Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

ABBThe US$2.6 billion transaction, announced last September, offers substantial value creation potential within ABB, including growth opportunities from coupling ABB’s digital offering, ABB Ability, with the extensive GEIS installed base.

Canwea

 

“The Canadian Wind Energy Association commends the federal government for extending the ability of investors to utilize Class 43.2 of the Income Tax Act by five years, from 2020 to 2025.

 

 

Survey SaysMaster electricians and electrical foremen lead, making more than double the rate of apprentice electricians.

BC Hydro

 

BC Hydro lighting expert Brian Friedman wants to sweep aside a myth about LED luminaires: they're not 100% maintenance free. The buildup of dust, dirt and other emissions can affect the light quality of an LED by as much as 30%, and in some cases the accumulated materials can become a fire hazard.

 

 

 

Lighting Professionals – Knowledge is Power

By Leonie Janssen - Head of Global Product Management, TLEDs – Philips Lighting

At Philips Lighting we recently asked lighting professionals for their views on the current, and future, state of the industry – what was clear was a knowledge gap emerging. Almost half of Installers surveyed indicated that they needed more support when it comes to selling to and advising clients. So, what is causing this gap and more importantly, how can it be fixed?

The LED Revolution

While new LED technology creates an entirely new range of lighting products for lighting professionals to become familiar with, the opportunities far outweigh the negatives. Playing such crucial roles in the lighting process, Installers have the opportunity to really take the lead in educating clients on the benefits of LED technology.

The Changing Client

As the industry changes and technology advances, so too does the client. Faced with shrinking budgets for lighting projects, many clients now (understandably) look for the absolute best deal possible – often getting quotes from different Installers.

Having said that, many clients do rely on the expertise of the Installer for the majority of projects – in fact, 71% of clients are likely to ask Installers for advice, while many Installers believe their advice is trusted and respected.

Be Ready for the Future

Philips Lighting helps installers navigate the latest changes in technology, by providing them access to advice, products, tools and assistance they need to better serve clients. Alongside a simplified product portfolio, Philips Lighting aims to lead the way with lighting education through its Canadian Real Pros microsite and its Lighting University – an online portal offering knowledge and advice on everything lighting.

After all – knowledge is power.

 

 

 

A classic design for a familiar look

 

At Philips, we know lighting.  For over 125 years, Philips has been a lighting innovator.  So, with all the benefits and advancements in LED, there has never been a better time to upgrade lighting.   With the Philips LED glass PAR portfolio, our single optic technology provides the familiar look and feel traditional of halogen PARs, while using only a fraction of the energy. 

 

Why chose LED glass PAR Lamps?

  • The Philips LED glass portfolio delivers LED benefits at an extremely affordable price
  • Traditional lamp shapes (A19, PAR16, PAR20, PAR30, and PAR38)
  • Comparable light output to the most popular conventional lamps
  • Glass finish for a look and feel replicating traditional halogen PARs

 

To find out more, please visit your local Distributor, or the Philips website.  For additional support or resources, check out the Canadian Real Pros site where there are a wide variety of tools that can help with all of your lighting projects. No matter what the demands, from individual house lighting to large-scale industrial illumination and everything in between, Philips has a tool to help.

 

 

Enter Philips Real Pro contest, exclusive to Canadian Contractors!

Are you a Canadian Real Pro?  Whether it’s outfitting a small mom and pop shop to retrofitting a commercial retail space, we know that jobs of all sizes require real talent and quality product. Enter our Philips contest and tell us what makes you a Real Pro!

 

With more than 20 Prize Packs (valued at $400 each), three Real Pro Prize Pack winners will be selected every month from May 1st to December 1st, 2018. 

 

There are also five trips to a city in Canada where winners will receive an exclusive VIP experience including accommodation, tickets to a local hockey game and dinner on us! 

 

In addition, winners will be featured with an exclusive highlight on the Real Pros website and invited to special events across Canada.  A great way to promote yourself or your business.

 

To enter, visit www.philips.ca/realproscontest and complete the Contest Entry Form by submitting either a video or a story on what makes you a Real Pro.  And feel free to be creative!

 

 

Lighting Contractors Will Want to Know This

 

Did you know that Philips InstantFit LED lamps are proven to work with 220 ballasts? Many LED tubes claim compatibility, but Philips InstantFit proves it with a 50% greater compatibility than our competitors offer! But the performance doesn’t end there.

Our family of InstantFit LED lamps also feature flicker-free even light output, and industry-leading energy savings and lifetimes. So, when you think InstantFit, you can be confident you’re getting performance, compatibility and reliability.

Philips makes your choice simple – discover more here.

 

 

Relamping? We have a solution for you.

 

Whether it’s a 4-foot fixture, or a high bay metal halide, Philips Lighting has a solution to suit your needs.

 

Philips T8 Energy Advantage fluorescent lamps offer instant energy savings from conventional 32W T8’s, and extra low mercury for customers looking for a cost-effective environmentally responsible solution.

 

Philips InstantFit LED T8 tubes save over 40% in energy costs compared to fluorescent, and feature the highest ballast compatibility in the market making it super easy for installers to retrofit fixtures.

 

Philips TrueForce LED lamps are a direct replacement for 250W and 400W HID lamps used in industrial and retail high bay fixtures. With the 165W TrueForce, you get all the light quality and energy saving benefits of LED, without needing to replace the fixture or gear.

Survey SaysContractors dominate the electrical product purchasing market with 48%, over twice the next closest market, Industrial, OEM and Automation which makes up 23% of Full-Line electrical customers.

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Electrician Forum Brought to you by Schneider Electric

As industry experts you know the products you use everyday better than anyone and should have input on what information you receive about products and what could improve them.

Therefore, we want your insight on the biggest challenges or issues you face when installing loadcentres, breakers (CAFI, GFI's…) and other surge protection devices. We ask that you do not provide product specific details but rather your general issues and concerns or any questions that have come to mind while working with these product types. Provide us with your valued expert insight into the issues you have faced so manufacturers can better inform you about the installation and use of these products. Lets generate some discussion that will help guide the Industry.

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Cloud

There has been a lot of talk about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models these days but both are relatively new to the lighting industry. Let’s take a look at what they are as well as their roles in commercial lighting.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, and applications via the Internet with pay-as-you-go or subscription-based pricing. Cloud computing means that instead of all the computer hardware, software, and data that you are using sitting somewhere inside your company’s network, it’s provided and managed for you as a service by another company and you access it over the Internet. 

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Jean-Marc Myette

By Line Goyette

Meeting people in our industry often comes with surprises. This was the case with Jean-Marc Myette, Business Development Manager of ABB’s Electrification Products Division and chair of the Board of Electro-Federation Canada’s Quebec section. Not only does he know the electrical industry down to the most minute product and technological innovations, he is also a professional car racer on sabbatical, and someone very involved in his business community and personal life.

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