Colin asks this question, which concerns insulation resistance (IR) testing and whether every luminaire needs disconnecting to avoid damage. It has been answered by the Electrical Contractors Association (Testing, Tools and Equipment):
Emergency lighting schemes are designed to protect life. In the event of a fire, or mains supply failure, escape route lighting and exit signs must illuminate and maintain power for a sufficient period of time to allow occupants to safely evacuate the building:
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) says, based upon government statistics, that around 300,000 people are hurt in their gardens each year seriously enough to go to hospital, and roughly 110,000 of these are children. Of the total, around 87,000 are injured gardening or carrying out garden DIY jobs. Now, Electrical Safety F...
Mike asks this question about the use of earth leakage circuit breakers (ELCBs) in a bungalow and whether he needs to replace them with RCDs. His question has been answered by Legrand (Theme – Regulations and Legislation):
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 b...
Emergi-Lite provides its view on the current state of electrical installation training in the UK, and believes that more apprentices and better training are essential to avoid critical errors during the installation phase:
Paul asks this question, which concerns testing an electrical installation on a farm building that has an unusual kitchen and shower arrangement. It has been answered by the NICEIC (Theme – Cable, Wiring and Wiring Accessories):
Graham asks this question, which concerns street lights to be mounted on a building’s external walls, the feed to it and the responsibilities. It has been answered by SELECT (Theme – Regulations and Legislation):
How will new technologies drive business success for electrical contractors in the new economy? In fact, are they doing so already? New research carried out by Voltimum manufacturing partner, Schneider Electric, shows that most are using digital communications technologies to real business advantage. By James Hunt: