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  • Hanging Tough with Vertical Cable Supports

    Cable supports make the difference between being connected or disconnected in longer vertical raceways

    When constructing the Empire State Building in 1930, engineers found that the heavy non-armored electrical cable installed in vertical raceways or risers imposed excessive strain on terminations, panels or other connected devices.

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  • New Electronic Timers Give Consumers – And Contractors – What They Want

    Electronic timer technology has changed the way homeowners interact with timer-enabled switches. Now consumers have the option of intuitive controls and settings that can be changed remotely, using smartphone apps. However, contractors are becoming more involved in the initial setup of these devices, which is a switch from what some installers may be used to. Fortunately, the latest generation of timers is making that process easier, as well, improving the experience for both contractors and their customers.

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  • Philips Lighting Offers Array of New LED Products

    Earlier this year at the Light + Building 2018 trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, Philips Lighting announced a string of new initiatives aimed at the transition to more LED lamps as well as the inclusion of LEDs into the “Internet of Things” (IoT) in homes and buildings worldwide.

    First the company announced IoT platform called Interact, designed to handle data collected from connected light points, sensors, devices and systems.

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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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