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  • New Electronic Timers Give Consumers – And Contractors – What They Want

    Electronic timer technology has changed the way homeowners interact with timer-enabled switches. Now consumers have the option of intuitive controls and settings that can be changed remotely, using smartphone apps. However, contractors are becoming more involved in the initial setup of these devices, which is a switch from what some installers may be used to. Fortunately, the latest generation of timers is making that process easier, as well, improving the experience for both contractors and their customers.

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  • Material Concerns in Explosion-Proof Product Design

    Hazardous areas require special attention from specifiers. These are areas, as defined in the National Electrical Code, where a combustible atmosphere raises a risk of explosion if sparks or open flames or present. This risk could be the result of flammable gases, combustible vapors, combustible dust or easily ignitable fibers.

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  • Cable Trays Versus Conduit

    Conduit is still the most popular choice for many electrical installations. In industrial applications, conduit gives more choices for the many and various environments found in industrial setting.

    For example, food and beverage processing facilities will have harsh environments that can damage conductors easily. Some are caused by the process itself, while other conductor hazards come from the sanitation chemicals and processes used to ensure food and beverage safety.

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  • Cable Trays – Types, Construction, and Uses

    The use of cable trays is fairly widespread in countries outside the US. However, cable trays are gaining ground here as well. The offset of installation costs to the often more expensive approve cable is one reason. The ease with which reconfiguration of machinery and equipment is another.

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  • Wireless lighting control solutions help overcome challenges in today’s construction market

    Commercial construction is booming but persistent labor shortages can present serious challenges. When it comes to lighting retrofits, simple, scalable wireless solutions can deliver simple-to-design, labor-saving systems that help meet scheduling, budget, and performance requirements on virtually any project.

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  • Wiring Devices for the Homeowner

    My usual wiring "natural habitat" has been industrial/commercial settings. In fact, for over 25 years, I've been an IME.

    But, I occasionally hack my way through the residential jungle. Obviously, I'm the chief (and only) electrician in my own home. In fact, a few years back I was able to put my skills to work when we renovated our flat roof carport, morphing it into a laundry room, sewing room, and my personal office.

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