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Chunky white wiring accessories are a thing of the past. But with so many providers offering various finishes and styles how does a range set itself apart from the rest? Here Michael Simms, Product Manager for wiring accessories at Crabtree, one of Electrium’s leading brands, talks to Electrical Wholesaler about the innovation behind the facade.
When it comes to wiring accessories the design and the functionality are equally important. Filled with innovative and practical advancements, the Instinct range from Crabtree, gives specifiers and installers the solutions they are looking for. It allows them to remain competitive while maintaining the quality, reliability, style and functionality required in today’s highly competitive commercial buildings market.
In terms of breadth of selection, the Instinct range has it covered. But true to our Easier Safer Faster mantra, we have designed a range with over 300 new wiring accessories, packed with innovations including full contact cable clamps, integrated led indicators, and twin action safety shutters.
When it comes to installation, the upward-facing inline terminals make the entire range simple and reliable to install. It’s a design that’s sure to save time for the contractor as well as delivering peace of mind. When it comes to safety, Instinct meets all the relevant standards giving a contractor total confidence in the product when it’s specified.
Instinct is the first range of wiring accessories to use full contact cable clamps. These “no miss” terminals offer a more secure, more efficient, method of connection. The proven technology meaning there is no chance of incorrect cable positioning and this terminal design eradicates the risk of cable core damage that occurs with screw terminals.
Crabtree has also created upward facing terminals throughout the range, all accessible from one orientation, all with an instantly recognisable terminal layout including segregated inline supply and load terminals, nested for convenience.
This improves installation time. It’s easier and faster to connect. Cables can be cut to the same length and use less of the interior space. It gives safer and more reliable installation – no twisting or turning of the plate means no loosening of cables that were just terminated.
The range features a twin operation multipin safety shutter. Crabtree has developed a shutter with a two-piece mechanism that requires multiple pins to fully operate the mechanisms. The live and neutral pins do not open unless the earth pin is operated. Live and neutral shutters are fully locked until Earth pin is inserted. It ensures that live and neutral remain closed even with earth pin engaged. This meets and exceeds British Standards. It is incredibly difficult to defeat and minimises potential misuse.
Crabtree’s Fused Connection Units and 20A switches now have an improved, unobtrusive, integrated LED switch indicator within the switch dolly and feature full contact clamps, helping to improve cable positioning and retention.
Improved Keystone Modules are safer and sleeker, offering flexibility and cable security, with less bend to cables. The variety of modules caters for Data, HDMI, USB, TV, Phone and Satellite applications.
Also forming part of the range are a series of integrated USB Sockets. The 13A sockets are double pole switching and have integrated USB charging outlets that meet the latest product standard (BS1363-2:2016+A1). They also include automatic charge optimisation to match the corresponding device.
While incorporating all of these advances in technology the Instinct range also looks great. It features slimline plates with soft curves, smooth lines and contoured profiles. These carefully considered design details ensure they fit naturally into any environment with a classically timeless look that will serve gracefully. While the operation of every switch gives a satisfying feel of quality and class – the kind of finishing touch that leaves clients happy and impressed with their contractor.
Crabtree has been supplying the UK market with electrical installation products for 99 years, and the brand continues to innovate and grow with over 5,000 products across all the ranges. The ‘Crabtree Instinct Range', Crabtree’s new wiring accessories range is the brand’s biggest product launch in over 30 years.
As a market leading brand, Crabtree provides enviable breadth and depth in its wiring accessories offers and this gives specifiers and installers plenty of options for all of their wiring accessory needs. They are designed to satisfy the needs of specifiers, installers and end-users in all commercial and industrial markets.
Find out more at www.crabtreecommercial.co.uk