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Volume 3 • Issue 34

Message From The Editor

What's ahead for us and for the next generation

It is often said that with the Internet borders no longer exist. Millennials are more interested than generations preceding them in new products and services related to energy efficiency, and they learn more about them than their elders according to a survey of 18-34 year olds in 16 different countries. Connected living solutions, solar and other digital products and services are at the top of their list. In this issue we talk about this generation and also connected technologies that in our industry we're all interested in. Good reading and follow us on Twitter @EINnewsletter.

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Managing Editor  
A sleek linear LED style within your budget

Philips Ledalite FloatPlane LED suspended and wall mount luminaires offer great performance in a sporty, low-profile design. FloatPlane's sleek minimalism (only 1.2"h x 8"w) blends seamlessly into your unique layout, and the distribution options of 70% up, 75% down and 100% down give you further flexibility. FloatPlane's astounding performance offers outputs up to 129 LPW. Now you can have the distinct energy savings of LED, with the affordability of fluorescent luminaries. Read More

Changing Scene

Shea Robinson Shea Robinson Now President of B. A. Robinson Co. Ltd.
Shea Robinson, previously B. A. Robinson Co. Ltd.'s Executive Vice President and General Manager, has been appointed President. B. A. Robinson Co. Ltd. is a diversified distributor of plumbing, lighting and electrical products, operating in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwest Ontario…
Trades Training BC Invests $3 Million in Trades Training at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
The province has announced it will invest $3 million in Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Tech Campus for skills training in high-priority trades seats, including electrical. The investment will fund 1,238 seats…
E.B. Horsman & Son Adam Dries Joins E.B. Horsman & Son as Alberta District Manager
Adam will work closely with Neil Van Tassel, Northern District Manager, and the E.B. Horsman Alberta team to carry out the company's vision for long-term customer service in the Alberta market. He looks forward to bringing E.B. Horsman & Son's spirit of independence and customer focused service to Calgary…

High Performance Buildings

Where "High Performance" for Buildings Is Headed: Part 1

High performance for buildings The high performance building (HPB) landscape is moving beyond simply "green" to encompass a broader range of attributes, such as healthy, productive, and even "resilient." In this 4-part white paper, Legrand considers how building performance mechanisms are changing to meet emerging needs and new design considerations, and poses questions about the possible future for high performance buildings that are intended to stimulate dialogue so that effective answers and solutions can be developed. Read More

Best Practices

DC Resistance Unbalance Testing: Easy, Low-Cost Insurance for Your PoE Systems, Part 2

Insurance for Your PoE Systems In the previous issue of Electrical Industry News Week, we looked at what causes DC resistance unbalance. In this issue: testing for DC resistance unbalance within a pair and between pairs. DC resistance unbalance testing verifies that the conductors in a pair have equal resistance and will therefore enable the common-mode current needed to effectively support PoE and avoid distortion of the data signals transmitting on the same pair. Unlike other field testers that only test DC loop resistance, the DSX-5000 measures… Read More


Millennials Will Be Key Drivers of Future Value for Energy Providers: Accenture Research

Future Value for Energy Providers Millennials' strong interest in new products and services will drive the most future value for energy utilities, but they are much more demanding consumers, according to international research conducted by Accenture. At the top of their list: connected living solutions, solar and other digital products and services. Accenture's seventh annual survey of energy consumers explores the views of almost 10,000 respondents across Canada and 16 other countries. Read More

Company Profile

Wright's Way Has Been Doing It the Wright Way for Over 65 Years

Wright's Electric From the moment Cliff Wright traded in his military uniform for an electrician's tool belt in 1949, Wright's Electric has been showing customers throughout the Chatham, Ontario area how to wire "the Wright way." In those days Wright's Electric used their specialty in radar systems to provide a wide range of services on televisions, radio, and appliances, to name a few. "You had to have a broad spectrum in those days to stay alive," explains Brian Wright, second generation owner of Wright's Electric (Kent) Limited. Read More

Survey Says

Salary By Certification

Salary by Certification Type

Professional engineers earn twice as much as apprentice electricians. See how eight other certification types compare.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

  • Salary by Company Size
    Mid-sized companies lead six other size categories. Companies with the most and least employees pay almost the same.

  • Salary by Province
    Among seven provinces, Saskatchewan leads, followed by Nova Scotia.

  • Salary by City
    Edmonton leads among seven cities, followed by Vancouver. At the other end, Ottawa.

  • Salaries by Employer
    Among 13 companies, median salaries paid by the leading employer are almost twice what the lagging employer pays.

New Products and Solutions

Eaton FR Series Premium

Eaton FR Series Premium Commercial LED Luminaire

Aesthetics, performance and value describe Eaton Lighting Solutions' FR series, a premium commercial luminaire offering a connected lighting solution with the latest solid state and optimized electronic driver technologies. With its styled design, FR series is a premium upgrade over traditional lensed troffers, parabolics and direct/indirect lighting products. Read More
Magic Lite Wedge Lamps

Magic Lite LED Wedge Light

This LED Wedge Light, a 3-chip LED wedge base lamp mounted on outdoor rated SPT2 wire, is a robust all-weather product, ideal for building outlines and other decorative lighting applications. Its high brightness, low power consumption and long life make it a logical choice for decorative indoor and outdoor lighting applications. Available in 6" (15.2cm) standard lamp spacing, the LED Wedge Light can be cut to any length at any place on the wire. The LED Wedge Light operates on safe class 2, 12V power supplies. Read More
Stanpro MiLED

MiLED — LED Recessed from Stanpro

The MiLED family includes virtually invisible architectural downlights.The shallow low profile version is exceptional for diffused lighting, while the standard version is the optimal solution for all your lighting needs, thanks to the IOS optics that make it possible to choose different light beams with a twist of the wrist. Perfect for commercial spaces, long hallways or offices. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • 14 Best Practices for Lineman Safety, Part 2
    It was not so long ago that on-job injury and fatality information was held close to the vest by those of us in the electrical transmission and distribution industry. It was considered proprietary information, the kind of thing you didn't want your competitors to know about your company. In 2003, executive leadership from our industry decided it was time to take the unprecedented step of joining together to move aggressively toward reducing or eliminating injuries and fatalities. The best practices that follow have become the standard in the industry.

  • DC Resistance Unbalance Testing: Easy, Low-Cost Insurance for Your PoE Systems, Part 1
    Often referred to as phantom power and accomplished by applying a common-mode voltage between two pairs in a four-pair Ethernet cable, PoE is intended to not interfere with data transmission. However, DC resistance unbalance in a PoE connection has the potential to cause significant problems. Making DC resistance unbalance testing a field test requirement will go a long way in ensuring that devices get the power and data they need.

  • Retention: You've Hired. Now What Are You Doing to Keep Your Staff?
    We all know the value of good employees. The ones who are self-motivated, loyal to the company, and are team players willing to support others to make the organization the best it can be. This translates into a better working environment for all, increased morale and productivity, and a better customer experience, which impacts of course on bottom line and/or recognition for the company. But how do you plan to keep these employees? Here are just a few of the things you need to be looking at

  • Value of June Building Permits Down 5% from May
    Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.4 billion in June, down 5.5% from the previous month. Lower construction intentions for multi-family dwellings and institutional buildings were mostly responsible for the decline. Residential building permits, down 5%, declined for the third consecutive month. Non-residential permits declined 6.2%. Decreases were registered in seven provinces.

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