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8 Types of Lighting Control Systems

Just as there are many different varieties of lights available to suit all kinds of needs, there are also just as varied a selection of control systems to use them. It’s often advisable to opt for something that provides a little more flexibility than the simple ‘on/off’ switch. Varied lighting controls are a common occurrence in many commercial buildings due to the benefits relating to security, as well as saving energy and money. However, we’re also beginning to see an increasing number of different lighting controls in homes. This is due to their utility and cost-effectiveness when applied to the right situation. We’ve provided a run down on the different options below, for your consideration.

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Lighting Ideas That Bring a Spark to Your Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year again…! As the 14th of February looms, you may be feeling the pressure to put on the perfect romantic evening with your partner or new date. Perhaps you’ve opted for an evening in, complete with a home-cooked meal, a nice bottle of wine and the perfect album playing on Spotify; or maybe instead you’ve booked a fancy restaurant or a movie – but you want everything to be just right when the two of you get home?

Trust us when we say that if you can find the right lighting to set the mood, then everything else will fall into place. Read on for our top tips.

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The Importance of Regularly Testing Your Fire Alarm

Most self-respecting business and homeowners would agree on the importance of having a fire alarm system on the premises. However, many still fall short by not only failing to have their fire alarms installed by a professional but also by not testing their fire alarms regularly. Make sure you’re not one of those exposing themselves and others to unnecessary risk.

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The Importance of a Fully Functioning Fire Alarm System at Work

UK Fire Safety Regulations stipulate that businesses must have some effective means of fire detection. This may not actually require a fire alarm, for example in the case of small, open-plan premises, if a fire could be detected and an alarm raised using simple common sense.

However, if your premises include multiple rooms, stores flammable chemicals or involves high-risk activities such as cooking or use of electric equipment, then raising an alarm can’t simply be left to human discretion. In the case of most businesses, this means an effective fire alarm system is necessary.

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What is PAT Testing?

You’ve probably heard of ‘PAT testing’ before, but not everyone knows what it actually means. ‘PAT’ stands for Portable Appliance Testing (this means that the term ‘PAT testing’ is the electrical equivalent of saying ‘PIN number’, but we won’t worry about that too much here).

So, what does it really mean? In short, Portable Appliance Testing is a process designed for any electrical appliance that can be moved by hand. It may seem obvious to some, but PAT testing is important because it helps to prevent against electrical fires, or any other harm or injury that could be caused to employees and customers by faulty electrical equipment.

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Protecting Your Business with Outdoor Security Lighting

As the days get shorter, it’s more important than ever to make sure your commercial premises remain well lit. Outdoor lighting prevents customers and staff from potential injury (and yourself from a lawsuit), and also protects your business against intruders after dark. Lighting could aid your security surveillance, and even remove or reduce the need for cameras simply by being switched on.

The higher price of more sophisticated lighting technology may seem less appealing to some. However, opting for a cheaper ‘on/off’ or timer switch lights means less protection after hours. Always remember that thieves and trespassers prefer to work under the cover of darkness; they’ll be less likely to enter a well-lit premises.

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Challenges of a Christmas Light Switch-On Event 

As Christmas approaches, light displays are beginning to go up in cities and towns around the country in anticipation of a big switch on over the next few weeks. For many, this is when the festive season really kicks off and they can begin counting down the days and making preparations.

Although an incredibly joyful time of year, it is also the time when electrical fires are most common due to illuminated decorations. In order to avoid injury and stay safe this Christmas, it is important to follow the appropriate procedures to ensure no dangerous electrical faults occur.

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Is Your Business Ready for The Rise of The Electric Car?

The rise of the electric car in the UK is rapidly gathering speed, literally and metaphorically! In a bid to reduce emissions the government has pledged that by 2030 at least half of all new car sales, and at least 40% of all new van sales, will be hybrid or electric. The provision of government subsidies has encouraged more and more car manufacturers to invest in the development of electric vehicles that are as cost-effective to produce as they are to use, and whose performance matches most standard fuel-powered vehicles. The trend for electric vehicles (EVs) has led to a huge rise in the number registered in the UK, from just 3,500 in 2013, to almost 250,000 as of September 2019.

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