Associate Member Announcements

Thomas & Betts Provides New Web Analysis for 2017 NEC®

Thomas & Betts (T&B), a member of the ABB Group, has provided a new Web guide analysis of changes to the 2017 National Electrical Code® (NEC®) that affect T&B, ABB and Baldor products.

The Web analysis guides users in the selection of T&B and ABB products that comply with this year’s changes to the NEC. The T&B guide to the 2017 NEC is available at

“The online T&B guide to the 2017 NEC compiles our analyses of code changes that have affected T&B, ABB and Baldor products,” said David Kendall, director, industry affairs for installation products at ABB, Electrification Products division. “The online analysis is a training resource for T&B/ABB personnel, end users, specifiers, inspectors and distributors, as well as a tool for the training of electrical apprentices.”

Among the organizations that T&B assists with apprenticeship programs are the Electrical Training Alliance (etA), National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC).

The online T&B guide includes links to the website of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) for a complete analysis of the 2017 NEC, to the website of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) for state-by-state information about the adoption of the NEC and to the website of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to purchase the print version of the 2017 NEC. The T&B NEC site also includes a search by application, such as residential, industrial/commercial and utilities, among others.

Among the new NEC articles available with T&B’s online analysis are Article 425: Fixed Resistance and Electrode Industrial Process Heating Equipment, Article 691: Large-Scale Photovoltaic (PV) Power Production Facility and Article 706: Energy Storage Systems. Each article links to a separate page that includes an analysis of the change, the pertinent T&B/ABB products and links to related information.

Other features of T&B’s online 2017 NEC analysis include iPad and mobile phone accessibility, individual code analysis spread sheets, PDF download of individual analyses with QR code to return to the analysis Web page, and contact links for additional support.

For more information about T&B’s Web analysis for the 2017 NEC, please visit or call (800) 238-5000.

Thomas & Betts Corporation, a member of the ABB Group, is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of essential components used to manage the connection, distribution, transmission and reliability of electrical power in utility, industrial, commercial, and residential applications. With a portfolio of more than 200,000 products marketed under more than 45 premium brand names, Thomas & Betts products are found wherever electricity is used. Thomas & Betts’ headquarters are in Memphis, Tenn. For more information, please visit

 7 Pin AreaMax Opens Door to Advanced LED Lighting Controls

LED lighting manufacturer Evluma announces the availability of a 7 pin option for the AreaMax™ LED luminaire for Street and Area Lighting. In compliance with ANSI C136.41-2013 Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment–Dimming Control between an External Locking Type Photocontrol and Ballast or Driver, the AreaMax 7 pin model supports 0-10V dimming and the power and voltage monitoring features of most wireless controls nodes. Already well known for energy and maintenance savings features, such as Photocontrol Failsafe™ and ConnectLED™, the new option opens the doorway to additional savings and functionality for owners of the versatile AreaMax. Wireless control nodes only connect to luminaires with a compatible 7 pin twist-lock receptacle as they depend on power from the luminaire.

“A luminaire with a 7 pin option is your first step towards networked outdoor lighting,” said Cathleen Shattuck, Marketing Director at Evluma. “Customers can plan ahead knowing that if and when they choose a wireless node the luminaire will support it. In the meantime, the AreaMax 7 pin model remains compatible with 3 pin photocontrols that may still be in inventory. Backward compatibility gives our customers the option to upgrade when it is convenient for them.”

All AreaMax with the new 7 pin socket will maintain the ability to communicate with ConnectLED preserving the ability to set brightness settings and dimming schedules and easy connect/disconnect using the app. “Many luminaries may also require a driver upgrade to support 0-10V dimming. The AreaMax driver has been designed for dimming since inception.” Evluma’s 7 pin socket configuration also supports available nodes with motion control capability. Unlike some competitive products the current inrush to the AreaMax 7 pin receptacle is extremely low, helping to preserve the life of expensive wireless node relays.

AreaMax with the 7 pin option are available for order immediately. Other AreaMax options include a coastal-grade casting and hardware package and 3000K IDA (International Dark Sky) approved models in both Type V and Type III. All AreaMax carry a 10-year warranty. On display at the NWPPA E & O, Reno, NV April 11-13 and the IEEE REPC in Columbus, OH April 23-26, 2017.

Formed in 2008, Evluma is committed to developing affordable, long-lasting and environmentally low-impact LED lighting solutions that fundamentally change the landscape of the outdoor utility lighting market. Evluma’s high standard of customer service and background in innovative lighting technologies, automation and software design creatively ideate and inform it’s Made in Washington products. For more information, visit

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