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  • LED Lifespans Lead Manufacturers to New Business Models

    In my years working in commercial offices – cubicle farms, we called them, then – the sight of a building maintenance staffer up on a ladder to replace a burned out fluorescent tube lamp or ballast was a regular occurrence. As commercial building owners and managers make the switch to much longer-lived LED replacement options, lighting manufacturers will be selling many fewer lamps, and they’re looking for new options to make up that anticipated lost revenue.

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  • Eaton XT Series IEC Motor Controls Ease Installation, Amp Up Usability

    Eaton’s XT IEC Motor and Power Control Series offers faster and easier installation along with increased functionality and improvements in usability for contractors.

    The XT series offers non-reversing and reversing contactors and starters as well as overload relays and accessories.

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  • Commercial Owners Sensing Savings in Today’s Smarter Lighting Controls

    Once upon a time, commercial office buildings were lit up like candles 24 hours a day, perhaps because installing the right control systems was more expensive than the electricity used to power all those light fixtures. That time has long passed though, and today’s owners are looking for new solutions that maximize the contribution of natural sunlight, where and when possible, and minimize the use of electric lighting in unoccupied spaces. These combined demands are driving a growing market for light and occupancy sensors in lighting designs both large and small.

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  • Common Grounding Issues – Part 1

    Electrical grounding and bonding are important parts of any electrical system. And, they can be somewhat confusing. When it comes to electronic equipment, manufacturers often include instructions to protect their equipment. But, sometimes it compromises the integrity of the overall system.

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  • Common Grounding Issues – Part 2

    In Part 1, we talked about the below-grade ground, or earthing. We looked at some of the approved grounding electrodes possible. This article concerns the installation of ground rods.

    Ground rod installation
    There should be at least two of them, no closer than six feet apart. The lengths recognized are 8 feet (minimum) and 10 feet.

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  • Accessories Add Flexibility to Cable Tray Systems

    Cable tray systems could be considered the interstate highways for a facility’s power and data distribution systems. providing out-of-the-way support for a range of cabling, based on code requirements. Like all highways, these installations require options for merging cables in and out of “traffic,” and system designers and specifiers have a range of choices for meeting these needs.

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