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.

Features:
-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

$25.99

ƒƒFeatures:
- 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

$33.00

Features:
- 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 www.dom-vendor.com

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

Rewards:
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!

Rewards:
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!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Spot Opportunities Event


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

Thursday, July 31, 2014
10:00AM to 12:00 NOON

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

Learn about the new 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 www.dom-vendor.com

Please RSVP to Greg Tiedemann


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Happy Father's Day! (and specials)



Father's Day is this Sunday... perhaps you need a new tool? We are running specials on Fluke, Greenlee, Ideal, Klein, and Milwaukee this month.  For example a Klein 32476 5-in-1 Screwdriver/Nut Driver is only $9.99! This compact and useful tool features 5⁄16" (8 mm) nut driver, #1 and #2 Phillips, 9⁄32" (7 mm) Slotted and 3⁄16" (5 mm) slotted.

Greenlee 0358-13XL Handyman Gloves are only $13.99!  Protect your hands!  The  reinforced index/thumb web minimizes friction caused by gripping and pulling.  The spandex back with padded
knuckles and fingers protects against bumps and knocks.  And the Lycra side panels on each finger
provide extra flexibility

The Milwaukee 48-22-1995 Spring Assisted Serrated Knife at $24.99 is a great deal. Spring-assisted opening: Permits one-handed operation.ƒƒ The serrated blade is ideal for tearing through material and the tanto tip makes piercing material easy.  Theƒ slim, compact body stores easily yet withstands jobsite abuse.

Call our counters for more information or download the flyer from our website here.

Happy Father's Day!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Upcoming Dominion Electric Supply Events

We are co-hosting two great events in June I'd like to share.

Taking the name from my blog - we are offering a Spot Opportunities with Energy Management, Lighting Audits and Retrofits.  Come out and meet our Lighting and Energy Management team, Vince Liberto, Lisa Webster and Barbara Waterman and hear how they can help you get work. Representatives from Philips and Lutron, our sponsoring vendors, will also be available to answer questions and show product after the presentations.

Besides the great stuff you'll learn, there will also be some big door prizes and light refreshments!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Laurel, MD

You can pick up the invite from our website by clicking here

Please fill it out and send it back by May 30.

The second event is a LED Roadshow. Tour the new Lutron Experience Center in Washington, DC, learn about SYLVANIA’s new LED products, and mingle with Sylvania, Lutron, and Dominion staff.

Our speaker is Bill O’Connell, Sylvania’s Specifications Engineer for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He consults with specifiers, architects, and contractors from New York to South Carolina. Bill has nearly 20 years of experience in the lighting industry, and has held numerous positions at Sylvania, including Product Manager and Applications Engineer. He is LEED and Lighting Certified, and an expert on emerging trends in the lighting industry.

Thursday, June 12
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Washington, DC

You can pick up that invite from our website by clicking here!

Hope to see you at one of our events in June! And feel free to contact me if you have any questions....

Monday, May 12, 2014

Philips InstantFit LED T8



Philips InstantFit LED T8 lamps are a simple way to instantly make your current application more efficient. These energy-saving solutions fit into existing linear fluorescent fixtures and provide appropriate light levels by utilizing an existing fluorescent ballast.

LEDs are mercury-free and are ideal in cooler temperatures, making the Philips InstantFit LED T8 lamps a perfect solution for refrigerated cases, multi-deck coolers, walk-in coolers, parking garages or other applications where low-temperatures are commonplace.

Plug and Play
The Philips InstantFit LED T8 is a true Linear LED retrofit that replaces existing 4’ T8 fluorescent lamps. No wiring is required when replacing T8 fluorescents with the InstantFit lamp, which helps to reduce maintenance and labor costs. This lighting solution is ideal for users focused on maximizing the value of an existing ballast investment.

Energy Savings
InstantFit’s low energy consumption allows for short payback and long life and provides significant energy savings depending on your unique system configuration.

Compatibility
InstantFit lamps have been tested with a variety of ballasts to ensure compatibility with the majority of Instant Start ballasts.

Sustainability
Philips InstantFit LED T8 lamps contain no mercury, and virtually no UV or IR light. Waste is minimized since these lamps are installed in existing luminaires.

Learn more about InstantFit on the Philips website

Thursday, May 1, 2014

District of Columbia will adopt the 2013 DC Construction Codes

I subscribe to NEMA Code Alerts - and this one from Washington, DC is so great, I had to share: 

(WASHINGTON, DC) -- Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced today that the District of Columbia will adopt the 2013 DC Construction Codes this Friday, March 28, 2014. The new codes reflect some of the most modern, sustainable, and energy- and water-efficient building practices, and will replace the District's 2008 Construction Codes.

By adopting the 2013 DC Green Construction Code and the 2013 DC Energy Conservation Code as mandatory codes applicable to public- and private-sector buildings, the District has achieved a national leadership role in fostering green-building practices. Both codes will fundamentally transform the way buildings are constructed in the District.
The 2013 Energy Conservation Code will require that new buildings perform as much as 30 percent more efficiently, and the District's inaugural Green Construction Code will extend the building practices legislated by the DC Green Building Act of 2006 to most construction projects. The new codes will result in energy and water savings as well as a greener and healthier city environment. Adoption of the new codes represents a significant step toward meeting the goals of Mayor Gray's Sustainable DC initiative.
"The District's new Construction Codes make clear our commitment to sustainable building practices and to our Sustainable DC vision," said Mayor Gray. "The new codes will greatly reduce our carbon emissions, conserve our natural resources, and help property owners save substantial amounts of money on their energy bills."
The 2013 Construction Codes are based on the 2012 model codes published by the International Code Council (ICC), and the 2011 National Electrical Code published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), with amendments to reflect unique District policies and characteristics.
The new codes incorporate more than 500 local DC amendments to the ICC and NFPA Codes. The Construction Codes Coordinating Board (CCCB), which is housed in the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and whose membership includes District government and private-industry experts, drafted the changes. More than 100 individuals, including architects, engineers, contractors, property managers, real estate developers and government regulators, contributed their time, through Technical Advisory Group meetings, to ensure the most appropriate codes possible.
"The CCCB, its’ Technical Advisory Groups, and DCRA staff have spent thousands of hours reviewing each provision in the 2012 ICC and 2011 NFPA Codes to ensure that they reflect the best practices for the District," said DCRA Director Nicholas Majett. "Their diligent work has enabled us to achieve the Mayor's vision for modern, environmentally sustainable codes."
In addition to the 2012 International Green Construction Code and the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, the District has adopted the 2012 editions of the International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Property Maintenance Code, International Fire Code, International Existing Building Code, International Mechanical Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Plumbing Code, and the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, and the 2011 edition of the National Electrical Code.
The Construction Codes will be effective upon publication in the DC Register on Friday, March 28. For more information on the District's sustainability plan, Sustainable DC, visit www.sustainable.dc.gov or follow #SustainableDC on Twitter.

Jack Lyons: jack.lyons@nema.org

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

and a few more events!

DCSEU Power Lunch

Join the DCSEU, WMATA, District Department of the Environment (DDOE), District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Sustainable DC, Capital Bikeshare, Zipcar, and many others for the city’s most energizing lunch break.

With food trucks, prizes, and music, it's a great opportunity to learn how District agencies, organizations, and businesses are working to use energy more wisely, save you energy and money, and make this the most sustainable, livable city in the country.



Friday, April 25, 2014 Half Street Fairgrounds (The Bullpen)
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.



RSVP is via Facebook. Learn more here.


Electrical Engineering Seminars


Join O.T. Hall at IEC Chesapeake’s Laurel, MD facility for a day of training specifically designed for electrical engineers & design build contractors. Trainings include: High Efficiency Transformer Cast Coil Applications, LED: Benefits, Technology & Design, Surge Protective Devises, Lightning Protection Systems, Grounding & Bonding, Proper Cooling of Industrial Control Cabinets, Heaters: Applications, Zone Heating, Controls, & Styles


Wednesday, April 30, 2014
IEC Chesapeake
8751 Freestate Drive
Laurel, Maryland 20723


Sign Up for the course that interests you! via the IEC website




Thursday, April 3, 2014

Think Safety


Don’t miss your chance to put safety at the forefront of your organization!!
Attend Safety Fest 2014

The IEC Chesapeake is hosting a FREE all day event, April 10th, 2014 from 8:00am - 5:00pm

There will be three training tracks for everyone in your company, food & fun!

Training includes General Safety, Human Resources, and Electrical Safety

Pick up the flyer on our website

To Register visit: www.iecchesapeake.com or contact Alice Haines 301-621-9545 ext 104


Also at the IEC facility, "Strengths of LED" with Jeff Dross, Kichler Lighting.  LED saves energy, is small in size and color can be selected/determined. LED does not need to be the only product selected to light our environment, it just needs to be the right light for the specific job.

This class will teach you how to successfully determine if LED is the right solution for the lighting job.  April 15, 2014. 11am-1pm.  Contact Alice Haines 301-621-9545 ext 104 to sign up.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Dominion Electric Supply Specials for March





Dominion Electric Supply has a comprehensive selection of LED lamps.  We feature different ones from time-to-time on our special flyers.  This month we have selections from Sylvania and Philips -both leaders in the industry.

Sylvania LED 14W A19. $33.99
ƒƒRated up to 25,000 hours at 70% lumen maintenance. Omnidirectional lamps offer years of service and
reduce energy and maintenance costs.  The perfect replacement for 75W Incandescent A-lamps.  Gives an equivalent light output while saving you $167 in energy over the course of its lifetime.

Sylvania LED BR30. $21.99

Rated at 25,000 hours of life.  80-82 CRI ensures greater color definition and can be used in many applications, both homes and businesses. Use 1/5 of the wattage of a 65W incandescent lamp while lasting 12 times as long.ƒƒ No UV or IR radiation that can cause fading and discoloration of fabric
or artwork.ƒƒ Over the course of the life of the LED BR30 lamp, you will save $145.75 on your energy bills.

Philips 14BR40/END/F90 DIM LED LAMP. $30.99
ƒƒHigh Efficiency, Instant-on LED Downlight.ƒƒ 90 Degree Beam withƒƒ AirFlux Technology - Optimized Air Flow Design Eliminates the Need for Heat Sink Fins.ƒƒ Smooth Dimming to 10% of Full Light Levels.ƒƒ Will Not Fade Colors.

Philips 8R20/END/F90. $27.99
ƒƒReplaces: 50W Incandescent, Medium Base (E26)ƒƒ Color Tone: Warm White. Beam Angle: 90 Degree, Beam Spread: Wide Flood.


FREE GREENLEE zipper bag this month!


Buy a select Greenlee bag (0158-19, 0158-12, 0158-13, or 0158-15) and receive a free Greenlee Zipper Bag 0158-14! Constructed of heavy-duty canvas for durability. Strong zipper for secure closing. Stores multiple small items or tools.

Greenlee bags and pouches feature construction of double layered heavy duty nylon and Cordura® fabrics. The steelreinforced edges, versatile pocket designs, and paddle shoulder straps are all reinforced by box stitching to last on the jobsite.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

2014 SUBBY Awards




ASAMW Mission Statement:

“American Subcontractors Association of Metro Washington promotes the rights and interests of subcontractors and suppliers by building strength in community through education, legislation, networking and professional growth." 

Dominion Electric Supply is so proud to announce that we were chosen for the “The Capitol Vendor Award” - Outstanding Vendor at the 2014 Subby Awards.

Here's a brief description from their website:

This award is given to the outstanding vendor in the Greater Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area that provides his/her customers with follow through service, on time delivery, integrity, and technical expertise as well as is involved in community service and industry support through membership in a building trades association.
Dominion Electric Supply

A big shout out to our Commercial Sales departments for their hard work and dedication. Thank you!

***
Your success is our success.
Working on a project that’s already specified? In the preliminary planning stages? Acting as your partner, we will assist you with pricing, negotiation, submittals and project management. We mean it when we say that no challenge is too large for us to handle. In fact, we like challenges. And we thrive on your success.

Send us your bids!

Washington Area commercial lighting bids: lighting@dominionelectric.com
Washington Area switchgear bids:gear@dominionelectric.com
Baltimore Area bid requests:baltbids@dominionelectric.com
***

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Snowmageddon 2?

I'm a little caught up in the hype and excited for the snow! Thoughts of snow take me to thoughts of heat and snow melt (isn't that the same for everyone?) 

Roof and gutters can be severely damaged by ice buildup. Ice dams and icicles form when the accumulated snow on a roof melts, and refreezes. When icicles begin to form, there is potential for both structural damage and safety issues.

Raychem Roof & Gutter De-Icing Heat Trace System maintains a continuous path for roof snow melt to drain from the roof through the gutter and downspout. S
elf-regulating electric heat trace cables automatically adjust their power output to compensate for temperature changes, resulting in lower energy output, and eliminating the possibility of overheating.

Raychem IceStop self-regulating heat trace cables have a heating element that consists of a continuous core of conductive polymer extruded between two copper bus wires.
As current flows through the core, the IceStop heat trace cable regulates its own heat output in response to ambient conditions—eliminating hot spots and resulting in better temperature control and roof and gutter protection.

Our counters are well versed in these systems and can help you set up a simple job.  For a large or more complicated system, you may need to contact "Mr. Heat", our very own John Lyman, who specializes in this sort of work.



If you are thinking about a remodeling job, or are starting off new, consider adding EZ Heat Warm Tiles to your plans. They are designed to gently warm flooring materials such as marble, ceramic and porcelain tile, laminate, slate, and graniteƒƒ. UL Listed and CSA Certified, the Easy Heat Warm Tile cable is placed in the mortar just below the tiles, never compromising tile installation.  




Add an Easy Heat GTS-1 programmable thermostat and your feet will thank you every winter! The thermostat has a four event per day programmable set back, or can be operated manually. Sensor wire monitors floor temperature for accurate comfort control.Includes On/Off switch, choice of doors with or without display window. 120V, maximum 16A. UL listed to U.S.A. and CanadianSafety Standards. White. GFCI Rated.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Introducing the Southwire SIMpull Circuit Management System

Wrapping up some of the new product from our Alexandria Ribbon cutting event is the Southwire SIMpull Circuit Management System.  This system can make every branch circuit and home run pull safer, easier and more productive.

They have great literature - simple and straightforward. Like the product:



And I found a short video on YouTube that shows the product in action.  The SIMpull CoilPAK is on display at each of our counters - ask about it next time you are in!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2014 Lamp Phase Outs

I knew it had been a long time since I last posted, but I didn't realize how long!  The worst part is I have so much to tell you about...

To begin, Happy New Year!

When we rang in the new year, we also ushered in more lamp phase outs.

New U.S. Energy Efficiency Requirements
Beginning Jan. 1, 2011, in California and Jan. 1, 2012, throughout the U.S., incandescent light bulbs must meet more stringent lumens/watt requirements.  In other words, the bulbs must produce the same amount of lumens (light output) for less wattage (energy).   2014 sees the phase out of the 60- watt incandescent lamp. Here is guide for some of the replacement options kindly provided by Sylvania:



I also caught a brief video on the TODAY show talking about the changes - January 2, 2014

Lights out! Goodbye incandescents, hello LEDs
Washington Post columnist and TODAY contributor Elizabeth Mayhew analyzes the federal law ending production of 40- and 60- watt incandescent light bulbs and provides some details on the LED light bulbs recommended as replacements.

Video Clip from the TODAY show

If you need more information, please feel free to send me a note. I'll answer you directly or put you in touch with one of our folks that can.