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  • New Combination Products Give Cables More Control

    There was a time when lighting and other switched electrical equipment was designed for simple on/off operation, making wiring a simple affair. Contractors only needed to install a single run of power cabling to meet operational needs. Today, though, both clients and ambitious energy standards are requiring greater control over building systems, specifying products like dimmable lighting and variable-speed fans, and the need for additional runs of control/signal cable can make installation a much more complicated task.

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  • Edwards Signaling 58 Series Hazardous Location Beacons

    Often the locations most in need of both audible and visible warning lights and signals is also a noisy, not always perfectly lit space — for instance at mining, construction and demolition sites, not to mention offshore oil rights and petrochemical plants.

    Edwards Signalings’ 58 Series AdaptaBeacon rotating beacon is meant exactly for such locations.

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  • Giving Aluminum Wiring a Fresh Look

    While many know of the travails suffered by the owners of buildings wired with aluminum conductors back in the 1950s and 1960s, far fewer understand just how much improved today’s aluminum wiring products are from those used five decades ago. While the older offerings were not designed for building applications, today’s aluminum wire features alloys designed specifically for use in local distribution systems. In fact, in some cases aluminum wire can be a better option than traditional copper conductors in both cost and performance.

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  • How Smart Sensors Are Revolutionizing Building Management

    When most people hear the term “Big Data,” they think of the IBM Watson supercomputer crunching billions of numbers in a lonely data center. But Big Data comes in small, distributed packages, too.

    For example, smart sensors installed in lighting luminaires make it possible to gather and analyze vast amounts of information to help make building management less costly and more efficient.

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  • LED Technology Gives Contractors Flexible Entry Points

    Think of LED lighting as the “gradual” revolution. Electrical contractors don’t have to go all-in overnight. They can enter the LED world in an unhurried way, based largely on available rebates and what their customers have in mind.

    Contractors can start one lamp at a time if they choose, replacing a fluorescent lamp with a T8 LED lamp.

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  • 3 Ways Wireless Lighting Control Helps Contractors

    GET IN, GET OUT, MAXIMIZE PROFITS

    The lighting landscape is getting more and more challenging for electrical contractors – increased competition, a tighter labor market, and changing energy codes. Wireless lighting solutions, such as Vive by Lutron, can help you do more jobs faster, win more projects, and increase your profitability.

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