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Don’t get stuck in the dark

  • Mar 22, 2016

Possible power cuts means compliant emergency lighting is becoming still more crucial

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Could The Selection Of ‘Equal And Approved’ Equipment Risk Lives?

  • Mar 22, 2016

There is nothing wrong with the literal interpretation of the phrase ‘Equal and approved’ as long as the selected equipment really is ‘equal’ to the equipment originally specified.

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Emergency Lighting Conversions – Safe, not Sorry!

  • Mar 22, 2016

The re-engineering of standard luminaires to emergency use is a practice carried out far more in the UK than in any other parts of Europe. Get the conversion wrong however and the consequences for installers, specifiers and converters alike can be far reaching!

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Electrical Safety First response to Product Recall Review

  • Feb 18, 2016

“We are delighted this long awaited Review has finally been published and offers recommendations we have long called for. Electrical Safety First has been raising awareness of the safety issues presented by dangerous recalled electrical goods – millions of which still exist in UK homes - for several years. We fully support the Review’s primary call for a method of coordinating the recall system - and for better sharing of information by the industry, which is something our annual product safety conferences have consistently highlighted.”

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ACI issues warning to installers over cable claims

  • Feb 08, 2016

The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) has issued a warning concerning cables which are being offered for use and in some instances installed in fixed wiring applications in the UK that don’t comply with standards they claim to meet.

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Osram takes product testing into its own hands

  • Feb 08, 2016

Consumers can check online that xenon lamps from Osram are the genuine article. The lighting giant has developed what it calls a “trust programme” in the face of an increase in the number of pirate products on the market.

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Solar power boom highlights DC switch-isolator safety

  • Jan 18, 2016

The increasing popularity of solar power in the UK is helping householders cut their electricity bills – but the solar installation could also pose a danger if the components do not meet the latest standards.

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Against electrical counterfeits - Charity's EDM calls for action

  • Dec 09, 2015

With sales of counterfeit electrical products increasing by 12% in the last year alone, the charity Electrical Safety First is hoping a recent Early Day Motion (EDM) submitted by Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, will prompt the government to tackle the issue.

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Q & A of the day: We have a JCB generator fitted with a Schneider Electric circuit breaker of 1600A.

  • Dec 06, 2015

Ali asks this question, which concerns a genset’s main circuit breaker that trips too easily at more than 30kW loading. It has been answered by Schneider Electric (Theme – Distribution Equipment):

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KNX security panel audio slideshow

  • Dec 06, 2015

This very interesting audio slideshow from ABB examines the integration of alarm technology and intelligent building control.

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Don’t pay the price of buying cheap, avoid substandard cables

  • Dec 05, 2015

Does it Comply contacted Peter Smeeth of the Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) to ask him how purchasers and installers can avoid substandard cables

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ESCO - An overview of the threat from and available resources to combat counterfeit and fraudulently market components

  • Dec 02, 2015

Components are often ‘recycled’ from illegally exported WEEE.

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