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Message From The Editor

There's no single and magical solution for seeing clearly

More and more lighting is becoming a part of a destination spot's entertainment and tourism appeal. We're seduced by infrastructure or buildings that have been illuminated to showcase their historical or cultural heritage. It's lighting as event. However, let's not forget that lighting also allows us to function better in the world around us, and that no one type of lighting is suitable for all environments. More on that in this issue, and more on the CE Code. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

Best Managed Companies Electrical and Lighting Industry Members Among Canada's Best Managed Companies for 2017
Each of the companies recognized this year had an unquestionable expectation of growth that helped drive them beyond the status quo and their peers, says Deloitte. See who's among the winners…
EHRC Gender Diversity EHRC Launches Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity
In honour of International Women's Day, Electricity Human Resources Canada and Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, have officially announced EHRC's newest initiative to support introducing more women as skilled workers in the electricity and renewable energy sector…
ECAO Nominate Someone for ECAO's Douglas J.B. Wright Award
Nominations are open for the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario's annual Douglas J.B. Wright Award. Submission deadline is Friday, April 7…
Tools For The Trade

Codes and Standards

Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 22

By William (Bill) Burr
Bill Burr In this article: Section 40 — Electric cranes and hoists. The CE Code is a comprehensive document. Sometimes it can seem quite 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 hopefully provide some help in navigating the code. Read More

Best Practices

7 Spatial Categories and Their Lighting Requirements

Spacial Categories The degree of luminosity required in a room depends on the tasks that will be carried out: the higher the level of precision needed, the greater the intensity of light should be. The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) has designated seven degrees of luminosity based on the visual requirements needed to accomplish a designated task in each space. Here are recommendations on the degrees of luminosity in foot-candles and in lumens for each of these seven choices. Read More

Company Profile

D&S Electric: Looking Behind Walls!

D&S Electric D&S Electric was founded in 1985 as a residential service provider in Williams Lake, BC and has since grown into an electrical contracting leader in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors throughout Central and Northern BC. D&S Electric employs a highly trained and certified team of electricians, experienced estimators and project coordinators who enable the company to undertake projects of all sizes. D&S is also committed to ensuring it maintains the proper tools and equipment for every job they undertake, including the only local bucket-truck with a 50' boom. Read More


YOY Residential Construction Investment Rises 5.6% in Q4 2016

Residential Construction In the fourth quarter, total investment in residential construction rose 5.6% from the same quarter of 2015 to $31.4 billion, reflecting increased spending on every component except cottages. Higher investment in single-family dwellings, up 11.5% to $7.3 billion, accounted for nearly half of the increase at the national level. Rising renovation spending (+3.4% to $13.3 billion) and acquisition costs related to new dwellings (+6.9% to $3.6 billion) also contributed to the gain. For the year, residential construction investment totalled $121.0 billion, up 3.6% over 2015. Read More

Survey Says


Electrical Contractor Establishments 2015 vs. 2016 by Number and Jurisdiction

The numbers remain constant. But take a look at numbers by jurisdiction.

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New Products and Solutions

Easy Sense

Philips EasySense: SNS200 Now DLC Qualified

Philips now offers a single, compact cost-effective fixture control. The SNS102 for basic grouping offers combined occupancy sensing, daylight harvesting and task tuning through per-fixture control and grouping to wireless switches. The SNS200 for advanced grouping shares the same features, and is suitable for occupancy sharing. Read More
High Bay LED

Superior Lighting in Hazardous Locations with Larson High Bay LEDs

The Larson Electronics high bay LED series includes Class I/Class II, Division 1 explosion proof luminaries and Class I/Class II, Division 2 hazardous location fixtures lasting up to 50,000+ hours and featuring various wiring, colour temperature and voltage options for facilities with specific lighting/electrical requirements. Read More
SLM Slim Panel

EiKO SLM LED Slim Panel

EiKO's LED slim panel features an ultra slim modern design with a smooth uniform light guide lens. The edge-lit waveguide lens provides impressive visual comfort. This one-for-one alternative LED solution to fluorescent troffers has high efficiency LEDs that light the panel evenly. Read More
Sequence S6

New Metalumen Sequence S6 Series

With a luminous opening of 5", this luminaire offers Metalumen's widest line of light for direct distribution. A groove along the side of the body gives it a visually distinct and clean aesthetic that can complement any interior architectural space. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • How Contractors Can Build and Better Their Client Relationships
    Though going above and beyond with the project at hand is usually the No. 1 priority for contractors, creating and cultivating client relationships follows closely behind. Any business owner and manager knows that building and maintaining great relationships with clients is key to a company's success. We've gathered four tips on how you can help cultivate positive relationships with clients right now.

  • Safety Checklist: 10 Dumb Things Smart People Do When Testing Electricity, Part 1
    People who make their living by working with electricity quickly develop a healthy respect for anything with even a remote chance of being "live." Yet the pressures of the getting a job done on time or getting a mission-critical piece of equipment back on line can result in carelessness and uncharacteristic mistakes by even the most seasoned electrician. Here in Part 1 are the first five of 10 quick reminders of what not to do when taking electrical measurements.

  • HDBaseT Alliance and UL Launch Cable Certification Program to Support PoH Installations
    UL and The HDBaseT Alliance, the cross-industry group tasked with promoting and advancing the HDBaseT standard, have announced a certification program for Power over HDBaseT (PoH) cables. Targeted at cable manufacturers, the program addresses the increased performance and safety requirements related to heating due to current levels being carried under PoH of audiovisual installations. The new certification program evaluates the cable's ability to carry DC power of up to 100 watts over the four pairs of the cable and to maintain HDBaseT data transmission performance.

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