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  • Wireless Light Control Helped Reduce Labor and Installation Costs at the Seattle VA Hospital

    Working with energy-efficient lighting service provider, Northwest Edison, The Veteran’s Memorial Hospital in Seattle, Washington completed a renovation of its Facilities building, some office space and several laboratories to provide a more energy-efficient, updated space. The installation was complicated by the fact that the hospital building was constructed in the early 1950s, and budgets were tight.

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  • Data Centers Part 1 — The Growing Industry

    Over 30 years ago, I walked into my first datacom room. It provided the network and data interface for a food processing facility. It connected all the plant's office computers, along with providing connectivity to the home office across town.

    It was housed... in a closet. And not a big closet, either.

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  • Data Centers Part 2 — Challenges and Solutions

    In a previous article, I mentioned the first "data center" I ever encountered... a closet in a hallway.

    Times have changed as the sheer volume of data has increased. And, so have the infrastructures that house it. Data centers are vast repositories of pretty much every piece of information used to run and maintain business operations.

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  • Recyclable Enclosures Offer More End-of-Life Options

    With the rise of green building, building professionals have become much more familiar with what goes into the products they specify and install. For example, volatile organic chemicals – more frequently know by the acronym VOCs – have largely disappeared from paint, carpet and other building products due to greater awareness of the health problems they can cause.

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  • Looking Beyond NEMA and UL Markings When Specifying Enclosures

    In the United States, we’re well aware of a number of marking schemes that indicate how products like enclosures will perform in particular settings. These will include the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) rating indicating how resistant a product will be in various wet, dirty or corrosive locations. There might also be a UL marking indicating a standard to which the product has been tested.

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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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