PUBLISHER Andrea E. Klee
EDITOR—PRINT Julie H. Mazur
EDITOR—DIGITAL Timothy Johnson
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ART DIREC TION: Paul Philpott/Bono Tom Studio Inc.
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY & U TILI T Y BUSINESS Chuck Ross
ARC FLASH SAFE T Y Jim Phillips
BUSINESS William Atkinson
CODE Jim Dollard
CODE Michael Johnston
CODE Charles R. Miller
CODE Mark C. Ode
ESTIMATING Stephen Carr
FIBER OPTICS & CABLING Jim Hayes
FINANCIAL Denise Norberg-Johnson
FIRE/LIFE SAFE T Y S YS TEMS Wayne D. Moore
LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS Thomas P. Hammerberg
LEGAL Gerard W. Ittig
LIGHTING Craig DiLouie
POWER QUALIT Y Richard P. Bingham
RESIDENTIAL David E. Shapiro
SAFETY Joe O’Connor & Tom O’Connor
SECURITY Deborah L. O’Mara
SERVICE/MAINTENANCE Andrew McCoy & Fred Sargent
TECHNOLOGY Jim Romeo
TOOLS Jeff Griffin
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The Situation Is Under Control
WHILE THE MAGAZINE’S HEADQUARTERS ARE IN BETHESDA, MD.,
ELEC TRICAL CON TRAC TOR can’t cover a national industry without getting out to various locales for trade shows and conventions. They are some of our best resources for
learning what’s going on, so we can pass that knowledge on to you.
We were on the road again recently, and this time, we found ourselves in San
Diego at Lightfair International (LFI). We know from our biannual profile—another
vital research vessel for us (the new one is coming next month!)—that more than 90
percent of electrical contractors (ECs) engage in lighting work, so we are aware it is
very important to you.
At LFI, we noted two big trends that will likely hit the mainstream soon: lighting
fixtures integrating with the Internet of Things (Io T) and color tuning. Innovators are
building sensors right into lighting fixtures and cutting out the reliance on wireless
networks and controls, which will offer ECs the ability to reach a level of granularity
that was previously infeasible and will appeal to owners who don’t have much money
to spend on automation.
Were you just getting your head around the Io T? Us, too. Craig DiLouie furthers
our education about it in the “Industrial Revolution” on page 24. In “Steamlining
the System,” page 70, Susan Bloom consults the experts about selecting a compatible
LED driver in an industry that is still undergoing standardization. And, on page 95,
David Shapiro covers the importance of lamp color temperatures and how to relate
it to homeowners.
Also in this issue, Jeff Gavin explains that the benefits of efficiency, lower cost and
building operation analysis from LEDs and controls have extended to warehouses.
Read “Wide Open Spaces,” page 32. In “Power to the People,” page 46, Chuck Ross
breaks down how efficient, high-voltage DC-based transmission systems bring renewable energy into the mainstream. In “Under Your Feet,” page 56, Jeff Griffin tells us
how ECs are active in underground fiber deployment.
We also feature the bimonthly IN TEGRATED SYSTEMS CON TRACTOR. First up, in “Is
the World Ready for Biometrics?” Deborah O’Mara gauges society’s comfort level with
the technology (page 78). Then, in “Integration Opens Doors,” by Claire Swedberg,
page 86, learn about how today’s low-voltage contractors are integrating themselves
to become one-stop shops. No edition of INTEGRATED SYSTEMS CON TRACTOR is complete without a Cool Tools report focused on systems-related tools. Find Jeff Griffin’s
coverage of fiber testers on page 88.
Like running any business, making a magazine requires balance and meticulous
planning. While crossing three time zones, we work on physical and virtual products
spanning three (or 12) months, and it’s all to help you optimize your business so you
can help your customers with theirs. Don’t worry, though. The situation is all under
control (the editors write in self-affirmation).
It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Larry C. Osius
(1931–2016). Larry passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016. In 1965, Larry
became managing editor of ELECTRICAL CON TRACTOR. In 1972, he
advanced to editor and publisher. He retired in 1990 but continued
as a consultant and sales representative until 2000.
For Larry’s full obtiuary, visit www.ecmag.com/larryosius.