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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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  • 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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  • Southwire Develops Overhead Conductor for Extreme Ice Conditions

    Numerous electric utilities across the country have had to weather significant ice storms over the past several winters that have taken down overhead transmission and distribution lines.

    Southwire has developed a new high-quality and high-strength overhead conductor designed to help power lines withstand extreme ice loads.

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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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  • Transfer Switch Basics

    There's no doubt that many areas of the nation's power grid infrastructure are aging, on the verge of failure. If your livelihood, like mine, depends on the availability of power, there's reason for concern.

    And the health, safety and well-being of your family depends on electrical power as well. Perhaps the best way to prepare is to have an emergency backup power plan prepared.

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  • Generators for Work, Play, and Backup Power

    While backup power in emergencies is vital, it's not the only reason to have a portable generator on hand. And when it's crucial to maintain consistent power during an outage, portables are not always the best answer.

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