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Present or absent? Make sure you your lights are dimmable and keep your employees healthy

When we have realistic expectations that products have been certified through specs and/or tests and that the installation is complete and correct, there should be no grounding problems to solve. This is from our contributor on dimming issues with LEDs. Realistic expectations on the part of employers and employees are also essential to prevent workplace presenteeism, i.e., when employees are at work even if they shouldn't be there because of health, personal or family reasons. With the arrival of a new workforce in the labour market, implementing policies that will foster an individual-centric corporate culture is an initiative that is profitable at all levels and enables everyone to win. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor
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Changing Scene

Convectair Convectair Names Sales Rep for East-South Quebec
Charles Clark-Morazé is now responsible for the representation and sales of Convectair products for the east-south region of the province, including the cities of Lévis, New Richmond, Edmundston, Rimouski, Rivière-du-Loup, St-Georges, Victoriaville and Drummondville…
Liteline Liteline Founder and President Steve Silverstein to Retire
Steve's journey began in 1979, providing customers with aftermarket lens replacements for fluorescent fixtures. Steve offered distributors a simple service of small-run custom fabrication with quick deliveries, often made from the back of his own truck…
Lineworker Canadian Electrical Association to Lobby for a National Lineworker Appreciation Day
During an October 2 promotional event on Sparks Street in Ottawa, the CEA will meet with members of the public and Parliamentarians to raise awareness for the work performed by lineworkers on behalf of Canadians…
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Lighting Controls

Avoiding and Resolving Issues with Products That Don't Dim as Expected, Part 2

By Kevin Willmorth
Controls With the right combination of dimmer and solid-state driver for LED products, dimming performance can achieve excellent results from 100% all the way to dark, smoothly and predictably. However, when the combination is wrong, many undesirable effects may occur. Flickering, flashing, and stumbling are a few of the most annoying issues. Truncated dimming, where dimming runs to a point, then simply stops or cuts off completely, is another issue that might result. Part 1 explored some of these issues. Here in Part 2: causes and solutions. Read More

Safety

Safety and Risk in Electrical Low-Voltage Installations, Part 3

By Alfred Mörx
Safety Taking adequate measures when planning and making equipment (e.g., low‐voltage switchgear assemblies) ensures that any risk that remains after the application of protective measures is as low as possible. Parts 1 and 2 explored the relationship between risk and safety, seven reasons for implementing safety precautions, consequential damage, and its costs. Part 3 looks at what's involved in meeting employer responsibilities under workplace health and safety legislation, and six causes of arc faults in low‐voltage switchgear assemblies. Read More
Tools For The Trade

Human Resources

Presenteeism — Do You Know What It's Costing Your Organization?

By Michelle Branigan
Michelle Branigan Have you ever been sick but still showed up for work? Have you ever feared losing your job if you needed to take time off for a family matter or personal issue? Have you ever worked for a company where being overloaded with work was the norm? Presenteeism is when employees come to work even when their productivity levels are low. Distracted, worried or unmotivated due to illness, stress, family pressure, or even exhaustion, employees still go to work. Employers across all industries need to understand the significant impact presenteeism can have on their workforce and bottom line. Read More

Economy

Value of Building Permits Issued Declines 0.1% in June

Economy Canadian municipalities issued $8.2 billion worth of building permits in July, down 0.1% from June. The value of permits for residential buildings edged down 0.3% to $5.3 billion in July. The decline was mainly the result of lower construction intentions for multi-family dwellings, down 1.1% to $2.9 billion. A decrease in British Columbia (-$185 million) offset gains in seven provinces. The value of building permits in the single-family component was up 0.6% to $2.4 billion. Four provinces registered increases, led by Ontario and Manitoba. Read More

Q & A With Britech Electric Cable Heating Systems

We are installing a pipe trace system on plastic piping in an underground parking garage. What concerns should I be aware of?

Britech First of all you need to be aware of Section 62-308 of the CE Code. Heating cables on non-metallic pipes require a thermostat on each pipe. "A heating cable set or heating panel set installed on a non-metallic pipe, duct, or vessel shall be controlled by a thermostat or other suitable temperature-limiting system so that it does not cause damage to the pipe, duct, or vessel." Using one ambient air sensing thermostat to control all of the pipe tracing on separate non-metallic pipes does not meet the letter of the code. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Electric Power Distribution Median Salary by Years of Experience

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New Products and Solutions

Ouellet Aerial Mount Sensor Controller

Aerial Mounted Sensor and Controller for Heating Cable from Ouellet

This Ouellet sensor and controller is intended for heating cables for snow melting and self-regulating heating cables only. Applications include residential driveways, sidewalks, access ramps, underground parking ramps, roofs, and gutters. Features include a 2-in-1 sensor and controller, precipitation sensor on top of unit, and a temperature sensor below the unit. Read More
Stanpro

Standalone Plastic Combo Running Man 120/347V AC from Stanpro

The new PRMPS-2 commercial plastic combination running man sign is suitable for property management and institutional applications, and is designed using durable and lightweight high impact thermoplastic. It comes with a quick snap canopy and two 2.4W LED heads, and runs for 120 minutes as a standalone unit. Read More
Flir OnePro

Flir One Pro LT Lower-Cost Thermal Imaging Camera for Smartphones and Tablets

Flir Systems' Flir One Pro LT is a new lower price point thermal imaging attachment for smartphones in the Flir One Pro series. The Pro LT features many of the professional-level tools and advanced thermal image quality that define the series. Powered by the Flir Lepton thermal microcamera core, key tools include Flir's MSX image enhancement, which combines the thermal and a high-definition visible camera images to produce crisp, detailed images that are easy to interpret. All Flir One Pro models feature Flir's MSX and VividIR video signal processing technology. Read More
Eiko Vert Site Lighting Platform

VERT Site Lighting Platform from EiKO

These cost-effective, multi-use site and area lights are available in multiple outputs and with flexible mounting options to create a perfect solution for any outdoor application. Outputs from 13,000-38,000 lumens, precision TIR optics, and three mounting options create endless configurations for unmatched flexibility. Diecast aluminum body and durable polycarbonate lens ensure performance in demanding environments. IP65 rated and UL listed for wet locations. They're perfect for parking areas, auto dealerships, roadways, campuses, airports, security lighting, building facades and more. Read More
Warmup Inslab Cable System

Inslab Cable System from Warmup

The Inslab Cable System is designed for installations within a concrete slab of any size. Once installed, the heated slab can be covered with any flooring type, including hardwood, vinyl, tile and more. The in-slab system is ideal for primary heating and used in conjunction with a suitable thermal block below the cable. The programmable thermostat can be set to use off-peak electricity, making this application a perfect energy efficient thermal storage system. Read More
GVA Lighting STR9 Inground

STR9 Inground from GVA Lighting

STR9 Inground is a reliable in-ground fixture with a full glass top and an outstanding glare control system. Among the features: an innovative unibody fixture design machined from a solid aluminum block and a time proven, hermetically sealing technology, a stainless steel (Grade 316), corrosion resistant installation box, a hermetically sealed remote power supply design, low surface temperature (power supply is separated from fixture), and more. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 41
    In this article: Section 84 — Interconnection of Electric Power Production Sources. Rule 84-000 notes that this is a supplementary or amendatory section of the code and applies only to the installation of power production sources interconnected with a supply authority system. Appendix B and the CEC Handbook have additional information and descriptions of these installations.

  • Avoiding and Resolving Issues with Products That Don't Dim as Expected, Part 1
    With the right combination of dimmer and solid-state driver for LED products, dimming performance can achieve excellent results from 100% all the way to dark, smoothly and predictably. However, when the combination is wrong, many undesirable effects may occur. Flickering, flashing, and stumbling are a few of the most annoying issues. Truncated dimming, where dimming runs to a point, then simply stops or cuts off completely, is another issue that might result.

  • Total Lighting Solutions Inc.
    Lighting design increasingly focuses on unique and emotion invoking lighting options that begin with an idea or vision in the mind of a lighting designer, and is then brought to fruition through hard work and a focused team of experts. Total Lighting Solutions in Vancouver, BC has not only risen to this challenge but continued to set precedents year after year.

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