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Apr 2017 Lighting, Smart Homes | Comments Off

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 Test Instruments, Training | Comments Off

5 facts about PAT

5 facts about PAT

Steve Dunning, managing director of Martindale Electric, takes a look at what you need to implement an effective and affordable PAT testing schedule and how to ensure you’re properly trained for the job Over the years, it’s safe to say that portable appliance testing has been at the centre of much discussion, debate, controversy and ...

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Apr 2017 Smart Homes | Comments Off

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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Apr 2017 Fire & Security, Security Systems | Comments Off

Let the right one in

Let the right one in

Distributor Pro-Vision looks at the latest in IP products for CCTV and access control The launch of new CCTV and access control products is still dominated with equipment that uses the IP protocol to distribute captured video and audio. Recent IP products released in the UK include the IPC0522E2 video call door station from LiLin ...

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Apr 2017 General, Training, Ventilation | Comments Off

Learn and earn in ventilation

Learn and earn in ventilation

You used to learn everything on the job but advancements in technology and installation techniques mean installers must widen their skill sets with regular training. Craig Cundey, training manager at Redring Xpelair, talks through the latest resources on offer when it comes to ventilation It’s a time of great change for the modern ventilation category. ...

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Feb 2017 General, Lighting | Comments Off

The future of lighting

The future of lighting

Lighting Industry Association President Peter Scott discusses the current position of the lighting industry and what effect technology, politics and consumer choice are likely to have on the direction it takes in the future What would be your prediction for lighting in 10 years’ time? The majority of commercial members won’t be supplying commodity type ...

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Feb 2017 Training | Comments Off

New year, new you?

New year, new you?

What are your plans for 2017? For any contractor looking to stay ahead of the competition, keeping up to date with the latest training requirements is imperative. But how do you choose the best course for you? NICEIC explains the options Training provides individuals with a chance to refresh their knowledge, learn new techniques and ...

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Feb 2017 Surge protection | Comments Off

Reassurance in predictability

Reassurance in predictability

Advances in technology have led to the introduction of smart breakers that enable an alternative maintenance strategy, says Gary Buckingham, product and segment marketing manager, partner projects at Schneider Electric It goes without saying that there’s simply no room for downtime when it comes to the running of critical infrastructure systems. After all, it’s the ...

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Feb 2017 Lighting | Comments Off

Top shops: Winner – Michael Grubb Studio for Lush

Top shops: Winner – Michael Grubb Studio for Lush

Seeking inspiration for a retail lighting project? Look no further than the winners of the retail category of the 2016 Lux Awards, whose entries showcase their innovative approaches to illuminating products Cosmetic company Lush approached Michael Grubb Studio with the brief to create an immersive lighting experience that would enhance the products on display, engage ...

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Feb 2017 Lighting | Comments Off

Top shops: Highly commended – Nulty+ for Selfridges

Top shops: Highly commended – Nulty+ for Selfridges

Seeking inspiration for a retail lighting project? Look no further than the winners of the retail category of the 2016 Lux Awards, whose entries showcase their innovative approaches to illuminating products Nulty undertook work on the lighting scheme for the Body Studio, a 37,000sq ft retail space in Selfridges. The new retail concept within the ...

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