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Hello and welcome to the April issue of ECN. You may have seen on social media, or noticed the teaser advert in the last issue of the magazine, that the ECN team are working on something really exciting behind the scenes! This year we will be bringing you the first ever ECN Awards – an evening designed to celebrate the very best of the electrical contracting sector. Planned for later in the year, and to be held in the Midlands, the ECN Awards will give you the perfect opportunity to let your hair down and have a great night out with your industry colleagues – and maybe even pick up an award too! We will be announcing more information very shortly, so please keep an eye on the magazine, website and our social

media, and please subscribe to our newsletter at to get the details as soon as they are released.

Turning our attention back to this issue, this one is packed full of news and information for you, along with this month’s features: Cabling & Cable Management; Exterior Lighting; and Software & Apps.

In our Interview, I speak to the newly appointed Chief Executive and Secretary of the IET, Ed Almond, about life at the IET. Plus, we bring you two Competitions this month – there’s a £250 bundle from the Hartland collection up for grabs from Hamilton, and Knightsbridge is offering you the chance to win a stunning solid silver prize!

We’ve got all of our regulars too, so there’s a lot to read this month – not to mention the accompanying EV Charging Supplement!

I hope you enjoy the issue – see you next month!


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Electric vehicles could be the largest contributor to flexible capacity in our electricity grid, according to recent data captured by myenergi

In recent months, myenergi has supported UK grid events – with thousands of customers signed up to offer flexible capacity.

With more than 13MW of aggregated flexible capacity in total – equivalent to the average power consumption of 40,000 homes – myenergi has been sending commands to zappi chargers that have responded to grid events by reducing their consumption by an average of 2.4kW per household. This offers far more flexible capacity than other demand side response (DSR) platforms, which have largely seen consumers reduce home energy consumption by turning off lights and other appliances.

Lee Sutton, co-founder and CEO of myenergi, says, “Data we have collected from recent grid events prove that, far from being a hindrance on the electricity system, electric vehicles are ready to deliver huge benefits in terms of the flexible capacity they offer when shifting charging demand to avoid grid constraints.” myenergi,


Over a year on from the launch of the reporting tool for unsafe and non-compliant electrical work, following a unique collaboration by the Electrical Safety Roundtable (ESR) and TrustMark, the results continue to highlight electrical safety concerns in the owner-occupied sector.

70% of the electrical safety faults which have been reported over the last 12 months are in the owner-occupied sector, with 27% of total responses submitted identifying a category 1, immediate risk to life, hazard. These statistics highlight an undetermined risk in an area that is not currently covered by any legislation to require regular electrical safety checks.

Electrical Safety Roundtable Chair, Chris Pack, comments, “The information collected through this reporting tool suggests that, proportionally, electrical safety standards in owner-occupied dwellings are of concern, and in some cases pose a risk to life. We would urge the government to take heed of these findings, and support Lord Foster’s Domestic Premises (Electrical Safety Certificate) Bill, which requires an electrical safety certificate to be provided to prospective purchasers of domestic premises in specified circumstances.”

With 57% of those utilising the tool being registered electricians, 32% being homeowners and 11% being tenants, there is broad interest in the initiative, which allows a fuller picture of the electrical safety standards in homes to be gathered.

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ECA has broadly welcomed the Spring Budget, praising the extension of the energy support guarantee for another three months. However, the association has warned that the Chancellor’s corporation tax hike could harm electrotechnical businesses, especially SMEs, as they continue to face fiscal pressures from the energy crisis, the cost-of-living crisis, and inflation.

ECA Director of Legal and Business, Rob Driscoll says, “SMEs are a vital part of the construction sector, which itself is the backbone of the British economy. Today’s corporation tax hikes come at a time when SMEs have dealt with COVID-19, hyperinflating labour, materials and energy costs, rising insolvencies, receding demand and increased borrowing costs.

“This budget may prove to be counter-intuitive and hinder businesses’ ability to pivot into delivering our urgent net zero targets. The drive to net zero hinges on skilled engineering services professionals doing the frontline work to upgrade our grid, electrify transport and heating, and connect our homes and businesses to clean energy sources.”

ECA Director of Workforce and Public Affairs, Andrew Eldred, says, “The measures announced by the Chancellor to encourage people back to work fail to address sector-specific labour and skills shortages. The extended energy bill support will provide some peace of mind, but this will be short-lived.” ECA,

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The majority (85%) of tradespeople think there is a shortage of apprentices entering construction, according to the latest research from Screwfix

When it comes to attracting future talent, while nearly all (99%) tradespeople would recommend a career in the trades, 92% believe more can be done to encourage people into the industry.

When quizzed on why they would recommend a career as a tradesperson, 86% said it was the pride in a job well done, while being your own boss (72%) and customer satisfaction (64%) came in second and third respectively.

Looking at the support needed to take on an apprentice, just 12% said they knew how to do it, with assistance and advice for hiring (39%) and training (31%) apprentices identified as the biggest barriers.

To encourage more apprentices into construction trades, and help tackle the ongoing skills shortage, last year Screwfix unveiled a new initiative to fund the training of trade apprentices. Working in partnership with TrAC, Screwfix will support both apprentices and employers with financial support to cover the cost of training.



#CEFLIVE23 returns to the NEC Birmingham on 8 and 9 June 2023 – and it’s set to be bigger and better than ever.

CEF is hosting the event and showcasing what it has to offer, including expert advice, training opportunities and services.

The two-day event will bring electrical experts together to share ideas, discover the latest products and innovations, and gain insights into the emerging technologies that are driving the electrical industry forwards.

#CEFLIVE23 highlights:

• Over 90 leading brand suppliers, showcasing the latest products and innovations.

• Seven CPD accredited TechTalks presented by CEF’s Head of Technical Solutions; Darren Staniforth; Dave Austin, Technical Presenter of the Learning Lounge; and guest speaker Mark Coles, Head of Technical Regulations at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

• Money-saving deals – only available at #CEFLIVE23.

• Games, competitions and product demonstrations.

• VIP celebrity guests.

• Free on the day calibration.

• Giveaways, plus a £50 discount voucher to spend online after the event.

• Free parking.

• Free food and refreshments.

#CEFLIVE23 is for professionals working across the electrical sector looking to discover the latest trends in the electrical industry and pick up some of the latest products at unbeatable prices. CEF,


Data from the Building Controls Industry Association’s (BCIA) latest Market Information Service (MIS) report has estimated that the Building Energy Management System (BEMS) sector is now worth around £835.8m to the UK economy. The new total represents an increase of 8% from the 2021 figure, and the BCIA believes the sector will be pivotal to the government’s decarbonisation agenda, with building controls playing a fundamental role in realising a carbon neutral built environment.

BCIA’s Graeme Rees comments, “The 2022 full year results saw the highest set of figures recorded to date and the opportunities are undoubtedly there for the building controls industry to build from this position of strength.”

The MIS report lets BCIA members see trends, market growth and segmentation in the BEMS industry. The latest growth reflects an upturn in the market as estate owners and facilities managers demand greater energy performance and a reduction in energy costs, and reinforces the BCIA’s collective influence in government policy and the deployment of building controls by building users and developers.

Manufacturers’ revenues rose by 7.7%, up to £86.9m, whilst system installers’ revenues rose by 10.4%, up to £404.9m. The 2022 figures suggest that system installers have enjoyed increased revenues from installed systems, while manufacturers have continued to increase their third-party product sales, particularly to system installers. BCIA,


SELECT has welcomed additional funding for electrical apprentices and adult trainees, following a plea to government – but has joined training providers to insist that support must continue to prevent future shortfalls of talent.

After making an urgent appeal to Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, SELECT says it is good news that Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will now meet the cost of an outstanding 87 apprentice and 68 adult trainee places for 2022/23.

But while there is relief for those recruited in 2022, the body says it is worrying that extra places won’t be funded in 2023 and beyond – and insists the Scottish Government must support the sector by providing full funding for those seeking to be apprentice electricians.

The additional funding followed an appeal by SELECT in December to John, asking him to allocate extra money to vital training as part of the nation’s transition to a net zero future.

SELECT is now asking its 1,250 member firms to contact their local MSP and reinforce the need for proper funding to ensure a steady pipeline of properly trained apprentices and adult trainees is maintained. SELECT,

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A new electricity grid site has been energised, providing essential new power infrastructure for the development of Ebbsfleet.

The completion of the main grid site, which will be supported by two main electrical substations required by the new development, paves the way to power up to 15,000 new homes, schools and businesses.

UK Power Networks’ new grid substation is a central part of an electrical engineering project that will deliver 77MW of power to Ebbsfleet residents, unlocking the potential for new neighbourhoods, new homes, jobs, schools and leisure facilities, and could also enable the connection of low carbon technologies as the UK progresses towards net zero.

Mark Adolphus, Director of Connections at UK Power Networks, says, “Energisation of this new grid site marks an important milestone to help unlock the future growth and development of this area over the coming years.”

“We are delighted to be working closely with Ebbsfleet Development Corporation to help them realise their vision to transform this area into a vibrant, new, sustainable community.”

The existing Northfleet east grid site has been reconfigured to enable two new 132,000V points of connection to the new Ebbsfleet Grid site. The new grid site involved installing two new 68-tonne transformers and a new 33,000V switch house and switchboard. Transformers play an essential role in delivering electricity by stepping down the voltage, to safely flow to homes and businesses.”

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The industry’s fight against ‘rogue trainers’ offering inadequate and unethical training packages has been boosted by a new partnership between The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) and JobsAware, a government-backed organisation set up to prevent job scams and labour market abuses.

TESP’s Rogue Trainers campaign was launched in 2021 to warn against training providers who offer expensive packages that are not industry-recognised, targeting those wishing to retrain in skilled trades such as electrical work. High-pressure sales techniques are often used alongside a large financial commitment and loans, but often the training is low quality and does not live up to what was promised, leaving learners out of pocket and feeing desperate.

The TESP website has advice for those interested in becoming an electrician on the correct routes to becoming qualified, tips on choosing a training provider and the red flags to avoid. Since its launch, the Rogue Trainers advice has received over 20,000 views, and TESP is regularly contacted by those who signed up for a training package and qualifications they now realise are unattainable.

Through the new partnership, TESP will continue to provide information and signpost individuals to report rogue trainers to JobsAware, who are well placed to take action and progress cases with the relevant authorities. Often, the training providers in question will repeatedly close down and set up businesses under different guises in order to avoid detection, an issue both partners are monitoring.

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The Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) has confirmed Charlie Lacey, Managing Director at Stearn Electric, as its 93rd President. Charlie takes over from CEF’s Chris Ashworth and will lead the association for the next two years. Ellis Patents has appointed Georgette Donoghue as Marketing Manager – a move the north Yorkshire cable cleat manufacturer says is aimed at enhancing communications and facilitating growth across UK and export markets.

Prolectric Services has announced the appointment of Malcolm Kershaw as Business Development Manager for ProRehire, Prolectric’s new rehire division. Malcolm joins Prolectric with an excellent track record and extensive experience in national account management, technical sales and business development.

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Incorporating many of the most popular features from the existing Hager app, Hager Ready provides installers with a whole new level of functionality and support flexibility.

“As we developed the Hager Ready App, we knew that our goal was to provide a user-friendly platform that enabled our customers to access critical information about their electrical systems quickly and easily,” says Lauren Azu, Customer Experience Specialist at Hager. “While developing the app, we collaborated with customers throughout the whole process to ensure it was meeting the right needs. We wanted to streamline their workflows, save them time, and help them be more efficient in their day-to-day work. And I’m proud to say that I think we’ve achieved that with this app.”

Saving time spent on site and providing extended support to meet daily needs before, during and after job completion, the Hager Ready app is the digital assistant for the busy, time-constricted installer. The app takes functionality and support flexibility to the next level, allowing you to quickly access up-to-date Hager product information, technical support, training modules, regulatory advice, and project management tools.

Hager’s latest mobile application solution also comes complete with convenient project management tools, helping installers organise projects seamlessly. In addition, the app allows users to collaborate with other app users –ensuring everyone involved on a project has access to all the same information.

Benefits of the app include:

• Search – the ability to search Hager’s extensive product catalogue and download brochures, data sheets and instruction leaflets.

• Learn – easy access to product technical specifications, current project details, training modules and latest Hager news, all from the homepage.

• Build – configure the consumer unit required for each project and save within the app.

• Ask – contact technical support and FAQs at the touch of a button.

• Save time – access and speedy navigation to essential work-related content such as inventory, distribution board configuration and wiring diagram creation tools.

User have direct access to Hager’s detailed support page, including technical support and FAQs that answer on-the-job queries or provide solutions for the correct application.

Ian Smith, Country Marketing Leader from Hager, comments, “We have listened

to the valuable opinions and suggestions of installers to help develop the new and enhanced Hager Ready app. Electricians want a combination of information, advice and support as they undertake projects, but they want it quickly and all in one place. Hager Ready does this.

“Whether it is unearthing a technical solution to an issue or searching for the most appropriate product from our integrated e-catalogue, installers can trust the Hager Ready app to help them get the job done. With technical specifications to hand and configuration tools easily accessible, it is an essential for contractors who want the stay ahead.

“And, with a focus on building business opportunities, the app is a great way to store historical information about past projects, which can be used as part of a promotional push or support potential project discussions with new clients.”

Available to download for free on both iOS and Android platforms, the Hager Ready app is a comprehensive resource for electrical contractors looking to streamline their workflows and make their job easier. With its wide range of features and benefits, the Hager Ready app is set to become an essential tool for installers across the industry.

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A new restaurant from Caprice Holdings is using ABB building automation for precise control of lighting to create the optimum ambience.

When Caprice Holdings opened Bacchanalia in November 2022, the restaurant became an important place to be seen in London’s Mayfair, as well as one of the world’s finest dining experiences.

The restaurant’s smart building technology – thanks to ABB – is an important aspect of the experience. It helps to create an inviting and relaxed atmosphere, while


adjusting to reflect the time of day and the intensity of natural sunlight.

Having had good experiences with ABB’s i-bus KNX DALI technology at other projects for Caprice Holdings, Intecho turned to ABB again when it designed and delivered the smart lighting for Bacchanalia. The scheme combines data from light sensors and timing schedules to adjust the atmosphere seamlessly as service progresses through day, dusk, evening and night and ensure a comfortable ambience. Automation provides the benefit of greater

Conrad Energy has announced that its 25MW 50MWh battery energy storage site (BESS) in Blackpool was successfully energised to Electricity North West’s (ENWL) 33kV network in late January, following stringent pre-commissioning and functional testing of the safety critical features of the plant, and satisfying UK grid compliance testing requirements.

Battery storage is a vital ingredient for the stabilisation of the grid, in line with the transition to renewable and low carbon energy. Battery storage technology has advanced in recent years, allowing it to fulfil its crucial role in maximising the usefulness of renewable energy, by flattening out some of the curves in supply created by weather fluctuations.

Steve Conry, Chief Operating Officer, explains, “When operational, the project will support the energy transition by both solving the problem of matching intermittent energy supply with varying grid demand and by providing essential ancillary services such as Dynamic Containment, Dynamic Regulation and Dynamic Moderation.” Conrad Energy,

convenience for Bacchanalia’s front of house staff so they can focus completely on service.

In addition, Bacchanalia can call on Intecho’s experts to access the system remotely and immediately diagnose and resolve any issues that arise, for example, by changing settings.

Smart building technology can also help the hospitality industry act more sustainably and control costs by dimming lights, controlling shading and adjusting the HVAC to reduce energy consumption.



C-TEC’s CAST fire alarm system is now in operation at South Shield’s Football Club’s 1st Cloud Arena Stadium.

The ‘Mariners’ recently invested in a state-of-the-art 900-seater stand with executive boxes, function rooms and boardrooms in a move to upgrade facilities and generate additional revenue.

C-TEC’s CAST system features a two-loop CAST XFP addressable fire panel connected to CAST detectors, sounder VADs and call points to provide the ultimate in fire detection technology at the ground.

Matthew Jefferson, Sales Director of ACS Technologies, the north-east based specialist life-safety systems company, says, “CAST is powerful, cost-effective and perfect for projects like this. The system has all the key features you need such as easy installation and none of the complicated ones you don’t, which is exactly what we look for in a fire alarm system.”


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Gripple’s Fast Trak pre-fabricated bracket solution has been specified for One Cambridge Square, a new office and retail space within the heart of Cambridge North.

Working alongside main contractor, Wates, and subcontractor, PA Collacott & Co, Gripple supplied its rapid fit trapeze system Fast Trak to suspend electrical containment throughout each floor of the 94,000ft2 building.

Gripple’s Fast Trak also enabled PA Collacott & Co to overcome challenges on the site, including the fact that the cable baskets and trays had to navigate through different heights and levels on each floor, whilst retaining an uncluttered appearance and not compromising safety.

An electrical supervisor from PA Collacott & Co says, “Fast Trak has definitely helped us to deliver this project much more quickly. We had some tricky steel beams to get through which Fast Trak helped overcome, with its quick adjustment mechanism – which would have been difficult and time consuming with traditional methods. A whole floor took two installers four days to complete – the same space using traditional methods would have taken at least three weeks, saving a great deal of time and labour!”

As One Cambridge Square is BREEAM Excellent rated, it was an added bonus that Fast Trak offers carbon savings over traditional methods. Fast Trak helped to save 4,464kg of embodied carbon on-site, the equivalent to driving 15,338 miles. Gripple,


Kensa Contracting and Thurrock Council have celebrated an important milestone as the first energy and carbon saving ground source heat pump was switched on. It is one of over 270 residences benefiting from a landmark energy upgrade scheme delivered by Kensa Contracting.

Kensa’s sustainable, low carbon ground source heat pumps are replacing night storage heaters in three social housing high-rise tower blocks at Chadwell St Mary in Thurrock. They are estimated to reduce fuel bills by over 50% for some households, due to them being three times more energy efficient.

Replacing the night storage heaters with ground source heat pumps will not only reduce running costs by up to £500 per year, but also cut carbon emissions by 70%. This will save an estimated 7,080 tonnes of CO2 over the lifetime of the heat pumps – the equivalent of taking 1,540 cars off the road.

Cllr Luke Spillman, Thurrock Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, says, “Getting the first of 273 households at Chadwell St Mary up and running with a renewable heating system is a milestone that should be celebrated. Kensa’s ground source heat pumps are providing residents with reliable, efficient, and future-proofed heating which utilises the natural heat in the ground. This innovative project will help make these homes warmer and greener and drive down fuel bills.”

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Bassetlaw District Council has installed a series of new lighting columns in the Memorial Gardens, Worksop to improve the safety of people walking through the park during hours of darkness.

A total of five new lights, paid for by national Safer Streets funding, have been set up along the pathway behind the Aurora Centre that links Worksop Library with The Canch.

The council will also upgrade several existing lights in the Memorial Gardens, The Canch, and along Church Walk, a popular route between the town centre and residential areas in the south of Worksop. An additional light will be installed on Chapel Walk to help improve the safety of people using these routes.

Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at the council says, “This is the latest in a series of measures we are proud to introduce to make Worksop’s streets safer, especially for women and girls.

“Using Safer Streets funding, this project adds to the measures we have already put in place, including Refuge Point safety cameras, Safer Streets Wardens and the upgrading of CCTV.”

In addition to supplying extra lighting, the council will be installing a new Refuge Point safety camera in the Canch giving people in distress a direct communication with the CCTV control room at the touch of a button.

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A new online course designed to make learning more accessible and flexible for electricians has been launched by an electrical training provider.

The 18th Edition Online Course has been created by Sussex-based training provider Electrician Courses 4U and aims to provide new or existing electricians with an in-depth understanding of the most up to date wiring regulations.

The course, which is accredited by City & Guilds, covers the key chapters and appendices of the IET 18th Edition Wiring Regulations 2018 Amendment 2 book, as well as providing students with the qualification needed to join a government approved Part P scheme provider.

Since launching towards the end of last year, the course has not only proven to be very popular but achieved extremely high pass rates too.

In total, nearly 200 customers have booked onto the course and, to date, 97% have passed the exam first time.


Baxi has been working alongside the government to develop its new £5 million Heat Training Grant, designed to support 10,000 trainees to become low carbon heating experts with grants of up to £500 over the next two years.

Baxi has pledged to match the £500 government grant with another £500 worth of Baxi Works loyalty points for installers who use the voucher to train and achieve Baxi’s BPEC accredited qualification.

Upon completion of the course and registration of the installer’s first air source heat pump, points can be redeemed against a range of rewards, including gadgets, vouchers, tools and workwear.

“This is a great scheme, and we welcome the government’s focus on skills and its commitment to the installer community – who are keen to participate in the transition to decarbonised heating in buildings,” says Jeff House, External Affairs and Policy Director at Baxi.

“The conversation on heat pumps has to move beyond purely product and must recognise the necessary industry change needed around specification, installation and maintenance – all of which will be addressed by the training programmes provided by us and others under the scheme. This is absolutely critical to gaining consumer confidence around new technology”, he adds.

Baxi can deliver training through its own facilities in the Midlands and south east, and will make all course

The online course provides electricians with a cost-effective and more flexible alternative to the in-centre 18th Edition course.

The online course can also be completed in a students’ own time, with the exam being taken at home as well.

Speaking on the launch and success of the course, Nigel Best, Director of Electrician Courses 4U, says, “We’re extremely proud to be able to offer a course which provides new and existing electricians with the opportunity to develop their knowledge of essential wiring regulations in a flexible and cost-effective way.

“We’ve already received lots of fantastic feedback from our customers who have been able to accommodate their studying around their day-to-day commitments, including work and family life.”

Chris White, one of many customers who has recently passed the 18th Edition online course, says, “I made the

decision to take the online course because the distance from the training centre and my family commitments made it challenging for me to spend an extended time away from home.

“The course is easy to navigate, provides everything needed to succeed in the exam and can be taken from the comfort of home.”

As a result of the success of this course, Electrician Courses 4U is currently in the process of rolling out a number of additional online courses and remote learning opportunities including the City & Guilds 2365 Level 2 course and the City & Guilds 2365 Level 3 course.

Both of these courses are structured in two parts, with online learning being followed by in-centre and practical training at the provider’s teaching facilities.

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information and benefits available through the government’s linked web pages promoting the scheme to installers.

Individuals who sign up to Baxi’s loyalty scheme will receive vouchers towards a heat pump or other purchases, up to the

value of the training they have completed at a Baxi training centre, using the government grant.


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With the imminent T8/T5 ban, LED tubes appear a quick win for refurbishment projects. Graeme Shaw, Technical Director at Zumtobel Group UK & Ireland, discusses the key considerations before ordering.

Building operators carrying out lighting refurbishments are faced with reducing energy costs and carbon emissions, alongside improving the use of the space.

One key driver is the pending T8/T5 fluorescent tube ban.

From September 2023, the sale of inefficient T5/T8 fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) will be phased out of the European and UK market. This is in accordance with the Ecodesign and RoHS directives (and UK equivalents). Lighting schemes currently using the soon-to-be-banned halogen or fluorescent lamps will need new light sources.

Preparing the switch in good time can help to mitigate inevitable availability issues and rising costs. Those who switch now can save more.

LED tubes – a quick win?

There are some quick wins from retrofitting LED lamps, but there is a lot to consider before pressing the order button.

Many choose LED tubes for cost or speed of replacement. However, is the existing fitting suitable? If it has been in place for some time, there is the risk of plastic degradation – which could easily result in breakages whilst removing the existing tube

LED tubes seem like a quick win, but are they your best option?

or swapping in the replacement. The result?

A bodged job or extra costs for replacement parts: making a ‘quick fix’ slower and more expensive than planned.

Thermal and weight considerations

A product will have been designed for a specific technology’s weight and thermal characteristics: aspects that significantly differ between LED and fluorescent technologies. LEDs require a method of heatsinking to remove heat. Which adds weight. The lamp holders are specified based on a specific lamp weight and increasing this weight can result in them being insufficiently robust to hold the LED tube.

Consider users of the space

The photometric performance of a product – how efficiently it produces and distributes light – is based on the light source it was designed for. Calculations will need to be re-run when replacing fluorescent with LED. LED tubes may not provide the same directional light output: often not meeting EN1264:1 2021 legislation.

Impaired, poor, non-uniform lighting or glare will affect the experience and comfort of those using the space.


Efficiency is generally declared for the complete luminaire. For LED replacement lamps it is declared for the lamp and therefore requires de-rating to account for thermal and optical losses when operated within the product. This must be correctly considered to realise expected efficiency savings.

Controls and emergency

Usually non-dimmable and non-compatible with the existing control system (if in place) LED tubes generally do not offer emergency lighting compatibility – which means a new emergency lighting system –fitting and labour costs.

If any product being retrofitted with LED lamps has an emergency lighting function, the correct operation of the new luminaire concerning requirements of EN 60598-2-22 and relevant application requirements, such as EN1838, will need to be verified.

Correctly fitted emergency lighting is a legal requirement.

Will your warranty be intact?

When LED tubes were first launched, removing the ballast and starters in the existing fluorescent fittings was recommended. The ballast reduces the long life of the led tubes, and they are more likely to reach their expected 30-50,000 hours life if removed, but working with a qualified electrician to remove the ballast and rewire it to direct power naturally comes at a cost – the warranty on the fitting from the manufacturer is now void.

Today, LED tube manufacturers are making electronic ballast-compatible LED tubes and providing starters to change out from the older ones. But the age of the existing ballast should be considered. If they have been operating for some time, you may have seen flickering and assumed the tube was the problem, when the ballast could be failing due to power fluctuations. This isn’t good for a fluorescent tube and certainly won’t be for a LED tube either. If your existing ballast is failing and potentially damaging the LED tubes, the warranty on the tubes is now void.

Suppose the product is altered – for example, rewiring to remove existing components from the electrical circuit, the safety tests become null and void, and any marking on the product, such as the UKCA/CE mark, should be removed, as well as the original manufacturer marking.

Legally, the product must be retested and recertified in its new configuration to the relevant safety standards before it can be operated.

Compliance cannot be assumed

Formal testing, to ensure conformity with the EcoDesign and RoHS legal requirements, is required with documented results in the technical product file.

An additional implication of modifying the original luminaire is that any existing warranties will become invalid.

So, in short, the likelihood is that the fitting has to be re-certified, as all safety certification is void. It is effectively a new fitting.

In conclusion, when it comes to a quick, cost-effective replacement for T8/T5 tubes, LED tubes seem like a quick win. But if you consider the above, is it your best option?

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Can you tell us more about how you decarbonised your HQ?

Firstly, we needed to understand what the carbon emissions for our headquarters were – we did this in partnership with Tunley Engineering, a leading decarbonisation consultancy. We then looked at where carbon reduction improvements could be made in the building, and the best way to go about achieving them. Finally, we commissioned our engineers to undertake the work, bringing in specialist contractors where needed.

Why did you do this?

As a business we’re committed to decarbonising our operations as soon as possible – we’ve set ourselves the target of becoming a net zero organisation by 2035 at the latest.

In addition, as well as supporting our ongoing net zero efforts, the project provided a great opportunity to implement new technologies which will be of benefit to our clients as they continue their own decarbonisation journeys.

What new technology did you install?

To help transform our headquarters into a net zero building, BGEN engineers undertook the following:

• Replaced the HVAC system – an aged twin gas boiler heating system was replaced with a new Hybrid VRF system.

• Fitted solar panels – a 21kW peak solar array was installed on the office roof. This feeds an inverter that injects additional energy into the power distribution system when available.

• Installed water reduction technologies – simple measures such as reducing water flow at hand basins and installing push taps and split flush systems on toilets have reduced water consumption by several hundred litres per day.

• Transferred the electricity supply to an Ofgem certified eco-tariff

• Fitted LED lighting – upgraded the building’s entire lighting system to an intelligent LED system. The light fittings all communicate with a central controller, and an occupancy detection system ensures that lights are not left on when they do not need to be.

• Installed electric vehicle charging points providing 12 EV charge points

• Developed control and energy monitoring systems – designed and installed a new monitoring system that collects real time energy consumption data from each circuit, allowing the organisation to target future improvements. Water usage and building occupancy is also monitored.

What was the biggest challenge?

Given works were taking place at our head office, the biggest challenge was maintaining business as usual.

To achieve this, we offered more flexible working in addition to what employees now utilise following a change in working practices post COVID-19. For example, while installing the HVAC system (which took approximately two weeks), we needed to close off one floor at a time.

What will deliver the biggest carbon/energy saving?

The new Hybrid VRF HVAC system. The system uses air source heat pumps to extract thermal energy from the ambient air and release thermal energy from cooling into the air. This is up to four times more efficient than directly heating the air in a conventional system.

Our new digital monitoring system indicated that the new HVAC system delivered a 4,500-6,000kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) saving over a like-for-like three-month period.

What role did digitalisation play?

Digitalisation played a key role and will continue to do so as we look to make further carbon reduction saving across the business.

We see the innovative digital solutions, such as resource (e.g. energy/water/ material) monitoring and live carbon (CO2e) calculations, installed at our headquarters as a real game changer. We’re currently rolling these out at some of our other sites, including a manufacturing facility in Warrington.

We also see real potential in optimising the monitoring in our head office building further. Examples include building in alarms to flag unexplained energy spikes, and automatically altering lighting and heating requirements for when meetings are scheduled in the building.

How did you get net zero status?

The works carried out enabled BGEN to eliminate all scope one and two emissions associated with the building. We offset all remaining scope three emissions (which in reality can only be addressed and lowered as new technologies become available) by supporting verified carbon reduction projects and planting 207 trees in the north west. The net zero status of the building was independently verified.


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Oliver Groarke and Simon Clarkson, both part of BGEN’s new net zero engineering offering, provide insights on how they decarbonised their own headquarters.
BGEN is committed to decarbonising its operations


CW: Tell us about yourself and how you got into the sector.

EA: I first got into the sector when I was working in a finance and planning role for a national building contractor. This gave me a great insight into how the construction sector works and how important teamwork and professionalism are on site. Having been interested in engineering and technology since an early age, I was later pleased to take up a role at what was then the IEE (Institution of Electrical Engineers), which later led to becoming Finance Director after the merger which led to the formation of the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology).

CW: For those who may not know, can you give us an overview of the work that the IET does?

EA: As well as our role in the Wiring Regulations (BS7671), the IET is known as one of the world’s largest engineering institutions, with 154,000 members across 148 countries. It’s our mission to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society. This includes being a significant publisher of academic research.

We’re here to support our members at every stage of their career, from those just starting out to those who have worked in the profession for most of their life. We offer learning and development resources, mentoring, accreditation, support for students, career support, professional registration, plus lots of courses and training. We also work to inspire the next generation of engineers through a range of education programmes and initiatives that aim to challenge outdated perceptions of engineering and technology and show just how exciting, creative and varied careers in the sector can be.

CW: Tell us about your current role – what are you responsible for and what does the normal working day consist of?

EA: The IET is a membership body and a charity, so the role of Chief Executive is to lead the staff team and work with the trustees to develop the strategy of the organisation. My working days can be quite variable, for example, in the morning I might be at the staff offices in Hertfordshire looking at operational performance, and in the afternoon perhaps a meeting in parliament where IET is promoting solutions to improving the take-up of engineering sector skills in the education system.

A good amount of my time is spent meeting with stakeholders to understand how best we can work together and build relationships with our partners. This will often take me to universities or engineering employers, as well as other professional institutions with whom we work. We are active internationally, so occasionally I’ll be working with colleagues around the world.

CW: What are the best things about your role? What are the most challenging?

EA: It’s a tremendous pleasure to lead the IET, and for me, the best part is working with our diverse network of members, volunteers and colleagues. We touch every part of engineering and technology and I know that the work we do really is trying to help make better sense of the world and solve challenges that matter.

The most challenging part is making sure I can keep up with all aspects of what the IET is doing, and spending enough time both inside and outside the organisation to ensure we apply our resources where we can have most impact.

CW: How has COVID-19 affected the industry? What are the positives to come from the pandemic?

EA: Throughout the pandemic construction sites largely remained open but, as time went on, some construction materials were in short supply and, of course, like everything else, prices of materials rose significantly. We have just passed the third anniversary of the start of the first UK lockdown and some supply chains are still struggling, with prices of materials seemingly still rising.

Looking at positives, we all went through a sharp learning curve with technology – meetings were held remotely and the process of ordering of materials online was streamlined, for example. Construction processes have evolved too – for example, electrical contractors working on the new football stadium for Everton are working remotely on the electrical installation in modular form. Once assembled it will be moved to site for installation and commissioning. This approach has really grown following the pandemic.

I also think looking at the engineering and technology sector more generally, the pandemic really showcased our fantastic medical professionals, scientists and engineers who were working so hard to

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Carly Wills speaks to Ed Almond, newly appointed Chief Executive and Secretary (CES) of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) about life at the IET.

find solutions. It put them front and centre during the crisis and raised awareness of how important STEM is to our daily lives, especially when faced with the big challenges for society.

CW: Aside from COVID-19, what have been the biggest changes across the industry in recent times? What will be the biggest changes in the future?

EA: Looking at the electrical industry specifically, the biggest change is without doubt smart technology in electrical installations. Domestic electrical installations used to be about lights and sockets; but this is changing so quickly. The ability to control lighting, heating, security, you name it, from our phones has changed things forever. We’re also seeing a huge rise in the growth in renewable energy, such as heat pumps and battery storage – the days of the ‘evergreen’ electrician are over. With so much new technology coming in, skill sets are constantly needing to adapt and be agile – every electrical installer must keep up with the changes to ensure they remain competent.

CW: What’s next for you and for the IET?

EA: My focus for this year includes driving forward our influence, knowledge and expertise to show the role that engineering and technology plays in the future of our society and planet, specifically in solving societal challenges. We have a 2030 strategy that focuses on the needs and

challenges of society. By 2030, we hope to accelerate the pace of development and adoption of technology that supports the move towards a zero carbon future. We also aim to increase public trust in digital technology, and support practitioners through a period of change with the application of standards, regulation and the sharing of best practice.

CW: Do you have any career advice for anyone starting out in the industry?

EA: Whenever I meet young engineers, I’m impressed by the energy and enthusiasm they have, as well as the knowledge they can bring, for example, in relation to new technologies. I would encourage anyone in early career to be curious, eager to learn and not be afraid of taking on new challenges or responsibilities. It’s those challenges which give us the opportunity to develop, gain recognition and progress in our careers. It also helps to be open minded about what roles you take on –quite often the doors that open in life are unexpected, so flexibility can sometimes lead to new opportunities.

Finally, I would encourage those starting in any sector to spend time with more experienced colleagues, who can often provide insights in how an organisation works and help with any issues that come up.

CW: What do you think are the most exciting products or technologies coming to the market?

With so much new technology coming in, skill sets are constantly needing to adapt and be agile

EA: I’m interested in sustainability, so from my perspective I’m excited about the increasing role of domestic renewables and power storage, heat pumps, vehicle to grid and the way these technologies are reshaping power distribution and storage.

I’m also a fan of smart home technology, and particularly how these can be integrated into existing homes in simpler and more resilient ways. It’s often said ‘there’s an app for everything’, but I would hope we move towards a position where there is more integration and standardisation which allows ‘one app for everything’, at least for home management.

CW: What are your interests away from work?

EA: I do enjoy a practical project so last summer I was building a cabin in the garden as well as remodelling an old pond. As with many of these home-office projects now, extending ethernet capability and using smart sockets provided the connectivity and automated control that suited me.

My wife and I discovered a new family activity this year with Parkrun – a great way to start any weekend with a sociable 5k run and a coffee. I was also one of those people who took up paddleboarding during the pandemic, and I do find it a great way to get outside, get some exercise and reconnect with nature. I have dabbled with wild swimming, but after a particularly chilling experience on Christmas Day I’ve decided there’s no shame in staying on, rather than in, the water.


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your fingertips wherever you are – with the peace of mind of a more sustainable and convenient approach – and no trees were harmed in its production!

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New for 2023, the Linea-Tetra CFX, Sheer G2 and Verve white plastic collections are all introduced, along with the new Basalt Gray and Anthra Gray finishes in their respective collections.

The latest product releases…the new 45W combined USB-A&C double-switched sockets – for superior charging of smart devices, and the NEW WSA50+ Wireless Streaming Amplifier – with new active bass. But don’t forget the favourites! Hartland, Hartland G2 and Sheer are still the contractor’s choice for many – available in up to 13 plate finishes, with complementary switch insert finishes, and both EuroFix and GRID options!

For your chance to win £250 worth of wiring accessories from the Hartland Collection, simply scan the above QR Code or visit, and answer the following questions correctly.

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2. What’s the part number for the 2-Gang, 13A Single Pole Switched 45W USB-A&C socket in a Matt Black plate finish with Black/Black inserts? (Hartland USB Power Sockets, page 175)




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February Competition

The winner of the February competition – a Sevadis Maxicharger AC 7.4kW EV Charger – was Jeremy Turner.

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All entries must be returned by 30 April 2023. The editor’s decision is final. For the full terms and conditions, visit competition-terms.

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For many businesses within construction, including electrical contractors, sustainability is an important part of their work, a core element of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy and an essential component of the tender process. Here, Jon Chamberlain, Managing Director at Marshall-Tufflex, discusses the environmental impact of the construction industry and how responsible selection of cable management systems can help to make a difference.

It is now clear that action has to be taken to reduce, and even reverse, the impact of human activity on the environment in order to limit the potentially disastrous effects of climate change.

For the built environment, which is estimated to account for 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint, the focus is often on reducing operational carbon – the ongoing emissions associated with the day-to-day use of the building. Until recently, the embodied carbon has largely been overlooked.

Embodied carbon is the CO2 emitted in producing the materials and products, from the extraction of raw materials to manufacturing to installation in the building. This is one of the biggest issues for the built environment sector and the primary consideration for products such as cable management systems, which do not impact operational carbon emissions.

Industry impact – waste

In addition to carbon, there is also the issue of waste. More than a third of the UK’s annual waste comes from the construction sector alone, of which an estimated 25 million tonnes is sent to landfill. In terms of plastic waste specifically, over one million tonnes of PVC-U is removed from buildings each year across Europe, yet currently only 30% of this is recycled.

The issue of waste is closely linked to carbon emissions, as recycling plastic requires far less energy than virgin plastic production. For example, in a study undertaken by the University of Manchester, it was found that a PVC-U window made from virgin material has 20 times more embodied carbon compared to one manufactured with recycled content.


Finding a solution

This combination of factors demonstrates why the careful choice of products for both newbuild and refurbishment projects is so vitally important. The cable management products within a given building can represent a significant part of the interior fit-out, especially for larger buildings, so there is a real opportunity for contractors to have an impact on the embodied carbon of the project and prevent waste by working with clients to specify cable management products with higher levels of recycled content.

Both post-industrial waste, such as discarded material and off-cuts from manufacturing, and post-consumer waste from products such as windows removed from buildings, can be reclaimed and recycled. For example, Marshall-Tufflex has been using reclaimed PVC-U from post-consumer and post-industrial waste windows in the

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“Recycling plastic requires far less energy than virgin plastic production”

manufacture of its products for over 25 years. Over the years the company has continued to invest in research and development to increase the use of this material and today uses its own compounding machine to process the recycled material so that it can be used in the manufacture of new conduit and trunking systems.

The window materials are chipped, heated and forced through a fine mesh filter to remove impurities such as metal, rubber and non-PVC-U particles from the plastic. It is then cooled and cut into pellets before being checked for quality and colour consistency.

In 2022, Marshall-Tufflex manufactured PVC-U products using an average of 69% of recycled material across the range, with white conduit and mini/maxi trunking lengths regularly manufactured using between 80 and 100% recycled material. This is currently saving the equivalent weight of 300 double decker buses going into landfill each year.

Common misconceptions

Despite the clear benefits of using recycled content in manufacturing, such products have not yet been widely adopted. This is perhaps in part due to some misconceptions about the products. Firstly, there is a false assumption that recycled products may not offer the same strength or appearance. In fact, PVC-U conduit and trunking products with recycled content offer the same performance as the equivalent made from virgin materials.

Thanks to Marshall-Tufflex’s long heritage in extruding PVC and injection-moulding techniques that have been developed in-house, the company says it can offer superior products with recycled content that retain their high quality and outstanding finish. To achieve this, Marshall-Tufflex has rigorous quality control measures in place throughout the manufacturing process to ensure the expected standard, including achieving a glossy white finish for colour consistency. If a product does not meet these exacting standards, it is recycled back into chips and re-enters the production process, meaning there is no waste.

There is also a misconception that the cost of such products will be higher. However, the cost of cable management products made from recycled material is usually in line with others of the same quality, as with products from the Marshall-Tufflex range, making it a simple and cost neutral switch.

Responsible selection

Marshall-Tufflex is striving to maximise the amount of recycled content in its products to lower carbon emissions and divert waste from landfill. However, the company can only do this in collaboration with contractors, who have an essential role in promoting the use of these products. The industry also needs other manufacturers to follow what Marshall-Tufflex is doing, but this will only happen with increased demand from contractors and clients. That is why the company is calling on everyone involved in project specification and installation to aim for all PVC-U cable management products installed in buildings to include at least 50% recycled material by 2028.

With carbon emissions increasingly considered as part of the specification process, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and infrastructure, sustainability is now a key consideration in the specification of building materials and products. It is also an essential qualification factor for many tenders. Recommending cable management products with recycled content is a simple, and often cost neutral, way to help reduce embodied carbon and divert materials away from landfill. Contractors can quickly identify the products and make specifications that will help to make a positive environmental impact by using Marshall-Tufflex’s embodied carbon reports, which can be accessed directly from the technical team by emailing:

Using cable management products that include a high percentage of recycled content is a simple and cost neutral way of reducing embodied carbon and waste. Together, we can make a difference.

About Marshall-Tufflex

Established in 1942, Marshall-Tufflex is a British based manufacturer and supplier of cable management systems. A family-owned company with its head office and manufacturing facility in Hastings, Marshall-Tufflex has been pioneering plastic extrusion in the UK for over 80 years and leading the way in areas of product research, development and innovation, especially when it comes to using recycled material.

As a major player in the electrical industry, the company has refined its

portfolio to meet the needs of the electrical sector with a range of cable management solutions that ensures cabling remains safe, operational and secure. Its broad range includes Odyssey Trunking and Sterling Curve, as well as the innovative Tufflex Tile and a partnership with Basor Electric that means customers now have access to its metal and PVC cable trays and wire basket ranges. The company’s most recent launch underpins its commitment to offering a wide choice and more flexibility for installers working on a variety of projects, with a new range of 44mm deep Universal Switch and Socket Boxes. Each box features knockouts for both 20mm round conduit and mini trunking (25 x 16mm).

The company will be exhibiting its wide range of cable management solutions at CEF Live at the NEC from 8-9 June and contactors can register to visit the event at

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Selecting the right flexible conduit system can be a tricky task. Neil Carter, Sales Director at Flexicon, outlines how to get it right.

The choice of which type of flexible conduit system to use for a particular application is an important one. It is vital that the solution you opt for not only protects all areas of the cabling, but also provides the appropriate levels of protection for its specific environment.

However, as every contractor knows, there is so much choice available that it can be a confusing decision. So, what are some of the factors you need to consider –and how can you ensure that you get it right every time?

The confusion of choice

Depending on its location, cabling can be vulnerable to a wide range of hazards. For example, it may be necessary for a flexible conduit system to meet a certain IP rating to prevent water or dust ingress, have advanced fire-performance properties, or be able to resist chemicals or UV exposure.

Alternatively, fatigue life or impact resistance may be the main hazards, in which case, the best solution is a nylon polyamide (PA) corrugated flexible conduit. This is because it offers high-impact strength and recovery if crushed, combined with excellent temperature performance.

If corrosion is the central threat, you will still want to consider a non-metallic conduit solution, since it does not rust or corrode and therefore maintains its performance and appearance over time, even when subjected to UV.

The number of possible hazards means every job must be assessed closely before a decision is made. This takes time and means contractors may have to carefully consider keeping or ordering different stocks for different jobs and projects.

The consequences of failure

It hardly needs saying that incorrect specification can lead to critical failures in the cabling. This is serious, and first and foremost, can have grave consequences from a health and safety point of view. It can also have vast repercussions in terms of infrastructure. We live in a highly interconnected world, and electricity is its lifeblood. Failure to adequately protect cables can bring businesses, processes, and even industries to a standstill – with a corresponding impact on your reputation if you are found to have been at fault.

The need to get it right every time means contractors must do everything they can to always have the right solution on hand for the application. This can often lead to having to order or keep stocks of a wide variety of products to suit multiple situations. However, this is both costly and time-consuming, and is still no guarantee that the right decision will always be made.

One pack for all applications

The plethora of flexible conduit options available – as well as the serious consequences of choosing the wrong one – is why Flexicon is launching its new, high-specification IP68-rated Contractor Pack. A premium-rated cable protection solution that comes in a handy, convenient package, the Flexicon FPEN Contractor Pack can be used by installers as an end-to-end solution for any external or internal applications that require high levels of ingress protection.


The choice of which type of flexible conduit system to use for a particular application is an important one

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Few in the industry would dispute the fact that two of the biggest issues facing contractors today are the skills shortage and the pressure to deliver projects for less, without compromising on quality or safety.

A 2022 survey of specialist contractors in the UK highlighted a range of business concerns, with material shortages, a lack of skilled labour, and delays to projects cited as worrying problems. Almost two in every five contractors (39%) named skill shortages as their most pressing business concern.

In addition, research shows that less than a third of contractors consistently finish jobs on time and within budget. In many cases, they lose as much as one full day’s work per week due to setbacks, inefficiencies, and often the need to supervise less experienced site staff and ensure there are no health and safety issues.

In today’s economic climate, this clearly has significant financial repercussions for small businesses and self-employed contractors dealing with the cost-of-living crisis.

Installing cable management systems can be a particularly time-consuming and complex part of any project. Modern MEP suspension systems are quicker to prepare and install than traditional methods, such as threaded rod, channel, nuts, bolts and washers. Using lightweight, pre-fabricated trapeze bracket suspension solutions, such as Fast Trak, means no cutting or hot works are required. By contrast, threaded rod and strut solutions require hot cutting on site, which represents a potential health and safety hazard. It also requires a certain level of ability and experience, or the direction and supervision of less experienced staff.

In addition, suspension systems arrive on-site in kits which comprise pre-cut lengths of wire rope and a fused end fixing to suit the substrate, or as a track-based system compatible with pre-fabricated brackets, making them much easier to install.

Assembly is made quicker and easier with Fast Trak, as the pre-fabricated brackets can be installed in four orientations, with fixing points on every face. The cartridge at the end of each Fast Trak bracket allows contractors to attach and adjust the height of the bracket in 10mm increments easily and tool-free. M4 level markers on the tracks highlight every 50mm increment, so no levelling can be done ‘by eye’ – and there are no nuts to adjust either.

Offsite manufacturing solutions such as this are a major innovation in M&E service installation, creating leaner working methods, with modern systems removing much of the labour-intensive work traditionally undertaken on-site.

It also significantly reduces material use; for example, a length of wire rope weighs less than 1/10th of the equivalent

threaded rod needed for the same performance, and is much easier to handle and transport around site.

This delivers important carbon savings, as well as reducing manual handling risks and labour hours through the installation of these systems.

Drastically reduced installation times

Increasingly, contractors are now recognising the benefits of pre-assembled systems and are routinely specifying them as part of major new build projects.

London Design and Engineering UTC recently invested in a new £10 million campus, with Wates Construction as main contractor. The mixed University Technical College, situated in the London Borough of Newham, wanted to create an inspiring building which embodied its educational ethos.

Due to the strict timescales of the build, Wates Construction needed a proven method of drastically reducing installation times on-site, which would also deliver an aesthetically pleasing finish.

Wates opted to use Gripple’s Fast Trak system, due to the speed and ease of installation.

The total installation time for the project was 349 hours, compared to 1,635 hours for a traditional rod and strut system, while the overall labour cost was reduced by more than 75%. Not only did the use of pre-assembled suspended solutions reduce the labour cost, but it also helped to lower the carbon footprint of the project.

In short, by choosing a pre-fabricated suspension system for suspending MEP services, it can save a great deal of valuable time and money, avoiding lengthy, complex installations and prevent the headaches that can be caused by skills shortages on site.


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With the rapid increase in electric drives and the necessary control electronics, the need for fast and secure connections is increasing. Plug types such as Scotchlok connectors, Western plugs, module plugs, Cannon plugs and many more are suitable for crimping – the joining process in which the connection is made via plastic deformation using a compression tool. Here are five things to consider when crimping cable:

• Consider the crimping die shape: When selecting a crimping tool, make sure that the die shape matches the shape of the connector being used. The die shape should be designed to evenly distribute force around the entire connector barrel during the crimping process. Choosing the wrong die shape can lead to an uneven crimp that can result in high resistance or even arcing.

• Use the right crimping technique: There are several techniques for crimping, such as indent crimping, hexagonal crimping, and insulated crimping. Each technique has its advantages and disadvantages and is suitable for different types of connectors and cables. Make sure to select the appropriate technique for the job.

• Choose the right connector material: Connectors come in a variety of materials, including copper, brass and

aluminium. The material selected should be compatible with the cable and the environment in which it will be used. For example, copper connectors are more conductive than aluminium, but aluminium is lighter and more corrosion-resistant.

• Use proper stripping techniques: To prepare the cable for crimping, it is essential to strip the insulation from the wire correctly. When stripping, avoid nicking or damaging the wire strands, as this can cause a weak or unreliable connection. Use a high-quality stripping tool designed for the cable’s size and insulation material.

• Test and inspect the connection: After crimping the connector onto the cable, it is critical to test and inspect the connection for integrity. Use a high-quality digital multimeter to check the resistance of the connection, and ensure that it falls within the manufacturer’s specifications. Inspect the crimped connection for any signs of damage or weakness, and replace or repair it as needed.


The complexity of possible crimp connections is continuously increasing. In addition to flexible and solid wires, fibre optic cables, antenna cables, telephone and LAN cables and many other types of cable can now also be processed with crimping tools.

Some of the tools even have innovative support features, for example, universally adjustable positioning aids or electronic displays for wear and the necessary calibration for crimping pliers for very sensitive crimp connections.

Due to the large number of different plug connections, crimping pliers in many different versions are required. As a rule, these pliers are operated with one hand – but there are also models for particularly large conductor cross-sections that facilitate two-hand operation thanks to their favourable design.

Crimping pliers for wire ferrules

Crimping pliers for wire ferrules exert pressure on both ferrule and wire from all sides via four crimping parts. In this way, when choosing the right crimping profile or using an automatic crimping tool due to plastic deformation, a mechanically firm and electrically secure connection is achieved.

Self-adjusting crimping pliers

Crimping pliers, which are able to automatically adjust to the cross-section of the sleeves to be machined, were developed especially for the professional sector. The use of the right pressing jaws is guaranteed at all times – which makes crimping quicker and more convenient.

Assortment boxes

KNIPEX has a range of assortment boxes, such as the 97 99 906, with insulated wire ferrules which are a convenient and practical solution for storing and dispensing these essential components. These boxes feature a handy, transparent dispenser box with a rotating lid that allows for easy access to the individual wire ferrules inside. The lid has an opening that makes it simple to remove a single wire ferrule, without having to take the entire box apart. The wire ferrules are also color-coded according to DIN standards, making it easy to identify the correct size and type of ferrule needed for a specific project. The boxes are stackable and re-closable, which makes them easy to store and organise.

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Barry Roberts, National Specification Manager at Marshall-Tufflex, explains the factors that must be considered when specifying cable management systems for different settings.

Cable management systems must ensure they are fit for purpose, compliant, robust, and contribute to a safe and healthy environment, using the material that best suits each application.

In environments where the health and wellbeing of occupants is vital, such as hospitals, care homes and schools, the specification of antimicrobial cable trunking systems is recommended to minimise the spread of germs and bacteria.

An ideal solution for such environments is a system that incorporates silver ions within a PVC-U based material.

Silver has been used for wound care for hundreds of years and, when used in cable management products, it disrupts the key cell functions of bacteria and prevents them from reproducing on the surface of PVC-U or ABS trunking, delivering ongoing antimicrobial protection that prevents 99.9% of harmful bacteria.

For the most reliable and long-lasting protection solution, professionals should look for products where the silver ion formulation has been added to the PVC-U during the manufacturing process, rather than applied to the surface post-production.

Cable management systems must also comply with Approved Document M of the Building Regulations, which aims to ensure access to and use of the building for everyone. It is recommended that the accessory boxes or plates that house switches and sockets are specified in contrasting colours to make them more visible to those with visual impairments.

Additionally, when installing PVC-U trunking systems, it’s important to consider environmental factors. Certain manufacturers incorporate recycled PVC-U from windows into their manufacturing process. This approach not only facilitates projects in achieving sustainability objectives, but also enhances the product’s durability as it utilises external grade plastic.

Look for security features such as tamper resistant covers and fittings, and products that offer bend radius control in order to protect cables.

In recent years, the needs of office real estate have evolved – with an increasing demand for flexible cable management products that allow for collaboration, team meetings, focus areas, private thinking space or hot-desking.

An ideal solution are desk modules with individually fused UK sockets. Perfect for use in hot-desking situations or conference rooms, these give easy access to power, data and USB charging at the desk surface.

Similarly, PowerPoles and PowerPosts are also a practical, elegant and efficient solution for the management of power, data and communication services to island workstations. Manufactured from aluminium for strength and rigidity, these are perfect for suspended and solid ceiling applications.

Alternatively, professionals can choose underfloor to desk cable management and prefabricated wiring systems for the distribution of power and data services from beneath raised floors and in-screed systems to desks for fast, easy and adaptable installation.

Transport projects can be complex –requiring solutions that are suitable for both indoor and outdoor environments, as well as coping with the demands of heavy footfall, impact and extensive vibration. Environments where extreme weather, high temperatures or water ingress is likely –such as tunnels and bridges – also require the most durable cable management solutions to withstand the elements. For this sector, a range of materials are suitable:

• Steel trunking is robust and durable, offering a reliable, practical system for public areas where there is a high footfall.

• Aluminium perimeter trunking systems provide elegant, stream-lined containment that offers the practical advantages of inherent LS0H and screening properties.

• GRP (glass reinforced polyester) ladder and tray products are very robust and well suited to aggressive environments such as rail and transport thanks to the physical and chemical properties of this material. GRP is non-conductive, corrosion resistant and can withstand extreme weather and high temperatures

• Another example is Marshall-Tufflex’s MT Supertube, an LS0H, three-layer heavy gauge conduit which comprises polyethylene internal and external layers over a continuous aluminium tube, providing mechanical strength.

• PVC cable trays are a further solution that can be used in damp environments. These products are non-conductive, non-corrosive, lightweight and impact resistant, making this a robust solution for the simple routing and support of power and data cables. These properties extend to other applications where metal cable trays cannot be used due to the corrosive nature of the environment.

Taking the above into consideration, it is also important to select a reputable manufacturer that can offer a range of solutions, technical support and guidance throughout the project.


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When selecting a cable management system for a corrosive or hazardous environment, there is a tricky balance for electrical contractors to strike. The type of material specified for products such as cable trays and ladders will not only impact how long the system will last, but costs, installation times, labour, and potential maintenance.

For many contractors, stainless steel is their preferred choice. However, switching to glass reinforced polymer (GRP) can tip the scales towards more effective and efficient cable management.

Made from a polymer reinforced with glass, GRP is non-corrosive and does not stretch or shrink, making it suitable for the harshest and most demanding applications in industries such as transport, water, energy, petrochemical and industrial. The material does not conduct heat or electricity, is resistant to fire, and offers excellent UV stability. These properties enable a ‘fit and forget’ solution that once installed, does not need to be maintained, significantly reducing lifecycle costs.

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Another key benefit of GRP is that it is 70% lighter than stainless steel, making it much easier to manoeuvre on site, reducing labour and the need for lifting equipment. The installation process is simpler too. No complex earthing or carbide cutting tools are required and, as GRP weighs less than steel, supporting the products is easier under load conditions, saving further time and labour costs.

Making the right choice

GRP cable management products can be manufactured in different ways, providing contractors with the option of moulded or pultruded systems. There are, however, important differences between the two – which can affect the quality of the final solution.

The pultrusion process sees two types of fibreglass reinforcement pulled through a machine and then saturated in resin. The reinforced fibres are then pulled through a heated dye, allowing the resin to cure and harden. This creates a very solid profile with more linear strength than a moulded system, enabling it to accommodate higher loads and longer spans. This strength also protects the GRP from damage on site prior to installation, as there is no risk of it cracking if dropped or knocked by onsite vehicles.

Pultrusion technology offers environmental benefits too. The process uses 75% less energy than steel and some studies have shown that it generates a third of the amount of CO2

The environmental credentials of GRP are strengthened further by its durability, meaning it has an exceptionally long lifecycle. However, if GRP is no longer needed for a particular project, it is also recyclable and can be repurposed. GRP waste fibres, for example, can be used for different applications, including asphalt mixes.

Adding value

Advances in technology and new product development are providing contractors with a wide range of options that can make their project more successful. For

example, elevated cable troughing offered by Mita, which is particularly useful for the rail industry, is now available with GRP support posts to increase its durability. The troughing lids clip securely in place, protecting from cable theft.

Mita’s GRP systems can also be integrated with specialist Building Information Modelling (BIM). This provides an accurate 3D model of the cable troughing route, ensuring there is sufficient space and clearances in confined locations, and enabling detailed design and material requirements to be quickly and easily produced.

To ensure the most appropriate solution, contractors are advised to work closely with a GRP cable management specialist. They will be able to provide the technical backup, knowledge, data and equipment needed to cost-effectively meet the brief and maximise durability.

A specialist can also advise on more than just standard components. For many projects, particularly in the transport sector, bespoke cable management items are needed. Joining forces with a company like the Hudson Group provides access to the skills and resources needed to tailor products inhouse, ranging from small variations through to large-scale solutions.

Ticking the right boxes

The need for more efficiency and sustainability in construction is growing fast and impacting the whole supply chain. For electrical contractors, cable management can play a significant role in achieving these aims.

When working in corrosive and hazardous environments, the upfront cost of the cable management material should be considered alongside factors such as installation, labour, maintenance, and quality. On balance, the use of a pultruded GRP system will deliver a wide range of benefits for contractors, providing a solution that will drive down costs, is quick and easy to install, and minimises environmental impact.


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BS 7430: 2011+A1:2015 is a code of practice for the protective earthing of electrical installations.

This standard is closely linked to the requirements of BS 7671 and, where relevant, both should be considered when dealing with earthing requirements.

BS 7430 provides recommendations on meeting the requirements for earthing electrical installations. The three areas include protective earthing of low voltage installations, the interface between LV and HV substations (11kV/400V), and

protective earthing and changeover switch arrangements for generators.

Earth electrodes

Earthing of a system (or equipment) requires a physical connection to the general mass of earth. The connection should have resistance such that any means of protection will operate as designed.

There are many factors that will impinge upon the resistance of the connection to earth. These will include the nature and properties of the soil within a location, rainfall, and the nature of the earth electrode. For example, light clay soils will have a relatively low resistivity (c. 5Ωm), whilst granite has a resistivity in the region of 1,000Ωm.

The presence of low volumes of rainfall will also have a significant impact on soil resistivity. For example, clay soil in locations having a normal rainfall exceeding 500mm/year has a typical resistivity in the region of 5-20Ωm, whilst in locations having a rainfall less than 250mm will have a resistivity range of 10-100Ωm.

An earthing system should be of high integrity and robust construction. The use of an earthing system using earth electrodes relies on the resilience of the earth electrode(s) for the safe functioning of the protection system within an installation.

The types of earth electrode can vary. Regulation 542.2.2 of BS 7671 recognises seven permitted types of earth electrode, including earth rods or pipes, tapes or wires, earth plates and the like. The most commonly selected earth electrode is the rod.


Earth electrodes are to be (or may need to be) installed for: TT and IT earthing systems; earthed generator sets; to conform to Regulation 411.4.2; swimming pools having a PME earthing facility; agricultural premises; mobile or transportable units; EV charging installations; and prosuming installations. Where earth electrodes are installed, Regulation 542.2.1 requires that the earth electrode can withstand damage and take


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account of possible increases in resistance due to corrosion. The means of connection must be electrically and mechanically sound (526.1) and be accessible for inspection, testing and maintenance (526.3).

Earth electrode resistance

Depending on the requirement of a particular regulation, the resistance of the earth electrode will have a maximum permitted value. For example, for a TT earthing system, Regulation 411.5.3 details the conditions that must exist where an RCD is used for fault protection. This regulation requires the disconnection time to be limited to:

i) 0.2s for final circuits (411.3.2.2) or 1s for distribution circuits (411.3.2.4), and

ii) RA X I n ≤ 50V.

Table 41.5 details the maximum earth fault loop impedances permitted for a range of values of RCDs.

However, due to the risks associated with drying and freezing conditions, BS 7430 references a note under Table 41.5 of BS 7671 referencing a value in excess of 200Ω not being stable.

The earth electrode resistance is less a function of the diameter of the electrode and more to do with the depth that the electrode is driven, the ability of the rod to be driven into the ground without damage, and the number of electrodes connected in parallel.

Clause 9.5.3 in BS 7430 details how the resistance of rod electrodes may be calculated. Where rod electrodes are to be paralleled to reduce the resistance, rods will have to be separated by at least 6m to gain the maximum benefit (Figure 14a BS 7430). The formulae to determine the resistance of a single electrode and parallel electrodes are detailed in clauses 9.5.3 and 9.5.4 of BS 7430. Clause 9 of BS 7430 details many more methods of connecting electrodes, and reference should be made to this standard.

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Jake Green, Group Technical Engagement Manager, Scolmore Group, takes a look at earth electrodes and the relevant code of practice associated with their application.
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Now in its fourth year of trading as an independent lighting company, Ovia continues to go from strength to strength, with a 14-strong sales team, issue 4 of the Ovia catalogue, and more than 900 individual product lines. Here Katie Plumstead, Group Marketing Manager, Scolmore Group, puts the spotlight on some of the commercial floodlight products that are proving a hit with installers.

Ovia’s exterior floodlighting offer comprises an extensive range of powerful and efficient flood, wall pack and street lighting.

Inceptor Ace

Inceptor Ace is a range of adjustable, LED asymmetric floodlights which provides high quality indoor and outdoor lighting solutions. Asymmetric floodlights are superior in concentrating light where it is needed by using reflectors to direct light in front of the fixture where illuminance is required.

Inceptor Ace is a range of adjustable, LED asymmetric floodlights


With symmetric floodlights, on the other hand, the light is distributed evenly in all directions. Asymmetric floodlights can achieve up to a 50% better output utilisation into the intended illuminated area. With the benefit of a lower light pollution, they are best suited in areas where light distribution and its effect on neighbours is a consideration. This makes them ideal for installation in built-up areas such as towns and cities, for example, for use in sports grounds, warehouses and loading bays.

All Ovia Inceptor Ace floodlights are IP65 rated and come with a five-year warranty. They are available in a black finish, in 50W, 100W, 150W, 200W and 300W versions, with 4000K cool white LEDs. They are supplied with a 2m pre-wired cable flex for quick and easy installation, and a fully adjustable aluminium mounting bracket, which allows full control of the projection angle.

The Inceptor Ace floodlights are also available in photocell versions (100W, 150W, 200W and 300W). With all the features and benefits of the standard fitting described above, the photocell option allows for use with remote PIRs or microwave sensors. The photocell versions turn the light on when the light level drops under 10-20 lux and turns the light off once the light level is over 30-60 lux.

Gator LED Street Lighting

Ovia’s portfolio of floodlight solutions also includes the Gator range of LED Street Lighting with CTA Switch. With an IK10 housing and IP66 rated, Gator is ideal for lighting larger outdoor areas, such as car

beam angle. They are available in a grey finish and come with a five-year warranty. The reversible mount option is an additional feature. The mount bracket can be rotated and pivoted to allow for vertical or horizontal fitment, with no additional joints required. The Spigot size is 76mm and a wall bracket is available. The shorting cap can be replaced with a photocell sensor to assist with energy saving.

Inceptor Murus

Inceptor Murus is an LED Wall Pack with CTA Switch and a robust IK10 rated housing that makes it ideal in outdoor settings. The IP66 rated fitting is designed to be fast and simple to install and is available in 15W and 25W options and in a choice of standard, photocell and emergency versions. The photocell version can assist with energy saving by allowing the light to turn on and off at set lux levels. Inceptor Murus will turn on when the lux level is below 10-30 lux.

Installation of the Murus is quick and easy, thanks to the Push Fit/Piano Key Terminal Block and the floodlight can be Besa box or trunking mounted. All models include a CTA Switch, allowing the product to change colour temperature between Warm White 3000K, Cool White 4000K and Daylight 6000K. It is available in anthracite grey or light grey and comes with a five-year warranty.

DALI compatibility

Ovia also offers the Murus with a DALI driver. This means that the luminaire

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can be monitored for energy efficiency and status. With the addition of DALI compatible sensors or programming to the system, the Murus, through use of Presence, Absence and daylight dimming, can maximise the efficiency of all luminaires. Through programming, DALI also offers the option of grouping luminaires, setting scenes and timed overrides, so along with all their other features and benefits would be suitable for all external applications.

DALI – the facts

• It is an open protocol – any manufacturer can use it.

• Installation is simple. Power and control lines can be laid together and no shielding is required.

• The wiring topology can be in the form of a star (hub and spoke), a tree or a line, or any combination of these.

• Communication is digital, not analogue, so the exact same dimming values can be received by multiple devices, resulting in very stable and precise dimming performance.

• All devices have their own unique address in the system, opening a very wide range of possibilities for flexible control. This also allows all devices to be individually monitored and maintained.

How does DALI work?

The core of DALI is a bus – a pair of wires that carries digital control signals from input devices (such as sensors) to an application controller. The application controller applies the rules with which it has been programmed to generate outgoing signals to devices such as LED drivers.

• Bus power supply unit (PSU). This component is always required. It maintains the bus voltage at the required level.

• LED fittings. All light fittings in a DALI installation require a DALI driver. A DALI driver can accept DALI commands directly from the DALI bus and respond accordingly. The drivers can be DALI or DALI-2 devices, but if they are not DALI-2 they will not have any of the new features introduced with this latest version, such as querying control gear failure, resending failed commands, or identifying devices.

• Input devices – sensors, switches etc. These communicate with the application controller using 24-bit data frames. They do not communicate directly with the control devices (DALI 2 only).

• Instances. Often, a device such as a sensor will contain a number of separate devices within it. For example, sensors often include a movement detector (PIR), a light-level detector and an infra-red receiver. These are called instances – the single device has three instances. With DALI-2, each instance can belong to a different control group and each can be addressed to control different lighting groups.

• Control devices – application controller. The application controller is the ‘brains’ of the system. It receives 24-bit messages from the sensors (etc.) and issues 16-bit commands to the control gear. The application controller also manages the data traffic on the DALI bus, checking for collisions and re-issuing commands as necessary.

As a business, Ovia is continually developing products that incorporate the latest technology, and the company’s list of fittings that are compatible with the DALI protocol continues to be expanded. Ovia recently introduced a DALI signal converter which will transform 0-10V/PWM dimmable light fittings, such


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as Ovia’s Hion and Grus highbays, to DALI dimmable light fittings.
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The project is part of a comprehensive development plan that puts Somerset on a trajectory to carbon neutrality by 2030. The retrofit also ensures a greater longevity for the county’s traditional lanterns, allowing Somerset to stay true to its cultural heritage.

The project is carried out with the support of the Council’s Term Maintenance Contractor, ENERVEO.

Somerset’s towns and city are currently lit by a combination of conventional and LED street lighting. Signify will upgrade approximately 20,000 remaining conventional light points with products from its Philips TrueForce LED range. Through the first phase of the program in 2022 the council estimates a saving of £160k per year (based on the revised 2022 rates) in energy costs and a full return on investment within the first 18 months of installation. In 2023, a second phase, which will see additional districts added to the programme, will further reduce energy expenditure and slash carbon emissions.

Somerset has been on its path to carbon neutrality since 2020, but skyrocketing energy prices and the need for safer streets for pedestrian and highway users have raised the urgency of replacing outdated technology with alternatives that are long lasting, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. Switching from conventional streetlights to LED is a relatively quick and low cost intervention that can cut energy consumption by up to 50%, and the effects are immediate.

According to Signify’s own data, if the entire UK&I region followed the example of Somerset County Council and switched all conventional road and streetlights to LED, the country could save 603,000 tonnes of carbon and £520 million per year in energy costs.

Beyond energy and climate goals, upgraded lighting offers improved visibility to towns around the county, helping residents feel safe and secure, and boosting visibility for CCTV.

Somerset County Council worked with

This retrofit solution avoids high upfront costs, prolongs the life of traditional lanterns, and preserves the county’s historic appeal.

“We selected to work with Signify for the breadth of its product range and expertise,” says Mike Rigby, Lead Member for Transport and Digital. “The Philips TrueForce product range was also well known to us for its reliability and ease of installation, along with the minimal maintenance required.

“Energy costs are a major concern for public organisations, businesses, and households across the county. Committing now to 100% LED street lighting helps us reap immediate rewards by cutting energy costs so we can continue to provide great value to the people of Somerset. And at the same time, we take a big step forward in our longer-term ambition for a carbon neutral Somerset by 2030. Additionally, the streets now lit better than before ensure citizens can feel more confident and secure during the evenings or nights.’’

“TrueForce LED lamps are a great a like-for-like replacement due to their easy installation, true retrofit in size and

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Signify is supporting Somerset County Council in upgrading its streets with energy efficient LED street lighting across Minehead, Street and Taunton.
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Hamilton Air 4-Channel Wireless Switching System.

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According to a report from global market research company, Market Research Future (MRFR), the global outdoor lighting market size is set to grow at a CAGR of 8.2% from a value of US$9.4 billion in 2020 to reach US$48.2 billion by 2030, driven by the growing adoption of energy-efficient and affordable products and increasing government focus on energy conservation.

Currently, outdoor lighting is used to add aesthetic appeal and increase safety and security. Global industry players are expanding their market reach through the development of innovative solutions in their outdoor lighting portfolio. Manufacturers of outdoor lighting systems provide various advanced solutions to the users with easy and smart control operation, better energy efficiency and superior illumination with low power consumption.

Security is a key issue when it comes to exterior lighting. One of the most effective ways of protecting a property is with the installation of outdoor security lighting. Widely used as a means of protecting commercial premises, many householders now realise the benefits that security lighting can bring in their efforts to keep their homes secure. Whilst advisable to have another method of security in place, such as an alarm system, the presence of lighting is enough to put off many would-be intruders.

Exterior security lighting can, therefore, provide a simple to install and affordable way of enhancing home and business security. For some home and business owners it may be a case of starting from scratch with the provision of security, or for others, a case of replacing old and corroded equipment or upgrading to a more sophisticated and reliable system. The installer working on the project can do an assessment of the requirements and advise on the best solution to meet the specific needs.

Providing the lighting security for a remote woodland dwelling

In a remote location, sitting on a hillside above a creek feeding the river Dart and surrounded by dense woodland, is a stunning rural property in Dartmouth that provides the ultimate tranquil retreat. The downside of its secluded setting, however, is the difficulty acquiring signals for TV, satellite and internet connections. This means that any systems requiring internet are working over site-wide Wi-Fi/Mesh networks with multiple Wi-Fi access points operating on 3G or 4G, and there is no hard-wired data connection to any of the devices.

These were the challenges facing the electrical contractor when the property owners decided to update the security for the extensive premises. Martyn Walley, Managing Director of Hide, the electrical contracting firm hired to undertake the security installation, looked to his experience working with ESP security products to provide the solutions that would overcome the client’s issues ESP’s GuardCam Deco was recommended by Martyn to provide the general security provision covering the various areas of the property. Four of the systems have been installed to cover the garage, patio/decking area, driveway entrance and the entrance to the boat workshop.

GuardCam Deco is a combined Wi-Fi security camera and LED floodlight system, which has been designed with ease of set up as a key feature, including the option

for remote monitoring via smartphone or tablet, using the specially developed ESP Smart app. GuardCam Deco has the option to deliver motion activation notifications via the app whilst recording the activation. The user-friendly app also allows recordings to be accessed.

With a built-in camera that offers full 1080p HD live viewing and recording, the GuardCam Deco was the perfect all-in-one solution for these premises. On approaching the unit, GuardCam Deco detects an intruder with proven PIR technology at a distance of up to 10m from the unit. It floodlights the area, initiates a video recording and provides the user with an option to deliver a two-way audio message or activate the inbuilt alarm warning.

It features an adjustable 16W high-intensity LED Security Lamp (3000k colour light and 800 lumens) and you can remotely dim or turn on/off the LED lamp via the app. It will record up to 200,

Katie Plumstead, Group Marketing Manager for the Scolmore Group of companies, which includes security specialist ESP, looks at the market for outdoor lighting and, in particular, those products which offer a security element.
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A stunning rural property in Dartmouth provides the ultimate tranquil retreat Many householders now realise the benefits that security lighting can bring


ESP offer a team of dedicated design engineers who are fully trained & qualified in all of the relevant British Standards such as BS 5839-1:2017, BS 5839-6:2019 & BS 5266.


Alongside ESP’s extensive range of fire protection systems, a new commissioning service has now been launched to ensure that an installed ESP system operates correctly in accordance with the recommendations of BS5839-1.


As part of the design service, ESP now offer zone plans which will be available as framed hard copies or sent electronically.

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Eight miles to the south east of Edinburgh, Dalkeith grew up in the Middle Ages as a baronial burgh under the successive control of the Douglases and Buccleuchs.

Today, it is the largest town in Midlothian and is twinned with Jarnac in the south west of France – home to international cognac brands.

In Dalkeith’s town centre, Jarnac Court is just one of several local improvement projects in Midlothian to have been given the go-ahead for funding from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Capital Fund.

Situated along the Dalkeith high street, ex-council offices at Jarnac Court are now a multi-use development consisting of local businesses and residential apartments. When built in the 1960s, the Jarnac Court redevelopment was considered by many to be innovative – its odd shape and the immediate area were based on the phased demolition of the existing buildings and followed their street pattern to cause minimum disruption.

The Town Centre Fund 2019-2020 enabled local authorities to stimulate and support place-based economic investments, encouraging town centres to diversify and flourish and creating footfall through local improvements and partnerships. Specifically, this fund contributes to transformative investments which drive local economic activities and re-purpose town centres to become more diverse, successful and sustainable.

The regeneration of Jarnac Court aimed to revitalise the Dalkeith town centre and included paintwork, improved lighting, new seating, and paving repairs.

Wayne Clarke, Operations and Asset Manager at Midlothian Council, explains, “Jarnac Court was highlighted as an area for development under our economic development masterplan. The strategy was to create better usable spaces for people. We wanted an inviting area that would encourage the use of the space for events and gatherings such as night-time markets. The lighting was a key part of the


strategy – we also installed power sources to power these events.”

The chosen lighting solution was an arrangement of three Thorn Contrast RGBW DMX architectural floodlights with asymmetric optics on six bespoke aluminium columns. Positioned throughout the square, the floodlights are controlled by an Amaze Controller, creating a vibrant urban space that the council can set to a specific colour to support local and national events.

Derick Ramsay, National Sales Manager, Zumtobel Group, comments, “We were invited to tender, along with many of our competitors, but our Contrast scheme was considered the best approach and

multichip LEDs are mixed in a single lens to give a homogeneous, perfectly blended colour output with no multi-shadow effect on lit surfaces.

For example, if the council were to host a German-style night-time market at Christmas, it could program dynamic or static light scenes controlled via DMX RDM. This makes it easy to transform the appearance of the square at night with a splash of Bavarian colour. Additionally, Contrast’s pole-mounting interface is designed to complement its identity.

Wayne concludes, “The lighting installation has certainly provided the desired outcome. The finished effect is

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The aim of the regeneration of Jarnac Court in Dalkeith is to revitalise the town centre. New dynamic Contrast architectural floodlights from Thorn Lighting have helped modernise the 1960s urban square and allow Midlothian Council to use colour to celebrate festivities.
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Working with VIVO Defence Services, CU Phosco has replaced eight High Mast Floodlight Systems with the FL810 LED Area Floodlight – a dark sky friendly solution that meets all the requirements for CAP168 compliance.

VIVO Defence Services, a company that manages the Armed Forces’ built estate, was tasked with replacing the Wattisham Flying Stations’s eight High Mast Floodlight Systems, each carrying 5no 1,000W SONT floodlights. Working with the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), VIVO has developed a deep understanding of MOD culture, ethos, structure, and practice and employs a technology-enabled commitment to improving customer satisfaction levels, asset efficiency and user productivity.

Stuart Murray from CU Phosco says, “Technology has come a long way since we installed our FL444 SONT floodlights in 2001, so the project presented excellent potential for substantial energy savings.”

Paul Wright, VIVO Project Manager, Wattisham Flying Station, adds, “The concept was brought about by Wattisham Flying Stations DIO SEFM, Larry Allsop, after a high-level light failure. It was highlighted that VIVO should review the existing lighting system and supply a practical and cost-effective solution, incorporating sustainability solutions within the design and installation with support and guidance from CU Phosco.”

Using the existing 40m high masts, CU Phosco worked closely with VIVO to find the optimum LED floodlight for the airfield.

CU Phosco’s in-house team completed the lighting design, and its contracting team delivered the LED replacement within a week.

Ideal for replacing existing 1kW floodlighting systems, the chosen luminaire, FL810 LED Area Floodlight, provides a highly efficient solution for the airfield.

FL810’s cooling fins are optimised with a high surface area to quickly draw heat away from the LEDs. Vents created by the vertical cooling fins accelerate natural convection through the heatsink. The rising hot air draws cold air in from below, immediately cooling the LEDs and maximising their lifespan and light output. This cooling effect ensures FL810’s high efficacy is maintained over its life.

The low-glare, dark sky friendly solution meets all the requirements for CAP168 compliance and limits obtrusive light to the surrounding environment. Furthermore, its excellent CRI ensures excellent visual conditions for the helicopter pilots on the aircraft stands.

The floodlight’s superior energy efficiency has delivered 64% energy savings, helping VIVO to deliver an annual reduction of £46,000 in electricity costs for the MOD, with a payback of under 2.5 years.

Furthermore, with sustainability in mind, the luminaire is fully recyclable at the end of its life. Paul concludes, “The solution was beyond what Larry

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The floodlight has delivered 64% energy savings

Tamlite’s CITY Range Range

creates a balance between light and darkness. Tamlite recognises that the objectives of exterior lighting are to make buildings more secure, make people feel safer and to enhance and protect outdoor spaces, shielding the natural world from light pollution and glare.

The Tamlite CITY range of urban luminaires delivers high quality lighting for a wide variety of applications, and addresses the key requirements of exterior lighting.

Speak to one of our specialists to discover more about the latest in urban lighting –


Designed especially for coastal, exposed

and other challenging locations, the new collection of outdoor lights from Knightsbridge – one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of wiring accessories and lighting – is warrantied to stand the harshest of weathers thanks to its robust, corrosion-resistant and low-maintenance polycarbonate construction.

Four ranges are included in the polycarbonate collection: Eamon, Alana, Toro and Dura. They are ideal for residential and light commercial applications where the environment demands that fitting material is as important as any IP rating. The new outdoor lights are warrantied for three years and come in a range of contemporary styles and finishes to suit most requirements.

Offering a compact and contemporary design, Eamon comprises adjustable single and up/down wall lights, PIR downlights and spike lights. The wall lights are IP54 rated, take GU10 LED lamps and come in four finishes – anthracite, brushed brass, black and white. The PIR lights – available in black – are IP44 rated and come in single or up/down versions. They have a detection zone up to 12m at 110O and a ‘hold time’ between 10 seconds to five minutes. The operational ambient light threshold is 10 lux to daylight.

The spike lights are available in the same four finishes as the wall lights, are IP65 rated and, depending on lamp choice, are dimmable.

The Alana wall lights come in curved or square versions which both offer a forceful, solid aesthetic in black compact or elongated options that, thanks to their design and polycarbonate construction, offer the highest IP rating in the collection at IP65. Depending on the LED lamp, the Alana wall lights are also dimmable.

Toro comprises two IP44 coach-style lanterns in black, bringing a contemporary twist to a very traditional style. They are available in up or down configurations and can be adjusted to one of three LED colour temperatures: 3000K (warm white), 4000K (cool white) and 6000K (daylight).

Finally, impact-resistant Dura is available either as an IP65 IK10 LED bollard in moulded, toughened polycarbonate or a robust IP65 IK08 wall light. Both iterations of Dura are in black and come with adjustable CCTs in three colours – warm white, cool white and daylight.

The new polycarbonate outdoor collection from Knightsbridge provides tough, durable lighting solutions to the challenges presented by bad weather or harsh environments, while delivering high aesthetics and quality performance.


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lucky reader the chance to win a bar of solid silver in a special competition.

Knightsbridge has teamed up with ECN for a stunning competition with silver bars and coins –totalling thousands of pounds in value – to be won. One lucky verified electrical contractor stands the chance to win a 1kg bar of solid silver from the Royal Mint, worth (at the time of writing) over £850, plus runners up prizes of 10 one-ounce Britannia silver coins worth around £30 each.

This year sees Knightsbridge celebrating its Silver Jubilee. Since 1998, with 25 years’ experience within the electrical industry behind it and more than 3,000 quality products on its books, Knightsbridge has gone on to be one of the UK’s most popular brands, not least because of the high level of service offered by its customer team.

Always a pioneer in terms of both style, design and innovative technologies, Knightsbridge’s comprehensive product ranges will enhance the amenity and finish of any domestic, commercial, or industrial space; and the company has evolved to become a major supplier of the highest quality solutions on the UK market today.

Knightsbridge has recently published its 25th Anniversary Edition catalogue, available to the trade now. The handy 25th anniversary A5-sized, full colour publication is packed from cover to cover –over 3,000 items across nearly 500 pages, including over 400 new products – with new range developments, impressive innovations, and lots of inspiring ideas. Divided into easy-to-reference sections, the catalogue provides full product details along with high quality lifestyle and detailed product images.

New high design accessories reflect the evolving aesthetic of the home, with Matt Black, Anthracite and Smoked Bronze finishes on electrical accessories and lighting now up there with more traditional items such as white and chrome, both polished and brushed.

The trend towards smart appliances is represented with a comprehensive range of commercial, domestic, and outdoor products that are easy to use and all controllable via one easy app, ‘SmartKnight’, which is available from Google Play and the App Store. The app allows users to control all their lighting and wiring, and it works with Google Home and Alexa!

Latest lighting introductions include SpektroLED, the 40-in-one configurable downlighter that now comes in fixed and tilt versions; and the Torlan range of non-corrosive LED battens with variants ideal for residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and other demanding environments. Further recent developments include a collection of recessed and surface-mounted downlights designed for light commercial, hospitality and high-end residential applications. Outdoors, there’s plenty to choose from – whether it’s the wide range of weatherproof wiring accessories featuring

robust, easy-to-operate switched sockets and fused spur units or stylish 20AX outdoor switches and outdoor enclosures. Wall lights and bollards are a great way of transforming patios, yards, and gardens into areas that can be enjoyed in the evenings, and all year round.

To get your hands on the 25th Anniversary Edition of the Knightsbridge catalogue, simply visit catalogue-request or give Knightsbridge a call on 01582 887760.


Where is Knightsbridge’s UK headquarters?

a) Doncaster

b) Dunstable

c) Daventry

d) Darlaston


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We are a leading manufacturer and supplier of electrical components and systems, and this new website is a great way for customers to access all the information they need about their products. Customers can easily find product specifications, approvals, Declarations of Conformity and CAD drawings, as well as view product images and videos.


It is important that you choose the right flood light that suits your needs. For example, if you’re looking to illuminate a sports field or stadium, you’ll need a special type of floodlight designed specifically for that purpose with different characteristics to one which is designed for, say, lighting a footpath.

As such, it is important that you know the differences between each type of flood light, and know which one is most suited to your needs.

Kingfisher Sport specialises in providing high-quality sports flood lights for a range of outdoor sports and recreation facilities. But what sets sports flood lights apart from common flood lights, and why are they so important?

What are sports flood lights?

Sports flood lights, as the name suggests, are flood lights which are designed specifically for the unique demands of sports and recreation facilities. They offer a range of key

features and benefits that set them apart from common flood lights, including:

• Bright, equal illumination: sports flood lights are designed to provide bright and uniform illumination, ensuring that players and spectators can see the action clearly, no matter where they are on the field or court.

• High colour rendering: many sports flood lights feature a high colour rendering index (CRI), which means that colours are accurately represented, even in low light conditions. This is particularly important for sports applications, where the ability to see colours accurately can make a big difference in gameplay.

• Weather resistance: sports flood lights are designed to withstand the elements, including rain, wind, and

By comparison, a more ‘general’, non-specialised flood light may not provide as strong illumination or colour rendering, making it unsuitable for sports events where being able to easily identify the colour of a shirt, line, or ball can make all of the difference.

When to choose a sports flood light

If you’re looking to illuminate an area where sports may be played, such as a pitch, playing field, or stadium, a sports flood light is the way to go.

Kingfisher Sport offers a range of high-quality sports flood lights to meet the unique demands of sports and recreation facilities. Whether you’re illuminating a

When it comes to outdoor lighting, there are many different types of flood lights to choose from, says Kingfisher Sport.
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SEE Electrical software delivers error-free electrical schematics 40% faster.

Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution refers to the current era of connectivity, analytics, automation, and advanced manufacturing technology that is transforming businesses around the world. For tradespeople, it is a game-changer. Just ask any panel builder. These electrical professionals know stable power distribution is unthinkable without switchgear, which is an essential part of the energy infrastructure. However, with the recent digitisation and electrification of building systems, there is a gap between such state-of-the-art, smart systems and their development, design and manufacture. Steps as important as planning, configuring, or creating parts lists are often still carried out in traditional, pre-Industry 4.0 ways. In order to remain competitive, switchgear manufacturers cannot avoid digitising value-added processes. So, in cooperation with partners such as ALPI and IGE-XAO,

Schneider Electric has built up an innovative and comprehensive approach to the panel-building process with SEE Electrical software. Resilient organisations today understand the need for more efficient operations that allow them to respond to customers quickly and safely. With SEE Electrical, Schneider Electric is meeting this demand by enabling panel builders to use digitalisation across the entire project lifecycle, transforming panel construction into a more efficient, productive, and flexible process. Not only will this help to keep you in line with market growth, it will also allow you to differentiate yourself from competitors and grow your business with new service offerings.

Unleash efficiency with digital tools

For general reference, the manufacturing phase of a panel accounts for 28% of the total project time. The mechanical

Bring automation to your electrical wiring diagrams and engineering schematics for efficient and error-proof designs

preparation and assembly account for 28% of this phase, and the wiring accounts for 49%. Digitisation can assist in reducing the total time while improving the overall project quality. Now you can unleash efficiency within your panel-building projects with digital tools by Schneider Electric, including SEE Electrical software. These tools are deliberately designed to save panel builders precious time throughout their projects, from design and product selection up to quotation and manufacturing of the product. It is also a key way for them to stay on top of the latest digital applications and design innovations to enable Electricity 4.0, now and in the future.

With SEE Electrical software, panel builders are able to:

• Design electrical schematics 40% faster

• Rely on error-free professional software

• Meet local and international standards

• Improve project quality with ready-to-use software that is fully customisable

Let’s take a look at the end-to-end journey across project lifecycles that SEE Electrical software makes possible.

Digitise panel projects and achieve error-free designs

Panels may seem like simple products, but they have a complex value chain and are often unique, making standardisation difficult. Panel builders are required to build panels that can withstand harsh environments and drive critical assets in their customer’s facilities. Additionally, panel requirements impose a high level of specialisation and versatility, requiring electrical, mechanical, and automation expertise. This highly competitive environment puts considerable stress on lead-time commitments and margins. The panel builder’s job is not an easy one!

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Fast-track your switchboard projects with SEE Electrical eCAD software

That’s why Schneider Electric developed

SEE Electrical software:

• A consistent product development process means shorter production times, continued reduction of costs, and improved quality.

• SEE Electrical offers eCAD software dedicated to electricians for schematic design, offering a schematic design software where interconnected drawings constitute a database. The electrical project is therefore the basic unit, as opposed to graphical software where the basic unit is the drawing. The degree of processing in CAD programs for electricians can vary, but mostly the repetition of symbol designations, the correctness of connecting symbol ends, use of I/O in the PLC, etc., is controlled. Only by using professional, proven design software can an error-free, or almost error-free design, be achieved. Consequently, the implementation of the design on-site is free of very costly errors. SEE Electrical also allows panel builders to stay compliant, as digitisation of projects using electrical CAD tools means you can automatically control the correctness of your diagrams and ensure compliance with standards and/or customer rules.

• SEE Electrical also allows panel builders to react swiftly to changes to deliver the quality and customisation that customers expect. The efficiencies and quality improvements continue in the workshop. Forget about dedicating employees to label production. With SEE Electrical Expert, schematics are exported directly to printers and engravers. That all but eliminates errors, too!

• Digitisation ensures that all departments have access to the same data, eliminating time lost due to redundant data, reverse engineering, manual data transfer, or data syncing. All changes applied throughout the project spectrum are made in real-time.

• A seamlessly integrated workflow offers value beyond manufacturing. Purchase, sales, customer service, and finance departments all benefit from access to consistent, relevant, and real-time data that extends beyond geographical limits and company divisions.

SEE Electrical cuts engineering time in half, thanks to its automated electrical functions. Quality is improved with the elimination of repetitive manual tasks. Also, with a customised multi-manufacturer database from Schneider Electric, setup time is minimised.

Target full automation of your workshop, thanks to 3D:

• Virtual 3D prototyping provides users with a clear spatial perspective within cabinet designs, making it easy to optimise space, place and manage system components, calculate wiring and cable routes, and reduce costly waste.

• Manufacturing process automation allows for earlier availability of manufacturing documents, 1:1 drilling templates, wire lists for assembly and mounting, precise component end-fitting and mounting, coupling of marking, wire manufacturing, and NC mechanical processing machines.

Success stories from the field

SEE Electrical has been recognised by panel builders all over the world.

Peter Hall, Managing Director of Hallson and certified EcoXpert partner of Schneider Electric, which is also a provider of PrismaSeT panels, has adopted this software. He views SEE Electrical as yet another way to meet customers’ needs. “As a panel builder, we rarely hear words like ‘predictable’ or ‘on time’ or ‘under budget’,” Peter says. “In fact, we pride ourselves on responding quickly to the inevitable changes that come with our work, while always maintaining a focus on quality.”

In other words, SEE Electrical software by Schneider Electric enables Hallson to increase productivity and quality through every step of the engineering and production process. “The software makes panel documentation easy, automatically generating cables and terminals in our schematics,” Peter adds. “Production efficiency is increased with direct label exports to printers and engraving machines. You can say goodbye to typing errors! And we minimise errors in the workshop, too. Custom production reports are just a mouse click away,

aiding less experienced workers. Finally, SEE Electrical makes us future-ready by anticipating new panel maintenance standards and a soon-to-be-mandatory digital storage requirement.”

KAFKAS is one of Greece’s leading providers of electrical equipment, including SM6 and PrismaSeT panels from Schneider Electric. The company has also benefited from SEE Electrical software and believe that, as a Schneider partner, its business will always be future-ready.

“As we design and build our panels, we always keep an eye on productivity, but never at the expense of quality,” says Stratos Papaioannou, Panel Building Units Manager at Kafkas.

“We know there will be changes along the way. And thanks to SEE Electrical software by Schneider Electric, we are able to make modifications and deliver the custom solutions our customers want. With SEE Electrical, we reduced our engineering time by more than 50%, thanks to AutoCAD capabilities. The software allows us to create error-free designs by eliminating repetitive manual tasks and automating connection checks.”

Stratos says that “production is expedited, as well. We export our schematics directly to printers, eliminating typing errors and realising huge time savings. And customised production reports can be accessed with a mouse click.”

Experience SEE Electrical with a free trial

With SEE Electrical software in place, the panel-building game has now become seamless and efficient. Download the 30-day free trial now to explore the benefits of the eCAD software that helps panels builders ensure quality and speed work in the Electricity 4.0 world.

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An electrical and security system company carrying out domestic and commercial work across Scotland, Stirling Electrical replaced a number of disconnected systems with the all-in-one solution from BigChange. Using a BigChange mobile app, synchronised in real time with the back-office system, Stirling Electrical has reduced the amount of paperwork it produces and processes by around 80%, improved operational efficiency by 20% and is winning more tenders.

“In our first decade we were entirely paper based, however, in 2007 after 10 years of business we made, what was at the time, a significant investment in field service software from America. This was a big step and a one few companies of our type and

size were taking,” comments Scott McLean, Owner and Director of Stirling Electrical Services and its security system division, Stirling Alarms. “We also started using standalone vehicle tracking and navigation equipment at about the same time.

“These systems did boost productivity and reduce administration, but only in part. We were still manually producing paper job sheets which, when completed, needed scanning for historical reporting, and the tracking and navigation didn’t ‘talk’ to each other or other management processes. BigChange is great as it does everything we need in a single package and is ready to go straight out of the box.”

Established in 1996, Stirling Electrical Services is an electrical and security system company operating locally in and around Stirling, and nationally across Scotland. With a team of qualified engineers, electricians and apprentices, Stirling Electrical offers fault finding, installation, maintenance, inspection and testing services, while experienced office staff are on hand to deal with initial job enquiries through to job completion reporting. Stirling Electrical has subsequently established a branded security alarm service, including CCTV, fire and smoke detection, emergency lighting and door access, as well as installing electric vehicle charge points.

The company selected the BigChange job management platform, which incorporates customer relationship management (CRM), job scheduling, live tracking, resource management, job finance and business intelligence, following a recommendation from another BigChange user. Since implementing, Stirling Electrical has fully automated the production, completion and filing of job cards and no longer has to print, fill in and scan. This means information is available in real-time and is available as and when required to answer customer queries or review site histories.

“The biggest thing about BigChange is the visibility that it gives us. All the information we need is instantly available so we can manage everything more dynamically and keep customers better informed,” says Scott. “We’ve also won tenders because BigChange allows us to tick more boxes and is so easily adaptable we’re confident we can do anything that is asked of us.”

Integrated vehicle tracking and navigation, combined with intelligent and responsive scheduling has further boosted daily productivity and simple things like engineers no longer having to ‘phone-in’ at the start of the day or end of a job are making a real difference to the work that can be completed each day.

The ability to automatically capture on-site information including date stamped photographs and ‘no-touch’ signatures, introduced to support COVID-19 restrictions, together with other processes enabled by BigChange, are also helping Stirling Electrical secure additional contracts with public sector organisations such as housing associations.

“Although we have already made significant improvements in our management and reporting processes using BigChange, there is always more that can be done,” Scott continues. “Moving forward, we can achieve additional efficiency gains by integrating with our accounting and financial reporting functions, and we hope to implement the online booking portal for some of our larger customers.

“As BigChange is adaptable and modifiable, the support of the account management and Roadcrew support teams, as well as the wider BigChange community, has been one of the biggest strengths of the system as we know there is always someone on hand to offer advice or assistance if we need it.”


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No one said running an electrical contracting business would be easy, and the sense of achievement a business owner feels is all the greater for knowing they’ve worked hard to achieve it. But there’s no need to make things more difficult than they have to be. Burnout is always a risk for a business owner, and a healthy work life balance is important.

Building a business that works for you, not the other way around, should be a key priority for all electrical contracting business owners. The high personal risk of owning a trade business means owner burnout is becoming more common. With the business environment seemingly changing daily, the pressure can mount and anything that helps trade business owners to tackle the hard stuff and stay on top of things can only be good.

The crucial question is, how do you go about working hard, but also having the quality time needed for family, friends and leisure activities? Thankfully there are some processes you can easily put in place, and even better, automate, so that you have more time free for the good things in life.

One of the easiest processes to automate is job scheduling, which can be managed through software, bringing with it some significant improvements in your business, and potentially, your life.

Manually building employee schedules takes a lot of time and energy and, in this digital world, it doesn’t really make sense to still be employing manual means of booking.

One of the key benefits of job management software is the ability to easily schedule and manage appointments with clients. You can quickly create appointments, set reminders, and send out automated confirmations and notices to clients. This can help ensure that appointments are kept and that clients are informed about any changes or

delays. One of the risks that comes with manual booking is human error. This can include overbooking, double-booking or overlooking essential job details. Good scheduling software will minimise these risks and provide you with a clear visual calendar that you can view on your dashboard. A visual calendar will allow you to see at a glance what needs to be done, along with any important appointments coming up so that you can schedule jobs more effectively.

Another benefit of job management software is the ability to easily generate invoices and manage payments. It can help businesses keep track of what services have been performed and at what cost, making it easy to generate accurate invoices and bill clients for services provided. Additionally, many job management software programs offer integrations with popular payment processing platforms, making it easy for businesses to accept payments from clients. Think of all that time you spend invoicing and chasing payment and imagine getting it back for a bit of relaxation with family and friends!

A good software scheduling program can integrate various data management apps or tools so that you can access all your important apps in one place. If you run your job scheduling app and accounting system separately, any invoices or quotes recorded on your job management software would have to be re-entered manually into your accounting database. This is time-consuming and increases the risk of human error. With an integrated software app, you will have clear, simultaneous visibility of all areas of your business. Management and other staff should be able to view employee data and customise reports when necessary. So ideally, your chosen scheduling software and app would have an easy-to-navigate dashboard that features real-time meeting rooms as well as updates so that you and/or your clients can stay informed of a project’s or employee’s status.

It can have a positive impact on internal communication within your business too, leading to increased efficiency amongst your employees or subcontractors.

Scheduling your team and assigning jobs to workers can be difficult if it’s done offline. Get rid of the phone tennis and avoid scheduling conflicts with a scheduling software app that features auto-scheduling. Another feature to look out for in a scheduling software app is payroll tracking. With this feature, the gross pay an employee earns is automatically calculated as soon as they clock off their shift. Some apps allow you to see how much an employee has earned that week based on the hours worked. You can then copy this information into your integrated accounting software or separate payroll system, making it easier to calculate payments and invoices.

By automating just some of these processes, you can potentially claw back some time for the more important things in life, such as your family, friends and free time. As a business owner it doesn’t make sense to keep wasteful and time-sapping habits in place when the answer is just a few mouse clicks or finger swipes away.


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DG Cities and the Royal Borough of Greenwich are collaborating with Sense in a pilot study aimed at reducing energy usage and costs for council residents.

Through the Sense app on their smartphones, residents will be able to monitor the energy consumption of individual appliances in real-time and receive notifications about opportunities to save energy. The pilot will also test how behaviour change techniques such as nudges can be used to reduce energy consumption.

The UK faces rising energy prices and a cost-of-living crisis, making energy savings a top priority for households. The pilot will help residents to take control of their energy usage and save money, while also reducing the carbon emissions of each household, in line with the UK’s goal of reaching net zero by 2050.

Councillor Pat Slattery, Cabinet Member for Housing, Homelessness and Neighbourhoods says, “The cost-of-living crisis has heavily affected our residents and we are working to help local people in every way we can. This is a fantastic way for residents to understand how much energy they use and find out ways they can reduce their monthly bills. It’s also a great way of connecting with others in the community by sharing tips and advice.”

DG Cities recognises that there are important technological advances from industry that can give people insights to make choices that are right for them. DG Cities is also concerned with ensuring that this trend can be inclusive and new technology accessible to groups that may otherwise be harder to reach or may not have the means to purchase and test such technology.

As part of the trial, Royal Borough of Greenwich council residents who opt in will receive an R&D Sense energy monitor which will be installed into their fuse boxes to measure the electricity consumption of the whole home, as well as individual devices. Outside of this walled pilot, Sense collaborates with smart meter manufacturers, energy retailers, and grid operators to run the Sense application directly on smart meters.

Michael Jary, International Managing Director at Sense says, “There is a growing recognition that artificial intelligence has a transformative role to play in the world’s energy transition. Already, in North America, over three million next generation smart meters are being deployed to run the Sense app. In the UK, we hope to see further uptake for innovative technologies like Sense that reduce the overall cost of managing, maintaining and balancing the energy system – ultimately benefiting residents with lower energy bills.”

Sense is like a fitness tracker for the home – tracking the home’s energy usage so the user can save money. The Sense app shows what’s on, what’s off, and how much energy is being used and where it’s wasted.

Sense installs easily in the home’s electrical panel and uses innovative machine learning to identify devices by their energy signatures and track their activity. For example, in the Sense app, the user can see if they turned off the tumble dryer before leaving the house or set alerts to notify if the coffee maker is still on.

The pilot will help residents to take control of their energy usage and save money

Trevor Dorling, Director of DG Cities comments, “This is an exciting and innovative way of helping residents in Royal Greenwich save energy and money using digital technology. Working together with the Royal Borough of Greenwich, we’re able to use artificial intelligence to understand and measure how much energy residents use and look at ways to reduce costs.”

Every electrical device has a unique electronic signature (voice) and the Sense home energy monitor listens to those voices through current sensors in a home’s electric panel. Sense records energy a million times per second, providing a detailed, real-time view of the home’s activity.

The Sense monitor is installed in a home’s electrical panel without any rewiring, just two clamp-on sensors around the mains and a 240v breaker. Installation by a licensed electrician is recommended and a typical installation takes half an hour.


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Having the necessary information (tables, charts, data) and tools (calculators and formulas) you need to hand, as and when you need it, can save a lot of time and frustration. The offerings from Pro Certs Software have evolved to provide just that, whether that be on a mobile device, such as a phone or tablet, or on a desktop PC (Mac, Windows, Chromebook). With over 10 years of developing electrical applications, Pro Certs Software has a solution to cater for all.

Cloud based electrical software

The online cloud based electrical software is accessible via a web browser from your desktop PC, Mac or laptop. Enjoy the benefits of the larger screen sizes offered by desktop PC’s and laptops to carry out your electrical calculations, such as cable sizing or maximum demand and diversity (amongst others) or for looking up electrical tables with ease using the search index to search for what you are looking for.

Features include easy to use navigation with a searchable index; online – log in from anywhere; tools and electrical calculators; electrical tables; and charts.

A new addition to this cloud web-based electrical software solution is the Maximum Demand Calculator (new for 2023), UI improvements, and a new single phase and three phase maximum demand calculator to calculate your total connected load then apply diversity.

Mobile apps

Pro Certs Software has a full suite of electrical apps which are available for Apple and Android devices to serve the needs of an on-site electrician, be that for assisting with EICR’s, looking up a maximum Zs value or just checking the copper equivalent size of an SWA cable armouring. There are free apps available, with the more complex apps being paid-for versions.

Applications include Cable Calc, Adiabatic Equation Calculator, Maximum Demand and Diversity Calculator), Max Zs Values and 7909 Certification software (based on BS 7909) amongst others.

Electrical certification software

The electrical certification package ‘Pro Certs’ is based on BS 7671 and has been designed for flexibility, ease of use and simplicity suitable for one-man-band electricians and large electrical contractors with multiple users, with a dedicated Management Web Portal and cloud syncing between devices. The Pro Certs electrical certification software is available on iPad, Android Tablets and Windows PC’s – this, coupled with the cloud syncing function, creates a simple yet powerful electrical certification package.

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HellermannTyton has remodelled its Cable Scout+ cable installation system to bring customers improved functionality and time-saving benefits.

The new and improved design enables electricians and electrical installers to install, inspect, illuminate, and retrieve cables quickly and easily via suspended ceilings, behind walls or floors, through small access holes, in cavities and many other applications.

The cable routing tool consists of easy-fit cable rods for the safe installation of cables; even in the most challenging installations and difficult-to-access areas. A redesigned grip enables the flexible cable rods (made of high-quality glass-reinforced plastic) to be simply screwed together and fitted with any one of the clever attachments supplied with the tool.

The rods can be bent, pushed, or pulled and bear cable weights up to 200kg, whilst the three different diameters available (4mm, 5mm and 6mm), offer different bending radiuses to guarantee high flexibility at work. Available in five sizes with the ability to attach to a wide range of cable diameters, the cable grips – available as an accessory – provide a reliable and time-saving method for securing cables and pipes to rods. HellermannTyton,


Ovia continues to invest in its growing lighting solutions and has added new Burgess Brackets to its panel lighting accessories range.

Designed for fitting backlit panels into Burgess ceilings, the new brackets are compatible with all OVIA Backlit LED Panels –they simply fit to the rear of the panels, allowing the panels to be secured into burgess ceilings.

Made from powder coated steel, with an IP20 rating, the Burgess Brackets measure 560mm (L) x 16mm (W) x 25.5 (H) and they have six fixing points. They are supplied in packs of two and come with a five-year warranty.

Ovia’s full range of lighting solutions, including the new Burgess Bracket can be seen in the latest Ovia catalogue – issue 4 – which can be downloaded from the Ovia website as well as from the Scolmore Group app. Ovia,


Rolec EV and EV OneStop are introducing the QUBEV Smart, new to the EV market this spring. The younger sibling to the popular QUBEV charging solution, the QUBEV Smart hosts an electrifying array of new features.

Rolec remains committed to a programme of continuous development, investment, and innovation – and this can be seen in the QUBEV Smart, hosting up to 22kW of charging output with dynamic load balancing and Mode 3 charge protocol. It is packed with the latest safety features, including security logs and alerts, all encapsulated in an IP54 weatherproof rated enclosure, compactly designed to provide users with a modern and sleek EV charging solution.

One of Rolec EV’s most cost-effective, smart solutions, the QUBEV Smart is also paired with a new smart Wi-Fi app which allows you to schedule charging for when rates are lowest, saving the user money as well as reducing the strain on the grid. It also has an in-built LED charging status indicator and universal untethered charging socket (tethered model also available).



Flexible conduit manufacturer, Flexicon has launched a new, high-specification IP68-rated Contractor Pack.

The new FPEN Contractor Packs are designed to help installers reduce the amount of different conduit types and fixings they need to stock, helping to reduce the cost and time associated with sourcing multiple product types for different applications.

The premium-rated cable protection solution is supplied in a convenient package and can be used by contractors as an end-to-end solution for any external or internal applications that require high levels of ingress protection and UV resistant properties.

Available in two pack sizes, with 21mm and 28mm conduits, the packs cover all applications in one handy part number. This includes 10m of conduit, 10 fittings, 10 locknuts, and hinged fixing clips. This ensures installers have all the components required to protect, terminate, and secure the cable protection installation, so that ordering and managing stocks are made simple.

The 21mm option offers additional space when compared to traditional metric-sized conduit systems of 20mm and 25mm.



Thorn Lighting has presented its new Duoproof 2 luminaire – an ideal choice for use in demanding environments where hygiene and reliability are crucial.

This includes laboratories, cleanrooms, commercial kitchens, and industrial and pharmaceutical production facilities, all of which demand high-quality illumination delivered by a robust and durable luminaire.

Duoproof 2 ticks these boxes – with an LED panel that features a high level of resistance to chemicals and heat and IP65 protection against dust, dirt, steam and water.

A smooth surface, rounded corners and the impermeable join between Duoproof 2’s polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) cover and steel housing also result in an optimised hygienic design that allows for quick and easy cleaning maintenance cycles.

More highlights of Duoproof 2:

• High temperature tolerance: Duoproof 2 is suitable for use in high temperature environments up to 50°C

• Highly efficient: the luminaire can deliver up to 150lm/W

• Excellent optical light distribution and recyclability provided by the PMMA diffuser

• Certification: Duoproof 2 is certified by Fraunhofer for cleanroom environments (ISO EN 14644-1) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). It also has the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety certificate. Duoproof 2’s Product Manager, Felix Breuss, says, “Our new indoor luminaire is especially attractive because of the breadth of its application usage. In spaces with stringent requirements – such as pharmaceutical, medical or food manufacturing – this luminaire can be trusted to perform and endure.”

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There are over 690,000 electric cars on the road in the UK, with 265,000 registered last year alone. In the UK it is predicted that there will be eight million electric or hybrid cars on the roads by 2030. Each car needs a cable, and cables can develop faults, get lost or stolen.

Introducing the Lindy EV Cable! This cable is available in 5m and 7m variants, and is robust and versatile. Quickly recharge your E-vehicle or plug in hybrid with the Lindy Type 2 cables.

With this charging cable you can recharge any vehicle, fitted with a Type 2 port, at a public charging station or wall box. As Type 2 is standard in the EU/UK, you can use this cable at most charging stations in the European area. Three-phase charging with up to 22kW (32A 480VAC) is possible, as well as one-phase charging.

The cable is well protected against dust and water (IP55), it is UV-resistant and the connectors are flame retardant (UL 94 V-0). The plugs are designed for more than 10,000 mating cycles, which means a lifespan of more than 10 years with daily use. When not in use, the cable can easily be stored in the carrying bag which is supplied with the product.

The cables delivered with the car may be lost, malfunction or even get stolen, so having a good supply of spare cables is or will be essential – it also makes good commercial sense. The cost of theft of EV cables is a growing problem and is likely to dwarf the £10 million spent on replacing stolen catalytic converters. Given the ease in which they can be taken, and the scrap value attached to the copper inside, this is a growing issue.

The EV cable from Lindy has been certified by TÜV Rheinland and comes with a two-year warranty. Lindy,


Makita UK has added a new 2-Piece Combo Kit to its extensive range of LXT products, to offer professionals a useful set of tools at exceptional value.

A must-have for any tradesperson, the new DLX2460TJ Combo Kit features two of Makita’s most popular professional cordless power tools – the DTD153Z 18V LXT Brushless Impact Driver and the DHP487Z 18V LXT Brushless Combi Drill.

Housed in a Type 3 Makpac Connector Case for easy storage and transportation, the kit also includes two 5.0Ah 18V LXT BL1850B batteries and the DC18RC Fast Charger which can be used across Makita’s vast LXT range.

The DTD153Z is an extremely powerful impact driver with 170Nm max torque, delivering a no-load speed of 3,400rpm and providing up to 3,600 impacts per minute.

Makita’s compact DHP487Z 18V LXT Brushless Combi Drill features variable speed control to deliver up to 1,700rpm, 25,500bpm and 40Nm maximum fastening torque for a wide range of drilling, fastening and hammer drilling applications. Makita,


Meridian Lighting is targeting the domestic and light commercial markets with a new portfolio of Decorative Outdoor Lighting.

Starting with polycarbonate Wall-Mounted Step Lights, there are square, round and rectangular/horizontal options. Built with ABS housing and PVC diffusers, this IP65 range with 1.5W to 7W SMD LEDs is finished in light grey and boasts colour change technology offering warm, cool or daylight output.

A second range of aluminium Step Lights includes wall-mounted and built–in fittings, with rectangular/vertical or square versions of each. In anthracite grey and, again, with SMD LEDs (1.5W to 4W) this IP44 range delivers a 3000k warm white output.

Stainless Steel Bollards complete the new ranges. Designed for GU10 LED lamps, there are IP54 rated 650mm bollards – one slatted and one in black – and a mini twin IP65 option plus a 1.1m black bollard taking A60 lamps or up to 12W LEDs. With die-cast tubular bodies and clear glass diffusers, bollards include base anchoring plates.

With CE and UK/CA approvals, warrantees are three years for step lights and one for bollards. CED,


Unicrimp, part of the Scolmore Group of companies, offers an extensive range of cable accessories under its well-known and trusted Q-Crimp brand.

The company continues to develop and expand the offer to provide electricians with everything they need when working on the tools. Today, the Q-Crimp range incorporates more than 19 different product categories, including Cable Clips, Cable Cleats, Cable Glands and Cable Ties, Fixings, Earthing Rods, Tape and Sleeving, as well as Trade Tubs of fixings and clips in handy, durable and re-sealable plastic tubs.

Recent additions to the range include Nylon Meter Tail Glands and Catenary Kits. The 32mm and 40mm White Nylon Meter Tail Glands with Plug are designed to house incoming cables on a metal consumer unit. A blanking insert plug is also supplied as standard for optional use should no earth wire be present.

The Catenary Kits comprise one 30m length of the 3mm steel wire rope, one zinc plated strainer, four 3mm steel wire rope grips, two 3mm steel wire eyelets, one hook wall plate and one wire ring plate.



All FuseBox double and triple bank boards are supplied with T2 SPDs as standard. T1 SPDs are also available upon request.

Dual Tariff units can be supplied without surge protection or as an empty enclosure – for maximum flexibility.

FuseBox double bank board offers a maximum of 30 usable ways, while the triple bank board offers a maximum of 45 usable ways – ideal for housing all din modular accessories such as a bell transformer and installation contactors.

There is a choice of knockouts on all faces, as well as the rear of the box. Earth and neutral terminal bars on each bank, as well as a generous sized enclosure with removable din rail making first fix, cabling, and testing easier and quicker.

Manufactured from strong galvanised 1mm steel, finished in RAL 9001 (Cream White) and complete with tail clamp, accessory pack and captive screws on the front cover, FuseBox double and triple bank boards retain the same quality, robust design of their single bank counter parts.

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Embracing feedback from the contractors is what drives product development across the Scolmore Group of companies. In response to the latest feedback, Scolmore has taken its popular Definity screwless wiring accessories range and simplified the ordering process.

Up until now, Click Scolmore’s popular Definity screwless wiring accessories range has been supplied as two separate elements – insert and cover plate – with each requiring its own separate product code. In a move to simplify the ordering process for customers – particularly with online ordering in mind – Definity inserts and cover plates will now be supplied and packaged together as one unit with one product code.

Definity has evolved from Scolmore’s well-established Define flat plate accessory range and features all of the same attributes, including modular switching but without the visible fixing screws. Definity goes one stage further by incorporating screwless, push-fit face plates in a range of finishes.

The inserts are available in black, white and grey and there are now eight cover plate finishes to choose from.



National Ventilation is helping architects, developers, and contractors with developments of less than 100 plots to comply with amended Building Regulations.

National Ventilation offers a free whole-house ventilation design service for design and build projects to ensure the ventilation systems will both work within the buildings and meet the Building Regulations. The company also offers a very wide range of products to ensure developers have the ventilation solutions they need, including a range of recycled plastic products to offer more sustainable choices for its customers.

Published on 15 December 2021, the new Part F and Part L of the Building Regulations are set to help the UK deliver net zero, including a reduction of almost a third less carbon for new homes. But as buildings become more airtight, to improve efficiency and help achieve this goal, it is crucial to consider indoor air quality (IAQ) too. The new Part F is therefore seen as a vital development as it sets out important changes, which will accelerate the move towards low carbon ventilation as an industry standard while improving IAQ.

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With as many as 40,000 stitches, and up to 64 pieces of fabric in a single pair of Snickers Workwear trousers, it’s little wonder they’re built to last and the preferred choice of discerning tradesmen and women.

Ergonomically designed for maximum comfort, freedom of movement and functionality, there’s over 80 different styles and 71 different sizes in the Snickers Workwear

Trouser system. So you will always find a pair to suit you. The men’s and women’s trousers range includes full stretch slim fit styles plus street-smart regular and looser fits throughout the full LiteWork, FlexiWork, RUFFwork and AllroundWork trouser families.

With at least 16 pocket compartments integral to every pair complimented by a choice of eight different kneepads, Snickers Workwear knows that your work trousers have to do a lot of things. Keep you comfortable, carry your essentials, and protect your knees and legs from debris and hazards in the workplace.

So, whatever your trade, wherever you’re working and whatever your sustainability preferences are, you can be sure there is a pair of Snickers Workwear Trousers to suit you. Snickers Workwear,


Electric vehicle charge point management expert, Fuuse, has announced the launch of a full suite of energy products to enable organisations to confidently install and manage EV charging infrastructure, whilst balancing the impact on their site’s energy supply and overall grid demand.

FuuseEnergy is a new suite, complementing the core Fuuse charge point management platform, allowing businesses to effectively monitor and manage their EV charging infrastructure, pre and post installation.

The launch comes 10 months after the charging software innovator acquired energy management consultancy Envisij, from which many of the latest tools have been developed.

Amongst the latest tools being launched, Fuuse EnergyMap offers organisations a comprehensive audit of energy usage, to inform infrastructure decisions. Using half-hourly metered consumption data, businesses can now understand site baseline demand and the forecasted effect EV charging will place on that demand.

Fuuse Energy Monitoring is a cloud-based enterprise monitoring solution with options to observe real-time energy usage across a site. Fuuse,


A first for UK and European markets, Starrett and HellermannTyton have partnered to introduce their first-ever range of drill bits.

Manufactured with Starrett-level quality and available to purchase from HellermannTyton, the new product line offers a range of products for SDS Plus, SDS Plus Chisel, Flat Wood and High-Speed Steel drills. The range can be used across the trades, from electrical to construction sectors and more.

Firstly, the SDS three and five-point drill bits are ideal for drilling in brick, tile, concrete, plaster, slate, and aerated concrete blocks.

Exclusively for wooden surfaces, the Flat Wood Drill Bit Hex Shank is manufactured using specialised heat treatment for increased tool life, whilst a precision ground tip and twin spurs reduce the breakout and deliver clean holes.

Designed for masonry, brick, and concrete applications, the SDS Plus Chisel delivers efficient results with its precision ground chisel edge with special hardening and strong, durable properties.

HSS is the final product in the range. Ideal for wood and plastics, the HSS is designed from a high-speed steel structure with heat treatment and features excellence in cutting geometry and fatigue resistance. HellermannTyton,


ESP’s MAGDUO Two-Wire fire alarm system is aimed at small to medium contractors, offering them a highly flexible and adaptable system that will save them time and money on the installation process.

Two-Wire fire alarm systems are based on standard conventional system technology. 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.

In total, ESP’s MAGDUO range comprises 25 individual products including 2, 4 and 8-zone fire panels (available in a grey or black finish), as well as repeater panels – also in grey and black – with the 4 and 8 zone panels able to support up to eight repeater panels. ESP,

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♦ Programmable setback light levels and fade rates

♦ Upgradeable for extra features such as group control and asset tracking

This NEW DANLERS range of smart sensors is quick to set up, with DANLERS own easy-to-use APP (Android & iOS).

Security options are available, to avoid unauthorised changes to settings. It has switching and dimming compatibilities for DALI and 0-10V. Upgradeable via over-the-air updates with additional licences and extra features. Ideal for energy-saving automatic lighting control.

DANLERS Lighting Controls

DANLERS Limited, DANLERS Business Centre, Vincients Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6NQ, UK T: +44 (0)1249 443377 E:
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