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The Evolution of Voltage Systems in Construction

What you Need to Know Before Signing…

What is the difference between a low voltage contractor and LiteSync ™? Frankly, 550 volts and it's important that you know the difference.

Since the early 1970’s, LiteSync ™ has been involved in the high and low voltage electrical industry. Commercial and residential low voltage systems back then existed but it was minimal and different in nature with no computer controls. Back then the professional licensed to work on such systems was companies like LiteSync state licensed in systems of 0 - 600 volts.

Industries and product evolve however and change comes. LiteSync ™ has been observing the changes for decades but unfortunately this evolution wasn't optimized for the most ideal outcome. There was no roadmap or business plan for manufactures or installers and it simply just happened.

Fast forward to today…

Over the past decade or so the industry has exploded with manufactures offering the public one or another type of computerized automated control. It is based on various hierarchies with some better than others and LiteSync ™ has researched much of it. Sadly however many other electrical contractors did not desire to keep up with low voltage industry changes and did not want to make the effort to continue their education in new systems. While they would have been the ideal choice for any such installations due to their deep construction background, for various reasons that can be explained it just didn’t happen…a serious error in the industry evolution clearly.

This created a gap and when this happens there will always be those that jump in to fill it. A new contractor's license came into existing that allowed people to operate in a voltage range of 0 to 50 volts only. It is a relatively easy license to acquire requiring minimal formal education and construction experience. Telephone cable installers, virtually any one from any walk of life began loading low voltage wire reels on their truck, picking a automation manufacture and running with this product as the new low voltage automation only dealer.

“A serious error in the evolution”…now why is this? It’s rather simple once you understand the construction process more clearly. To begin with, the electrical contractor is highly skilled and trained in the installation and maintenance of electrical high and low voltage power systems. High voltage is of course dangerous if not properly installed so training in the mathematics, theory, codes and techniques is rigorous. A journeyman electrician spends 4 to 5 years in college apprenticeship training along with his daily field work. Years ago it was the electrical contractor installing all pre-wired systems and if a specialty contractor (commercial low voltage only) was brought in to a project it was due to unique manufacture component requirements that such contractors had factory training in. As computers became more main stream dedicated cabling systems did too and with that more and more low voltage cable pullers started to pop up. When the electrical contractor failed to keep up with the evolving low voltage automation product the low voltage only cable puller picked up the ball and ran with it creating today’s “specialist” installer. Sadly for the consumer, it’s an installer that simply is not needed on the project. Another phone call to make, yet another contractor that is a burden to the project with his hand in the consumer's pocket.

As mentioned before, industries evolve and such evolution will often have no road map for an optimal outcome. The construction of a structure has many stages. From the CAD blueprint design to the jurisdictions final inspection and customer walk through, the details can be deep to meet today’s requirements. The low voltage only license is limited and fragmented in what they can do during the construction process. They will specify their underground conduit and other piping needs for the electrical contractor to install as the electrical contractor is already on the job doing such for the high voltage needs. Automation systems control high voltage power yet the automation dealer is not licensed to touch this power or terminate it so once again they must contact the electrical contractor for the needs related to landing high voltage wires in automation control modules and other requirements. It becomes rather clear at this point, why have a low voltage license on the project at all when they can’t get the work done without hiring others to finish it? It simply makes no sense and ultimately costs the consumer in more ways than one.

In a nutshell this is what we refer to as the failing of the industry and its evolution. Today there is a bumper crop of low voltage installers with the flavor of the month automation system. Many of these automation manufactures may or may not be in business tomorrow and one can begin to see how this is very bad for the consumer whom owns a structure with a system that they can’t get programming, parts or service for anymore. Allowing a low voltage only contractor to set controls related to lighting and other systems they are not trained in is another failing that can lead to problems. Today’s lighting is a complex discipline and the needs related to it require far more than the low voltage license has the training and skill set for. But many consumers do not know this and buy into their sales pitch allowing them to simply “turn on and off” the lights in a more static manner of control. Sadly it is far from that simple and the project fails to realize its full potential.

LiteSync has been installing high and low voltage systems for decades and while we cannot control the evolution of an industry, we have recognized the problems and offer the consumer a correct means to an end. The low voltage contractor fears us greatly because they know we are educating the public in the failing of their unneeded contractor's license on the project. Under the LiteSync roof is the complete construction service which is required today. From the moment clients walk in our door with a cost budget we can provide CAD blueprints related to the lighting and all voltage needs. Combine this state of the art design with complete system installations needing no subcontractors or separate "qualifying/industry partners" and it quickly becomes clear that we have recognized the failing of the evolving industry and have stepped up to do our part and fix it.

Today the client has a choice. They can hire a contractor's license of 0 - 50 volts AND a contractor's license of 0 - 600 volts thus dealing with the related fragmentation and issues of service and warranty after the fact or...they can hire one contractor and have no issues at all.

LiteSync has the experience and license for any high or low voltage system, which ever need you may have. Seamless integration...

 

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