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Volume 3 • Issue 19


Everyone talks about it, also be ready

Every report and study talks about it, it's a central issue at all conferences… for lighting control systems and the convergence of different electrical technologies, this is their moment. The LED revolution is far from over. The technology is now being combined with all other existing technologies, and we begin a series on new lighting systems. We continue our exploration of the CE Code with Bill Burr and Section 22. Good reading and follow us on Twitter @EINnewsletter.

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  • Quebec's Electric Circuit Rolls into Ontario
    The Ontario Government has accepted a proposal from Electric Circuit to set up a fast-charge corridor between Quebec and the Ottawa area.

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Codes & Standards

Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1 — Instalment 13 

By William (Bill) Burr
Corrosive Liquids In this article: CE code Section 20— Locations in which corrosive liquids, vapours, or excessive moisture are likely to be present. The code is a comprehensive document. Sometimes it can seem daunting to quickly find the information you need. This series of articles provides a guide to help users find their way through this critical document. This is not intended to replace the notes in Appendix B or the explanations of individual requirements contained in the CEC Handbook, but will provide some help in navigating the code. Read More


Adaptive Lighting Systems Part 1: Occupancy Sensing

Smart Lighting Adaptive One of the major benefits delivered by a smart lighting system is its ability to provide enormous energy savings. This can be achieved by granting luminaires a certain degree of autonomy. While it might seem that the occupants of a given space know best how and when this space should be lit, a well-tuned smart lighting system can be far more efficient than the one which relies solely on human-made decisions. In order to enable a lighting system to make autonomous decisions with regard to its light output and operation, it must be provided with a stream of information upon which such decisions can be made. A big part of those data comes from sensors. A sensor-driven network of smart bulbs is capable of tracking changes in the environment and interpreting these changes in order to dynamically adjust its operation for optimal comfort and energy efficiency, as well as lower electricity bills. This might sound a bit complicated, but the individual lighting control techniques employed by smart lighting systems are quite simple. Let us break them down for you, starting with occupancy sensing. Read More

Peers & Profiles

Étienne Bolze — From Art to Electricity

By Laurence Rocher-Brassard
Etienne Bolze Étienne Bolze, multilinguist, is a young professional in the electrical industry. He joined the industry at age 24, as Communications Coordinator at Convectair. He still holds this position two years later. Among his previous positions, he was an online account editor a director's assistant in an art gallery. Bolze holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor in Arts Administration from Bishop's University. He has also taken economics courses from Concordia University and has a certificate in International Art Law, Art as an alternative Investment from the Sotheby's Institute of Art. Étienne confides that working in the electrical industry had never occurred to him. "I realize now that perhaps my vision was restricted, when in reality our scope of action here is much broader…" Read More


February Spending on New Housing Construction Up 5.4% YOY

Investement in the new housing construction Spending on new housing construction totalled $3.7 billion in February, up 5.4% from the same month a year earlier. Nationally, the gain was the result of higher investment in apartment and apartment-condominium building construction, which increased 24.8% to $1.4 billion, and, to a lesser extent, row house construction, which rose 8.2% to $373 million. In contrast, investment in single-family dwellings was $1.8 billion, 4.3% lower than in February 2015, while spending on semi-detached dwelling construction declined 18.1% to $160 million. At the provincial level, three provinces recorded increases: Ontario, followed by British Columbia and Quebec. The Prairie provinces registered the largest decreases, led by Alberta. Read More

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Product Focus

Eaton's First Motor Control Centre Technology Incorporates Arc Flash Prevention

Eaton Flashgard Eaton's new, arc-resistant version of its FlashGard motor control centre technology is designed to prevent an arc flash event and protect personnel if an arc flash occurs. Eaton is the first manufacturer to combine arc-preventative and arc-resistant technology within a single motor control centre. Read More

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