Jim Lucy

Chief Editor,
Electrical Wholesaling Magazine

Jim Lucy has been wandering through the electrical market for more than 30 years, most of the time as an editor for Electrical Wholesaling, Electrical Marketing newsletter and CEE News. During that time he and the editorial team for the publications have won numerous national awards for their coverage of the electrical business. He showed an early interest in electricity, when as a youth he had an idea for a hot dog cooker. Unfortunately, the first crude prototype malfunctioned and the arc nearly blew him out of his parents' basement.

Before becoming an editor for Electrical Wholesaling magazine and Electrical Marketing, he earned a BA degree in journalism and a MA in communications from Glassboro State College, Glassboro, NJ., which is formerly best known as the site of the 1967 summit meeting between President Lyndon Johnson and Russian Premier Aleksei Nikolayevich Kosygin, and now best known as the New Jersey state college that changed its name in 1992 to Rowan University because of a generous $100 million donation by N.J. zillionaire industrialist Henry Rowan. Jim is a Brooklyn-born Jersey Guy happily transplanted in the fertile plains of Kansas for the past 20 years. 

EW's Top 10 Product Picks for May 2017
Congratulations to the product development and marketing teams of the following companies for having their products selected in this month's picks: ABB, Bridgeport Fittings, Burndy, Cognex, Extech, Knipex, Leviton, Lutron, Milwaukee Tool and Service Wire.
IoT-Ready Alliance Working on Standards for IoT Sensors in LED Fixtures
The IoT-Ready Alliance has been established with the goal of upgrading lighting fixtures for the commercial IoT as simple as screwing in a light bulb.
Times & Trends: Some Bumps & Bruises in the Early Days of IoT 
One of the most interesting parts of my job as an EW editor has always been researching those technologies “just over the next hill” — those products that have not yet hit a point of critical mass in the marketplace.
Utility Market 101
Distributors that have succeeded in supplying utilities with their emergency, MRO or general supply needs tend to be either full-line electrical distributors with a time-tested specialty in the business, or niche distributors that focus just on the utility market.
Real Talk on IoT 
It’s true that billions of IoT-enabled devices are being connected every year. But more important to the electrical wholesaling industry is that many of these IoT sensors are going into electrical products like lighting fixtures, industrial controls on the plant floor, wiring devices and smart utility meters.
Thoughts from Lightfair 2017
This year, Lightfair is all about not only the deep penetration of LEDs into every nook and cranny of the lighting market but also a bunch of IoT-enabled, app-based lighting controls; tuneable light; and a whole new level of productivity tools.
Industrial Market 101 
When people think of the industrial market, too often they just think of massive industrial plants but a huge portion of the industrial market is in the smaller but more numerous manufacturers that produce products built into other products.
Times & Trends: The New Realities of Industrial America 
The industrial market will still provide plenty of sales opportunities for well-positioned distributors, manufacturers and reps.
Baseball & Life: 10 Baseball Quotes that Apply to Almost Everything You Do
With the start of another Baseball Season upon us, what better time to check out what these 10 ballplayers and managers had to say about baseball - and life.
EW's Top 10 Electrical Product Picks for March, 2017
Electrical Wholesaling's Top 10 Electrical Product Picks for March, 2017 are in and this month we are highlighting products from ABB, AFC, Brady, Madison Electric Products, Magnetek, Milwaukee Tool, Pass & Seymour/Legrand, Platinum Tools, Southwire and Toshiba Security.
Top 10 LED Picks for March 2017
Our March, 2017 picks are in for the Top 10 LEDs of the month and we would like to congratulate the folks from Barron Lighting, Douglas Lighting Controls, Focal Point, Hubbell Lighting, HyLiteLED Lighting/ARVA, Killark Lighting, Leviton, Nora Lighting, Tridonic and Zumtobel.
Times & Trends: Learning to Make Beautiful Music Together 
I have always had a soft spot in my heart for apprentices, helpers and other new employees on construction sites. I used to work construction jobs during college summers — three years as a helper for a test boring and drilling company and one summer sweeping up sawdust for a hilarious band of Estonian carpenters
Commercial Market 101  2
It’s a huge market that sweeps across big cities, small towns and rural areas — from Main Street America to malls and strip shopping centers.
Top 10 Electrical Product Picks for February 2017
Congratulations to the following companies for having new products selected by Electrical Wholesaling's editors for this month's Top 10: Bedrock Automation, Bridgeport Fittings, Carlo Gavazzi, Extech, HellermannTyton, Ilsco, Killark, Milwaukee Tool, Platinum Tools and Sola HD.
Residential Market 101 
The market for residential lighting fixtures sold through full-line electrical distributors, residential lighting specialists, home centers, hardware stores and department stores operates differently than other aspects of the electrical market, primarily because of the retail nature of this business and the fact that the customer is most often a homeowner.


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