Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014 Holiday Specials (mostly tools!)

Tools make a great gift for the professional!  Our new Holiday Special flyer is out.
(find it here)

Features some great stuff from Klein, Fluke, 3M, Milwaukee, Flir, Rayovac, Greenlee and Channellock. And ! Buy $50 of Tools or Accessories, and get a FREE winter beanie!

Promo and pricing good through January 31, 2015 or while supplies last.

FLIR VP50 Non-Contact Volt Tester. $34.99
ƒƒ- Safe CAT IV-1000V rating and toolbox tough with rubber reinforced case and buttons, and a low-profile detection tip
-ƒƒ Vibration and red LED alarms alert users to the presence of voltage in noisy areas
ƒƒ- Versatile High/Low sensitivity modes detect voltage on industrial equipment and low voltage installations
-ƒƒ Powerful LED worklight always at the ready to illuminate poorly lit locations
ƒƒ- Inspection light at the probe tip facilitates testing in dark areas
-ƒƒ Long run time capable with power saving Low Battery Indication and Auto Power Off
ƒƒ- Rugged double molded design
ƒƒ- Includes 2 AAA batteries, user manual and limited lifetime warranty

Channellock 369CRFT 9" Hi-Lug Lineman Plier. $26.99
ƒƒ- XLT™ Xtreme Leverage Technology means considerably less force required tocut than traditional high leverage
-ƒƒ CHANNELLOCK BLUE® grips for comfort
- Only CHANNELLOCK® uses a knife and anvil style cutting edge to ensure perfect mating and superior cutting edge life
ƒƒ- Laser heat-treated cutting edges last longer
- Easily cuts hard and soft wire
ƒƒ- Fishtape puller
-ƒƒ Crimps insulated and non-insulated terminals

Fluke PM51A Pocket Digital Multimeter. $39.99
-ƒƒ Measures AC and DC voltage, resistance, continuity with beeper, capacitance and frequency
-ƒƒ Fully auto ranging with 7 measurement functions and 27 ranges
-ƒƒ Large oversize digital display with measurement results and the unit icon
- ƒƒ Data hold freezes measurement value
ƒƒ- Automatic power off, timing Idle for 30 minutes
ƒƒ- Digital multimeter measures alternating current (AC) voltage and direct current (DC) voltage to 600 volts (V), resistance to 40 megaohms, capacitance to 3,000 microfarads, and frequency to 1 megahertz (MHz)
-ƒƒ Average-sensing meter provides accurate readings when measuring linear loads where the current or voltage has a sinusoidal waveform

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Intelli-Arc™ Diagnostic Tool

We are really excited about the Siemens IDT5000.  We just featured it on our latest mailer, but in case you aren't on our mailing list (sign up here!) I thought I'd highlight it socially.

The Intelli-Arc Diagnostic Tool (model IDT5000) makes it easier to troubleshoot AFCI circuits by improving troubleshooting accuracy and reducing the number of visits to the problem site. The diagnostic tool can be used with any circuit breaker, regardless of brand.

Arc faults are often intermittent which can make troubleshooting the branch circuit very difficult. In these cases, it is important to determine whether the fault condition exists in the permanent wiring, in connected equipment, or in a power cord.

The Siemens Intelli-Arc Diagnostic Tool helps to accurately diagnose the circuit in which a fault has occurred. When used in conjunction with good troubleshooting techniques, this tool allows the electrical contractor to determine and locate the root cause or source of the fault. The device presents information as to the type and magnitude of fault. Since the fault may not cause an AFCI to trip for various reasons (i.e., duration too short, current level too low), the tool provides an indication showing how close an event is to causing an AFCI to trip.

Watch the YouTube video: The Siemens Intelli-Arc Diagnostic Tool helps to accurately determine the circuit in which a fault has occurred while also providing information including the type and magnitude of the fault.

-Improves troubleshooting accuracy
-Reduce time spent and number of trips to problem site
-Simplistic setup: wire in, wire out to use
-Wireless communication- enables “1 person” troubleshooting
-Can be used to troubleshoot any AFCI circuit
-LED Indicators: provides status level for current, ground fault, and arc fault
-Status Indicators: provides confirmation of power and communication connection

Siemens IDT5000 Data Sheet

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

IEC National Convention

We are happy to be exhibiting on the "Baltimore Main Street" for the IEC Electric Expo during the their National Convention.

Thursday, October 23, 10:00am - 7:30pm
and Friday, October 25, 9:00am-12:00pm
at the Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland

Looks like it will be a great show with many of our manufacturers representing.  Sharing Main Street will be Kichler, Mobern, Zanger, and OT Hall, to name a few. And on the larger Expo floor I see 3M, Arlington Industries, ERICO, Flir, GE, Greenlee, Ideal, Ilsco, Klein Tools, Legrand, Leviton, Lutron, RAB, Schneider, and Southwire.

The IEC Electric Expo brings together manufacturers, distributors, and service providers from around the country. This once-a-year opportunity is a chance to experience the innovative products and solutions in a hands-on way.

To see who else will be there, click here: IEC Electric Expo Exhibitors

The convention offers other opportunities as well. I picked up a few highlights from their website:

Energize your network, energize your technology, and energize your business at the 57th Annual IEC National Convention & Electric Expo!

The Convention will offer top-notch speakers and educational sessions filled with new ideas, timely information, and relevant concepts. Attend these sessions to boost your business and learn about current topics such as:

- Using Technology to Maximize Profitablity
- Communication Between Generations
- OSHA Electrical Regulations and NFPA 70e
- Analyzing Your Financial Statements
- The Future of the Construction Industry
- Saving Money by Implementing the 2014 NEC

And networking opportunities abound at the Convention. Whether a casual conversation or meeting a new face at a reception, sharing experiences can lead to real solutions for today's business issues.

Pick up your free pass HERE

See you there! Stop by our booth - #117 to pick up a gift - just for you!  ;)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Steals on Kidde !

Good News - Great pricing on select Kidde items will be extended through OCTOBER!

Kidde 21010407-A


- a Battery backup automatically activates when the alarm is attached to mounting bracket
ƒƒ - Large mounting base makes mounting easier, protects surface paint from dirt and covers imperfections.
- ƒƒ Pre-stripped wiring harness with easy off cap does not require stripper tool. Tinned strands increase
conductivity and wire nut grip.
- ƒƒ 10-year sealed battery substitutes need for routine 9V replacement
- ƒƒ Large centrally located Test/Hush® alarm control button silences nuisance alarms for approximately 9 minutes.
- ƒƒ Dust cover protects sensor from contaminates during construction, reducing nuisance alarms.
-ƒƒ Interconnectable with up to 24 devices (of which 18 can be initiating) including smoke, CO and heat alarms.

Kidde 21006377-N


- Talking alarm announces the hazard type detected, helping to speed up reaction time
-ƒƒ Combined carbon monoxide and smoke alarm, a single unit can be installed where previously two were needed
-ƒƒ Battery safeguard ensures the unit cannot be accidentally mounted without batteries
- Test-reset button tests alarm circuitry and triggers the voice announcement
-ƒƒ Meets safety standards set by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and interconnects with other KN-COSM-IB models

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Spot Opportunities Event

Contractors! Learn about the new Dominion Virginia Power non-residential rebate program this Thursday....

Thursday, September 25, 2014
10:00AM to 12:00 NOON

Dominion Electric Supply Co.
Conference Room
4080 Westfax Drive
Chantilly, Virginia 20151

Dominion Virginia Power non-residential rebate programs:
- Lighting Systems & Controls Program
- Energy Audit Program
- Heating & Cooling Efficiency Program – VFDs

Attending our seminar saves you from attending orientation in Richmond, Virginia!

All contractors have to register to be eligible to participate in the rebate programs. Register by going to

Please RSVP to Greg Tiedemann
or call 571-581-3388

Monday, September 8, 2014

Philips LED in the counters!

Kick off the Lighting Season!

Tomorrow in our Chantilly Counter:  4080 Westfax Drive

Purchase any of the select Philips products during Dominion counter days and win FREE prizes!

Promo Period: September 3 - October 14, 2014

1st Tier: Purchase $100 in products – Win a ball hat!
2nd Tier: Purchase $250 in products - Win a performance tee!
3rd Tier: Purchase $500 in products – Win a performance golf shirt!
4th Tier: Purchase $1,000 in products- Win a jacket!
5th Tier: Purchase $2,000 in products – Win all FOUR items!!

Dominion Locations and Counter Day Dates:

September 9  |  Chantilly, Virginia  |  7:30 - 11:00 a.m.
September 11  |  Gaithersburg, Maryland  |  8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
September 17  |  Baltimore, Maryland  |  7:00 - 10:00 a.m.
September 23  |  Leesburg, Virginia  |  8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
September 25  |  Manassas, Virginia  |  7:00 - 10:00 a.m.
October 2  |  Alexandria, Virginia  |  7:00 - 10:00 a.m.
October 7  |  Washington, DC  |  7:00 - 11:00 a.m.
October 14  |  Laurel, Maryland  |  7:00 - 10:00 a.m.

For more details, visit our website!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Kick Off the Lighting Season

Happy Friday!

It's hard to believe it is already the end of August. Summer is winding down and Fall is kicking off. Fall always has us thinking about lighting.... although maybe we are always thinking about lighting!  At any rate, we welcome Fall with a promotion from Philips.

The Scoop:

Purchase any of the select Philips products during their Dominion counter days and win FREE prizes!

1st Tier:  Purchase$100 in products –Win a ball hat!
2nd Tier:  Purchase $250 in products -Win a performance tee!
3rd Tier:  Purchase $500 in products –Win a performance golf shirt!
4th Tier:  Purchase $1,000 in products-Win a jacket!
5th Tier:  Purchase $2,000 in products –Win all FOUR items!!

Promotion starts September 3 and runs through October 14, 2014

How it works:
1. Visit a Dominion location on the scheduled counter day

2.  Purchase any products from these select Philips LED Categories: InstantFit, Slimstyle and AirFlux LED Lamps and LED Fixtures including Lightolier CorePro, Slim Downlight, and Lytening, Stonco LytePro and Hadco Accent

3.Win FREE Prizes!!

Dominion Locations and Counter Day Dates:
September 3rd, 8 – 11
Arlington, Virginia

September 9th, 7:30 – 11
Chantilly, Virginia

September 11th, 8 – 11
Gaithersburg, Maryland

September 17th, 7 – 10
Baltimore, Maryland

September 23rd, 8 – 1
Leesburg, Virginia

September 25th, 7 – 10
Manassas, Virginia

October 2nd, 7 – 10
Alexandria, Virginia

October 7th, 7 – 11
Washington, DC

October 14th, 7 – 10
Laurel, Maryland

Pick up the Featured Products from our website or visit any of our nine area locations to learn more.  Good Luck!