Wiring and Cable

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Could Wood Replace Our Need for Wires?

Columnist Blaine Brownell examines the latest research on "functionalized" wood... More

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How To: Highly Efficient Holiday Decorating

The average home coated in incandescent outdoor holiday lights doubles electricity use, but thanks to LEDs and other technology, festive families have plenty of options to recreate the famous Christmas Vacation home without the high power use. Here are four ways to Clark Griswold your home without cringe-worthy electric bills. More

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Custom Builder Taps Market for High-Performance, High-Tech Homes

A Houston building firm offers an expandable home automation system standard on its LEED-Certified homes. More

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Taking Control with Lighting

Lighting control systems can reap big energy savings. More

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DC Power standard released

The EMerge Alliance introduces a standard for use of DC power in commercial interiors More

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Fiber Optic Skylight From HUVCO Daylighting Solutions

The Fiber Optic Skylight by HUVCO Daylighting Solutions comprises an exterior mounted panel containing 64 computer-controlled lenses that focus sunlight into optical fibers. More

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Parans Fiber Optic Skylight by Huvco

A new way to bring natural light into interior spaces, Huvco’s Parans Fiber Optic Skylight system collects sunlight through lenses on outdoor panels (shown), then funnels the light through optical cables to luminaires. The system’s daylight collectors mount on roofs or façades. The thin, flexible optical cables, which are routed through walls and ceilings, have high light transmission that lets sunlight efficiently reach far into buildings; the luminaires are designed to recreate the feeling of sunlight. Hybrid luminaires that combine natural light and electric light are available. 800.832.6116. More

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Fiber-Optic Skylight System by Huvco

Anything that makes it easier for pros to incorporate natural light—a key component to any green home—gets our attention. Huvco’s fiber-optic system takes daylight to the darkest of places, illuminating interior rooms, closets, and bathrooms. Optical lenses on exterior-mounted solar panels capture sunlight, then channel it through thin, flexible, fiber-optic cables to interior rooms. Luminaires within the room recreate the feeling of sunlight. Also available are hybrid luminaires that combine daylight distribution with an electric light for times when the sun isn’t shining. According to the company, exchanging half a building’s electrical lighting for this system can lower energy costs 20% to 25% and greenhouse gas emissions 10% to 15%. 800.832.6116. More

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Material Exploration

A planetarium juxtaposes the materiality of its daytime image against a nighttime presence wholly defined by light. More

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Cable Hanger Device

Now available with the Orbiter and Nyhavn outdoor luminaires, Louis Poulsen Lighting's cable hanger unit (introduced with the LP Icon in 2004) serves as an exterior-rated, through-wiring splice box that provides a safe, watertight electrical connection. The cable attaches to the top of each fixture, allowing single or multiple fixtures to be suspended from each cable, ideal for areas where lighting poles would clutter the landscape. More

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