Chapter 12

Mechanical Systems

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The science and engineering of automated lighting systems have matured to the point at which reliability, in general, has greatly improved and the mean time between failures is surprisingly high. This wasn’t always the case. Automated lighting used to be one part engineering and three parts reengineering.

Part of the reason for this improvement is the natural evolution and development of products, and part of it is due to the application of better materials, such as the introduction of high-tech plastics, and manufacturing techniques, such as surface mount ...

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