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Message From The Editor

Interoperability applied to lighting control systems

Outside the manufacturing sector, the smart city is the type of project that clearly calls for lighting control systems. The possibilities are unlimited and will help to collect data to ensure better municipal management, including the safety of residents. These projects are gradually settling in, and the expertise of Isabelle Lessard, an electrical engineer with the City of Montreal who is managing this file, tells us about some of the challenges she has faced during the development and implementation of this project. A major criterion was the interoperability of systems. Her concept is now a guide for others. Changing lighting today means changing light sources: in this issue a tool to compare lifespans. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


Changing Scene

Horsman E.B. Horsman & Son Acquires Measurement & Controls Ltd.
Effective October 1, 2018, E.B. Horsman & Son has acquired the brand, assets and contracts of Measurement & Controls Ltd., headquartered in Calgary, Alberta…
Graybar Graybar Canada to Open New Branch in Vaughan, Ontario
Located near Highway 427 and 407, Graybar Canada's new 90,000 sq. ft. facility will be a consolidation of the existing Markham and Mississauga branches…
Oniel O'Neil Electric Supply Relocates Scarborough, Ontario Location
On September 27, O'Neil Electric celebrated an open house at its new location in Scarborough, Ontario with prizes and giveaways, as well as cocktails and hors d'oeuvres…
Tools For The Trade

Codes & Standards

Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 42

By William (Bill) Burr
Bill Burr In this article: Section 86 — Electric vehicle charging systems. Rule 86-000 notes that this is a supplementary or amendatory section of the code and applies to the installation of the insulated conductors and cables and the equipment external to an electric vehicle that connect it to a source of electric current by conductive or inductive means, as well as equipment and devices related to electric vehicle charging. Read More

Case Study

Montreal Undertakes One of North America's Largest Smart Lighting Projects

Montreal Montreal plans to initially convert more than 132,000 fixtures from HPS to LEDS distributed through 19 boroughs. Among this number, 85,000 streetlights are cobra head and the remaining 47,000 are decorative light. In 2016, 70% of these fixtures reached their end-of-life expectancy and needed to be replaced. Consequently, the city took the decision to convert the HPS fixtures that it had been using for several years to LED fixtures, which require less energy and have higher life expectancy. Besides this modernization need, the lighting system at the time did not allow remote computerized management. Streetlights were equipped with a simple controller that used a photocell or an astronomical clock to turn them on or off. Read More

Peers & Profiles

Isabelle Lessard, Engineer Responsible for Urban lighting in Montreal — a Passion that Looks Beyond Prejudices

By Line Goyette
Lessard The title is a bit long, but it provides an immediate idea of the person behind the installation and management of intelligent lighting in Montreal, a project that has received awards and nominations since its commissioning and collected a following. Montreal is converting over 134,000 streetlights to LEDs and also implementing an intelligent lighting management system. Behind this revolution, a young engineer, Isabelle Lessard. Read on to learn more about her journey, the challenges she has identified, and how she sees the future of urban lighting. Read More


The Lumen Maintenance Gap

Lumens Test results of lumen maintenance in conventional and LED light sources differ considerably. This is known as the lumen maintenance gap. These tests are performed to determine the useful life of a light source. But how do we compare lighting technologies satisfactorily if test results of a same designation do not mean the same thing? These lumen maintenance measurement distinctions are those we will examine in this article, as a clear understanding of this gap will have a significant impact on the installation, maintenance and replacement cost calculations of lighting products. Read More

Electrician Forum Brought to You by Schneider Electric

Electrical Industry Canada and the Electrician Forum Need Your Expert Knowledge

Schneider As industry experts you know the products you use every day better than anyone and should have input on what information you receive about products and what could improve them. Therefore, we want your insight on the biggest challenges or issues you face when installing loadcentres, breakers (CAFI, GFIs…) and other surge protection devices. We ask that you do not provide product specific details but rather your general issues and concerns or any questions that have come to mind while working with these product types. Provide us with your valued expert insight into the issues you have faced so manufacturers can better inform you about the installation and use of these products. Follow the link to make your comments. And don’t forget to subscribe to the posts to see other comments and suggestions! Read More

Q & A With Britech Electric Cable Heating Systems

I have a flat roof and my roof drains often freeze up in the winter, which results in damage to the roof. What can I do?

Britech Install heating cable on the roof around the drains covering an area about a meter in diameter, and drop some cable down the drains to where the drain pipe enters the heated area of the building. Should the roof drains go to an external downspout, install heating cable inside the downspout to the point of discharge and/or below the frost line to prevent freezing and rupturing the downspout and drain lines. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Electrical Engineering Services Median Salary by Company Size

Among electrical engineering companies, those with 200-599 employees report the highest median salary at $85,000.

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New Products and Solutions

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Urbaï - UR4L

The square adjustable regressed dedicated LED 4-inch trim of the Urbaï recessed LED series made by Contraste is available with the remodeler housing and new construction housings in performance 1 (10W) and performance 2 (15W). The Urbaï collection housings are compatible with 120V and 277V input and two dimming options: ELV and 0-10V.T his trim model is offered with a choice of six lenses or without a lens. Eight trim finishes and three painted reflector finishes are offered to maximize the integration of the product. Read More
GVA Lighting

Lira RGBW Architectural Spot Light

This miniature bracket mount LED spot light for architectural or landscape lighting features Color-Amp (allowing up to three times higher light output in specific colours), a fully sealed body design, an architectural anodized aluminum body, optically clear tempered glass, a leader cable with proprietary moisture blocking design, and more. Options include a colour-changing quad chip LED package (no colour separation), beam angles ranging from 10° to 90° with elliptical distribution options, optical accessories for glare control, and more. Read More
SGI Downlight

SGi LED Commercial Downlights • 20 Watt 6 Inch

SGi LED commercial downlights offer a full line of luminaires with 4-inch and 6-inch apertures. These energy efficient LED downlights dim as low as 8%, making them suitable for a wide range of applications in a finished ceiling, including high ceiling applications. Multiple downlights are a great cost effective solution. Read More
Magiclite Miniflood

Magic Lite Low Voltage Mini Flood Light

These low voltage mini flood lights provide exceptional illumination in a variety of beam spreads and colours, and are IP65 rated for outdoor applications. They also provide an extra degree of safety working on Class 2, 24 Volt DC power supplies, and are suitable for wet location applications. They come in warm white, cool white and blue in 10° or 30° beam spread as well as RGB colour changing in a 40° flood, making them a powerful tool for flood lighting or spot lighting buildings, trees or wall grazing. Read More
Liteline Sigma

Sigma Series LED Fixtures

The Sigma2 LED fixture features a small aperture and small profile, allowing for installation in small spaces in various applications. The retrofit design makes for easy installation into virtually any space. The maintenance-free installation and low operational cost makes it an ideal alternative to incandescent or CFL downlights. Available in multiple colour temperatures and 90 CRI. Dimmable when used with a TRIAC dimmer. Read More
Standard Trouble Light

Trouble Light from Standard

Standard's trouble light will provide direct lighting for a smaller, specific area. It can be hung using the hook, which leaves your hands free while performing a task. Multiple trouble lights can also be easily daisy-chained using the 25-foot (7.5 m) cable and the receptacle on the handle. Standard's new line of temporary worklights includes string lights, a trouble light, LED flood lights, an LED temporary high bay ,and a wide variety of accessories. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Test Your Telephone Effectiveness: Are Your Phone Practices Winning or Losing Customers?
    If your customers aren't impressed by you or your co-workers on the telephone, they can switch businesses by merely hanging up and dialing the competition. So, your telephone skills can have a significant impact on your business and your career. To find out how you and your co-workers are perceived, take this telephone test. While you're at it, have a friend make a "mystery call" to see how your fellow employees measure up.

  • Jean-Marc Myette: from Ty-Rap to Robotics, an Insider's Look at the Electrical Industry
    Meeting people in our industry often comes with surprises. This was the case with Jean-Marc Myette, Business Development Manager of ABB's Electrification Products Division and chair of the Board of Electro-Federation Canada's Quebec section. Not only does he know the electrical industry down to the most minute product and technological innovations, he is also a professional car racer on sabbatical, and someone very involved in his business community and personal life.

  • What You Need to Know About Cloud, SaaS, and Lighting Systems
    Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, and applications via the Internet with pay-as-you-go or subscription-based pricing. Instead of all the computer hardware, software, and data that you are using sitting somewhere inside your company's network, it's provided and managed for you as a service by another company and you access it over the Internet. Today, most lighting control software is offered as an on premise offering via a server in your building. In the future, we can expect to see lighting controls software offered using a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model.

  • Do I need to insulate pipes after installing heat tracing cables?
    Considering the extreme temperatures of the Canadian climate, all traced pipes should be insulated. Pipe trace cables are only secured to a very small cross section of the pipe and in extreme cold would not supply sufficient heat to keep the pipe from freezing. Pipe tracing charts specify the amount of heat required according to the pipe diameter and the thickness of insulation required, as well as the ambient temperature of the area where the pipe is installed.

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