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  • Material Concerns in Explosion-Proof Product Design

    Hazardous areas require special attention from specifiers. These are areas, as defined in the National Electrical Code, where a combustible atmosphere raises a risk of explosion if sparks or open flames or present. This risk could be the result of flammable gases, combustible vapors, combustible dust or easily ignitable fibers.

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  • Wireless lighting control solutions help overcome challenges in today’s construction market

    Commercial construction is booming but persistent labor shortages can present serious challenges. When it comes to lighting retrofits, simple, scalable wireless solutions can deliver simple-to-design, labor-saving systems that help meet scheduling, budget, and performance requirements on virtually any project.

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  • Wiring Devices for the Homeowner

    My usual wiring "natural habitat" has been industrial/commercial settings. In fact, for over 25 years, I've been an IME.

    But, I occasionally hack my way through the residential jungle. Obviously, I'm the chief (and only) electrician in my own home. In fact, a few years back I was able to put my skills to work when we renovated our flat roof carport, morphing it into a laundry room, sewing room, and my personal office.

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  • Commercial/Industrial Wiring Devices

    After writing an article about residential wiring devices, I'm finally back to more familiar turf... commercial and industrial environments. But even though I've been around this stuff for a long time, the improvements and innovations continue to keep me interested.

    Some device considerations
    When choosing the right wiring device for a particular operation or use, you must consider various factors.

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  • Lutron Takes Lighting Controls Outdoors

    Lutron Electronics, long known for indoor lighting controls (its founder invented the first dimmer switch, after all) has now entered the exterior lighting space, with a software offering called “Limelight by Lutron” aimed at parking lots, shopping mall parking ramps, factories, stadiums and fields with exterior lighting requirements.

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  • Simple design, easy installation – Wireless control helps this local bank keep the focus on its customers.

    Suncrest bank branches are welcoming places, founded to serve the local community. They specialize in small business banking, and their customers can often grab a cup of coffee while they take care of business. The atmosphere and the aesthetics at each branch are important aspects of how they serve the community.

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