Electrical Industry News Week
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Message From The Editor

Change: the engine stimulating development

There is a lot of change in this issue. Our industry seems to be once again at the heart of change. When we talk about Revolution 4.0, there is no doubt that our industry will be at the heart of innovative technology. Our industry is in the process of renewing its workforce, and the stakes are immense and stimulating. A new version of the CE Code has just been published and reflects the changes around us. They are also faster than ever. This month we're talking a lot about lighting, and if there is a sector of our industry that illustrates perfectly the speed of these changes, it's this one. Consider that while incandescents reigned for nearly a century, in the past five years the lighting landscape has been evolving at the speed of, well, light. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

CSA Logo New Canadian Electrical Code Now Available
CSA Group has released the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I (CE Code). First published in 1927, the CE Code is a critical component of Canada's electrical safety system…
Pattern Energy Pattern Development and Henvey Inlet First Nation Initiate Canada's Largest First Nation Wind Project
Pattern Energy Group LP has arranged $1 billion in financing for the 300 megawatt (MW) Henvey Inlet Wind project located on Henvey Inlet First Nation Reserve No. 2 on the northeast shore of the Georgian Bay in Ontario. Pattern Development and Nigig Power Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Henvey Inlet First Nation, are joint venture partners in the project…
CEA President and CEO of Saint John Energy Appointed Chair of the Canadian Electricity Association
The Canadian Electricity Association has appointed Ray Robinson Chair of the association. Ray succeeds Scott Thon, who has held the position since January 2016…
Tools For The Trade

Human Resources

Are the Robots Taking Over?

By Michelle Branigan
Michelle Branigan Much media coverage during the last year has focussed on the emergence of robots, artificial intelligence technologies (AI), and the threat this poses to a significant number of Canadian jobs. So does this mean we need to hit the panic button? No, not yet. But should you as an individual be paying careful attention to the role of technology in your job or organization? Absolutely. Read More


Seismic Shift: Historic Changes to Ontario Health and Safety Law, Part 1

By Cheryl A. Edwards, Jeremy Warning, Deanah Shelly and Sydney Kruth
Queens Park On December 14, 2017, Bill 177 and the most dramatic and far-reaching changes made to the Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act in nearly 30 years took effect. The Ontario government has, amongst other things, tripled corporate fines and quadrupled individual fines. Here in Part 1 of 2: the changes, and an analysis of the impetus for them and the potential impact they could have on Ontario businesses, their management and leaders, and even workers, going forward. Read More


Adapting to Change: The Evolution of Technology and Its Impact on the Workplace

By Jean-François Bourqui
Bourqui The evolution of technology has all companies thinking about what they need to do to adapt and stay ahead of the curve. Those who choose not to adapt will be left behind by forward thinking companies, who are embracing change and reshaping their organizations in order to deliver the best in class customer experience. Nowadays, companies are looking at technological investments as the answer to internal obstacles they face by automating and streamlining processes, rather than looking at increasing employee headcount. The solution is often the implementation of upgraded software, programs or systems. Read More


Value of Permits Declined 7.7% in November, but Year to Date Exceeded 2016 Total

Economy The value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities declined 7.7% to $7.7 billion in November 2017, the first decrease in three months. Nationally, the value of permits for all building components declined, with the exception of single-family dwellings. However, as of November, Canadian municipalities had issued over $100 million more in building permits in 2017 compared to the 2016 total, led by higher construction intentions for universities, hospitals and manufacturing plants. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Survey Says: Electrical Products Sales Mix

General electrical supplies drive electrical product sales in Canada with 27% of the market mix, followed closely by lighting with 19%.

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New Products and Solutions


GVA Lighting IP-SF 3 Waterproof LED

GVA's IP-SF3 is a low voltage, low wattage LED light module offering an energy efficient, reliable and low cost lighting solution for both indoor and outdoor installations. Typical applications include cove and under-cabinet lighting, backlighting and channel letter signs, delineation and any application where moisture or extreme temperatures may occur. Each module consists of three LEDs available in six colour temperatures of white as well as amber, red, green and blue. The modules are completely sealed and IP65 rated for wet locations, and can operate in ambient temperatures from -40°C to +50°C. Read More
PSI Relay Processing Panel

SPI Systems LCS 2-X-2 Relay Processing Panel

The LCS 2-X-2 is a computerized lighting control system using microprocessor technology to control energy consumption in large and small buildings. The LCS 2-X-2 system is designed for standalone operation, which is programmed through the LCD display on the CPU board for smaller applications and in a network for larger, more complex applications. The scheduling function features a 9-day format. Each day schedule can perform 10 "on" and 10 "off" commands. Every output relay has 9-day scheduling capability. Read More

Beghelli's Bruno Running Man Sign

Beghelli has introduced Canada's first truly universal edge-lit running man sign. The Bruno comes with universal pictograms, universal mounting hardware and universal 120/347V voltage. Beghelli ships six mounting options in every box: recessed ceiling, recessed wall, recessed T-bar, surface ceiling, surface wall, and surface end. The Bruno die-cast aluminum housing is the company's smallest edge-lit design. With a variety of painted or brushed finishes, the contemporary style of the Bruno can easily match any décor. Read More
Standard Specialty Lamps

Standard Specialty Lamps

Standard's specialty lamps offer lighting for specific types of applications, such as medical, sealed beam, stage and studio, and halogen projection. Read More
Audacy 20A Luminaire Controller

Audacy 20A Luminaire Controller, External Mount

The LCE20A1000 luminaire controller, a primary component of the Audacy Wireless Controls system, is IP 65 rated for outdoor use. AC-powered Audacy luminaire controllers operate in the highly reliable 915 MHz spectrum, and use convenient push-in wire termination for quick and easy installation. Among the features: easily installed modules that can turn on, turn off and provide 0-10V dimming, and rated for 20A - Incandescent load, 16 amps LED driver or electronic ballast load. To install, mount to a junction box through a knockout; wiring done inside the box. Read More
Eaton Wavelinx

Eaton WaveLinx Wireless Area Controller

The WaveLinx wireless area controller coordinates between the WaveLinx smart and connected mobile app and various WaveLinx devices to create communications and a building ecosystem that provides out of the box functionality and leverages automatic code commissioning features. Using standard-based wireless mesh compliant topology, the WAC communicates to various WaveLinx standard-based devices to provide area, lighting zone configuration, monitoring, and control. Read More

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