Electrical Safety Management – Event

A structured approach to assessing and controlling your own risk

  • 16 – 17 May 2018, Manchester
  • 31 Oct – 1 Nov 2018, London

Poor electrical safety can be lethal! You could be looking at extensive litigation, huge fines and even prosecution if a workplace electrical incident is shown to have been preventable.

This two-day course based on the IET’s Code of Practice for Electrical Safety Management provides a comprehensive guide to the fundamentals of electrical safety and a systematic set of principles for assessing and managing electrical safety relevant to any business, sector and country.

Find out more at www.theiet.org/electrical-safety

EU Directive Sees Phase-out Of Halogen Lamps

Time’s nearly up for halogen lighting – with all but a few types of the gas-based bulb scheduled for phase-out on 1 September this year.

The phase-out was due to be complete in 2016, but after halogen non-directional (pear-shape) bulbs were given a short reprieve, their time on the shelves is now limited.

A few will remain, namely those used for spotlights and floodlights, but in general, now is the time to start considering other options. Consumer advice website ToptenUK.org reckons your main consideration should be LEDs.

Savings to lighten your bills

Not only is LED technology better than ever and available in every household fitting where a halogen would be used, the savings from a shift to LED stand to be significant.

To use an example, if you’re replacing a 100 Watt traditional bulb, a 14W LED would do the trick at a cost of around £2a year. In contrast, a 77W halogen would cost around £11 and a CFL £3. While a CFL may seem comparably cheap, they only have just around half of the life expectancy of an LED.

Sticking to the subject of longevity, a halogen light bulb is likely to last for 2000 hours of use, while an LED should sort you out for as many as 25,000. No contest.

Which bulbs are not being phased out?

halogen lights G4, G9 and R7s with descriptions

Which bulbs are being phased out?

Halogen GLS lightbulb

The Halogen GLS lightbulb will be phased out.

Making the move to LED

With the halogen phase-out a few months away, ToptenUK.org is offering a useful buyers’ guide.

Among the advice is one very basic tip: don’t panic. Replacing all your halogens with LEDs at once may well end up being a significant financial outlay, so it’s worth doing it in stages and gradually seeing those long-term benefits.

Then, getting the colour right with your new lighting is key. Though the idea that LEDs starkly light rooms is well and truly a myth these days, it’s important to know the different between cool white – listed as 4000K on packaging – and warm white – listed as 2700K – before embarking on bulb-buying.

Designing the right ambience

If you’re looking for specific LED lighting effects around your home, it’s worth checking out our series with designer Graham Festenstein. He discusses creating a variety of moods for different rooms, using a range of bulb types and fittings, as well as dimmers.

While there are now a lot of dimmable LEDs out there, it’s important not to use them without checking the compatibility. If you’re not sure, ask your retailer or electrician before buying.

Cost v quality

LED lighting has dramatically fallen in price over the last few years – but the best advice is not to simply go for the cheapest. In a lot of cases, you’re likely to get for what you’ve paid for. It’s reasonable to expect cheaper bulbs to be less robust in the long run.

If you’re keen to invest in the very latest lighting technology, ‘smart bulbs’ offer the maximum functionality, including control from your smart phone. Naturally, though, this comes at a cost – both in terms of up-front bulb prices and running costs. At the moment, you can file this technological addition under ‘nice to have’ but non-essential.

If you want to get a good balance between affordability and great ambience as we say goodbye to halogens, good quality LED bulbs and fittings are the way to go.

Story and images via Energy Saving Trust

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Wiring Matters Magazine – March 2018

The March 2018 edition of Wiring Matters Magazine is out now, lets take a quick look at what’s inside this issue.

IET Electrical website – New for 2018

IET are launching a new Electrical site, which is mobile responsive, will offer an easier subscriptions process to Wiring Matters magazine, and will be much easier to navigate. The website is due to launch by the end of this month. In the meantime, you might see some changes on a few pages, such as the Shop – which, in early March, will be updated with 18th Edition books ready for you to pre-order.

Why cash is king in construction

Adam Fernandes, from UHY Hacker Young, provides advice about how to manage the accounting for your business ahead of the new tax year.  Have you found yourself in the middle of a complex supply chain? Have you paid out on materials and labour costs and are yet to receive your initial deposit or valuation payment? When you are suffering from negative cash flow, situations like the above can take down even the most profitable of construction businesses and this is why cash flow is so important.

Interview with Allan Burns – Author

Wiring Matters interviews Allan Burns, the author of the IET’s Guide to Smart Homes for Electricians.

Connected Systems video: understanding the systems underpinning smart homes

In October 2016, IET published  Code of Practice for Connected Systems Integration in Buildings. They are continuing to see a lot of interest around smart homes and the connected systems that are required to make a smart home work. However, despite the interest, there seems to be a lack of confidence in how to go about implementing such connected systems.

More detail’s on all of this month’s story’s can be found here.

Wiring Matters cover March Issue 2018

 

Smart Energy Start-up Upside Energy Secures £5.5 Million Investment

In its first major round of venture capital financing, Manchester-based Upside Energy attracted £5.5 million in order to grow its team and speed up the commercialisation and deployment of its cloud-based smart-grid platform.

Legal & General Capital, the principal investment arm of Legal & General Group, and SYSTEMIQ, an investment and advisory firm, co-led the investment.

Also providing capital are Modern Energy, Bulldog Innovation Group plus individual investors.

Solution to ease peak-time pressures

Upside Energy has developed a technology that connects and benefits both suppliers and users, while reducing carbon emissions.

While the market for renewable power such as wind and solar is growing, these come from multiple sources and are intermittent. This makes it harder for power stations to generate electricity consistently.

Upside Energy’s platform aggregates the energy stored in everyday connected devices, such as batteries and hot water tanks, to create a virtual energy store that can be drawn on as needed.

For National Grid – Upside Energy’s first customer – this means it can better balance electricity supply and demand from renewable sources.

Customers can also save on their energy costs or earn revenue if they avoid using electricity during peak times.

Funding and support

In addition to providing access to business connections and mentoring, Innovate UK has supported Upside Energy in multiple collaborative research and development projects.

This includes a total grant of £470,000 to develop a pilot for its core service and communication protocol, with partners Sharp Laboratories of Europe, Select Innovations (enLight), Tempus Energy and the University of Manchester.

It was also awarded an SBRI ‘first of a kind’ deployment contract for £43,000 to install home energy storage systems into 400 homes with an existing PV system.

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Ongoing work

Upside Energy is currently involved in an Innovate UK-funded project.

It is part of a £2.9 million consortium to develop a physical and digital network to integrate systems that will enable the balancing of heating, cooling, electricity, and carbon, via a low-cost approach.

Other collaborators include Cranfield University, London South Bank University, Mixergy, Origen Power and Terra Firma Ground Investigation. ICAX is the lead.

Upside Energy founder Graham Oakes

Upside Energy founder Graham Oakes