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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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  • Conduit Bending Tools

    Conduit bending is a common task for commercial electricians, with many jobs requiring a combination of 90-degree, offset and saddle bends. IDEAL industries offers a selection of bender heads, hickeys and handles to help get the job done.

    The place to start is in the selection of bender heads.

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  • Smart Building Lighting Strategies Save Money

    For decades, lighting control in commercial spaces amounted to either on or off. Easy, simple, but not very effective when it came to workplace productivity in offices, boardrooms, and classrooms.

    Lighting control eventually evolved in the form of light sensors, motion sensors and electro-mechanical timers. It was better, as it helped cut lighting energy costs by automatically turning off lights when not needed. Even so, the technology was still limited to either on or off.

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  • Smart Lighting Control for Today's Connected Home

    As a contractor, you have the ability to offer residential customers the same dimming strategies and lighting control available in commercial settings.

    By offering smart lighting control, you can provide homeowners with the added benefits of convenience and peace of mind, and smart lighting adds to the value of the home when putting it on the market.

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  • Bigger and Brighter Not Always Better With Security Lighting

    When it comes to outdoor security lighting, it’s easy to understand why some might think broader and brighter is always better. However, we’re learning that such approaches can disturb wildlife in the surrounding environment and even, potentially, harm human health. That’s why building codes and professional lighting organizations now are calling for designers and contractors to pay closer attention to performance details of the exterior fixtures they specify and install.

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