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Message From The Editor

Warning: robots are among us (or soon will be)

Robots — we can fear them, look forward to them or envy them, according to our place in the supply chain, our knowledge of new technologies, or investments to be made. One thing is certain, notes contributor Michelle Branigan, just like scanning processes robotization obliges us to review our work practices and pay attention to the technologies that are being implemented around us. If we haven't done it yet, we'll have to at some point. Because opportunities in the lighting market continue to grow rapidly for electrical contractors, we continue with our series of short articles that address technical problems arising from LED technology. In this issue we talk about specular reflection, which is also called a veiled reflection: what it is and how we can to avoid potential problems. Even more. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


Changing Scene

Women Trades BC Women in Trades Centre Opens
Located at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 213 facility in Port Coquitlam, BC, the project will work to eliminate systemic barriers to the retention and advancement of tradeswomen through three key pillars…
Electrocution Electrical Shock to Worker Results in $80,000 Fine
The incident occurred when two workers were trying to change a 347-volt fluorescent lighting ballast…
Liteline Liteline Promotes Salyna Nguyen to Director of Marketing
Salyna joined Liteline in 2017 as Channel Marketing Manager - C&I North America. Since then, she has successfully leveraged her experience to play a pivotal role in the growth of the company through aggressive marketing strategies and campaigns…
  • Last Chance to Apply for an AEA Scholarship
    Alberta Electrical Association chapters in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge are accepting applications for postsecondary scholarships and bursaries. Applications must be received by July 31, 2018…

  • Skills Ontario Summer Camps Develop Skills, Career Awareness in Youth
    This summer, nearly 400 students across the province are exploring future career options in the skilled trades and technologies at Skills Ontario Summer Camps. These week-long camps offer skilled trades and technologies workshops, industry tours, and mentorship…

  • Deadline Looming to Provide Technical Safety BC with Input on CE Code, 2018 Edition
    As part of Technical Safety BC's review ofthe 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, the organization is asking stakeholders for input on technical and socioeconomic impacts. Deadline for input: July 30, 2018…

  • Nominate Someone for a WiRE Woman of the Year Award
    WiRE Women of Distinction Awards recognize and celebrate professional women working in the energy sector who go above and beyond business-as-usual, consistently demonstrate outstanding leadership, and have contributed significantly to the expansion and improvement of the power sector. The nomination window for this award closes September 14…

  • Volunteers Needed to Review NECA's Project Management Online Training
    NECA is developing a series of online courses based the project manager's role and responsibilities, and seeks member feedback to ensure that these courses provide the maximum benefit to participants and their businesses. Time required: no more than an hour…
Tools For The Trade


What Is Specular Reflection?

Lighting Specular reflection, also known as veiling reflection, is light reflection from an object or task that obscures details. It is a vital concept in the field of lighting. A beam of light that comes to rest on a surface may be reflected in several ways. The beam alters its course once it hits certain types of surfaces. There are many types of light reflection, but specular reflection needs to be taken into consideration when designing a lighting arrangement for a given space. Specular reflection is a type of surface reflectance often described as a mirror-like reflection of light from the surface. Read More


Safety and Risk in Electrical Low-Voltage Installations, Part 1

By Alfred Mörx
Safety Taking adequate measures when planning and making equipment (e.g., low-voltage switchgear assemblies) ensures that any risk that remains after the application of protective measures is as low as possible. The highest acceptable risk, often called "limiting risk," must be achieved with every switchgear assembly; in this respect, all measures that contribute to achieving this limiting risk constitute minimal risk reduction measures. Here in Part 1 of 3: the relationship between risk and safety, seven reasons for implementing safety precautions, consequential damage, and its costs. Read More

Human Resources

Are 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


May's Rise in Value of Building Permits Recaptures April's Decline

Electrical Economy The value of permits issued by Canadian municipalities increased 4.7% to $8.2 billion in May. This followed a 4.7% drop in April, the only month this year where municipalities reported a total value below the $8.0 billion mark. In the residential sector, municipalities issued $5.5 billion worth of permits in May, up 7.7% from April. This was the second-highest value on record, following the $5.7 billion worth of permits issued in October 2016. Five provinces posted increases, with Ontario and British Columbia reporting the largest gains. The multi-family dwelling component reached a record high in May, with municipalities issuing $3.1 billion worth of building permits. The increase was the result of higher construction intentions in British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta. The value of single-family dwelling permits also rose in May, up 6.2% from the previous month to $2.5 billion. Read More

Q & A Brought to You by Britech

How do I make sure that the approvals for electrical equipment certified for Canada are accurate?

Britech Heating cables, radiant panels and heating cable sets should be certified according to CSA Standard CSA-130.22.2 or later. We get many inquiries about offshore products that bear an approval that are not for use in Canada or have been approved under the wrong standard. Should there be a fire or injury, I doubt if your electrical safety regulator or your insurance company will accept that "You thought it was okay" because there is a stamp or label on the products. We would be pleased to discuss any floor warming, snow melting, pipe tracing or roof de-icing products with you. Read More

Survey Says


Electrical Contractor Median Salary By Company Size

When considering annual salary by company size the 200-599 employee range has the highest average salary. However, based on prior analysis, smaller companies are trending upward in regards to median annual salary.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions

Osram Digital Lumens SiteWorx

Osram's Digital Lumens Expands Smart Building Platform with New Smart Sensor, New Lighting Controls

Digital Lumens has expanded its SiteWorx building intelligence platform with the introduction of two new products: Sense, an environmental sensing application, and the DLA Micro (DLA-M), a small lighting control that also enables instant SiteWorx compatibility. Designed for cold and ambient manufacturing, food production and warehousing facilities, Sense uses small, off-light sensors and SiteWorx compatibility to provide temperature and relative humidity tracking, alerts, and reporting that allow customers to streamline environmental monitoring, safeguard product quality, ensure critical code compliance, and improve operational efficiency. Read More
Hubbel Sport Light

Hubbell Intercept LED Sports Light

Intercept is a high output, high efficiency LED floodlight with a variety of flood distributions for lighting applications, such as general and security lighting for large areas, port and rail centres, airport aprons, and interior or exterior sports. The Intercept's low glare shields provide glare reduction with minimal effect on light output, delivering lumens up to 90,000. Scalable LED modules allow for an optimized configuration for various lumen output targets, and flexible control solutions allow for individual fixture control for desired functionality — anywhere from on/off control to a wireless fully scheduled system. Built-in surge suppression adds an additional layer of protection for the luminaire's driver. Read More
Intermatic Timer Control

Intermatic Electronic In-Wall Timers

The Ascend smart in-wall timer is a Wi-Fi enabled, 7-Day Programmable Timer. Using the Intermatic Ascend app, contractors can set up and schedule in a matter of minutes without a Wi-Fi connection. Homeowners and business owners will enjoy tech-forward features of Wi-Fi, remote access and voice integration. Additionally, the Ascend Smart In-Wall Timer offers flexibility of setup, scheduling and modification at the timer through its large LCD display or via the mobile app. Neutral required. Read More
Philips Software

Philips' Lighting Simulation Software

Make it easier for yourself to find the right luminaire for your lighting project — from individual house lighting to large-scale industrial illumination and everything in between — by downloading Philips' latest lighting software plug-ins for DIALux, Relux and 3ds Max design. You can also take your pick of mobile apps, designed to provide all the info you need on the go. An online product catalogue details the entire Philips range. Read More
AccuEnergy Sensors

Accuenergy Flexible Current Sensor

Designed to fit easily into panels or busbars where space may be limited, the sensor has a standard industrial rated output that works with any power meter, PLC and equipment. Output includes: 0-5A, 4-20mA, 0-20mA, 0-5V, 0-10V, 0-333mV. The current sensing range is from 2.5A to 50,000A to fit all systems. Individual CT ratios can be configured for each channel. The sensor works in any single phase application with different current ratings. Read More
MobilTech Shelf

Mobiltech Z11-DW Deluxe Electrical Package

Mobiltech Power Systems, based in Blainville, Quebec, specializes in fitting trucks and installing hybrid auxiliary power systems. This deluxe package, designed for Nissan NV200 and Chevrolet City Express trucks, includes a contoured shelving unit with one open and two divided shelves, a contoured shelving unit with one bin, two divided shelves and a door, a Fleetline tool drawer, 6" hook, and coat hook. Read More

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