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Message From The Editor

Lighting control projects? Questions and answers

The decisions you make today or recommend to your customers will have an impact in the very near future. These include the modernization of lighting in all sectors of economic activity. Larger or smaller projects that involve lighting now raise the question of lighting controls and their configuration. Read the rest of our article on this issue. Cities that have become or will be led by new lighting technologies are becoming smart cities. Here in this issue are four examples of projects and their impacts. And then statistics showing that our economy is doing well. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


Changing Scene

Ideal Ideal Industries Inc. National Skills Championship Kicks Off in Canada and the U.S.
Canadian electricians, apprentices and students are eligible to compete in a fast-paced skills competition for their chance of winning a share of $260,000 in cash…
Best Managed Companies E.B. Horsman & Son Again Named One of Canada's Best Managed Companies
This year, E.B. Horsman & Son achieved Platinum Club status by retaining its Best Managed designation for nine consecutive years…
Alberta Alberta Offers New Industrial Energy Efficiency Rebates
Industrial businesses in Alberta are now eligible to receive rebates for switching to energy-efficient products…

A classic design for a familiar look
Philips At Philips, we know lighting. For over 125 years, Philips has been a lighting innovator. So, with all the benefits and advancements in LED, there has never been a better time to upgrade lighting. With the Philips LED glass PAR portfolio, our single optic technology provides the familiar look and feel traditional of halogen PARs, while using only a fraction of the energy. Read More

Codes & Standards

Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 34

By William (Bill) Burr
Electrical Code In this article: Section 68 — Pools, Tubs, and Spas. Rule 68-000 notes that this is a supplementary or amendatory section of the code and applies to the electrical installation of pools, electrical equipment associated with pools and metal accessories in or within 3 m of a pool, and includes permanently installed and storable swimming pools, hydromassage bathtubs, spas and hot tubs, wading pools, baptismal pools, decorative pools, and splash pads. Read More


Room vs. Building-Based Control Systems: Pros and Cons, Part 2

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

Smart Cities

4 Canadian Cities Up for a Smart 50 Award

Smart50 Four cities are vying in three categories with competitors from around the world for a Smart 50 award. Winners will be announced at a gala on March 26, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. The annual Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect, Smart Cities Connect Foundation, and US Ignite, recognize global smart cities projects, honouring the most innovative and influential work. The four Canadian cities and their categories are… Read More
Tools For The Trade


Q4 2017 Residential Construction Investment Up 9.2%

Economy Rescon Investment in residential construction totalled $34.5 billion in the fourth quarter, up 9.2% (+$2.9 billion) compared with the same period in 2016. Every component except cottages and mobile homes contributed to the year-over-year increase in spending on residential construction. The gain was led by spending on renovations, up $862.6 million (+6.4%) compared with the same quarter a year earlier. In this quarter, renovation spending accounted for 41.8% of the total residential construction investment. Read More

Q & A Brought to You by Britech

With so many products coming from foreign lands, how can I be 100% certain what I'm buying meets the Canadian standard?

Britech There are many great manufacturers around the world that comply with Standards Council of Canada requirements. Listings can be found on certified testing organizations websites such as CSA and cUL. If the product bears a CSA marking, you can visit their website and review the applications for which the product you are interested in has been approved. Always check product literature and the product itself for proper markings. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Electrical Contractor Median Hourly Rate by Years of Experience

Electrical contractors' salaries follow a steady trend, increasing with years of experience and plateauing at an average $34.82/hr.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions

Wieland Gesis

Wieland Podis Industrial Power Bus System

Increase flexibility and efficiency with the Podis power bus system for industrial environments. The seven conductor cabling system is rated for up to 20 amps and 600 volts, and is ideal for decentralized power distribution in machines and systems with large dimensions. Read More

Peerless LED Panels

Peerless PNL is an ultra slim, superior LED high performance, low profile, down light panel, featuring advanced edge lit LED technology. The panel is made of aluminum extrusion, incorporating light thermal management with passive cooling. It is available for suspended, recessed or surface mounting. Long-life LEDs and high efficiency drivers deliver L80 performance at 50,000 hours. An 80+ CRI 120V-277V (0-10V) dimming driver is standard. A 120-347V (0-10V) dimming driver is also available. Read More
HPS Trans

Hammond Power Solutions General Purpose Energy Efficient Distribution Transformer

HPS Sentinel G general purpose distribution transformers are rated for 600 volts and below. They are generally used for supplying appliance, lighting, heating, motorized machine and power loads from electrical distribution systems. Read More
Arancia Fold

Arancia Fold

The Arancia Fold is a modular pendant system that can be built and positioned as needed, based on the classic architect's folding ruler. It is available in direct light distribution, with either satin optics or microprismatic lens. Joints can be fitted with optional spots. Read More

ABB Ability Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS)

ABB Ability DERMS is a module of ABB's Network Manager ADMS platform, and shares the same single as-operated network model and geospatial control centre operator environment. It leverages ABB's extensive experience in advanced network applications and distribution operations to significantly reduce voltage excursions and increase hosting capacity in networks with high DER penetration. Read More
Hubbell SpectraSync

Hubbell Lighting's SpectraSync Colour Tuning Technology

SpectraSync colour tuning technology enables dynamic control over the lighting of indoor spaces. Users can control their space based on the needs of the application, specific activities throughout the day, and occupant preferences with three distinct SpectraSync colour tuning technologies: Dim to Warm, Tunable White, and Scheduled White. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • AC vs. DC: Considerations of Industry Trends and Technology
    The rapid rise in new technology, led primarily by renewable energy and electronics, has brought a new focus to the discussion about AC vs. DC and how it will affect the electrical industry. At a time when energy waste is at the forefront of industry conversations, power loss is a major issue and driver of potential further adoption of DC and LVDC power use.

  • Electric Vehicle Energy Management System
    Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) can draw a substantial load when in the charging mode. For existing buildings, adding EVSE may result in the total load exceeding the existing service capacity. In this case, the first option is to increase the service size.

  • Personal Brand Quiz: Test How Your Personal Reputation Stacks Up
    In marketing terms, your company's Net Promoter Score indicates your customers' willingness to recommend your products and services. Bringing this concept closer to home, ever wondered how likely people are to recommend you personally? For example, would your supervisor go to bat for you to support you receiving a pay raise?

Current Copper Prices

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The Electrical Stock Market

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