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  • Commercial Smart Dimming Strategies

    Interesting word, smart.

    It means so many things to so many people. Obviously, we naturally think of intelligence. When used with lighting, energy control, and commercial building use, intelligence certainly fits.

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  • Legrand Predicts Security, Simplicity and Occupant Comfort to Define Lighting Controls in 2019

    At the start of the year, experts from Legrand’s Building Control Systems division listed their top picks for trends and themes in the commercial shading and lighting controls market for 2019. They are: Security, Simplicity and Occupant Comfort.

    On the security front, wireless digital lighting control platforms such as the company’s Wattstopper Digital Lighting Management (DLM) system allow for secure and easy-to-install controls systems for wireless, hard-wired or mixed/hybrid systems (wireless plus wires) in varied commercial layouts.

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  • Residential Smart Dimming Strategies

    Or maybe I should say... smarter dimming strategies. In fact, now smart technology can provide you with a home lighting strategy that can mimic your lifestyle better than you can!
    Well, probably better than me anyway.

    Being an electrician for over 30 years, and just a little of a tech-nerd (okay... a lot of a tech-nerd), I've been keeping an eye on the progress of lighting controls and options.

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  • Correct Setbacks and Insulate Devices

    Arlington Industries offers a wide range of countertop, floor and wall box kits, with plastic or metal covers in up to five different colors featuring either metal or plastic flip lids and plugs for new or retrofit construction.

    To address the retrofit or remodel market in particular, Arlington also offers an electrical box extender that can be used to correct setbacks and insulate devices with an easy install design, eliminating the need to align device screws with extender holes.

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  • Adding Smarts to Your Electrical Outlet

    Don’t look now, but your electrical outlets may one day soon start developing some smarts.

    Smarts, that is, in terms of artificial intelligence through which an outlet box can “learn” to differentiate between a fuse-flipping arc event such as faulty wiring and a “nuisance trip” such as when a vacuum cleaner or hair dryer momentarily overloads a circuit.

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  • IDEA Connector: New Name, but Same Great Data

    For the last 20 years, behind the scenes, the Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA) has been working to develop and improve the way electrical contractors and distributors find the electrical product and pricing information they need for bidding and other purposes. Long called the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW), the product database IDEA manages, was recently rechristened IDEA Connector, in a move IDEA says more clearly communicates the database’s intent.

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