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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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  • Voltage Testing Without Leads

    Fluke’s new T6-1000 Electrical Tester is designed to let commercial and light industrial electricians do basic troubleshooting, verifying voltage and continuity values and testing individual circuits to get current and voltage levels all without test leads or metal-to-metal contact.

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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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  • Bringing the Switch into the Digital Age

    Really, could any electrical device be simpler than a switch? It performs the most basic of functions, sending a simple on/off message to the equipment it controls. However, like just about every other component in our increasingly sophisticated electrical systems, switches, push buttons and other seemingly simple input devices now are becoming both smart and wireless.

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  • Human, Meet Machine

    As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) continues to expand, with sensors offering remote views into areas of process operations never before available, system operators are having to make sense of a volume of data that’s increasing at exponential rates. This evolution is bringing new attention to the design of human machine interfaces (HMIs), which provide a window into just how well systems are running.

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  • Utilization of Proper Technologies Key to Ensuring Electrical Safety

    Adequate training, protection from exposure, and disciplined use of ground fault circuit interrupters integral to keeping workers safe.

    Thanks to major safety improvements, the number of fatal electrical injuries in the workplace has steadily decreased over the past 20 years, from 334 in 1992 to 139 in 2013.

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