volt AC supply, in reality that is a nominal value for a range.

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  • New Generation of Occupancy Sensors Offer Even More Features

    The current trend in occupancy sensors is to pack more features and options in ever smaller packages, making sensor installation quick and efficient, while also promoting the greater use of sensors for both energy savings and security benefits.

    First, sensors are moving towards a lower-profile, cleaner design intended to “flatten” the device against a ceiling or wall.

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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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  • Whole House Energy Control – Smarter Switches

    When I was young (which was, like, EONS ago) my brother and I were the energy control devices. Mom and Dad were the energy controllers. Yeah... you know what I mean.

    "Turn off those doggone lights!" came the fervent instructions from the other room. "Do you think money grows on trees? You're running up the electric bill, you know."

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