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  • Home Security Systems

    I grew up in rural Pennsylvania in the 1960s. We had a nice house with a fenced-in yard, on property in the shadow of the Appalachian mountain range. Our homestead was secured with an F&B security system.

    Fritz, a beautiful German shepherd, patrolled the interior of our mini estate. Our surly bulldog Brutus guarded the yard tenaciously. Yep, no one got by them. If someone even looked at the house, the barking and carrying on clued us in.

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  • IDEA’s IDW Data for Contractors Enters Year Three

    The IDEA (Industry Data Exchange Association) Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) is now entering its third year of successful use by contractors worldwide to streamline parts ordering and produce accurate and timely estimates.

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  • Security Tech – Ever vigilant sentries of commerce

    Wherever two or more are gathered ...

    There'd better be security. Let's face it. Small town America, where everybody knew your name and you could leave your door unlocked, is gone. Well, at least it's vanishing quickly.

    And where large group of humanity jostle each other, security is a must.

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  • LED Lifespans Lead Manufacturers to New Business Models

    In my years working in commercial offices – cubicle farms, we called them, then – the sight of a building maintenance staffer up on a ladder to replace a burned out fluorescent tube lamp or ballast was a regular occurrence. As commercial building owners and managers make the switch to much longer-lived LED replacement options, lighting manufacturers will be selling many fewer lamps, and they’re looking for new options to make up that anticipated lost revenue.

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  • Eaton XT Series IEC Motor Controls Ease Installation, Amp Up Usability

    Eaton’s XT IEC Motor and Power Control Series offers faster and easier installation along with increased functionality and improvements in usability for contractors.

    The XT series offers non-reversing and reversing contactors and starters as well as overload relays and accessories.

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  • Commercial Owners Sensing Savings in Today’s Smarter Lighting Controls

    Once upon a time, commercial office buildings were lit up like candles 24 hours a day, perhaps because installing the right control systems was more expensive than the electricity used to power all those light fixtures. That time has long passed though, and today’s owners are looking for new solutions that maximize the contribution of natural sunlight, where and when possible, and minimize the use of electric lighting in unoccupied spaces. These combined demands are driving a growing market for light and occupancy sensors in lighting designs both large and small.

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