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Project Focus

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26 Competition

Win a new Wi-Fi floodlight, plus your choice from other products, courtesy of Timeguard

60 Company Showcase

HVAC 40 Heating at height: why infrared heating makes cost and carbon sense for tower blocks 42 Baxi hydrogen boilers to be used in world-first project 44 Standing the test of time 46 Electric is the future-proof option for sustainable heating in UK buildings

Tools & Workwear 48 Staying safe and stylish on site: top five workwear essentials for spring and summer 50 New data reveals that tool thieves are rarely charged 52 Tools of the trade

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Hello and welcome to the May issue of ECN. As I’m sure you will have seen online and on our social media, entries for the ECN Awards 2023 are now open! We have also announced the date of the event along with the venue – the ECN Awards will be held on 30 November at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre in Coventry.

There are 20 awards to enter, within the categories of Products, Sustainable Products, Projects, Training and Companies, so if you have launched a product or completed a project between 1 January 2022 and 31 August 2023 please make sure you enter. We are looking for stand-out products, projects and companies that are helping to make the industry safer, more advanced, more efficient and more sustainable – for the full criteria, a list of individual awards, and to enter please visit

As well as being a celebration of the best in the industry, the evening is going to be

an amazing night out! The Heart of England Conference and Events Centre is right in the middle of England, so is easy to get to, wherever you are based. The venue is spectacular, and we are lining up some amazing entertainment for you. So even if you’re not in a position to enter any of the awards, get your colleagues together for a great night out!

If you have any questions at all about the ECN Awards then please contact me at

This issue’s features include Circuit Protection & Switchgear, HVAC, Tools & Workwear, along with our newest feature, Commercial Vehicles. Plus, we bring you the latest news and projects, along with an interview with Carl Jones, President Cable Management and Protection (International) at Atkore.

In this month’s Competition, Timeguard is offering a lucky winner the chance to win one of the company’s new Wi-Fi floodlights, plus your choice from other products in Timeguard’s Wi-Fi range for professional installation, so don’t forget to enter!

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


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New research by ElectricalDirect has found that the majority of UK businesses could be doing far more to cut back on their energy consumption, so it has partnered with Claire Watson, Managing Director at Airmatic, to share ways that companies can save.

Regularly maintain your lighting – 86% of businesses don’t. Businesses waste energy and money by not regularly maintaining their office lighting, as without frequent checks, light levels can fall by almost a third over a couple of years. Regular maintenance can help reduce costs by up to 15%.

Reduce the heating temperature in the office – 85% of businesses don’t. UK businesses can also save money by reducing the heating temperature in the office, and a reduction of just 1°C can cut fuel consumption by 8%.

Keep radiators clear of obstructions – 85% of businesses don’t. If items are placed in front of a radiator, this will cost your business money and energy, with the heat generated mainly warming up the obstruction, rather than the room.

Set the heating at a constant temperature – 85% of businesses don’t. Keeping the temperature at a constant level will help reduce your office energy consumption, as repeatedly moving it up and down will only increase your bills.

Make use of natural light from windows and skylights – 84% of UK businesses don’t. Using natural light rather than switching the lights on and off on a sunny day can help save money and energy in the office. By reconfiguring your office space, you can make the most of the natural light that comes in by moving workspaces to naturally well-lit locations.


Electricians and electrical contractors across the UK are being warned about the hidden dangers associated with asbestos.

The warning comes as part of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Asbestos and You campaign, targeting tradespeople about the personal risks from asbestos that still exist in properties across the country today.

Around 5,000 people a year die from asbestos-related illnesses and asbestos can still be found in buildings built or refurbished before the year 2000. HSE is warning that despite the ban on its use, many buildings still contain asbestos, and it is still a serious risk to anyone exposed to it at any age.

Paul Reeve, Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) Director of CSR, says, “We actively support HSE’s campaign to help get the vitally important message out that, despite being banned in the UK today, asbestos is still encountered by those who work in older domestic, public and commercial buildings.

“Electricians and other professionals can disturb materials that contain asbestos in their day-to-day work in these older properties. Examples include backboards of meter and fuse boxes, discovering asbestos when drilling stud walls, or laying cables in lofts where loose fill insulation has been used. Ensuring young, but also other, employees and contractors who work in these buildings are aware of the serious health hazards from asbestos fibres is one of the most valuable activities that anyone in our industry can undertake.”

If asbestos cannot be safely managed, it should be removed by a licensed asbestos contractor. Where present, asbestos should be closely managed by those responsible for the building.


Dominick Sandford, Managing Director at ElectricalDirect, says, “It’s important that companies of all sizes engage in these types of behaviour, but our research found that small businesses are far more likely to implement simple everyday changes than larger organisations, who instead invest in expensive measures, like solar panels. We know that small actions make a difference as they all add up, so we’d encourage all business owners to consider changes wherever possible, no matter how minor.”



Ansell Lighting has become one of 148 organisations nationally to receive a prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise and has been recognised for its excellence in the Innovation category for its patented Panel Pod product.

The Panel Pod was created in response to an identified industry need, and converts an LED panel light into an emergency light in less than 60 seconds, without needing a conversion kit or additional ceiling fixture to install. Emergency lighting is required by British law and workplace health and safety guidance, so if the lights go out in the case of a fire or other incident it stays on for up to three hours.

Since its launch in 2014 almost 400,000 Panel Pods have been sold worldwide.

The King’s Awards for Enterprise were previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, and the new name reflects His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s, by recognising outstanding UK businesses.

The award programme, now in its 57th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.

Ansell Lighting,


Legrand has become the latest big name to join SELECT’s Associate Membership scheme, which continues to flourish after being launched last year.

Iain Mason, Director of Membership and Communications at SELECT, says, “We are delighted that a company of Legrand’s heritage and international reputation has become the 25th Associate Member of SELECT.

“Our Associate Membership scheme has proved extremely successful, allowing us to build stronger relationships with some of the industry’s biggest names, and in turn give them the opportunity to ally themselves with an established and successful trade body.”

Neil Baldwin, Head of Sales – Wholesale for Working and Living Spaces at Legrand, says, “We are proud to be associated with SELECT, an organisation which shares many of our values, as well as our dedication to skills, quality and technical expertise.”

Launched in January 2022, SELECT’s Associate Membership scheme gives manufacturers and service providers the chance to become part of Scotland’s largest construction trade association and build beneficial relationships with its 1,250 member businesses.


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New research has revealed the most frustrating customer habits tradespeople have to endure whilst on the job. The research, conducted by Ultra LEDs, found that customers not being at home after arranging a job tops the list for the most frustrating customer habit.

The top seven most annoying customer habits are:

• Not being home

• Constantly asking for progress updates

• Adding on extras

• Not paying on time, or trying to bring the cost down after the work has been agreed

• Getting harassed by a pet

• Not having enough room to complete the job

• Not being offered a drink

Tom Cain, Technical Engineer at Ultra LEDs, says, “As a tradesperson, customer interaction is a key part of the job but it can also be the most frustrating. When you’re on the job, the last thing you want is for the customer to be constantly asking for updates, being barked at by a dog or turning up for them not to be home when you’ve agreed a date and time.

“If you’re having issues with your customers, it can be difficult to remain diplomatic. However, it’s important for both the business and your own personal reputation to remain professional.”

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New research from Rated People has revealed which trades are the most committed to sustainability, along with how tradespeople are going greener this year. The research is part of the 2023 edition of the Rated People Home Improvement Trends Report.

The report found that one in three (34%) UK homeowners say they’d be more likely to choose a tradesperson if they were environmentally friendly, so it’s more important than ever for tradespeople to improve their green credentials.

The research shows electricians as the most committed to sustainability, with almost nine in 10 (86%) making changes to their businesses to make them more environmentally friendly. Handypeople are second, with 78% making eco changes. Bathroom fitters (75%) take third, gardeners (71%) are in fourth place and builders (64%) take fifth position.

More than three-quarters (78%) of UK tradespeople say they will be making changes to their business and ways of working to be more environmentally friendly this year. Well over half (59%) say it’s because they care about the planet, and 42% think homeowners want businesses to be more eco-focused.

In 2023, more than half of UK tradespeople (52%) say they’ll take on more local jobs to cut down travel time and use less fuel, and four in 10 (41%) will start giving quotes remotely to reduce the amount of time they spend on the road. Tradespeople will also be improving their recycling methods, using second-hand parts where possible and will start driving electric vehicles to make their businesses more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

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Farnborough International has named Rolec EV as the official charging partner for the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Rolec’s 15 years of experience in the EV industry positions the company as exclusive provider of EV charging hardware to visitors of the centre, it rolled out 18 superfast 22kW fully branded charge points in time for visitors attending Fully Charged Live 2023 last month.


Electrical Contracting News is thrilled to announce that Selectric has been confirmed as the first sponsor of the ECN Awards, being held at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre in Coventry on 30 November 2023.

Selectric will sponsor the Projects category, which comprises the Best Sustainable Project of the Year and Best Overall Project of the Year Awards.

Selectric is a family run business which was founded over 35 years ago. The company is a worldwide manufacturer, importer and exporter of electrical products from China and Europe and has over 4,000 products in its inventory.

The company’s wiring accessories and lighting products are supplied exclusively through electrical wholesalers in the UK, Ireland and also export markets. The company endeavours to serve the needs of all people; from its customers and end users, to all of its employees.

Selectric is committed to achieving a first-class experience for everyone it interacts with and it says it is proud to be sponsoring the Projects Category at the ECN Awards.

To find out more about the ECN Awards please visit Selectric,

Rolec EV will also be providing load balancing across two of the visitor car parks to offer a fully scalable solution, with plans to roll out additional charge points across the site in the future.

All on-site charging will be powered by Monta’s back office.

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NICEIC has announced the appointment of Paul Collins as its new Technical Director. Paul replaces John O’Neill, who retired at the end of March, having held the position since 2019. In his new role as Technical Director, Paul will continue to represent NICEIC on various committees and working groups.


Following a record breaking 2022, which saw THE WIRE achieve over 100,000 views via its live broadcasts and on-demand service, NICEIC is plugged in and ready to deliver even more content.

Paul Collins, NICEIC’s Technical Director says, “It is clear to see THE WIRE is something our customers truly value and with this new series we strive to raise the bar even further. Making sure we cover the topics which matter most, new episodes will deliver the information our customers want and need to ensure that they remain at the top of their game.”

Free and exclusive to NICEIC certified businesses and their teams, the new series will include the following episodes:

• EICR Coding Clinic – 3 May 20:00

• Managing mental health and wellbeing – 17 May 20:00

• The Role of a Qualified Supervisor – 21 June 20:00

• Fundamentals of Electrical Energy Storage Systems – 12 July 20:00

CPD-certified THE WIRE webinars count towards the CPD requirement, and for each episode watched, viewers will receive a personalised CPD Certificate. NICEIC,

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has elected broadcaster and campaigner Nick Ross CBE as its new President. Nick will replace Sir Keith Povey, who retires as president after 14 years. His primary goal will be to continue the work of developing the relationship between the police and private security.

ARMD has appointed Kevin North as its new Sales Director, as it expands its team ready for growth. Highly experienced in the trade sector, Kevin has previously worked with Thomson Local, Rated People, Plentific and Checkatrade. Kevin is also a former electrician and is now helping to protect other electricians, and trades, from the scourge of tool theft.

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In this article, Contactum looks at some of the compliance requirements of BS EN 61439-3 and the responsibilities manufacturers have to fulfil before certification is granted. The company shares excerpts taken directly from its Defender 2 test reports.

Within BS7671, the Wiring Regulations, Regulation 421.1.201 states that “within domestic (household)

premises, consumer units and similar switchgear assemblies must comply with BS EN 61439-3…”

Certification to BSEN 61439-3 requires a variety of tests to be performed (listed below). Certification will only be granted on successful completion of each test. These tests are onerous and designed to prove the unit is able to perform way past its normal expected operational design characteristics.

• Resistance to corrosion

• Verification of resistance of insulating materials to abnormal heat and fire due to internal electric effects

• Verification of protection against mechanical impact (IK code)

• Marking

• Degree of protection (IP code)

• Clearance and creepage distances

• Effective earth continuity between the exposed conductive parts of the assembly and the protective circuit

• Short-circuit withstand strength of the protective circuit. Conditional short-circuit test

• Incorporation of switching devices and components

• Internal electrical circuits and connections

• Terminal for external conductors

• Power frequency withstand voltage test

• Impulse withstand voltage test

• Temperature-rise tests

• Short-time withstand current test

• Short-circuit withstand strength test. 16kA test with fuse (Annex ZB)

• Dielectric verification

• Electromagnetic compatibility

• Mechanical operation

Some of the tests are more critical than others, but all are mandatory for the unit to be certificated. Below, Contactum shares some of the more arduous tests carried out, directly from its reports.

Verification of resistance of insulating materials to abnormal heat and fire due to internal electric effects

The test was performed according to BS EN 61439-3, Clause The test specimen is conditioned for at least 24 hours at a temperature between 15ºC and 35ºC and a relative humidity between 45% and 75%. Once removed from the conditioning atmosphere, the test specimen is tested within 30 minutes.

The wrapping tissue and the wooden board to be placed underneath the test specimen are specified in 5.3 of IEC 60695-2-10. They are conditioned for a minimum of 24 hours at a temperature between 15ºC and 35ºC and a relative humidity between 45% and 75%.

The test specimen is considered to have withstood this test if there is no ignition, or if all the following situations apply:

a) The longest sustained and continuous flames or glowing of the test specimen after removal of the glow-wire extinguish within 30s

b) The specimen is not totally consumed

c) There is no ignition of the wrapping tissue

The temperatures are as follows: 960 ± 15ºC for insulating materials supporting live elements (terminal connectors); and 650 ± 10ºC for insulating materials not supporting live

Temperature-rise tests

This test was performed according to BS EN 61439-3, Clause

The load distribution in the different tested panels, and the cables cross section, are shown in the table below.

When this test is performed, a load is connected to the outgoing breakers as per the table. The temperature is monitored for heat rise.

The result: we have the full rating of board without derating the outgoing circuits.

Annex ZB of BS EN 61439-3 is a verification of the Consumer Unit to withstand a 16kA fault. This is specific requirement for consumer units used within UK installations.

When choosing Defender 2, you are guaranteed a quality safe and beautifully designed consumer unit which meets the stringent requirements of BS EN 61439-3.

Third party type test certification is not a mandatory requirement, however, Contactum believes that when choosing Defender 2 you are guaranteed a quality, safe and reliable designed consumer unit which meets the stringent requirements of BS EN 1439-3. Contactum,

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Stirling Old Bridge, located on the River Forth, is one of the most important crossing points in Scotland.

The present Stirling Bridge was built around the 1500s and is one of the few and best medieval masonry arch bridges in Scotland.

Electrical contractors and installer, Forth Electrical Services (FES), appointed LITE to create a new, dynamic, colour-changing design for the lighting on the bridge. LITE provided initial designs and plans and supplied the light fixtures, recommending several solutions from its portfolio of lighting brands.

LITE also carried out onsite trials with members of Historic Environments Scotland (HES) and local architects in attendance to ensure the locations of fixtures and lighting levels were correctly and sympathetically placed. The river in this section has a history of flooding, therefore the ground-mounted fittings were required to be IP68 and the main floodlighting was mounted onto columns.

Power was available on either side of the river, but LITE installed new ducting and cabling for the required locations.

Color Kinetics ColorReach Elite 100 RGBW products were selected for cross-lighting, and Studio Due Aria RGBW IP68 products were chosen for ground-mounted lighting, to create a dynamic colour-changing lighting effect, controlled remotely by a Pharos LPC1 controller.

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Drivers of plug-in vehicles will soon find topping up their mileage even more convenient, thanks to 84 new plug-in vehicle fast charging bays being installed in Leeds.

A newly announced partnership between Leeds City Council and EB Charging will see 84 new ‘fast’ charging bays installed at 15 locations across the city – with the first 30 bays at six locations already live.

Fifty-four bays at nine more locations are due to go live by the early summer. Each of the new bays will be easily located on services such as Plugshare or Zapmap when live.

Horsforth, Rothwell and Morley are among the areas that will benefit from the new infrastructure. The council has selected the locations to help improve access to local vehicle chargers for residents living in parts of the city with limited off-street parking.

The new charge points will supply vehicles at a rate of up to 7kW, meaning that a typical electric vehicle could fully recharge in around six hours.

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The University of York has appointed Siemens to design and deliver a solar array located at the university’s new Institute for Safe Autonomy (ISA), as part of a £1.5 million research project. The project will enhance the institute’s research capabilities to develop and use AI and robotic systems to inspect and maintain solar arrays.

The 193kWp solar farm will create a ‘living lab’ to give insight to landowners and operators of solar farms on how best to integrate robotic technology in the field. The project will also enable the institute to become energy self-sufficient by 2025, generating approximately 170MWh of power annually.

The farm, which spans more than 1,400m2, will consist of a range of different panel configurations, including static ground installations and sun-tracking arrays. Solar panels will also be deployed on the side of the institute’s building and the rooftop to maximise light exposure.

Following successful completion of the design phase, installation work will be carried out on site by specialist installer, Lynx, with the project expected to be fully operational by July. Siemens,

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A beautiful and contemporary home in Suffolk is now benefitting from an intuitive lighting controls solution from Rako Controls, thanks to the expertise of Suffolk-based technology firm, Cerebrum Systems. The new lighting scheme delivers the perfect combination of smart technology and functionality for day-to-day family living.

The home needed a layered lighting design to bring a balanced cosy atmosphere. The daily routines of the family have been brought to life, with tailored lighting scenes to follow the rhythm of the day and night, as well as personalised lighting for the family’s favourite activities. The design flows throughout the house, with automation incorporated into the hallway, kitchen, lounge, and dining area. With the addition of Rako’s sleek keypads, the lighting scheme neatly ties into the spacious and modern interior.

Rako’s wireless EOS keypads were installed throughout the property with the client choosing the matt bronze finish. The EOS keypad sits flush to the wall, with a sleek screwless design, maintaining the client’s clean modern aesthetic. Utilising the wireless keypads, which are renowned for their reliability, the installation was quick and, with no need to do invasive wiring work in the home, it caused little disruption to the homeowners.

The control system offered additional benefits outside of the convenience of automation, which played a crucial role in bringing the client on board with this new technology. The lighting system offered a more energy-efficient approach, as lighting output didn’t need to be set at 100% and could vary to the degree needed depending on natural light or time of day.



An East Midlands IT and building technology firm has helped one of the most exciting office developments in the South East meet its sustainability targets by transforming existing lighting to make it high-tech and low energy.

Scenariio, based in Derby, has just completed its third smart lighting system projects at the Here + Now development, a major refurbishment of two office buildings at Thames Valley Park in Reading.

The Here + Now buildings were acquired from original owner, Microsoft, by BauMont Real Estate Capital, which has teamed up with London-based management company, V7, to create a highly sustainable campus focused on environmental, social and governance investing and wellness.

This includes making the buildings, which offer 145,000ft2 of workspace, net zero carbon – earning them the BREEAM Outstanding rating for their environmental performance – while establishing a design-led space with a range of amenities, including two cafes, a large indoor and an outdoor gym and an outdoor working area.

As part of the buildings’ general refit, Scenariio recommissioned the existing intelligent lighting system and upgraded the system’s software, replacing emergency lighting and repositioning the existing light fittings.

The company also continues to provide ongoing maintenance and support with mechanical and electrical contractor, MEP Labs.

The whole scheme comprised around 1,000 lights, each one powered via low voltage ethernet wiring and each with a sensor attached, and 23 smart engines, with the total area covered by the installation measuring 45,000ft2 Scenariio,


Zumtobel and its sister brand Thorn worked with Callaghan Electrical Contractors to design a new lighting scheme for the interior and exterior of the last substantial Roman Catholic cathedral in Ireland.

Completed in 1942, the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim is the most dominant building in Cavan Town.

Internally, it is vast and awe-inspiring, featuring 28 columns, but it was often viewed as gloomy. Ageing and soaring energy prices meant the Cathedral recently underwent a complete conservation, restoration and upgrade.

Last year, Callaghan Electrical was appointed as the electrical contractor to carry out the rewiring of the building as part of the restoration project.

The scope of essential works included replacement of the existing electrical installations throughout, fire safety installations and the integration of new technologies, whilst restoring, retaining and enhancing the integrity of the authentic historic fabric of the building.

The Zumtobel Group’s lighting brands provided a lighting solution for each location, from the ornate interior to the showstopping exterior. The lighting approach differed from subtlety on the inside to showstopping outdoors.

Conor Brannelly, Key Account Manager, Zumtobel Group comments, “We needed optimal effect to reflect all the Cathedral’s beauty. So, we decided the best course of action was to hide the interior lighting by using our colour service via My Product to blend in with the building.”

The subtle introduction of Zumtobel’s colour-matched contemporary VIVO 2 LED spotlights and slim and discreet LINELIGHT luminaires complement the restored historic brass pendants, revealing and enhancing the design and craftsmanship of the original building’s interior.

Combining these low-energy LED products creates an atmosphere and reverence worthy of the house of worship.

Zumtobel Group,

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Drayton has introduced a new training module to its online training academy, 9° Know How, broadening learning opportunities for installers.

The new addition, which is the fifth module available, supports installers by covering the installation, wiring, and testing of Drayton’s range of motorised valves, which are used for creating multiple heating zones. Within the module, wider specification and technical details are also covered.


ESP is boosting its free training sessions for contractors with the addition of a training day specifically designed for its MAGDUO two-wire fire alarm system.

The MAGDUO system is aimed at small to medium projects, and offers a flexible and adaptable system that will save time and money on the installation process.

During the one-day MAGDUO training course, attending contractors will benefit from a series of wiring tutorials and will be trained on panel configuration, panel operations and device set up. They will also be given an overview of the standard that applies to fire alarm systems – BS5839-1.

All candidates completing the MAGDUO training programme will be issued with an attendance certificate.

The new MAGDUO training day is offered in addition to the free training courses already run by ESP. These are the ESP Product Overview which covers ESP’s core product categories – smart security, CCTV, access control, EVAC, fire protection, emergency lighting and Sangamo timers and controls, and the ESP Addressable Fire System Programming. This is aimed at competent contractors with a good knowledge of installation and regulatory requirements, when it comes to fire system installation. The session is practical-based, with a supporting presentation, and the aim is to help the installer with the final programming of the ESP addressable fire system.

The training dates confirmed for 2023 are as follows:

1 June 2023

5 September 2023

13 December 2023


The one-part module, which is presented in a video format, accompanies other short courses on 9° Know How for a comprehensive overview on installing Drayton’s most popular products, including the new Digistat, TRVs and auto-balancing TRVs and Wiser, its smart heating control. Drayton’s free online training academy is part of the 9° network offering. Members can also enjoy access to discounted Drayton products, extended warranties, and


Develop Training has announced that after a public competition, the official name for its to-scale artificial street will be ‘Training Terrace’.

The training company ran the public competition to name the £400,000 project from 12 January to 28 February and received over 150 entries. The name Training Terrace was submitted by Shaun Gavin and Lindsay Talks, who have now both won a share of £500 worth of Amazon gift vouchers and will be invited to the street’s official opening event on 24 May.

VIP technical support. Those who complete the Wiser module on 9° Know How will attain Wiser Approved Installer status, which includes a listing on the Wiser consumer website, helping them to generate business leads. Installers can also gain Wiser Rewards for fitting and registering Wiser kits.


Located next to Develop Training’s York training centre in Huby, the artificial street consists of purpose-built houses, apartments, a café, and a confined spaces area. From here it will deliver training in emergency response to gas incidents, as well as excavation safety, cable avoidance, sewer jetting and confined space entry.

The judging panel which selected the name was made up of senior members of staff across the JTL Group, of which Develop Training is a member, and created a 10-name shortlist before finally deciding on the winning name. Training Terrace will be now used in all communications regarding the street going forwards and immortalised in the area’s signage.

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The ban of halogen lamps first implemented by the European Commission in 2007 and, more recently, the announcement of RoHS2 (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) announced by the European Union and UK government have helped to bring LED lighting to the forefront as the best alternative to incandescent lighting, as these lights are sustainable and energy-efficient. The directive sets the guidance for future use of lighting products and offers huge opportunity for the growth of LED. Simon Greenwood, Sales Director, Trade and Specification, Signify UK&I, shares his view on the RoHS directive and what it means for the lighting sector.

The rise in the production and use of electrical and electronic products, such as mobile phones, computers and kitchen appliances, has resulted in an increasing volume of electrical and electronic waste. During the use, collection, treatment and disposal of such waste, products may release harmful (hazardous) substances such as lead, mercury and cadmium, which can cause major environmental and health problems. Now, RoHS is a set of restrictions imposed to preserve the environment, improve recycling possibilities and minimise the risk of substance exposure.

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations affect businesses that are involved with electrical and electronic equipment. This includes manufacturers, importers, exporters, businesses that re-brand goods and, of course, distributors. The regulations limit the use of hazardous substances in the manufacture of new electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market in the UK.

In Great Britain and in Northern Ireland, many types of electrical and electronic

equipment (EEE) are regulated to control the levels of certain hazardous substances and chemicals they contain, with the aim of protecting human and animal health.

All products in scope must:

• Have supporting technical documentation (often referred to as a technical file) to demonstrate compliance

• Have a Declaration of Conformity

• Be labelled with the required information

• Display the appropriate conformity marking for the GB and/or NI markets

What does RoSH mean for the lighting industry?

Released in February 2022, the RoHS directive restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. For the lighting sector in particular, the legislation regulates the use of mercury in lighting products, impacting what products are permitted on the market for installation.

For general lighting purposes, a ban on Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLni lamps) and on T5 and T8 fluorescent Tubes comes into play from February 2024

One of the most important changes introduced by RoHS2 is that it has become a CE Marking Directive, enforced under the EU’s New Legislative Framework (NLF)/the UKCA mark in the UK. This means that in order to affix the CE Marking on the EEE, the manufacturer must meet the requirements of the RoHS Directive in addition to the requirements of other applicable CE Marking Directives.

Relation between RoHS, EcoDesign and WEEE

The Ecodesign directive replaced the Energy Using Products Directive in 2009. This includes products that do not use energy but impact on energy consumption, such as insulation materials and water-using devices, as well as energy-using products. It aims to reduce the environmental impact caused during the manufacture, use and disposal of a very wide range of products.

Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is related to the

design, use and recycling of electrical and electronics equipment or components. WEEE is a directive explaining how to use, operate and recycle electrical and electronic equipment or components. RoHS on the other hand, is related to limited use of hazardous products in electrical and electronics equipment or components. RoHS compliance should also follow WEEE compliance.

RoHS compliance dovetails into WEEE by reducing the amount of hazardous chemicals used in electronics manufacture.

Put another way, RoHS regulates the hazardous substances used in the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment, while WEEE regulates the disposal of this same equipment.

With the lighting industry in general, both of these regulations aim towards making the sector more environmentally sustainable.

An opportunity for the lighting sector

As a major environmental regulation of electronics, RoHS is step in the right direction to ensure lighting products like fluorescent lamps that are hazardous to humankind and our environment are banned. The question of the sale of fluorescent lighting was never previously under the spotlight due to the lack of the right replacement or alternative.

However, over the years, LED lighting has emerged, with like-for-like replacements that are a cost-effective, mercury-free, sustainable alternative to fluorescents. While the EcoDesign regulation will have removed many conventional lighting products based on their poor energy performance, such as the ban of fluorescent T8s in August 2024, RoHS is poised now to address the products left behind on the basis of their toxicity.

With all these regulations now in place and the sector beginning to comply to these seriously, the sustainable and environmentally friendly future of the sector is here to stay. It would also be equally true to say that the lighting sector is poised to play a significant role in the green recovery of the UK and ensuring it leads by example.


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We find out how RMS partnered with electrical contractor, LMOB, to meet strict time deadlines for what the company claims to be the largest offsite manufactured electrical and building services solution in Europe.

0 Leadenhall is a £885 million 900,000ft2 office development with some retail and leisure facilities in the City of London. It consists of several stepped blocks that includes two towers, one of which is 34 storeys tall and the other 14 storeys high.

The challenge for the electrical and building services was to find a solution that contractors could install incrementally one floor at a time, while sticking to a strict timetable to keep the project on track.

Due to the scale of the project, LMOB needed to install seven main risers – three in one tower and four in the other. The electrical contractors also needed a cable management solution to run the cabling to services on each floor.

LMOB contacted RMS with a proposed design for the main risers. These would be modular units that interconnect between each floor and need to accommodate a huge amount of services, equipment and cabling. Due to the complexity of constructing such units on site, RMS and LMOB decided that an offsite solution delivered to site incrementally to meet the build schedule was the best option.

RMS decided to prototype a riser module for testing and inspection to prove that the concept would work in practice before committing to manufacturing. Produced in just two days, the team made some minor alterations to this test module before it was signed off.

Pete Willshire, Managing Director of RMS, says, “It is one thing to have a design drawing for a solution, but for large complex projects such as this it really pays to prove that the concept will work in practice. It is better to test a concept than having to alter it on a busy construction site.”

For the main installation, RMS manufactured 460 modular riser units that the contractors installed one unit at a time. Many of these risers had services such as electrical distribution boards installed within them. To achieve this, contractors from LMOB worked on site at the RMS factory in partnership with the company. This ensured that each prefabricated riser module with preinstalled services was quality checked before delivery.

RMS scheduled deliveries with LMOB so that the riser unit modules for each floor plus standard cable tray, trunking and other cable management products all arrived one week in advance as a complete package.

Each riser module connects to the module on the floor above and below it using a flexible link also designed and manufactured by RMS. These all had different heights as the concrete floors between levels have different thicknesses depending on how high each floor is in the building, with lower storeys having thicker floors.

Time saving solution

Richard Pendleton, Operations Director at LMOB, says, “We managed to cut the electrical installation time for each floor down from an expected two to three weeks to just three days. When you are working on large projects like this, and need to co-ordinate different trades, any time savings are a major factor in keeping projects on track.”

Working closely with LMOB, it was also a major logistical exercise for RMS to ensure that the right modules and standard products were all delivered to a central London site on schedule.

Pete continues, “When people talk about offsite construction, they often think of complete rooms or pods that are connected together. Often, however, a manufactured solution removes complexity from the construction site to help save time and ensure a high-quality consistent build for a complex system.

“At RMS we are often involved in projects that combine bespoke design with offsite manufacturing at our factory with standardised cable management systems from our sister company, Armorduct. It is

far from a one size fits all solution. Modern projects demand flexibility to meet the challenges of a construction site and being able to flex to meet different needs is an important requirement from manufacturers.

“Over the years we have learnt that the best results happen when a specifier engages with us at the beginning of a process. In this case LMOB understood what they needed and we provided the design and manufacturing expertise to help them achieve this.”

40 Leadenhall is due for completion towards the end of this year. A major part of keeping the electrical and building services installation on track was due to offsite manufacturing removing complexity from the construction site to cut time on site. With the shortages of skilled labour available it is vital to maximise the resources that you have on site, so the role of offsite manufacturing is set to grow. Watch this space…


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Carly Wills speaks to Carl Jones, President Cable Management and Protection (International) at Atkore, about life at the company.

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

CJ: I’ve been in the sector for around 14 years, and prior to that I was in industrial ceramics. I started off in automotive, working in operations, and became General Manager at the age of 30. I then decided to leave automotive as I wanted to deal more closely with customers, so I moved to a company called Morgan Ceramics. I then wanted to prove to myself that I could replicate my initial success, so I joined Atkore, which had just been formed at the time, and within 12 months I was made Managing Director.

The challenge of dealing with people from different cultures around the world is something I really enjoy about my job. I also take real satisfaction from nurturing talent – it’s helped me become a better leader and allows me more time to focus on strategy and growing the business.

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

CJ: We supply a large portfolio of products for the electrical sectors of the construction industry. We do this through electrical wholesale and distribution

outlets across the globe, and we deal directly with end-customers within vertical markets like data centres, semiconductors, electrical infrastructure, and more. We manufacture all of our products and supply to 87 countries.

One of our biggest focuses is renewable energy, which forms a key part of our strategy. For example, all of our new plants use solar panels, we reuse energy within our business, and our sales teams are moving towards electric cars.

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

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CJ: It’s certainly not a regular 9-5.30! For example, because of the different time-zones, I could be having a discussion very early in the morning with my New Zealand business, and then a very late call on a Sunday with my Israeli business. Monday mornings are generally the same for me, as they involve looking at all the economic exchanges across the world. I have to convert the currency into dollars and back into local currency and it changes every day, so it’s usually quite hectic!

Apart from that, there’s no typical day –and that’s the most exciting part of the job for me. I relish the way my job constantly poses new challenges.

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

CJ: The best thing is dealing with the diverse markets and the different customers we have. The biggest challenge is probably the volatility of the world situation these days – by which I mean the many changes happening relating to war, inflation, and economic issues. There’s a real lack of stability in the market now and that’s something that’s challenging but ultimately rewarding when we work together as a team to manage our way through it.

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

CJ: The pandemic was terrible, but in some ways, construction probably benefitted from it. It made the industry stronger because it showed businesses their weaknesses and forced them to look at their processes more. It also proved that you can have people working efficiently from home. However, I do think people need to spend time in the office. The camaraderie and human interaction are things we all benefit from.

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?

CJ: The biggest challenges in the industry right now are ensuring we’re doing everything we can to be sustainable; attracting younger people into the industry and making sure they’re as diverse as possible; and weathering the current economic climate.

CW: What’s next for you and for Atkore?

CJ: Atkore is performing very well and we’ll continue to invest in acquisitions and grow our business from a top line and bottom-line perspective. As part of that, I’ll continue to help us grow into new vertical markets as well as developing the team to make sure we’ve got strong talent coming through. And hopefully we’ll have a bit of fun along the way!

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

CJ: My advice would be that there’s no rush. Take the time to find what’s right for you by learning different aspects of different positions. Don’t fix yourself

in one position as this can mean you get pigeonholed. Finally, make sure you’re digitally savvy, but remember –relationships are still vital.

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

CJ: The market is changing and moving in the direction of prefabrication. This reduces time on site, increases quality levels, and speeds up delivery. An example of this is our new Atkore Unistrut Aisle Containment System, which provides a fast and efficient means to manage heat dissipation. Benefitting from off-site manufacturing, every component part is precision cut and undergoes rigorous quality control to deliver a simple on-site installation.

We’re also going to see a continuation of the trend for new products from new materials. The age of galvanising will fade and new materials will replace it that are aesthetically better, environmentally better, and last longer. Finally, digitisation will continue to grow and infiltrate every area of the industry.

CW: What are your interests away from work?

CJ: Like anyone, there’s a point when I have to release the pressure, and that often means walking the dog on the beach or watching a movie. I’m also in the gym every morning at 6am. It’s always been a hobby of mine, even when travelling. It gives me real peace of mind before my day starts.


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Win a bundle of Wi-Fi products from Timeguard!

Wi-Fi doesn’t have to mean DIY! There are great opportunities for installers to provide hard-wired Wi-Fi devices that can give end users better solutions, combined with the quality assurance of one of the trade’s best-trusted brands.

From Wi-Fi controlled indoor wall sockets and fused-spur/timer combinations to outdoor sensors, security lighting and cameras, Timeguard has quality solutions that installers can trust. A design edge and ease of use mean that homeowners will love them too.

New to the line-up is the LED200WFB with twin 10W floodlight delivering 2,000lm of bright light. Alternatively, a hi-lo setting allows for the lights to stay on at a subdued, low level if required,

boosting to full power automatically when someone enters the PIR detection field.

With the main body of the lights fitting neatly into the palm of your hand and the equally compact floodlights providing powerful illumination, these new units are great for commercial and domestic properties, especially where space is at a premium and looks matter.

The LED200WFB is controlled via the TuYa app, which is free to users. Fast becoming the de-facto global standard for home and light-commercial Wi-Fi control, the app enables users to trigger other Tuya smart devices, from any manufacturer, when the PIR detects someone in the area.


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b) No – there’s no place for DIY

c) There’s room for both – with the right products

2. Home Wi-Fi control isn’t a profitable business:

a) Yes – customers are OK with simple functionality and expect low prices

b) No – customers expect more features than their budget allows for

c) There’s a sweet spot, where installers can add value and guarantee customer satisfaction

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3. Timeguard’s new LED200WFB floodlight:

a) Gives 2,000lm of light on PIR detection

b) Gives constant subdued light, boosting to 2,000lm on PIR detection

c) Gives the user a choice of either option

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The ever-rising cost of energy has become a significant factor in the drive to improve energy efficiency.

Whilst data gathered by the government in England and Wales highlights that since 2005 there has been a downward trend in the usage of gas and electricity in all properties irrespective of their age, present price trends are on a rapid upward curve.

The current prosuming technologies (PV, generators etc.) provide an opportunity to integrate both electricity generation, energy efficiency management systems and energy storage into a prosuming whole enabling a more varied means of supplying

and using electricity. It may transpire that a new Chapter 81 will be introduced into Amendment 3 of BS 7671, whenever that happens in the future.

The introduction of Chapter 82 into Amendment 2 of BS 7671 has provided additional guidance for the integration of energy efficiency/energy management into the operation of electrical installations.

This article very briefly considers some of the guidance provided by the informative Appendix 17 (Energy Efficiency) detailed in BS 7671 and the Harmonised Document published by BSI, Low-voltage electrical installations Part 8-1: Functional aspects –Energy efficiency (IEC 60364-8-1: 2019) and discusses some of the factors that should be taken into account when considering energy efficiency and energy management.


In all parts of the UK there are specific requirements detailed in the associated building regulations for energy efficiency. In England, reference should be made to Part L and the associated guidance found in Approved Documents L1 and L2; in Scotland, reference should be made to the Building Regulations Technical Handbooks (domestic and non-domestic).

Reference should always be made to the legislation and guidance issued by the various parts of the government in the UK.

Appendix 17

The purpose of Appendix 17 is to ‘…provide additional recommendations for the design

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Jake Green, Scolmore’s Technical Engagement Manager, provides some insight into the integration of electricity generation, energy efficiency management systems and energy storage into a prosuming whole.

It is the case that little thought is given for ‘…optimising the overall efficient use of electricity’ when an electrical installation is being designed. For example, cable sizes are determined based upon the design current of the circuits, the rating of the protective device(s), and various rating factors. The selected cable is designed to limit the rise in temperature during current-carrying conditions to a safe level within the limitations of the cable. Currently there is no regulatory imperative for the designer to take account of any energy efficiency factors.

A proposed Chapter 81 based on the current Harmonised Document (HD) would require the designer to factor into any calculation the efficient use of electrical energy. Clause 17.11 (Appendix 17) suggests that the design of an electrical installation should consider energy efficiency at every stage, including the impact of different load demands, usage etc. One implication of this is that distribution boards will need to enable the segregation of circuits supplying each zone or mesh as defined.

It will be necessary for the user to be able to monitor the electrical installation (clause 17.12) and, therefore, the measurement of total consumption in kWh for every hour of each day should be logged and stored for a minimum of one year and be accessible to the user.

However, a simplistic approach to energy efficiency might fail to consider, for example, embodied energy – that is the ‘unconsidered’ energy demands in the production of more/larger boards/cables and the like. The designer should not, therefore, simply increase cable sizes to limit voltage drop, or create meshes and zones thinking that these alone will necessarily reduce energy usage.

Design considerations

When considering the availability of electrical energy, the designer and user will have to consider, as a minimum, the following (clause 17.2):

• Selection of energy efficient appliances

• Assignment of load priority for use as an input of the load optimisation process –including any load shedding

• The intended use of the installation in providing an energy efficient design, and

• The provision of a manual override facility, enabling the user to take control from any automatic functions

The design requirements detailed in clause 17.3 are:

• Load energy profile

• Availability of local generation, such as PV, wind, generator and the like

• Reduction of energy losses in the electrical installation

• The tariff structure

• Arrangement of circuits

• The nature of the customer demand

For the design of any energy management system the user specification is critical and to that end, prior consultations must be made to ensure that the energy efficiency management system (EEMS) is correctly set up. Furthermore, the user must have the final decision over whether or not to operate a service at optimal or nominal values, or not to operate for a period of time should the need arise; for example, where someone is ill and a room requires additional heating or when a company receives an urgent order that must be completed (clause 17.2 Note).

Data gathering

What is clear is the need for good data gathering. Such data will include the presence of people, temperature, air quality, daylight, operating time and cost of energy (clause BS EN 60364-8-1).

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Measurement applications Usual device name Complementary explanations Billing Revenue/ electricity/utility meter Energy metering for billing applications Energy usage analysis Power/energy meter Energy cost and usage analysis Power monitoring Power/energy meter Demand side power quality analysis and energy cost and usage analysis Energy estimation Energy estimatorDevices for giving information needed to correctly operate the energy management system.

Without this data, the effectiveness of the EEMS will be limited. Clause 17.8 of Appendix 17 states, ‘Measurement is a key parameter to determine the efficiency of the installation giving the user an awareness of energy consumption’.

The EEMS should be designed in such a way that there is no reduction in the available supply or in the safe operation of any part of the installation.


This article has only been able to touch upon a few important elements and is likely to have raised more questions than provided answers for the reader. Such questions might include:

• What is the likely direction of travel for monitoring all electrical energy usage within an electrical installation?

• What support is available to train designers of electrical installations in energy management systems?

• What are the likely payback times for the additional measurement systems?

• What consideration has been given to embodied energy?

It is clear that there is enormous scope for energy monitoring systems, data logging systems and training support for electrical designers as they begin to consider energy efficiency as part of the norm when designing electrical installations.


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The means of gathering data will vary according to the need. Table 1 in BS EN 60364-8-1: 2019 provides guidance on measurement applications.


To inform users of how safe electrical devices are, IP ratings were developed. They are given to an electrical device, according to their enclosures and the environmental conditions where they are designed to be used. IP ratings indicate the protection level an enclosure gives the device against foreign bodies, such as dust, liquids, accidental contact, and moisture.

IP stands for Ingress Protection. To help avoid accidents and damage to electrical devices, the integrity of enclosures needs to be IP compliant.

IP ratings are defined by the international standard BS EN 60529: 1992. The rating system was developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission and it was released in 1976.

What are the two digits in an IP rating?

Whether in the home or a working environment, electrical devices need to have an IP rating to classify the degree of protection their enclosures give them, i.e. the effectiveness of sealing the device to protect against foreign bodies.

IP ratings consist of two digits. The first number indicates the level of protection an electrical enclosure gives against solids. The second number indicates the level of protection against liquids. The higher the number, the greater the protection level.

IP ratings explained

The first number in an IP rating can range from 0 to 6, whereas the second number can range from 0 to 8. The levels of protection are determined as follows:

The first number: protection against solids

0 – The device has no protection from foreign bodies.

1 – The device is protected against solid objects greater than 50mm, such as accidental touch by hands.

2 – The device is protected against solid objects up to 12mm. For example, it is protected against fingers.

3 – The device is protected against solid objects greater than 2.5mm, such as tools and wires.

4 – The device is protected against solid objects greater than 1mm.

5 – The device has limited protection against small amounts of dust.

6 – The device is completely protected against dust.

The second number: protection against liquids

0 – The device has no protection from liquids.

1 – The device is protected against drops of water. For example, it is protected against condensation.

2 – The device is protected against direct vertical sprays of water with the enclosure tilted up to 15 degrees.

3 – The device is protected against direct vertical sprays of water with the enclosure tilted up to 60 degrees.

4 – The device is protected against water sprayed from all directions.

5 – The device is protected against low-pressure jets of water from all directions.

6 – The device is protected against high-pressure jets of water. For example, this can be found on devices on ship decks.

7 – The device is protected against the effects of immersion between 15cm and 1m.

8 – The device is protected against long periods of immersion and pressure.

What is an IPX rating?

As previously mentioned, IP ratings are given to certain devices to indicate how resistant they are against dust, water, and other elements. If there is an X in the rating, this could indicate that the electrical device is not resistant to liquids/solids. The rating is determined by accounting for the environmental conditions in which the device is intended.

However, if a device has an X in the IP rating, this could also indicate that there is no data available for the electrical device. For example, an electrical device marked IP2X is protected against solid objects to a certain degree, but it is not protected against liquids, or there is no data to support that it is protected against liquids.

Which IP rating is waterproof?

The term ‘waterproof’ will depend on the environment and conditions around the electrical appliance. With this in mind, electrical devices that have an IP rating that includes a higher second number, such as IP65, 66, 67, and 68, are considered to be water resistant or even waterproof up to a certain point.

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Government policies have changed to become more sustainable and environmentally-friendly in response to growing concerns about climate change. However, the need for energy is increasing at the same rate as worries about climate change.

It is projected that global energy consumption will increase as developing nations industrialise. Along with the growing adoption of renewable energy sources for electricity production, smart power networks are being built to combat climate change and satisfy growing energy demands. The robustness and effectiveness of smart power grids will enable nations to meet the growing energy demand – significantly boosting the expansion of the worldwide circuit protection market as the demand for these devices increases from the energy sector.

North America is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period. The report says that the region’s nations have the resources and cash necessary to implement electrical safety safeguards for all sectors of the economy. Additionally, they have a robust regulatory framework and infrastructure for accountability to guarantee that the nation has excellent safety standards when it comes to electrical safety. The necessity for circuit protection has increased as economic units become more automated. The introduction of 5G technology has also raised the energy requirements for telecommunications networks. Key market participants’ access to the newest technology, capital, and government assistance, as well as their financial stability, have fuelled innovation in the circuit protection market.

In 2022, the circuit breakers segment dominated the market with the largest market share of 47% and market revenue of $25.85 billion.

The product type segment is divided into circuit breakers, HD pro, mobile power protection, fuse, inrush current limiter, overvoltage protection, ESD protection devices, surge protection devices, and others. The circuit breaker segment

dominated the market with a revenue share of around 47% in 2022.

In 2022, power generation accounted for the largest share of the market, with 44% and market revenue of $24.2 billion.

The application is divided into agriculture, commercial and residential building, HVAC, automotive and transportation, electrical and electrical equipment, industrial, power generation, and others. The power generation segment dominated the market with a market share of around 44% in 2022.

In 2022, the original equipment manufacturers segment dominated the market with the largest market share of 48% and revenue of $26.4 billion.

The distribution channel is divided into original equipment manufacturers, wholesale, retail, and others. The original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) segment dominated the market with a market share of around 48% in 2022.

Market dynamics

Smart technologies are being developed as a result of technology developments and product innovations. Modern society relies on intelligent, linked technologies to function. The electrical consumption market has grown due to rising consumer disposable income and falling smart technology retail costs. Electronic appliances, smart connected gadgets, automated assistants, and other things that use electricity are in higher demand. The agricultural, industrial, and service sectors now consume more power. The rising usage of electricals necessitates equal growth in safety and protective technology. As a result, the need for circuit protection will increase at the same rate as the electrical demand. The global circuit protection market is expanding due to the rising demand for MCBs, fuses, and protection relays. Given the presence of numerous market players, the availability of these services is also contributing to the market’s expansion.

The parts that go into making circuit protection systems originate from various sources. As they come from another market, there are additional overhead

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expenses, including import taxes, customs fees, shipping, storage, and acquisition. Market variations resulting from trade disputes, transportation issues, geopolitical developments, supply chain bottlenecks, or a simple lack of raw materials might affect these factors. The retail costs of these highly volatile components reflect these changes. The fluctuation significantly impacts circuit protection systems’ retail prices in component prices, as it raises production costs. Given the uncertainty of sales revenue, the volatility causes a lack of commitment to purchase, develop, or manufacture circuit protection solutions. As a result, the market’s expansion will be hampered by unstable raw material prices. New, cutting-edge circuit protection technology has several advantages over prior versions. They do, however, list significant drawbacks, particularly concerning the environment. For instance, SF6 circuit breakers generate significant greenhouse gases, which are bad for the environment. Given the increasing emphasis on sustainable growth and environmental conservation, unsustainable circuit protection devices will be under investigation, given the expanding climate change catastrophe. Per international environmental conservation rules, their manufacture and consumption will be discouraged. Additionally, the enormous volumes of electrical waste produced harm the environment. As a result, the market’s expansion will be hampered by growing environmental concerns.

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Today, the primary objective when it comes to generating power is sustainability. As a result, corporations, governments, and individuals are investing in renewable energy products to gradually shift from electricity generated by fossil fuels to be more energy-efficient, especially with climate change looming around the corner.

While solar energy is the most viable renewable energy technology for the masses, it is by no means the only solution. Sustainable energy products such as hydraulic power, hydrogen-based fuels, atomic energy, and wind turbines are other examples of clean energy solutions.

However, all these investments in renewable technology systems could fail before the energy transition happens. Even the slightest voltage spike can damage every electronic device drawing power from a solar panel array if it has no surge protection. This is aside from the fact that any energy-saving investment made would be rendered useless without lightning protection, as lightning is one of the main reasons solar panels malfunction.

Surge protection is a small part of an overall solar panel array installation, yet it is an integral component that can’t be ignored. Like every other electrical device out there, solar panels are prone to sudden voltage increases that can damage their internal components. This can often be attributed to lightning storms.

Lightning poses significant risks of complete or partial destruction to solar farms, either immediately from a direct strike, or results in degenerative damage from an indirect strike.

Overvoltages can impact a solar panel system installation in different ways:

• From direct strikes to the external lightning protection system of a structure, near it, and even to the PV installation itself.

• From lightning-induced currents distributed into the electrical network.

• From overvoltages transmitted from the electrical network of atmospheric origin (lightning) and/or due to operations.

• From variations of the electric field due to lightning.

• From the grid, if lightning hits medium or low voltage conductors.

• From the earth, if lightning hits close to the PV’s inverter.

• From the DC side, if lightning hits the PV modules.

When lightning strikes a solar panel array, it causes an induced transient current within the system’s wire loops that lead to the failure of the insulation, panels, inverter, and communication equipment. Other components within the solar power system, such as the combiner box and MPPT (maximum power point tracker device), have the highest chances of failure.

Some solar PV systems might withstand physical or circuit damage to their panels, however, their circuit controls and energy storage devices will be instantly unusable after a lightning strike.

A surge protection network should be installed throughout a solar power system’s DC and AC power distribution network to safeguard critical circuits. The overall number of SPDs needed in a solar PV system varies depending on the distance between panels and inverter.

Kingsmill Industries recommends the installation of SPDs on DC inputs and AC outputs of a solar PV system’s inverters while grounding both positive and negative DC lines. Combiner circuits, control circuits, monitoring systems, and tracking systems must also be protected to prevent electrical interference and data loss.

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• In AC lines, surge protection should be deployed on each power conductor to the ground.

• If the cable length between solar panels is under 10m, one SPD should be installed by the inverter, combiner boxes, or closer to the solar panels.

• In installations with DC cabling over 10m, more surge protectors will be needed at both the inverter and solar modules end of the cables.

• In a residential solar power system with microinverters that has short DC cabling but longer AC cables, SPDs should be installed at the combiner box to protect the home from transient surges.

Surge protection is a necessary component in any electrical installation, but by no means does it replace a proper lightning protection solution.

If you want to protect your investment, surge protection is not an option, it is a necessity, but if you want total protection and peace of mind, a lightning protection system can make the difference between the success and failure of large-scale solar power installations.

A lightning protection system not only protects the solar PV system but also provides reliable protection to your entire property and assets while safely diverting transient currents to the ground.

A simplified way to look at lightning protection vs. surge protection is to view surge protection as the second line of defence against indirect lightning strikes.

In contrast, a complete lightning protection system that includes air terminals (lightning rods), down conductors, surge protectors, equipotential bonding, and an earthing system is the first line of defence against a direct lightning strike.

Kingsmill Industries says it is imperative to understand that even the most advanced technologies have their limitations, which is why you need to have all your bases covered and be one step ahead by getting surge protection.

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As with many property types in the UK, tower blocks have seen a major rise in the cost of energy over the past 18 months. This is largely due to the fact that most of these high-rise, multi-occupancy buildings use uncontrollable electric storage heaters, which are expensive to run and don’t provide sufficient temperature control.

In addition, in many cases, residents are unprotected by the government’s price cap and are unable to switch energy suppliers.

As a result, local authorities, housing associations, landlords and contractors are considering new ways to help residents –particularly those who are vulnerable to fuel poverty – to reduce bills, while also reducing carbon emissions.

At the heart of the challenge is heating – how to replace often decades-old systems with an affordable low carbon technology that keeps residents out of fuel poverty. Conventional electric heating systems don’t address the high cost of energy, while convection systems – including heat pumps – are not as effective in combating mould and damp issues. In addition, lack of space for a large system means some technologies are both cost and convenience prohibitive. So, what is the solution?

The smaller property challenge

With the government’s net zero plans focusing on electrification for heating homes, many properties are turning to heat pumps. However, this technology is often unsuitable for smaller homes and multi-occupancy buildings. With a high upfront cost and a lengthy, complicated and often disruptive installation process, these systems require space that is often not available in properties of this size. Requiring pipework, radiators and external condenser units, heat pumps can also be costly to service and maintain.

In addition, convection systems, including heat pumps, don’t help combat the mould and damp that tower blocks are prone to. In fact, the warm air they produce, when coming into contact with cold walls, can cause further mould and condensation and harm residents’ wellbeing.

With traditional systems failing to ensure the whole home is adequately and efficiently heated, and options like heat pumps considered unsuitable or impractical for tower blocks, electrical contractors are looking for alternative heating solutions –enter infrared heating panels.

Living in a warm and safe environment is critical to our health and wellbeing

A future-proof solution

Low carbon heat panels can be fitted in a new home or building, or retro-fitted to replace an existing gas or electric heating system using mains wiring.

The technology has a unique control system which uses constant dynamic pulsing – rather than a ‘zoning’ on/off approach used by other systems – to dramatically reduce energy usage and maintain a room’s temperature within 0.1°C of its target, 24 hours a day.

Discreet infrared heat panels are then used because building materials absorb and store infrared, releasing it between pulses, making it the perfect partner for the pulsing approach.

The results of using dynamic pulsing plus the infrared panels are significant –users can expect to use 63% less electricity when compared to conventional systems, which also equates to a 63% reduction in carbon emissions.

The system also reduces the unit cost of electricity because it works best across 24-hours. This flat demand profile – there are no morning or evening energy spikes in usage – means that if a homeowner is on a flexi tariff, the system can achieve around a 25% saving in the unit cost of their energy.

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Low carbon heat panels can also reduce carbon emissions by up to 80% in flats when compared with conventional heating systems, and are fully future-proofed to partner with solar and battery solutions.

Running costs are also slashed by 80% in these properties when compared to traditional heating systems, safeguarding residents from fuel poverty.

Some buildings and residents are already seeing the positive effects of using low carbon heat panels. For example, in an eight-storey social housing block from 1956, which contains 47 dwellings, the switch to Ambion’s solution saw energy usage drop by 80%, energy costs fall by 74%, and carbon emissions cut by 80%.

Meeting the 2050 net zero challenge

Living in a warm and safe environment is critical to our health and wellbeing. Britain’s tower blocks often get bad press, but there’s an incredible opportunity to intelligently renovate this housing stock and extend the life of these buildings as warm, comfortable and low carbon homes.

To meet the UK’s legally binding target of achieving net zero by 2050, whatever heating solution is chosen to replace electric storage heaters needs to be built for the future, radically reducing carbon emissions and the associated impact on the environment.

Tower blocks may pose unique heating challenges, but with the right technology, they can be future-proofed and converted into the affordable, sustainable and safe housing they were originally designed to be.

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Baxi will be supplying its 100% hydrogen boilers for the H100 Fife Project, a world-first hydrogen-to-homes demonstration delivered through a partnership between gas distribution company SGN and Fife Council, in cooperation with industry regulator, Ofgem.

Baxi attended an event hosted by SGN in March to mark the beginning of construction of the H100 Fife hydrogen homes demonstration facility. Due to open to the public this summer, the new facility will comprise two hydrogen show homes where visitors will be able to try out domestic hydrogen appliances, including Baxi’s 100% pure hydrogen boilers.

The H100 Fife project enables households in the Buckhaven and Denbeath areas of historic Methil on the south Fife coast, to opt-in to be supplied with hydrogen through a new network which is due to go live in 2024.

The scheme has already signed up over 300 householders who want to be part of the first 100% green hydrogen-tohomes zero carbon network anywhere in the world. Their participation will provide important behavioural and social evidence, critical to help the UK decarbonise home heating. Green hydrogen will be supplied via the dedicated ORE Catapult 7MW wind turbine connected to an on-site electrolyser and storage facility. Modelling shows that the turbine could provide the energy to produce enough hydrogen for up to 900 homes a year.

The H100 Fife Project is the latest in a line of hydrogen projects to benefit from Baxi’s involvement, with the heating specialist having already supplied its full hydrogen and 20% blend compatible boilers to residential projects such as HyDeploy, Hy4Heat, HyStreet, Northern Gas Network’s 100% Hydrogen Home near Gateshead.

In the commercial heating space, Baxi also recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with H2GO Power to deliver the world-first commercial hydrogen boiler and demonstrate the technology’s potential to decarbonise multiple industries.

Karen Boswell, Managing Director of Baxi UK and Ireland, says, “We are thrilled to be providing our 100% hydrogen boilers to another innovative, world-first demonstration project. It’s great to see the support for this project from the local community and hands-on involvement from Fife council and other important stakeholders in the area. With such projects, we can help the public,

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look at the time switches product category and how it is evolving to meet the growing requirement for smarter solutions.

We are living in a time of rapid technological development, with smart homes and the Internet of Things seeming to dominate the sector. With the speed of this change and the huge number of smart devices and products being developed, it can be a challenge for electrical professionals to keep up-to-date with the latest new products and trends. It can also be easy to overlook the traditional products that are still in demand.

Sangamo continues to see demand for the traditional products in its time switch range, but the company has continued to develop the range so that it is also able to meet demand for smarter products and offer wholesalers a choice of products that will allow them to upsell to their customers.

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Sangamo has continued to develop its range

Sangamo has been manufacturing its Round Pattern Time Switches at its Port Glasgow factory for over 65 years and has sold over 11 million units in that time. The installation of a Round Pattern Time Switch (RPTS) used to be a regular job for many electricians and, despite the electro-mechanical time switches being less common today, Sangamo still sells over a thousand units each month, both as replacements and as brand new installations.

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DIN rail and panel mounted time switches

Other options include DIN rail and panel mounted digital time switches that include Near Field Communication (NFC) capability. NFC is a low powered wireless communication technology that allows devices to exchange information from just a few centimetres away. Using the free Sangamo Connect app on an Android NFC enabled smartphone allows you to upload a created programming schedule, download an existing schedule to store or amend, as well as transfer programmes from one switch to another. This enhanced capability makes this form of time switch so much easier to program and has been exceedingly well received by the industry. Another strong feature of the NFC range of timers is that they will switch up to 600W of LED lighting.

The range also includes Astro Switches, also known as solar switches, which automatically adjust the on and off times to match sunset and sunrise times. A selection of Standard Switches completes the range. These are often used to control heating, ventilation and door entry systems.

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The Round Pattern Time Switch is trusted by installers for a wide variety of applications, not just because of its reliability, but for its ease of use. The simple dial and levers make setting the switch up for daily fixed timings a breeze, with no complicated menu options to navigate through. All Round Pattern Time Switches are also 20A rated, providing a more robust switch than most other products on the market.

Sangamo regularly hears from people with Round Pattern Time Switches still going strong after 40 or 50 years. When they eventually need a new switch, they reasonably assume, because of its age, that it might not be possible to get a direct like for like replacement. However, because the original design has never needed to be updated, an RPTS you buy today is completely interchangeable with one bought decades ago.

The switches are split into four categories – Basic ‘black dial’ 24-hour time clock for simple on and off switching of up to 20A; Standard 24-hour ‘red dial’ switch with added 100-hour battery reserve; Solar Range – specially designed for lighting applications; and Digital Range (the newest addition) combines the high capacity and reliability of the electro-mechanical models but provides full seven-day programming.

The latest development in this category has seen the addition of a Bluetooth-compatible range of timers to the DIN Rail Time Switch collection. This range is designed to offer convenience and versatility to the user and broaden the product category reach to a wider potential market, where it will help manage costs in residential, commercial and industrial applications. It uses Bluetooth technology to programme the timer and is compatible with Android and IOS, and applications that include lighting, security, heating, ventilation, irrigation and horticulture.

As well as Bluetooth communication, these time switches feature zero-crossing technology supporting up to 600W LED load. This technology protects the relay contact and extends service life, therefore helping the lighting controls to match the long lifespan of LED lighting systems.

As advancements in technology continue to drive new product development, it is essential that both the professional installing the products and the wholesaler supplying them, do their research to stay up-to-date with the latest products and trends. Manufacturers have their part to play by ensuring that they provide easy access to product training and support for the wholesaler.


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To decarbonise and reduce emissions, large swathes of the UK economy are becoming electrified. So far, the results have been positive. But to achieve the UK’s 2050 net zero obligation, further electrification is needed, especially in commercial and domestic buildings. According to the Climate Change Committee (CCC) parliamentary report, half of our heat demand must transition to low carbon by 2035 to reach the 2050 target.

The squeeze on other forms of heating is already here too. The 2025 Future Homes Standard will effectively shut out gas boilers from new homes, making low carbon electric heating one of a few options for contractors and installers.

These are not the only significant changes that installers and contractors will soon face. Electric market reforms, changes to the energy mix, and large-scale adoption of national grid flexibility technologies are soon coming. Low carbon electric heating is a future-proof option.

The UK’s electricity supply is becoming greener by the year. In 2022, 40% of electricity was produced from renewable sources. And in May 2022, 73% of the grid’s power came from renewables. This means the overall share of electric energy in the UK is becoming greener. As this trend continues, commercial and residential heating installers must be prepared to adopt more sustainable heating solutions.

This isn’t the only change driving the transition to low carbon electric heating methods. In 2022, the UK government concluded its Review of Electricity Market Arrangements (REMA). The review, touted as the ‘biggest electricity market reform in a generation’, will enhance energy security and cut electricity costs.

A transformative outcome of the review will be the decoupling of the gas and electricity markets. Currently, the highest gas prices the wholesale price of electricity, which pushes higher electricity prices, including renewable electricity, which should be significantly cheaper.

When the decoupling reforms come in to play, the price of residential and commercial electricity should drop significantly, especially as the renewables mix continues to increase past 40%. This would make electrical heating one of the least carbon intensive forms of heating, as well as the least expensive. Rather than replacing outdated forms of heating down the line, installers should make the most of this by deploying electrical heating now as the future-proof choice.

Heat pumps and direct electric are the two most popular forms of low carbon electric heating, and the UK’s varied building stock requires contracting teams to use both. New homes built after

2025 and spacious, two-storey buildings are suitable for heat pump installation. However, much of the UK’s building stock is made up of smaller, older, and multi-storey buildings where heat pump installation is not practical.

As commercial buildings are transformed into residential apartments in the wake of the shift to hybrid work, retrofitting increasingly involves smaller heating solutions for multi-storey properties. Research carried out by electrical heating specialist, ThermoSphere, shows that 54% of construction professionals reported that the best low carbon heating solution for smaller homes, flats, and multi-storey buildings is direct electric heating because of its size and lack of the need for external hardware for installation.

The REMA reforms will also lead to ‘increases [in] the participation of low carbon flexibility technologies’, including more electricity storage and wider use of demand side response (DSR). UK homes have recently experienced this with the limited roll out of the National Grid ESO Demand Flexibility Scheme, a residential DSR technology which ended in March 2023. As demand side activity increases, giving domestic and commercial properties the ability to receive financial rewards

for temporarily reducing their electricity consumption, organisations with buildings that have low carbon electric heating have the potential to receive the most benefit, as they have the most capacity to shut down.

In addition, direct electric heating can manage DSR shutdowns with greater control as it doesn’t operate on a central heating system, unlike gas or air-to-water or ground-source heat pumps. Installing direct electric heating enables contractors to create options for zone-specific heating and shutdowns. When shutting down is needed, buildings with direct electric heating can choose to turn off specific areas and keep others heated. What’s more, with new underfloor heating products, on average it only takes approximately 20-30 minutes to heat a room, meaning temperature and comfort levels can be quickly restored after a shut off.

The UK is set for more changes as it electrifies further. Contactors and installers aiming to ensure their solutions can outlive these changes must adopt electric heating methods, says ThermoSphere. Market reforms, the shift to renewables, and greater grid flexibility make direct electric heating a necessity for parts of the UK building stock.


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As an electrical contractor, you want to look good while staying comfortable and safe on the job site. Carhartt shares its top five must-have pieces of workwear for electrical contractors during the spring and summer months.

Finding the perfect workwear is a central part of being safe and comfortable on the job site. With spring and summer just around the corner, it’s essential to select the right clothing that will keep you cool while still providing the necessary protection from the elements and the job itself.

Spring and summer temperatures can be unpredictable in the UK with our ever-changing weather, so layering is key to staying comfortable throughout the day. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer to keep you dry and comfortable. This layer should draw moisture away from the body so you don’t feel clammy when the temperature rises, and you won’t get cold if it drops. For example, Carhartt’s range of sweat wicking, quick drying cotton T-shirts, with vented side panels to keep you cool, make ideal base layers. If you’re running cable in a summer-hot loft, this is the T-shirt for you.

A lightweight mid-layer is the unsung hero of workwear for electrical contractors out on site. With the right mid-layer you won’t have to worry about sweat building up or feeling weighed down. In cooler temperatures, a mid-layer keeps the body warm and prevents heat loss, providing insulation without adding bulk or weight. But this layer should also be breathable, helping to regulate body temperature – and it must allow for flexibility of movement.

Next comes the windproof and water-resistant outer layer to protect you from our typically changeable weather. A lightweight jacket will protect you from any

wind or rain while still being breathable enough to prevent overheating. If you want a practical but comfortable jacket, the Sherpa Active Jacket is the answer. It comes with Wind Fighter technology that blocks the wind effectively, repels light rain and has a sherpa lining for extra warmth, so it is perfect for electrical contractors working in cooler conditions inside or out. Durable work trousers are another must-have for any job site. Carhartt’s Ripstop Cargo Work Pants, for instance, are made from ultra-tough Ripstop that is both abrasion and tear-resistant, with reinforced knees and seat, so you can count on them to last and last. Lots of pockets, including handy cargo pockets, mean there is plenty of room to store all your work essentials. They are great for freedom of movement too – the flexible Rugged Flex technology in the waistband means you will never feel restricted during long workdays. They also pair nicely with sturdy, safe footwear – the straight leg opening makes them the perfect match for your work boots.

And those safety boots are another essential piece of workwear for electrical contractors – they protect your feet from injury and provide support and stability on the job site. The ideal safety boots should be lightweight, breathable, and keep your feet cool and dry all day long. For example, Carhartt’s Carter Pull On Safety Boot is

Safety boots are an essential piece of workwear for electrical contractors

designed for workers who need a perfect fit without sacrificing safety, durability, or style. They have an inbuilt fiberglass safety toe which is lightweight but robust enough to provide protection against falling objects and other potential hazards on the construction site.

When it comes to staying safe and comfortable on the job even as the weather warms up, choose a range of workwear and safety boots that have got you covered. That way, you can be sure that you are protected against potential hazards while working efficiently and comfortably all day long.

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Metropolitan Police data has revealed that 34,712 tools were stolen in London from 2021

to 2022

compared to 21,445 tools from 2019 to 2020. While as many as four in five tradespeople have experienced tool theft, just 0.3% of all cases (three cases per 1,000) ended in a charge for the suspect.

In over 86% of the tool thefts reported between 2021 and 2022, a suspect was never identified. In addition, there were three times as many cases where a suspect was known but not charged than there were charges.

The Tool Theft in London 2022 report, collated by London telehandler hire specialist, Herts Tools, comes from a freedom of information request to the Metropolitan Police. The data reveals the impact of tool theft in London, the most affected industries, and the types of tools that are targeted most often.

While tool theft from a vehicle has increased by 25% in the last year –accounting for a third of all tool thefts recorded in 2021 and 2022 – a suspect is 20 times less likely to be charged for tool theft from a vehicle than they are for any other theft category.

Stefano Lobban, Director at Herts Tools, says, “It’s disappointing to see that the tool theft epidemic is getting worse in London.

“It’s not surprising to see that high-price items such as powered hand tools are still the most sought-after by thieves. Amid the ongoing cost-of-living-crisis, the trade for secondhand (and potentially stolen) tools is booming, tempting more people into stealing tools.

“We’re urging those across all trades to double-check they have theft security measures in place, to avoid falling victim to crime.”

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders, says, “With eight in 10 builders reporting that they have had tools stolen before, tool theft is a serious issue for Britain’s tradespeople.

It’s a shame that over a 40-year working life, tradespeople will typically lose £10,000 and six working days to tool theft. Aside from the detrimental financial impact, tool theft causes mental health issues and stress.

“Builders can protect themselves by bringing tools inside at night, adding extra locks to their van and marking tools. Installing an affordable CCTV system is a further option, as well as registering tool serial numbers on an online database. They should also check their insurance policies to see what they have covered.”

How can you recover your stolen tools?

• Report your tools as stolen, calling the police on 101 immediately

• Find serial numbers, makes and models for your tools

• Retrieve photographs of your tools

• Make an insurance claim, giving your provider an itemised list of missing items

• Use tracking devices to locate your tools, informing police where you suspect they are, rather than retrieving them yourself

• Visit local pawn shops to search for the items, as well as online marketplaces like eBay

• Join trade groups on social media, detailing the missing items – somebody else might find them.

Herts Tools,

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Carly Wills takes a look at some of the latest tools and workwear on the market.

artindale Electric has introduced its new BZ701 Socket Tester and Supply Polarity Tester, which is claimed to offer advanced 13A socket testing capability in a wide variety of domestic, commercial and industrial applications.

The new Martindale BZ701 unit not only detects 28 different socket wiring fault conditions and checks the mains voltage level, but it also safely identifies Line-Neutral reversal or cross polarity at the incoming supply. The polarity swap test detects fault conditions on PME/ TN-C-S systems (the most common type of supply) that cannot be identified by normal socket testers.

The BZ701 is user-friendly – simply plug it in and activate it with the touchpad. Correct polarity is indicated by three flashing green LEDs, while a fault condition is immediately highlighted by three red LEDs and a warning buzzer.

Safety gloves

STALSEN has launched new safety gloves – 21-gauge cut resistant gloves, the Rayza RX562 and the Rayza RX563. They are claimed to be the thinnest gloves with maximum cut protection (level F).

Designed for even the fiddliest of tasks, this range is perfect for where manual precision and touch sensitivity are required. An additional benefit is the touchscreen compatibility, meaning smart devices can be operated while keeping gloves on hands, and keeping hands safe.

21-gauge is brand-new technology, enabling STALSEN to develop gloves that are said to be over 16% thinner than the current ‘thinnest 18-gauge’, and 40% thinner than the standard ‘thin 15-gauge’.

MFlexible worklamps

Ring has introduced three new worklamps that deliver on providing lighting solutions for all professions. All three worklamps are lightweight, durable and flexible, so the user can use their light with confidence and focus on the job at hand.

The RWL400 is a battery operated worklamp that has a dual light head and two handles that can be altered to be freestanding at multiple different angles, allowing for full flexibility. The RWL400 is 400lm and has 16 hours of operating time.

The RWL600 and RWL1000 are both rechargeable via USB-C and have handles attached, so that the light can be hung or be freestanding, ensuring that it is completely adaptable for the user. The RWL600 is 600lm and has an operating time of six and a half hours, with two and a half hours recharging time, whereas the RWL1000 has 1,000lm, an eight-hour operating time and takes four hours to recharge.

Safety glasses

Carhartt has developed a range of lightweight but tough and highly protective safety glasses, including a new half-frame ratcheting temple design.

The Carhartt range of safety glasses all meet EN 166, the European Standard covering the requirements for protective eyewear. With a polycarbonate lens and frame, these glasses are almost unbreakable. Polycarbonate lenses are also thinner and lighter than other materials and naturally block out 100% of the sun’s UV rays.

The Easely Safety Glasses (EGB8ST) have a built-in brow guard, an adjustable nose piece and ventilated temples. The Cayce Safety Glasses (EGB9ST) also have an adjustable nose piece combined with wrap around coverage for great protection. The Ironside Plus Safety Glasses (EGB6DT) are anti fog with vented, flexible rubber temple tips and meet ANSI Z87.1 high impact requirements, while the new Half-Frame Ratcheting Temple Safety Glasses (EGB11DT) have a lightweight half frame design.

New multifunction tester

The MFT-X1, designed by Megger, is a multifunction tester that is intended to make electrical safety testing easier and more reliable. Its suitability for testing electrical appliances such as electric vehicle charging stations is just one example of the product’s versatility. Quick and reliable readings, as well as keeping plant downtime to the minimum, give companies a significant competitive edge by helping them save time and money.

Megger’s patented Confidence Meter technology supports loop impedance testing, which includes monitoring progress made and detecting any electrical noise that affects the circuitry. Moreover, inaccurate readings are removed to enable stable and consistent measurements. Thanks to Confidence Meter technology, two-core test leads and a high-voltage rating, low-impedance testing has now become a workable option. Which is precisely what the MFT-X1 designers at Megger had in mind when increasing meter resolution from 0.01Ω to 0.001Ω and upping the product current rating to 50kA.

All-in-one testing equipment

Fluke recently released the SMFT-1000, a brand new multimeter combining a PV tester, a performance analyser and an IV curve tracer. The SMFT-1000 is a great choice for all electrical contractors who want to carry out safety and performance tests of 1,000 VDC-rated solar energy systems in a more efficient way.

Solar engineers contracted to install, commission and repair photovoltaics need fast, accurate and safe tools to make sure that solar energy systems work in a highly efficient way without experiencing too much downtime, if any. They are now able to carry out the entire range of DC testing associated with residential, commercial, industrial and utility-scale photovoltaic systems using one single piece of equipment that combines accuracy, safety and reliability. As the product helps simplify the workflows in the photovoltaic sector, the company says that engineers spend 20% less time on site and are able to speed up the documentation process that is part of each job by about 50%.

The MFT-X1 is a multifunction tester that is intended to make electrical safety testing easier and more reliable

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For an electrician, possibly the biggest investment will be your van lease, so it’s vital to make the right choice. You need one the right size, for it to be economical to run, and you might have decided that now is the time to move to an electric van now that payloads and ranges have drastically improved.

You’re going to want one that is comfortable to drive, and you might even want to consider a dual purpose crew van – this will offer an additional row of passenger seats, allowing you to take the family out at the weekend, while keeping a decent-sized load area for the weekday job.

Gone are the days where the van was a bland thing that no one looked twice at. There are some very smart vans out there and you’ll probably want one that will not only look fabulous outside your house, but will also project a great image for your business, perhaps with some nice graphics on the side to make you look even more professional.

What size van is best for an electrician?

There’s no definitive answer, which is why Vanarama has listed its thoughts on the best vans for electricians in three different sizes. You probably won’t want one that is too big, which would make parking in towns and cities a nightmare, and not too small which could mean you fighting for space in the load area and spending lots of time moving things around to make them fit.

You probably won’t want a van that is too high. Although standing room in the loadspace is great, you’ll have difficulty in accessing ladders mounted on a roof rack, and there’s no chance of gaining access to height restricted car parks.

Best small van for electricians

Voted the International Van of the Year 2022, the latest Renault Kangoo is new from the ground up. There is a choice of two lengths, two trim levels and three engines, plus, there’s a superb all-electric

version. The loadbay is nice and square, with hardly any intrusion from wheel arches to get in the way. You can even specify the optional but ingenious ‘Easy Inside’ rack. Two brackets can be lowered from the roof inside the loadspace, and 2.5m long articles can be fed through them into a cavity above the driver. This saves you having to put them outside on the roof, and these items won’t be damaged by other things kept in the van. It’s an ideal small van to lease.

Best medium van for electricians

Big enough for tools and equipment, but small enough to be practical, the Citroen Dispatch will tick all the boxes for most electricians. There’s the load through bulkhead, allowing for up to four metre-lengths of conduit to be carried in the XL model, and an aftermarket ladder rack can be used to store access equipment on the roof, which is low enough to allow easy loading and removal.

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Need to take colleagues out with you on a job? No problem, the dual passenger seat means that the Dispatch can carry manpower at the same time as tools and equipment.

Best large van for electricians

For those involved in major contracts and need a large van with extra space to carry supplies out onto site, the Vauxhall Movano takes some beating.

The straight sides in the loadspace are the perfect base for racking, but as the van has an internal width of 1,870mm there’s still an enormous amount of room for cable

reels and all the tools needed for the job. With the L4 version taking a load length of over 4m, it’s unlikely you’ll need to carry anything on the outside of the van.

What van security features should electricians look for?

There’s no hiding the fact that vans are increasingly targeted by thieves, often not for the vehicle, but for the contents. Apart from the financial impact of replacing the stolen items and having any damage on the van repaired, there’s the cost of lost business while things are put right.

Many new vans now have Thatcham-approved alarms, which add a decent layer of security, but while manufacturers are constantly improving the locks used on vans, it might be worth investing in additional aftermarket equipment such as deadlocks, A common method of breaking into vans is nicknamed ‘peel and steal’, where the side door is torn open from the corner to gain access to the loadspace. Locking systems are available to add security to the top and bottom of these doors, deterring attacks of this type which cause extensive damage to the vehicle.

Electrician van racking and storage

If you want to build out the inside of your van with racking or other storage solutions, ply lining the load space of a van is where to start, mainly because it’s an affordable and sensible way to keep your van’s interior damage-free, but also because ply wood is a great base to build on.

And there are huge amounts of storage solutions to choose from, including modular stacked solutions, self-built wooden storage, slide-in form-fitted draws, door-hung storage, and more. Some of these are designed specifically with the electrician in mind, with racks for bins of multiple sizes, keeping those small items in order and easy to locate.

Financial advantages of leasing a van

One of the main advantages to leasing a van can often include claiming up to 100% of the VAT back on your monthly payments – if your business is VAT-registered and based on the proviso that the van is only for business use. It’s also just like buying a van in that sense, because you can claim the cost of a van lease as an expense when you get around to filling in and filing your tax return.

You’re probably aware of the major differences between buying and leasing – buying outright gives you an asset, but leasing gives you a lot more freedom to upgrade every two to five years and is often far more affordable. You’ll drive away in a new van, paying affordable fixed monthly payments with no hidden costs or fees. You can choose to pay a lower initial rental payment for your lease, making it easier to access a new van rather than saving up a lump sum. You’ll decide your contract length, annual mileage, and model, so you can tailor your deal to exactly what you need. Servicing and maintenance can also be added to your plan as an optional extra.

Benefits of signwriting for promoting your business

Having your van sign-written is an incredibly powerful and cost-effective way to promote yourself, your trade and your business (you don’t even have to drive the van to advertise yourself, it could just be sat on a customer’s driveway). If you really want to make an impact, you could even have your new van completely wrapped to display graphics.

There are no restrictions on what you can put on your van (within the boundaries of taste) and the publicity is great value for money. Did you know that a recent study shows 3,000 people an hour will see your van when you drive in a city?

Are there any electric vans which are useful to electricians?

The Ford E-Transit all-electric large van has an option called ‘Pro Power Onboard’. This provides up to 2.3kW of electricity which can be used to power all manner of things such as external lighting, workshop tools, compressors, etc., without having to rely on accessing power from elsewhere – perfect for working on construction sites or indeed anywhere that mains power isn’t available. Vanarama,

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Most people who own a commercial van would agree that they are one of their most valuable commodities. Not only do they allow you to get from one job to another, but they also carry your much-needed tools and equipment.

Given their value, it’s no surprise then that van theft is becoming a worryingly common theme. In fact, according to the Office for National Statistics, van theft is on the rise, with more than 12,000 reported incidents in 2020, a 5% rise on the previous year.

Additionally, a study by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles revealed that the average value of equipment stored per van stands at £2,500, which means UK tradespeople are footing a £4.4 billion bill for replacement tools every year. These statistics further highlight the need to take precautions to protect your van from opportunistic thieves.

Install an alarm system

Vehicle alarms can be effective in preventing vehicle theft, however, the quality and type of alarm system installed can have a significant impact on its effectiveness. For example, some alarm systems may be easily bypassed or disabled by experienced thieves, while others may provide more comprehensive protection.

The most essential features of an alarm system are those that detect attempted theft or tampering and alert others to the situation. The more

comprehensive the system, the better the protection it can offer against theft. Ensure the alarm you install includes some of these key features: shock sensors, motion sensors, remote control so you can arm and disarm the alarm wherever you are, a loud and persistent siren, an immobiliser, and GPS tracking to track the car’s location if needed.

Use a van lock

Yale recommends investing in a high security van lock to not only protect your van and its contents, but also to deter would-be criminals. The security market has been responding to current threats surrounding vehicle security and, as a result, maximum security van locks are available, such as the Yale Heavy Duty Van Lock.

Ensure the lock you chose has been tested to British Standards EN12320:2012 to ensure it can protect against a range of attack methods, and that it is made from corrosion resistant hardened steel for outdoor use.

Secure or remove valuables

Consider fixing down valuable equipment with security cables and maximum-security padlocks to offer protection against a range of attack methods and to keep items secure when driving.

For maximum security, chose a Boron shackle to prevent cutting and ensure they have been tested against British Standards.

Park in well-lit areas

Try to park your van in a well-lit area to help deter thieves and make it easier to spot any suspicious activity.

You may wish to install outside lighting or, preferably, a floodlight camera on your property that is positioned where your vehicle is parked. Not only will it light up your outside space, but its camera will also capture thieves, enabling you to check the security status of your home and sound a siren to stop thieves in their tracks.

Consider installing CCTV

Installing a security camera outside your property can help deter thieves and provide evidence in the event of a break-in.

Ensure your CCTV system can be operated remotely via your smart device, so you can monitor from wherever you are, and that it includes night vision and a quality light such as a 2,000lm floodlight.

Keep your van organised

Keeping your van organised can help you quickly spot if any tools or items are missing. It also makes it harder for thieves to quickly grab items and run.

With van theft expected to increase to a staggering 20,000 vans per year by 2030, Yale is continuing to stress the importance of improved van security to trade professionals.


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Gripple has appointed a new Managing Director for the UK & Ireland and new board Directors.

Kevin St Clair takes up the role of UK Managing Director, following 21 years at Gripple, Charlotte Hill will replace Kevin in his former role as Operations Director, and Sam Ryall joins the UK board as Supply Chain Director.

Kevin started his career at Gripple in 2002 as the company’s first Quality Manager, before moving into a broader quality and supply chain management role and later becoming Site Manager at Gripple’s Riverside Works facility in Sheffield. Five years ago, Kevin was promoted to Group Operations Director, where he had full operational responsibility for Gripple’s six UK manufacturing sites.

Charlotte Hill and Sam Ryall have both been promoted from their roles as Operations Manager and Supply Chain Manager, respectively, and join the Gripple UK & Ireland Board. The board also comprises Sales Director, Chris Bugg; Head of Digital Transformation, Darren Cork; People & Culture Director, Katrina Ritchie, and Finance Director, Clare Legg. Gripple,


Consort Claudgen has unveiled its 2023 Heat brochure, showcasing new products and innovations for diverse heating needs. Key highlights include the user-friendly Consort Connect app, enabling remote heating control via smartphones or tablets, and the cost-effective PVE panel heaters with timer battery backup that retains all settings when turning off the heater.

The energy-efficient CHMC controller, compatible with commercial fan heaters, incorporates an electronic lock and accurate temperature control. When paired with an occupancy sensor it further conserves energy when it detects no movement within a given range. The redesigned Screenzone air curtains are easy to install, with a new width of 2m and an optional ACMC controller for customisable operation modes, prioritising energy efficiency.

Consort offers exceptional support on heating schemes for electrical contractors. The company’s dedicated technical team delivers valuable advice, calculating heat loss and recommending the most suitable heaters for each project. Consort Claudgen,


The latest addition to Hamilton’s popular G2 ‘push-to-fit’ screwless range, the New Sheer G2 plate features on-trend pointed 90° corners instead of the original Sheer design rounded corners. The 1.5mm thick plate fits snugly against the wall, retaining its hallmark flat-plate appearance.

A budget pleaser – made from pressed metal rather than cast, Sheer G2 delivers a significant cost reduction without compromising on quality or finish.

• Available in 11 on-trend finishes

• A choice of three insert colours

• New Paintables colour-match service

• Dual 2.4A USB double sockets as standard

• New Supercharged 45W Combined USB-A&C Double Switched Sockets

• Grid and EuroFix options

• 25-Year Guarantee (excludes USBs and LED Dimmers – two years) Hamilton,


Pathfinder from Ovia is an extensive range of powerful and robust metal LED floodlights, providing a modern solution for retrofits and new installations alike.

The range comprises standard floodlights as well as versions with Photocell and PIR sensors. In total, the Pathfinder range offers 40 floodlight options from 10W-300W, with fittings up to 50W available in both Black and White finishes and in Warm White and Cool White colour temperature options.

This modern range has high quality LEDs installed, offering a 30,000 hour (L70) lifetime and 100,000 switching cycles. The design incorporates a prismatic diffuser which produces a more even spread of light. All standard Pathfinder floodlights are IP65 rated, while those with sensors are IP44 rated. The more industrial 100W-300W range is also IK07 rated. The standard range can be used with remote sensor PIRs (indoor and outdoor) or Microwave sensors (indoor only), as well as with smart control systems. Ovia,


As part of its ongoing dedication to product development and innovation, manufacturer of cable management solutions, Marshall-Tufflex has introduced new adjustable bends to its Sterling Curve and Sterling Compact PVC-U perimeter trunking ranges. These high-quality solutions provide electrical installers with an expert finish, avoiding unsightly gaps when fitting trunking around any corner.

Capable of accommodating building corner variances of +/-5° (85°-95°), the new internal and external adjustable bends provide a quick, simple and neat trunking solution for corners that are not precisely 90° square.

The latest launch offers even more flexibility for installers using Sterling Curve Profile 1 dado trunking or Sterling Compact – users can now choose between using either the existing, standard fixed bends, or the new adjustable bends for corners that aren’t perfectly square – making it really easy to achieve a good, neat finish every time.

The new products are now available to purchase from electrical wholesalers nationwide. Marshall-Tufflex,


FuseBox has extended its range of Modular Installation Contactors to include the two pole, 63A Contactor (INC632).

The current range compromises: two pole – 20A (INC202), 40A (INC402) and four pole – 25A (INC254) and 63A (INC634). All have N/O contact configurations and can be used in modular enclosures or consumer units.

Improved heat management – all Contactors are supplied as a kit, complete with two 9mm Heat Dissipation Spacers, allowing free air to circulate between Contactors for improved thermal management.

Other installer benefits include:

• Front facing, easy to wire terminals

• 35mm Din Rail mounting for fitting into any FuseBox unit

• Compact size (18mm, 36mm and 54mm)

• 230V/50Hz


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ElectricalDirect has extended its huge range to offer a wider selection of lighting solutions, including adding additional products from its exclusive Altro, Touchpoint and Hampstead collections.

Indoor lighting

Offering quality lighting at great value, the Altro collection spans products suitable for domestic as well as commercial settings. The Altro Seville Ceiling Light Pendant with chrome fittings and clear glass shade, for example, is an attractive and modern ceiling light pendant ideal for bedrooms, kitchens or living rooms.

For a pendant installation above dining room tables or breakfast bars, the Touchpoint Ohio Ceiling Light Pendant is ideal. This compact, retro styled fixture is available in black, silver and antique gold finishes.

For traditional interior décors, the new Hampstead Victory Ceiling Light Pendant is a fine choice. This beautiful Victorian style globe pendant ceiling light features metalwork in an antique brass finish and a clear glass globe with ribbed effect, to provide plenty of light and an excellent feature to enhance any room.


The new updated Axiom range of Type A Consumer Units includes main switch with optional SPD, along with RCD standard and split load boards with selected fully loaded options, garage and shower units, and the very latest in supporting devices.

All boards have a robust steel compact construction built for ease of installation, use and safety. Solid drop down covers protect against dust and fire entry, whilst generous internal cabling space, easy all-round knockouts and large terminals simplify installation.

In support of this updated range, the Axiom portfolio also includes Timers, Contactors, AFDD modules and new Surge Protection Devices which no longer require MCBs alongside – thus allowing for an extra free way in the board.

All of the above products are now in stock, as is the recently launched and accompanying range of Axiom 3 Phase Boards.

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Carl Kammerling International (CKI) has purchased the Clipacore brand, a tool system designed to eradicate a common and dangerous problem for users of core drills.

Clipacore is a clip release system which allows users to change and remove core bits from drills quickly and effortlessly. Dismantling a core drill after use often requires physical strength and brute force, as torque tension locks components together.

The other issue with core drilling is waste concrete becoming wedged in the tool, another problem which has been solved with the Clipacore system.

The Clipacore system is now distributed into the plumbing and heating sector through CKI subsidiary, Nerrad Tools, available for purchase in store this spring. It will also soon be available as part of the CKI portfolio of brands alongside C.K Tools, C.K Magma, avit and Kasp Security, with wider distribution anticipated later in the year.

Protecting tools from damage and tradespeople from injury, the Clipacore system has been rigorously tested, is produced with high quality materials, and holds its own against CKI’s impressive range of quality tools.

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Outdoor lighting

Outdoor spaces can be transformed with lighting to highlight architecture and zone areas, as well as provide functional lighting to illuminate areas after dark. For a statement piece, ElectrcialDirect has introduced the Altro Square Up & Down Wall Light to its exterior range. IP44 rated with a square shade, this product is ideal for contemporary spaces and is available in anthracite or silver. Alternatively, the elegant and minimalistic Hampstead 3W Up & Down LED Outdoor Wall Light is perfect for casting a subtle glow with the benefit of an IP54 rating and PIR sensor.

For illuminating pathways, consider the latest LED Round Surface Outdoor Brick Downlights from Touchpoint. These circular designed brick downlights are compact and hard-wearing, with IP65 rating and all fixings included. ElectricalDirect,


ESP is reminding installers and wholesalers of some of the fire system accessories in its range that are essential to consider when working on a project. These include the Fire Isolator Switch, Log Book and Document Box.

Fire Isolator Switch – with a legal requirement in place to ensure all new fire alarm systems in the UK are fitted with a mains isolator switch, ESP offers a product that meets the requirements of the BS5839 Part 1 standard.

Fire Safety Log Book – it is a legal requirement for managers/building owners to take responsibility for safety within their property. ESP’s A4 Log Book will ensure system records are maintained in accordance with BS5839-1. The Log Book will include information on test procedures, frequencies of service and maintenance requirements

Document Box – ESP’s wall-mounted, A4 Document Box is designed to keep vital documents safe from potential damage. It is suitable for fire, emergency lighting and CCTV system documents and keeps them secure in a single location. It features a lockable door, with two keys supplied.



Webro Cables and Connectors has launched a new range of EV cables.

Webro EV cables are specially designed for EV charging points with integrated data connectivity. The new line-up features a fully screened Cat 6A cable, along with 0.6/1kV power cores, precision bundled to ensure that fast, accurate data and power can be maintained at the same time. With both power and data combined in one cable you get an easier and neater installation that takes far less time to complete.

The Cat 6A cable is fully screened, with an individual pair foil and a collective foil screen, so data is passed interference free. The power cores include premium quality bare copper conductors with class 2 stranding to IEC 60228. Overall protection is provided by a black UV-stable Low Smoke Non-Halogen (LSNH) jacket that provides more resistance to sunlight, and ensures that the sheath retains its structural integrity much longer than standard PVC.


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The new Torlan suite of LED battens from Knightsbridge provides a non-corrosive, energy efficient and high performance lighting solution for a wide range of applications ranging from residential to agricultural and industrial. As the heart of the Torlan collection is TorlanComm. Suitable for indoor and outdoor commercial applications, TorlanComm comes in two versions, CCT adjustable and Digital Addressable Lightning Interface (DALI) CCT; three colour temperatures and a huge choice of wattages. Beyond ‘standard,’ self-test emergency, microwave and microwave self-test emergency options are also available. Wattages vary from 26W to 62W, outputs are from 3,955lm to 9,025lm, and colour temperatures offered are 3,000K (warm white), 4,000K (cool white) and 5,700K (daylight).

Bodies and diffusers are impact-resistant, non-corrosive polycarbonate with stainless steel clips (which ensure longevity in any application), and with ceiling and end conduit fixings. The DALI version has built-in control gear for intelligent control integration. A choice of accessories permit installation onto BESA conduit boxes or suspension hanging. TorlanComm is IP65 and IK08 rated.

Either side of the TorlanComm sit the TorlanEco and the TorlanPro. TorlanEco is a cost-effective IP65 and IK06 rated budget LED batten suitable for indoor and outdoor applications in residential and commercial premises. With tool-free cable termination and fast-fix fittings, it is easy to install on walls or ceilings, and comes in three lengths, three wattages (depending on length) and two colour temperatures – 4,000K (cool white) and 5,700K (daylight).

Designed for the toughest of environments, such as farms and other extreme applications that demand robust, dust and watertight, impact-resistant lighting, the heavy-duty TorlanPro is a simple but effective LED batten offering contractor-friendly fast-fit electrical connection without opening the luminaire, easy operation and high levels of illumination.

With a single power feed, low flicker and of acrylic and nylon construction, the TorlanPro comes in cool white only, and delivers 6,400lm and 7,175lm at 45W and 50W respectively. For suspension use only, TorlanPro is also IP69K waterproof as standard and high impact-resistant to IK08. Knightsbridge,


Along with the Work Trousers range, these Hoodies and Sweatshirts are probably the most popular products among Snickers Workwear users. Designed specifically for professional craftsmen and women, they’re built for durability and comfort.

The ‘full zip’ or ‘overhead’ styles are ideal as mid-layer working clothes. They’ll fit well with a jacket on chilly days and can be worn as an outer layer in the spring and summer months. You can choose from a selection of fabric options that include Polartec micro fleece and cosy polycotton.

Street-smart and great for on-site work or leisure activities, there’s over 40 styles and a host of colours to choose from, including the new khaki green option as well as Class 1 and Class 2 high-vis. They’re also available with the unmistakable Snickers logo and are ideal for company profiling. Snickers Workwear,


ThermoSphere’s Membrane Heating Cable is the first and only underfloor heating cable that uses TwistedTwin construction and in-line hot-to-cold technology.

Many faults occur around the cold tail joint of the heating cable because the joints, which are normally heat-shrink wrapped, are three times thicker than the cable. Installation of thicker cables requires installers to chase out concrete and cut into the membrane and insulation. This risks damaging the cables, joints, waterproofing layer barrier and reputation with customers.

ThermoSphere’s new Membrane Heating Cable prevents the need to cut the membrane, insulation and flooring.

ThermoSphere has incorporated the hot-to-cold joint connections into the primary manufacturing process, creating invisible joints and a cable that’s uniform in thickness from end-to-end. This drastically improves the installation process, with many benefits to the installer.



Cable accessories supplier and Scolmore Group company, Unicrimp, is the exclusive distributor of the original, multi-surface sealant and adhesive brand, OB1, through the UK electrical wholesale channel.

OB1 is a high-spec hybrid construction sealant and adhesive that has a tried and tested formulation which has been used by the trade for over 15 years.

What makes OB1 stand out is its versatility, flexibility and its 24-hour full curing time. It provides an alternative to mastics, wood and PU adhesives, silicones, acrylics and butyl rubber sealants. This one product is capable of bonding and sealing an extensive range of materials including aluminium, wood and MDF, plastic, metal, steel, mirror, lead, concrete, glass, tile, polycarbon, PVC and felt. OB1 also works in damp conditions and even under water. It contains no solvents so it will never crack or shrink, can be applied on wet surfaces, painted or moulded and it has a very high bond strength with resistance to fungal and bacterial growth. Unicrimp,


The latest addition to Scolmore’s Elucian by Click consumer unit range is a new rear and side wiring consumer unit pattress mount kit.

With the pattress mount secured to the wall and attached to the back of the consumer unit, the electrician has space between the mount and the unit to neatly feed cabling from the trunking through the rear knockouts.

Because the mounting kit comprises two separate parts – a left and right mount – it can be used across any size of distribution board and is therefore compatible with the full Elucian consumer unit range – 5, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 22 way. For the contractor, this means carrying just one type of kit on the van regardless of the size of consumer units being installed, and for the wholesaler it means minimum space taken up in store, with just one size of kit needing to be stocked.

A template is supplied with each kit to allow the installer to easily work out the correct positioning of the mounts for the particular size of board they are installing. Scolmore,

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