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Message From The Editor

Change of generations or cultural changes

The era of lighting controls elegantly and unquestionably emphasizes a major shift in our industry. Lighting products represent an increasingly important part of electrical distributors' products and solutions, but what gives rise to the title of this commentary is the idea that office spaces are being redesigned to integrate new work philosophies and adapt to the people who work there, and not according to the furniture available and the standard configuration of the premises. It's an important culture change. Read about this topic in this issue and more. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor
Tools For The Trade

Changing Scene

Clean Technology Federal Government Invests in Ontario Clean Technology Projects
Canadians will benefit from new innovations in solar power, cloud computing and biofertilizers as a result of a $7.85-million federal investment in clean technologies being developed by companies in Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie and London...
Kent Hill NB Power and TransAlta To Add Wind Energy Capacity at Kent Hill
The agreement to add 17.25 MW of wind generating capacity at the Kent Hills site in New Brunswick will increase total wind generating capacity to 176 MW…
Fitwell BOMA BOMA to Offer Fitwel Certification in Canada
Commercial buildings in Canada could soon provide a healthier working environment through a strategic partnership between BOMA Canada's BOMA Best certification program and the new Fitwel health-promoting building certification...

Codes & Standards

Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 26

By William (Bill) Burr
Bill Burr In this article: Section 52 — Diagnostic imaging installations. Section 52 is a supplementary or amendatory section of the code and applies to the installation of X-ray and other diagnostic imaging equipment operating at any frequency, but does not provide any specifications for safeguards against radiation. Information on radiation safeguards are contained in the series of Health Canada Safety Codes for radiation protection. The CSA CEC Handbook provides additional explanations and tables. Read More

Smart Lighting

Lighting as a Dynamic Design Element

By Erin Hawley
Audacy The modern office is seeing a major design shift as work styles change, mobile device use continues to grow, Millennials enter the workforce, and businesses embrace green, energy efficient technologies. Today's workplaces are being redefined as dynamic, reconfigurable environments that can easily evolve with the changing needs of a company and its workers. With flexible floorplans and adaptable, multi-purpose furniture systems, a private office today can become a meeting room tomorrow. Read More

Protecting Equipment

Why Optimize A Cooling Set Point?

Pentair Electrical and electronic equipment, as well as components, are typically housed in an electrical enclosure designed to provide protection from the external environment. Electronic components are sensitive to temperature changes. At high temperatures, drive performance is de-rated; I/C-based devices are adversely affected by erratic output/ voltage migration. Plus, properties of silicone materials change with temperature extremes. In wiring insulations, elasticity and strength are reduced; ductility increases temporarily and atomic mobility increases. Read More


Power Shifts: Emerging Low-Voltage Trends, Impacts and Opportunities, Part 4

Research In the previous issue of Electrical Industry Newsweek, we continued our coverage of Electro-Federation Canada's recently released research report, Power Shifts: Emerging Low-Voltage Trends, Impacts and Opportunities for the Canadian Electrical Channel. The article looked at implications for codes, standards and regulations. In this article, the fourth of five: low-voltage DC power trends. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Contractors' Favourite Benefits

Least favourite: insurance. Most favourite: cell phone. And then there are five others.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions

Hubbel CX Panel

Hubbell's CX Commercial Lighting Control Panels

The CX Panel has a diverse set of programming capabilities allowing for manual or scheduled switching and dimming of 4 to 48 lighting loads. A low-cost alternative to high cost lighting control systems with more options than a time clock and contactors, the CX Panel offers maximum flexibility to a wide range of small to medium commercial projects such as gas stations, convenience stores, retail stores and schools. The LCD user interface located in the door uses simple and intuitive scrolling menus to program, check status or update the panel. Read More
Delta Control Switch

Delta Controls CLCDIM4 Dimmable Switch

Delta's CLCDIM4 dimming module controls four dimming channels. Through colour-coded spring clip terminals, the device provides 0-10V dimming, controlled by a photocell for daylighting operations, as well as advanced scene control via devices in the CLC network. The module can be powered via the CLC network or can double as a power injector distributing power to the panel's relay modules and the lighting network, providing status indication for network power monitoring. Read More
Smart Switch

RC Lighting Smart Switch LOS1000

The RC Lighting Smart Switch fits decorator wall plates with only 1/2" protrusion. It's available in 120 or 277 volts and is gangable. A full 180° view covers 1000 sq. ft. The switch works with electronic ballasts and can be wired in parallel. An LED indicator and wallplate are included. The switch can also be used as a ceiling sensor. Read More

GE Lighting Daintree Wireless Lighting Controls

Daintree controls help smart buildings run more efficiently and with increased productivity while also providing a platform for the Internet of Things. The controls enable users to manage a portfolio of smart buildings that run on auto-pilot, reduce operating expenses, increase occupant comfort and productivity, facilitate big data mining for analytic insights, and more. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Networking & Dating: How the Two Go Hand in Hand
    Not sure how to get started using networking to help grow your business? Building a professional network can often feel like dating: putting yourself out there to strangers, not knowing what to say and carrying that fear of rejection. But just like dating, there are ways to make networking much easier. Here's how.

  • Global Smart Lighting Market Worth US$19.47 Billion by 2022
    The total smart lighting market size, in terms of value, is expected to reach US$19.47 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.1%, according to a new research report.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


Training, networking and professional development opportunities for members of Canada's electrical industry.

SmartGrid Canada Conference
September 11-13, 2017
Toronto, ON

CSIA Federal Solar Summit
September 25-27, 2017
Ottawa, ON

CanWEA Annual Conference
October 3-5, 2017
Ottawa, ON

Maritimes Energy Association Core Energy Conference
October 4-5, 2017
Halifax, NS

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