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Nov 2017 Energy Efficiency, Heating, Lighting, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Home automation made Easy

Home automation made Easy

Home automation made Easy

Consumer familiarity with, and demand for, flexible home automation systems is something electrical contractors should capitalise on, says Matt Price, building automation technical engineer at Hager With smartphones and connected devices now commonplace among the population, consumers are both familiar and comfortable with the benefits technology can deliver to their daily lives. Such familiarity has […]

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Nov 2017 Security Systems, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Safe as houses

Safe as houses

Safe as houses

Smart wireless security systems can provide both a comprehensive solution for small businesses and an upsell opportunity to installers, says Emma Segelov of Honeywell Small businesses in Britain are booming – there are currently more than 5.5 million small to medium enterprises (SMEs) listed in the UK, and this number is only likely to increase […]

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Nov 2017 Energy Efficiency, Heating, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Pump up the savings

Pump up the savings

Pump up the savings

Hybrid heating systems that use smart controls could save up to £1.7 billion annually, says PassivSystems Since 2014, PassivSystems has played a significant role in four out of five innovative UK smart heat pump projects highlighted by Delta Energy & Environment (Delta-ee) by installing its PassivLiving home energy platform to measure, manage and aggregate heat […]

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Oct 2017 Lighting, Smart Homes | Comments Off on LuxLive 2017 goes digital

LuxLive 2017 goes digital

LuxLive 2017 goes digital

Europe’s biggest free annual lighting event comes to the ExCel Centre in November Lighting is changing. Thanks to digital technology, it’s moving beyond illumination and creating exciting possibilities that were undreamt of a few years ago. This revolution is transforming light fittings into smart devices that can monitor and control our environment. The lighting in […]

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Apr 2017 Lighting, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Let there be light

Let there be light

Let there be light

Marie Parry, marketing director of Scolmore Group, looks at the growing smart lighting sector and the opportunities it presents to installers, specifiers and architects Projected to exceed $47bn by 2020, the global lighting industry has come a long way from the on/off world to energy efficient lighting and adaptive lighting to the current connected – […]

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Apr 2017 Smart Homes | Comments Off on Bridging the skills gap

Bridging the skills gap

Bridging the skills gap

Peter Coombs, field marketing manager at Schneider Electric, takes a look at the widening skills gap, how it is affecting the electrical contracting sector and the opportunities that the IoT presents for electricians The UK is experiencing one of the strongest economic recoveries in Europe. Almost two million new jobs have been created as business […]

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Nov 2016 Lighting, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Office lighting under control

Office lighting under control

Office lighting under control

Thorn Lighting’s James Blackmore looks at an intelligent way to replace inefficient luminaires with the latest LED technology and reduce energy consumption by up to 80% Aspirations to make buildings more ‘intelligent’ are largely dependent on the application of what might be referred to as ‘smart’ technologies. Such technologies are developing rapidly in many areas […]

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Nov 2016 Lighting, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Trick of the light

Trick of the light

Trick of the light

We need to light our offices, homes and streets, so why not use that light to also power our wireless data? LiFi offers a secure and safe communications solution, says pureLiFi Imagine if every light could transmit data – if the lights that illuminate offices, homes, cars and streets also connected us to the internet […]

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Nov 2016 Smart Homes | Comments Off on Smart grid innovation

Smart grid innovation

Smart grid innovation

Reactive Technologies has demonstrated the world’s first nationwide transmission of data entirely via the electricity grid Reactive Technologies, a UK-based smart grid and demand-side response (DSR) company, demonstrated a world first in energy communications technology following a successful nationwide project with National Grid and SSE. The collaboration used Reactive’s Grid Data and Measurement System (GDMS) […]

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Sep 2016 Energy Efficiency, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Connected homes: the blueprint

Connected homes: the blueprint

Connected homes: the blueprint

While much of the discussion around smart home automation is focused on the interface and technology, it can be too easy to lose touch with the wider agenda and the opportunities from developments around a smart grid, says Richard Hayward of Legrand The meaning of the word ‘smart’ has expanded over recent years – originally […]

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