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  • Generators – Portable Power for Work and Play

    I live in a college town. And that means: football! Every game day, visitors flood the area, filling parking lots, campgrounds and every spare foot of unused space.

    And of course, game day means tailgate parties. In the parking lots around the stadium, you hear the hum… and sometimes the roar… of portable generators powering grills, coffee pots and who knows what.

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  • Sensing Becomes an Opportunity in Latest Energy Codes

    Occupancy and vacancy sensors are set to become significantly more important elements in commercial electrical designs over the next several years, thanks to increasingly stringent efficiency requirements in state and national energy codes. As a result, electrical contractors should take some time to understand the latest code updates and the products available to meet new demands.

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  • Generators for Emergency Power in Home and Industry

    Let’s face facts. Even though power technology is advancing, many of us, both in residential and commercial/industrial settings, have a problem. Our power grid is aging and deteriorating. Failures are common from both degradation and weather-related catastrophes.

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  • Street Light LED Retrofits Provide Multiple Benefits

    Three recent case studies from Acuity Brands’ American Electric Lighting (AEL) enumerate the multiple benefits municipalities can get from replacing aging street light lamps with new LEDs.

    In Elk Grove, California, for instance, the city purchased and installed 9800 LED luminaires to replace HPS (high pressure sodium) fixtures and achieve energy savings of 60 to 70 percent.

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  • Keeping Current on Voltage-Testing Options

    Among the most basic tasks for electrical contractors is testing for the presence – or absence – of electrical voltage. Whether it’s simply to determine if a system is de-energized and safe to work on, or part of a more complicated troubleshooting exercise, voltage testing is a critical element in any contractor’s job. Choosing the right tester can be more than an issue of convenience, it also can make a difference in an electrician’s productivity – and, more importantly, safety.

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  • New Outdoor Lighting Maximizes Security and Saves Energy at Indiana Prison Yard

    Outdoor lighting is almost always about convenience and safety, along roadways, in parking lots and in common spaces throughout communities. Sometimes, though, it becomes a critical security measure, as in the case of the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle, Indiana.

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