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  • Combining Dimming with Other Commands – It’s a Bright Idea

    The possibility of enhanced energy savings is a big driver behind the adoption of dimmer switches – but what about all those table lamps in a typical home that aren’t controlled by a wall switch? Or when light dimming is part of an effort to set a scene or make a room more comfortable? Thanks to the “internet of things,” consumers are gaining new options for controlling new devices – such as table lamps – and grouping together the operations of multiple device types – such as, say, lighting and fans – using a single remote control or mobile-device app.

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  • Control Cable Management

    Over the years, I've built and refurbished quite a few control panels. Last year, I was tasked with cleaning up a rat's nest of control wiring in a packaging machine. The only way to make it right was to gut the panel and start from scratch.

    Now, even though the wiring was in disarray, the machine was still operational. However, when it did malfunction, troubleshooting was a nightmare. Over the years, the control cabling had been tugged, pulled, and generally left in a big ball of spaghetti.

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  • Matching Dimmers and Bulbs Is Critical to Successful LED Conversions

    Dimming switches and LED light bulbs seem like they should be a perfect match, right? Both products offer end-users advanced capabilities for controlling a room’s light and lowering energy bills in a home or building. Unfortunately, as many have discovered, ensuring compatibility between dimmer switches and the LED bulbs they’re controlling is a bit more complicated than previously was the case with old-school incandescent bulbs. However, this situation is improving quickly as…

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  • Wiremold Presents “Off the Wall” — and Over the Floor — Raceway

    In what it calls an “off the wall” move, Wiremold is offering its OFR Series Overfloor Raceway, taking traditional on-or-inside the wall raceway onto the carpet, concrete or wood floors of offices, schools, conference rooms and fitness centers.

    Wiremold promotes the OFR series as perfect for relocatable or permanent installations, citing quick and easy installation over existing floor coverings such as carpet or tile or wood without any need for alteration.

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  • Mesh Cable Tray as a Conduit Alternative

    Calling it a lower-cost, lower-risk and faster install, Wiremold offers its Cablofil Wire Mesh Cable Tray as a conduit alternative, citing five reasons why mesh cable management beats conduit installation.

    Those five reasons include: fewer parts; a bolt cutter as the only install tool; adaptability to any installation; ease of forming sweeps and bends on-site; and, finally, single-person installation capability.

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  • Discover How Wireless Lighting Controls Offer Scalable Control, Simplify Installation and Save Energy

    University Lighting Retrofit Project:
    Lighting and lighting control has come a long way in the last 5 years, with LED technology largely replacing traditional fluorescent lighting fixtures. To take advantage of LED benefits, renovations in any office, classroom, or dorm almost always include a lighting and control upgrade.

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