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A Change in Perception Can Build America’s Skilled Workforce

A Change in Perception Can Build America’s Skilled Workforce

 by Mark Klein is Co-President of Lincolnshire-based Klein Tools   The skills gap is real – and Americans still haven’t seen the worst of it. According to SkillsUSA, a national organization that provides career and technical education to more than 360,000 high school and college students, there are 5.6 million unfilled skilled jobs today – […]

August 31, 2017
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Eaton Highlights Four Key Questions on the Risks of Buying Electrical Products Online

Eaton Highlights Four Key Questions on the Risks of Buying Electrical Products Online

  Power management company Eaton has released a new listicle titled “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: Four key questions on the risks of buying online.” The downloadable asset highlights risks faced by electrical contractors and distributors seeking to purchase products online due to the promise of low prices and fast turnaround, and how […]

July 24, 2017
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Designing More Aesthetic Emergency Lighting Systems

Designing More Aesthetic Emergency Lighting Systems

  Meeting code requirements for emergency lighting with modern, stylish lighting fixtures Emergency lighting is mandated by the NFPA and International Building Code (IBC) to ensure sufficient light along the path of egress in the event of a power outage or other emergency.  Although this is typically the domain of electrical engineers, many lighting designers […]

July 5, 2017
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6 Ways to Spark Verbal Communication Skills

6 Ways to Spark Verbal Communication Skills

© 2017 Nancy Dunlop   As an electrician, you may frequently work alone. But for those times when you need to connect with customers, co-workers, and suppliers, good conversational skills are important. Each time you engage in a person-to-person discussion, you create the opportunity to improve relationships, enhance how others feel about you, and potentially […]

June 16, 2017
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Beyond Light

Beyond Light

  A recap of LIGHTFAIR® 2017 by Kevin Boyce, Director of Product Management at Universal Lighting Technologies At this year’s edition of LIGHTFAIR® International (LFI®)—the lighting industry’s largest annual architectural and commercial trade show—we saw the latest in lighting design, innovation and achievements, from decorative and task lights to ballasts and LED drivers. In the […]

June 15, 2017
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California Regulators Simplify Title 24 Lighting Codes to Reduce Energy Project Costs and Speed ROI

California Regulators Simplify Title 24 Lighting Codes to Reduce Energy Project Costs and Speed ROI

  Thomas Wray,  ABM Industries The California Energy Commission (CEC) has included a new provision in the 2016 update of the Title 24 energy code that simplifies and reduces the fiscal impact of one of the more expensive requirements for lighting retrofits. While the new code is more stringent for new construction, retrofit projects can […]

May 31, 2017
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Keeping Clients Safe from Electrical Hazards

Keeping Clients Safe from Electrical Hazards

by Chad Rinedour, CEO/Principal of Turn It On Electric, Phoenix, AZ At home or in the office, electricity powers our lives everyday. The coffee pots we use in the morning, the heater that keeps the house warm, the lighting in the office and the television that we watch at night are all powered by an […]

May 25, 2017
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