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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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  • 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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  • Input Sensors – Your eyes, fingers and…more?

    No need to "eyeball" it any more. Input sensors take the place of our human senses… and do a great job of it, to boot.

    There are several types of input sensors. One of the first I encountered was the photo electric sensor or photo eye. These eyes controlled remote relays with a set of integrated mechanical contacts. Located inside the sensor body, the contacts changed state with a tiny magnetic relay.

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  • Greenlee Offers 855GX IntelliBender, Advanced Bending Software via BendWorks

    Greenlee’s 855GX IntelliBender cable and conduit bender offers electrical contractors a programmable and portable bender capable of making the most advanced bends with relative ease and speed.

    It can bend 3/4-inch rigid in either of its 1-inch rigid or 1-inch EMT shoe grooves, and 1-to-2-inch rigid, EMT or conduit with just one shoe featuring smart sensors that know exactly what diameter conduit and type you are going to bend.

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