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Message From The Editor

Challenges and solutions

The Johnson GEO Centre is a geological interpretation centre located in Newfoundland: 85% of the building is underground, with no natural light to enhance the centre's exhibits. In this issue see how this challenge was addressed. In a short history of the electric light bulb, a Kerrwil colleague reminds us of the importance of studying primary sources of lighting that have been introduced as the electrical grid was adopted and expanded. Also learn why the arc lamp remained in production for use in outdoor lighting until the 1950s and then was replaced by high intensity incandescent lamps for, notably, greater standardization. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


Changing Scene

Alberta Alberta: Fall 2018 PEC Course Schedule
The Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta is offering four courses this fall as part of its Professional Electrical Contractor (PEC) training program…
Chamber Ontario Chamber of Commerce Delivers an "Open for Business" Blueprint to New Premier
In a letter to newly elected Premier Doug Ford and his cabinet ministers, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce has suggested a series of policy initiatives to make Ontario "open for business," one of Ford's key campaign messages. Many apply to the electrical industry…
Current Current by GE Partners with Nokia to Unleash Smart City Technology Across Canada
Under the agreement, Nokia will gain access to Current by GE's CityIQ platform technology across Canada. The system will repurpose outdoor street lighting into digital infrastructure that collects and distributes data via Nokia's communications networks…

Codes & Standards

Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 40

By William (Bill) Burr
Bill Burr Section 80 — Cathodic Protection. Rule 80-000 notes that this is a supplementary or amendatory section of the code and applies only to the installation of impressed current cathodic protection systems. Appendix B and the CEC Handbook have additional information and descriptions of cathodic protection. Read More


Success Story: Johnson GEO Centre

Standard Johnson GEO Centre is a geological interpretation centre in Newfoundland in which 85% of the building is underground. This means that there is no natural light to highlight the exhibits. A glass-encased entry, standing 2.5 storeys high, is the only part of the building above ground, leaving approximately 85% of the building's 2,970 square metres of floor space underground. Recently, the facility decided to upgrade its lighting system. Experts from Standard suggested a solution that would enhance the existing lighting and save energy. Read More
Tools For The Trade

Looking Back: Electric Lighting

The Road Behind Us Was Lit with a Different Light, Part 1

By Owen Hurst
Looking Like most historical records we are left with two primary methods to understand the past. The first being written accounts by those who were present; the second, the historical record, which can support written accounts and be used to piece together an image of the past through careful analysis. When looking back at the introduction of electric lighting in Canada we have both sources to draw upon. The written accounts are varied and easily accessible, but the material record is often more difficult to fully understand. Read More

Smart Home Market

Eaton Simplifies Home Automation to Help Builders and Contractors Take Advantage of the Growing Smart Home Device Market

Eaton The adoption of smart home products and services continues to increase and has become a common upgrade, if not a standard package for many home builders. Homeowners are realizing the benefits of security, energy efficiency and convenience that smart home solutions provide. Today, as many as two-thirds of smart home purchases are made with security in mind. Homeowners look for the peace of mind that comes with controlling lights and many other smart home products anywhere, anytime, from their smart phones. Read More

Q & A Brought to You by Britech

We are installing a pipe trace system on plastic piping in an underground parking garage. What concerns should I be aware of?

Britech First of all you need to be aware of Section 62-308 of the Canadian Electrical Code. Heating cables on non-metallic pipes require a thermostat on each pipe: "A heating cable set or heating panel set installed on a non-metallic pipe, duct, or vessel shall be controlled by a thermostat or other suitable temperature-limiting system so that it does not cause damage to the pipe, duct, or vessel." Using one ambient air sensing thermostat to control all of the pipe tracing on separate non-metallic pipes does not meet the letter of the code. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Electrical Engineering Services Median Salary By Company Size

The median salary for an electrical engineer varies by company size. However, it's interesting to note that companies with 1-9 employees pay a median salary largely on par with larger companies.

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New Products and Solutions

Danfoss System Manager

Danfoss ADAP-KOOL System Manager Extends Product Line with Two New Offerings

Danfoss' AK-SM800AL is a dedicated alarm logger designed as an easy-to-use enhancement for system manager host; the AK-SM810 is a cost-effective format for small store applications. The AK-SM 800AL Alarm Logger complements the Danfoss System Manager 800 series and offers a solution that delivers access to alarms that interact with the system controls. It includes an SVGA 800x600 touchscreen to make set-up as simple as possible. The AK-SM810 System Manager is a cost-conscious solution for food retail markets. While containing the full features of a Danfoss System Manager 800 system, the AK-SM810 has all the functionality and tools needed to provide full application coverage — from refrigeration control to monitoring applications. Users can access and analyze the data collected by the AK-SM810 using several tools provided by Danfoss, including the SiteService mobile app, the Remote Management Tool, and the StoreView Desktop Application. Each tool has been tested in hundreds of applications and is compatible with all System Manager 800 series products. The AK-SM 810 also provides access to the award-winning suite of monitoring and analysis products available through Danfoss Enterprise Services. Read More
Standard T Series

Standard's LED T8 Ballast Bypass — Double Ended

Standard's LED T8 bypass lamp eliminates the need to replace the ballast at a later time. Bypassing the ballast also means saving significant energy that would have otherwise powered the ballast. This double ended tube has a patented internal switch that validates connection before locking the tube into place to ensure safe and easy installation. Therefore, power comes through only once it is safely installed, eliminating any risk of electrical shock. The double ended bypass lamp can also operate with shunted and non-shunted sockets, thus eliminating the need to change the sockets. Read More
Fluke Thermal Camera

Fluke TI300-PRO-60HZ Thermal Imaging Camera

Get clear, accurate focus with laser speed on your designated target with the LaserSharp Auto Focus. Use a built-in laser distance meter to calculate and display the distance to your designated target on the camera screen with the touch of a button. The camera makes it easier to visualize and diagnose issues with sharper on-screen images, multiple rectangle markers and nine color palettes. Among the features: a more intuitive touch screen interface, and more flexibility to visualize targets (from tiny to large with interchangeable smart lenses). Highlight areas that are outside your pre-set "normal" temperature ranges quickly with color alarms. Read More
Philips Lighting App

New Scene Management App from Philips Lighting

With a simple tap or swipe, the Interact Landmark Scene management app enables lighting managers to manage, control and change the lighting on bridges, buildings and monuments on the fly. Spectacular light shows can be remotely programmed to commemorate special events, holidays and important civic causes. For example, managers can paint a bridge in pink light to support World Breast Cancer Awareness. Read More
ABB Ethernet

ABB Adds New EtherNet/IP Communication Interface for UMC100.3 Universal Motor Controller

ABB's unique flexible mounting concept simplifies wiring and installation, speeding up project delivery and maximizing uptime.ABB's new EtherNet/IPTM communication interface EIU32.0 for its UMC100.3 universal motor controller increases the existing assortment of Ethernet interfaces for Modbus TCP and Profinet, providing connection to all relevant networks used worldwide. The main applications are intelligent motor control centres (IMCCs) in the process industry. The EIU32.0 is the only Ethernet communication interface that can be mounted either directly on the UMC100.3 unit or on an adapter. Read More
Visio Wandering Star

Viso's Wandering Star Wins Red Dot Product Design Award

Designed by Filipe Lisboa, founder and head designer of Toronto-based contemporary lighting design and manufacturing brand Viso Inc., the Wandering Star pendant light fixture is made with solid European marble and a cast glass lens. It features metal details in a luxurious hairline bronze finish. The pendant is available in two sizes (110mm/4.3" and 160mm/6" in diameter) and five marble finishes (Nero Black, Carrara White Goss, Travertino, Indian Green and Matte White). Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Wind Power in Canada: An Update
    Canada is now a leader in wind energy, ranking ninth in the world for installed power. With the growth of this industry, costs have fallen — by 67% since 2009 — making wind energy one of the most affordable modes of electricity generation. The number of facilities built in the country in the last decade surpassed that of any other source of electricity, and installed power increased on average by 15% per year between 2012 and 2017. Wind power fills about 6% of the country's electricity needs, sufficient energy to power more than 3 million households. The country has 295 wind farms in service, from coast to sea, including two of the three territories.

  • Is Light Pollution a Reason for Insect Decline?
    Climate change, pesticides and land use changes alone cannot fully explain the decline in insect populations. Scientists have now discovered that regions of Germany that have experienced a sharp decline in flying insects also have high levels of light pollution. Many studies already suggest that artificial light at night has negative impacts on insects, and scientists should pay greater attention to this factor when exploring the causes of insect population declines in the future.

  • Safety and Risk in Electrical Low-Voltage Installations, Part 2
    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. Part 1 explored the relationship between risk and safety, seven reasons for implementing safety precautions, consequential damage, and its costs. Here in Part 2 of 3: consequential damage and its costs.

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