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CONTENTS VOLUME 38 NO. 04 • APRIL 2018
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Gareth Petley, UK sales director of Megaman, discusses how the smart lighting market for connected homes is developing, ensuring greater energy efficiency for the end-client.
Russ Sharer of Fulham discusses the need for a common communications strategy to implement effective smart lighting.
Saving energy with lighting controls is easier than you think, says Tony Biggs, senior sales manager at Lutron Electronics.
Tamlite Lighting’s business manager, Jason Horton, highlights the legislative and performance requirements of emergency lighting systems.
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7 Industry News The 18th Edition cometh, and encouraging more women into the sector – news from around the industry.
12 Contract News The latest and greatest in contract and company news.
16 Training What’s in-store for the future of the electrical contracting industry?
18 Key Issue Tech expert Jordan O’Brien takes a closer look at what the industry could be doing to embrace energy efficiency, and whether the ‘bill free home’ is actually achievable.
20 Project Focus Beckhoff explains how its building management system, designed and installed by Little Electrical, was the answer to LacPatrick Dairies’ production challenges.
Mark Smith of Hochiki Europe explains how fire safety manufacturers can use their expertise to give life safety system installers the information they need to stay ahead of the game.
Jeremy Ewen from WLS discusses the company’s recent installation at 160 Aldersgate, which has been designed to optimise safety and security in a high-end workplace environment.
William Winter takes us behind closed doors at PremSpec Electrical to find out what makes the company tick.
75 Company Showcase Sponsored content from around the sector.
Jon Theis, director at TheisCraft, explains the importance of controlling the lit environment.
Michael Morrison, managing director, Light Efficient Design UK, asks whether retrofitting LED corn lamps is always the right solution.
ESP’s sales director, Neil Baldwin, looks at the revised BS 58391:2017 standard to help contractors understand the changes.
Emma Segelov, of MK Electric, looks at the role of USB integrated sockets within the changing UK home, and the key product features to look out for.
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26 In Profile
Holger Engelbrecht, product manager at reichelt elektronik, looks at how the demand for efficient lighting solutions will only increase over the next 12 months.
Features 28 10 reasons to visit EI Live! ECN explores why electrical contractors should home in on the chance to join the smart building revolution by visiting EI Live!, the UK’s only smart home/building trade show.
32 Cheap but not cheerful Timeguard offers a few tips to avoid passive infrared sensor (PIR) failure.
Richard Hayward of Legrand’s Wiring Devices business makes the case for electricians to consider form, not just functionality, when it comes to installations.
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have an effect on health and wellbeing, increasing employee efficiency and retention. With all these benefits, it seems a given that we as an industry should be grasping the opportunity to revolutionise lighting – and be the authority for our clients. Times are a-changing at the moment. With GDPR nearly upon us, the ‘Aldous’ Bill moving its way through government, and the 18th Edition on the horizon, there’s never been a more important time to get in touch with your opinions. Drop me an email at Kayleigh@allthingsmedialtd.com to let me know your thoughts on the most important issues facing the sector over the coming months.
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INDUSTRY NEWS CHECKATRADE INTRODUCES MONTHLY PAYMENT OPTION Checkatrade has announced a new membership structure that allows new and existing members to pay monthly instalments for the first time. Previously, trade membership was only available as a one-off fee or secured via an upfront deposit. From March, new members will be able to split their membership over 12 equal payments from £69.99 a month, and existing members will be offered the monthly payment option upon renewal. Checkatrade was acquired by HomeServe PLC in December last year, which has enabled the business to deliver more options for members, such as the new monthly payment offering. Gavin Dutton, managing director of Checkatrade, said, “Providing options and flexibility for our members has always been a priority for the business. Joining the HomeServe family has provided the financial backing to make monthly payments a possibility, and helped us grow to an average of 1,200 new trade members per month. “In the 20 years Checkatrade has been in business, we have continuously looked at ways to adapt and ensure our business model moves with the times. We know cashflow is vital for any business and hopefully we can help by giving this flexibility to both new and existing members.”
PRICES CONTINUE TO FALL FOR ULTRA-EFFICIENT SOLAR PANELS The price of solar power is continuing its downward trend, while the efficiency of solar panels continues to improve. That means that electrical contractors can now get their hands on ultra-efficient ‘mono crystalline’ solar panels that cost just 45¢/W; that’s a 37.5% drop when compared to previous prices, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Unfortunately, mono solar panels are still slightly more expensive than their less efficient poly crystalline counterparts. It’s estimated in some markets that they’re 6% more expensive, although the trade-off is that mono crystalline is 10% more efficient. That means that the price of the electricity produced can often be cheaper. Renewable energy is already on course to become the cheapest form of energy in 2018, according to engineering consultancy Arup. That includes energy created from both wind and solar farms. The historically low prices should
continue to fall, however. In fact, in the US the Department of Energy is aiming for a price of $0.05 per kWh. There are many factors contributing to the reduction in the price of solar energy. China is a key proponent of solar energy, and its ‘Top Runner Program’ has led to manufacturers investing heavily in mono crystalline solar panels thanks to financial incentives. The programme has also been penalising poly crystalline manufacturers. As more companies invest in mono crystalline solar panels, it should drive prices down even further. It requires the industry to change tact, however. Poly crystalline is still popular in the industry, with it said to have represented 70% of solar panel production, and many of the solar panels specified in projects still use the technology. With prices being driven down even further, it’s expected that mono crystalline could reach the price parity.
MORE THAN 60 TRADE BODIES SUPPORT ‘ALDOUS’ BILL In the wake of the Carillion collapse, an industry coalition of over 60 construction and maintenance trade bodies now back the ‘Aldous’ Bill, proposing cash retentions owed to the supply chain be held in trust. The large coalition was brought together by the issue of late and unfair payment, amid industry appetite for reform. There is also growing political support from MPs and Lords. Support for the bill covers a broad cross-section of the entire supply chain, including electrical, plumbing, heating, interiors, house building, roofing, scaffolding, and demolition. Major trade bodies in support include
the Federation of Master Builders and the Federation of Small Businesses. Peter Aldous MP said, “This coalition of support shows the urgent need for reform and unity in the industry following Carillion. Support covers so much of the industry that we now have a golden opportunity to change construction for the better. I hope the government gets behind the industry and this bill. We need action to protect SMEs before more millions are lost, and this bill is about ensuring people’s money is safe so businesses can grow and invest in their future.”
Awareness of the bill and support for Peter Aldous are being coordinated by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), and leading electrotechnical and engineering services body ECA. Carillion collapsing, six days after the bill’s first reading, has pushed payment abuse high up the political agenda. The bill seeks to ensure payment retentions are protected in special ring-fenced deposit schemes, to minimise damage to the supply chain in the event of insolvencies. The second reading of the bill is Friday 27 April.
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INDUSTRY NEWS IET AND BSI ANNOUNCE OFFICIAL 18TH EDITION WIRING REGULATIONS CHANGES
FIREANGEL REMOVES IONISATION SENSING TECHNOLOGY FireAngel has made a move towards enhanced fire safety by removing all ionisation sensing technology from its range of smoke alarms. The latest FireAngel battery- and mains-powered alarms, which will be launching in April, feature optical rather than ionisation sensing technology, as recommended by UK Fire and Rescue Services and British Standard 5839-6. Illegal in a number of European countries, and set to become illegal in the UK within the next few years, ionisation alarms feature a small amount of radioactive material (Americium 241) that gives off low levels of radiation. This presents both environmental and sensitivity issues, as not only do the alarms have to be disposed of correctly due to the radioactive materials present, but they are also over-sensitive to spurious sources, such as cooking fumes and dust that can cause false alarms. These nuisance alarms can often result in tenants removing or damaging ionisation alarms, meaning they are no longer protected. Ionisation alarms are extremely sensitive to small particles of smoke produced by fast-flaming fires, such as those produced by paper or wood, and successfully detect fire before smoke gets too thick. However, the sensitivity of ionisation alarms makes them unsuitable for installation in circulation areas near kitchens due to the number of false alarms that cooking fumes may produce. Whilst ionisation alarms are a popular smoke alarm to install in properties due to their low price points, the British Standard recommends the installation of optical detectors (found in both optical and multi-sensor alarms) over ionisation alarms in circulation spaces, such as hallways and landings. This is due to ionisation alarms being less sensitive to smoke from low-flaming fires that has travelled a distance from the sources, such as smoke travelling out of a kitchen, living room or bedroom into a circulation area.
The official list of changes set to be included in the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7671:2018) has been released by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the British Standards Institution (BSI). BS 7671:2018, the national standard to which all new and amended electrical installations in the UK need to comply, is due to be published on July 1, 2018. The announcement comes as the IET urges those working in the electrical sector to familiarise themselves with the changes, ahead of the 18th Edition coming into force from January 2019. According to the IET, a number of significant changes will be included in BS 7671:2018. Among others, these will include: •T he requirement for a ‘switching device’ to be implemented in the installation of renewable energy storage systems. •R ecommendations for Arc Fault Detection Devices (AFDDs) in AC final circuits. •A change to the requirement for methods of supporting wiring systems in buildings against premature collapse in the event of a fire. •R equirements for devices for protection against overvoltage. •A new appendix focusing on energy efficiency. Changes will also come into force for electric vehicle charging installations with PME supplies, and new guidance will be issued for the design and erection of electrical installations featuring local production and storage of energy for optimising efficiency. The amendments to BS 7671 are the result of changes to international and European standards – the technical intent of which the UK is obliged to adopt. Members of the JPEL/64, the national Wiring Regulations committee, represent the UK on many international committees during which these standards are discussed. The IET ensures that the JPEL/64 considers all amendments to the regulations to ensure they meet the best needs of the industry before a new update is published.
NICEIC AND ELECSA OFFER 18TH EDITION PRE-ORDERS
PHILIPS LIGHTING ANNOUNCES INTENTION TO CHANGE COMPANY NAME TO SIGNIFY
Electrical contractors can now pre-order their copy of the upcoming 18th Edition from NICEIC and ELECSA. The 18th Edition will be available on July 2. Contractors who pre-order their copy will ensure they get the book when it first comes out. The new standard is expected to retail at £95 when it launches. Contractors who pre-order their book early will receive a 10% discount. “Once it launches, contractors will have a six month period to get up to speed with the changes,” commented NICEIC and ELECSA’s technical development manager, Darren Staniforth. “From January 1 2019, it will then be a requirement that all electrical installations designed after this date comply with BS 7671:2018, 18th Edition (2018). “Everyone involved in the electotechnical industry will need to be able to demonstrate a level of understanding and awareness of the changes. “Therefore, many contractors will be keen to get a copy of the blue book as soon as it becomes available. By pre-ordering a copy now, they can ensure they get a copy as soon it comes out and have the maximum amount of time to make any necessary changes to the way they work. “They can also make some great savings in the process.” In addition to the book itself, there are also various bundle packages available, including the 18th Edition book plus NICEIC and ELECSA Site Guide. Anyone wishing to make an order can do so by visiting www.18edition.com.
Philips Lighting has announced its intention to change its name from Philips Lighting to Signify. The choice of the new company name originates from the idea that light becomes an intelligent language, which connects and conveys meaning. The company will continue to use the Philips brand under the existing licensing agreement with Royal Philips. “We’re excited to announce our new company name as another step in our transformation journey,” said Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting. “Our new company name is a clear expression of our strategic vision and a fabulous opportunity to introduce a new corporate look and feel that is uniquely our own and will serve to further unite our 32,000 employees. At the same time, we remain proud to continue to use the Philips brand on our products.” The new company name satisfies the company’s contractual requirements under the Company Name License Agreement with Royal Philips, which requires that it changes less than 18 months after Royal Philips no longer has a controlling interest. In view of the renaming of the company, a proposal to amend the articles of association of Philips Lighting N.V. will be submitted to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 15. The Philips Lighting stock exchange ticker will remain LIGHT.
SKILLELECTRIC NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES Electrotechnical apprentices can now register for this year’s SkillELECTRIC competition. The application window is open and runs until April 7, 2018. During the competition, entrants will be judged on a series of challenging practical tests in a bid to be named the 2018 SkillELECTRIC champion. The event, which is run in conjunction with WorldSkills UK, is designed to promote and showcase high standards and skills across the electrotechnical industry. Organised by National Electrotechnical Training (NET), the competition also has the Joint Industry Board (JIB) as its premier sponsor. Between April and June, there will be a number of regional events across the UK. Those who score most highly will progress to a UK final held in November at the prestigious Skills Show, the UK’s largest skills and careers event with over 80,000 visitors. Candidates may also have the chance to represent their country and compete internationally at future WorldSkills competitions. “Having a SkillELECTRIC competitor can help boost business performance as it teaches competitors to work efficiently under pressure and improves areas such as time management and precision,” said Carolyn Mason, chief executive of NET. “If you’ve got a shining star in your company we encourage you to work with your training provider to enter them into SkillELECTRIC.” Entries can be made via WorldSkills UK until April 7.
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INDUSTRY NEWS NICEIC LAUNCHES BURSARY SCHEME FOR WOMEN IN ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY NICEIC is setting up a bursary scheme to help women in the electrical industry. NICEIC has long campaigned for more women to enter the electrical sector. Now it is taking the next step by offering grants to women already working in the industry or looking to get a helping hand at the start of their career. The bursary is open to women of all ages and can help cover training or other associated costs up to a maximum of £500. Emma Clancy, CEO of NICEIC, commented, “Through our Jobs for the Girls campaign, NICEIC has been at the forefront of promoting opportunities for women. “We have helped bring the issue to national attention and are now seeing more women look to take up a career as an electrician. “However, getting started in the industry is still proving difficult for many women. Through this bursary scheme we want to take the next step and help those directly involved.”
Since launching its Jobs for the Girls campaign in 2011, NICEIC has noticed a marked change in the industry’s attitude towards women in the sector. However, the numbers are still low, with estimates suggesting that women still only make up around 2% of all those who work on the tools. Clancy added, “Over the last seven years, we have seen a marked increase in the number of women coming to us looking for help and assistance. Colleges and employers have also been in touch to see how they can attract more female candidates. “Where possible, we have provided access to training, technical information and opportunities with our registered contractors. But, it has not always been possible to assist those who just need a helping hand along the way. “Through this bursary we will be able to offer practical and financial support and hopefully create a smoother route into the industry.” In 2015, NICEIC worked in partnership with Sheffield-based charity WEST (Women in Engineering
Science and Technology) and The Sheffield College to help promote the opportunities that a career as an electrician presents. NICEIC then financially supported three women who wanted to become an electrician by paying their college fees and helping them find work with a local registered contractor. One of those who benefited was Shauna Wigglesworth. Following her studies, NICEIC managed to find her work experience with national housing provider The Guinness Partnership. She was eventually taken on as electrical apprentice and last year was named their Apprentice of the Year. “The pilot scheme in Sheffield has proved to us the positive effect we can have in assisting more women into the industry,” concluded Clancy. “If we can create more success stories such as Shauna’s and all the other women who are already out there making a fine career as an electrician then we will be well on the way to addressing the gender imbalance directly.”
THE LIA TEAM UP WITH UL TO SIMPLIFY LUMINAIRE CERTIFICATION
YOUNG WOMEN PUT OFF TECHNICAL CAREERS DUE TO LACK OF GENDER DIVERSITY, SAYS YOUGOV POLL
The UK’s lighting industry trade body, the Lighting Industry Association (LIA), and the global safety science organisation UL have announced a new agreement aimed to establish a strong collaboration between the two organisations that will simplify the testing and certification services for UK lighting manufacturers wishing to achieve third party testing and approval. The LIA operates an independent lighting test laboratory, accredited as both a Certification Body Test Laboratory (CBTL) and Notified Certification Body (NCB). It serves lighting manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, wholesalers, designers and the wider UK lighting market. Additionally, as a highly-respected trade association, the LIA offers its members advice and support with technical guidance and direction. The cooperation between the British association and the North America-based safety science organisation will empower the LIA to test and certify lighting products for the North American market. This means that, in addition to the CBTL test reports, this agreement allows the LIA to issue UL certifications along with the ‘UL mark’. The agreement will streamline the processes that UK lighting manufacturers currently have to navigate in order to test and certify their products for global markets. It offers manufacturers access to a complete services portfolio from a single reputable unique local supplier.
New survey findings show that over half of young women aged 18-24 (53%) are put off electrical and plumbing careers because of concerns about a lack of gender diversity in the existing workforce, according to research commissioned by ECA, JTL and JIB. Despite industry progress towards gender and other diversity in recent years, almost one in four young people (36%) in the UK believe a lack of gender diversity is still a barrier to entering the electrical and plumbing industries. This compares to just 15% of adults in the 55 and over age group. Even though the number of companies with diversity success stories is increasing, 30% of young people also said that an old-fashioned hiring culture was a major barrier to entering these industries. Only nine per cent of adults aged 55 and over felt this was an issue. Despite considerable career opportunities in engineering, the survey also found that women are seven times less likely than men to apply for technical careers such as engineering, electrical work, plumbing, and building trades. Instead, women were more likely than men to consider careers as lawyers, teachers and doctors. Overall, just 8% of the population said they had ever considered a career as an electrician or plumber. Just two per cent of women said they had done so, compared to 15% of men.
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NEW GUIDE TO IMPROVE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY RECALLS RELEASED The government’s new Office for Product Safety and Standards has teamed up with BSI, the UK’s national standards body, to launch the first government-backed Code of Practice (PAS 7100) for product safety recall in the UK. The Code of Practice includes details on how a business can monitor the safety of products and plan for a recall, and how market surveillance authorities such as local authority trading standards can support businesses in their monitoring of incidents and their implementation of corrective action. The Code of Practice, developed by BSI, is the first major initiative for the new Office, which was launched by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in January. It follows a recommendation by the Working Group on Products Recalls and Safety to introduce such a code to further strengthen the UK’s already tough product safety regime. This was created with the assistance of leading retailers, consumer interest groups and industry bodies, including; Tesco, Samsung Electronics, British Retail Consortium, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers.
MOVERS & SHAKERS… Security specialist ERA has appointed Tania Tams as head of marketing. She will oversee the communications and marketing activity across the company’s distribution channels. Approved electrician Lee Jessop has joined the team at electrical contracting firm Butlers. He has just moved back to the UK from Denmark. The company is currently recruiting another electrician to cope with the increasing demand for its services. LEDVANCE GmbH has appointed Jacob C. Tarn, Ph.D., a LED lighting industry veteran, as the new chairman of the management board and new CEO of LEDVANCE. Assuming his position on February 1, 2018, Dr. Tarn will focus on accelerating the company’s transformation from a traditional lamps manufacturer to an innovation-driven full LED lighting company.
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SAFETY AND STYLE Offering a new range of modern, high-quality cavity floor boxes, Olson Electronics explains how it tailors its solutions to meet the individual needs of its customers.
avity floor boxes are essential in many offices, hotels and are even appearing in new build homes. These new cavity floor boxes have been designed to increase safety within the work place by reducing the need for various extension cables. The durability and longevity, as well as the availability of the product, are key to ensuring professionals keep up with demand. Designed with quality in mind, Olson’s new range of cavity floor boxes has been specifically engineered to ensure robustness, a faster installation and maximum lifespan flexibility.
Designed for quality The new offering of floor boxes and plates are made from a highly robust steel construction and utilise a module sized plate system. Available in 87mm and 100mm depths as standard, the new design provides easy access for wiring and installation of accessories with the base being of a single piece construction steel body. Each unit is also provided with a floor cut-out template. Each compartment within the steel base has four entry knock-outs for flexible conduits or cable glands. The internal compartment segregation plates can be moved to suit the module-based configuration of the power and data plates used within each unit, to provide an effective interface between services beneath the floor and the office environment.
The sub-frame allows for fine adjustments to accommodate uneven flooring, with a reversible self-closing lid which is recessed to allow for carpet infill. The durable, robust sub-frame supports the lid in case of heavy and high-traffic environments. Olson offers a wide range of power, data and telecom sockets to meet all the requirements of a raised floor system, including a rarely offered MCB/ RCD/RCBO mounting plate. This flexible design enables the boxes to be easily modified to any configuration, even after the initial installation, with a totally discreet final finish.
Going bespoke Although Olson now offers these floor boxes as standard products available to order from stock, they still may not suit requirements for a specific installation. As with its core business for all of its product offerings, Olson offers a bespoke and pre-wired configuration service. To accommodate for the scenario, Olson can build fully custom units, eradicating the longwinded fixing and installation time. This could include custom metalwork, different colour plate finishes, different plugs and incoming power cables, different socket outlets (including combinations) and much more. The flexibility of Olson’s own metal machine shop, on-site paint spraying facility, assembly and testing service is all combined
with a knowledgeable and experienced inhouse design team who can offer support to customers and quickly propose bespoke solutions. The whole service, from start to finish being in one single location, offers a quick manufacture and delivery time to a high quality. Olson has a very fast turn around and the dedicated production team works around the clock to ensure orders are manufactured on time and shipped out as soon as possible from the minute they receive a purchase order. “Time is money – indeed, it is, and here at Olson we understand the importance of that and not wasting our customers’ time,” explains sales representative for Olson Electronics, Rob Brighton. “We believe that if a product has been manufactured to its highest standard and quality, you should not have to replace it until it phases out naturally as technology evolves, and when our customers need to upgrade their electrical systems in years to come. Being a British manufacturer, product development is at the forefront of our business as day to day activities and introducing new solutions that will enhance our products further is something we love to do and will continue to do.” For more information about the new cavity floor boxes as well as products and services available from Olson, contact +44 (0)20 8905 7273 or email@example.com. Olson Electronics, www.olson.co.uk
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CONTRACT NEWS SMART CITY LIGHTING STRATEGY LAUNCHED FOR THE SQUARE MILE
WELSH START-UP HELPS VIRGIN MEDIA REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION
The City of London Corporation has announced it will bring innovative lighting proposals to the Square Mile, including remotely operated lighting that will complement the look of historic buildings, improve energy usage and help tackle light pollution. The strategy will use state-of-the-art technology and see urban spaces coated in various lighting types, levels and colours at different times during the night. This will accompany the work that is already underway to upgrade the City’s street lighting to high quality, energy-saving and cost-efficient LED. The strategy will assess the balance between darkness and street and commercial lighting. Surveys show that currently some streets may be excessively lit compared to how many people actually use them, or that the current street lighting adds little because of the impact that nearby commercial lighting may already have. The strategy will also consider the important role that lighting has on crime prevention and reinforcing road safety. Studies have found that artificial lighting at night is contributing to an alarming increase
Smart building technology company enModus has successfully implemented a project with Virgin Media to radically reduce energy consumption at one of the telecom giant’s major UK technical facilities. The undisclosed site supports more than 250,000 homes. The project has seen a proportion of the existing fluorescent lighting switched to the enModus smart connected lighting solution. Using real-time measurement, Virgin Media has validated a total energy saving of 99% against the replaced light fittings. The energy reductions have been achieved by intelligently controlling the lighting levels. In addition, less heat released from the lighting means the cooling systems can be run more efficiently to keep the required temperature at the site. Carbon emissions have dropped by 2,445kg per year, meaning both substantial cost savings and a significant improvement in the environmental impact of the facility. Before the installation of enModus’ smart light solution, the existing fluorescent lighting was turned on at the beginning of each shift even though these spaces were only infrequently used by maintenance staff. enModus replaced the lights with Thorn Aquaforce II LED units installed with an enModus Node. The Node communicates across the existing power cables to the enModus Hub, connected via the internet to the enModus Cloud Platform. The Hub sends control commands, and in return, the nodes communicate measured and sensed information in real-time to create highly accurate real-time energy measurement and allow light activation only when occupancy is detected. This system also provides much-needed insights into how different spaces are used. As well as Virgin Media, enModus is working with major UK customers including retail supply-chain business Catalyst and Volvo-owned Scottish manufacturer Terex Trucks.
in the amount and brightness of light pollution across the world. This leads to less starlight in the night sky, disrupted ecosystems, a reduction in biodiverse populations and can impact on human health and sleep rhythms. The strategy also seeks to address the needs of nocturnal animals in gardens and areas along the riverside. The City Corporation is working with lighting designer Speirs and Major on the strategy which will be implemented in phases throughout the City.
FUGRO BEGINS PROJECT FOR TENNET’S HIGH CAPACITY GRID DEVELOPMENT Fugro has announced that it is about to commence a new site characterisation campaign following a second contract award from TenneT, a leading European electricity transmission system operator. The new contract is part of TenneT’s grid development in northern Germany and involves detailed site characterisation services for a 38km-long section from Husum to Niebüll in North Germany. A 46km-long section from Heide to Husum was investigated by Fugro in 2017. The new 380kV ‘west coast line’ (Westküstenleitung) is an important energy project, transporting wind power produced on Germany’s west coast to the south of the country. This 140km, high capacity power line is one of several being constructed to transport coastal electricity and is a key stage in Germany’s transition to a sustainable, reliable and environmentally sound energy supply. Business development manager for Fugro, Roberto Quaas, explained the complex nature of the site characterisation campaign. “Effective management of the many aspects of this project is a key part of our specialist service offering. Providing TenneT with a single point of contact, our team liaises with landowners, manages logistics and delivers site investigation services, combining drilling and sampling, CPT, dynamic probing and laboratory testing to deliver accurate analysis of ground characteristics. We are very pleased to have been selected again for this project and appreciate the opportunity to continue our close and valued relationship with TenneT.”
LUCECO LIGHTS KENDAL RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL CLUB Luceco has recently supplied LED luminaires for an £11 million sports facility, the new home for Kendal Rugby Union Football Club (KRUFC). The brand new facility benefits from two large hospitality areas and a viewing balcony overseeing two pitches, one grass and one all-weather surface, a restaurant, physio practice and a community gymnasium, Esteem. P Wright Electrical – based in Kendal – were the electrical contractors for the overall project and undertook the installation. Paul Wright commented, “The client was looking to create a sports hub for Kendal as well as a new home for the Kendal rugby team. They wished to build an outstanding venue for sporting events and hospitality functions. Working with Luceco, we installed over 560 LED luminaires, including Platinum downlighters in the gym, corridors and reception areas and LuxPanels in the offices and changing rooms. “LED DALI dimmable dual switched downlights were used in the lounge bar and main function rooms, with colour changing LED strips to give a modern and interesting twist in these areas and something special for hospitality events.” The new facilities at Kendal RUFC will ensure that the Black and Ambers enjoy a state-ofthe-art venue to continue their club’s success on and off the field.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR SELECTS SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC AS STADIUM ENERGY MANAGEMENT SUPPLIER Schneider Electric has secured a long-term supplier contract with Tottenham Hotspur to become the Official Stadium Management Supplier to the club’s new cutting-edge stadium in North London. Working closely with Spurs and its partners during the construction, service and maintenance phases of the project, Schneider Electric will distribute all power supply to the stadium and integrate key systems. This will boost the stadium’s energy and operational efficiency and support the day-to-day running of the venue. The energy management and building management solutions provided by Schneider Electric will play a key role in delivering energy and operational efficiencies, supporting the club’s vision of delivering the ultimate experience for every visitor to its new world-class stadium. Schneider Electric is embedding its EcoStruxure platform into the stadium’s architecture to unlock the trapped value within Spurs’ operations and unleash the true potential of its connected products and software. EcoStruxure will provide real-time monitoring for preventative maintenance and personalise visitor experiences, including aspects such as temperature and lighting conditions. The stadium’s electrical infrastructure will be monitored constantly from Schneider Electric’s remote field services bureau. Its Building Analytics software will perform system checks every five minutes, totalling 60,000 checks every hour on-site. Schneider Electric product experts will also be on-site to personally monitor the stadium’s power infrastructure on match days and in the build-up to any special events.
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CONTRACT NEWS FELIXSTOWE PORT WAREHOUSES BENEFIT FROM PATOL ASPIRATING SMOKE DETECTION A project to protect the largest warehousing and cross-docking facility in one of the UK’s busiest ports has demonstrated the suitability of aspirating smoke detection (ASD) for buildings characterised by large open spaces and high roofs. PD Portcentric Logistics is based on the 28-acre site near to Dock Gate One in the Port of Felixstowe on the east coast of the UK. As the largest customs approved warehousing facility in the Port, PD is central to the Felixstowe operation. With three warehouses containing a wide range of goods, protecting the contents, as well as the structure of the warehouses themselves, is crucial. The three high-level bay warehouses are protected from fire by a total of 24 Securiton ASD detectors from Patol, the exclusive distributor in the UK for Securiton’s SecuriRAS range of ASD systems. The project saw the installation of the detectors and associated pipework by BBC Fire Protection, part of Marlowe plc, which has been supplying fire protection solutions throughout the UK for almost 40 years. By using a mix of detectors, the needs of the different areas of the warehouses were met. Eleven ASD 535 two-channel detectors were employed across the three warehouses, along with 13 ASD 532 compact single-channel detectors for the smaller areas. The benefits offered by ASD systems ensures they are an increasingly viable and effective alternative to standard point detection, leading to their widespread adoption across numerous applications. In the case of high bay warehouses, with their elevated roofs and large open spaces, point detectors can be rendered ineffective due to stratification. In the PD Portcentric Logistics project, the ASD detectors were placed in strategic locations throughout the warehouses at a low level to ensure ease of access. This was possible because the detection chambers can be placed away from the areas being protected, a particular advantage in buildings with high ceilings but also beneficial for applications with floor voids and other inaccessible areas.
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CROMPTON TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT RADA Crompton’s coloured golf ball lamps have recently been treading the boards at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). They have been used to great effect in the Academy’s latest production of Assassins by Stephen Sondheim, directed by Nona Shepphard and with lighting design by Matt Leventhall. The lamps have been used on set in vintage festoon and signage illumination. The scene in which Crompton’s white golf ball lamps were used is based around a run-down Coney Island style fairground, with the lamps on the centre piece of the set highlighting the ‘shooting gallery’ designed by Judith Croft. The company’s multi-coloured golf ball lamps were also used for the colourful festoon lighting all over the set. The design incorporated a large overhead string that was on constantly, chasing red, white and blue lamps, all controlled and dimmed by the theatre’s main lighting console.
RADA was already familiar with Crompton’s golf ball lamps as they were chosen for a previous Son et Lumiere production, using 45 coloured lamps suspended in mid-air on individual pendants with pixel mapped effects across them. Dan Bywater, assistant head of production lighting at RADA, commented, “We have used Crompton lamps on a number of occasions, and have found that Crompton is always consistent with the quality of its products. The lamps are also extremely reliable, which is essential when they are a key production design element.” To recreate the coloured festoon effect, Crompton Lamps have a range of coloured LED filament harlequin lamps with a selection of vibrant translucent colour finishes. The LED lamps have a low energy rating of 4W and can be used outdoors in a suitable IP65 rated festoon fitting.
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CONTRACT NEWS J S WRIGHT WINS £6.5M CONTRACT FOR FLAGSHIP HOUSING SCHEME J S Wright has secured a contract worth more than £6.5 million to equip a new flagship housing scheme in East London. The company will manufacture, supply and install all the mechanical services for the 300home scheme at 97 Lea Bridge Road in Leyton. The development is being delivered in a joint venture between housebuilder Hill and one of the largest housing providers, Peabody. J S Wright has already been awarded the contract by Hill for the design of the mechanical services for the £100 million residentialled scheme, which includes 62 affordable properties. Designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, the development comprises nine residential blocks of up to 18
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storeys set around a landscaped central courtyard with 21,000 sqft of ground floor commercial space and a gym. J S Wright will supply and install energy efficient underfloor heating systems within all the apartments connected through a low pressure hot water feed to a centralised energy centre producing combined heat and power. The company will also install heat interface units within each apartment to act as a bridge to deliver low pressure instant domestic hot water on demand, as well as, hot water to the underfloor heating systems at low return temperatures.
It will also install a cold-water booster set and tank room with connected piping for cold water distribution to all the properties, an eco-friendly internal rainwater system, and wet risers to support a residential sprinkler system. J S Wright will also reduce building energy costs by installing an energy saving mechanical ventilation heat recovery system, which will extract stale air from apartments and replace it with fresh incoming air heated by the outgoing air. Work will start on-site in June 2018 with completion scheduled for June 2019.
Prysmian Group has announced an investment in excess of €170 million in a new cutting-edge cable laying vessel. This strategic asset will bolster Prysmian’s turnkey approach, under which it delivers end-to-end EPCI projects, from engineering, manufacturing and installation to full monitoring and diagnostic services. In particular, it will support longterm growth prospects in the submarine cable installation business, strengthening the group’s interconnection and offshore wind project execution capabilities. Prysmian Group intends its new vessel to be the most capable cable layer in the market and to offer enhanced project versatility thanks to advanced features like deep water installation capabilities for depths of more than 2,000m, increased cable loading capacity and capability to perform complex installation operations supporting a variety of burial systems. The cable laying vessel is expected to be delivered by Q2 2020. The group’s submarine business secured several important contracts in 2017 with a robust order intake of approximately €1 billion developing a solid order book in excess of €2,400 million as at 31 December 2017. Recent main interconnection projects secured include IFA2 for a submarine link between Britain and France and an NGCP interconnection in the Philippines. In the offshore wind connections market, Prysmian has been awarded projects by RTE to link three offshore wind farms to the French electricity grid.
THORN LIGHTING CELEBRATES 90 YEARS March 2018 marks Thorn Lighting’s 90th anniversary. Thorn Lighting is associated with many projects worldwide, such as Wembley Stadium, Hong Kong Airport and the City of Oslo. More recent successes include a German Design Award for its Civiteq product, supplying lighting for the redeveloped and expanded Oslo Airport and winning the contract to light the new Tottenham Hotspur football ground in London, as part of the Zumtobel Group. Thorn’s origins date back to March 1928, when Jules Thorn started the business with a mission to make great lighting easy, and founded the Electric Lamp Service Company Ltd. The new company went from servicing lamps to manufacturing them, and later diversified into luminaires, domestic appliances, TVs and radios. In 1936, under the new name Thorn Electrical Industries Ltd, the company floated on the London Stock Exchange. By 1959 it was the tenth biggest company in the UK, and its new purpose-built head office at Thorn House (today’s Orion House) was one of the tallest buildings on the London skyline. Today Thorn is a global multi-award winning lighting supplier, developing and designing solutions that provide lighting for offices, shops, schools, universities and industrial sites all over the world. As a trusted partner of smart city initiatives including DOLL (the Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab) and LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International), Thorn is playing a key role in supporting cities with efficient solutions that can incorporate intelligent sensors and antennas.
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WAXMAN ENERGY PARTNERS WITH ROLEC EV Waxman Energy, specialist distributor in the renewable energies sector, has announced a partnership with Rolec EV. A division of Rolec Services, Rolec EV design manufactures and supplies one of the largest and most comprehensive range of electric vehicle charging pedestals, wall units and stations in Europe. As demand for electric vehicle charging points is on the increase, Waxman Energy will partner with Rolec EV as it branches out into this new market. Based in Lincolnshire, Rolec EV has manufactured over 75,000 charging points to date, many of which have been branded to suit corporate client requirements. Waxman Energy Ltd. is part of the Waxman Group, offering energy solutions for both private and commercial sectors. As an independent distributor, they work with some of the world’s leading brands and offer technical help, a bespoke design and quotation service and a friendly customer support team. As well as stocking the full range of Rolec EV charging units, Waxman Energy has a newly renovated showroom with a variety of Rolec products, including WallPods and pedestals such as the Quantum and BasicCharge on display. Kieron Alsop, managing director of Rolec EV, commented, “As part of our partnership with Waxman Energy, we have created an EV charging industry centre of excellence, which will include a bespoke charge point showroom featuring a comprehensive range of charging solutions, as well as a purpose built installation training facility managed in association with NAPIT.” Held in Waxman’s accredited training centre at Grove Mills, West Yorkshire, Waxman Training Academy will be offering the City and Guilds Level 3 Award in Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation (2919-01-02). In association with NAPIT, the course provides the next step for installers wanting to progress in the electrical technology sector.
Wiring accessories, lighting and security products manufacturer, Scolmore Group, has announced the acquisition of Sangamo, the specialist supplier of time switches and heating controls. Established since 1921 and based in Glasgow, Sangamo has built up an extensive product range which will make an ideal fit within the Scolmore Group portfolio. Gary Mordue, Scolmore Group managing director said, “Whilst the acquisition means that Sangamo will now be part of the Scolmore Group, the company will continue to trade as an independent entity in all of its major functions and will seek to create strong growth over the coming years by utilising the experience and support of Scolmore. “Its location in Glasgow gives us the perfect manufacturing base and regional office to service our customers all over Scotland and the north, while at the same time providing them with access to our meeting rooms and training facilities. Sangamo has been around for nearly 100 years, is a very well established and trusted brand and we are looking forward to working closely with the team to build on its success.”
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TRAINING EDA LAUNCHES NEW TRAINING MODULES The Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) has invested in the development of a brand-new set of 12 distance-learning product knowledge modules to be launched exclusively to members in 2018. Developing the 12 EDA Product Knowledge Modules, which have achieved City & Guilds Accredited Programme status, has been a two-year collaborative process between manufacturers, wholesalers and independent lead authors – each an expert in their field. The EDA commissioned the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to help manage the production of the modules. “We’re in the fortunate position of having ready access, through our diverse membership, to an unparalleled breadth and depth of the latest product expertise,” explains Margaret Fitzsimons, CEO at the EDA, about why the time was right for the association to develop its own training programme. “The response from our wholesalers and manufacturers has been fantastic: they volunteered their time to support the creation of this new training programme. Their contribution has really boosted the rigour and quality of the professional training the EDA offers to the UK’s electro-technical supply chain.” Created for anyone working in the electrotechnical supply chain, the modules are suitable for both new entrants and anyone who wants to improve their product skills. Each module delivers professional training on an electro-technical subject or product area, with businesses free to choose the number and combination of modules that best suits their team. The 12-subject programme covers both the established product areas, such as lighting and cables, but also extends to offer training on renewables, IT and data infrastructure, and fire safety and security. The distance learning model also means employees can manage their study around their work and home life. The first two EDA Product Knowledge Modules – Introduction to the Principles of Electricity and Wiring Devices and Controls – will be available from April 2018, with the remaining modules launching throughout 2018.
EARNINGS FOR TRADE APPRENTICES SET TO SOAR, SAYS SCREWFIX Screwfix is calling for the next generation to consider a career in the electrical trade, as new research shows a job in the trade could lead to higher wages than other career choices. According to the retailer, future electricians are set to earn at least £2,500 a year more than the national average by 2022, bringing their average salary to over £27,500. In addition, apprentices can enter their chosen career free from the debt of university fees, which now averages £50,000, according to ONS’ Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE). This comes from new research commissioned by Screwfix which examined ONS salary data from 2010-17 to forecast future earnings of apprentices entering a profession. Along with the benefits associated with a long-term career in the electrical trade, including flexible working hours, becoming a skilled expert, being your own boss, and working with a wide range of people, research has found that the pay really cements why a career in the trade is the right choice. Along with electricians, plumbers are predicted to be future high earners with a forecasted wage of over £31,000 per annum. Plumbers are forecast to see a 5% increase (over £300), while electricians are to see a rise of 3% (over £150). The research was commissioned by trade retailer Screwfix as part of its Trade Apprentice initiative, which aims to celebrate and champion the best trade apprentices and future stars of the trade.
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THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRIES CHARITY SUPPORTS APPRENTICES The Electrical Industries Charity is calling on the industry to show support for young apprentices and help them to build a better future by signing up to the Apprentice Support Programme. According to the charity, there are hundreds of young apprentices in the electrical sector who are currently faced with a wide range of struggles. This can include things such as having to care for elderly or unwell loved ones or suffering financial problems, which over time can put their performance and progression at risk and lead to mental health problems. Currently, one in six young workers are experiencing some form of mental health problem but very often don’t reach out for help, says the charity. The Office of National Statistics has showed that suicide is the biggest killer of young people aged 20-34 in the UK each year, which is greater than it has been for the past 10 years. In 2015 alone, 1,660 young people under 35 years old took their own lives; 58 more than the previously recorded highest figure. An apprentice going through a rough patch needs support to allow progression and achieve a lifetime of productive and satisfying work. To support young people, the Electrical Industries Charity has launched the Employee Assistance Programme, of which the Apprentice Support Programme is part. The Apprentice Support Programme was designed to help young people in the electrical sector to deal with some of the key challenges that affect them as they embark on their chosen career path. The support services include debt management, financial assistance, counselling, support for carers, scholarships, apprentice bursary scheme, engineering scholarship, legal support, complex case management support and career development and transition assistance. For further information, or to sign up to the programme, contact vicky.gray@ electricalcharity.org
All those undertaking the AM2 or AM2S assessment must now complete a ‘Readiness for Assessment’ checklist in advance before the assessment can be booked, to help improve the candidate’s chance of passing the assessment first time. NET, the industry charity responsible for the assessments, has introduced the checklist as a mandatory ‘gateway check’; this is in line with government requirements for the new apprenticeship standard introduced in 2015. The checklist asks the candidate, their employer, and training provider to make a judgement on each area of the assessment, and whether the individual has the required knowledge and experience to undertake the test. By completing this task, it identifies any areas where further learning is needed before the candidate is ready to proceed. For over 30 years, the AM2 has been the final element of the electrical apprenticeship. This ‘end-point assessment’, as it’s becoming known, is a rigorous practical examination and knowledge test where candidates are assessed on their skills and competence against a consistent criteria across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, the ‘FICA’ is the parallel assessment. The AM2S assessment is now running concurrently with the AM2, for those who are undertaking an apprenticeship against the new standard. By introducing the checklist as a compulsory element before the assessment can be booked, NET hopes that it will reduce the number of instances where a candidate attends an assessment without preparation.
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TRAINING CEDIA AND KNX JOIN FORCES CEDIA has announced a reciprocal agreement with the KNX Association to develop closer collaboration on training and additional initiatives which will add value to electrical contractors. “Electrical contractors in the connected home sector are broadening their skill sets to meet homeowner demand for entertainment technologies that can be integrated and controlled with HVAC, lighting, and security systems on a single platform,” said Matt Nimmons, managing director of CEDIA EMEA. “In light of this trend, it makes sense for CEDIA to build a stronger alliance with the KNX Association. The partnership will bring valuable benefits to members of both our organisations, starting right away with access to KNX training and an exclusive discount on the ETS Inside software tool.” With KNX appointing CEDIA as an official Training Centre, members will now be able to attend the KNX basic training course at CEDIA’s training facility in St Neots. This course explores all aspects of the principles of the KNX protocol, and includes both theoretical learning, and hands-on programming exercises to build the attendees’ understanding of, and confidence with the KNX system configuration tool, ETS. The course concludes with an examination to test the knowledge gained which, once passed, will qualify the candidate as a KNX Partner. By the end of the course, attendees will understand the principles of the KNX Communication protocol, and how to build, configure, diagnose, and examine a KNX system. “Training has always been a key factor for success for us,” said KNX President, Franz Kammerl. “The cooperation between CEDIA and KNX will redefine the availability and impact of training for AV solutions and smart homes. Thanks to the KNX certification scheme for training centres, CEDIA has the possibility to further extend its training portfolio, addressing a completely new type of professional. We will support CEDIA in providing this new training opportunity to its members in various countries, starting with the UK.”
TRADE SKILLS 4U TO OPEN ELECTRICAL FACILITY IN YORKSHIRE Electrical training company, Trade Skills 4U (TS4U), is set to launch a new state-of-the-art electrical training facility in Leeds in May to target budding electricians in Yorkshire and the North East. Established in 2005 in Gatwick, TS4U is a specialist in electrical training, delivering courses to over 3,000 students each year. The company was backed by Palatine Private Equity in 2017 to support its expansion across the UK. The 16,000 sqft Leeds facility will be its third centre following its success in Gatwick and Warrington. It will house advanced training classrooms built to the highest of specifications and equipped with the latest technology. Offering a comprehensive range of professional qualifications, as well as a wide range of electrician courses in the UK for new entrants, TS4U aims to provide an ideal learning environment for individuals with no previous electrical experience or for qualified electricians wishing to move into a different area of electrical work. It will also offer courses aimed specifically at ex-service resettlement, and is keen to encourage more women to enter the trade. Carl Bennett, CEO of Trade Skills 4U, said, “We have conducted a great amount of research to ensure that this is the perfect location to run our courses from and making the centre easily accessible to our customers based across Yorkshire and the North East. From the success of our existing centres, it is clear that there is demand across the region for our services and we are excited about opening our doors in May.” TS4U has produced some of the highest pass rates in the UK and stand as a current market leader in electrical training. Bennett continued, “We recruit only the best and most experienced people. We make sure our students receive first class knowledge and advice from professional tutors who have a passion for what they do”. Customers are now able book onto a range of courses that will delivered at the Leeds centre from May onwards. More information can found at www.tradeskills4u.co.uk/pages/leeds-sheffield-bradford-electrical-courses.
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HOME FREE Energy efficiency is very much the hot topic right now, as we look to reduce our carbon footprint and make use of the many and varied types of smart technology at our fingertips. Tech expert and journalist Jordan O’Brien takes a closer look at what the industry could be doing to embrace this movement, and whether the ‘bill free home’ is actually achievable.
ime and time again we hear about this exciting new smart technology that can really make a difference to many aspects of people’s lives, and yet, no one has ever thought about putting all the best practices together. That’s despite the profound effect it could have on reducing the impact of climate change, which could be felt all across the UK in March thanks to ‘The Beast from the East’ and ‘Storm Emma’. It’s time that the industry learned to lead the way in combating global warming, rather than relying on government regulation to help push it in the right direction. Even when that government regulation comes along, it doesn’t go nearly far enough – with both residential and commercial properties now required to meet a minimum EPC rating of E. It’s slightly disappointing that the government didn’t go further – as it would reduce energy bills for the average consumer, reduce the amount of energy that needs to be produced through non-renewable sources, and help the country smash its target in the reduction of greenhouse gases. Thankfully, all is not lost. The smart industry has been doing some pretty revolutionary things over the past few years, and it’s all led us to this very moment – a house which is completely self-sufficient and produces no bills for either electricity or gas.
The ultimate ‘eco home’ Mirvac, an Australian real estate company, wanted to produce a home that was both environmentally friendly, while also coming without any bills for the homeowner. Its goal led it to partner with firms such as Schneider Electric, Fujitsu, and Evergen, along with a whole host of other manufacturers. It was that partnership that led to the ultimate ‘eco home’. Naturally, solar panels were an important part of the equation. Homes across the world are finally starting to recognise the effect a few solar panels can have on energy bills, and this eco home has taken that to a whole new level. That’s because the solar panels have been paired with a battery storage system, which ensures that power isn’t wasted.
“It’s time that the industry learned to lead the way in combating global warming, rather than relying on government regulation to help push it in the right direction.”
That’s not the really clever stuff, however. That’s because this eco home is equipped with smart management technology, which is designed to optimise both the solar and battery usage. This can supposedly cut a house’s energy use by 60-80% when compared to a house without solar and batteries. Unfortunately, that’s not quite enough to eradicate bills. To do that, Schneider Electric provided its smart home automation technology, which reduces energy usage even further. Pair that with increased levels of insulation, a smart meter and monitoring system, and LED lighting, and you’re pretty much all the way there. The final hurdle comes from appliances. These are often the biggest drainers of energy in a home, and represent a significant hurdle in creating a completely self-sufficient home. Thankfully, this was a hurdle that could be overcome through close partnership with manufacturers like Smeg and Fisher&Paykel.
Theory or reality? Mirvac may have some lofty ambitions for creating a home without utility bills, but it’s not quite feasible for every home just yet. Yes, the technology is available and the electrical contracting industry is capable of delivering such a thing, but it’s also expensive and laborious. It also doesn’t take into account the biggest factor when it comes to energy bills – users themselves. Builders and electrical contractors could design the most economical house in existence and still end up with homeowners paying electricity and heating bills. That’s because it’s all dependent on lifestyle. Does the homeowner constantly run the washing machine even when there’s only a few items in there? That could have a massive impact on whether the solar panels and batteries are enough to power the home without needing the grid. So, the real problem isn’t the technology – that’s there. The issue boils down to the need for further education. It’s all well and good having this technology readily available, but until both consumers and specifiers learn the benefits, it’s unlikely that there will be
much demand for it. Without demand, companies don’t feel the need to invest in it, meaning the few solutions that are available remain expensive. If it remains expensive, it won’t be specified, leading to a vicious circle. The electrical contracting industry has the power to drive that change. It’s up to the industry to push for higher standards; because after all, we only have one planet, and we need to care for it. Jordan O’Brien is a contributing journalist and editor for CE Pro Europe, ce-pro.eu
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CREAM OF THE CROP A merger of two dairy companies in Northern Ireland in 2015 resulted in the formation of LacPatrick Dairies. With new business opportunities came the customary production challenges – Beckhoff explains how it answered these with a building management system designed and installed by Little Electrical.
acPatrick Dairies was created by a merger in July 2015 between Ballyrashane Creamery and TMC Dairies, two companies which date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, respectively. Both firms recognised that their complementary experience, facilities and products would offer solid business opportunities in today’s increasingly competitive and global markets. The Town of Monaghan Cooperative & Dairy Society Ltd was founded in 1901, and was based on Dawson Street in Monaghan town. The company moved to new premises in Coolshannagh in the ’50s, and by 1969 had installed a modern Tetrahedron milk carton machine. The ’70s and ’80s saw rapid growth with new products like yoghurt being marketed through highprofile TV and radio adverts, as well as cutting-edge modern machinery being installed. Champion Milk and associated products became a household name during this period.
The late ’80s and ’90s saw the company develop significantly with the purchase of the Strathroy NI milk pool, Macrus Distribution, Dublin, and the milk drying facility Leckpatrick in Artigarvan, Country Tyrone. The Monaghan Creamery is the home to significant cultured dairy, butter and milk processing facilities, and supplies branded and private label products to many leading Irish retailers. Ballyrashane Creamery has produced award-winning dairy products from its main site, close to the world famous Giant’s Causeway on the North Antrim Coast, since 1896. From small beginnings with just one product and three employees, the company expanded to include a substantial liquid milk business, and a 35,000 sqft butter production facility, which is amongst the most advanced in Europe. The site produces a wide portfolio of high-quality products: its Ballyrashane butter is even named as an ingredient on the packaging of many loved food and brands. In September 2012, Ballyrashane became the first dairy processor in Northern Ireland to commission an anaerobic digestion plant. This groundbreaking project has won several environmental awards.
Gap in the market “Having all related BMS plant accessible in one HMI increases the operators’ reaction time to any alarms triggered.”
All LacPatrick’s milk drying is carried out at the Milk Drying Plant in Artigarvan, County Tyrone. It is a leading processor of ex-farm milk in Northern Ireland. The majority of its output is sold under the LP brand to more than 30 countries worldwide, including West Africa, where it is the brand leader. LacPatrick Dairies has strong ambitions to develop its business across the island of Ireland and beyond, and significant investments in innovation and technology, plus a focus on sustainability and the environment, are critical to this global growth strategy. After recognising a gap in the market for dried milk produce and taking into consideration the prolonged shelf life qualities of this product, LacPatrick Dairies felt a sizeable factory extension at its Artigarvan site was the right move to propel its global marketshare. Plans for a new milk processing plant at Artigarvan were announced to suppliers, employees and the media at the beginning
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PROJECT FOCUS of November 2015 with an investment of approximately €40 million. The new facility, which opened in early 2017, is one of the most innovative and modern facilities in the market, with advanced processes, automated control, and the latest technology in powder production, with the ability to produce Instantised Powders using Nozzle Atomisation. It also has one of the lowest carbon footprints of its kind in Western Europe. The new facility needed to include a building management system (BMS) capable of controlling the temperature to cool certain areas of the factory where the milk drying plant produces large amounts of heat, heating areas of the factory utilised as office space, and maintaining a constant supply of services to the process plant control systems to ensure the highest quality and most efficient production. Eamonn O’Malley of LacPatrick Dairies explains, “As part of LacPatrick’s strategic growth plan, the decision was made to increase drying capacity to allow LacPatrick to process increased milk volumes provided by our milk suppliers. The new drying facility provides sustainability for the LacPatrick Suppliers to grow the milk pool. This in turn increases powder production, which consequently has a positive knockon effect on sales, marketshare and customer base. Finding a system that could professionally manage all control aspects of the BMS in one, user-friendly UI was key to maximising production and making this happen. Without the exacting control of the utilities and services provided by the BMS, LacPatrick would have been unable to produce speciality powders such as low-, medium- and highheat stability, instant and low spore whole milk and skim milk powders.”
Little Electrical The contract went to tender and Little Electrical, based in Lurgan, Craigavon, was chosen as the best company to provide a total solution for the client’s needs, which included the electrical installation, design, programming and commissioning of the building management system. Little Electrical chose a Beckhoff control platform to handle all BMS functions, consisting of four CP6606 controllers, a CX 5020, a CX 9020 and a front-end PC. The project lasted eight months in total, which included the electrical installation, pre-commissioning, and commissioning stages, with two software engineers working on this project. The BMS controlled eight air handling units, an air compressor, desiccant dryer, chiller, cooling tower, steam and condensate plant, and a process water plant. Access to each control panel via a small touchscreen in each plant room allows operators to monitor and alter instrumentation settings while on routine factory walkarounds, without having to return to the control room.
New experience This installation was the client’s first experience of a Beckhoff BMS and its benefits, and this allowed Little Electrical to offer advice and guidance throughout the project, as Gary Kernaghan, automation engineer at Little Electrical, explains.
“After reading the Functional Design Specification provided by our client, we observed some control methods which are widely used throughout the industry. Coupling this with our previous industry experience, this provided us with a great opportunity to suggest more modern and efficient ways to control different aspects of the project, and by working together we were able to agree method improvements with the consultant, not only saving the business a substantial amount of time and money, but also tightening the control for a more comfortable building,” says Kernaghan. Project planning was critical to the success of the project, and Little Electrical’s engineers successfully engaged with all other contractors on-site to ensure that deadlines were met and disruption was kept to a minimum within the existing plant. During the peak days of construction, there were upwards of 250 construction workers on-site, and this required detailed co-ordination and communication with all other contractors, including contractors from Holland, France, Denmark and Poland. Successfully working alongside these contractors meant utilising the prominent professionalism and flexible characteristics of Little Electrical’s engineers, which proved critical to delivering the best possible project outcome for the client. The new BMS has had the desired effect on the client’s production process. Consolidating large amounts of data into one front-end UI allows LacPatrick Dairies’ operators to observe the status of every sensor throughout the 30,000 sqft building in one place. This means a vast decrease in operator reaction time, should a critical sensor fall into alarm state. This enables the operators to limit the possibility of an error taking place, meaning less time spent off product.
Padraig McCormack, process engineer at LacPatrick Dairies, has been impressed with the abilities of the Beckhoff BMS, commenting, “The BMS allows our operators to have access to all the essential utilities simply with the click of a mouse, and with the built-in alarm system it allows us to react quickly to any potential issues.”
A new Building Management System from Beckhoff has allowed LacPatrick Dairies to increase its production and decrease reaction time should a fault occur.
Working together Consolidating large amounts of data into one HMI allows LacPatrick Dairies to observe the status of every sensor throughout its 30,000 sqft building related to the incorporated systems, from one place.
Modifications to the initial design were made throughout the project, meaning manufacturer, contractor and client had to work closely together to accommodate the changes quickly and effectively, and without causing major delays in the project. The final system provided by Little Electrical is able to display live values and generate alarms. It also includes trend logs for various areas of the plant, so operators can view the state of sensors for the previous three weeks, allowing them to pinpoint the cause of any factory or production defects in the future. Having all related BMS accessible in one UI increases the operators’ reaction time to any alarms triggered and, additionally, the operator isn’t required to leave the control room, allowing them to monitor other important systems in the plant. LacPatrick Dairies’ first taste of a Beckhoff BMS is proving to be a success, and this installation could just be the start. Padraig McCormack of LacPatrick Dairies concludes, “Beckhoff provided a good building automation solution for our BMS and all work carried out by Little Electrical has been completed to the highest of standards and they have shown a unique understanding of both the electrical and automation requirements. Little Electrical’s engineers have been an integral part of the success of this complex project, delivering against an exacting design specification and aggressive project timelines; their professionalism and flexibility have been critical to the overall success of the project.” Beckhoff, www.beckhoff.co.uk Little Electrical, www.littleelectrical.com
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WIN TWO VIP BRITISH SUPERBIKE TICKETS Hager on hand for 18th Edition As the countdown continues to the publication of the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations, or BS 7671 as it’s otherwise known, on July 1, Hager will be on hand to help guide electricans through the changes. The review was undertaken for a number of reasons to ensure harmonisation with current European CENELEC standards; to further clarify existing IEC regulations; to further improve safety standards, and, to allow for new technology and methods to be used in future years.
A number of key areas are already in the spotlight and Hager is committed to helping ensure electrical contractors have a working understanding of what will be different once the new regulations come into full force on January 1, 2019. This means from the beginning of next year all work carried out by electrical contractors will need to fully comply with these new regulations. Topics discussed so far include: arc fault detection, surge protection, overload protection of devices, the selection of appropriate Residual Current Devices and the selection of devices incorporated within an assembly.
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FIRE SAFETY MATTERS Firesafe explains the importance of fire safety standards, and how its zeroburn range offers contractors cable clips that are compliant with the latest safety regulations.
he coroners’ reports that followed recent high-profile UK fire tragedies can only partially relay the horror of cable entanglement in fires. There are reports of how one of the fatal fires reached 600ºC in only six minutes, while another raged at over 900ºC, and how evacuees had none of the protective equipment of firefighters. Against such a background, and in the context of queries over inadequate materials, it is difficult to understand how there can be any place for metal cable clips that have never satisfied a test standard and offer no performance guarantees. These clips are produced mainly from budget alloys. In other words, composite mixes of various metals not specified – where, because every batch is different and variable, the performance is inconsistent and unreliable. More than a third of all metals have melting points below 900ºC, many considerably lower, so it is easy to appreciate how unfit-for-purpose such materials would be. Appreciating how residential fires can reach over 900ºC, we know at least one clip producer advertising a
claim to withstand up to 438ºC – and there are others whose testaments to dubious ‘fire-rated’ claims are motivated entirely by a focus on earning a few extra pennies before any regard for lives. The sources of fire are many and varied – in the three UK fires where fallen cables made death traps; tea lights catching to furniture, a burning wall light that caused curtains to smoulder then inflame, and arson were separately to blame. Note also in the UK an average of three thousand fires annually are caused by faulty plugs, cables and socket extensions. It is easy to therefore appreciate the degree of risk that prevails should untested clips fail and impede evacuations and firefighting efforts. Indeed, between 2004 and 2014, of the 12 firefighters who lost their lives in fires, two thirds of deaths were attributed to cable entanglements. At Firesafe, we support opinion that only clips produced from a traceable noncombustible material should be available, and indeed we hope that the pending 18th Edition – which is expected to require that all surface fixings are secured by such fastenings – stipulates that only fixings that are proven by tests and certification as capable of withstanding 900ºC+ for at least two hours in fire conditions should be used. The high temperature requirement is obvious, while ‘two hours’ affords sufficient time for densely populated buildings to be evacuated. ‘Fire conditions’ must take into consideration how buildings are subject to considerable vibrations, so the clips and fixings must be able to withstand water sprays and shock stresses also.
Ultimately, at Firesafe, we respect that however the 18th Edition is drafted, and until it is effective, the industry should be at least self-regulating by adopting standards so that spurious offerings are not ever able to jeopardise lives of anyone in a fire. Launched as a larger fully-compliant range in 2016 to accommodate single and multiple cable requirements, the zeroburn range offers contractors a clip cable solution that is compliant to current and future regulations. The zeroburn range offers a number of benefits, including: • Fully certified for two hours at 970 ºC • Tested by Warrington Test House • Four different types in the range • Fully tested as BS 5839 Part 1 compliant • Easy install, contractor friendly, smooth round edges • Passive non-corrosive coating • Made in the UK Models available in the range: • FSZ30 – Trunking clip up to 30mm • FSZ30R – Trunking clip up to 30mm coated RED • FSZ40 – Trunking clip up to 40mm • FSZ50 – Trunking clip up to 50mm • FPTCS – Concrete screw Remember; to comply correctly, you must be using concrete screws in conjunction with this product range – also available from Firesafe under the zeroburn range. Firesafe clips are branded zeroburn, and are available from national stockists. For more information, visit www.firesafe.co.uk, call 01253 699 500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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IN PROFILE William Winter, managing director of PremSpec Electrical, takes us behind the doors of the company and gives us an insight into what makes the business tick.
K-based PremSpec Electrical offers a wide product range of LED lighting, wiring accessories, distribution, heating and more to the UK wholesale market. Founder and MD William Winter has been at the company’s helm since 2012, and with multiple successes under the company’s belt, it’s now looking forward to a bright future.
What are the origins of PremSpec? PremSpec was founded back in 2012, with the belief that we could offer the electrical construction industry a new alternative. Coming from a background in the aerospace industry, and with experience working in a national electrical wholesaler, I sought to bring a new level of manufacturing and quality the industry hadn’t seen before.
How big is the company? We are based just outside the heart of Cardiff. Our head office is home to our warehouse, sales, and marketing departments. Our offices are backed by a hard-working team of five individuals on the road covering areas in the UK from Plymouth to Glasgow. We work with factories all over the world, making sure we can source the best materials and components for our
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IN PROFILE products. Our heaters are developed at a foundry in Spain, our switchgear is built in the UK with French and German components, and our wiring accessories are made within a factory that has over 40 years of experience making British Standard goods. As well as now having invested in our new 78,000sqm factory to self-produce many of our new products to market leading standards, we are looking to move to a larger office space to accommodate our steady growth. The move will increase our warehouse to double its size.
What is the company’s ethos? We have strived to provide the electrical construction market with more than just a socket. We want to provide the market with products founded on the principle of offering more than just the standard, and we do this in a number of ways. Our white moulded accessories are made from urea, which increases the strength of the product, but also gives it anti-microbial properties. All three phase boards come with locks, and our weather-proof accessories come standard with metal clad inserts, and include USB and Euro modular systems within the range. Our passionate approach to quality is also seen within our manufacturing process. All our wiring accessories are ASTA Intertek Certified, with a lifetime guarantee. The devices used in our circuit protection are D6 rated, meaning that they are individually tested, instead of batch testing, which most manufacturers use within their systems of quality control. Our British-built switchgear use Bussmann fuses and Socomec switches, and our ASCOT heating is Lot 20 compliant, as well as being made of aluminium sourced from the best Spanish foundry.
What are PremSpec’s biggest achievements? We have achieved a lot in the six years we have been trading. We have gained invaluable relationships through stockists throughout the UK, and we have had the privilege of being involved in a number of high-profile specifications that have used our range of wiring accessories. These include a number of well-known names; Heathrow Airport Terminal 4, Ariana Apartments, Waterstone homes, Bristol Galleries, Hilton Hotels, Crown Plazas, World Business Centre 2 and 4.
“The most important lesson we have learned during our history is that we need to strive to offer not only the best products, but also the highest level of customer service.”
What are the most important lessons that PremSpec has learned in the course of its history? The most important lesson we have learned during our history is that we need to strive to offer not only the best products, but also the highest level of customer service. The sale is important, but no more so than the creation of trust between two companies. We do this through amassing expertise and confidence within our products to ensure that the customer is not just getting another product, but instead, a benefit to their business.
What’s in-store for the future of the company? With the growth that we have had, we have been able to provide ourselves with a strong foundation to progress into the future. Our focus for the next couple years
will be on continuing to grow our chain of specification work, and on continuing to develop a strong relationship with our customers, and our customers’ customers. We will also place a focus on the engineering of our single-phase boards to develop a market leading product. There are also exciting additions to our product lines, but it is still too soon to mention them. You’ll have to just wait and see! Premspec Electrical, www.premspecelectrical.com
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In a world where connectivity is key, ECN explores why electrical contractors should home in on the chance to join the smart building revolution by visiting EI Live!, the UK’s only smart home/building trade show…
s the only smart building and home automation tradeshow in the UK, EI Live! is the place to be if you want to learn how to install smart technology into your clients’ homes and commercial properties. Held over two days at Sandown Park in Esher, Surrey, on May 9-10 2018, the show offers ample potential for you to meet hundreds of exhibitors and explore big brands who want to train you to sell and install their products. As well as presenting an opportunity to learn more about this expanding and lucrative sector, which isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, visitors of the show can expect to learn all about the latest and greatest industry products, explore futurist theories and network with some of the most preeminent industry players. So, why should you consider visiting? ECN has come up with 10 reasons why it would be beneficial for you to visit EI Live! this May:
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To add a new string to your bow. By getting involved in ‘smart technology’ you will open up other avenues for your business – whether that’s learning how to fit multi-room music systems or install AV control solutions. To expand on what you already know. In many cases ‘smart technology’ is merely an upgrade to concepts and products you already fit, so this is the obvious next step. To keep up with the latest trends. The need for connectivity is not going anywhere, in fact, it is almost as important as electricity itself. In that respect, the desire for intelligent solutions will only surge and so will the consequent installations market.
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To reap rewards. Adding a new range of products and services is a challenge; however, every single company working in the industry had to start somewhere, and many electrical contractors that have made the leap are already finding success. To attend the UK’s only tradeshow for the custom install and smart building industry. This is the opportunity to find out about this lucrative market. To improve your knowledge of the industry and to learn about new markets in the Smart Home Seminar, with specific aims to educate electricians and electrical contractors. To interact with an array of exceptional exhibitors. With brilliant brands on their stand at the show there is opportunity in abundance. You can select firsthand the potential solutions you want to be trained to install. To find out about training opportunities. Training and support is not just an after-thought but a central part of the distributor’s offering in this sector, many have their own academies which offer training completely free. To remain informed, staying up-todate with emerging technologies in the industry that could set to impact the electrical contracting sector in a big way.
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“The EI Live! exhibitions grant us the opportunity to make indispensable connections with valued clients that helps us innovate and succeed as a company year after year.”
Need any more reasons to register? Read why exhibitor Future Automation is champing at the bit to get on the show floor: “We believe that people are the key to innovation and success, so we are always excited to have an opportunity to meet face to face with both new and existing customers to showcase and receive valuable feedback about our products.” “The EI Live! exhibitions grant us the opportunity to make indispensable connections with valued clients that helps us innovate and succeed as a company year after year.” Don’t forget to check the website essentialinstalllive.com for all the information you’ll need to plan your time at EI Live! It’ll be updated regularly, with new surprises and announcements leading up to the show, and more information on the products, programmes and people attending the show on May 9 – 10 at Sandown Park. Follow EI Live! on Twitter @EILiveShow.
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CHEAP BUT NOT CHEERFUL Timeguard offers a few tips to avoid passive infrared sensor (PIR) failure.
hat’s the cheapest PIR you’ve got, mate?” That was said at a Midlands wholesale counter within earshot of a visiting Timeguard representative, who only stopped spluttering when he heard the ‘right’ reply. “What’s it going to be used for?” said the man behind the counter. But how often do staff just hand the customer what he asks for, especially in the 8am ‘rush hour’? Yet a few questions could avoid you getting egg on your face
in front of the customer for installing kit which doesn’t work, or which fails after a short time. Checking the spec of the product, not just the price, is essential. They are not all the same. Most of the specification information will be in the wholesaler catalogue or on their website. Some manufacturers help by putting key information on the packaging as well, or may provide you with point-of-sale displays. We realise professionals need to be in and out of the stockist and back to the job as quickly as possible, so here are three key questions to help them to help you get the balance between price and performance right.
Checking a product’s spec is just as, if not more, important than its price
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What type of lights and what load? These days, the job will almost always be LED lighting, so make sure they know to pick a PIR detector that is specifically tested with, and rated for LED loads. We’ve been saying for years how important this is. LED lights have a strong inrush current and it is that which the PIR should be rated for, not the subsequent low running current. You shouldn’t need to do the maths; the specification should state what LED loading is acceptable (and we always reckon installers should add at least 10% for good measure). The huge difference between ratings for the same PIR detector for halogen and LED still comes as quite a surprise to some people. The new Timeguard mini linkable PIR, for example, is rated for 1,000W max halogen and 250W max LED. Clearly 250W LED is plenty of light, but do be aware. If you are looking to switch at near the rating limit, it may beg the next question.
Is it going to be a straightforward standalone automatic switch? If you are looking at very high LED ratings, possibly so a single PIR can switch several lights, double check the spec. For instance, our 360o ceiling-mounted detector has a maximum LED load of 150W, but we rate it for a maximum of 10 separate LED 10W lamps (100W). Yet we are happy to rate – and guarantee – it for five sets of LED lamps above 10W, right up to the 150W limit. This is because due to their physical size, lower wattage LED lamps (GU10 type lamps) commonly have very simple circuitry with surge protection and power factor correction omitted. This puts a massive strain on whatever is switching/controlling them. Looking for a big rating might also mean that a big area is to be lit. So perhaps a single PIR detector will not be able to give the comprehensive detection field needed. Would multiple PIRs be better?
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Where’s it going? Will the detector be surface-mounted on a wall, flush-mounted in a standard ceiling aperture, or would a corner bracket help? How important are looks to the end-user? Do you need the option to mask part of the detector? What’s the room being used for and do they really need presence detection around desks or areas where people sit fairly still? Indoors or out? Check the IP rating. If outdoors, might it be a good time to use an all-in-one floodlight with integral PIR detector? Lots of older outdoor lamps have seen better days and become corroded. Why not replace them with something more efficient and modern or more resilient to our weather. All this might give you cause to rethink. Branded quality is still the best assurance of fit-and-forget quality. No one wants to have to go back and change a failed PIR detector. After all, they are never in the easiest places to reach.
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DEVELOPING FAST Gareth Petley, MUK sales director of Megaman, discusses how the smart lighting market for connected homes is developing, which can in turn ensure greater energy efficiency for the end-client.
intel’s Digital Trends UK 2017 Report found that 62% of Brits said they were using, or would be happy to use voice commands to control technology devices in the future, while 31% said they would use voice commands to control household devices such as lights. This highlights that connected homes are no longer a thing of fiction, but a growing market with a bright future – especially in lighting. As technology continues to evolve, we are seeing closer, and more sophisticated integration of lighting with smart and connected homes, meaning voice controlled lighting will inevitably become more commonplace. However, it is not just the home automation benefits of the connected home that are worth considering, but the resulting potential of improved energy efficiency also.
LED the way Firstly, we still need to make the shift from the old-fashioned light bulb to more energy-efficient smart lighting – LEDs. Not only are LEDs an enabling technology that allows advanced home automation systems to work, there is a growing acceptance of LEDs as a viable, energyefficient alternative for domestic lighting. In the domestic market for LED technology, there is still a relatively low penetration. Many homeowners question why they should spend more on an LED when incandescent bulbs are considerably cheaper. However, there are signs that this is changing. Last year, there was close to 20% penetration in Western Europe for domestic specification of LEDs. Although, compare this figure with over 60% of LEDs specified for new street lighting installations during the same period, and the domestic market still has a lot of catching up to do. When the final phase of the ban on halogen lamps comes into effect in September 2018, we expect to see a significant change in LED usage over the next few years. The only choice then will be what kind of LED will be wanted? For contractors and installers, talking about the connected home as an opportunity to modernise lighting and educating customers on the many benefits of LEDs is the starting point. Many consumers are still under the
misconception that LEDs provide a cold light, but the reality is technology has caught up and this is far from the case today. The big message is that LEDs consume 80% less energy, which means major cost savings in electricity, and they are designed to last longer than the oldfashioned light bulb.
Efficient thinking As lighting accounts for 15% of a typical household’s electricity bill, switching to LEDs can certainly make a financial difference immediately. In addition, for customers looking at refurbishing their house, considering the lighting system as a whole could deliver both longer-term savings, better lighting aesthetically and, of course, facilitate the introduction of home automation. For the busy consumer who wants to save time, money, and considerably more energy by switching off lighting and other household products using smart technology, home automation is the answer. However, it is important that the controllers are simple to use and easy to understand – otherwise consumers will quickly become frustrated. There are currently a number of bespoke home automation systems available, yet a common problem is compatibility. When two different protocols or technologies are installed the system is inoperable.
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Integration all the way But for lifestyles to really change we need an integration or convergence of all the different systems. Electronic manufacturers need to ensure their systems are compatible with all the major protocols available, and only then will home automation begin to be connected and integrated. Given that we manufacture everything connected with low energy lighting, including the lights themselves, switches, dimmers, and sensors, we are in a very good position to integrate with others. At present, Megaman produces two different ranges of smart solutions. The first is the upgraded INGENIUM BLU Generation 2 that applies Bluetooth 4.1 technology to control light fixtures in a home. It employs a mesh network topology, which is a key network architecture that has extended the coverage area when
compared to the first generation model. It also allows for the control of substantially more lamps than the first generation, while using less of a smart device’s (either mobile phone, remote control or wallmounted plate) battery power. However, our new INGENIUM ZB range, which uses ZigBee protocol, can be linked to WiFi. This enables the user to control over 200 devices simultaneously and remotely from anywhere in the world via a mobile app. Remote controllers with handheld and wall-mounted options are also provided, which are user-friendly and more familiar. We are also exploring new protocols to see what they can do, and looking for more practical solutions. As home automation systems develop and become more desirable and useful, we can meet that demand by providing an intelligent lighting component that is compatible and simple to use.
Looking ahead Given our increasingly hectic lifestyles and general enthusiasm for new, time-saving gadgets in the home, it is surprising that there is a relatively low take-up of home automation in the UK. Moving forward, as people increasingly see the advantages of smart lighting, such as installing a wireless system when refurbishing a home instead of moving light switches and cutting out plaster to insert wires, interest will only grow.
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“Connected homes are no longer a thing of fiction but a growing market with a bright future – especially in lighting.”
It is clear to see that eventually, smart home technology will be a common feature in UK homes, however there is still a long way to go and manufacturers, designers, contractors, and installers have to play our individual parts in its successful integration. These days, voice-activated smartphones or computers are commonplace. Now, technology means our lighting, heating, and home entertainment systems can be managed remotely from our smartphone and computer, or by verbal commands made while in the home. Whilst convenient, let’s not forget that embracing these new technologies will also bring that much needed energy efficiency, not simply to bring household energy bills down, but for the wider, and arguably more important, reason of reducing our impact on our planet. Megaman, www.megamanuk.com
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THE HARD SELL When we think of lighting control systems, expensive, time-consuming and complicated installations come to mind. So how do you sell a new wireless smart lighting install amidst all of those complex plug and play consumer solutions? Jeff Richardson, Aurora Lighting’s divisional director of trade, offers a few suggestions.
hen it comes to homeowners, small convenience stores, or retail outlets that look to install lighting control systems, there are many to choose from. Maybe you’ve already experienced that complex project that requires considerable planning, costs a significant amount, and requires a lot of specialist cable, which is fed back into a large rack that requires a dedicated area. Perhaps you think lighting control systems that have been designed for trade are too complex, adding time to installation and costs more than they’re worth? Or are you keen to offer smart lighting but are very aware of the number of plug and play kits around, enabling clients to get ‘smart’ without help? I mean, why should they look at assistance from an electrician when some of these kits are simple to set up? Well, there are definitely some smart lighting systems that are highly complex and require specialist training, and there are those that are easy for clients to install themselves but have limited control functions. However, if you are seriously looking to propose or set up a trade smart lighting system that
“Usually complex dimming systems offer so much more functionality than you actually need, and simple rotary dimmers do not give enough.”
is easy to install, offers several benefits, from scheduling and grouping to remote management, and is extremely cost effective, then a solution such as Aurora’s new AOne smart lighting product offering could definitely be an option more suitable than those we’ve already mentioned. If questions are raised about the AOne in comparison to other systems, there are a few considerations to bring to their attention. Usually complex dimming systems offer so much more functionality than you actually need, and simple rotary dimmers do not give enough. The AOne utilises existing lighting circuits and offers additional functionality, such as dimming control, creating a ‘space’, setting a schedule in a dimmed state such as ‘7am lights on at 20%’, and controlling lights while off premises for security. Most importantly, some of the negativity around smart systems is, ‘what happens if my internet connection goes down?’ With the AOne, you can still control your lights if this does happen – a great feature over some others. If a plug and play kit is being considered, it is worth reviewing the number of rooms, lights and scenes a client wishes to create, as costs can easily add up – especially when one lamp can cost from £10, and a downlight can cost up to £40 each. When lighting is in place, it can be quite an expense to replace it all if they’re looking to install
smart replacements into more than one room or a very large area. With the AOne, as long as the existing lights are dimmable, all that is required is an inline dimmer and a hub. Create a smart space or room by linking the room’s circuits into the dimmer, which just needs to be wired in between the first fitting and switch. Controllable through a free app on a smartphone or local room control with a remote, it is one of the most simple, smart, and cost effective solutions out there for those in the trade today. Training webinars are available about this new technology. Register at auroralighting.com/gb/aone-training. Available in more than 70 countries worldwide, Aurora’s trade solutions are the ‘smart’ choice for both electricians and wholesalers alike. Learn more by visiting auroralighting.com/gb/aone.
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SETTING THE STAGE Russ Sharer, vice president of global marketing and business development for Fulham, discusses the need for a common communications strategy to implement effective smart lighting.
ave you ever considered how solid-state technology has revolutionised lighting? LED lighting is becoming common in all aspects of construction, including lighting for homeowners, businesses, outdoor applications – anywhere you need reliability and long-lasting service combined with energy savings. Since LED lights are solid-state, they can be programmed for customisation – adjusting colour hue, regulating light intensity, or matching power requirements. The most promising application for programmable LED lighting may be for smart lighting, giving building managers central control over building luminaires. However, to effectively manage integrated lighting requires a common communication protocol that interoperates between different products and vendors. Smart lighting requires shared intelligence, so integrated systems need to speak the same language, and even with all the current lighting control protocols, the future of lighting control is likely a key component of the Internet of Things (IoT), becoming the ‘eyes and ears’ of a larger building management schema.
Open standards promote interoperability
There are any number of smart lighting applications creating demand for a common lighting control protocol: •C onnecting solid-state lighting with automated control systems to save energy, e.g. adjusting energy-based lighting on the amount of sunlight present or room occupancy. •C ontrolling LED colour temperature to provide full-spectrum illumination and for colour tuning. •C ontrolling individual light intensity to provide consistent illumination across multiple luminaires. •M onitoring for luminaire failures or generating system alerts before a luminaire fails. •E nabling specialised applications, such as tunable outdoor lighting or the ability to control streetlights to aid with crowd control. Unfortunately, there are a number of duelling lighting control and communications standards already in place: DALI, ZigBee, and TALQ, plus emerging options such as Bluetooth Mesh and Power over Ethernet, among others – not to mention building automation and communications standards such as BACnet. Before we can implement smart lighting, we need to create a common communications strategy.
“Creating a lingua franca for smart lighting may be challenging but it’s not impossible.”
Creating a lingua franca for smart lighting may be challenging but it’s not impossible. Consider how standardisation operates in other industries. For example, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi have become common standards because they are open and well-defined, so vendors can readily create new products and be sure of interoperability. Open standards promote interoperability, which is why your laptop or smartphone can connect to wireless networks anywhere in the world. As with any new technology, establishing a common communications standard for smart lighting is becoming a race for early adoption. The first technology to get the largest market share will have a competitive advantage over the rest of the market. The winner of such a standards race often goes to the best open standard. For example, in the early days of computer networking, Novell’s proprietary NetWare operating system was everywhere at the beginning, but over time was eclipsed by open internet standards that promoted interoperability. No single vendor can deliver a smart lighting standard that promises universal interoperability, but as vendors embrace open standards and protocols, the growing adoption of those standards will provide an indicator as to what is in store for the future of smart lighting.
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Hierarchy of standards As previously noted, there already are a number of communications standards driving smart lighting. Among the the most recognised are: • DALI – the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) is growing as one of the preferred standards for digital lighting controls including LEDs. • ZigBee – is being promoted as a wireless standard that provides control over various types of devices, including lighting, and has been endorsed by the Connected Lighting Alliance. It will compete with other standards such as Bluetooth mesh for wireless communications. ZigBee’s late embrace of standard protocols and applications, as well as the many proprietary versions in the market, may have limited its ability to win long-term. •T ALQ – Designed for outdoor lighting systems, the TALQ Consortium is working to create a common management software standard with interfaces to control and monitor outdoor lighting systems. These standards are not mutually exclusive. For example, some manufacturers are making ZigBee control modules that can be used with DALI, which usually requires a hard-wired connection. In addition, vendors tend to come up with
“The industry should start thinking about laying the foundation for IoT as the common smart lighting platform.”
their own standards interpretations. For example, while the DALI standard does have approved compliance testing, some vendors claim DALI ‘super set’ functionality, creating derivative DALI implementations. There are different interpretations of the 0-10V dimming standard for LEDs as well; the dimming standard does not specify when a luminaire actually turns off, so two luminaires may receive the same signal and one turns off while the other dims to very low power levels. Interoperability for these standards is key since they tend to be hierarchical. Consider how lighting controls fit into building automation. Building automation requires layered levels of integration using different protocols at each layer. Typically, BACnet provides the primary control bus. Below the primary bus are secondary layers that support specific machine-level systems, including lighting. Interoperability requires consistency of protocol, or translation of protocols between the machine layers and the higher level control bus interface. This is where IoT begins to exert influence. IP protocols are ideal for issuing control commands and managing control data so IP is perfect as the common control interface for any system wanting to be understood across a wide variety of applications, including smart lighting. To support IP, however, the existing lighting standards and luminaires need to be compatible and interoperable.
The perfect skeleton From a technological standpoint, IP as the language of IoT makes sense for all aspects of building and lighting controls. Building automation systems initially required network infrastructures to handle small amounts of control data at slower transfer rates. As building systems become more sophisticated they will need to support more data traffic from more sensors in real-time. That means higher speed computer networks are going to be needed to support management services.
As full IP interoperability evolves, lighting offers the perfect skeleton for IoT. Light sensor controls are installed at regular intervals and building lights are connected to a stable power source. Also consider that light fixtures are going to be ubiquitous in any commercial building; there are going to be more luminaires than power outlets. Use lighting control in conjunction with a variety of sensors in luminaires, and you have a building-wide system that can detect smoke, measure air quality, monitor HVAC, and perform other functions, all while reporting back to a central monitoring system. Just as computer networking companies like Novell and Hewlett-Packard started by connecting workstations, printers, and servers, lighting could be the starting point for centralised IoT. Even though lighting offers the perfect technology characteristics for a building automation skeleton, there are a number of economic impediments that, combined with interoperability challenges, may delay adoption of smart lighting. First, most industrial lighting is already in place and it seems unlikely that existing fixtures will be replaced with networked, smart luminaires. Most lighting upgrade projects today are replacing ageing fluorescents with LED luminaires or retrofitting existing fixtures that deliver energy savings, even if they aren’t smart fixtures. And losing the opportunity to upgrade to a smart fixture limits the ability to build IoT frameworks for a decade. New construction is starting to include lighting controls, but the amount of new commercial construction is only a fraction of available commercial space. In the U.S., for example, more than half of commercial buildings are 60 years old, or older, and less than 8% of total commercial space is built or rebuilt each year. Then there is the question of who manages smart lighting. Contractors will install new lighting fixtures, and electricians and installers may handle retrofits, but if the contract calls for smart lighting, does that fall under building management or IT systems? Just as voice over IP has moved telephony into the realm of IT, smart building management may also require the migration of smart lighting management to the IT department.
First steps Though smart lighting offers the perfect framework for IoT, we have a long way to go. In the short-term, the market will have to sort out existing control standards and interoperability. Building on IP as a foundation for lighting controls will be the next step in creating a common lighting management platform. The industry should start thinking about laying the foundation for IoT as the common smart lighting platform. Although existing luminaires may not be connected via control wiring, there are IoT-compatible wireless standards like Zigbee and Bluetooth mesh that are making it easier to provision and manage LED lighting in virtually any setting. Smarter retrofits today will pave the way to tomorrow’s intelligent lighting and create new project potential for electrical contractors in the process. Fulham, www.fulham.com
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UNDER CONTROL Saving energy with lighting controls is easier than you think, says Tony Biggs, senior sales manager at Lutron Electronics.
he LED revolution in lighting is old news. Another revolution is on the horizon, and it’s potentially even bigger. Any lighting engineer will tell you that the most efficient light fixture is one that’s not in use. That’s where the next revolution begins: lighting controls. Controls vary from simple standalone on/off switches to networked, buildingwide systems. The rise of LEDs, which are essentially electronic chips, has spurred on the growth of digital controls, because LEDs require control to be
properly managed, and they enable more sophisticated control of light than ever before. In fact, the market for lighting controls is forecast to grow more than 10% a year over the next five years1. Controls represent a huge opportunity for contractors to increase the scale and value of projects, and to achieve a better outcome for everyone. But although introducing lighting controls is easier than ever, it’s an opportunity that’s often missed. The good news is that convincing customers to invest in lighting controls is easier than you might think, and the potential rewards bigger than you might expect. Here’s why.
Easier to save energy Drive through any city at night and you’ll see empty buildings with all their lights on. Energy – and therefore money – is being wasted all around us. But the technology is here to solve this. Thousands of homeowners and building operators are already making the switch to LED. On top of savings, they can also achieve substantial reductions in energy use with controls. Switching or dimming lights in response to presence detection and daylight levels can save between 20% and 60% of lighting energy.
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LIGHTING Lutron’s Energi TriPak system, for example, uses wireless RF modules that attach to luminaires and communicate wirelessly. A variety of wireless controllers are available too, which can be placed almost anywhere. For electrical contractors, wireless is great news because it’s so easy to install and commission. Wireless also opens up the possibility of introducing controls to projects where it would not otherwise be an option – including the huge retrofit market, as well as historic buildings, where chasing masses of control cables through walls is usually out of the question.
But before we get to dimming, it’s worth asking whether the light level from installed fittings is correct in the first place. Many retrofit projects aim to match existing light levels – but this is not always necessary. Most offices are actually overlit. LED upgrades can end up perpetuating this. Controls can fix this by automatically trimming-off the top-end of the dimming range, creating a better environment and reducing energy use for lighting by 10-30%. This can save the customer money over time for electricity that they didn’t need to be using. This is an opportunity that many users won’t be aware of, and an easy way for contractors to add value.
TIP: Find out how your customers control their lights at the moment. Measure light levels and compare to best practices and norms, like the European indoor workplace lighting standard EN12464-1.
More affordable As a supplier, it’s easy to talk up the value of long-term savings from installing or upgrading lighting and controls. But inevitably there’s an upfront cost, and if it’s too high, the project just won’t happen. But there is help. The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme gives businesses tax breaks on certain energy-saving products that meet the criteria for the government’s Energy Technology List (ETL), including lighting controls. This means that businesses can get back a substantial portion of the upfront cost of a controls system through a reduced tax bill. For contractors, this is an opportunity to promote higher value products and make more money. Funding is also available for energyefficiency projects from bodies such as Salix Finance, which provides loans to public sector organisations (including schools, hospitals and local authority buildings), and the Carbon Trust, which provides similar services to the private sector. Both allow users to pay back the upfront cost of new technology from the savings made on energy bills, which will make the system free or very inexpensive to them. This kind of funding can allow customers to increase the size of a project they’re investing in, or it can even make the difference between a project getting the goahead at all. Salix Finance has backed tens of thousands of projects, totalling nearly £600 million. Controls even make it possible for businesses to earn money back from the electricity grid by automatically reducing lighting loads during peak electricity usage times.
“Saving energy is the most talkedabout benefit of lighting controls – but the advantages of good light go beyond that.”
TIP: If the disruption of installing controls is an obstacle, recommend wireless lighting control options.
Big benefits Saving energy is the most talked-about benefit of lighting controls – but the advantages of good light goes beyond that. Take workplaces, for example. Whatever a client is spending on a lighting or electrical project will pale in comparison to what they spend on their people. In offices, staff costs typically account for about 90% of a business’ operating costs. That means that anything affecting the productivity of staff is a big deal2. If better lighting contributes to even a small improvement on how productive people are, or how many days they take off sick, then the benefits outweigh the costs. Good quality light in offices has been shown to have positive effects on the mood and performance of workers. Controls play a key role in this, making it easier to adjust light to people’s needs or for different tasks or times of day, enabling integration of daylight in offices, and giving individuals more control over their light, which has been shown to make them more satisfied. Controls can even be used to tweak the colour temperature of light, to adjust the ambience of a space. The flexibility brought by lighting controls also has significant benefits in places like meeting rooms, where a choice of lighting ‘scenes’ can create a better experience for presentations and meetings.
TIP: Learn about your client’s business. Is there an opportunity for staff to be more productive if they benefited from better light?
Flexible future Controls are all about flexibility. If a client’s needs change, controls mean the lighting scheme can easily adapt. For instance, if a meeting room takes on a new purpose, if workstations are moved, or if issues with lighting become apparent after a business moves into a new space, a good lighting control system can easily adjust to fit the new scenario. Control systems also open up the potential for clients to introduce extra features and functions in future, harnessing the internet of things (IoT). By incorporating sensors and intelligence into light fittings, it’s possible to track movement of people, monitor temperature, light levels and air quality, and analyse the data for the benefit of the business. IoT is still in its infancy, but it’s going to be huge. Even if businesses aren’t ready to take advantage of it, they may want to future-proof their operations by making themselves ready for it. A controls system also allows clients to introduce daylight control later if they choose to, in the form of automated shading, which responds to changing light or heat levels. Control of automated shades can be integrated with control of indoor lighting through a Lutron system.
TIP: Ask customers about how their needs might change in future. They may appreciate the opportunity to invest now and reap the rewards later. Lutron Electronics, www.lutron.com 1. BIS Research, Global Intelligent Lighting Controls Market – Analysis and Forecast (2017-2023), bisresearch.com/industry-report/global-intelligentlighting-control-market-2023.html 2. Browning, B. (2012) The Economics of Biophilia: Why designing with nature in mind makes sense; www.terrapinbrightgreen.com/report/economicsof-biophilia/ and Clark, C. (2013) What colour is your building?: Measuring and reducing the energy and carbon footprint of buildings; www.ribabookshops.com/item/what-colour-is-yourbuilding-measuring-and-reducing-the-energy-andcarbon-footprint-of-buildings/77531/
TIP: Ask if clients are aware of funding options, and find out if they are eligible. Recommend products that meet ETL criteria (find out more at bit.ly/ etlfindoutmore), so your customers can benefit from the ECA scheme.
Easier installation In many cases, the cost and disruption of installing controls is a major hurdle for customers. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Many lighting control systems are now wireless and require no – or very little – new cabling.
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LEADING THE WAY Tamlite Lighting’s business manager, Jason Horton, highlights the legislative and performance requirements of emergency lighting systems, and the broader changes affecting the implementation of emergency lighting.
hat is emergency lighting?’ is not a question I’m often asked. It’s an industry standard phrase, and therefore well-understood – isn’t it? However, perhaps it’s time to change that phrase, as while its importance in an informal context might sometimes be questionable, it can quite literally be a case of life or death in the professional environment. Not only can the basic meaning of the phrase sometimes be in doubt, there are also many instances of it being applied in an erroneous or misleading fashion. Contractors can lead the way in ensuring their clients are fully aware of the meanings, implications, and requirements of every aspect of this specialist lighting.
Basic definitions There is a very good case for suggesting that ‘safety lighting’ would be a better term than ‘emergency lighting’, since the latter is generally held to comprise lighting both associated with the immediate escape from a building, and systems installed to ease general navigation, for example in the event of a mains failure. The issue of back-up power in the form of battery capability is absolutely critical to ‘emergency lighting’, since it should continue to operate in a number of extreme real-world scenarios. For example, the probability of a fire or flood is very low, but the impact on staff and operations in the event that either does occur, is almost guaranteed to be very severe. Contrastingly, the probability of a power cut is higher, but the effect on the life of the building – at least in the short-term – is unlikely to be too severe. Nonetheless, emergency lighting must continue to operate, charging the battery, with as little interruption as possible in either scenario.
“Emergency lighting can be marginalised because in real, day-today terms it offers no ‘payback’.”
its value is highlighted, so in the interim it can be possible to regard it as a lower priority for investment. Nonetheless, there is a legislative dimension to the deployment of emergency lighting that is ignored by companies at their peril. The crucial document in this regard is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which builds on and simplifies the Fire Precautions Act 1961 and the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997/1999. It outlines the steps that must be taken to make a workplace as safe as possible in the event of an emergency, including the systems and processes that can ensure an expedient evacuation. With specific regard to lighting, building management teams in the UK need to ensure they are fully up to speed with BS 5266, which gives detailed guidance on the application and practice of emergency lighting, and manufacturers are ideally placed to advise on this. The standard’s recommendations have been devised to encourage uniformity of application, based on providing adequate safety to people in the event that normal lighting is interrupted.
Always evolving As might be expected with such a safetycritical standard, BS 5266 continues to evolve and was the subject of a substantial revision in 2016. As a result, the standard now features the concept of ‘Emergency Safety Lighting’ and ‘Stay Put Lighting’ in response to increased recognition of the application of emergency lighting to assist the safety of occupants who may stay in a building during a failure of mains power supply. The latest version of BS 5266 provides risk assessors with guidance on where this kind of emergency lighting might be appropriate. Specific scenarios include residential care homes, where Stay Put Lighting guidelines call for the increase of lux levels to allow staff to safely move or evacuate residents as required. The same principle has yet to be applied to high-rise, multioccupancy buildings, where there is surely a good case to be made for mandatory Stay Put Lighting in circumstances where the Fire Service advises residents to remain in their own individual flats – but there has been a groundswell of debate around this possibility, so maybe it will happen in due course.
Legislative requirements The outside observer would likely conclude that the importance of effective emergency lighting is self-evident and should always be at the top of the priority list. But the reality is that not everyone sees it that way; rather too often, emergency lighting can be marginalised because in real, day-to-day terms it offers no ‘payback’. It is only when an ‘emergency’ or power failure occurs that
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The recently completed lighting project at Nottingham City Homes’ Garfield Court drew on a variety of the latest LED fittings geared towards large public or private facilities. With the exception of the common room, all areas now feature occupancy sensors to minimise unnecessary illumination and to provide effective control of the lighting. In the corridor areas, the safety of residents at all times is ensured by a dimming sensor whose default setting is 10% illumination, meaning that these spaces are never cast into complete darkness. It was essential to maintain general illumination and emergency illumination for the safety of residents, and that was at the forefront of the team’s calculation when determining which Vision lighting sensors could be deployed, and where.
“There is a legislative dimension to the deployment of emergency lighting that is ignored by companies at their peril.”
Meanwhile, it is also important for contractors to be aware of the requirements of BS EN 60598-2-22, which outlines to manufacturers the specification of an emergency lighting product that is worthy of the description. Hence, seeking a product that is compliant with this standard is the best possible route to selecting a system that is truly ‘fit for purpose’ – although compliance isn’t always easy to verify, as some manufacturers seem
reluctant to supply the core data in a recognisable or calculable format. There is nothing to equal a careful reading of these standards, but for the purposes of reading this article it is generally accepted that the critical levels are one lux for escape route lighting, and 0.5 lux for ‘anti-panic’ illumination in open areas. This could well be subject to change in the future, as industry opinion continues to shift in the direction of increased lux levels for emergency systems required in the USA, where 10 lux is generally expected for escape route lighting. Battery life is also broached in the standards, but the most important stipulation to bear in mind is that batteries should be able to support at least three hours of operation after a mains failure. Even this is not straightforward, however; battery capacity diminishes over time, so luminaire designers and manufacturers must factor in appropriate spare capacity to ensure overall emergency lighting system longevity.
Safety and support With so many potential pitfalls surrounding emergency lighting, it follows that selecting a lighting supplier with relevant product ranges and areas of experience is an eminently sensible move; particularly one that has managed to stay one step ahead of changing requirements.
The bottom line is always an important consideration, but cheaper safety lighting doesn’t always translate to the most cost-effective or the safest. By selecting high-specification products with lower power consumption – thanks to the use of the latest LED and optics – it is possible to achieve an emergency lighting system that is both efficient and cost-effective. Partnering with a specialist can also have significant benefits for the post-installation life of a system; monthly functionality testing and annual three-hour tests are stipulated by the aforementioned standards. Bespoke solutions to ensure legal compliance in carrying out the testing process are available, including an autonomous emergency lighting test solution which has been developed to be easy to access and update, with users able to download test logs and identify maintenance required. Such an autonomous system is invaluable in minimising the possibilities of human error, as well as ensuring compliance with safety legislation and insurance requirements. While the implementation of emergency lighting is certainly not straightforward, it can be achieved effectively and cost-efficiently when a pragmatic approach to research, design and installation is taken. Tamlite, tamlite.co.uk
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RISING COSTS As energy costs rise and environmentally-friendly living dominates the agenda, a demand for efficient lighting solutions over the next 12 months is inevitable, says Holger Engelbrecht, product manager at reichelt elektronik.
ublic perception on living sustainable, energy-efficient lives is changing. Not only are we all looking to reduce our environmental impact, but we also want to save on everincreasing energy costs - particularly during winter months. Consumers and business owners are seeking effective and efficient lighting solutions that don’t break the bank. But being green doesn’t need to cost the earth – you just need to make smart choices about the type of lighting you invest in.
Energy and cost efficiency The days are darker, so we need suitable lighting for longer periods of time in order to carry out day-to-day tasks safely. It’s widely known that lighting in the workplace can affect productivity, and is therefore extremely important to many employees. A recent reichelt survey revealed that 64% of employees in the UK say it is very important, so much so that 89% of companies take action to ensure that lighting is suitable for their employees in the workplace.
This step-up in usage in winter can see electricity bills increase, but LED lighting is one solution to keep those costs to a minimum, allowing users to enjoy long-term cost savings on offer versus conventional bulbs. Here’s how important energy savings are: • A third of UK adults say energy savings are the biggest influencer when it comes to buying LED lights. The benefit of these energy savings is of greater concern than luminosity (21%) and colour (9%). • Energy efficiency is the most important factor for a quarter of Brits when buying any light. • Efficiency is of particular concern to over 35s, with 37% of over 55s saying it influences their choice of lighting. The research into the UK consumer market also revealed that energy savings are more important to Brits than design or price when it comes to buying LED lights. A third rank energy savings as the most important factor, with just 17% saying they are influenced by price, highlighting a shift in consumer attitude towards energy costs.
In the workplace LED lights are also useful in workspaces as not only can they give bright and unadulterated white light, they are also flexible to use and are extremely energyefficient for small and medium businesses who may need dozens of lights in their offices. When properly implemented, energy savings of between 50-80% can be achieved. This is a significant saving especially in these challenging, uncertain times for businesses with Brexit details still to be confirmed and the weak pound.
Barriers for Brits However, there still seems to be plenty of uncertainty about choosing LED bulbs over traditional bulbs. The reichelt study reveals that 17% of UK households have completely switched to LED lights, but that is still a small proportion, especially considering the EU halogen bulb ban that is due to be enforced in September this year, and despite the evident environmental and energy saving benefits that can be achieved. So what’s holding people back from making the switch? Pricing remains the biggest barrier, cited as a reason by 27% in
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LIGHTING in all office areas), 18% of respondents believe they are saving as much as 21-30% since switching from conventional lighting. This is in stark contrast to the perception that only 6-10% can be knocked off current energy bills. Companies and homeowners need to start considering and installing alternate options to halogen bulbs before the halogen ban comes into force.
“There still seems to be plenty of uncertainty about choosing LED bulbs over traditional bulbs.” Energy savings are an important factor for Brits when it comes to choosing lighting, says reichelt
the UK. Electrical retailers must address this need quickly to cater for the new demand for affordable, energy-efficient lighting and those customers who now seek the long-term cost savings on offer versus conventional bulbs. But it’s not just homeowners – companies are also hesitant to switch to LED lighting because of high pricing. There is also concern over lighting temperature; they don’t see the benefits of changing their lighting and all in all – it’s too much
effort. This highlights a clear lack of understanding of the benefits of LED lighting versus conventional bulbs. Whilst LED lighting has historically been more expensive, technology advancements have made bulbs much more affordable. In addition, the long-term cost savings vastly outweigh the upfront costs. In fact, they consume 80% less electricity than incandescent bulbs, drastically cutting electricity bills. Of the companies that are currently using LED lighting (49% use LEDs
The EU halogen ban opportunity The ban on halogen lights provides a great opportunity for more environmentally friendly alternatives. An LED bulb can easily compete with a halogen lamp in terms of luminosity and is less maintenance-intensive. Light quality is also more versatile, so there is no reason not to change. In order to alter this perception, brands and suppliers must consider the main barriers for consumers including: high costs for product and installation, as well as not being sure if the investment is worthwhile. There is a clear gap in knowledge and understanding of the energy efficiency benefits in switching to these systems. But if energy costs continue to rise and ‘greener’ ways of living and environmental impact stay at the top of media and government agendas, expect to see a major shift towards demand for efficient lighting solutions over the next 12 months. reichelt elektronik, www.reichelt.com
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THE SENSIBLE OPTION Jon Theis, director at TheisCraft, explains the importance of controlling the lit environment, and why procuring lighting technology from a single source supplier can increase value, lower pricing, ensure consistent quality and reduce purchasing workload.
he lighting sector has been at the forefront of the drive to lower carbon emissions and, as it accounts for up to 20% of a commercial building’s electricity use, the efficient control of this vital building service can also deliver appreciable energy reductions. In fact, the global intelligent lighting controls market is estimated to be worth $36 billion by 2023, growing at 10.2% from 2017, according to the Global Intelligent Lighting Controls Market report by BIS Research.
Command and control “The world we live in today is filled with choice, and the lighting sector is no different.”
When it comes to energy wastage, it only takes a drive around any town or commercial district to spot the main offenders – the offices and industrial units left with lights blazing, either due to an oversight by an employee, or as a ‘security measure’. Companies waste a huge amount of money on unnecessary lighting, something that is almost a criminal drain on resources. In order to comply with existing and future energy reduction legislation, companies in all vertical sectors should be utilising lighting control technology to
better manage when and where lighting is used. It allows light usage to be accurately monitored and managed and can make use of daylight harvesting, which uses daylight to offset the amount of electric lighting needed to properly light an area. Its use can also enhance comfort conditions by controlling the colour and intensity of white light to reflect changes in daylight levels. Lighting control is easier to configure than ever before, and most systems utilise the digital addressable lighting interface (DALI) protocol, as set out set out in IEC 62386. Throughout the last decade, it has cemented its position as the foremost
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LIGHTING in the event of a problem. The defective unit is then sent to the manufacturer within a specified time frame, upon which it is tested and repaired if necessary. The upshot is that the time spent without a complete lighting system is vastly reduced.
Lifetime expectation, standards compliance, and the scope of warranties should all be as important a consideration as price when it comes to lighting
standard in this field, with its ability to interoperate with a range of system components. A DALI lighting control system assigns an address to each luminaire, allowing management of each individual device, and can be as simple as a single luminaire containing a driver and a sensor.
The choice is yours As with any other lighting solution, it is important not to make a selection based on price alone. While their prices can be attractive, cheap imported products and systems, particularly from China, often lack the design and build quality expected and use inferior components. When purchasing any type of lighting product, the old adage ‘if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is’ is well worth bearing in mind. Buying from a reputable manufacturer is the best way to avoid problems, but in the event that a product does fail, knowing that a replacement can be sourced, delivered and installed as quickly as possible offers valuable peace of mind. Unfortunately, if something goes wrong with a cheap imported product, the cost of sending it overseas from the UK is likely to be prohibitive. Conversely, a product that is manufactured and sold under warranty in the UK will lead to a swifter resolution if there’s a problem. That’s not the end of the story though, as not all warranties are the same. For instance, a return to base warranty means that should a fault develop within the warranty period, the end-user will have to send the product back to a service centre, where it will be analysed and repaired before being sent back. If it can’t be repaired, a new product will be delivered. The obvious issue here is that the entire process can take a matter of weeks to resolve. Under the terms of an advance replacement warranty, the manufacturer immediately delivers a replacement product
The world we live in today is filled with choice, and the lighting sector is no different. Amongst its many advantages, the internet provides a variety of options in addition to purchasing directly from manufacturers or going through the traditional distribution channel. We are generally conditioned to believe that choice is a good thing – yet there is a growing sense that too much choice leads to confusion and the possibility of making the wrong purchasing decision. The need to make this process less of an ordeal was exemplified in late 2015 by Tesco, which decided to scrap 30,000 of the 90,000 products from its shelves. This was, in part, a reaction to the growing market shares of Aldi and Lidl, which only offer between 2,000 and 3,000 lines. For instance, Tesco used to offer 28 tomato ketchups while in Aldi there was just one size, and while Tesco offered 224 kinds of air freshener, Aldi had only 12. This development has been repeated in a variety of sectors since, all of which have realised that customers are time constrained and increased choice can be a negative thing. This principle of ‘less is more’ applies in the lighting sector too. For electrical contractors, contacting numerous lighting equipment suppliers, carrying out lots of product investigations, checking prices, chasing deliveries, receiving deliveries, raising multiple purchase orders, making separate payments, and querying invoices can be hugely disruptive and time consuming.
One stop shop No one likes to needlessly repeat the same task over and over again, and while ensuring good value is important, as discussed earlier, this shouldn’t be purely based on price. Placing high volumes of relatively low value transactions across multiple product categories spread across a wide mix of different suppliers can prove more expensive and time consuming than first thought. In fact, the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) carried out research that found that regardless of the product, the administrative costs related to instigating, processing, recording, and paying for a single purchase order amounted to around £55. The key is to spend time identifying a single company that can effectively fulfil as
“The global intelligent lighting controls market is estimated to be worth $36 billion by 2023, growing at 10.2% from 2017”
many lighting equipment needs as possible. Although this isn’t as easy as it sounds, it’s well worth asking a potential supplier about how it can help add value by, for example, explaining a problem that has been encountered before, and asking how it would offer a solution. Furthermore, it is possible to ‘try before you buy’ and work with a company on an initial project to see how things go. Similarly, ask for a few quotes on a range of product types – that way competitiveness on prices across the board can be ascertained. Some lighting equipment manufacturers have a diverse range of quality products that are designed and manufactured to offer seamless interoperability and excellent levels of reliability. Once located, a single source supplier can offer increased value, lower pricing due to consolidation of all requirements, ensure consistent quality, and reduce purchasing workload.
Money matters Purchasing from a single source supplier can significantly reduce prices through economies of scale and offer more influence, control and purchasing power through the negotiation price and fulfilment, and more profitable long-term contracts. It also enables an electrical contractor to enjoy the benefits of centralised management and expenditure, with the scope to see exactly where money is being spent. Just as importantly, it drives compliance, making it much easier to eliminate any rogue spending and, by paying one consolidated invoice, frees up time by eliminating the need to process multiple payments. It pays to carry out due diligence on a chosen supplier though, as having a partner that is financially stable means it’s easier to manage and reduce risk. The consequences of badly managed risk can seriously affect a company’s bottom line, reputation and ability to meet deadlines. It is also possible to reduce waste – and therefore cost – on packaging and transport by batching products together. This can help increase margins and enhances environmental sustainability, something that is increasingly important for customers when selecting an electrical contractor. In terms of day-to-day operational benefits, just dealing with one dedicated account manager, who can provide a high level of service and ensure that orders are completed and delivered when required, and sort out any issues, can prove invaluable.
Pole position The growth in demand for lighting solutions puts electrical contractors in pole position to benefit from the specification and installation of this technology. However, the electrical contracting sector is notoriously price competitive and, with margins still tight, the temptation to purchase what appears to be a bargain should be resisted until all the facts about testing, lifetime expectation, standards compliance, and the scope of any warranty are ascertained. Furthermore, identifying and partnering with a single trusted supplier, whose products can be relied on for quality and performance, and which offers an excellent support service, can address many of these issues. TheisCraft, www.theiscraft.co.uk
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CORN EXCHANGE? Michael Morrison, managing director, Light Efficient Design UK, asks whether retrofitting LED corn lamps is always the right solution.
hen it comes to upgrading from HID to more energyefficient LED in existing industrial, commercial outdoor lighting installations, most wholesalers and contractors will tell you there are two options. First, rip out and replace existing lighting with new LED fittings. This is timeconsuming for installers, not to mention expensive, and often architecturally invasive for end-users. Second, reach for an LED corn lamp. This general-purpose LED workhorse typically allows existing lighting fittings and wiring to be re-used. Undoubtedly, retrofit versions of this popular and widely available lamp merit a place in the kit bag. It has become something of a perennial favourite among contractors and users for LED re-lamping applications where expenditure, maintenance and minimal architectural disruption are all priorities.
Is corn the best option? But here’s the thing. LED retrofit lamps are not all the same, and a corn lamp might not be the correct retrofit choice. It’s easy to assume otherwise, as on paper they usually appear eminently suitable, and most will claim decent energy savings over HIDs. Typically, they are 100W with loads of lumens, and cost over £100 (trade). Why just ‘make do’ with a one-size-fits-all corn lamp, when there are better options available that have been designed specifically for low bay, floodlights and high bay fittings? Light Efficient Design UK, for example, offers an 80W retrofit low bay lamp with an output of 9,000 lumens. It is 4,000K rather than the usual 6,000K colour temperature, and with a colour rendering index of more than 80, it easily replaces a 250W SON. The surprising advantage is that this one-sided LED lamp will provide three times the working plane illumination when compared to a corn lamp installed in the same fitting because of the clever LED placement, as shown in the diagram (above right).
“LED retrofit lamps are not all the same, and a corn lamp might not be the correct retrofit choice.”
There’s also the issue of reliability, which is why LED UK Ltd manufacture lamps with fully protected LEDs, a potted low loss driver, and an integral long-life cooling fan with a rated life of 70,000 hours. This ensures a guaranteed five year life – most won’t guarantee beyond two, maybe three years – and crucially allows safe operation within enclosed fittings without danger of overheating. Very few high power LED lamps can be used in enclosed fittings. Light Efficient Design UK lamps even have thermal feedback circuits that monitor the LED temperature and adjust the output should the ambient temperature rise above 50°C.
Light output ratio Lots of LEDs pointing in completely the wrong direction will mean that most of the light will never leave the fitting. Light output ratio is a measure of how efficiently the light is used and how much actually leaves the fitting. The term ‘useful lumens’ recognises this and the illustration shows what can happen when the wrong lamp is used to retrofit a low bay, high bay or floodlight. So, using corn lamps to retrofit all fixture types is not always the sensible choice. High bay, post top, low bay and floodlight reflectors are designed for an HID lamp and not an LED corn lamp. Sometimes, as a direct result of using a corn lamp, more than 50% light loss can be experienced from the existing fitting housings.
Final check Remember: one size does not fit all. Not all LED lamps are equal in terms of price, life, performance and thermal management. Think about the best lamp format for the best light output ratio. Don’t throw LED lumens away. Still not sure? Request a trial. Any reputable manufacturer should be able to offer up a few lamps for you to try.
Choose your LED lamp carefully
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Taking the plunge The simplicity of LED retrofit makes it quick and easy to demonstrate, enabling a much faster time to sale cycle. The nofuss installation also avoids the potential for customers cooling off as there’s no hold-up waiting for capital construction budget approvals. The reduction in labour costs also ensures faster paybacks, often in 12-15 months. A no quibble try-out policy with a few lamps installed on-site should be more than adequate. This will allow the end-user time to experience the enhanced lighting quality first hand.
Easy install Retrofit LED is non-invasive and maintenance-friendly, unlike traditional HID replacement which requires a site redesign and replacement fittings. Lamps can be installed in phases, while keeping a consistent ‘look’ for the site. It’s a fiveminute job to remove the existing lamp, taking the ballast out by wiring directly from the power to the lampholder, and then connecting the new lamp.
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LIGHT WHEN AND WHERE YOU NEED IT Carbon8Lighting explores the benefits of intelligent lighting control systems.
t is a well-documented fact that businesses waste vast amounts of energy through inefficient use of lighting. Every day of every year, office, factory and warehouse light fittings burn at 100% when left unoccupied, or when there is sufficient ambient light to allow for safe works. For businesses globally, lighting currently accounts for the biggest single area where energy is wasted, translating into large energy bills that could be dramatically reduced. Switching the lights off would be the simple answer, of course – if humans were not notoriously unreliable when it comes to doing this. Additionally, there are other impracticalities associated with switching off and on older lighting technologies – the key drawbacks being restrike time and knowing when the ambient light levels are sufficient to be able to switch fittings off.
“To achieve the ultimate efficient lighting solution we need a highly efficient product, coupled with an intelligent lighting control system.”
Therefore, the answer to this costly issue is to take the human element out of the equation. The ideal solution is to use sensor control, although historically with technologies such as fluorescents, metal halide, and sodium, this was not a comprehensive solution; due again to restrike times and lack of dimming capabilities.
Enter LED LED lighting is now firmly established, and offers enough benefits on its own merits to mean that we should be evaluating upgrading to LED now. Some of LED’s key attributes that overcome the drawbacks of older sensor integration include instantaneous illumination and a choice of available dimming protocols. The major benefit that we achieve when upgrading to LED is a staggering reduction in energy consumption, translating into dramatic cost reductions and fast return on investment payback. To achieve the ultimate efficient lighting solution, we need a highly efficient product, coupled with an intelligent lighting control system. Such advanced lighting control systems have been available for some time now, but to implement this type of system, it is usually highly complex and prohibitively expensive. This is down to installation which requires additional circuitry, commissioning of the fittings, a building management system, and the initial control of the hardware.
Enter Carbon8Lighting C8 Luminet C8 Luminet is Carbon8Lighting’s simple, intelligent control for its ultra-efficient LED light fittings. Imagine being able to control individual light fittings so that each one reacts to movement and light level exactly as you wish. Being able to group fittings, and control by whichever sensor or sensors you chose. Dim each and any fittings to your chosen level as and when desired. Monitor key aspects of your lighting such as energy consumption, occupancy levels and emergency lighting status. They say that the best solutions take complex problems and make them easy, and this is exactly what C8 Luminet does. So what exactly does C8 Luminet do? Carbon8Lighting’s C8 Luminet brings advanced lighting control to all sizes of business at an affordable price. Linking a range of Carbon8’s dimmable luminaires to movement and/or light level sensors, as well as to one another, all wirelessly. The C8 Luminet system is simple to install, easy to commission, and offers an unlimited number of connections. What this means in practical terms is that every light fitting on the network is doing exactly what you want it to be doing, no more, no less. C8 Luminet combines an affordable intelligent lighting control system with Carbon8Lighting’s ultra-efficient LED light fittings to provide unparalleled savings. This is the future of commercial lighting, available today. Carbon8Lighting, www.carbon8lighting.co.uk
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FIRE DETECTION & SAFETY
SMARTER SAFETY With rapidly changing regulations, smarter devices are raising demand for specialised knowledge â€“ which means upskilling the wider electrical sector is vital. Here, Mark Smith, UK sales manager at Hochiki Europe, discusses how fire safety manufacturers can use their time and expertise to give life safety system installers the information they need to stay ahead of the game.
n the past decade, the products we use to protect building occupants have evolved greatly, which is a credit to the talented professionals working in the electrical sector. Todayâ€™s life safety technologies are smarter and more complex than ever, with interconnectivity making systems ultraefficient and reliable. For example, once installed correctly, the latest intelligent control panels on the market can pinpoint the exact location of a fire in large, multibuilding premises. In places such as hospitals, colleges or high-rise buildings, this can prove vital, as these systems can instantly alert occupants in the immediate area, as well as local emergency services, protecting building users and reducing the risk to property.
Of course, these progressions have brought a number of challenges with them which the sector must address. For electrical installers, one of these is the requirement for greater levels of specialist knowledge and awareness of new legislation which has developed in line with smart technologies. As our cities become smarter, electrical systems have become engrained into daily life. Installers are under mounting pressure to deliver under tighter timeframes, and ensuring they are fully educated on the latest guidance and standards puts additional tension on an already strained industry. Moreover, with modern high-tech products meeting multiple demands and offering lifelong guarantees, the competition to find jobs is only getting tougher in a
shrinking market. As a manufacturer of the advancing products which are reshaping our industry, supporting installers through these changes is a critical part of our role.
Effective education Our passive protection systems are becoming smarter, and so too must our ways of working. Hochiki Europe has a fundamental part to play in educating installers. By keeping them up to date with the latest standards and technology for life safety, we can ensure that the systems we put out into the market are then installed correctly and performing at optimum reliability. Research shows that there is still work to be done when it comes to educating the sector. Results from our last annual benchmark survey suggested
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FIRE DETECTION & SAFETY that European installers are becoming increasingly concerned with customers’ attitudes towards understanding fire safety systems. For example, nearly 70% think that their clients view life safety system maintenance as a tick-box exercise, rather than an essential process. More shockingly still, over a third of installers stated that up to 80% of sites they visit fail to comply with current fire safety regulations. Training customers is key when it comes to ensuring the effectiveness of life safety systems. There is an industry-wide need to invest in educational resources, and provide customers with bespoke training, guidance and support. Legislation and new regulatory standards should be frequently revisited by industry professionals. One example of this is the recent changes to the BS 5266-1:2016 Emergency Lighting Code of Practice (CoP). The standard introduces a broader range of categories and new guidance regarding testing and maintenance. To help raise awareness of these changes, Hochiki Europe hosted a CPD-approved emergency lighting webinar. Providing this kind of insight proved to be an accessible and easy way to enlighten our stakeholders on the latest legislation. It actually ended up being one of the most successful sessions we’ve ever hosted. We also host a number of other courses to help support education about our products. A few years ago, we extended our range of EN54-23 compliant Visual Alarm Devices (VADs) – products designed
especially for those who are, for instance, hearing impaired or working in a noisy environment. To help installers comply with the introduction of EN54-23, Hochiki Europe created a simple configuration table which allowed customers to select the VAD most suited to their environment, simply by answering a series of questions. By introducing this kind of education for installers, manufacturers are helping to minimise any incidents which might be the result of a lack of product knowledge. Over the last decade, the majority of recorded incidents across the country were not actual fires, but false alarms. In the 2015 Building Research Establishment (BRE) report, it was found that false alarms cost public sector organisations more than £1 billion per year. In our age of technology, knowledge sharing is simple to carry out, flexible, and necessary to limit these kinds of mistakes.
“As our cities become smarter, electrical systems have become engrained into daily life.”
In addition to last year’s seminar, we frequently utilise YouTube to inform and promote our product ranges, allowing people to get the information they need in a quick and comprehensive way.
A bespoke offering Manufacturers are in a unique position to ensure that installers are receiving the guidance and support that they need. They are not only at the forefront of the latest technical innovations, but need to be constantly in touch with any changes to regulations – situating them in an ideal position to provide the most up to date information. Through attending exhibitions, seminars and professional conferences, our representatives are always updating attendees with the latest legislative changes and products, adapting their agendas to each show. These events are a fantastic opportunity to enhance knowledge of hot topics in the sector, and a means of gauging latest issues and news in fire safety. As the world becomes increasingly reliant on its electrical systems, there is an ever-growing need for electricians and the role electrical professionals play in society. It is vital that manufacturers and installers maintain a mutually beneficial relationship, and continue supporting each other in these changing times. Hochiki, www.hochikieurope.com
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FIRE DETECTION & SAFETY
BIG CITY SAFETY Jeremy Ewen from WLS discusses the company’s recent installation at 160 Aldersgate, which has been designed to optimise safety and security in a high-end workplace environment.
n prestigious central London locations, Grade A office accommodation suitable for corporate occupiers is in high demand, and there’s little scope for new build sites in the high density built environment of the City. Consequently, there is a clear trend towards updating and upgrading older commercial buildings to meet the needs of contemporary occupiers and maximise the square footage of the location. While space optimisation, aesthetics and the standard of accommodation are vital, bringing the building up to contemporary safety standards is also a critical part of the refurbishment process. Security also forms a vital element of the building upgrade, with a focus on safeguarding both the commercial interests of occupiers and their staff. A recent example of this is 160 Aldersgate in the City of London. A £48 million refurbishment delivered by McLaren
Construction, the project has transformed a tired 1980s building into 266,000sqft of Grade A office space, the majority of which has been pre-let to a major law firm. Our role as the fire and security specialist was to develop an installation for the building that both maximises safety
160 Aldersgate has seen an out-dated 1980s building transformed into 266,000 sqft of Grade A office space
and avoids any unnecessary business interruption, utilising control-based technologies to interface the fire safety and security specification with the building management system (BMS).
Phased evacuation At the heart of the fire safety installation at 160 Aldersgate are the smoke detectors and alarms that form the backbone of any building’s safety specification. These have been installed as part of the Cat A electrical fit out for the whole building. Even in the areas where only entry-level systems have been installed, however, the specification has been designed to allow extensions and additions to the core system to suit occupier requirements. For the Cat B fit out in the pre-let areas of the building, the fire safety systems have been designed to enable a phased evacuation strategy, and to accurately pinpoint the location of any incident. This
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FIRE DETECTION & SAFETY not only means that the fire service can quickly tackle any genuine fire, limiting the threat to life and damage to the building fabric, it also enables normal business operations to continue in any areas that are unaffected. The phased evacuation has been designed to ensure that the occupants on the floor of the incident, and the levels directly above and below, vacate the building first if an evacuation is required. To enable the phased evacuation strategy, the fire detection and alert system has been integrated with the PAVA (public address and voice alarm) system that WLS has installed in the building as part of the fire control room. This room is the heart of the life safety systems and contains the monitoring control panels for the ATS (automatic transfer switches), the smoke extract system, the fire alarm system, the smoke damper status panel, the CCTV, the disabled refuge control panel, and the sprinkler status panel, in addition to the PAVA control system. In the event of an incident, the centralisation of information in this single location would provide fire services with an instant update of the building’s life safety systems. Speakers have been installed throughout the office and common areas to ensure that safety and evacuation messages are audible in all locations, and the system has been pre-programmed with a selection of basic safety messages. A microphone in the fire control room also enables tailored safety messages to be delivered via the PAVA system, and the fire service can also relay live messages to specific areas of the building, tailoring evacuation instructions on a real-time basis.
Full integration To maximise safety in the event of the fire, the fully-programmable fire detection and alert system has been integrated with a number of other elements of the mechanical and electrical installation to aid access and egress, manage smoke, and minimise additional hazards. While the primary aim of the system is to preserve life and enhance safety, the system has also been designed to avoid any unnecessary evacuation of the building in the event of a false alarm due to common triggers, such as burnt toast in the kitchen or illicit cigarettes in the toilets. If a single smoke detector activates the fire safety system, the BMS will alert the building management team and the PAVA system will announce that a fire has been reported and is under investigation, advising occupants to await further information. The control panel will enable the building management team to pinpoint the source of the activated detector instantly, and enable them to check the cause of the alert. If a second detector is triggered during this investigation period, audible alarms will automatically be sounded. If the building management team confirms that the potential incident was a false alarm, they can override the system. Integration with other systems via the BMS has been programmed on a causeand-effect scenario-based menu of control sequences, which includes mechanical and electrical facilities as diverse as the access control system, sprinklers, gas boilers and AOVs (automatic opening vents). Because
WLS has been responsible for specification and installation of both fire and security systems, integration of key elements has been simplified. In practice, this means that the intelligent system can aid evacuation and building safety when the fire system is activated. So, for example, access controlled doors will open automatically to aid egress, lifts will be disabled, and the gas supply will be shut down.
High performance and low key The security system for the pre-let areas of 160 Aldersgate was requested by the US-based occupier to meet the high-end specification of the company’s offices in America. A Pro-Watch system from Honeywell combines access control, digital video, and intruder alarm in a single, scalable system with dedicated software to enable bespoke programming of all locations for restricted employee and visitor access. The system can also be reprogrammed in response to evolving requirements for each location or staff changes. While the system is complex in terms of functionality, it is relatively unobtrusive within the building, with proximity-based card readers on each internal door, corresponding to the security clearance programmed into the proximity card of each employee. The same system also operates the door entry system for entering and leaving the building. Integration of the access control system with the fire safety, PAVA and CCTV via the BMS, and the monitoring of the system within the central control room, also mean that areas of the building can be locked down in the event of an incident or an intruder. Indeed, the intruder alarm element of the system has been installed for the ground floor reception and common areas only, with panic buttons and monitoring via the control room, due to the access control capabilities throughout the remainder of the occupied accommodation. The CCTV system has been specified to offer similar high performance without obvious ‘Big Brother’ impact. Once again, choice of the system was influenced by the end-user, following installation of the same HD CCTV hardware with IP Ethernet-based images delivered to the control room via Cat 5 cable networks. WLS installed the server, the PC monitoring stations and the software for the CCTV system, with installation of the cameras themselves simplified by the use of an IP-based system, which dramatically reduced the amount of cabling involved. The use of an
“Designing fire safety and security systems around the specific needs of the environment and its occupants is vital.”
IP-based system also aids future-proofing of the security installation because it is relatively straightforward to add additional cameras to the network or change the location of existing CCTV hardware and reprogramme the system accordingly. As the installation took place when some of the building was still unlet, the specification had to respond to both base build and tenant-specific requirements, so this flexibility was a significant benefit. Once again, the CCTV system has been integrated with the other elements of the fire and security specification by the WLS team, via the BMS and the central control room, enabling a rapid scenario-based response to any incident picked up by the building management team.
Tailored solution In a commercial environment where open plan layouts, complex building services, stringent security and access controls, and multiple occupancy are common features, designing fire safety and security systems around the specific needs of the environment and its occupants is vital. The 160 Aldersgate project demonstrates that occupier convenience, commercial priorities and high safety levels can all be integrated in a single approach that is flexible enough to be tailored around the current and future needs of the development. WLS, www.westlondonsecurity.com
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KEEPING UP WITH THE STANDARDS With fire detector technology constantly evolving, standards also change in order to keep with the latest developments. ESP’s sales director, Neil Baldwin, looks at the revised BS 5839-1:2017 standard, to help contractors understand the changes.
S 5839-1:2017 fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings standard provides recommendations for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in and around non-domestic premises. The standard is there for anyone involved in the design and planning of fire detection and alarm systems, as well as installation and commissioning specialists. The BS5839-1 revision adopts the latest industry thinking and new technologies, including added guidance
on the use of call points and multi-sensor fire detectors, with the aim of reducing the incidence of false alarms.
The right call The main change relates to manual call points. All manual call points must have some variety of protective cover. This should help prevent accidental activation from impact and also should force users of the fire alarm system to lift the cover before activation, thereby adding an extra action to the process of pressing the alarm. This should help reduce the number of times the button is pressed accidentally, and make anyone who intends to push the manual call point (whether maliciously
“All manual call points must have some variety of protective cover.”
or not) to think about whether the alarm actually should be triggered. Of course, covers for manual call points are not new pieces of equipment, and many manufacturers have been producing them for some time. However, the new thing to remember is that any new installation work must use a call point cover to meet with the revised standard. Does this mean retroactively fitting call point covers on all currently existing call points? The simple answer is no, not necessarily. The standard only really applies for any new work undertaken since the publication of the standard (August 31, 2017). However, should a client request an upgrade, then of course this can be provided. Alternatively, this can be done at
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FIRE DETECTION & SAFETY as a roller shutter door) are not normally considered as a pedestrian exit, but in an emergency are likely to be used as such. Therefore, manual call points should be located on escape routes and, in particular, at all storey exits and all exits to open air that lead to an ultimate place of safety (whether or not the exits are specifically designated as fire exits). In addition, the standard has also been updated in regards to multi-sensor detectors. Those that have fire sensitivity of BS EN 54-7 are now acknowledged as suitable for fire escape routes, but their configuration must include smoke detector mode.
Makes sensor The BS 5839-1:2017 standard applies to anyone involved in fire detection and alarm systems
the next convenient time, for example, at the next service. The decision about whether to retroactively fit covers an all manual call points in a building should be down to the responsible person or duty holder.
Ultimate safety Another change in the update is point 20.1 – the ‘place of ultimate safety’, where the clause has been expanded to place emphasis on this. The reason for the change is because not all exits of a building are specifically designed as fire exits, and during the course of a fire people will use any exit (regardless of whether it is a designated fire exit). For example, some openings in the building envelope (such
“Each sensor on which a fire detection decision depends should be physically tested individually.”
The updated standard also makes clear about the method of inspection and servicing for multi-sensor detectors. Clause 45.4 states recommendations for inspection and tests of the system over a 12-month period. In the first instance, ‘multi-sensor detectors should be operated by a method that confirms that products of combustion in the vicinity of the detector can reach the sensors, and that a fire signal can be produced as appropriate.’ In addition, ‘the guidance of the manufacturer on the manner in which the detector can be functionally tested effectively should be followed’, and ‘multi-sensor fire detectors should be physically tested by a method that confirms that products of combustion in the vicinity of the detector can reach the sensors and that the appropriate response is confirmed at the CIE’.
Where the detector or system design permits, each sensor on which a fire detection decision depends (e.g. smoke, heat, CO) should be physically tested individually. Alternatively, individual sensors may be physically tested together if the detection system design allows simultaneous stimuli and individual sensor responses to be verified either individually or collectively. On completion of tests the system should be returned to its normal configuration.
Detection first It is also worthy to note that in stairways, the update to the standard says that fire detectors should be sited at the top of the stairway and on each main landing. This is to ensure that there is adequate coverage at every level of the building as plumes of smoke are unpredictable, and there is no exact way of knowing where the smoke will go, meaning that if detectors are not sited correctly, there could be a delay in the amount of time between the fire starting and the system activating an alarm. A matter of minutes – or even a few seconds – may be the difference between the fire being small and manageable, and the fire being a huge emergency. The sooner a fire is detected, the sooner it can be extinguished. BS5839:1-2017 was published on August 31, 2017, and supersedes BS 58391:2013 which is now withdrawn. ESP, www.espuk.com
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FIX UP, LOOK SMART With smart home installations gathering pace across the electrical industry, Richard Hayward, lead marketing manager for Legrand’s Wiring Devices business, makes the case for electricians to consider form – not just functionality.
hile initial drivers for the take-up of home automation were focused around the central control of audio, lighting and heating, the aesthetic feel of the finished installation is fast emerging as one of the key homeowner trends that electricians should be aware of. Rather than homeowners having to live with the ‘wall clutter’ of old, the space occupied by a traditional mechanical light switch can deliver a level of functionality that would have required two or three individual accessories – each dedicated to its own function – a number of years ago. For example, Legrand’s range of keypads can be used to provide up to eight different scenes, which might incorporate preset lighting options, audio functions and heating levels – depending on the desired ambience required by the homeowner. This level of compact functionality can help facilitate installations which not only dramatically enhance the homeowner’s level of control, but crucially do so in a way that promotes a clean and uncluttered finish to the wall.
Uncluttered living In a similar vein, while the use of touchscreens provides homeowners with a central point of control, the current trend appears to be for them be limited to just
“Being modular in construction, the wiring accessory finishes can be easily changed.”
one or two per home. This can again help to contribute to a more streamlined and sleek finished aesthetic. If the homeowner wanted a subtle way to access their home audio system in the bathroom, for example, Legrand’s Nuvo P20 control panel offers core control functions (easy command of volume, mute, play, and pause, as well as next/previous track navigation) and access to five preset favourites; all encompassed within a control keypad the size of a light switch. While we have seen that uncluttered wall space and subtle yet multifunctional wiring accessories are key homeowner trends, it’s important to not forget the appearance of the accessory itself in the context of the completed installation. Ultimately, if a wiring accessory is only available in one or two finishes, and those finishes do not fit with the homeowner’s design tastes, there’s a strong chance the homeowner could look elsewhere. As such, being able to offer a product range that not only delivers varying levels of automation or connectivity depending on the wants and needs of the customer, but can be customised to suit their aesthetic tastes, could provide a real competitive advantage.
Keeping custom This thought process was key to the development of Legrand’s modular range of wiring accessories and connected devices. Our portfolio offers an exceptionally broad range of mechanical and electronic switches, as well as innovative radio
automation options, and even fullynetworked building automation systems based on BUS/SCS technology, which can also be integrated into third-party solutions. Crucially, the range benefits from a modular construction. They can then be covered with either a round or square keypad, and completed with a multitude of surround plate finishes, including brushed and polished metal, mirror and wood. Being modular in construction, the wiring accessory finishes can be easily changed. If you put this in the context of a new-build, if the property is finished in a neutral colour such as white, all the accessories from the range used throughout the property could also be finished in a neutral white. Once the homeowner has moved in, decided on the varying colour schemes for each room and then undertaken the decoration, the surround plate could be replaced with any of a wide variety of finishes which best complement the new interior. Likewise, if a property changes hands and the new owner decides to redecorate, the finishes can be swiftly changed to suit the new design. In short, taking a step back and appreciating the importance of aesthetics as part of the selling process cannot be underestimated. Ultimately, the home can be functional, smart, and connected whilst also being stylish, and offering the customer a solution which fits seamlessly into their design schemes will almost certainly help to broaden your business horizons. Legrand, www.legrand.co.uk
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A SURGE IN POPULARITY Emma Segelov, head of marketing for MK Electric, looks at the role of USB integrated sockets within the changing UK home, and the key product features to look out for.
he average UK home is changing. Where once householders were content with standard fixtures and fittings, there is now an increasing demand for those ‘little extras’ which bring a boutique hotel experience into the home. This creates an opportunity for contractors to upsell easy-to-install products which meet this need for intuitive in-home design. In recent years, the popularity of smart devices has meant that there has been a sharp increase in the number of businesses which offer USB charging capability to customers. However, as our reliance on smartphones and tablets increases – and the number of smart devices owned on average rises – USB charging is beginning to become a ‘must have’ in the domestic space too. It’s not just a case of convenience. Homeowners are on the lookout for products – such as USB integrated sockets – which
mirror the premium, intuitive feel that they have become used to in leisure settings, so they can replicate it in their homes. For electricians, this equals a valuable and easy upsell and an opportunity to add value to a project. However, it’s important to recognise that not all USB integrated sockets offer the same features and benefits, and by making the right selection, installation can be simplified, and a better experience offered to the end-user. With this in mind, here are three key areas to consider when choosing a USB integrated socket for a domestic setting.
As USB integrated sockets become common in settings such as hotels, more people are looking to integrate such features into their homes
box. These products are suitable for both newbuild and retrofit applications as they ensure USB sockets are just as quick and easy to install as traditional wiring devices. Many of MK Electric’s solutions feature other installation benefits too, including backed out and captive terminal screws and upward-facing terminals with a funnel entrance to make installation faster and easier.
Ease of retrofit When adding the installation of USB integrated sockets as an upsell to a wider project, it’s important that the contractor is able to offer fast, fuss-free fitting, in order to keep the homeowner happy without adding hours to the overall job. The best option here is to look out for those that fit into a standard 25mm back
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This makes installation less disruptive to the homeowner as it’s quick and easy, which is a great selling point when offering USB charging capability to customers.
Optimised charging User experience is crucial to the success of a USB integrated socket. For contractors who often earn business via word of mouth recommendations, it’s important to ensure that customers will be completely happy with their product experience. As applied to USB charging ports, it’s important to understand how this technology works, especially when it comes to how different devices draw charge. For example, a Samsung or an iPhone, a smartphone or a tablet, all charge in different ways. This explains why certain
USB chargers can effectively power up, an iPhone 6, but would struggle to efficiently charge a tablet. This is where dynamic device recognition (DDR) comes in. DDR ensures that whatever make or model is being charged – Apple, Samsung, Nokia, iPad and many more – the device recognises the socket as it would its own charger, and draws current from the USB charging socket in the way that best suits its design. This ensures optimal and efficient charging, no matter what the device. By choosing a solution which incorporates DDR, contractors can feel confident that in a world where every bar counts, the customer will get maximum efficiency from their USB socket, no matter how many different devices they need to charge.
“Safety is a crucial consideration when selecting a USB integrated socket.”
As with every wiring device, safety is a crucial consideration when selecting a USB integrated socket. One key element to look for is comprehensive electrical protection against an overload or short circuit. MK’s USB sockets have been designed so if the total charging current exceeds the rate level of 2A then the device will enter a current-limited safety mode, or if voltage drops too much (e.g. under short circuit conditions) the output voltage will shut down completely. These features not only prevent damage to the socket, but vitally ensure user safety. For family homes in particular, it’s also vital to check for a three-pin child-resistant shutter system. Designed to prevent access to the electricity supply unless all three pins of a standard British plug are in position, this protects against electrocution and provides a vital extra layer of safety. As homeowners demand more from the devices they use every day, there is a clear opportunity for contractors to upsell add-ons such as USB integrated sockets. However, in order to maximise these opportunities, it’s important to understand the key features to look out for, as these can not only provide a wealth of selling points for the contractor, but ultimately offer a safe and satisfactory overall product experience to the end-user. MK Electric, www.mkelectric.co.uk
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THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN OF UPS MAINTENANCE With more than 30 years’ experience in the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) sector, Leo Craig of Riello knows just how crucial trusted technical support is to keep data centres, factories, transport infrastructure, and vital public services across the country up and running.
iello UPS is proving actions speak louder than words by launching a groundbreaking new guarantee which puts the customer firmly in control, and is set to provide some much-needed shock therapy to the entire industry. According to Centrica’s 2017 UK Resilience Report, an astonishing 81% of businesses have experienced at least one power-related failure in the past year. Nearly half of all IT failures are caused by voltage disturbances, whether that’s relatively minor spikes, sags and surges, or more critical power outages. Even the most conservative estimates suggest that damaging downtime costs at least £5,000 per minute. It’s clear a reliable uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is your business’ first and best defence against such downtime – the ultimate insurance policy that reduces the risk of going offline in the first place, and when the worst does happen, helps get you back up and running as quickly as possible.
Premium power protection deserves premium customer care A UPS system is a premium product, whether it’s helping power desktop PCs in a home office, the most advanced supercomputers in huge data centres, or state-of-the-art machinery in modern manufacturing factories. Customers deserve similarly premium levels of aftercare too: clear emergency response times; speedy access to spare parts; technical support from fullytrained and certified engineers; regular Preventative Maintenance Visits (PMVs) at least once a year to optimise system performance; and remote monitoring to proactively identify and solve problems before they ever become critical. This vital support should be taken as a given, but far too many times we see providers putting their own needs before those of their customers. When maintenance providers don’t live up to their promises, they should be forced to face the consequences. But on too many occasions, there simply aren’t any. Customers are tied in to restrictive contracts with 90-day notice periods and have very few options in terms of recourse.
Riello UPS: Doing things differently There is another way of doing things though. A better way. A forward-thinking approach where control is placed firmly in the hands of the customer. Over more than three decades, Riello UPS has built a hard-earned reputation as one of the UK’s leading UPS suppliers. Our product range covers UPS hardware and software suitable for all environments and load requirements, from 400VA through to 6.4MVA, manufactured using the most innovative and energy-efficient technology. All this is backed up by dedicated support and aftercare from an in-house technical team who bring a wealth of industry experience and expertise. Maintenance plans aren’t one-sizefits-all contracts, we tailor them to the specific needs of each customer. We are upfront and honest about what’s covered – and what isn’t – and our service level agreements (SLAs) are fair, transparent, and have meaning. When you sign on the dotted line, you need to be certain about exactly what you’ll get. Emergency response times are guaranteed as part of our SLAs and customers can choose from 12 or eight working hours, right down to same day; four clock hours for the most urgent situations that demand the speediest solution.
Riello UPS Diamond – our guarantee to get you back online (quicker than ever) Which leads us to our latest offering: Riello UPS Diamond. A new benchmark for UPS maintenance in the UK and our clearest commitment yet to putting the customer first. Just as the excellence of the precious gemstone is assessed using the universal ‘four Cs of quality’, our industry-leading new maintenance package is built on four key principles: • Clarity: 100% guaranteed response and fix times, no hidden charges • Custom: bespoke support tailored to the customer’s needs • Competence: all engineers are fullytrained and certified • Coverage: 24/7 availability, nationwide stock of spare parts, thermal imaging, replacement fans, remote monitoring.
“81% of businesses have experienced at least one powerrelated failure in the past year.”
With our Diamond maintenance plan, not only do we guarantee a four-hour response time from a certified engineer onsite 24/7. We also commit to a guaranteed fix within a further eight hours – a completely unique service. And if we don’t stick to that promise there’s a price to pay – but only by us! If we fail to meet our targets, we’ll face financial penalties that benefit the customer. However, we’re supremely confident we’ve got the capability to make sure our actions do indeed live up to our bold words. Our entire technical support team are based here in the UK and are just a phone call away around the clock for immediate assistance. Unlike other manufacturers, Riello UPS stocks multimillion pounds worth of stock, spare parts, and components at our UK headquarters and in several strategicallyplaced warehouses throughout the country. So when disaster strikes, we can dispatch replacement parts or even full UPS systems to reach your site within 24 hours – in many cases on the same day or within a few hours of a fault first being reported. Our Certified Engineer training programme for both in-house technicians and engineers from authorised UPS resellers ensures they are 100% up to the task. Going above and beyond like this isn’t the exception with Riello UPS, it’s the rule. Cutting-edge thermal imaging technology is used as standard during annual Preventative Maintenance Visits (PMVs), a modern technique that identifies ‘hotspots’ virtually impossible for the human eye to detect. Customers can also choose to benefit from our cloud-based remote monitoring service Riello Connect, where they and our maintenance team can study performance data remotely and pick up potential glitches before they have chance to develop into something far more serious. Riello, www.riello-ups.com
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MERIDIAN LED REPLACEMENT 2D GEAR TRAYS The Meridian LED lighting range includes Luna SMD 16 series circular LED bulkheads. Fitted with the latest SMD technology, these bulkheads have LEDs pre-fitted into the metal base plate or gear tray. Whilst these products are designed as new or complete replacement fittings, the Meridian brand now includes these gear trays as standalone replacements for use with already installed 2D bulkheads. There are five options in the range; the basic gear tray, one with a microwave sensor, one with a sensor and a three-hour emergency facility, one with this emergency facility plus a back-up lithium battery and, finally, a threehour emergency with microwave sensor. All trays have a 16W rating and will deliver 1,700 lumens. The range has been designed to fit the vast majority of existing round 2D fittings, but if in doubt, please contact the CED sales office on 020 8503 8500 or info@ced-elec. co.uk. For further information visit www.ced-elec.co.uk
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SAFER SOCKET TESTING FROM MARTINDALE Martindale’s CP501 Check Plug and BZ101Buzz-It are designed for easy verification of wall socket wiring. Suitable for use as a first-line indicator to identify potentially unsafe installations and wiring faults, socket testers offer a fast and effective solution when properly specified. Then CP501 is a quick and easy way to ensure that 13A sockets are correctly wired. Featuring three bright long-life LEDs, wiring faults are indicated by one of the LEDs failing to illuminate, with the pattern of lit LEDs indicating the type of fault detected. With the added benefit of an audible alarm to confirm that the wiring is correct, the BZ101 is the ideal choice for checking sockets that are not easily visible. The BZ101 can also be used as a basic fuse finder. The CP501 and BZ101 can accurately indicate up to 28 faults, the most common of which can be interpreted from the quick key on the front of the tester, with further details clearly shown on a useful instruction card supplied with all Martindale socket testers. For more information visit www.martindale-electric.co.uk
SWITCHTEC’S ENCLOSED FUSED SWITCH DISCONNECTORS OFFER COMPACT SOLUTION Now available with rotary isolator and separate fuse holder, Switchtec’s NTFS enclosed fused switch disconnectors offer improved performance at a more competitive price. The NTFS fused switches use the industry standard combination of rotary isolator, linked to a DIN rail mounted fuse holder, fitted into an IP65 metal enclosure. This enables Switchtec to offer a cheaper solution, whilst maintaining high quality. Fitted with Telergon switches and Mersen fuse holders, the packaged enclosures are available in ratings 32A, 63A, 80A and 125A ex-stock. All of the NTFS enclosed fused switch disconnectors are supplied in a high quality IP65, RAL 7035, pale grey painted, mild steel enclosure. The switches offer an IP20 level of internal protection with their touch-proof terminals. They have a door interlocked, padlockable facility deployable in the operating handle ‘off’ position and are supplied with a door earth lead. All products conform to IEC 60947-3, are certified by UL, EAC, CCC, and are CE approved. For further information visit www.switchtec.com
NEW SOLID GEAR ONE GTX SAFETY SHOE The ONE GTX from Solid Gear is a superbly constructed safety shoe with seven integrated layers to deliver excellent comfort and protection. It’s designed and built for active professionals who need a highly breathable, light, and flexible safety shoe. With a GORE-TEX SURROUND membrane, they’re fully breathable and ideal for warmer weather and combined indoor/outdoor activities. The shoe’s stretchable upper is water-resistant with amazing performance when it comes to breathability, fit and flexibility. What’s more, it has a honeycombed sole for enhanced grip and a composite midsole. It also has a stabilising heel support to minimise injuries from twisting. The ONE GTX also comes with Solid Gear’s newly developed NANO Toe-Cap. It’s 40% stronger than fibreglass, lighter than other materials and thinner than other nonmetallic toe-caps. So get to know more about the quality and innovation plus the topclass safety functionality in every Solid Gear product – your feet will notice the difference. For further information visit www.solidgearfootwear.com
SOX LAMP REPLACEMENT WITH LED EASIER THAN EVER Light Efficient Design UK has expanded its LED SOX retrofit re-lamping range with 20W and 35W options now available in 3,000K and 4,000K CCT options. Like the 5,700K solution, these are bayonet cap and come with clear lens providing >80 CRI. The company’s LED-8100 and LED-8101 retrofit range is the first to be CE/UMSUG approved, and makes it easier and more cost-effective than ever to replace 35W and 55W SOX lamps with high quality LED lighting. Further flexibility is provided by their use of remote drivers as size, weight, dimming and low LED operating temperatures are prerequisites. Ready-wired gear trays are also available. Low maintenance is assured with a 50,000-hour rated lamp life and products are backed by a five-year warranty. Light Efficient Design UK’s Newbury-based warehouse offers prompt delivery to UK/Ireland electrical wholesalers on all Light Efficient Design retrofit LED products. For further information visit www.led-llc.com
COSY COMFORT ON-SITE WITH THE NEW SNICKERS HOODIES Snickers Hoodies have long been favourites among professional craftsmen and women – so the new range of knitted hoodies is bound to be a big hit. There’s a ‘full zip’ or ‘over-head’ option, and they’re the ideal combination with Snickers’ first and second layer undergarments, and can comfortably be worn under a jacket on chilly days. With a contemporary design, four colour options, and a double-lined hood for extra warmth, these hardworking hoodies are great for all trades on-site. Made from a cosy, durable fabric for extra ruggedness, they’ve got an adjustable drawstring in the hood, plus kangaroo handwarmer pockets at the front. They also feature an unmistakable 3D-printed Snickers logo and are ideal for company profiling. Getting information on the new Snickers’ hoodies is easy. You can call the Snickers helpline on 01484 854788, visit the website and download a digital catalogue at www. snickersworkwear.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BESPOKE IN-HOUSE LASER ETCHING FFROM SCOLMORE Scolmore is adding to its GridPro range with the offer of in-house laser etching across all of its GridPro modules. Designed to add value to an already successful range, and save customers time and money, the module etching is done using a specially acquired laser printer, which produces a precise, permanent, fine marking effect, and offers flexibility to suit large volume orders or for customised jobs. With this new in-house facility, Scolmore is able to offer a fully bespoke service to customers, who will be able to order customised laser-etched modules to suit the range of projects they are working on. 14 of the most popular printed legends will be produced – including dishwasher, cooker hood, washing machine, fridge freezer – and they are available in all the GridPro module finishes, providing a huge selection for customers to choose from. Scolmore is also able to offer a bespoke service if required. For further information visit www.scolmore.com.
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TRAKM8 PRIME: THE UK’S FIRST BUY-ONLINE VEHICLE TRACKING SOLUTION Designed for professional tradespeople such as electrical contractors, Trakm8 Prime is the only vehicle tracking solution that enables the customer to browse and buy online. The tracking device can be self-installed, so there are no installation or removal fees – and vehicle downtime is kept to a minimum. Andrew Tillman, fleet strategy director for Trakm8, said, “Trakm8 Prime gives electrical contractors the time and money-saving benefits of vehicle tracking, without any of the hassle of sales calls or losing half a day waiting for an installer to fit the unit. Thanks to our online sales model, we can provide a tracking product with more features than our competitors – and at a lower price.” Priced at £12.99 or less per vehicle, per month, Trakm8 Prime is a cost effective tool for small businesses. GPS tracking helps monitor vehicle locations and verify time sheets, while the handy ‘find my nearest vehicle’ feature is ideal for responding to emergency call-outs. Trakm8 Prime also comes with loads of extra features as standard, including a driver scoring system that is proven to cut fuel consumption and promote safer driving. It also features Trakm8’s market-leading vehicle and battery health alerts. The device picks up on any vehicle fault codes, acting as an early warning system to prevent costly breakdowns and non-starts. Another useful feature is easy separation of business and private mileage, eliminating hours of paperwork while helping you to remain HMRC-compliant. Users can log on via a web portal or app for smartphones and tablets, giving 24/7 access to a dashboard that provides top-line information on all the key data. From here, they can download or print jargonfree reports and can also easily request additional tracking units as the business grows. Trakm8 Prime offers a free, no-obligation, 30-day trial of its vehicle tracking solution. For further information visit www.trakm8prime.com.
TRADE SKILLS 4U TO OPEN ELECTRICAL FACILITY IN YORKSHIRE Trade Skills 4U is set to launch a new state-of-the-art electrical training facility in May to target budding electricians in Yorkshire and the North East. Established in 2005 in Gatwick, TS4U is a specialist in electrical training, delivering courses to over 3,000 students each year. The 16,000sqft Leeds facility will be its third centre following the company’s success in Gatwick and Warrington. It will house advanced training classrooms built to the highest of specifications and equipped with the latest technology. Offering a comprehensive range of professional qualifications, as well as the widest range of electrician courses in the UK for new entrants, TS4U is an ideal learning environment for individuals with no previous electrical experience, or for qualified electricians wishing to move into a different area of electrical work. It will also offer courses aimed specifically at ex-service resettlement and is keen to encourage more women to enter the trade. For more information visit www.tradeskills4u.co.uk/ pages/leeds-sheffieldbradford-electricalcourses
ESP EXPANDS DUCERI EMERGENCY LIGHTING RANGE ESP has expanded its Duceri range with the launch of two new LED products – an IP40-rated, non-maintained emergency twinspot and a 4W maintained emergency flush bulkhead. The new adjustable emergency twin spot features two 6 SMD 2835 LED lamps and produces an emergeny light output of 309lm, with a 5,500K colour temperature. The new modernised 4W LED bulkhead is designed for recessed mounting to provide a more discreet method of installing a bulkhead without compromising building interiors. With the aim of highlighting escape routes and open areas when lighting to premises is lost, the new flush bulkhead features a 30 SMD 283 LED lamp and produces a mains light output of 131lm and an emergency light output of 105lm. Both new products offer three hours’ emergency duration, with charge and discharge protection and feature a green LED indicator. They are each fitted with 3.6V 1,500mAh NiCD batteries, and have been tested to meet BS EN 60598-2-22 Standards.
SYLVANIA MAKES A DOUBLE PLAY FOR EVERYDAY LIGHTING Sylvania has launched two new, all-LED product ranges – START and YourHome. The two ranges are inspired by customer needs, resulting in trusted products and services made simple. START caters directly to the needs of distributors and professional installers by offering a seven-year warranty on the START+ portfolio. The START range comes in three product flavours, START Eco, START, and START+, with a three-, five- and seven-year warranty respectively. Ideal for everyday use, START offers the perfect blend of design, functionality and durability. Launched as a complete range covering all major product categories, installers can choose from solutions including panels, highbays, downlights, track and spotlights, floodlights, weatherproofs, battens, exterior, and emergency lighting. YourHome features a full range of lamps, luminaires and battery operated gadgets for the home. Further to extensive market research, this simple and comprehensive portfolio has been developed to meet the mass market demand for fun, functional, and high-quality residential fixtures. For further information visit www.sylvania-lighting.com
NEW FROM DRAPER TOOLS – AUTOMATIC WIRE STRIPPER/CUTTER An expert quality automatic wire stripper/cutter for flat and round cables, manufactured from reinforced fibreglass plastic, making it durable yet lightweight. It strips two- or three-core flat cables from 0.75mm² to 4.0mm² and is also suitable for stripping round cable from 0.5mm² up to 10mm². The lower handle incorporates a cable cutter with a cutting capacity up to 3mm diameter. This handy device makes a practical addition to any electrician’s toolkit and is part of the huge range of specialist electrician’s tools and essential items available from Draper Tools. Draper expert flat cable automatic wire stripper/cutter: stock number 69941. For further information visit www.drapertools.com
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CARL KAMMERLING INTERNATIONAL FUSEBOX TRADE PROMOTION Carl Kammerling International has launched its 2018 Fusebox Promotion, running from February 1 to June 29, 2018. Fusebox also provides customers with a superb incremental profit opportunity and high margins, with up to 65% discounts (35% for Ireland). A great collection of 75 quality products are on offer in Fusebox 2018, including proven sellers, a selection of new product launches, six fantastic range deals, together with a great choice of quality high-visibility merchandising solutions. Fusebox 2018 requires no sign up or minimum initial order, and features a fantastic collection of electricians’ toolbox essentials. Fusebox 2018 promotional materials are also available, including a professional doublesided counter mat. The Fusebox Trade Brochure showcases all the new products and range deals, an overview of the key benefits of the promotion, plus a feature page highlighting the new Carl Kammerling display backing board (1M). CKI has created a dedicated webpage, providing a quick overview and easy download catalogue: http://bit.ly/2GqI0bB.
HOLD FIRE WITH LEWDEN Lewden’s new range of fire-rated isolator switches are ideal for commercial and industrial facilities where a maintained electrical power is vital to allow the safe evacuation of public areas in the event of a fire. These fire-rated isolator switches have been manufactured using high quality aluminium alloy and contain a highly visible handle, patented by Palazzoli, that allows easy reading of the switch status of the unit in case of emergency. The units are AC3-AC23A rated to guarantee safe operation, even with highly inductive loads, and have customisable entry flanges. With an IP66/67/55 rating for use in the most arduous conditions, these robust fire-rated switches also have an impact standard of IK10. The switches conform to standards IEC/EN 60947-3, IEC/EN 60947-5-1 and EN 12101-3, and have an operating temperature of -25°C to 70°C. The range includes 16A, 25A, 40A and 63A options in three, four and six pole variants in addition to a 125A option in three and four pole variants. For further information visit www.lewden.com
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SIMPLY SAVING ENERGY WITH DANLERS HIGH BAY PIRS DANLERS high bay PIR occupancy switches are ideal for energy saving lighting control in areas such as factories, storage aisles, and sports halls. The products detect a person moving within the detection area, and controls the lights accordingly. Each product includes an adjustable time lag function plus an adjustable photocell. There are versions for simply switching the lighting load on/off, as well as products for DALI, DSI or 1-10VDC ballasts, which automatically dim or brighten the lights in response to changes in the ambient light level. The products either come with manual adjustment or as versions which are programmable using the free DANLERS ‘EasyZAPP’ or ‘ControlZAPP’ apps on an Android phone or tablet.
MEGAMAN LAUNCHES NEW INGENIUM ZB Megaman has introduced INGENIUM ZB to the UK. The new smart system works with ZigBee technology to create a scalable solution, allowing users to gain wireless control over all INGENIUM ZB products. Ideal for new and retrofit applications, INGENIUM ZB is a smart lighting solution for residential, commercial, retail, and industrial spaces. The new INGENIUM ZB smart lighting solution is compatible with a range of smart systems on the market – including voice control. Utilising ZigBee mesh work technology, the solution allows the user to connect up to 150 devices, and offers automated control to varying schedules. Users can gain wireless control of INGENIUM ZB enabled LED lamps and luminaires – individually or in groups – from smart devices whilst at home or when out via a mobile or tablet device. The INGENIUM ZB smart lighting solution is also compatible with Megaman’s portfolio of lighting products, making it the ideal product for quick and efficient retrofit applications. For further information visit www.megamanuk.com
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NEW STUBBY VDE SLIM SCREWDRIVER FOUR PACK Carl Kammerling International has introduced the Stubby VDE Slim Screwdriver four pack, containing all four sizes of its range of safe, slim, stubby screwdrivers, that guarantee the safety which comes from a VDE product. Following research with professional electricians, Carl Kammerling quickly identified that most carry a non-insulated stubby screwdriver, despite understanding the importance of tool insulation. The C.K Stubby VDE slim screwdrivers filled this void with a shorter length and full VDE approval, to provide the assurance that each product is individually tested to 10,000V for safe working up to 1,000V. Quality chrome vanadium steel blades provide exceptional strength and durability, whilst the slim shaft allows easy access to recessed screws and fixings. All four screwdrivers feature tip type markings for easy identification, together with anti-roll flats. The set is priced at £33.52, and also available for the trade in the Carl Kammerling Fusebox Promotion.
C-TEC AT THE FIRE SAFETY EVENT C-TEC is exhibiting at The Fire Safety Event, which features free-to-attend CPD-accredited fire safety seminars, 30 exhibitors, and the fire industry’s latest innovations. The show will be held at Birmingham’s NEC (April 10-12). C-TEC will be showcasing its new CAST addressable fire alarm system, its new EN 54-23 certified high-performance visual alarm devices and its revolutionary Hush Button fire solution for flats, apartments and houses of multiple occupation on Stand FS34. Andy Green, C-TEC’s marketing manager, said, “We are delighted to be heading back to the NEC due to its sheer accessibility and attractiveness to professionals from all over the UK. We are certainly looking forward to an action-packed show – we’ll be hosting live demonstrations of our new CAST fire alarm system and also presenting a seminar on the legal issues relating to visual alarm devices in the Fire and Evacuation Theatre.” To register, visit www.firesafetyevents.com/ fire-safety-event
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