Sunday, July 31, 2016

For Commercial Pre-Wiring Use A Licensed Electrician

Commercial pre-wiring is an ideal way to make sure that your new office space is ready to meet your power, phone, and data needs. By working with your landlord, you can often obtain turnkey space customized for you, or an allowance for a commercial build-out that includes both construction and wiring. Using a licensed electrician for commercial rewiring can facilitate your move and prevent your business from skipping a beat as you relocate.

Commercial Pre-wiring of Tenant Build-outs

When you rent space, landlords who hope to keep you there for the long run often agree to build-outs that customize the space for tenants. Some landlords prefer to manage the project themselves with their own contractors who will follow your requirements and specifications. While this can work out well, budget- conscious landlords may spend the least amount possible, which can leave you displeased with the quality of the workmanship done on your behalf. Many tenants find that negotiating an allowance for improvements and then working with a preferred license electrician offers better results. If your company has extensive commercial pre-wiring needs, the allowance will cover part of your cost, and you will be responsible for the rest.

In planning for your wiring needs, whether you work with the landlord's contractor or with your own, consider the installation of:

  • Additional 110 volt outlets placed where you need them
  • 220 lines, depending on the type of equipment you need to operate
  • Electrical Panel dates
  • Custom signage
  • Internal custom lighting
  • Outdoor lighting for parking lot security
  • Landscape lighting
  • Access Control Systems
  • Security Cameras (IP & Analog)
  • Data (Cat5e/Cat6)
  • CaTV/Satellite (RG6QS)
  • Intercom Services (Selective & Broadcast)
  • Central Vacuum Systems

Selecting the Right Commercial Electrician

By having this commercial pre-wiring work done prior to your move in, you can prevent disruption to your own workflow and ensure continuity as you move into the new space. If you have offices and workspaces redefined with walls and partitions, you need to make sure you have all the electrical, phone, and data connections right where you need them. As you plan out how you will arrange the equipment and furniture in the facility, you will see where you need to have outlets, phones and other access located.

When you select a versatile electrician to handle your commercial pre-wiring, you can also lock in a good source for your ongoing electrical needs. The electrician you select should be an experienced and competent asset for your ongoing needs, and by utilizing the same vendors, you can build respect with your landlord that you have the building's best interest in mind anytime you make upgrades or repairs. Your building owner will expect anyone who works on-site to be knowledgeable, treat his property with respect, and not bother other tenants during business hours.

Whether you are a building owner or tenant looking for a contractor, a qualified commercial electrician can manage your needs for commercial pre-wiring of workspaces.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Solar Pumping Solution for Off-Grid Areas

Schneider Electric and its partners Unique Technologies and Urja Solutions develop solar water pumping solutions to provide drinking water, clean water for domestic uses or available water for irrigation.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Different Types Of Fire Alarm Systems For Your Business

There are many different fire alarm systems to choose from when it comes to protecting your business and valuable assets in the event of a fire. Not all are created equal and depending on the nature of your business there are many considerations when choosing a system that is right for you.

For most office buildings, the standard fire alarm system is adequate protection in the event of a fire and usually involves a centrally located panel that controls the system. Utilizing sprinklers to put out the fire, the sprinklers are activated when a fire is detected through the use of a smoke or heat detector. Since most smaller office buildings don't use chemicals to suffocate or smother the fire, this is usually the least expensive and cost effective solution.

For larger companies with varied work environments, the fire alarm system must be more sophisticated and designed with diversity in mind to protect not only the structure itself, but also the equipment and data it contains. In the case of a datacenter, standard sprinklers would cause significant damage to computer systems so many companies use a fire suppression system that removes oxygen from the room, effectively starving the fire. This method leaves both the equipment and data in tact and in most cases only leaves a fine powder to clean up after deployment. Since this particular method deprives the area of oxygen, there would need to be some sort of warning mechanism in place so that employees would have time to evacuate the area before deployment.

For businesses dealing with hazardous chemicals such as in the case of manufacturing, there are fire alarm systems that are specialized to effectively suppress fire that involves toxic chemicals. Understandably, there are tighter laws governing the use of these chemicals and the fire suppression technology needed to insure that any fire in this environment poses a minimal risk to employees and the public in general. Many of these chemicals can be explosive in nature when on fire and it is essential that all safety precautions possible be utilized when providing protection for the business.

Obviously the larger the business, the more complex the fire alarm system would be. Often, the system is set up to monitor and deploy only for specific zones. This way, if there were a fire in one side of the building, the sprinklers or fire suppression chemicals would only be deployed to that portion of the building. This minimizes damage to valuable equipment and furniture by fire retardant or water in locations that are untouched by the fire.

An important aspect to any fire alarm system is the human element involved. Yes, you want to make sure that assets are protected as much as possible, but you also need to consider the impact of any fire  suppression deployment on anyone who might be in the location at the time of deployment. Obviously water is the safest for human exposure in the event of a fire, but safety becomes even more paramount when using chemicals. Additionally, there should be visual indicators of fire in addition to audible alarms. This way, those who are hearing or vision impaired will be notified of the fire and know that they need to evacuate the building. Most fire alarms involve the use of audible sirens or bells, but having visual indicators such as flashing lights assists those who may be hearing impaired.

Completing a careful analysis of what has higher priority in terms of needing protection in the event of a fire will help you determine which of the fire alarm systems will provide you with the protection you need while keeping your costs at a minimum. Keeping the company's essential data protected should be a high priority as equipment and furniture can be replaced but customer lists, accounting data or inventory numbers can be impossible to replace. Fire alarm systems are an essential and often legally required way to protect both your business and the people who work there in the event of a fire.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

UL943 Self-Test GFCI End of Life

A demonstration of the responses to end of life simulations in circuit breakers and receptacles with GFCI technology.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Electricians - What Their Work Includes

Electricians do a variety of work in the home and in commercial premises to ensure the electrical installation operates efficiently and to the correct building regulations. Electricians also operate to the right British Standards.
Testing & Certification
Electricians must make sure that electrical installations are safe in the home or commercial premises. Electrical testing should be completed by a qualified electrician at specified periods and is dependent on the type of property being tested. Electricians will check for any deterioration and also on any new work, which is required to bring the installation up to current standards.
Electricians should test and certify electrical work in accordance with the British Standard BS7671. As with any British Standard BS7671:2001 is being always updated to ensure the electrical safety of your property. Electricians will also inform you of any other British Standards which are applicable to your electrical installation. Work carried out by electricians should only be done in accordance with the appropriate regulations.
Electricians are continually trained on the latest regulations which impact on both domestic and commercial properties. Various training centres are available throughout the UK to support electricians with new regulations for testing and certification and other electrical requirements. Certificates provided by the electricians will be from one of the awarding bodies such as the NICEIC, ECA, Elecsa, Napit or Select depending on the electricians choice.
Rewires & Wiring
Many home owners take electricity for granted. With older properties the wiring may need to be replaced by a competent electrician. It is easy to forget over time the cabling in a property becomes outdated and for safety reasons will need to be replaced. So electricians do rewiring predominantly for safety reasons because old wiring can cause fires and electrical shocks. Here are some reasons why you may need a rewire:
  • You currently have switches in the bathroom
  • There are sockets on the skirting
  • Green residue is found on the wiring
  • Wiring is covered in cotton
  • Rubber cables are black
  • The sockets are the round pin variety
Electricians offer lots of support with rewiring to ensure that you get the right solution. Electricians provide domestic electrical reports to show you the current state of the electrics in your property. This will show you any potential electrical problems. Electricians recommend that this check is performed at least every 10 years.
Fuesbox / Fuseboard Upgrades
Electricians should also offer fuseboard upgrades to further enhance the safety of your electrics. New fuseboards offer different electrical safety devises including RCD's, MCB's and RCBO's. As part of an upgrade to wiring new properties new fuseboards are often offered to enhance the safety of your property. In addition to these services electricians also do the wiring to new build properties, extensions, & conservatories. Any electrical work electricians perform in these areas will be tested and certified by qualified electricians. Again this certification will uphold the requirements of the British Safety Standard BS7671:2001.
Lighting Installations
Lights should be installed by an electrician in most circumstances in the home and also in commercial properties. No only can people enhance the surroundings and interior of their property with carefully designed interior lighting, but electricians can also advise on how to save energy and money with the right energy saving fittings. Lighting is great for security also and electricians will offer solutions for security lighting. Many people also want to have lighting which improves the outdoor appearance of their property. Garden or any other outdoor lighting can be installed by electricians.
Electricians will use their extensive experience in domestic lighting to provide a solution that is right for your home. Electricians will plan the lighting installation with you and complete any installation and testing required.
Security System Installations
Home and commercial security systems can be designed by electricians to suit the requirement of the property. The specification can vary greatly in costs and also the complexity of the installation. Experienced and qualified electricians can provide a solution that will fit with your requirements and personal needs.
Even the most basic of intruder alarms can assist your security, however more expensive intruder alarm systems installed by electricians will offer more opportunities. You can have fully monitored alarm systems, which offer an even greater deterrent to burglars. Monitored alarms have the ability to contact the Police, when a break-in has occurred and also offer fire safety options in some circumstances.
Electricians also install door entry systems, much like the ones you see in hotels and student accommodation. These systems can also have audio and/ or audio plus CCTV additions if required. Electricians will design a system to fit with your domestic or commercial premises and can be integrated with alarm systems. Electricians also combine these solutions with outdoor lighting to offer greater security.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Up Here, Rapid Shutdown Is A Lifesaver

Phoenix Contact has developed SOLARCHECK Rapid Shutdown (RSD), an NEC 690.12-compliant solution for the safe, rapid shutdown of rooftop PV systems. SOLARCHECK RSD is based on the intelligent analysis of electrical conditions within solar strings.

In the event of an emergency, a fault condition within a string or panel, or in the case of a manual shut down for maintenance work, the SOLARCHECK RSD system automatically switches the PV system into a safe state.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

B-K Lighting's Inspiration Control System™ App

Imagine the possibilities: Having complete control at your fingertips. Maintenance? What maintenance? To never have to open your fixtures to change the intensity, or to create that dramatic effect you’ve been looking for!

INSPIRATION, not only a new way of thinking, but now a Control System ready to take on the big leagues. From architectural illumination to landscape lighting and beyond, the possibilities are endless.

The INSPIRATION Control System™ iOS® App enables control of B-K Lighting’s Bluetooth® Wireless Technology featuring BKSSL® Power of ‘e’ with Adjust-e-Lume® Nite Star™ and Power of C’s newly released Denali Series™ floodlights. The app is designed for use by professional lighting specifiers and designers alike.

Contact your local Sales Representative and schedule a demonstration of the latest Bluetooth® Wireless Technology with Inspiration Control System™.

What could be more inspiring?

Friday, July 1, 2016

Power Of ION: More Than A Meter

Turn a meter into more than a meter. Driven by the power of ION technology, a PowerLogic meter transforms into a smarter, programmable solution that easily adapts everywhere across your business or operation. Learn how the ION building blocks can help you create solutions for any power system. No one else makes these powerful connections so easily. For more information, please contact your local Schneider Electric Partner, or visit