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Lead Your Customers into LED

Lead Your Customers into LED

Today’s LED lighting choices include a wide array of retrofit lamps. These retrofits are fine for small scale upgrades, making the project quick and painless. Unfortunately, “quick and painless” thinking can lead your customers to try to scale something that doesn’t scale economically. If you lead customers to the right choices, you better serve them […]

Hard Head or Hard Hat?

Hard Head or Hard Hat?

Sometimes, it can seem that another person’s head is made of cement or another fairly impenetrable material. But the human skull is actually pretty fragile. It can’t protect the brain from many of the hazards electricians regularly encounter on the job. These are hazards ranging from a tool falling off a platform to accidentally headbutting […]

Motor Disconnects, Part 4

Motor Disconnects, Part 4

In the NEC, we read “readily accessible” so much where disconnects are concerned that it’s easy to conclude that all disconnects must be readily accessible. This would be a false conclusion. In a motor circuit, only one of the disconnecting means must be readily accessible [430.107]. However, every disconnecting means in the motor circuit between […]

Neon Signs and Lighting, Part 6

Neon Signs and Lighting, Part 6

LED lighting systems provide many advantages for a variety of applications. Among those is sign illumination systems. It’s common to encounter secondary circuit voltage exceeding 1,000V in neon systems. But an LED typically runs on 5V. This has implications for installation requirements, which is why Article 600 has special requirements just for LED sign illumination […]

Don’t Hide from HID

Don’t Hide from HID

LED lighting systems have understandably garnered much attention over the past few years. But this does not mean other types of lighting are poor choices. A case in point is High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting. Generally, it is a poor choice if you are going with a magnetic ballast version in a lighting refit or […]