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LV cable developments driven by safety, environmental and EU market demands

  • Jun 05, 2015

Electric cable is very clearly a very mature technology, especially at the domestic low voltage end of the spectrum, but this doesn’t mean that developments aren’t taking place. Technologically speaking, most of the spectacular developments are happening with high voltage cables, especially superconducting cables for HV power transmission of the type that Nexans is very much involved with.

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Don’t Risk It!

  • Jun 03, 2015

These days, there are many new channels to buy electrical products. In addition, there are many more brands selling similar electrical products. But are the new, cheap products really the ‘same’? Or does the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ still hold true?

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BBC finally responds to complaint about programme on illegal ‘universal sockets’

  • Jun 03, 2015

In September 2014, we reported on a dispute between the BBC and safety organisation 'Fatally Flawed' over Chinese made universal sockets. This concerned a BBC radio programme that Fatally Flawed believed ‘promoted’ dangerous and illegal products in the UK. Now, the BBC has finally removed the offending programme from its website.

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When Should Installers Start to Use Non Combustible Consumer Units?

  • May 29, 2015

The IET recently published an article in the Wiring Matters – Special Edition 55 that explains when installers should begin to use non combustible consumer units i.e. put simply the answer is, as soon as stocks are available.

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NICEIC and ELECSA call for re-think over Third Party Certification Scheme

  • May 05, 2015

NICEIC and ELECSA have called for a rethink of Third Party Inspection as electrical contractors’ voice their opposition to the scheme.

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Wylex Launch Amendment 3 Consumer Units

  • May 02, 2015

Amendment 3 to BS7671 IET Wiring Regulations (published January 2015).

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BBC and 'Fatally Flawed' in dispute over Chinese made ‘universal sockets’

  • Mar 03, 2015

An article entitled ‘A universal plug socket... at last?’ by the BBC’s renowned journalist Peter Day and posted to the BBC’s online magazine on 1st June 2012, is at the centre of arguments over the safety of the product concerned. Voltimum UK, writes James Hunt, has no wish to criticise the excellent BBC, yet there is a question to be answered because of the potential risk to life and limb. This is why we’ve published the email exchange here. The complainant is David Peacock, FIET, founder of 'PlugSafe' and co-founder of 'FatallyFlawed'.

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Product compliance: Electrical products sold must be safe.

  • Mar 01, 2015

A fundamental principle of the compliance of a product is that all electrical products sold in UK must be electrically safe.

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Safety Issues – When Good LED Lamps Go Bad and Other Cautions

  • Feb 24, 2015

Many manufacturers and suppliers of LED lamps make great lamps that are safe to use. If they didn’t, they would not be in business for too long. While some manufacturers and suppliers have been prone to overstate performance, they too are being weeded out as the market becomes increasingly savvy about their inflated performance claims. However, there are tested and compliant lamps when used in particular applications will render the lighting installation to be unsafe.

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Crabtree launch Amendment 3 consumer units

  • Feb 05, 2015

Amendment 3 to BS7671 IET Wiring Regulations (published January 2015).

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New Wiring Regulations Explained

  • Jan 22, 2015

Watch and Learn – New Wiring Regulations Explained Find out about the NEW Regulations for Consumer Units in Domestic Household Premises

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Take care, there are many fake mobile phone chargers around – and they can kill!

  • Jan 09, 2015

Reports have been pouring in about the risks posed by the fast increasing numbers of counterfeit or poor quality mobile device chargers that are finding their way onto the British market.

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