Saving Money with Low-voltage LED Lighting
In trying to keep an eye to the future of our industry, we come across a lot of new technology. We also come across technology that may not be new, but for one reason or another hasn’t taken off the way that we think it should. Recently, the trend has been more towards the Internet of Things, where people want to be able to control devices like their thermostat or lighting from their smartphone. Ultimately, these technologies, while fresh on people’s minds, aren’t that new of an idea. However, they are becoming increasingly more mainstream due to the cost savings associated with them. LED lighting uses less energy than traditional incandescent or florescent bulbs do, but they can also be run over low-voltage cabling. Installation costs dramatically decrease for this type of system. You also gain the ability to link them into a network of sensors that can analyze daylight harvesting techniques and dim lights automatically or completely turn them off depending on how much daylight is getting into a space. This article from the June 2013 edition of LEDs Magazine goes more in depth on the topic. It’s a good read and well worth the time to learn a little bit more about where our industry is heading in the future.
Ventoux offering new 3-day RCDD prep course
BICSI credentialing is an important step for any company in our industry to take. Whether it’s a new employee working their way through the Cabling Installation Program or a long-time employee finally going after the Registered Telecommunications Project Manager certification, the benefits of having BICSI certification at as many levels as possible is evident. That’s why Ventoux Learning Network is turning their 12-course Registered Communications Distribution Designer prep series into a 3-day long training class. It’s definitely something to look into if you are chasing that RCDD title for yourself or for your company.
BICSI Winter 2015 Highlights
It was a pleasure to be able to be a part of the BICSI Winter meetings this year down in Orlando. Great classes, great products and great people. Check out some of the highlights:
Trimble MEPdesigner for SketchUp
Sketchup has come a long way in a little bit of time, to turn itself into a really useful tool in the design process. Check out some of the new tools they have available to help plan your next network installation.
Astronauts perform cable installation on International Space Station
I wonder where you can get on the bid list for a job like this!