Taking charge with USB sockets

USB sockets

With consumers increasingly relying on the use of technology wherever they are, public locations,from hotels and airports to office buildings and leisure locations, they expect charging facilities to be provided to meet this need. As a result, there has been a significant increase in demand for power sockets with integrated USB charging outlets. Here, Kevin Norman, Senior Product Manager at Rexel, explains why they present a real opportunity for the electrical contractors, and discusses some of the considerations those looking to install integrated USB charging outlets, should be mindful of.

CMD limited unveils AUDACY® advanced wireless lighting control system at Lux Live 2017

Delivers Up to 60 Percent Energy Savings Per Year with Safe, Secure Installation in One-Eighth 

CMD Limited, the leading maker of custom commercial electrical power solutions since 1984, announced today the launch of AUDACY®, an advanced wireless lighting control system designed and engineered by it’s parent company IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. a world leader in electrical power control and management, is now available in the United Kingdom for retrofit, new construction, retail, and institutional lighting markets.


NAPIT Release Industry Leading, EICR Codebreakers


Over the past 12 months NAPIT have been developing a technical reference guide to assist inspectors with coding observations found during Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs). The only definitive guide of its kind available on the market, EICR Codebreakers is essential for anyone carrying out EICRs and facing what’s arguably the most difficult decision; what code to give an observation?


The new book launched this autumn, gives you the answers you need. It has been written to break the EICR codes for you, and recommends clear concise explanations for EICR section K and the schedules of inspections, required for an EICR found in Appendix 6 of BS 7671.


Electrorad introduces its new and revolutionary smart panel heaters

Drawing on its vast experience and expertise in electric radiators, Electrorad has launched Smartpanel; a new and innovative range that bears all the looks of conventional radiators but at panel heater prices.

Smartpanel is one of the first panel heaters to be fully compliant with EcoDesign Lot 20 - the new and impending legislation which dictates that all local space heaters must feature both intelligent timers and controls in order to comply with minimum efficiency standards. Feature-packed, this sleek and modern range offers the ideal solution for house builders, developers, and specifiers who want a low-cost heating solution that will meet all energy efficiency requirements.

EV Charge Points Prove A Welcome Addition At Warner Leisure Hotels

EV Charge Points Prove A Welcome Addition At Warner Leisure Hotels

An Electric Vehicle charge point network installed by Rolec EV last summer for Warner Leisure Hotels is proving to be a welcome addition to the services offered by the popular regional hotel chain.


The free-to-use Rolec EV charging points, available at all Warner Leisure Hotels throughout the UK, allow guests to charge their electric vehicles during their stay.


Mat Finch, Marketing Director for Warner Leisure Hotels, commented: “We are proud that, collectively, Warner Leisure Hotels is offering modern alternatives - such as charging points for electric vehicles.


Winter Warning

Winter is coming, and employers need to watch out for the risks that the cold season with its shorter days brings to construction and utility personnel working and travelling outdoors.


Vocational learning specialist Develop Training Ltd (DTL) points out employers have a duty of care to protect their employees, even in the absence of a legal minimum working temperature limit. Failing to do so, if it results in injury, could lead to prosecution. Managers should also realise that employees suffering from cold will be less able to do their jobs and may be more likely to make a hazardous error, DTL says.


The scale of the risks can range from reduced dexterity with cold fingers to loss of limbs due to frostbite or even death from hypothermia.


Smart meters and their impact on the contact centre

Smart meters and their impact on the contact centre

Written by Matthew Bryars, Co-Founder and CEO at Aeriandi

In today’s society, data protection is increasingly a concern for many consumers.  Data breaches appear in the news all too frequently.  The 2015 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, which looked at more than 2,100 data breaches, found that more than 700 million records were exposed for the year 2014 alone.  Businesses are now prioritising the safety of customer data, with a particular focus on payment information.

Makita's New Factory Service Centre & Training Academy In Glasgow Has A National Role

Makita's New Factory Service Centre & Training Academy In Glasgow Has A National Role

Makita UK has opened their first regional Factory Service Centre (FSC) & Training Academy in Glasgow’s Govan commercial district to support the rapidly expanding market penetration of Britain’s number 1 professional power tool range in Scotland and Northern England.  Whilst this new facility is already providing a valuable regional role the FSC has already been awarded the national responsibility for the secure environment of servicing Makita’s comprehensive range of dust extraction machines.

Versatile ratchet screwdriver plus bit and socket set from Laser Tools

Versatile ratchet screwdriver plus bit and socket set from Laser Tools

This is a very useful new set from Laser Tools (part number 6992) — a versatile ratchet screwdriver is supplied with 20 screwdriver bits plus 9 1/4" drive sockets.
With a super-smooth but very robust 36-tooth ratchet this screwdriver is comfortable and well-balanced and has additional storage for six bits in the handle. The standard (removable) shaft is 125mm long and incorporates a magnetic bit holder and is knurled for speedy rotation. But add the 75mm shaft extension and it becomes a long-reach screwdriver with 190mm shaft. Or use the 75mm shaft on its own, offering effectively three sizes of screwdriver in one.

Energys delivers heating & lighting efficiencies for London’s BSix Sixth Form College

Energys delivers heating & lighting efficiencies for London’s BSix Sixth Form College

The implementation of LED lighting and dynamic boiler control technology at the East London college is expected to deliver annual energy savings of around £25,000
LONDON, UK: Located in the East London borough of Hackney, the BSix Sixth Form College has consistently won approval locally and nationally for its educational excellence and emphasis on skills development. It has also maintained a focus on innovation and the quality of its facilities, and it was in this context that the college recently undertook a multi-project initiative to overhaul its lighting and boiler optimisation provision.

46% of Brits have reduced energy bills with smart heating

smart heating

But 86% still aren’t planning to install smart heating solutions over next 12 months, reveals research from reichelt


New research from one of Europe’s largest online electrical retailers, reichelt elektronik, has revealed that UK adults who currently use smart home heating solutions have saved on their heating costs as a result.


Only 8% of UK adults use complete smart home systems for their heating, but they have already seen the benefits of doing so.

The digital tax switch

digital Tax

~ How SMEs can ease the transition to digital taxation ~


Think back to 2008 — the Olympics were in Beijing, Barack Obama was elected president of the United States and the UK began its digital TV switchover. This switch saw the UK’s terrestrial television converted to digital while analogue channels, broadcast from thousands of transmitter sites, were turned off. First announced in 2005 and finally completed in 2012, there was ample time to prepare for the digital TVtransition. Unlike the TV switchover, the digitalisation of the UKs tax system is fast approaching and many trade businesses are rushing to be prepared.


Harvard Technology to deliver ground-breaking controls system at EMEX 2017

controls system

Harvard Technology, a pioneer in the design, development and manufacture of smart lighting solutions, will be showcasing its ground-breaking wireless lighting controls system EyeNut on stand E5 at The Energy Managers Exhibition (EMEX) at the ExCeL Centre in London on November 22-23.


Building on an award-winning system, which has already delivered substantial monetary and energy savings for many leading blue-chip clients across the world, the latest evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) enabled wireless control and management solution adds new pioneering features, including Building Energy Management System (BeMS) integration and emergency testing functionality.


X-CONTACT: It's what's inside that counts

X-CONTACT: It's what's inside that counts

As a specialist for industrial plugs and sockets, MENNEKES presents with X-CONTACT a completely new contact sleeve solution. Innovative, simple, durable and safe.

Industrial connectors and receptacles of 63 A and 125 A are often exposed to the toughest conditions. On construction sites, in mines and tunnels or in heavy industry, they have to operate reliably while often covered in dirt and surface water.

With X-CONTACT, MENNEKES launches a new system, which combines a totally reliable electrical connection with the ultimate in ease of handling.

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Stiebel Eltron UK celebrates growth with three senior appointments

Andrew Buttree

Stiebel Eltron UK is celebrating record growth for the first half of 2017 and has made three major appointments to manage increased demand.

Turnover at the heating products manufacturer has risen by 16% on the same six month period in 2016, thanks to an increased product range and further expansion into the leisure and hospitality industries. 

This is double 2016’s growth rate on the previous year and has necessitated three new appointments across various divisions; Andrew Probert, Andrew Buttree and Amber Larkin.

Amber joins the company’s head office from Vauxhall Motors in Ellesmere Port. She will be applying her wide range of transferrable mechanical skills to the technical desk at Stiebel Eltron to deliver technical support.