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CODE Jim Dollard
CODE Michael Johnston
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ESTIMATING Stephen Carr
FIBER OPTICS & CABLING Jim Hayes
FINANCIAL Denise Norberg-Johnson
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Are You Smarter Than
a Fifth Grader?
WHEN IT COMES TO TECHNOLOGY, we occasionally turn to anyone
younger—who we suspect might know more than us—for help. OK, sometimes it’s
because we forgot our glasses and can’t see our phone. Or we sigh really loudly
and the guy in the next cubicle takes the cue to come in and fix whatever went
wrong with the computer.
This issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR is devoted to all sorts of smart stuff.
In “Taking It to the Streets,” page 30, Chuck Ross covers smart street lighting.
He writes that, “Most of us see a streetlight as a utilitarian lighting fixture, but
manufacturers, utilities and city managers see a business opportunity.” This could
be a business opportunity for you, as well.
Craig DiLouie writes about the ins and outs (or ons and offs) of building exterior lighting. Learn about the capabilities, the codes and the controls in “The
Bright Outdoors,” page 46.
Claire Swedberg brings us inside with “Sensory Overload,” which is about
the deployment of indoor wayfinding technology. You might think it would be a
little creepy to walk through a store and have coupons pop up on your phone as
you pass certain merchandise, but it’s happening. Read about that and more on
Jeff Gavin checks out the eye-popping use of LEDs in the world of entertainment from pro football to a high-end casino and resort. The lights on the ceiling
of the Blossom Cocktail Lounge in the MGM National Harbor Casino inspired
this month’s cover. “Let Us Entertain You” is on page 22.
Taking us back to practical matters, Rae Hamilton makes us smarter about
personal finance in “Life Savers,” on page 82. Legal columnist Gerard Ittig explains
the finer points of withdrawing or being bound by a bid in “I Wanted to, But Now I
Don’t,” page 72. In his Estimating column, Stephen Carr delves deeper into change
orders. “A Little Light Reading” is on page 40.
We learn a lot from you readers, too. On page 20, in the Industry Watch section,
we bring you some interesting information we have gleaned from our subscriber
research panel in its first year. Check that out, and consider joining the panel for a
chance to win Amazon gift cards. There’s a winner every month, and all it takes to
enter the drawing is a few minutes of your time. We need your industry expertise!
As interaction with our readers goes, our Ideas That Work contributors
responded to Anton and Jesse Mikec’s January Idea Igniter. See their catch-all
solutions on page 62, and be sure to send in your responses to this month’s prompt.
We hope you finish this issue feeling smarter than when you began. If you don’t
understand something in subsequent pages, you can always email us, or you can
just ask your children or grandkids to explain it to you.