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April 10, 2017 - In the February 2017 edition of Electrical Business Magazine, I present real-life problems with LED lighting from the electrical contractor trenches, plus offer some research and best practices to help you make your installations successful.LED lighting is a “switched mode power supply”, which means triplen harmonics, particularly the third harmonic. Not only is there a natural loading unbalance, but also the third harmonic adding up in the neutral conductor.
April 10, 2017 - We’ve all bought expensive things designed to make our lives easier that just don’t. In fact, landfills all over the country are filled with these devices.
April 7, 2017 - When someone asks “Who’s the boss?”, you take pride in responding because, well, it’s you! But being self-employed means more than just having a good idea and the drive to make it happen: you also have to balance the books and fulfil your tax obligations with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
March 14, 2017 - The labs at the University of Calgary’s Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) Engineering Complex are not just any labs: they are brand-new, high-intensity research labs, designed to bolster a “collaborative learning space”, says Bill Rosehart, dean of engineering.
March 14, 2017 - Contractors face many difficulties when making safety practical for service electricians. All work involves risk. Well-intentioned rules and regulations do not necessarily translate as practical on a job.
February 14, 2017 - For over 100 years, incandescent, fluorescent, quartz/halogen and HID lighting ruled the roost. Components were standardized, so electricians could solve any problem using generic replacement parts.
February 14, 2017 - When it comes to production drilling and setting poles, electric utilities and their contractors frequently make decisions onsite regarding the best equipment and tool for the job. Boring reports provide some insight into the geological make-up of the ground, but the reality is conditions can vary dramatically between locations... even those that are just a few feet apart.
February 6, 2017 - As seasons change, it’s time to optimize lighting to adjust for longer or shorter daylight hours and inclement weather, and to ensure a balance of natural and artificial lighting for comfort, safety, productivity and cost savings.
January 20, 2017 - With a name like Hotel Le Crystal, this five-star Montreal building is all about the luminosity. So when the time came to revamp its lighting in Summer 2015, only “state-of-the-art technology” was an option, according to Francois Guité, Hotel Le Crystal administrator.
January 20, 2017 - While this article is intended for the end user (homeowner), we feel it can serve as an excellent tool for selling clients on the idea of electric heat. It was developed by Electro-Federation Canada’s Electric Heat Section, which comprises the following Canadian manufacturer members: Convectair-NMT Inc., Dimplex North America Ltd., EasyHeat, FlexTherm Inc., Ouellet Canada Inc., Stelpro Design Inc., Thermon Canada Inc.
January 20, 2017 - Occasionally, an organization or individual becomes aware of a consumer or commercial product that appears unsafe, or does not appear to be a legitimate product properly certified for its intended purpose.
January 19, 2017 - Two years after officials sliced through its opening ribbon, the jutting, Jenga-like Halifax Central Library continues to reel in the accolades.
January 9, 2017 - A device similar in size and shape to the flat-screen TV on your wall could soon remotely charge any device within its line of sight. The technology already exists to build such a system, say Duke University engineers, adding it’s only a matter of taking the time to design it.
December 14, 2016 - It’s a birthday Glen Miller won’t soon forget. Probably never. Glen is the branch manager of Graybar Canada’s Windsor location at 2760 Deziel Drive and, on the evening of Wednesday, August 24—while he was out with his wife, son and daughter-in-law celebrating his 51st birthday—he got a call from one of his neighbours, Rose City Electric, who plainly told him: There’s a hole in the side of your building.
December 12, 2016 - Working on live circuits is probably most electricians’ least-favourite task but, sometimes, it’s the only way to get the job done. A journeyman electrician in the U.S. Midwest found a way to reduce his time in the arc flash zone by turning to wireless measurement tools.
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