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By Penelope, May 31 2015 12:19PM

Electricians are being warned that new regulations, which came into force at the beginning of the year, stipulate that escape routes must be protected from the risk of falling/fallen cables in the event of a fire.

IET Wiring Regulations BS7671:2008 17th Edition amendment 3 detail the dangers of falling or fallen cables which block escape routes and hinders people trying to escape a property or fire fighters trying to enter.

Various electrical manufacturers of wiring products have been introducing suitable solutions in the last few months. SWA (www.swaonline.co.uk) have come up with a simple but effecting fire safety clip that has a melting point of 1000 degs . Tested and approved to BS 5839-1 requirement, these clips are one the fastest and safest way to fix fire resistant cables inside plastic cable trunking.

Each zinc plated clip can hold 2 x 1.5mm 2-core fire resistant cables (eg. Prysmian FP200) and can fit within 25x16mm trunking (or larger!!).

By Penelope, May 10 2015 07:18PM

Danler's heater boost switch has been designed to work with immersion heaters, electric towel rails, garden pation heaters and other suitable electric heating loads. It is also compatible with lighting loads.

This switch automatically turns the load 'off' after a selected time period has elapsed. There are four different time settings to choose from and by simply pressing the button on the front you can select each time lag choice in turn.

Ideal for use in homes, hotels, rented accommodation, student accommodation etc. Bespoke versions are available on request, with different time lag settings, colours, graphics on plate etc.


Selectable time lag: 1/4 hr, 1/2 hr, 1hr & 2hrs.

Loading: Up to 13amps (3000w) of resistive load, 6amps (1500w) of transformer load.

Dimension: 86mm x 86mm x 12mm. Wall box depth 25mm

By Penelope, May 3 2015 05:33PM

In the past, a bathroom fan was mainly seen as a functional item that needed to provide good indoor air ventilation at the right price. However, recent research shows that many of us would happily pay more for silent ventilation in our bathrooms to provide a more relaxing environment.

Households are fed up of noisy bathroom fans and the irritation caused by the continuous drone of an outdated bathroom fan. Indeed, some are so distracted by the noise that they turn off their extract fans altogether, potentially leading to damage to the fabric of their property, and the twin blights of mould growth and poor air quality. This is a high price to pay for peace and quiet but with the average extract fan operating at 35-40 decibels, which is loud in a confined space, the noise can prove too much.

Past research by Vent-Axia, well-known Extractor Fan manufacturer, confirmed that loud extractor fans are a major source of nuisance noise in homes, with 40% of people surveyed reporting they or their children have been woken in the night by a noisy bathroom fan. However, a survey commissioned by Vent-Axia last year revealed something unexpected – a staggering 80% of consumers would be happy to pay an extra £30 to £50 on top of the price of a standard fan to achieve a relaxing bathroom.

And it’s not just the noise that’s an issue. A recent BEAMA study by Prism & Waverton Analytic shows that as more homes are becoming ever more insulated and airtight, a large number of homes are experiencing, or are at risk of aggravated health problems due to poor indoor air quality. Evidence shows that if care is not taken to ensure adequate levels of ventilation, in line with Part F of the Building Regulations, then high levels of humidity can lead to a growth in dust mite populations, condensation and mould, resulting in health and comfort issues.

So with ventilation essential to health and comfort in the home, consumer demand for silent products has led to manufacturers investing in continually improving bathroom extractor fan acoustics. One such example is Vent-Axia’s innovative Silent Fan. With this particular range, the manufacturer boasts the lowest sound rating on the market for an intermittent bathroom fan, operating at just 16db – 75% quieter than a standard intermittent bathroom extractor fans. Their latest fan now offers consumers visual silence as well as acoustic silence – both important factors for today’s consumers.

For more information on Vent-Axia’s Silent Extractor Fans, or our Fan Installation Services please contact us today.

By Penelope, Apr 20 2015 07:24PM

The National Gallery, London, that welcomes over 6 million visitors a year, has become the latest high-profile building to benefit from intelligent lighting control. A combination of LED light fittings and a digital control system has achieved 85% energy savings. The new system means the Gallery can make use of available daylight and adjust lighting levels around visitng hours and people traffic.

Overall, the improvements are estimated to achieve annual energy savings of 760,000kwh at a saving of around £53,600, with reduced maintenance contributing £36,000 (because LED lights tend to last 25 times longer than their current tungsten bulbs).

Now imagine if you did the same in your home! Think how much money you could save...

By Penelope, Mar 8 2015 04:41PM

Where a surface is solid or recently decorated - or if time and budget are issues - often clients don't want the hassle and expense of trying to recess cabling.

D-line trunking can hide cables discretely, without renovation. With its tapared 1/2 circle design and no sharp edges it blends with existing decor. The neat semi-circle profiles are patented and have a hinge that is specifically tensioned to keep cables in place during installation. Clip-over bends and end caps make for a perfect finish.