February 26, 2018 — Smart lighting delivers more than just illumination: the combination of LED technology and intelligent lighting control systems has significantly lowered energy usage while simultaneously reducing operating expenses and addressing ever-tightening building code requirements.
February 13, 2018 — Despite decades of improvement in lighting and HVAC equipment efficiency, building energy intensity remains high due to the growing use of personal electronic devices and other electrical equipment in buildings.
February 13, 2018 — “Is your head in the sand?” asked Scott W. in a Letter to the Editor regarding the article, “The 5 shades of green of electric heat,” published in EBMag’s January 2017 issue. That article argued consumers should make the switch to electric heat systems. But Scott wrote:
February 13, 2018 — As the IoT (internet of things) revolution continues, it presents an ever-growing range of innovations emerging on the commercial lighting and power supply front, where data-gathering sensors have long been an integral part of daily operations.
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October 6, 2017 — Beyond the look that lighting adds to a building, it must also serve the greater purpose of adding security to a property. Lighting is the primary deterrent of crime on any property, so when it comes to building an effective security system, it plays a critical role.
October 6, 2017 — Not all thermal imagers (a.k.a. infrared [IR] cameras) are created equal. While advertisements and promotions may present specifications that, at first glance, make imagers seem like one and the same, many factors make up a quality thermal imager—one that can withstand the rigours of day after day work in harsh environments.
September 15, 2017 — For live indoor stage theatre events, it is extremely important that the audience clearly hears the performance. These days, many performers use very small, portable wireless microphones. Their musical equipment—violins, guitars, pianos, etc.—are also equipped with these microphone-type devices.
September 15, 2017 — A well-built power protection solution with highly efficient uninterruptible power system (UPS) hardware helps keep business applications available, power costs manageable and important data safe. By becoming familiar with the basics of a UPS and how to choose the right one, facilities operators and IT staff can ensure mission-critical systems always have the clean, reliable electricity they need to drive long-term success.
August 30, 2017 - To avoid power quality problems, as well as solve existing PQ ones, it is necessary for us to understand the type of loads on the electrical distribution system. Understanding the principle operations of the load and the characteristic distortion it produces—whether it be transients, harmonics or electromagnetic interference (EMI)—is extremely important.
August 17, 2017 - Energy storage technologies are emerging as a viable way for customers to manage increasing electricity costs. Batteries allow them to take electricity from the grid when prices are low during off-peak hours and use it during high-priced on-peak hours. Batteries also provide a possible mechanism for critical peak avoidance, allowing Class A consumers to reduce their Global Adjustment costs.
August 17, 2017 - Residential fires account for 73% of all fire-related fatalities in Canada. Accidental fires are preventable and, as an industry, we have taken—and continue to take—precautions to protect public safety. Post-fire inspections often reveal dated or disabled safety devices, like smoke alarms, exposing a hard truth those in the industry already know... the proper maintenance of safety devices is oft overlooked.
June 28, 2017 - The Canadian pickup truck market is huge, catering to the multiple needs of work and home—sometimes all in one package. In fact, pickups serving both the workplace and the family are becoming the norm. This fact alone makes choosing the right one simply that much more complex.
June 28, 2017 - When Houle Electric returned to finish Phase 3 of the Northern Rockies Recreational Centre in Fort Nelson, B.C., they knew the facility was close to the community’s heart.
June 28, 2017 - Smart lighting applications have the potential to reduce energy costs for office buildings and industrial facilities by as much as 90% according to Gartner, a research and advisory company.* However, smart lighting goes beyond simply installing solid-state lighting (SSL) and retrofitting programmable LEDs.
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