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Message From The Editor

Future demographic changes: technologies not to be missed

During a recent meeting with a corporate leader that we will soon profile here, he stressed the need for actors in the electric industry to track evolving demographics. The goal: to better meet the needs of customers seeking new technologies. One of these cutting-edge technologies attracting the new generation in our industry — and experiencing explosive growth — is lighting, especially lighting controls. What is the difference between controlling one room at a time and controlling an entire building? Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

CE Code 2018 Free Webinar: 2018 CE Code Changes Affecting Commercial, Institutional and Industrial Installations
March 7 is the date of a one-hour CSA Group webinar on top changes affecting commercial, institutional and industrial installations…
EFC Scholarship EFC Scholarship Program Sets New Record with $156,250 in Funding
This year Electro-Federation Canada will award $156,250 across 62 scholarships supported by manufacturers, distributors and associations…
Bridgeport Bridgeport Fittings Launches Modernized Website
Bridgeport Fittings' new website makes it far easier for contractors to search for, locate and order products for their projects. Among the website changes are Bridgeport's updated project submittal tool…


Value of December Building Permits Rebounds 4.8%

December Building Permits Canadian municipalities issued $8.1 billion in building permits in December, up 4.8% following a 7.3% decline in November. The increase stemmed from higher construction intentions in the residential sector. Across Canada, all components climbed in 2017, up 10.4% from the previous year, led by the multi-family dwelling component. Construction intentions for single-family homes led the rise in December. Municipalities issued $2.8 billion (8.9%) in permits for single-family dwellings, the largest month-over-month increase in 2017. Read More

Lighting Controls

Room vs. Building-Based Control Systems: Pros and Cons

By Steve Mesh
Intelligent Lighting Controls Room-based lighting control systems have been on the market for some time now. You might think of these as the younger cousins to larger building-wide or even enterprise-wide lighting control systems. However, that's not an entirely appropriate comparison. For starters, what constitutes a "room-based" control system? That is an increasingly complicated question because the lines between system types are becoming more blurred as time goes on. Read More

Lighting Professionals - Knowledge is Power
Philips At Philips Lighting we recently asked lighting professionals for their views on the current, and future, state of the industry - what was clear was a knowledge gap emerging. Almost half of Installers surveyed indicated that they needed more support when it comes to selling to and advising clients. So, what is causing this gap and more importantly, how can it be fixed? Read More


Dynamic Lighting Enhances Health and Wellbeing

Health At the end of 2017, the Nobel Prize for medicine went to three American researchers: Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young. By isolating and investigating the "period" gene of the fruit fly, they were able to prove the existence of the "inner clock," which controls the circadian rhythm of humans, animals and plants. The lighting industry, architects and planners are interested in this, too, and are developing lighting solutions and concepts for a wide range of applications, based on these scientific findings. Read More

Q&A Brought to You by Britech

Q&A Brought to You by Britech

Britech Q: I have a pipe tracing project in a food factory that requires different types of piping and different types of products in the pipe that need to be kept warm or hot. What should I be wary of?

A: Most of the piping in the plant will be stainless. Use the correct pipe fastening tape for the heating cable so that it won't harm the stainless steel. You may also require thermostats that can control the temperature, i.e., setpoint, in a very narrow band to ensure the liquid is neither too hot or too cold. Thermostats that control only minimum or maximum temperatures are not acceptable for this purpose. Read More

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


Lumenpulse Redefines Area Lighting with Lumencentro and Lumentech Technical Pole

Lumenpulse's Lumencentro, a breakthrough core light engine technology, and the Lumentech Smart Pole, a sleek, extruded aluminium pole with functional external rails, are designed to be integrated into the Lumenpulse area lighting product families. "We set out to create products and innovative technologies that showcase the evolving synergies between area, flood and accent architectural lighting," says Francois-Xavier Souvay, founder and CEO and of Lumenpulse Group. "We believe them to be the perfect syntheses of function, performance and design… Read More

Phoenix Contact Control System Retrofitting and Modernization Components

The service life and availability of hardware is limited, especially for control systems. When obtaining replacement parts becomes difficult and expensive, or a more powerful system is required, consider retrofitting or modernizing. Features of Phoenix' contact control system retrofitting and modernization components include greater availability thanks to short downtimes during migration, error-free connection by retaining existing field wiring, reduced wiring effort thanks to plug-in components, and reduced maintenance costs thanks to ongoing technological development of the system. Read More
Beghelli Sicura

Beghelli Sicura Remote

The Sicura remote series offers remote emergency lighting for hazardous environments. The series can be specified as ceiling, wall or pendant mount. Each remote fixture can be configured with either one or two lamp and reflector assemblies, and can support a wide variety of DC lamps in 6VDC, 12VDC or 24VDC. Read More

Siemens Desigo Building Automation System

Desigo provides a single intuitive platform that can be used to control, regulate and optimize heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting and shading, energy management, fire safety, and security systems, including access control, video surveillance, and intrusion protection. Read More
Lumca LU-WP

Lumca LU-WP

The Lumca LU-WP is an uplight LED with type III distribution for wall wash applications with a 16W consumption. It's suitable for wet locations. All construction is in aluminum alloy. Extruded aluminum parts are made of 6061-T6 alloy. Cast aluminum parts are made of 356 alloy. All hardware is in stainless steel. All metallic parts are pre-treated using an environmentally friendly organic phosphating technology before a polyester powder coating is electrostatically applied. Read More

Honeywell C7400S Digital Enthalpy Sensor

Honeywell's digital enthalpy (humidity/temperature) sensor is for use with Sylk-enabled devices, such as the Jade economizer controller. The unit senses humidity and temperature on only 2 wires, and can be used to daisy chain two enthalpy sensors together to measure outdoor and mixed air. The enthalpy sensor includes solid state temperature and humidity sensors. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Can You Answer These Questions About How You Do Business?
    One way I help my clients remodel how they do business is to first get them to actually document how they already do it. For most they think they know how until I start asking clarifying questions as they attempt to explain. I did this exercise one time with a business owner and his management staff. About 30 or so minutes into the meeting the owner came to realize only he knew how to explain it and none of his staff were on the same page as he.

  • Why Robust Industrial Control System Security is Essential to Your Business
    Automation is the name of the game for today's manufacturers and operators of critical infrastructure. The global market for industrial control and factory automation is expected to grow steadily at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.4% between 2017 and 2023, from its current value of US$145 billion. Powering this growth is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which allows operators to connect a multitude of individual devices and control systems through wireless networks.

  • New Technology Changing the Canadian Electrical Code
    We live in a time when technology is changing almost daily, and few are affected by these changes more than those working in the electrical industry. With the new Canadian Electrical Code having been released this January, professionals will see that many of the new and upgraded requirements are the result of new and advancing technology. There are far too many current technological advancements that are causing changes to address. However, if we look at the top 15 changes that were identified by CSA Group, advancements in Power over Ethernet (POE) and the rapid rise in the need for electric vehicle charging stand out.

  • Apartments Lead New Housing Construction in November 2017
    New housing construction investment rose 7.9% from November 2016 to $5.0 billion in November, mostly attributable to increased construction investment in apartment buildings (+$282.1 million). For the first time since September 2011, every province reported higher spending on apartment building construction. Quebec led the way, with a year-over-year increase of $165.3 million.

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