Electrical Industry News Week
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Message From The Editor

Take steps to stay informed and to participate in the debates

Whether it's technical issues or best practices in managing your business, none of us are safe from mistakes or the unexpected. Some are more important than others — those affecting safety, of course, and those affecting our reputation. In a time of extensive social networking, reputations are built and destroyed quickly. Hence, the importance of avoiding mistakes and limiting the unexpected. One way is to stay informed, to continue technical training, which enables us to participate intelligently in debates of the hour. For instance, with the emergence of smart buildings, the debate between direct and alternating current is back. We give you an outline in this issue, so that you will be able to answer customer questions and participate in the debate on this important question, which could change the profile of electrical distribution in the years to come. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

ESA Awards 2018 Electrical Safety Awards Call for Nominations Now Open
The Electrical Safety Authority wants to celebrate and recognize contributions to making Ontario a safer place. Share an electrical safety experience, initiative or program….
EB Horsman E.B. Horsman & Son: New eCommerce Site Goes Live
After months of beta testing, E.B. Horsman & Son has launched a new fully functional ecommerce site. The site includes a number of new features, such as…
CSA CSA C83-17 Has Arrived
The new CSA C83-17- Standard for Communication and Power Line Hardware offers utilities a comprehensive list of components, with critical performance, dimensional, and inspection criteria outlined for each to promote greater standardization in the industry and help utilities keep pace with change.

TrueForce. Save energy, retain your uniqueness
Philips Easy retrofit installation - take advantage of current fixtures and ballasts for an easy install with immediate energy savings.It's the perfect switch from HID to LED. Read More

Electrical Code - Did you know?

Electric Vehicle Energy Management System

CSA Group Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) can draw a substantial load when in the charging mode. For existing buildings, adding EVSE may result in the total load exceeding the existing service capacity. In this case, the first option is to increase the service size. A second option is to install a system that monitors the power being drawn by EVSEs and other building loads, and controls the EVSE loads so that the overall load does not exceed the limits of the existing service, feeders, and branch circuits. Read More


Personal Brand Quiz: Test How Your Personal Reputation Stacks Up

By Jeff Mowatt
Jeff Mowatt In marketing terms, your company's Net Promoter Score indicates your customers' willingness to recommend your products and services. Bringing this concept closer to home, ever wondered how likely people are to recommend you personally? For example, would your supervisor go to bat for you to support you receiving a pay raise? Are your competitors hearing about you from your customers and considering offering you a job? The likelihood of these kinds of recommendations is based on what I call your Trust Equity Score. Read More
Tools For The Trade

AC/DC Power

AC vs. DC: Considerations of Industry Trends and Technology

By Panel & Systems Integrator Editorial Team
AC DC The rapid rise in new technology, led primarily by renewable energy and electronics, has brought a new focus to the discussion about AC vs. DC and how it will affect the electrical industry. At a time when energy waste is at the forefront of industry conversations, power loss is a major issue and driver of potential further adoption of DC and LVDC power use. Read More

Smart Grids

SmartGrid Canada: Aiming at a Better Future for Canadians

Smart Grid Funding Smart Grids are currently a hot topic issue, particularly when discussions turn to the future of electricity use within major cities. In Canada there are a number of groups working to better our infrastructure and put Canada on the cutting edge of the adoption of Smart Grid technology. One such group is SmartGrid Canada, a not-for-profit association made up of public and private organizations, including utilities, vendors, technology and service providers, academia, and other industry associations. Read More

Q&A Brought to You by Britech

Britech Responds to Frequently Asked Questions

Britech Q. How are standards for electrical products developed?

A. Industry specialists continually re-write the testing standards to make sure only the highest quality products are available in Canada. Once the standard is written it is sent out for peer review and when all are in agreement it is again checked by the Standards Council of Canada and incorporated into a testing and usage standard. Read More

Survey Says


Electrical Contractor Median Hourly Rate by Years Experience

Salaries for electrical contractors follow a steady trend: increasing with years experience and plateauing at an average $34.82/hr.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions

Eaton Power Manager

Eaton Intelligent Power Manager

Eaton's Intelligent Power Manager (IPM) software provides the tools needed to monitor and manage power devices in customers' physical or virtual environment. Read More
Philips Spot

Philips PAR38 LED Single Optic Lamps with AirFlux Technology

Philips' PAR38 LED single optic lamps with AirFlux technology improve customers' shopping experience with superior lighting aesthetics and optimal thermal efficiency in a sleek, lightweight design. Read More
Fluke 500

Fluke 500 Series Battery Analyzers

Reduced testing complexity, a simplified workflow, and an intuitive user interface provide a new level of ease-of-use in battery testing. Read More
Audacy Wall Mount

Audacy Wall-Mount Switch

This wall-mount switch replaces a hard-wired light switch to provide onsite control of your system-enabled light fixtures or groupings. Read More
Mar Flir


The FLIR DM166 is a must-have tool for commercial electricians, automation, electronics, and HVAC technicians. Read More
Eiko DTD

EiKO Dusk to Dawn LED

EiKO's 50-watt dusk to dawn LED is standard 50W-5000LM 5000K, comes with an arm, has a voltage rating of 100~277, beam angle of 103°, rated life of 50000 hours, and ambient operating temperature range of -40° C (-40° F) to 40° C (104° F). Read More

Luminis Releases Second Generation Aramis

The second generation Aramis — the Aramis G2 — LED luminaires build on the established Aramis design with higher output and increased efficiency. Read More

Current Copper Prices

Monitor daily and 6-month $US prices for copper — the preferred electrical conductor for most categories of electrical wiring.

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The Electrical Stock Market

Track the stock market performance of 25 publicly traded electrical equipment suppliers and electrical wholesalers. Updated weekly.

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