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Insights Magazine: Emerging Technologies

Using EDMS Software to Advance the Electricity Industry

As a subdivision of the services industry, electricity is powering our society, but could do so more efficiently with EDMS software (electronic document management systems).

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Innovative Cable for Daylight Harvesting

Daylight harvesting reduces energy consumption by using daylight in place of, or to augment, electric lighting to light a space. Lighting control systems are used to dim or switch electric lighting in response to changing daylight availability; when daylight penetrates into spaces, the amount of electric lighting needed is reduced. Now, new technology has come onto the market with control for up to three dimming zones, combining electric lighting and control circuits within a single interlocked armor. The new MC Luminary MultiZone™ cable is the first product specifically designed to meet California’s strict daylight harvesting requirements, which are rapidly being adopted by jurisdictions around the United States.

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Six Questions to Guide Tunable White Decisions

Constant changes to LED technology can make keeping up with LED developments seem like a full-time job. Color tuning, and specifically tunable white, is one of today’s most intriguing control opportunities, but where do you start to ensure you’re making the best fixture and control decisions? Historically, fixtures have been purchased with a specific color temperature; however, emerging studies are confirming the human centric benefits of being able to change, or tune, a fixture’s correlated color temperature (CCT). Tunable white applications use more sophisticated LED drivers and light engines to control both the color temperature and the intensity of a fixture. The right solution for any project begins with asking the right questions.

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Protecting Power Systems

In an electrical system, there are several components that allow us to safely receive the electricity we need to power our homes and businesses. There’s a lot that goes on behind the receptacle to protect us from short circuits, ground faults, and arc faults.

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Electricians Light Up at the Opportunity to Work on More High-Tech and Interconnected Jobs

In today’s world, technology is constantly evolving and the electrical trade is on the cutting- edge of these advancements. Electricians are dealing with higher demands, more complex systems, and difficult integrations in projects ranging from high-tech installations to smart homes. These advanced systems bring their own set of challenges for electricians, but they can also bring opportunities to grow the industry.

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Lighting a Path to LEDs

As someone steeped in the world of residential and commercial lighting, Christopher Thompson, principal of Studio Lux, Seattle and Los Angeles, recognizes that lighting accounts for roughly 12 percent of U.S. electricity consumption. So he routinely specifies LEDs to lighten the load. They are a whopping 85 percent more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs and are expected to last 20-some years. Yet the conversion has been bumpy, to say the least. With technology advancements continuing apace, "You have to do a deep dive to understand where [LED technology] has come from and where it's headed," he says.

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Control Issues

Home automation, once the realm of gadget geeks and well-heeled customers, is gaining ground as costs come down and the technology becomes easier to use.

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