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The revolutionary new junction box for lighting

VOLUME 40 NO. 06 • JUNE 2020






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INTRODUCING QUICKWIRE’S PLUG-IN T-CONNECTOR Quickwire is an exciting new product that offers a time-saving alternative to a traditional junction box, and the product range has recently been broadened to include a new T-Connector for flexible cable.


uickwire’s customers have been asking for a prewired junction box that can be used with flexible cable since the company first launched its Quickwire Splitter and Switch and Load. Well, we have good news – Quickwire’s design team has been working hard to come up with the perfect solution; the new Quickwire plug-in T-Connector. The new plug-in T-Connector offers the same dramatic time-savings and ease of use as all Quickwire junction boxes, and amongst other things is perfect for use in conjunction with downlighters. So, what is the T-Connector? It’s a Quickwire junction box that consists of a plug and socket. The plug accepts flexible cable (usually to wire up a downlight), and the socket consists of two Quickwire solid core twin and earth, loop in loop out connections. One of the T-Connector’s most useful applications is rapidly connecting downlights. One T-Connector is used per lighting point. The T-Connector Socket is used for the first fix, to create the lighting

spine. The T-Connector plug is then wired to a downlight and simply plugged in at third fix. The complete T-Connector and plug will fit through a hole in the ceiling with a diameter as small as 30mm, making it suitable for even the tiniest of downlights.


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CONTENTS… Regulars 4 Editorial It’s back to work – for now.

6 Industry News

16 Project Focus

Details on how COVID-19 is continuing to impact the industry, a new ECA President, safety guidance for landlords, and more.

Details on why products from Zano Controls were ideal for a bespoke lighting system at a private residence.

10 Cover Story


22 Competition

An in-depth look at the new T-Connector from Quickwire, a solution for rapidly connecting lights.

A chance to win a £300 multistore voucher, courtesy of Unicrimp.

14 Contract News

18 Safety

32 Key Issue

Lighting for London’s offices, fire safety for students, a care home upgrade, and more.

Hannah Broom of ERF Electrical Wholesalers looks at the ways contractors can improve their business practices following COVID-19.

15 Training

Jason Covell of Deta looks at the factors you need to consider when choosing an appropriate face mask.

20 Product Quality

52 Company Showcase

Details of new online training sessions, an update on the Apprentice of the Year competition, and more.

Martyn Walley of Scolmore explains the importance of ensuring the quality and provenance of electrical products.

Sponsored content from across the sector.


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Brett of Invision explains how a 42 Karl smart home can be a green home.

new electrical 48 With safety standards

product development. recent developments, Hamilton’s 26 Despite manufacturing plant is continuing to support supply chain partners.


Marie Parry of Scolmore looks at the issues surrounding the supply of electrical products to the healthcare sector.

is creating new opportunities for 30 Gira urban renewal with the launch of two new surface-mounted innovations.

details of how it is meeting surging demand across the UK. Enefer of Electrium believes that 36 Dave electricians should be ready to support end-users on the Road to Zero journey.


Richard Baker of GeoSpock looks at the UK’s EV transition strategy and outlines why investment in data is essential.

Hall of Schneider Electric 40 David assesses how utilities can support the


Paul Foulkes of KNX describes how COVID-19 is presenting new energy challenges in homes and workplaces.

Staniforth of Timeguard looks 46 Peter at how slave floodlights can lead to substantial cost savings. explains how standards can help 47 Kohler ensure that UPS systems operate at peak performance.

coming into force, Super Rod’s Ferret WiFi could prove an essential testing device. Johnson of 50 Mark Metrel explains how automating your testing can result in significant time-savings.

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elcome to the June issue of ECN. During the most recent lockdown review back on May 11, PM Boris Johnson declared that, “Those in construction or manufacturing should be actively encouraged to go to work.” Although construction workers were already permitted to continue working even during the initial (and strictest) lockdown period at the end of March and into April, figures from data provider Glenigan indicate that 65% of sites had actually closed regardless – so the news that they were free to re-open would have been welcomed by many across the electrical contracting sector. Figures from Build UK show that work has already restarted on 73% of its contractor member sites in the aftermath of the PM’s announcement. However, issues remain, and with social distancing in place and people still being advised to avoid public transport – particularly in London – workers are having to adapt their working practices accordingly, which is no mean feat. Ensuring that you have the correct face masks and PPE to be

able to go about your business safely is yet another consideration, and we have some really good advice and insight regarding this on page 18. Of course, this an ever-evolving situation and Government guidelines are liable to change at short notice, so do keep tabs on our website and social media channels for the latest industryrelated updates. The silver lining from the situation, if you can call it that, is the fact that the sector has been so resolute, with many companies launching webinars and a wide variety of online training sessions to help contractors ‘upskill’ during these potentially quieter times. A good number of them are covered on this month’s training page, and being able to partake in these from the comfort of your own home – without having to give up an entire day to attend in person – could prove hugely beneficial (especially with many also being free of charge). Next month we will continue our coverage of the pandemic, along with special features looking at Circuit Protection & Switchgear, Fire, Safety & Security, and LED Lighting. If you would like to be involved, drop me a line for further information. Stay well, and I hope you enjoy the issue.

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INDUSTRY NEWS NEW POSTERS TO PROTECT EMPLOYEES ON SITE In another initiative to support the construction sector in Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has started distributing protective signage for key workers carrying out emergency and essential projects. The posters, designed to be displayed on sites or on vans, carry the legend – Key Worker: Carrying out Essential Work. They are designed to deflect reported harassment and abuse which has been directed at employees by members of the public. The signage will alert the public to the fact that workers they see in the streets or on sites are not flouting the rules but instead are performing vital roles, in line with guidelines, to ensure that the fabric of the country remains in good condition during the lockdown. John McKinney, Secretary of Forum members the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, the Stone Federation and the Scottish Contractors Group, says, “As a consequence of mixed messaging from government, there has been some confusion among certain members of the public about what is essential working. “However, that is no excuse for harassing people who are going about their legitimate business, and we hope these signs, which carry an information helpline number, will help clarify the situation.” CICV Forum,



As the electrical industry continues to adjust the new ‘normal’ of life during lockdown, Bureau Veritas is keen to remind any homebound electricians on how they can use the extra time at home to their advantage by upskilling. Inherently, by the nature of electrical work which typically involves working in people’s homes or commercial, industrial and building sites, many of which may be temporarily closed, many electrical firms have had to either limit work or place it on hold altogether for the duration of the lockdown. In response, Bureau Veritas is keen to remind those electricians, duty holders and property managers who are homebound – either in working at home or having been furloughed for the present time – of the opportunity to use the extra time to invest in their own professional development. Michael Kenyon, Technical Lead at Bureau Veritas says, “While we eagerly await further details from the Government, our priority remains on helping support the electrical industry in whatever way we can. With this in mind, we are actively encouraging electricians and other industry professionals to make the most of the vast learning resources available to them. “From free training courses, webinars, podcasts and live Q&As, there is currently a plethora of great online content emerging due to the lockdown. Many industry experts are creating digital content, easily available on social media and other platforms, which has been designed to help those at home to enhance their knowledge base at this time. “At Bureau Veritas, we recently launched a new electrical guide designed to support duty holders in understanding how to reduce risks within an organisation – a great tool for electricians to have in their armoury when making compliance recommendations.”

Senior business manager and engineer, Gary Worrall (pictured), has become the new President of ECA. Over 30 years ago, Worrall became an engineer for Lorne Stewart Engineering, a prominent M&E business and longstanding ECA Member. He progressed through the business to become CEO of Lorne Stewart PLC’s engineering division, having held several senior management roles along the way. Worrall takes over the ECA Presidency from Jim Pridham, who played a key role during the past 12 months, most notably through his promotion of industry training and apprenticeships. Worrall comments, “As someone who is passionate about electrical and engineering services, I’m delighted to be taking over this prestigious ECA role as an industry advocate and leader. The industry currently faces unprecedented challenges, and I am determined to play a role in supporting ECA Member businesses and the industry through these extremely difficult times.” The full ECA Presidential team for 2020/21 is as follows:

Bureau Veritas,

ELECTRICAL SAFETY GUIDANCE FOR LANDLORDS With the new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector coming into force in England on July 1, NAPIT has published specific guidance for landlords online. The regulations coming into force are for new, specified tenancies, and private landlords will be required to ensure their properties are subject to electrical inspection and testing, carried out by a qualified, competent person at intervals not exceeding five years (and resulting in a satisfactory report). This will apply to all existing specified tenancies from April 1, 2021. Despite these challenging and uncertain times, the regulations will still be introduced as planned, with the Government issuing guidance making it clear that landlords are still responsible for providing safe homes during the pandemic. However, if they can show that they have taken all reasonable steps to comply with their duties under the regulations, they are not in breach of the duty if they cannot comply. Mike Andrews, CEO of NAPIT, comments, “As the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers, we see it as our duty to provide accurate, consistent and easy to understand guidance for landlords on these new regulations. Electrical safety is at the forefront of everything we do, and we have worked hard on this guidance to make it easy for landlords to understand their requirements. “We have also launched a dedicated online search facility on our website helping landlords search for competent and qualified tradespeople that they can trust to carry out their electrical inspections. “As well as this, we have created a new Landlord Electrical Installation Safety Record for our members to use, which provides a summary of the often-lengthy Electrical Installation Condition Report. We will continue to support our members and landlords during this period of adjustment.” NAPIT’s Guidance for Landlords can be accessed at https://www. NAPIT,

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•  President – Gary Worrall (Lorne Stewart) •  Senior Vice President – David Lewis (Chancery Contracts) •  Vice President – Steve Murray (WT Jenkins) •  Immediate Past President – Jim Pridham (JR Pridham Services) ECA CEO, Steve Bratt, adds, “We are delighted to announce Gary Worrall has become our new ECA President. The entire ECA team looks forward to working with Gary to further develop what the ECA delivers for its members, and in support of the wider engineering services sector. “I would also like to welcome long-standing ECA advocate Steve Murray to the role of Vice President, and to thank Jim Pridham for his valuable contributions to ECA’s national and regional activity during the past year, and for his support for the ECA team.” The new ECA Presidential team was confirmed on May 6, 2020. ECA,



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INDUSTRY NEWS CORONAVIRUS SITE SAFETY GUIDES ISSUED Leading engineering services sector bodies, ECA and BESA, have jointly developed two new guides to help contractors manage coronavirus-related issues on site. The new guides are freely available to the wider industry during the current emergency. They provide sector-relevant guidance for engineering and building services contractors working across construction and FM in two specific areas: •  ‘Specific Environments’ (where there may be higher risk of COVID-19 transmission); and •  Close proximity working’ (less than 2m). The new guides: •  Align with the hierarchy of preventative measures shown in the Construction Leadership Council Site Operating Procedures, based on guidance from Public Health England •  Do not recommend the deployment of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) for general site activities, most notably where social distancing is possible •  Recommend that any decision to deploy RPE in site-specific situations should be based on risk assessment. The guides have been drawn up with the support of a COVID-19 expert panel made up of BESA and ECA safety practitioners. The panel is also helping ECA and BESA to provide informed, practical comments on site health and safety issues to the government and industry bodies who are generating overarching guidance in this area. Rebecca Crosland, BESA Health & Safety Advisor, says, “It is imperative that there is further guidance out there to help keep the industry safe. The health, wellbeing and safety of everyone on site must be a priority during the COVID-19 health crisis.

“Businesses must exercise their duty of care under legislation to ensure all workers are protected and ensure that any critical information related to their health and safety is communicated clearly and then implemented.” Paul Reeve, ECA’s CSR Director and a member of the CLC’s working group on site safety measures, adds, “The CLC SOP is an overarching industry document, but it refers to the need for sector guidance. These two guides are the start of joint ECA and BESA activity to produce more detailed, sector-relevant information that’s desperately needed by many engineering services contractors. “They aim to help with the practical management of coronavirus-related issues on site, which may include the challenges associated with doing essential work in closer proximity than two metres.” The guides are available on the ECA website. ECA, | BESA,

INFOGRAPHIC PROVIDES CLARITY ON ‘ESSENTIAL WORK’ A new infographic aims to provide greater clarity over essential work and help the public understand exactly what construction projects key workers can carry out. The infographic was developed by the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum after key workers reported being harassed and verbally abused during vital construction projects. Forum members reported an increasing number of tradespeople being intimidated and verbally abused by the public while carrying out legitimate projects in line with CICV Forum guidelines. Therefore, the graphic has been developed to show a checklist of projects to help the public understand the range of work classified as ‘essential’ by key workers. “Essential construction work is not confined to building a major hospital for COVID-19, but we know that people might not be aware of this”, comments John McKinney, secretary of Forum members, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, the Stone Federation and the Scottish Contractors Group. “Greater understanding is needed among the public to understand that the key workers carrying out such work aren’t flouting the rules – they are performing essential tasks and should be allowed to do so without fear of abuse.” The infographic can be viewed in full at the CICV Forum’s website. CICV Forum,

A NEW DESIGN SERVICE FOR CCTV AND FIRE SYSTEMS Already providing contractors with free security and fire training programmes, ESP is further enhancing its commitment to helping the sector with a newly launched, dedicated design service which will allow contractors access to a free of charge design facility that will cover CCTV systems and fire systems. Available to any size of business, from local electricians to national contracting companies, the aim is to provide expertise in choosing the right products and solutions to create a scheme that meets all the requirements and objectives of the project in question, and that is compliant with all the relevant regulations and standards. From an initial enquiry to discuss the requirements, the next stage will be one of information and measurements gathering. For larger and more complex design schemes, a visit to site will be carried out for a detailed survey. With all the relevant information gathered, including drawings and specifications, a suitable design proposal for a CCTV system or fire system will be created and supplied to the client along with a quotation. Two-way interaction between customer and the ESP design team throughout the process will be of paramount importance to ensure the design scheme meets all the necessary requirements. ESP is welcoming enquiries from contractors, as well as wholesalers who supply to the professional electrical contractor market. A dedicated email address has been set up for enquiries:

TAMLITE LIGHTING BECOMES CIBSE PATRON Tamlite Lighting has become a Patron of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). The Patrons, established in 1979, are the corporate supporters of CIBSE, who foster the sharing of technical and financial support to a wide range of initiatives led by the Institute, giving CIBSE members access to their knowledge and expertise. Tamlite works closely with building services engineers, M&E consultants and electrical engineers, and as a registered CIBSE CPD provider, Tamlite can provide expert technical advice for engineers in the built environment. As a patron, Tamlite is committed to raising the awareness of the benefits of lighting within the build environment to its members and young engineers, from wellbeing to energy efficiencies that encourage the use of best practices in sustainability. Colin Lawson (pictured), Head of Market Intelligence at Tamlite Lighting, comments, “CIBSE is very well respected throughout the building services industry. Our national specification and project engineers have been involved with local CIBSE groups for some time; therefore, becoming a CIBSE Patron was a natural step forward. It gives us the chance to educate and inform others, through collaboration and cooperation with CIBSE and other related organisations. We are excited about what we can contribute and learn from fellow patrons and CIBSE members as we forge closer links.” Tamlite Lighting,


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INDUSTRY NEWS PRIVA WELCOMES BUILDING RE-OCCUPTION GUIDANCE The publication of clear guidance from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) on the measures that must be taken prior to the re-occupation of buildings, will give building owners a clear roadmap for the months ahead, says Priva UK. As concerns and fear grow regarding the risks associated with the airborne transmission of the COVID-19 virus, CIBSE’s advice is “to increase ventilation as much as possible, increasing the flow of outside air and preventing any pockets of stagnant air. Recirculation of air within buildings should be avoided to reduce the risk of transmission”. CIBSE also warns that this increased demand for recirculation of air will, very likely, result in an increase in energy bills. Gavin Holvey, Sales Manager Priva UK & Ireland, believes that the building services industry will play a central role in helping businesses adapt to the ‘new normal’. He comments, “Right now, all of us, whether we are employers, building owners, building engineers or FMs, are desperately seeking clarity on how to make our buildings safe and fit for purpose. Strong leadership and guidance are needed, and these new publications from CIBSE are a vital starting point.” Priva shares CIBSE’s view that the pathway to making buildings safe for those returning to work requires specialist expertise. Holvey explains, “The role played by FMs and building engineers is often overlooked. But we must now understand that these people are critical to our economy. Without them and their specialist skills, we simply can’t get our built environment into a shape where people can feel safe in buildings.”

LIA CREATES ENDORSED LIGHTING PRODUCT SCHEME Due to increased scrutiny of emergency lighting and fire safety products, for the first time ever, the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) has created a new scheme to offer an opportunity for emergency lighting manufacturers to have their products individually endorsed by ICEL and the LIA. The ICEL Product Endorsement scheme recognises products which have been developed and manufactured in accordance with the relevant safety directive and standards. Therefore, it provides specifiers and end users with the confidence that the emergency lighting products they install have been scrutinised and have controlled manufacturing processes, with an independent verifiable assessment that the products have genuinely been subjected to these checks. Administered by the LIA compliance team, all approved products will be listed on the ICEL Product Endorsement Scheme register. These products will also be entitled to use a special mark to indicate the endorsement, and a strict process of annual audits will ensure products maintain their status. If you are an ICEL member or carry emergency lighting in your range and are interested in getting your products endorsed, email or call 01952 290905. Lighting Industry Association,

The launch information from CIBSE states, “Calculating the appropriate volume of outside air, and reconfiguring existing air handling systems to provide it, needs expertise.” As such, its engineers are finding that their skills are suddenly very much in demand. Priva UK,

SELECT TO REFUND 30% OF 2020 MEMBERSHIP FEES Select is giving its members a significant discount on membership fees to help ease some of the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The trade association for electrical contractors in Scotland has informed its 1,246 members that they will be receiving a 30% discount on their 2020 subscription fees. Members who have already paid their subscription in full will receive a refund, while those who pay by direct debit will only have seven of their 10 instalments collected. Select President, Kevin Griffin, explains, “This financial support package is unprecedented, but we are living in unprecedented times and we believe this decision will offer some much-needed financial assistance to members. “Select’s Central Board is made up of working electrical professionals, all of whom are facing the same challenges as their fellow members. We therefore understand first-hand the issues our sector is experiencing and want to do everything we can to help each other. “Also, as a not-for-profit organisation, we are purely here to assist our members and put their needs first – so that’s exactly what we are doing.” The move is one of a number of emergency measures that Select has introduced to help members weather the pandemic. Others include online training, advice webinars and a dedicated COVID-19 hub, updated daily with the latest employment, financial and contractual information. The association is also playing a leading role in the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum, a collective of Scotland’s largest trade and professional bodies who are currently gathering intelligence, sharing advice and speaking directly with government on a variety of vital COVID-19 issues. Select,

GUIDANCE FOR ELECTRICAL WHOLESALE BRANCHES The Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) has published a guidance document – named COVID-19 & Social Distancing: Practical Guidance for Electrical Wholesale Branches – which covers every aspect of a typical branch structure giving ideas and advice on how to adapt processes whilst continuing to trade safely during the pandemic. Developed by the EDA and a group of expert wholesalers, the guidance is available to download through the Association’s specially created online Hub. Margaret Fitzsimons, CEO at the EDA, explains, “The safety of our members’ employees, customers and suppliers is vital, and this guidance provides practical suggestions and ideas that can be adapted for branch operations of all sizes and layouts. Our guidance does not replace companies’ existing health and safety procedures; rather, it is complementary. “At this stage in the pandemic, no one knows how long social distancing will be with us, but as a sector we need to plan ahead – and our guidance can help members develop safe yet responsive working practices.” The EDA’s guidance is based on Site Operating Procedures (SOP) produced by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC).

MOVERS & SHAKERS… The Joint Industry Board (JIB) has confirmed that Sylvia Cashman has joined its National Board as a Public Interest Member. Sylvia previously worked at Heathrow Airport for over 40 years, where she held the role of Construction Industrial Relations Director. LED Eco Lights has announced the appointment of Gerald Passalacqua, who joins the expanding sales team. With over 20 years’ experience in the lighting and electronics industries, he will seek to identify new business opportunities. Dr. Peter Klein has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer with EnOcean, the pioneer of energy harvesting. In this position, together with Andreas Schneider, CEO, he will strategically expand EnOcean’s business.


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QUICKWIRE T-CONNECTOR BOASTS SPEED AND SIMPLICITY The new T-Connector from Quickwire is the simplest solution for rapidly connecting lights. In this month’s cover story, the company provides a detailed look at this exciting new innovation.


e start with an overview of the T-Connector’s socket and plug. The T-Connector socket has all the benefits of two Quickwire connections: screwless, push-fit terminals, which enable connection in seconds. It accepts two 1mm or two 1.5mm twin and earth cables. The T-Connector Plug provides a convenient connect/disconnect at each lighting point and accepts flexible cable. Once your plug is wired, it simply plugs into the T-Connector socket, completing your connection to the lighting spine. The plug accepts 0.5 up to 1.5mm, two or three-core flexible cable. The plug comes already opened up and ready to wire. Unlike almost all available plugs today, ours have smooth lead ins into each terminal, deliberately designed to avoid wandering copper strands. Once wired, snap the one piece plug together (no screws are required), and in doing so, your cable is automatically sheath gripped.

The background

Quickwire’s original products proved a hit upon launch back in 2017

Quickwire launched the Quickwire Switch & Load and Splitter fast-fit junction boxes in 2017. The Quickwire prewired, maintenance-free junction boxes were designed to help electricians save significant installation time on site – all four twin and earth cable connections can be wired in seven seconds! Simply strip your wire, then insert into the push fit connectors for quick and easy termination – it’s that simple. The push fit design completely negates the need for fiddly screws, clamps or clips, and

The T-Connector plug provides a connect/ disconnect at each lighting point and accepts flexible cable

there is no cover to secure. The cable is automatically clamped as it is pushed into the cable outlet, and can only be removed with a special disconnection tool. The products proved a hit, and can now be found in many electrician’s vans. The speed at which it can be wired, and the simplicity of use, give it an unrivalled place in the market. In an industry where your time is the most expensive element on any job, those doing the maths find it’s the most cost-effective solution out there. With social distancing becoming the new norm in all areas of our lives, Quickwire can help keep tradesman numbers down on site. The speed at which Quickwire products can be installed means that one person can complete a job in the same time it would normally take many more.

A Quickwire junction box for 2.5mm cable The other big request we have had is to produce a version of our current splitter product that accepts 2.5mm cable for power applications. The good news is that we’ve made substantial progress on this front in the past few months, and are now hoping to release the product later this year.

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The T-Connector socket accepts two 1mm or two 1.5mm twin and earth cables

Designed and manufactured in the UK Unlike the majority of electrical manufacturers, Quickwire is an entirely British designed and manufactured product. All of our parts and tooling are sourced from UK companies. Although there is always a temptation to outsource production to other countries where labour is cheaper, we feel strongly that it is important to remain UK based. This minimises our carbon footprint and gives us complete control over our production. You only have to hold a Quickwire junction box in your hand to recognise the high quality of the product. It really is British innovation at its finest (and we’re very proud of it). The recent Coronavirus outbreak has revealed to us exactly how fragile international supply chains can be. We have benefitted from the fact that all our suppliers are based in the UK. With the huge effect the virus has already had on the UK economy we are happy to be able to support British businesses in these difficult times.  Quickwire,



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uickwire New pluggable T-Connector for flexible cable. Designed to dramatically speed up lighting installation time The new plug-in T-Connector consists of a plug and socket: The plug accepts flexible cable and the socket consists of two Quickwire solid core twin and earth, loop in loop out connections. It offers the same dramatic time-savings and ease of use as all of our Quickwire junction boxes.

Compact - fits through a 30mm diameter hole.

The fastest and simplest connector of its type.

One piece plug moulding simply snaps shut with cord grip.

Designed and manufactured in Great Britain.

Dramatic time saving on site.

Easy disconnection for maintenance and testing.

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MOSS Moss Electrical…….press release: 20/05/2020 Statement by Robert Moss I have been an electrical wholesaler for over 50 years and suffered the miners’ strike which brought the country to its knees, but I have never lived through a situation such as we are experiencing now. The social and financial effect that we are facing has left us in a surreal world and our whole way of life is changing. Through all of this, my heart goes out to all the families that have suffered excruciating losses and to those on furlough that may wonder whether there will be work for them in the future, as the UK battles to get business going again.

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During this pandemic, all Moss branches have remained functional, continuing to service essential installations throughout the country. Of course, we have had to submit to the government furlough scheme, and we have been able to continue the employment of essential staff at home, but I want to recognise those loyal and brave employees who have risked their lives, and those of their families, by keeping the Moss wheels turning, providing the excellent service that we are renowned for. Titles had become irrelevant as we have all chipped in to make our operations functional.

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TITANS We have done enough to keep the future of Moss secure and it is to their unbelievable devotion and loyalty to Moss that I wish to give thanks:

Yaroslav Kokoun Warehouse Sharon Naisbett

Internal Sales–Manchester

Lindsay Goubel

Operations Director

Wayne Carroll

Warehouse Manager-Manchester

Chris Homer

Commercial Director

Barry Gorse Transport-Manchester

Andy Porter

Finance Director

David Tucker

Managing Director-Bridgend

Denise Field

Sales Director

Stuart Morris

Branch Manager-Bridgend

Stefan Kemp

Business Development Director

Alex Tucker Sales-Bridgend

Jamie Ross

Branch Manager

Gareth Rigby

Internal Sales-Bridgend

Terry Carpenter

Assistant Branch Manager

Wayne Fooks

Internal Sales-Bridgend

Trevor Nisbett

Internal Sales

James Ellis Transport-Bridgend

Lucy Brown

Internal Sales

Steven Turner Transport-Bridgend

Joanne Madell

Accounts Receivable

Alison Stone

Accounts Receivable

Lee O’Connor

Warehouse Manager

Kerr Williams

Transport Manager

Robert McElligott

Despatch Manager

Ian Dawson

Goods-In Manager

Jamie Fellows

IT Manager

Toni Coulton

Bought Ledger Manager

Devi Modhvadia

Bought Ledger

Lilly Rogers

Bought Ledger

Aaron Brown Warehouse

As we continue to un-furlough staff, we are looking ahead to a difficult future, but we believe in Moss, and we fight on!

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CONTRACT NEWS ZUMTOBEL PROVIDES THE LIGHT FOR BDP Zumtobel Lighting has undertaken a turnkey project for the supply and installation of its Linetik luminaires at renowned architect BDP’s offices in London, together with project management and assistance with the commissioning. Zumtobel worked to the lighting designer’s brief, which required the retention of existing track, the addition of new track and installation of special variant Linetik pendant luminaires with neutral white uplight and slightly warmer downlight – so as to coordinate with the existing illumination strategy. Located in a converted brewery in the heart of Clerkenwell, BDP’s London office is its largest, with an interdisciplinary community of 350 architects, engineers, designers, and urbanists. The building also serves as a hub with flexible meeting, restaurant, event and exhibition spaces. Zumtobel developed a pendant variant of Linetik with a track-mounted control gear enclosure so it could be mounted to existing and new lengths of three-phase universal track. Linetik has an extremely minimal form with advanced LED optics and integrated sensors, making it an innovative workplace luminaire with impressive visual comfort. Linetik has a discreet form that uses unique lighting technology to deliver direct/indirect illumination for maximum effect. The uplight and downlight components were customised for this job at 4000K and 3500K respectively. This high-performance design with a luminous flux of around 6,000 lumens ensures that light is distributed evenly across shared workplaces. With EN12464 compliant

luminance distribution, this lighting solution features strong anti-glare characteristics. With 60% of the light output being indirect, a comfortable and stimulating room brightness distribution is achieved. DC String technology by Tridonic has also been used on the installation and allows power and data to be transferred through the cable, along with separate control of the direct and indirect components. The wireless solution allows adjustment of the lighting with complete flexibility to suit the space, the suspension distance and the reflectance of the ceiling. Zumtobel,

FIRE SAFETY PROTECTION FOR NOTTINGHAM STUDENTS Nittan Europe, a UK manufacturer of conventional and addressable fire detection products and systems, has had its Evolution analogue addressable fire detection system installed into a new student accommodation development in Beeston, Nottingham. The system was installed by Nottinghamshire based integrated safety and security solutions provider, TIS. Dagfa House is a unique development of townhouses, clusters and studios adjacent to The University of Nottingham campus, providing accommodation to 229 students along with a range of leisure and study amenities. At the heart of the development is a Grade II listed building that dates back to the 18th century and was converted into a school in 1948. This latest development has been undertaken by the Cassidy Group. One of the key fire safety challenges posed by the Dagfa House development was the mix of accommodation blocks, with some being relatively small. A cost-effective fire detection system was required that could potentially evacuate each site in the event of a fire and that would also be future proof, with spares readily available. A Nittan Evolution analogue addressable fire alarm system, comprising two individually networked systems – each utilising eight Evolution1 panels and Nittan devices – was chosen as the solution. Evolution is Nittan’s advanced, premium fire system. It uses ASIC technology in the sensors and sophisticated detection algorithms, combining extremely reliable fire detection together with a very high degree of protection against unwanted false alarms. Its advanced, highly flexible protocol allows for substantial amounts of information to be transmitted at high speed and is not affected by the number of devices on the loop. At Dagfa House, the Nittan Evolution1 Panel was selected because of its built-in network connectivity, making it extremely cost-effective, plus its ease of installation and cause and effect configuration. Nittan,

LIGHTING AND SAFETY SOLUTIONS FOR CASTLE ROCK PROJECT Originally constructed as two separate residential properties, numbers 1 and 2 Craigmillar Castle Road in Edinburgh were later converted into a GP surgery and operated as such for many years. With the premises now back in the ownership of Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association, work has been carried out to turn the former surgery into new commercial premises, and products from ESP and Ovia have being installed to provide lighting, emergency lighting and fire safety solutions. The starting point was to replace the two existing fuse boxes with a new one to serve the entire building. A full lighting upgrade was also required to ensure the premises met with the various legislative requirements and a new fire protection system was installed. ESP’s MagDuo two-wire fire alarm system was selected as it offered a highly flexible and adaptable system that saved valuable time and money on the installation process. Unlike standard conventional four-wired systems where the detectors, call points and alarm devices for each zone are wired on separate circuits, MagDuo utilises intelligent two-wire technology, which allows all devices to be wired on the same set of two-core zone cables back to the control panel – enabling it to use a single circuit per zone both for detection and to power the sounders. This advanced technology can reduce both installation and material costs. The products used were the MagDuo 4-Zone Fire Panel along with heat and smoke detectors and manual call points. Lighting products from ESP’s Duceri emergency lighting range have also been installed, including LED 2W maintained exit sign legends and LED 3W maintained emergency signs. When it came to choosing general lighting solutions to cover smaller rooms, corridors and storage areas, the Ovia Inceptor EVO LED bulkheads were chosen – with the emergency variant being utilised on escape routes and corridors.

SCOLMORE ASSISTS WITH CARE HOME UPGRADE Scolmore’s Click Mode and Deco Plus ranges were recently chosen for the switches and sockets throughout the Mill Lodge Care Home in Kegworth – a former NHS care home that is now the responsibility of Rushcliffe Care Group. Mill Lodge provides secure inpatient care for adults. The property is a single storey building made up of four main wings and comprising 27 bedrooms, four main corridors, kitchens and dining facilities and a range of offices and clinical support rooms. Scolmore’s Deco Plus switches and sockets in a black nickel finish feature in the bedrooms – with three light switches and double sockets in each room – as well as in all the corridors and nurses’ stations. Deco Plus is a comprehensive range of more than 800 premium decorative metal wiring accessories, and the smooth contemporary curves of the range are available in various finishes to complement any room. For the main kitchen, four satellite kitchens and offices, the Click Mode range has been installed. The smooth modern lines of the Mode range complement the Deco Plus products utilised. All white moulded and Click Mode Part M wiring accessories are manufactured using Urea Formaldehyde, which has similar inherent properties to antimicrobial additives that inhibit the growth of infectious diseases. Simon Bell from SB Electrical, the contractor responsible for the specification and installation of Scolmore’s products, comments, “I’ve been using the Click Mode range of wiring accessories since the first time the range was launched. The flexibility to integrate different inserts onto a plate was quite unique at the time and now I can’t remember a time when I used anything else. Scolmore’s products are great quality and really robust.” Scolmore,

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TRAINING MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING SESSIONS MOVE ONLINE The Electrical Industries Charity has launched new mental health virtual training courses. The charity has recently provided Mental Health Awareness training courses to organisations throughout the UK, and although it cannot currently offer these courses in person, the charity launched a new virtual service for members of the electrical and energy sector. The virtual training sessions offer attendees a space to reconnect and engage with key areas affecting our mental health, and they are also designed to help people tackle the new daily challenges resulting from COVID-19. The courses can be taken from anywhere with an internet connection and alongside the longstanding introductory course to raise awareness for mental health, The Electrical Industries Charity has launched four tailored courses. The available sessions are as follows: The courses are provided through secure portals, Zoom and Microsoft Teams, for a maximum of six participants per session. In these sessions, attendees will get the opportunity to talk openly and frankly with a qualified trainer, as well as access to resources provided by the charity.

•  Virtual introductory course to raise awareness of mental health •  Anxiety and depression focused virtual training sessions •  Stress focused virtual training session •  Relationship breakdown and repair focused training session •  SOS: Save Our Sanity! Parenting 101 with the EIC

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Lutron Electronics, the lighting control specialist, has launched a series of free, interactive online training resources. Over 300 courses and videos on lighting control fundamentals, shades and fixtures are now available through Lutron’s Lighting Control Institute. The training series aims to help upskill electrical contractors and wholesalers, as well as AV installers, by focusing on specific applications across residential and commercial sites. With lockdowns in place across the world, electricians and AV installers face an extended period of reduced activity. Lutron is investing in these professions, providing a range of tailored opportunities to learn about developments in lighting control technology and the wider industry. The Lutron ‘Learn from home’ portfolio of online training includes foundation courses, such as ‘Fundamentals of Lighting’ and ‘Introduction to Lighting Control’, delivered by industry experts from the company. The fully digital programme also includes multiple live events and on-demand contents spanning all aspects of Lutron’s residential, commercial, hospitality and shading applications. Christian Beyer, Service Operations Leader Europe and Africa at Lutron, says, “With a global lockdown expected to impact contractor work, businesses must reallocate time to invest back into their workforce. We understand this period will be hard on individuals, so our resources will be offered for free and can be accessed at any time. “Through our training services, we hope to help electricians and AV pros prepare for the future and for when normality resumes.”

NICEIC and Elecsa have confirmed that the grand final of the 2020 Apprentice of The Year competition has been cancelled. The move comes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been taken in conjunction with event partners, including Scolmore Group, to ensure the health and safety of all concerned. Darren Staniforth, Senior Technical Presenter, NICEIC & ELECSA, explains, “It is with deep regret that we have decided to halt this year’s Apprentice of the Year Competition. Although it is without doubt the right thing to do given the current COVID-19 pandemic, we recognise the amount of work each apprentice has put into the process thus far and how disappointing this decision will be. “The competition has been running for five years and is an important activity in our calendar; it underlines our commitment to unearthing homegrown talent and instilling technical excellence at the heart of our industry. “2020 was shaping up to be our best year yet, with a high number of applicants demonstrating an exceptional level of competence. Unfortunately, we will not be able to name an overall winner. Still, we would like to thank all of the apprentices who applied and encourage each of them to remain focused on developing their skills and succeeding in this trade.” The eight finalists, who battled two intense rounds to make it into the final, will each receive prize bundles to mark their achievements.


TRAINING THE HEROES OF TOMORROW JTL, the national training provider for electrical and heating and plumbing apprenticeships, has launched a campaign to recognise and support trade professionals during this unprecedented time. Its new campaign – ‘You’re our heroes of today, help us train the heroes of tomorrow’ – recognises the pivotal role electricians and plumbing and heating engineers play in keeping people safe and warm whilst the nation stays at home. Liam Sammon (pictured), Director of Develop Training at JTL, says, “The work of trade professionals is not only essential but is making a positive difference at this difficult time. From offering NHS workers free emergency repairs to raising money while self-quarantining – they are in fact heroes, whether they consider themselves one or not. “A shining example of this is the 400 joiners, plumbers, engineers, electricians and military personnel who have built the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Birmingham. We are extremely proud that two of our very own apprentices from Interserve worked as part of this team.” With many businesses facing uncertain times, including reduced workloads, job cancellations and navigating the new furlough scheme, JTL is offering advice to those in the industry, including help with the 18th Edition and other training needs, as well as with apprenticeship queries. For welfare support services, JTL’s learners and employers can also receive free and confidential advice through its

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partner charity, the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC). This support service is available for those working in the building services industries who may be struggling with personal or work-related challenges, whether financial, legal, emotional or health related. Liam adds, “We recognise that this is a worrying time for many and want to do all we can to support and help employers. We will pull through this and when we do, fresh talent will be needed more than ever. As part of our support offering, we’re also on-hand to chat to employers who are keen to invest in the training and development of an apprentice to ensure the pipeline of skilled tradespeople continues.”

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A CREATIVE LIGHTING MISSION ECN investigates why products from Zano Controls were ideal for a bespoke lighting system at a private house in Cheltenham.


ew build projects can sometimes be a daunting prospect for contractors, especially when the property has a large design and a layout that requires complex electrical systems. When Dan Roberts of Roberts & Sons was tasked with designing a bespoke lighting system for a private house in Cheltenham, he could have easily had his work cut out for him. With 17 rooms in the property, comprised of five large bedrooms, five bathrooms and an open plan living style that spanned the communal areas of the property, designing a lighting system to fulfil customer expectations was by no means a simple task. However, with a customer open to suggestion and only a very skeletal idea of what they wanted, it presented the perfect opportunity for Dan to put his skills and product knowledge to the test. The homeowner had a dreamlike idea of what he wanted from the finished results, but he didn’t know exactly what he wanted from the onset of the project. As a result, the homeowner was happy to leave the lighting design to Dan. By combining previous experience with a little bit of additional Googling, he was able to design and create a lighting solution for the new build property that ticked all the boxes in terms of quality, practicality and longevity.

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When it came to planning the project, Dan was in his element. With free reign over the lighting design, the only request his customer (the homeowner) had within the initial stages was that they wanted the final aesthetic of the lighting system to have retractive switching – rotary lighting control at this point was a no-go. Having used Zano products before, Dan knew from the outset that in order to provide retractive switching for his customer, he would need the ZBARLED remote dimming pack. As it turned out, Dan was able to upsell the ZBARLED to his customer, as he knew that the product was ideal for multi-point dimming control. With 28 circuits spanning the entire house, to provide retractive switching Dan knew he needed 28 ZBARLEDs. He decided that 26 of these could be the 0-300W/VA version due to the size of the room,

but in two instances (specifically the open plan hallway and kitchen), the ZBARLED1000 would be required. Choosing the Aurora range of Trimless downlights at 8.5W each – a downlight that Dan knew worked well with the Zano range of products – he had eight downlights per circuit, and a total of 23 in the kitchen for the ceiling lighting. In addition, spanning the entire ground floor of the property, across the open plan rooms and the two open landings, were a variety of decorative wall LEDs and fittings that were for everyday use and required dimming capability. Low level lighting was crucial for this property, as mood lighting was imperative to the finished result.

Where to install the remote dimming packs? Within the property was a plant room that housed the audio visual and internet racks, and one of the property’s many fuse boards. This room in question had enough space to fit the majority of the Zano ZBARLED remote dimming packs, and would make an ideal place to install them as it would provide the homeowner clear and labelled insight into what ZBARLED remote dimming pack controlled each circuit within the property. Any future additions to the lighting within the property would also be easy to undertake, as Dan ensured each ZBARLED was clearly labelled within the plant room to specify which room/circuit of lighting was being controlled. The upstairs floors had a separate fuse board housed in a different location to the downstairs, so for ease of wiring and functionality, the additional ZBARLEDs were installed there.

Noise interference Following the installation of the 28 ZBARLEDs, Dan encountered issues with the powering up of the ZBAR, which would falter and cut out. He contacted Zano’s technical team to talk through the issue, explaining that there were at least three circuits within each room. With the assistance of the Zano technical team’s help, Dan uncovered that the issue stemmed from the longer runs of the cable which produced a voltage noise on the circuit and caused interference. A simple fix presented itself in terms of a noise suppressor that Zano provided at no extra cost. The smart and creative lighting design that fed back to the plant room and fuse board cupboard meant that Dan did not have to delay the project’s completion by removing the switch plates in

Due to the open plan living style, designing a lighting system was no easy task

the newly decorated rooms to fit the noise suppressors. He was able to install the noise suppressors to sit across the switches, as the ZBARLED remote dimming packs were connected behind the individual blank plates located in the fuse board cupboards.

Fantastic results “Despite the flexibility in lighting design, the customer was very specific in that they did not want the traditional rotary dimming switch.”

The end results were flawless. Despite the flexibility in lighting design, the customer was very specific in that they did not want the traditional rotary dimming switch, and they wanted to choose their own switches. In addition, the customer wanted to be able to set the lights to a low level and not have to keep adjusting the lighting level every time the lights were turned on – and Dan’s solution worked perfectly for this. He was able to set the minimum and maximum light levels of the LED circuits when he installed the ZBARLED remote dimming packs and this was key to customer satisfaction. What’s more, the fact that the downstairs, open plan wall lighting design used a total of six different LED types across different wattages and brands – and that they could all be controlled by one switch to create the desired mood lighting – was the perfect outcome.  Zano Controls,



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Guidance for Landlords & Electrical Inspectors NAPIT’s new publication has been written to help Landlords and Electrical Inspectors understand the new Legislation governing electrical safety checks within dwellings in England; which comes into force from 1st June 2020. The guidance covers: • Legislation requirements • Consequences of not complying • What is required for an electrical safety check? • Different electrical forms, and where they are used • Competence requirements of Inspectors • Coding of safety checks • Frequencies of inspections • Remedial works requirements • Record keeping • Assessing risk


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CHOOSING THE RIGHT FACE MASK Procuring suitable, compliant and fit for purpose face masks has become hugely relevant and critical as the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved worldwide. Jason Covell, Senior Product Manager of Deta, looks at the considerations.


•  Type II and Type IIR – primarily for use by healthcare professionals in an operating room or other medical settings. Type IIR signifies the mask’s splash resistance.

n recent times, never has demand been greater for urgent supply of face masks to those that most need them; this includes key workers who continue to maintain essential services in the construction and manufacturing industries and/or those needing to protect themselves in situations where guidelines on social distancing are difficult to achieve. One of the most common forms of protection against this respiratory virus is a face mask or covering. It is important, however, that any face mask or covering protects the wearer appropriately and avoids a false sense of unbreakable protection against the COVID-19 virus. Recognising the different types of face masks available as well as the varying specification, performance and recommended application for these is of particular importance.

Protective masks (to EN 149:2001+A1:2009) A protective mask, otherwise known as a respirator or filtering face piece (FFP), is designed to protect the wearer from exposure to airborne contaminants (e.g. from inhaling infectious agents associated with inhaling small and large particle droplets) and is classified as PPE. Protective masks are designed for either single use, in which case they are marked ‘NR’ (non-reusable); or for multiple use, in which case they are marked ‘R’ (reusable). FFP2/FFP3 masks are PPE category III according to the Regulation (EU) 2016/425. This means that the conformity assessment includes a type examination by a notified body, resulting in an ‘EU type-examination certificate’, as well as production follow-up by a notified body. This enables the mask to be CE marked with the number of the notified body responsible for the production follow-up printed next to the CE marking. With the outbreak of COVID-19, the EU has implemented Regulation (EU) 2020/403 which states that as long as masks have met the essential health and safety requirements of Regulation (EU) 2016/425 and have been assessed in line with the regulatory easements in (EU) 2020/403, they can be placed on the market without completing a formal conformity assessment procedure by a Notified Body. Accordingly, in order to demonstrate compliance, a manufacturer must have submitted a formal application to a Notified Body and have been accepted into their

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Community masks A community mask, otherwise known as an everyday / DIY mask, is neither a PPE mask nor a medical mask for which there are no European standards or testing requirements. These masks can under no circumstances replace respiratory protective equipment in the workplace, nor can they replace medical masks in healthcare settings or be used by healthcare professionals. Community masks include various forms of self-made or commercial masks or face covers made of cloth, other textiles or other materials such as paper.

process of conformity assessment and the Notified Body must have confirmed that the product has an adequate level of health and safety in accordance with the essential requirements laid down for that product. Guidance from the Office for Product Safety & Standards (OPSS) confirms this in respect of masks for use outside of the healthcare sector, i.e. by the general public. It should be noted that this is an evolving situation and that Government guidance may be subject to revision.

Medical masks (to EN 14683:2019+AC:2019) A medical face mask, also known as surgical mask, is a medical device covering the mouth, nose and chin ensuring a barrier that limits the transition of an infective agent. They are used to prevent large respiratory droplets and splashes from reaching the mouth and the nose of the wearer and help reduce and/or control at the source the spread of large respiratory droplets from the person wearing the face mask. Medical masks comply with requirements as defined in European Standard EN 14683:2019 and should be CE marked. There are two main types:

“Protective masks are designed for either single use, in which case they are marked ‘NR’ (nonreusable); or for multiple use, in which case they are marked ‘R’ (reusable).”

Appropriate use of face masks is important Protective masks and medical masks should completely cover the face from the bridge of the nose down to the chin. Hands should be cleaned with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitiser before putting on and after taking off the mask. When taking off the mask, remove it from behind and avoid touching the front side. If the mask is disposable, dispose of the mask safely and wash your hands or apply alcohol-based hand sanitiser immediately after removing the mask. Whilst the current all-time high demand for masks during these unprecedented times continues to place significant pressure on supply chains, the importance of procuring suitable, compliant and fit for purpose masks must not be compromised.  Deta,

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“KNOW YOUR ONIONS” With an influx of products onto the electrical market, contractors need to be aware of the importance of ensuring the quality and provenance of the products they are using. Martyn Walley, Group Technical Director of Scolmore Group, looks at the issues.


he UK wiring accessories market is a growing one and the opportunities that this growth and expansion promises can be evidenced in the influx of products onto the market in recent years, from unknown names from outside the market. As a sector, we are only too familiar with the pressures of tight margins and the need to complete projects on time, to shorter programmes and within restricted budgets. Within these constraints, the appeal of a lower priced product may make sense in the short term, but can contractors afford to put themselves in a position where a product may fail to meet the requirements for which it has been specified, resulting in time lost, delays on site and additional expenditure on labour?

Working with a reputable manufacturer will allow access to an unrivalled range of products that are of the highest quality

Growth of online channels The growth in online sales of electrical products is also having an impact. Whilst the largest distribution channels for the sales of electrical products are direct from manufacturers and via electrical wholesalers, in terms of online sales, the most significant distributors are ‘internetonly’ distributors. One of the key drivers for growth of the online channel in recent years has been the widening of product ranges by large internet retailers which could provide access to multiple smaller retailers under a main web portal, where access to lesser known brands and inferior quality products is more likely.

Working with a reputable manufacturer will allow access to an unrivalled range of products that are of the highest quality, have been rigorously tested and are fully compliant with the latest and relevant legislation. It will also provide access to services, facilities and expertise, to help customers keep up to date with the very latest products, technologies and regulation changes, including a dedicated technical support team and customer service department who are trained to provide the right level of support – whether it is product-related, or more general advice seeking.

given every opportunity to understand how the products work and how they can be utilised to the best advantage on a project. With contractors under increasing pressure to complete projects within tight deadlines and budgets, it is more important than ever that they have the security of knowing the brands they are working with are rigorously tested, fully compliant, will help deliver faster installation and are backed up with reliable customer support service.  Scolmore,

It can prove difficult to keep up with the raft of new products and solutions that are coming on board, says Martyn

Education on new products required Such is the pace of development in this industry, with more smart systems becoming available, it can prove difficult to keep up with the raft of new products and solutions that are coming on board. It is within a manufacturer’s realm to provide customers with the opportunity to be educated on how these new products work. Having invested time and money to harness the latest technologies to develop cutting-edge products, manufacturers will want to ensure that their customers are

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UNICRIMP SEALS THE DEAL WITH ADHESIVES RANGE A chance to win a £300 multistore voucher courtesy of Scolmore Group company, Unicrimp.


colmore Group company, Unicrimp, supplies the Siroflex range of adhesives and sealants – a trusted brand among professional tradespeople. The high quality, universal range of adhesives and sealants is based on hybrid technology for both interior and exterior applications. The full range comprises silicone adhesives, bonding adhesives, expanding foams, plaster fillers, decorators caulk, threadlocker, putty and fixing tapes. The SX Mighty Strength Grip & Grab Adhesive has initial bond strength which is double that of most other grab adhesives. It bonds heavy objects to vertical surfaces immediately without slippage or support, making it an excellent alternative fixing adhesive that replaces nails, screws and other mechanical fixings. This adhesive is solvent free, cures quickly and is water and weatherproof. It is suitable for bonding most building substrates, but in particular, for fixing of large panels, wallboards and mirrors.

The SX Mighty Strength Seal & Fix is a high quality, universal adhesive and can be used safely in food preparation areas and cold storage. It has excellent adhesion to most non-porous surfaces, will bond to damp surfaces and is paintable with water based and two component paints.

This product is based on a neutral curing system, where it cures under the influence of humidity to form a durable elastic seal and is free from isocyanates. As well as being fast curing and almost odourless, it is also solvent free and is water, frost and heat resistant. The product will even bond to damp or wet surfaces, making it suitable for external as well as internal applications. It has excellent adhesion to most building substrates including wood, natural stone, mirrors, concrete, metal, mortar, bricks, gypsum and glass. Unicrimp,

April Competition The winner of the April competition – National Trust memberships, courtesy of Timeguard – was Eric Sheard of SET (Sheard Electrotechnical Training).

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2.  Which of these features apply to the SX Mighty Strength Grip & Grab Adhesive?

a)  SX Mighty Strength Grip & Grab Adhesive b)  SX Mighty Strength Seal & Fix c)  SX GP Silicone

a)  Solvent-free b)  Fast-curing c)  Both

a)  Siroflex b)  Sirotex c)  Miroflex

3.  Which Unicrimp sealant/adhesive product is suitable for food preparation areas?

All entries must be returned by June 30, 2020. The editor’s decision is final. For the full terms and conditions, visit competition-terms. The name of the winner will be published in the August issue of ECN. *Prize not exchangeable.

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NIGLON — THE ELECTRICAL MARKETPLACE’S ‘ONE-STOP SHOP’ Paul Dawson, Commercial Director at Niglon, introduces the company’s market-focused approach to product development.


ince incorporation in 1966, Niglon has continually developed its philosophy of being the electrical marketplace’s ‘one-stop shop’. Today, this means the business carries a range of over 4,000 essential product lines across seven different categories (circuit protection, wiring accessories, industrial accessories, cable management, control and automation, general lighting, and fixings and tools). With a market-focused approach to developing our product range, we are constantly refreshing our portfolio. In the last three years, this has resulted in over 1,500 new product lines, all of which are stocked at our central distribution facility in the West Midlands, and swiftly distributed through over 2,500 UK electrical wholesale outlets.

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The last three years has seen the launch of eight brand new wiring accessories ranges, taking the total to 10. This has brought our ongoing commitment to offering the contractor breadth of choice for a wide range of installation environments, tastes and budgets, together with a consistently high level of design and rigorous quality standards. The result for contractors is premium performance and aesthetics at a competitive price point.

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Following the introduction of the latest feature packed ‘Median’ range, Niglon now offers three different white moulded wiring accessory ranges. From classically styled, bright white, square-edged wiring accessories, the ‘Arctic Edge’; to the contemporary styled ‘Profile’ with its sleek 4mm, low-profile plate and covers to conceal the screws. To meet the demands of the most discerning clients, Niglon’s three decorative ranges are available in a brushed or polished chrome finish, manufactured with a 4mm stainless steel faceplate. The high quality ‘Ultima’ screwless range, together with the ‘Premium Edge S’ enhanced decorative and ‘Premium Edge’ options, are all designer styled and backed by a 20-year warranty. For a versatile modular approach, the ‘Euro Media’ range – with over 40 modules – allows integration of TV, data, and USB charging points, with a cohesive look that can be clipped into unfurnished faceplates, quickly and easily.

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The ‘Matrix 20’ 20AX grid switch range also offers flexibility with a modular approach. Interchangeable printed switch rocker covers provide easy on-site configuration, while a range of faceplates to match Niglon’s Profile, Ultima, Premium Edge, Premium Edge S and Metallic ranges provide seamless coordination. For more demanding environments, such as workshops, garages and light industrial units, ‘Metallic’ is the ideal solution, offering a robust range of metal-clad switches and sockets. With a 20-year warranty, the Metallic products offer interchangeable modules within the light switches for on-site configuration and multiple knockouts for ease of installation. Last but not least, for when the weather is against you, ‘Hurricane’ is all the protection you will ever need. A range of IP66 and IP55 switches and sockets housed in a UV stabilised enclosure. Hurricane comes with a 10-year guarantee to ensure protection against dust and water ingress for many years ahead.

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Dimming LEDs – problem solved Since the rapid rise of LED lighting, one of the biggest challenges the industry has faced is reliable dimming capability. Flickering lights and minimal light level control are frustrations many of us have encountered when dimming LEDs. This presented a challenge when designing our LED dimmer module, mainly due to the fact that there is no standardisation of LED drivers controlling light output; every manufacturer’s light fitting or lamp can react in a completely different way when dimmed. To prevent the common problems when dimming LED lighting, here at Niglon we have developed a dimmer with not just two, but three dimming modes to ensure maximum compatibility. Our easy to follow installation guide demonstrates a quick three step process, allowing the selection of one of the three modes, to decide which will work most effectively with the LED lighting. Although the dimmer offers both trailing edge and leading edge functionality, it is generally found that the use of a trailing edge technology works more effectively with LED lights. To increase ‘out of the box’ compatibility and reduce installation time, the Niglon dimmer is factory programmed in the first of two available trailing edge dimming modes. In addition to the three modes, the Niglon dimmer also allows the setting of the minimum brightness level to prevent flickering at the bottom end of the dimming range. To enable the LED dimmer to be incorporated into both white moulded and decorative wiring accessories ranges, we now offer a range of unfurnished one-tofour- gang face plates.

“The new Median range featuring properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria has never been more relevant.“

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Due to the ever increasing popularity of USB-C type connection within laptops, tablets and PC’s, the Median range now offers you the flexibility to provide the end user with a USB charging connection suitable for all their needs. The new development allows Niglon to offer, for the first time, a 13A two gang socket with in-built USB Type-A and Type-C charging outlets in one. Although at first there was a concern that USB-C type connectors were just another technology war between differing companies, like the battle of VHS and Betamax video recording back in the 1970s, it is now clear this was never going to be the case. This is thanks in no small part to the global alignment of USB standards, which was brought about by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) established in 1995. The USB-IF (now with over 700 members) controls the worldwide development of USB technology and was founded by companies including Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Dell and HP. This means the Type-C USB connector with faster data transfer speeds is here to stay, with specifiers and installers alike able to take comfort in the knowledge this product area has the research and investment of many major household names.

The latest additions to our wiring accessory ranges, notably Median and Profile, are manufactured using Urea-formaldehyde material, which has proven antimicrobial properties that kills or inhibits the growth of bacteria. The country is still coming to terms with COVID-19 and the impact it will have on our lives for many months and years to come. We have to change the way we think and act to protect lives, and this will undoubtedly impact future wiring accessory specification choices made by individuals and organisations in an attempt to prevent the spread of viruses and disease. Until now, specifications for wiring accessories with anti-microbial properties were generally limited to the health sector, although it is now almost certain this requirement will become more common across all types of installations.

Charge any device with our USB A and USB C socket outlets

Flexibility is key The Median white moulded wiring accessories range is packed with features and is the latest addition to the company’s ever-expanding product portfolio. Developed with feedback from electrical contractors, flexibility and ease of installation is at the forefront of the design. The new light switch plates offer removable modules utilising just a single screw fixing, providing cost effective on-site customisation. Simply unscrew the switch module and replace with an alternative variant to offer additional functionality. For example, you may fit an intermediate or key switch into the plate in place of the prefitted standard two-way module. Niglon,

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KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON Despite recent developments, Hamilton’s manufacturing plant in Bristol is continuing to support supply chain partners. Here, we look at the company’s ethos, and round-up some its most novel products.


or over 50 years, familyrun British electricals business, Hamilton Litestat, has been supporting electrical contractors, installers, interior designers and specifiers with all their electrical wiring accessory needs. And it has been no different this year for the onestop-shop solutions provider. “We have been extremely fortunate to be able to make swift adaptions and safely operate during the difficulties everyone has faced in the past months,” explains Gavin Williams, Sales & Marketing Director at Hamilton. “With much of our manufacturing taking place at our headquarters in Bristol, we have been able to take control, make the appropriate changes to ensure social distancing is maintained and continue the swift manufacture and delivery of equipment. It has enabled us to carry on supporting our supply chain partners and our customers whose work and deadlines continue.” With the company’s vast range of decorative wiring accessories produced at its Brislington factory in Bristol, the distribution of parts around the UK has continued. “It’s been really important for our electrical contractor clients that this service continues,” says Gavin. “Many are working on large residential or commercial properties and although work may have slowed, the projects still have a deadline to meet. We’re seeing this in the hotel sector in particular, as businesses are undertaking refurbishments ready to welcome what is hoped to be substantial business and many guests in the coming months.” To support its customers, Hamilton’s full range of products can be viewed in its 2020/21 catalogue, which is available online and can be requested from Hamilton.

Rocking the wide switch look Featured in the catalogue and set to be in demand for use in both residential and high-end hotels are the recently-introduced Wide Rocker Switches. Available across five Linea CFX collections – Duo CFX, Georgian CFX, Perlina CFX, Rondo CFX and

Scala CFX – as well as Hartland CFX and Sheer CFX, it’s a design trend that has been influenced by the Asian market. Available in 12 metallic finishes, including popular bronzes and brasses, as well as gloss white, the Wide Rocker Switch wiring accessories cater for all interior design schemes as well as configuration requirements, including one, two and three-gang switches, one-gang Push-ToMake (PTM), Double Pole and Intermediate Wide Rockers.

Cost-conscious screwless design Now, more than ever, clients will be wanting to make their budget work harder, and Hamilton’s Hartland G2 was developed with that in mind. This screwless push-to-fit plate has been value engineered to provide a screwless look at a box-fix price. The plate is produced from pressed metal rather than cast, with this manufacturing method contributing to an overall cost saving without compromising on either the quality or finish. The Hartland G2 is perfect for high use areas of hotels or homes, as once the back plate is wired, the front plate can be easily removed for a décor refresh. Once the wall is painted or papered, the plate simply pushes back into position. It is available in 10 on-trend finishes, including sought-after metallics polished brass, satin brass and etrium bronze, along with matt white and matt black that have seen a recent boost in popularity. Inserts are available in white, black and new quartz grey, while a dual 2.4A USB configuration option comes as standard.

Flawless coordination For those looking for a perfect colour match, Hamilton’s Paintable range provides fantastic flexibility. These plates can be pre-painted to exactly match a wall paint colour, or can be primed ready to paint on site. If matching doesn’t work for your project, the plates can be painted in a contrasting colour that highlights other elements of the décor or soft furnishings.

The Hartland G2 (shown here in matt white) is perfect for high use areas of hotels or homes

Available in 12 metallic finishes, the Wide Rocker Switches cater for all interior design schemes

Project-perfect solutions Meanwhile, the utmost in flexibility is offered with Hamilton’s Bespoke service. With the support of Hamilton’s design team, plates can be tailormade to meet any design, finish or configuration requirements. Hotel Indigo Cardiff is one of Hamilton’s satisfied customers, which now features plates with a European SCHUKO socket alongside a dual USB two-gang switched socket. This service is particularly popular within the hotel sector to ensure guests receive the level of service they expect from their stay, with Hotel Indigo Cardiff’s plates designed to be more welcoming to European guests. To take a closer look at Hamilton’s full range of products, view the 2020/21 flip-book catalogue online at

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Add the finishing touches with Bespoke Plates Custom-made capacitive touch glass plates for smart lighting control & blind system plus external control functions: garage doors, electric gates, landscaped grounds and jetty. • Linea Duo CFX© frame in Satin Nickel with Black capacitive touch glass plate • Master 12-circuit controllers stylised from 16-circuit size plates • Larger plates enabled wider framing of control buttons • All switch functions individually etched with descriptive text • Complementary Hartland CFX© wiring accessories installed To us, every control project is… a special! Ask for more information at your local wholesaler. Contact Hamilton to request a NEW 2020/21 Catalogue. +44 (0)1747 860088

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FLICKING THE SWITCH TO SAFETY Marie Parry, Group Marketing Director at Scolmore Group, looks at some of the issues surrounding the supply of electrical products to the healthcare sector.


nfection control is one of the biggest challenges facing the healthcare sector. Healthcare associated infections (HCAI) are infections that occur in a healthcare setting that a patient didn’t have before they came in. These infections can develop either as a direct result of healthcare intervention (such as medical or surgical treatment) or from being in contact with a healthcare setting. They arise across a wide range of clinical conditions and can affect people of all ages. They can exacerbate existing or underlying conditions, delay recovery and adversely affect quality of life. A number of factors can increase the risk of acquiring an infection, but high standards of infection prevention and control practice, including providing clean environments, can minimise the risk.

Patient safety It is estimated that 300,000 patients a year in England acquire a healthcare associated infection as a result of care within the NHS, with respiratory infections the most common types of healthcare-associated infection. Each infection means additional use of NHS resources, greater patient discomfort and a decrease in patient safety. The question for our industry is what are the issues and requirements surrounding the supply and installation of electrical equipment? Anyone operating within and supplying to this sector is required to work with products that meet the demands for hygiene and safety, and that includes electrical products. Switch plates, such as light switches, dimmers and sockets have one of the highest touch rates in any environment,

so are likely to hold a significant number of microbes on their surfaces. Whilst regular and rigorous cleaning of these settings is essential, the use of products with antimicrobial properties will also have a part to play to help inhibit the spread of infection.

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Health Technical Memorandum requirements When it comes to specification requirements within the healthcare sector, most are taken from Health Technical Memorandum (HTM’s). These give comprehensive advice and guidance on the design, installation and operation of specialised building and engineering technology used in the delivery of healthcare. The focus of Health Technical Memorandum guidance remains on healthcare-specific elements of standards, policies and up-to-date established best practice. They are applicable to new and existing sites, and are for use at various stages during the whole building lifecycle. Healthcare-specific technical engineering guidance is a vital tool in the safe and efficient operation of healthcare facilities. Health Technical Memorandum guidance is the main source of specific healthcare-related guidance for estates and facilities professionals. For contractors and installers working within a healthcare setting, they will seek the reassurance from manufacturers that the products they are specifying and installing meet the required standards and that they are able to supply the test certificates to prove it.

Wiring accessories with antimicrobial additives Scolmore’s antimicrobial wiring accessories – Mode, Mode Part M and Polar – are all manufactured using urea formaldehyde, which has similar inherent properties to antimicrobial additives that inhibit the growth of infectious diseases. They have all been independently tested for their anti-microbial properties. The results from the laboratory showed that the products tested achieved a bacterium kill rate of 99.99% when tested 24 hours after they had been exposed to MRSA, E-Coli, salmonella and klebsiella pneumoniae. These independent tests also show that Scolmore’s products achieved a 99.99% kill off rate across all four types of the strains of bacteria causing concern in health environments. The standard used to qualify Scolmore’s products is ISO 22196. The standard ISO 22916 test method is designed to test the ability of plastics and other similar materials to kill or prevent the growth of microorganisms, over a 24-hour period of contact. ISO 22196 is one of the most commonly requested antimicrobial surface test methods for evaluating the antimicrobial activity of antibacterial treated plastic products.


The Mode antimicrobial range was chosen for the newly expanded Same Day Emergency Care Unit at Conquest Hospital

“Switch plates have one of the highest touch rates in any environment, so are likely to hold a significant number of microbes on their surfaces.”

Contractors will have the additional reassurance that all Scolmore BS1363 products – in particular, socket outlets – are third party approved and bear the BSI Kitemark logo. With such a vast range of antimicrobial electrical accessories to call on from one supplier, contractors are guaranteed the consistency of quality and compliance across the whole range of products they specify.

Suitable for numerous locations Products from the Mode, Mode Part M and Polar ranges have been specified and installed across a huge range of applications, including hospitals, care homes, schools, hotels, offices and leisure complexes. The most recent example has seen the Mode antimicrobial range chosen to provide the solution for the newly expanded Same Day Emergency Care Unit at Conquest Hospital in St Leonards, which was opened earlier this year.

Mode is a range of smooth profiled, contemporary, white wiring accessories and is the company’s best-selling wiring accessories collection to date. A key selling point for the range is that it provides a high quality, flexible and modern solution for a wide range of wiring requirements. Mode Part M is a range of visually contrasting wiring accessories, in anthracite grey, that comply with current Building Regulations Part M. Polar is a premium range of bright white electrical accessories, which was developed to meet the demand for a different accessory colour. As with Mode, the Polar range is modular in design and allows installers unprecedented flexibility in creating dedicated wiring solutions. All products within the ranges are covered by a ‘no quibble guarantee’ against any fault in materials or manufacture experienced at any time within 20 years of the date of supply.  Scolmore,

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SURFACE-MOUNTED SOLUTIONS FOR URBAN RENEWAL Gira, a supplier of intelligent system solutions for building management, is creating new opportunities for urban renewal with the launch of two new surface-mounted innovations.


family company, Gira has been shaping and influencing the world of electrical installations and building management since it was founded in the summer of 1905. Gira has been a key driving force behind the forward-looking development of intelligently networked ‘Smart Building Systems’ and the digitalisation of buildings from the very beginning with its many developments, and the German company is now creating new opportunities for urban renewal with the launch of two new surface-mounted solutions for the Gira E2 and Gira Standard 55 Design Lines. Compatible with 300 functional inserts via the Gira System 55, you can expand and adapt each Gira switch-system as required, and now have the option to interchange between design lines and choice of flat or surface-mounted installations. Resulting in a more design oriented, architectural approach to interconnected technologies in the home, the new surface-mounted Gira E2 and Gira Standard 55 Design Lines have been available to UK markets since April. Helping system integrators, interior designers and architects to offer a more custom level of home automation and building management, this new range of surface-mounted options from Gira helps to combat the rising need for systematic light fittings, power points and switches devoid of cables and wiring. Mark Booth, Managing Director of Gira UK, comments, “With a quarter of UK housing stock dating back to the 1980s, our greatest challenge is to bring the latest technology to outdated home electrics. The new surface-mounted Gira E2 and Gira Standard 55 solutions are perfect for retrofitting older properties and answer the growing trend for urban renewal where commercial properties, warehouses and brownfield sites continue to be repurposed for residential use”.

This classic switch is now available in a surfacemounted version, meaning you can install it anywhere – even where flush-mounting solutions is not an option

The surface-mounted Gira E2 A Gira design original and an icon among light switches, the Gira E2 with new surface-mounted application offers:

With the addition of this new surfacemounted solution, completely new access points are opened up for the design classic Gira E2

•  Over 300 intelligent functions available via Gira System 55 •  High design: surface-mounted design, which enables customisation of frames and switch profiles •  One- or two-gang frames and three- to five-gang solutions, as standard •  Compatible with Senic Nuimo Click and the ‘Friends of Hue’ smart switch, among others •  Natural antibacterial, easy-care thermoplastic material •  Shatterproof, UV-resistant and waterproof with an IP20 rating •  Easy to retrofit, ideal for projects that require a low maintenance •  Gira E2 colour variants: black matt, pure white matt, anthracite, aluminium (varnished), pure white glossy and stainless steel

The surface-mounted Gira Standard 55 A simple, high-quality design line for basic electrical installation and the option to expand and adapt as and when required: •  Over 300 intelligent functions available via Gira System 55 •  Made of impact-resistant plastic for extreme toughness, increased electrical insulation and optical clarity •  Gira standard 55 colour variants: pure white matt, pure white glossy and cream white glossy The beauty of the new surface-mounted Gira E2 and Gira Standard 55 solutions is the fact that they have the ability to accommodate over 300 intelligent functions. This means any home or building has the potential to become a leading-edge nerve centre for flexible and efficient indoor and outdoor lighting, climate and blind control, home entry systems and security.  Gira UK,

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ADJUSTING TO THE POST-COVID WORLD Hannah Broom, Head of Marketing at ERF Electrical Wholesalers, looks at five ways electrical contractors can potentially improve their business practices in the aftermath of COVID-19.


4. Plan for safe working and social distancing

uring these everchanging and uncertain times, it can be good to review what you are currently doing to see if there are any changes you can make to improve the way you work moving forwards. No one was expected to have a plan for COVID-19, but we have put together some tips to help you and your business act now, to support you in life after lockdown.

1. Learn something new If business is a bit slower than usual or you are on furlough and find yourself with a bit more time on your hands, then it could be the perfect opportunity to undertake some free online training. The rise in working from home has led us all to flock to online platforms, and therefore, increasing your knowledge in these digital areas could be key to becoming aware of digital opportunities for your business. The Google Digital Garage is a great starting point for those of you wishing to get started on building your digital marketing knowledge. There are currently 126 free courses on there, covering a wide variety of skill sets and knowledge levels. Another way to learn something new or to gain a new perspective could be to join a few webinars on topics that are relevant to you; there are so many being advertised on social platforms and if you join and don’t think it’s quite appropriate, you can always leave – unlike face-to-face meetings where that would be considered rude!

2. Be more social Human connection is more important now than it ever was, with workforces working remotely and the majority of businesses working from home. We have all turned to social media as a means of keeping informed, entertained and most importantly, connected. If your customers are turning to social platforms for the aforementioned, then now is the ideal time to talk to them. If you are working, let them know, and explain how you will operate under the new social distancing guidelines to help to put their minds at ease. The first thing you could look at is which platforms you are active on. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram would be

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great places to start, to engage with your current followers and encourage others to also follow you to keep up to date. The next thing may be to explore how often you are able to communicate with them and what you are going to say. There are a number of free social media scheduling tools, such as Hootsuite and Tweet Deck, where you can schedule social posts ahead of time, across a number of platforms. Finally, the best thing about social media is that organic posting is free. You can just start a conversation with your customers and connections and let it grow from there.

3. Review business processes If your business is anything like ours, then the pandemic and lockdown will have taught you a few things about both yourself and your company. Now is the time to review those learnings and see if there are any positive changes you can make. Perhaps there are internal processes that are long-winded and involve paper exchange, which could be digitised to save time and also save the planet. Perhaps communication procedures and channels have changed and maybe moving towards using more modern channels such as WhatsApp and Zoom could be a positive thing, breaking down barriers and helping everyone to have their say. Whatever the changes you have noticed, it would be wise to review these and take forward the changes that have brought about the most value and embed them into your business.

“If you are working, let your customers know, and explain how you will operate under the new social distancing guidelines to help to put their minds at ease.”

The world we live and work in has changed and it is unlikely that we will go back to ‘normal’ for some time. It is probably more likely that we will all adjust to a new type of normal where things like social distancing and working from home become the done thing. If you are an electrical contractor who visits customers on-site or in their own homes, you will need to think about how you protect both yourself and your customers. Some of the things to consider may be the wearing of masks, gloves and glasses, along with maintaining social distancing whilst carrying out work. How you plan to carry on working safely is something that would be worth communicating with your customers, perhaps via a customer email or on social channels. The key message for us all is to instil confidence in our customers that we are still safe to do business with.

5. Think about the future It is possible that during lockdown, the number of places that you were able to source your electrical products has decreased. Electrical wholesalers, overall, maintained a good level of business and were able to service their customers, but you may have found that some were more accommodating than others. Now would be a good time to think about the wholesalers you work with and the levels of customer service that they provide to you. Maybe you found that deliveries rather than collections became more important, and perhaps you need a wholesale partner which is more flexible and responsive. As we move towards the lifting of lockdown, it is possible that the relationship between contractors and wholesalers may have evolved. The contractors are demanding more of their wholesaler, and the wholesalers are having to think outside the box and about how they can support their customers 24/7 in the future, exploring options such as better online facilities and updated opening hours. The wholesalers and the customers both have a responsibility to trade safely, and the wholesaler will have to provide reassurance to its customers that they are the safest wholesaler to do business with.  ERF Electrical,



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All GARO chargers incorporate a stylish design that can be placed both indoors and outdoors at home or work

GARO’S EV RANGE CHARGES AHEAD GARO’s premium EV charging range is meeting surging demand across the UK. Here, we look at how the company’s comprehensive range of solutions can be of assistance.


y the end of March 2020 – or the last semi-normal month before COVID-19 – electric vehicle market share had leaped from 7.7% in 2019 to a significant 22.3% (SMMT). Pure electric vehicles (BEV) saw the sharpest increase to 4.6% market share from less than 1% last year. This was on top of an already transformative year in 2019 where there was a 48% increase in sales across the electric/hybrid category. The combination of consumer demand, manufacturing technology and political will had aligned so much that EVs were the one shining beacon in an otherwise dampened car market.

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To support these sales, tremendous progress has been made across the EV charging network – 2020 has seen a 39% increase in public EV charging points across the UK compared to the same time last year. Geographically, there has been an increase of 36% in charging locations, further reducing the all-important impact of range anxiety on EV purchasing decisions. Rapid charging points have seen a significant boost with an increase of 9% in the first few months of 2020, reflecting the demand for increased range levels within newer EV models. Sales may now be idling due to the pandemic, but charging infrastructure demand continues as the UK reopens and drivers return to the roads. Despite the lockdown, a level of need remained across the charging network as transport requirements continued for key workers.

Charging expertise GARO Electric is one of the UK’s main EV charging providers and part of the long-established GARO Group. The company’s Nordic counterparts are market leaders in the region (the most mature EV market in the world) due to their extensive history, knowledge and expertise in this space. The result is a comprehensive range of charging stations, developed to meet the demand of the entire market, from small domestic settings through to all scales of commercial installation and rapid motorway locations. GARO Electric UK has adapted this expertise for the UK market, offering a premium quality range for the local market. All GARO charging stations are manufactured in Europe, resulting



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EV CHARGING in immediate stock availability, quality production and speedy timeframes for bespoke orders. To date, the company has completed installations across a number of highprofile organisations including Facebook, Abbott Laboratories, Boston Scientific, McDonalds, Sweden’s Green Highway and international airport car parks, multiple hotels, shopping centres, retailers, energy utility companies and service stations.


Dynamic Load Balancing adjusts the charging power to the car during simultaneous power consumption

Stylish designs All GARO chargers incorporate a stylish design that can be placed both indoors and outdoors at home or work, smart functionality and a simple charging procedure with built-in protection for personal safety. A three-year warranty is standard across the range. They can be installed in groups of up to a maximum of 32 units and units are available for wireless connection to the property’s network. These can be managed and controlled easily by mobile phone or computer. The charger can be unlocked with an RFID tag that allows only authorised users to charge their vehicle. A key feature is that all GARO chargers are prepared for Dynamic Load Balancing which adjusts the charging power to the car during simultaneous power consumption, so that the electrical system is never overloaded. This is available for individual chargers or larger installations. All chargers are equipped with DC monitoring, which is a smarter version of RCD type B. There is also full scheduled controlled charging to allow for differentiated electricity tariffs or PV utilisation. GARO’s Fururesmart guarantee provides confidence that the range meets not just today’s requirements, but those of the future. For commercial installations, GARO is pleased to confirm that there is a range of chargers approved for OLEV EV charging grants. This can lead to significant cost savings for an organisation when they choose this route.

“Charging stations are a great opportunity for a business to show clients, customers and staff that they have joined the green revolution.”

GARO’s LS4 public charging range For public locations, car parks and workplaces, a fast, robust option is best suited. Built to withstand the elements, GARO’s LS4 range of AC chargers can charge a pure EV in just three hours. Specific characteristics of this range include a competitive purchase price, Dynamic Load Balancing, RFID and Back Office, easy installation and low maintenance costs. With ground and wall mounted options available, all types of facility are catered for.

Built to last These chargers are manufactured with aluminium to meet the tough requirements set for charging stations installed in public places. Their attractive Scandinavian design, user-friendly interfaces and extreme weather capability makes them an ideal choice for public places. Additional features include a charge indicator and 360° lighting strip on the top part of the charger, allowing users to see the charge status of each outlet from a distance. LS4 Chargers are simply plug and play. On the most basic version, you simply plug your car in. For versions equipped with RFID readers, you flash your card and you are set to go. Charging starts when the MODE3 communication between the car and the charger is activated.

GARO’s LS4 public charging range is fast, robust and futureproof

Company branded EV charging stations

System integration The LS4 can be equipped with communication capabilities that use mobile 3G/4G or LAN networks. A back-office service can also be activated enabling services such as billing and monitoring the charging station. The charging station is equipped with two Type 2 EV outlets positioned in a weatherproof illuminated recess. The charging station is available in versions from 3.7-22kW, with or without an energy meter. Fixed Cable options have two types of connector, (type 1 or type 2) and these are chosen when ordering. These

Charging stations are a great opportunity for a business to show clients, customers and staff that they have joined the green revolution. To enhance this message, GARO offers the option to brand EV Chargers with a company name and logo. The sleek charger design allows ample space for branding and company colour schemes. It’s a great first impression for any business, organisation or facility upon arrival at the premises.

versions are available with 16A or 32A options for single-phase and three-phase networks, with or without an energy meter.

Wall mounted chargers For charging at work or home, a Wall Mounted charger is the most common option. With GARO’s GLB range, a hybrid EV can be fully charged in around three hours, and a pure electric EV in around six hours. GARO Wall Chargers are compact, easy to install, user friendly and above all, safe. With a three-year warranty and a range of versions available including RFID functionality, Wi-Fi and Dynamic Load Balancing, they give the user complete control of the charger and who can charge.

GARO Wall Chargers are compact, easy to install, user friendly and safe

Free online training with the GARO academy The huge demand for EV charging has created ample opportunities for electrical contractors and wholesalers. To help you to take advantage of this exciting growth market, GARO Electric has created the GARO Academy. The GARO academy is a free online training portal for electrical contractors and wholesalers. It provides helpful ‘How to’ videos and certification courses to work in tandem with OLEV and which will demonstrate how to fit the OLEV approved GARO EV charging range for domestic and commercial applications. You can also learn about functionality including web interface and firmware updates, adding RFID cards, back office setup, and dynamic load management. The online training portal is free, flexible and easy to use. Simply register to gain access and watch these training videos at a time that suits you. Once you have completed all the required training courses you will automatically be able to download your GARO Approval documentation and you will be an approved GARO EV installer.  GARO,

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EV charging points at home or work are very convenient, and enable drivers to fully re-charge their car before setting out on a journey

HOME IS WHERE THE CHARGE IS As road users begin to adjust along the ‘Road to Zero’, electricians should be ready to support end-users on this journey as the requirement for safe and convenient EV charging also increases. Dave Enefer of Electrium explains.


ith a growing proportion of vehicles on the UK’s roads now powered by electricity, with record numbers of new electric car registrations last year, there is a growing need for the country’s infrastructure to support this shift. In fact, EV car charging is becoming a common part of electrical installations – a trend which shows no signs of slowing as the Government encourages more drivers to make the switch to electric vehicles. As part of the Government’s plans to reduce emissions, the demand for this type of electrical installation will only increase. This plan includes the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035 (recently brought forward from 2040); the release of its paper Decarbonising Transport: Setting The Challenge, which is calling for respondents to the debate; and the publication of a full transport decarbonisation plan, which is expected to be released in November. In the face of such demand – from endusers, homeowners and businesses alike – the challenge for installers is in installing electric car charging points safely and inline with regulations. So, it is encouraging to see the industry respond with the first amendment to the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations, which has been published with the inclusion of a new update on EV charging installations. Unlike previous iterations, this update comes into place immediately, and will form part of a consolidated version of BS 7671. As part of the updated Wiring Regulations, Section 722 now includes the use of technology which was not included in

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the previous publication, BS 7671:2018, which according to the IET enables a more practical solution for the installation of charging points. The updated Section 722 is intended to make installing charging points quicker and easier and will reduce the cost of installations for both installers and consumers.

Greater levels of protection

Safe and reliable installations One of the main attractions to EV charging points at home or work is the convenience this offers road users, enabling them to fully re-charge their car before setting out on a journey. To achieve this convenience, different charging facilities can offer faster charging speeds, built-in safety features, and even back-up charging functions. Many EV chargers also feature intelligent smart charging, enabling them to charge an EV at times of off-peak tariffs and even monitor the charge remotely, allowing users to check progress, adjust settings, or switch the charger on or off without being present. But while the charging unit itself may have been designed with user safety and convenience in mind, it is important to consider how this additional electrical unit interacts with a property’s existing electrical infrastructure. To ensure correct, safe and reliable installation, EV charging points must be installed by a professional who can ensure that the unit can be accommodated without overwhelming the main household supply. A professional installer can also check that there are adequate safety cut-outs in the circuit. Without such safety features, any significant electrical component which draws additional current has the potential to cause damage, disruption to electrical service, or even electrical fires.

A Crabtree miniature RCBO with switched neutral could be used to ensure a safe installation

To install an EV car charger, it is important to have the correct circuit protection in place. Using a Type A RCD device can help towards meeting this new amendment (depending on the charger type) and for those who have Crabtree Starbreaker consumer units, a Crabtree miniature RCBO with switched neutral could be used. However, there are a variety of chargers, and selecting the right type of RCD is essential. Therefore, it is important for the installer to refer to section 722 of the Wiring Regulations and the equipment manufacturer’s instructions when designing the installation. The Crabtree miniature RCBO devices, for anyone unfamiliar, measure one single module wide, and are just 90mm in height. This gives installers around 30% more wiring space to work with in the consumer unit, saving time on tricky installations. These two pole switching devices totally isolate any faulty circuit or appliance and provide a much safer environment while waiting for the emergency electrician when necessary, and having the faulty circuit fully isolated by a two-pole device provides a safe working environment for those doing maintenance or repair. Crabtree Miniature RCBOs are designed to fit into all Crabtree Starbreaker consumer units, whatever the age of that consumer unit might be. Crabtree Miniature RCBOs are fully retrofit / backward compatible and can be simply plugged into the fully insulated selfconnecting busbar system.  Electrium,



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If EV drivers prefer to charge up their vehicles during specific shopping trips, then that is vital data for charge point locations

Richard Baker, CEO of GeoSpock, looks at the UK’s EV transition strategy and explains why it’s important for the Government to invest in data relating to drivers’ charging habits.


he UK transport sector contributes more to carbon emissions than any other. It’s therefore no surprise that the government is encouraging more people to switch to electric vehicles (EVs). In February, the UK

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government brought forward its ban on new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars from 2040 to 2035, paving the way for greater adoption of hybrids and EVs that run on cleaner energy. However, it is not that simple – the EV transition strategy lacks a few crucial pieces. Deloitte has estimated that the global EV market will reach a tipping point by 2022, when the cost of ownership of

an electric vehicle will be on par with the internal combustion engine (ICE). Unfortunately, it could also result in a supply gap of almost 14 million EVs in 2030, undermining government efforts. The aim is clear – moving toward the electrification of the private and public road transport sectors. However, there’s still a long way to go and many things to consider.



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Complexities of a national charging infrastructure In January 2020, a new Ipsos Global study revealed that consumers ranked the location and availability of charging stations as one of the biggest barriers to EV adoption. To address this, the Conservative government made a £500m election commitment to expand the ‘fast-charging network’. This could lead to a substantial improvement from the 15,500 chargers / 26,500 plugs which are present, according to Zapmap. However, compare that to the 8,400 fuel stations and 68,000 pumps currently in the UK, and we have a better understanding of the current situation. If we accept that the number of charging stations has to increase, and that the government is reacting, we must consider their location. Choosing the best sites are complex due to competing factors such as local grid constraints and EV ownership density. Unlike traditional refilling at petrol stations, it’s not a onesize-fits-all system. The type of charge point best suited to each location will depend on the profile of each area and the driving habits of EV users within it. The wide range of charging speeds, and potentially long recharge times, means EV charging infrastructure needs to fit alongside existing driving behaviours and activities. If, for example, the majority of EV drivers prefer to charge up their vehicles while they do Saturday’s shopping in a particular district, then that is vital data for charge point locations.

“Once you have a clear picture of charging use and behaviour in a particular location, you can remove a lot of the guesswork from charging infrastructure decisions.”

Charge points as data goldmines Operational data on charging – such as time of day, charge duration, the amount of power delivered and what type of connector was used – is now collected in conjunction with commercial data related to payment methods and transaction amounts. In addition, modern EVs are far more digitally enabled than traditional vehicles, constantly recording high volumes of additional spatial data during the day. Taking into account all the different variables makes it a delicate balancing act to decide what the demands are for drivers – whether visiting any given neighbourhood supermarket or central business district car park now or in the future. That’s where the power of geospatial data will help. This can highlight unique usage patterns in specific areas and shed light on which is the best route to take when it comes to EV infrastructure investment. Once you have a clear picture of charging use and behaviour in a particular location, you can remove a lot of the guesswork from charging infrastructure decisions.

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The ‘overpowered’ elephant in the room We are in the energy age, and every nation is looking to fill the void left by fossil fuels and make efficient, future-proof decisions. As EVs become more widespread, electrical demand will grow and, on current estimations, outstrip the capacity of local power grids. This in turn will force EV charging networks to compete with each other in infrastructure projects for electricity. There is also concern over electrifying public transport. UK buses and trains are due a complete overhaul, purely from an efficiency standpoint. Factor in electrification, and the public transport network needs huge and ongoing investment if it is to meet modern and future demands. The UK government has set bold and welcome plans for EVs. It is the first step



in making the UK transport industry fit for purpose. However, simply banning or phasing out old, inefficient vehicles and expecting private companies to develop new technology to fill the void will not suffice. We need to make decisions that will benefit us, not just for the here and now, but for the unforeseeable future. Building charging points is to be lauded, but what happens if the technology is made redundant, or if public habits change? Instead, the government must look to invest in data, creating a holistic transport hub to understand activity and trends in the industry. Only then can we make informed, real-time decisions and ensure the national move to electrification is moving forward in the most efficient and flexible way possible.

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SHAPING THE FUTURE OF EV CHARGING David Hall, VP Power Systems UK & Ireland at Schneider Electric, assesses how utilities can support the adoption of electric transport.


Schneider Electric has committed to launch a Green Fleet policy which aims to replace 100% of its car fleet with electric vehicles by 2030

ncouraging more people to adopt electric vehicles (for both personal, public and business transport) is at the heart of the government’s efforts to tackle climate change. That is because transport accounts for 23% of the UK’s CO2 emissions, according to calculations by the Committee on Climate Change. Public support for electric vehicles is high, with a recent survey finding that 87% of Brits said they “would” or “definitely would” buy an electric vehicle. But at the same time, Brits cited their top three reasons for not buying one were: lack of charging points, expense, and anxiety about getting out of range. It’s clear then, that in a strategy to meet the 2035 ban on internal combustion engine vehicle sales by moving to electric transport, end users need to be reassured that using electric vehicles will be as convenient and cost effective as their polluting diesel or petrol predecessors. The integration of more low carbon energy and an improved electrical infrastructure to deliver it when and where it’s needed must all go hand in hand.

How big is the challenge?

“End users need to be reassured that using electric vehicles will be as convenient and cost effective as their polluting diesel or petrol predecessors.”

The UK government has stated that we will need 10 million cars on the road in ten years’ time to achieve our carbon neutral goal; today, there are only some 265,000 EVs in the UK. Although the percentage of newly registered cars represented by EVs is growing, with our current approach we are not on track to achieve this target. However, electric transport adoption spans more than just personal consumer use – businesses are beginning to do their part too. For example, The Climate Group has signed up 67 companies to its EV100 Initiative, in which companies including Schneider Electric have committed to launch a Green Fleet policy which aims to replace 100% of its car fleet with electric vehicles by 2030. This has introduced the need for multiple EV chargers to be installed at private commercial facilities, as well as in public spaces such as motorway services and public car parks. Commuter transport is also seeing an overhaul, with numerous projects in cities like Glasgow to move to all-electric buses. With this boom in the e-mobility sector being powered by electricity, we need to turn our attention to the potential strain EV adoption could put on the UK’s power infrastructure. Utilities stakeholders need to decide how to invest in upgrading the electrical network (especially distribution) without creating upward pressure on the cost of electricity for consumers and businesses – which may weaken the appetite for EV charging.

The challenge of legacy infrastructure As the adoption of EVs gains pace, the UK will require a significant increase in grid capacity in order to solve challenges such as demand at peak times. However, it is expected that the impact on overall energy demand should be less dramatic. In order to target investment in EVs where it will be most effective and when it will be needed, utilities must create a model to assess the needs of new infrastructure.

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A key element to this is better understanding how, when, and where consumers will want to charge up – as well as other environmental factors that might impact this behaviour. By understanding what the demand profile might look like at off-peak, mid-peak and peak, it will be possible to identify where efficiencies can be made. For example, if customers embrace a smart charging model, up to 70% efficiency could be gained and reduce the amount of investment required in higher voltage. Another key element will be geography – with some charging locations and their supporting infrastructure requiring more network capacity headroom than elsewhere. At the more local level, this will mean assessing and expanding the capabilities of substations to feed data back to stakeholders in the energy supply chain, so that load can be managed effectively.

How utilities can support EV adoption There are a number of improvements to our electrical infrastructure which utilities can begin work on. Namely, to begin investing and deploying technologies that will give their operations the agility and resilience now. This will pave the way for a smooth and steady transition, reducing any bumps in the road that could be caused by a sudden demand for additional infrastructure projects. With this approach, energy distribution stakeholders will be able to shape the future of EV charging, by participating in the development of a smart connected grid which can support new mechanisms such as off-peak retail tariffs. This should ease the pressure to scale infrastructure and capacity to provide consumers with an affordable, reliable and convenient supply of energy as new electric vehicles are connected to the grid.  Schneider Electric,



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A SMART HOME IS A GREEN HOME Here, Karl Brett of Invision, one of the leading smart home technology distributors in Europe, explains how a smart home can be a green home.


vidence of the climate crisis is escalating; public awareness is rising, and there is more pressure on people to make fundamental changes designed to protect our planet. Programmes like the BBC’s spectacular Attenborough documentaries have put the issue to the forefront and have provoked individuals to think about the choices they make.

Raising awareness As consumers become more aware of the environment, they’re becoming more conscious with their energy consumption, both inside and outside the home. Manually turning off plug switches when not required, leaving their heating off until it’s really needed when cold weather sets in and limiting the usage of their cars are a few examples. As awareness rises, people’s habits change. As a distributor of smart home technology, we haven’t missed the fact that consumers want their homes to be comfortable, yet energy efficient. The main benefits of smart home technology are how it can make your home safer, more comfortable and easier to manage, while also saving you money. And an ever-increasing aspect is the effective management of energy used in the home.

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Energy-saving devices

“Combining the smart motion detector with the smart heat controller will automatically reduce the temperature in rooms where no one is present for a period of time.”

There are many products on the market that enable a home to manage energy better. Using smart heat controllers, temperature and motion sensors, smart switches and mobile apps means that the homeowner has full control over the energy used in their property. Utilising temperature automation within rooms through smart home apps helps to optimise heating costs. In addition, combining the smart motion detector with the smart heat controller will automatically reduce the temperature in rooms where no one is present for a period of time. This can also be applied to the lighting, as they will turn off if the room is empty. Additionally, settings can be employed to make lights turn on at a fraction of their power, if required, and therefore lessen energy consumption. Products like automated blinds help to enhance heating performance by closing when the home is left, minimising heat loss. They also offer security and peace of mind for the homeowner.

The Fibaro Walli Smart switches and outlets like Fibaro’s Walli are a direct response of consumers’ everyday needs. One feature is the energy consumption monitor which keeps an eye on the devices within the home. The surrounding LED ring changes its colour and signals the current energy consumption. Additionally, it compiles a list of the most energy consuming devices with a chart that shows estimates on real energy

costs of the connected device, providing a detailed insight on how to manage home appliances. Optimising the home budget can have a major saving factor. Knowledge about precise energy consumption means better equipment management (e.g. multimedia or small household appliances) and one step closer to proper savings. Other devices, like the Smart Implant, enable non-intelligent technologies such as stoves and heat pumps to become smarter. This allows for scheduled automation for things like sprinklers in the garden. They can even work in line with weather apps to locate the property’s position to ensure the sprinklers do not turn on when rain is forecast.

Endless possibilities There are endless possibilities when it comes to smart home technology. As the user’s needs increase, the smart ecosystem can be expanded so that the household can enjoy new automations including better energy management. As data is captured, the user has better insight into how their home is being used. With this, they can adapt their settings to reduce energy use when it’s not needed. Consequently, a smart home installation will optimise management of each automated area to help lower costs and save energy, therefore helping it to be a greener home. This is a win-win situation for the homeowner and a step in the right direction for the environmentally conscious individual.  Invision,



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“ WE ALL NEED TO BE IN THIS TOGETHER” Paul Foulkes, President of the KNX UK Association, describes how COVID-19 is presenting new energy challenges in homes and workplaces, and looks at the potential solutions.


marter technology for buildings has been taking massive leaps forward, but all too often, the solutions still seem to be a bit piecemeal. Heating, ventilation, lighting, security, audio-visual and entertainment – wouldn’t it be great to be able to control them all together, so they can work intelligently and more efficiently together? How much more control would that give homeowners over their energy budgets? How much easier would optimising energy consumption for post-pandemic working patterns be? At the same time, we talk about reducing energy demand via active and passive means, including smart grids and local energy production. It is generally accepted, I think, that buildings will eventually need to be a part of the wider local energy supply and demand infrastructure. That will make best use of all sources of energy and is able, for instance, to cater for the high demand that fast-charging EVs will place on it.

Taking back control We must stop talking about this ‘brave new world’ and we must start living it, but for now, most buildings are still treated in ringfenced isolation. That means that controls are still generally the main weapon in the architects and M&E contractors’ toolboxes. Yet too often, controls still mean disparate

systems that cannot talk to each other, and multiple pieces of software or apps that you need to understand in order to interact with your installations. This is, in part, due to the way we design our buildings and the supporting infrastructure. Often, the only link between architects, interior designers, M&E consultants, building contractors etc. are such things as ‘design briefs’ or a set of plans, or even simply verbal instructions passed down a chain of command. They rarely meet, yet logic dictates that they all should have a role to play at all stages of a project. This includes planning and design, through the installation/build process and on to occupation and management of the building.

COVID-19 implications Post-pandemic, we face a number of challenges as we integrate new thinking on social distancing into our transport planning and working practices. Perhaps one positive outcome is that we are refocussed on the needs of the people using the space, and how their occupancy and use of it will change over time. After all, how many houses were kitted out with the expectation of working from home and all-day occupancy? How many offices were conceived with the idea of minimising density and having to manage so much empty space energy-efficiently? Getting the necessary infrastructure in place requires effort and a level of

“Despite appearances, I have to doubt that the recognised big technology players in this market have a business strategy that is focused on saving energy.”

innovative thinking, but the first steps fall to us – the people involved in designing control for the building stock. Only if we demand that builders, architects, designers and engineers build in really smart control now, will we ever be able to take that big leap forward. By designing in flexible, smart control now, we are future-proofing buildings in preparation for when the regulations catch up with those willing to innovate and strive for better buildings.

What can we do now? Meeting the challenges of energy use within the home, for instance, simply must go beyond installing wireless gadgets. Despite appearances, I have to doubt that the recognised big technology players in this market have a business strategy that is focused on saving energy. Their products are designed to be replaced quickly; they want you to upgrade your hardware every 24 months because they will be following the same business strategy that they employ for mobile phones. This is not sustainable. When planning and building apartments, it is perfectly normal to include a BMS (Building Management System) which allows for non-invasive monitoring without compromising residents’ privacy. Yet, when we plan, design and build housing estates, a BMS or facility management and integrated infrastructure is generally completely omitted. That must surely change as developers, be they commercial, housing authorities, local authorities etc, become aware of the advantages of installing a suitable future-proof, robust, effective and proven infrastructure – and not just filling houses with smart gadgets that may have to be replaced in 24 months. The need for a robust, tested and accepted infrastructure system is essential. There are a number of options, but the one that truly meets all the requirements is KNX. KNX offers a non-proprietary installation with multiple manufacturer options, the ability to work with other systems – from local RF such as EnOcean to large-scale BMS such as Trend – and is scalable from individual housing to large-scale commercial and industrial. It’s futureproof and flexible and, if I was specifying control for any building now, I’d choose KNX. The rest of the world will catch up soon, and the customer will thank you when the find they are ready to ‘plug in’ to all the advantages of a local smart grid.  KNX UK,

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Where do you need light, where do you need detection, and where do you need both?

When it comes to installing security lights, slave floodlights could make perfect sense – and they may provide substantial costs savings too. Peter Staniforth, Technical Manager at Timeguard, takes a closer look.


Corner brackets for PIR light controllers help you to see around corners – ideal for narrow passageways

nce upon a time, installing an automatic security PIR light was straightforward. There wasn’t much to choose between them on functionality, and all you had to do was choose the brand you trusted, take it out of the box, and wire it up. It could be quite a cumbersome task though – juggling drills and screwdrivers while up a ladder and getting the set-up right wasn’t for the faint hearted. As time went on, there were refinements to avoid nuisance switching and eliminate blind spots, with options to pan, tilt and partially mask detectors, and 180-degree detections zones becoming commonplace. Controls improved too, with more precise control to avoid daytime switching and determine how long lights remain on. Lightweight polycarbonate came as a big blessing for installers, as did units with all the wiring on a wall plate, with the floodlight clipped on at the last minute. At Timeguard, we upped the ante even further with bigger terminals, replaceable knockouts, and flange shapes that hold wires more securely, while still focusing on the most installer-friendly thing of all: the reliability that means every job is a good one. All these refinements have been much appreciated by the trade, it seems, but how many of you actually make use of the extra terminal for easy loop outs better models provide?

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An opportunity for substantial savings Master-slave set-ups make perfect sense when lighting and protecting larger or irregularly shaped areas, especially when the looping out is made easy. A slave floodlight is typically 30-40% cheaper at the trade counter than an equivalent-quality master with a PIR or photocell switch, so you can soon start to see the benefits even with a single-slave set up. Wiring is quicker too, and once you’ve done the maths on what you spend at the wholesalers, you will almost certainly be able to trade up and deliver a higher level of specification and quality for the same cost as having multiple lower-spec, standalone low-cost luminaires. Another option is to use a standalone PIR detector to switch with one or more floodlights, none of which then need even to be in direct line of sight of the detection field. Of course, there’s nothing to stop you wiring the master to automate other, existing outdoor lights.

Getting the spec right A key precaution is to get the spec and ratings right, making sure the master will safely and reliably switch all the slaves you plan for. It goes without saying that LED rating should be specified for the strong inrush, not the subsequent low running current. So, for instance, a detector with has a maximum LED load of 150W might be rated for five sets of LED

lamps above 10W, right up to the 150W limit, but only 10 separate LED 10W lamps (a total of just 100W). This is because due to their physical size, lower wattage LED lamps (GU10 type lamps) can have very simple circuitry with surge protection and power factor correction omitted, which puts a massive strain on whatever is switching/controlling them. Timeguard’s tech team is available on the free helpline or email to advise. Indoors, we’ve applied the master-slave concept to PIR detectors as well. For a larger area with corners, nooks and crannies, a single PIR detector will not be able to give the comprehensive detection field needed. So, we linked PIRs in series with one master (with sensitivity controls). The slaves come fitted with cables and standard RJ11 plugs and sockets, and are snapped together in series, so huge amounts of time can be saved on both installation and setup. The ingenious Timeguard linkable concept allows for up to five plug-in slaves, all fitting a standard ceiling aperture so wires between them are simply tucked above the ceiling.

The bottom line? Take time to think through what you need to achieve. Where do you need light, where do you need detection, and where do you need both? Then compare costs between standalone and master-slave options and see what works for each job. The savings to you make by using master-slaves combinations may allow to you to trade up to better branded quality.  Timeguard,



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SETTING NEW STANDARDS Kohler Uninterruptible Power explains how the available standards can help ensure that UPS systems operate at peak performance, while remaining safe and compliant.


uppliers, installers and operators of UPS systems naturally want their installation to be safe, reliable and compliant, while operating at peak performance – and there are many standards available to help them achieve all these objectives. For the UK, the most important are the EN 62040 standards (EN 62040-1, -2 and -3) and the Energy Network Association’s Engineering Recommendation ER G5/41. The EN 62040 standards address safety, electromagnetic compatibility, and performance respectively, while ER G5/4-1 covers harmonics in power distribution networks and limiting their effects on equipment. There are also other standards to cover, environmental protection, installation requirements, earthing considerations and low voltage switchgear and control gear. UPSs are items of electrical equipment that depend heavily on batteries for their functionality. Accordingly, safety standards are provided for both Lithium-ion and Lead-Acid batteries. UPSs are also governed by RoHS legislation, which was originally introduced as Directive 2002/95/EC, and restricted the use of hazardous materials within electrical and electronic products in the EU market. In 2011, this was revised to Directive 2011/65/EU, also known as RoHS-Recast or RoHS 2. This has additions including a CE-marking directive, two further restricted substance categories and further compliance recordkeeping requirements. This, in turn, has been updated by Directive 2015/863; also known as RoHS 3. It added four further categories of restricted substances. WEEE is also applicable to UPS products, as described in Annex lll: Large equipment (any external dimension more than 50cm), Open Scope 2018.

covered by this standard is to ensure continuity of an alternating current power source. The UPS systems may also improve the power quality of the power source by keeping it within specified characteristics. This standard is applicable to movable, stationary, fixed and built-in UPSs for distribution systems up to 1000Vac. It applies to UPSs intended for installation in any operator-accessible area and specifies requirements to ensure safety for operators and non-specialists who may come into contact with the equipment and, where specially stated, for service personnel. The standard is intended to ensure the safety of installed equipment, either standalone or as a system of interconnected units, subject to installing, operating and maintaining the equipment as prescribed by the manufacturer.

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Part 3: The standard applies to electronic indirect AC converter systems with an electrical energy storage device in the DC link. The primary function of the UPS covered by this standard is to ensure continuity of an alternating current power source. The UPS systems may also improve the incoming supply power quality by keeping it within specified characteristics. The performance requirements of this standard are for UPSs within the scope of EN 62040-1.

Part 2: This EMC standard applies to single UPSs installed in any operator accessible area or in separated electrical locations, connected to either industrial or public low voltage supply networks. This EMC standard takes precedence over all aspects of the generic standards and no additional testing is necessary. The requirements have been selected to ensure adequate levels of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) for UPSs in public and industrial locations. These levels cannot, however, cover extreme cases which may occur in any location, but with extremely low probability of occurrence. It considers the differing test conditions necessary for UPSs of all physical sizes and power ratings. A UPS unit or system must meet this standard’s relevant requirements as a standalone product. EMC phenomena produced by any customer’s load connected to the UPS equipment’s output will not be considered.

The UPS Standard EN 62040 comprises three parts: •  BS-EN 62040 - Part 1 (General and Safety Requirements) •  BS-EN 62040 - Part 2 (EMCElectromagnetic Compatibility) •  BS-EN 62040 - Part 3 (Performance & Test Requirements) Part 1: This standard applies to electronic indirect AC converter systems with an electrical energy storage device in the DC link. The primary function of the UPSs

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The standard applies to UPSs with: •  Single or three phase, fixed frequency, 50/60Hz AC output voltage •  Single or three phase input voltage •  Electrical energy storage device in the DC link, if not otherwise specified •  With rated voltage not exceeding 1000Vac •  Movable, stationary or fixed equipment This standard specifies: •  Characteristics of the equipment •  Test methods •  Minimum performance levels

Energy Networks Association ER G5/4-1 The Energy Networks Association states that satisfactory operation of the electricity supply system and user’s equipment is only obtained where electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) between them exists. By limiting the harmonic emissions of customers’ non-linear loads and generating plant, the Engineering Recommendation G5/4-1 helps to fulfil the technical objective of the UK EMC Regulations. These regulations seek to limit the voltage distortion present in distribution networks to below levels at which equipment function and performance are likely to be impaired. Equipment immunity levels are based on a total voltage harmonic distortion (THDv) of 5% in 400V systems. Engineering Recommendation G5/4-1 sets the planning levels for harmonic voltage distortion to be used while connecting non-linear equipment to the supply system. While harmonic distortion limits are not governed by statute, it is incumbent upon the electrical design consultants and manufacturers to ensure emissions of equipment connected to the supply system do not exceed the planning levels set by G5/4-1, and that such harmonic distortions are agreeable to the Network Operating Company (NOC). Finally, there is the consideration that UPSs depend on batteries, which are subject to their own standards and obligations.  Kohler Uninterruptible Power,

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TESTING TIMES IN THE RENTED SECTOR With new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector coming into force, electrical contractors will be busy conducting safety checks. Super Rod explains more, and describes why its Ferret WiFi innovation will be the ideal tool.


he new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector Regulations 2020 (England) come into force on July 1 for landlords offering new tenancies, and for existing tenancies on April 1, 2021.

What the Regulations say The Electrical Safety Regulations will require landlords to: •  Have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every five years •  Provide a copy of the report (typically, an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is used within the industry) to their tenants, and to the local authority if requested •  If the EICR requires investigative or remedial works, landlords will have to carry this out In the English Housing Survey carried out in 2018-19, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government indicated that there were 4.6 million private rented households, accounting for 19% of all households. With a potential penalty of up to £30,000 for non-compliance with the Electrical Safety Regulations, it is likely to be a busy period for electricians who will be contacted to carry out these tests.

What is the impact of the current pandemic? Despite the current COVID-19 crisis and the challenges that it brings with it, recent Guidance issued by the Government does make clear that landlords are still required to ensure the electrical safety of their properties, and they must demonstrate they have taken all reasonable steps to comply with the law (communication with tenants/electricians showing they tried to arrange the inspection).

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What needs to be tested? The Regulations state that every electrical installation in the residential premises is to be inspected and tested at regular intervals (no more than five years) – in line with BS 7671:2018 – to ensure it is safe. It’s about checking the underlying electrical system – the wiring, the fuse board, earth bonding and all the other bits you can’t see that could be a risk.

“Competitiveness will be one of the biggest challenges for electrical contractors, as some landlords will undoubtedly look for the cheaper option.”

Using time-saving solutions Limited access to certain areas can make these tests particularly painful and lengthy for electricians. Furthermore, limited access can lead to incomplete inspections, and deficiencies may not be discovered as a result. From day one, Super Rod has been offering time saving solutions which make electrical work safer and more efficient. The Ferret WiFi inspection camera uses the latest electronic technology to stream high resolution video to a smart device in real time, making it an ideal tool for fast and accurate close up visual inspections and troubleshooting in places which are too confined or hard to reach. The camera has six adjustable bright white LEDs on the front to provide crisp, clear 720p images, even in complete darkness. The free app for Android and iOS allows the user to record in real time high-definition photos and videos direct to a smart device, making the Ferret WiFi a powerful tool for inspection and testing. It also allows users to take photos of what they are viewing at any time while recording video. This means they can capture anything interesting or important and include any images/videos as part of their inspection report or EICR. Nigel Tinker from Barwick Electrical Services tells us about using the Ferret WiFi on the completion of an EICR,

“It was easy and straight forward to set up the Ferret and to connect up to my iPhone - I was able to use it within five minutes of opening the box and the picture is very clear. I have only been able to try the Ferret out on the completion of an EICR, I was able to look through the spotlight opening and check the wiring and connections without pulling the whole fitting out. “I also had to hook a wire that had come loose. It was very easy to direct the Ferret with the camera’s help to easily gain access to the wire and reconnect. The Ferret is very well made.”

What the industry says The new Electrical Safety Regulations are a step forward for our industry. However, it is fundamental that it is effectively enforced and that the work is carried out by trusted and competent electricians. NAPIT has created an online search facility on its website to help landlords search for competent and qualified tradespeople that they can trust to carry out their electrical inspections. Competitiveness will be one of the biggest challenges for electrical contractors, as some landlords will undoubtedly look for the cheaper option. The Ferret WiFi is a versatile solution with unmatched image quality and overall functionality that can help these qualified electricians conduct these tests and inspections in a faster, easier and more accurate way, and help them stay competitive. The kit includes a USB Type-C battery charge cable, camera thread adaptors, camera gooseneck, short rod/hook/magnet and an instruction manual, all provided in a compact EVA case.  Super Rod,



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ADAPT TO SURVIVE Mark Johnson of Metrel, a manufacturer of electrical test equipment that was established over 60 years ago, explains how automating your testing can result in significant time-savings.


s we struggle slowly back from lockdown, for those of us who thought the government instruction to stay at home was serious, we have to regather threads of the projects on which we were working after nine weeks of little activity; activity that is reflected on the ‘paid in’ side of

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our account. While the expenses were reduced, the reduction did not match the shrinkage in income. Now is the time to do something about rebuilding the income that has been sacrificed to Coronavirus and make up some of two full months’ earnings. Hopefully, the recent lack of building activity will mean more jobs around to quote on, as developers who have watched their project costs escalate

while nothing has happened are desperate to capitalise. Winning the work is one thing, but having the time to complete it is another. It does not matter whether it is new builds, system extensions or EICRs; finding the extra hours to do the extra work is going to be a challenge. You were already working flat out. Something has to give. You are not going to let it be the quality of your work, so what is it that can give?



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Automate your testing Why not take a serious look at automating your testing? While the proportion of time saved varies according to the job you are doing, manufacturers seem to agree that automating your testing can reduce the time taken by up to 40%. The savings are generally in connecting to the circuit just once, and allowing the tester to make the connection, which it can do more rapidly than an operator. The results are displayed for you to check and confirm that they are acceptable before saving them to memory. The results can be downloaded for certification and archiving via USB, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. An example of this type of system is very relevant in this post-virus world, in which the media are talking about new vehicle buyers abandoning the internal combustion engine in their droves and opting for electric or plug-in hybrid cars. A vast amount of private and public charging capacity will have to be installed. Contractors will, of course, have to do the installations, and, being responsible professionals, will want to check their installations and leave their customers with the reassurance of a certificate to confirm that it was done satisfactorily. Metrel, unlike other manufacturers, have a range of test sets, a selection of multi-function testers and an adapter that will test the vehicle charging points both functionally and electrically.

AutoSequence and testing The AutoSequence function allows Metrel to string together a number of tests, such as voltage, RCD and loop impedance, in a protocol, which – once initiated – can be executed automatically. The clever part of these AutoSequences is that help screens to illustrate the connections required can be integrated, as can a script to guide users through the tests in the most effective manner.

Figure 1. A high speed EV charger being tested to 18th Edition using a Metrel MI3152 tester and A1532 adapter

Figure 2. Memory organisation to automate testing of a four-bay charging station on a multi-function tester MI3152

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For example, with EVSE testing, it guides you to do the functional tests first, as failure of the functional tests indicates a manufacturing fault and consequently it is not worth continuing. There is a tick and cross form to register that each of the functional states is reacting appropriately, idle, EV detected but not charging, EV charging and an error state with charging interrupted. Following that, the test routine will perform a voltage test, a non-trip loop test through both the 30mA AC RCD and the 6mA DC breaker and finally, a full auto RCD including a ramp test at 0O and 180O for the AC and DC breakers. All the results can also be stored.. For greater efficiency during testing and after for completing the certificate, a schematic can be built in the memory manager. It is a simple diagram of connected folders representing the assets, distribution boards, circuits, charge points etc. These can have individual test functions or full AutoSequences ascribed to them. Testing can be initiated from this point, thus making testing and saving results even easier. For example, the engineer opens the memory manager as shown in Figure 2, makes the connections, taps the circle and the test starts. Once the results are obtained and approved, they can be saved against the asset, and observations and comments can be made using the virtual keyboard (see Figure 3). The whole results can then be downloaded via a USB or smartphone to an 18th Edition certificate. But if you want to work one test at a time, you can do that too!  Metrel,

“While the proportion of time saved varies according to the job you are doing, manufacturers seem to agree that automating your testing can reduce the time taken by up to 40%.”

Figure 3. Making a record of a comment against an asset using the virtual keyboard of a multi-function tester MI3152


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C.K CABLE ROUTING SOLUTIONS TO THE RESCUE Professional tradespeople are familiar with cable routing and know the risks of splinters with some cable rods. That has become a painful reality for some professionals who have experienced injury when using cable rods by other brands, with C.K coming to the rescue of those who have sustained bad injuries when using cheaper cable rod sets, made worse by the loss of valuable work time. C.K’s innovative range of quality cable routing products offer advanced technological features and benefits to ensure the needs of professional tradespeople are more than met, including vital safe and efficient working conditions. Working with trade professionals helps C.K find the best solutions and has enabled the company to develop the most advanced cable routing collection. The C.K MightyRods Pro range is specifically designed to combat the issues of painful splintering and snapping, thanks to an innovative SplinterShield coating – Europe’s first 100% splinterproof material – that fully protects the rods and allows for longer cable runs. Flexibility is also key to successful cable routing and, with that in mind, C.K introduced its super-flexible SpiraFLEX, perfect for accessing tight corners, bends and other obstacles. The SpiraFLEX draw tapes offer fantastic benefits when it comes to hassle-free cable routing. The super flexible and extremely tough 4mm Ø SpiraFLEX draw tape offers a major improvement on standard nylon and steel draw tapes, which are often prone to twisting and kinking. The C.K Gloworm Cable Router adds another dimension to the range and is perfect for running cables around tight corners, through insulation filled walls, underneath flooring and across ceilings. Gloworm’s clever glow in the dark phosphorescent polymer construction aids routing in low light conditions and easier navigation towards exit points. When charged under natural light, Gloworm provides an effective glow for up to 30 minutes. For more information, visit


NEW METAL CONTENT CABLE TIES FROM UNICRIMP Unicrimp, part of the Scolmore Group of companies, continues to expand its cable accessories portfolio with the addition of a new range of Metal Content Cable Ties. Designed specifically for use in the food and pharmaceuticals industries, Metal Content Cable Ties are produced using a unique manufacturing process, which involves the inclusion of a metallic pigment throughout the length of the cable tie and enables even small ‘cut-off’ sections of the tie to be detected by standard metal-detecting equipment. They are blue in colour, which assists in visual detection and helps reduce the risk of contamination. This makes them ideally suited for the installation of cabling both in the plant and within areas adjacent to the manufacturing process. The addition of this new range was made as a result of increasing enquiries from customers for a product they can use within these specific environments. The new cable ties are made from self-extinguishing nylon with a UL Flammability Rating of 94HB. For more information, visit

Part of the popular EBDHS range of increased performance, PIR presence detectors, the new EBDHS-B-CB-DD (Direct Dim) from CP Electronics has been developed for high bay lighting control in areas with demanding spaces and increased mounting heights. Utilising Casambi wireless technology, the EBDHS-B-CB-DD is responsive to the constant shift of an organisation’s lighting needs by being programmable and adjustable to produce an exceptionally accurate detection beam. The Casambi technology provides a mesh network where all the intelligence of the system is replicated in every node, thus creating a system with no single point of failure. In this kind of fully distributed architecture, any unit can go offline and catch up from others when they return back online. This allows for grouping luminaires, different lighting situations for different occasions, colour temperature, daylight sensor, occupancy sensor and more. Casambi provides the user with control of a large number of fixtures from any point and the grouping of luminaires to provide different lighting situations for different occasions. For more information, visit

SCOLMORE’S NEW AQUIP66 ADDITIONS OFFER 20 AMP SWITCHING Scolmore’s Aquip66 range of durable, easy-to-install 10A weatherproof outdoor switches now includes 20A versions – which will offer installers the key benefit of enabling 20A switching in a single width module. Scolmore’s existing one- and two-gang waterproof switch enclosures utilise MiniGrid single width switch modules, which are rated at 10A. By adding new oneand two-gang switches that utilise the GridPro range of modules, the range offers 20A switching options. There are now eight products in the range which comprises one- and two-gang 10A, two-way MiniGrid switches in a choice of furnished or unfurnished; plus the new one- and two-gang 20A, two-way GridPro weatherproof switches, again in a choice of furnished or unfurnished. Designed to offer a high level of protection against ingress of water jets and dust, all products in the Aquip66 range come as completely sealed units. They have an ergonomic design and are all IP66 rated.

LEWDEN OFFERS BESPOKE POWER DISTRIBUTION SOLUTIONS Lewden has expertise in providing bespoke power distribution solutions, customised to suit customers’ requirements with full concept and product design, assembled by its experienced engineering team with exclusive consultation provided throughout the process. With short turnaround times, starting from concept to delivery, Lewden provides pre-finished solutions to reduce installation time on-site. View Lewden’s scope and some of the company’s previous bespoke power distribution solutions at For more information, visit

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NEW ADDITIONS TO ESP’S APERTA DOOR ENTRY RANGE ESP is expanding one of its best-selling products – the Aperta EZTAG door entry system – to offer installers more choice and wholesalers more opportunities for sales. EZTAG3 is a sleek keypad and proximity reader, designed to provide a compact, durable and convenient solution for a wide variety of access control applications. Already available in silver, ESP has now introduced a black version which will broaden its appeal for a range of installations. Offering straightforward installation and commissioning and with simple selfcontained programming, EZTAG3 is an IP65 rated weatherproof combined access control keypad with proximity tag or pin code activation, accommodating up to 1,010 key tag holders or pin numbers. Users approach the keypad and enter a four-digit code or hold a personal proximity tag within a few inches to activate one of the EZTAG3’s two on-board relays which, in turn, activates an appropriate door release in separate controlled areas. The EZTAG3 supports two separate lock outputs, as well as fail safe and fail secure locks. It comes complete with 10 tags and features a robust housing with a narrow (45mm x 152mm) footprint, allowing installation where space is at a premium. The units are further enhanced with the use of LED operational indicators and an attractive blue backlighting of the keypad. There is also a doorbell option. A new black keypad is also being introduced for the EZTAG3PRO Kit (pictured), which offers a complete door entry system in one handy and convenient box. It comprises: a EZTAG3 proximity door entry keypad; 10 proximity tags; an electromagnetic lock; boxed power supply, with optional backup battery; push to exit button or mushroom button; and emergency break glass. ESP’s technical support team is available during working hours from Monday to Friday to offer any advice or support that may be required. For more information, visit


OVIA INTRODUCES COMPACT, DIMMABLE FIRE-RATED LED DOWNLIGHT Ovia’s Inceptor Nano5 is a compact, fire-rated, dimmable downlight, which packs an array of features into its shallow profile. The competitively priced, high-performance 4.8W LED downlight is suitable for a variety of domestic applications. Along with Ovia’s full range of Inceptor and FlameGuard fire-rated downlights, Nano has recently been the subject of further fire resistance testing to demonstrate that it satisfies the new guidelines issued by the NHBC. There are two models – Inceptor Nano5 Fixed and Inceptor Nano5 Adjustable, which allows the luminaire to be moved and directed to where light is needed. Both feature a compact, high-powered driver which is suitable for installation in a fire rated ceiling. Inceptor Nano5 Fixed is designed for a 60mm cut out, to fit a recess depth of 45mm, while the Adjustable version is designed for a 75mm cut out, with a recess depth fitting of 54mm. Both feature the Flow Connector, the pre-wired connection system that speeds up installation and allows faster removal for testing and replacement of components. Inceptor Nano5 offers a 30, 60, and 90-minute fire rating, and is acoustic and airflow compliant. It utilises the latest LED technology and the custom-built, multifaceted lens creates a halogen-style lighting effect. There are 12 Inceptor Nano5 products in the range, with both the Fixed and Adjustable Bezel designs available in three finishes – white, chrome and satin chrome – and in two colour temperatures: warm white and cool white. The fixed bezel has an IP65 rating, and IP54 for the adjustable. Inceptor Nano5 is supplied with a three-year warranty as standard.

Beckhoff’s TF8050 Lighting Solution software is a ready-made PLC application library for its PC-based control system. Offering easy configuration, control and monitoring of DALI/DALI2 devices, TF8050 is decentrally scalable and supports limitless DALI lines each with a combination of up to 64 ballasts and switching devices. Fast functional changes, address changes, system expansions and cross-DALI line groupings can be carried out without operational interruptions. Based around the ‘human-centric’ control concept, TF8050 provides simple, programless configuration of complex lighting systems. With features such as colour temperature control, daylight control, constant light regulation and scheduler/holiday setting, a web browser is all that’s required to configure, define functionality and commission the system. Alternatively, configuration can be achieved via an Excel spreadsheet, which provides a secure way of backing up and restoring lighting projects. To simplify the maintenance and management of lighting systems, information such as hours run, power consumption, readdressing of ballasts and fittings, and error and status monitoring is instantly available to facilities managers. For further information, visit


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Designed to safely secure single cables in a quad formation, Ellis Patents’ Vulcan+ Quad cable cleats are in high demand across a wide range of industries around the globe. The Vulcan+ Quads, which were designed and developed in-house at Ellis’ North Yorkshire headquarters, were launched in 2000 and are now firmly established as the number one choice for specifiers, contractors and installers. Designed, developed, tested and manufactured in accordance with IEC 61914, Ellis’ Vulcan+ Quads are available in a range of sizes, ranging from Ø23mm to Ø70mm. The frame of the cleat is manufactured from corrosion resistant 316L grade stainless steel, while the cables are supported by an integral liner manufactured from a low smoke zero halogen (LSOH) material. The cleats are available with a range of adapters, including C-clamp and ladder rung fixings, ensuring they can be utilised in more quad and quadplex installations than any other similar product. For further information, visit

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