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  • Office Lighting Controls Optimized for Occupancy

    The other night — somewhere between midnight and 1 AM — I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep. Figured I might as well burn a little midnight oil and make productive use of my insomnia.

    Our hallways are lit with tiny LEDs embedded in the power outlets to cut down on stubbed toes. In the kitchen, soft lighting over the stove and sink allow even sleep-encrusted eyes to find the ON switch to my coffee pot.

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  • Hubbell’s New Field Termination Plugs Offer Direct, “Tool-Less” Connect to Devices

    Hubbell Premise Wiring now offers new Category 6 and 6A field terminating plugs that allow for fast and secure direct-connect applications to wireless access points, IP security cameras and other security and AV systems throughout a location.

    Hubbell’s new SP6 series plugs support 5 Gigabit networks while SP6A is designed to support 10 Gigabit links.

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  • Energy Efficient Warehouse Lighting

    Over the past 3 decades as an electrician (and more as a warehouse worker), I've seen a lot of lighting schemes. And I've watched in interest as lighting has evolved from bare incandescent bulbs and HID lamp to modern LED luminaires.

    Back in the day, incandescent lighting produced a lot of shadows... and heat. It was the nature of the beast, unfortunately. Not to mention that most of the money spent on lighting energy was more or less wasted on heat, not light.

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  • Specifying Flexible Conduit with Extreme Temperatures in Mind

    Introduction
    Most electrical wiring and conduits operate within a “comfortable” range of operating temperatures, but there are also many others that experience either extremely low or high temperatures or both. All of these cases require conduits specially designed to deliver their rated performance, including flexibility and protection, under conditions beyond those of standard types.

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  • Upgraded Signaling Systems Providing Faster, More Accurate Weather Alerts

    If you live in an area at risk of severe weather events, you’ve probably heard community-wide outdoor warning sirens. For decades, as public safety officials have learned of thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and other severe storms coming toward their areas, they’ve sounded these alarms warning citizens to take shelter.

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  • AFC Cable Color Codes MC Cables for Speed and Ease of Identification and Inspection

    Atkore International’s AFC Cable uses color coding to save contractors and building owners time, money and maintenance costs when wiring new or retrofit locations.

    The company’s Type MC cables including MC TUFF, MC Lite and other MC cables in a variety of specialty configurations do this using AFC’s ColorSpec ID System.

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