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Paul O’Connor of ACEC Distributors Limited has taken up the role of Chairperson of the Lighting Association of Ireland.

The Lighting Association of Ireland is a representative group for lighting professionals who are dedicated to promoting quality and best practice throughout the lighting industry in Ireland. With all top lighting companies represented, the LAI is seen an essential forum where members can collectively benefit from an association which has developed strong relationships with government bodies, regulatory authorities and professional representative organisations.

Paul is Managing Director of ACEC Distributors Limited who this year celebrate 29 years in business. They are a family owned and managed company with a passionate team dedicated to the lighting and cable management sectors of our industry. Based at their recently expanded 20,000 sq. ft. premises in Dublin , they manufacture and distribute a wide range of standard, bespoke, high quality, yet affordable luminaires for the retail, commercial, industrial, healthcare and leisure sectors. Additionally, they are exclusive distributors of Electrak and Zucchini cable management products.

For more information on the LAI, visit www.laoi.ie

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  • By Shyel Stark, Product Manager at Luceco

As summer approaches, households around Britain are beginning to think about sprucing up their garden and patios, and the addition of outdoor lighting can elevate the refreshed space.

Whether the space is being used to entertain, throw a BBQ or just create a personal sanctuary; the right lighting can add the finishing touches to any garden.

To make this possible, lighting company Luceco has created a handy guide of its best tips and tricks when it comes to lighting up a garden.

1: Solar, so good

Solar Wall Light with PIR

Gone are the days of running metres of cables around the garden; outdoor solar lighting has come a long way in recent years. The installation process is quick and easy, meaning a product like the Solar Wall Light with PIR can be fitted in areas without mains electricity and still brighten up areas that plugs and sockets can’t reach.

2: Less is more

Exterior decorative garden spike light

Rather than lighting up the entire garden, set the scene by choosing to highlight one feature for example, a tree or pathway to guide people in the garden. Luceco’s exterior decorative Garden Spike light has an adjustable head for up lighting and spot lighting, which can help to direct users through garden pathways, as well as creating a different atmosphere at night time.

3: Power to the people

Exterior 15mm weatherproof garden spike socket

For anyone planning to host a garden party this summer, it’s understandable the pressure felt to ensure the garden is in as good as shape as the rest of the home. When bringing a temporary power supply outdoors, the last thing anyone wants is to be attempting to hide messy extension cables. A weatherproof garden spike socket is perfect for taking the party outside with 15 metres of cable, eliminating any untidiness, and more importantly any trip hazards.

4: Out of sight, not out of mind

Fixed stainless steel GU10 wall light

Instead of big, bulky lights that can overpower the atmosphere, fixed stainless steel wall lights look stylish and remain unobtrusive in the garden. To help create a subtle wash of light, wall lights pinpoint light away from the general line of sight and use solutions such as glare cowls and louvres on spotlights to set the scene.

As the summer draws closer, Luceco is encouraging people to transform their outdoor living space to get the most out of their garden.

For information visit www.luceco.com

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Energy and financial savings are high on the agenda when it comes to lighting both in homes and businesses. With new additions to the AOne range, Des Duignan, Director of Sales and Projects, reveals how sensors can assist in reduced energy wastage.

When customers seek to reduce energy costs the first consideration is the lighting itself, but beyond energy efficient LED luminaires how can home or business owners save more money?

Sensing has become increasingly advanced in recent years and incorporated into affordable smart lighting systems to enable further energy savings, instant smart illumination and peace of mind in terms of safety.

What are PIR sensors?
A Passive Infrared Sensor (PIR sensor) is an electronic sensor. It measures infrared (IR) light radiating from objects in its field of view.

A PIR sensor reacts to detected movement, and not just to detected temperatures, so they are extremely effective when placed in areas where people frequent.

Sensing with the AOne
Aurora has recently introduced new products to its AOne smart lighting range. An affordable solution, this new range features two wireless sensors, both controllable by the AOne app. The PIR and Door/Window Sensor are wireless so can be easily installed.

The PIR sensor (3M tape and bracket, 2 X AA batteries supplied) is paired to the AOne app following installation, which can then be configured and connected to the relevant lighting across a building, enabling automatic, instant illumination, at a pre set level and time, where required, eliminating the risk of lights being left on when the room isn’t occupied, saving energy costs.

Hallways and bathrooms are where PIR sensors can make a difference. Immediate occupancy detection allows lights to switch on only when space is occupied. At night, they assist in lighting the way to bathrooms without fumbling around for light switches and disturbing other family members.

The AOne Door/ Window Sensor can be easily installed on a door or window frame and help deter potential intruders by illuminating a room upon a break in the connection. They can also connect to outdoor lights, enabling instantly illuminated trips to the garden, bins or car during winter evenings.

Schedule creation for maximum savings
The AOne app enables customers to schedule days/times and scenes that the sensors operate. It also controls luminaire brightness levels in each location in the house. Combined, this key factors allow for maximum energy savings.



As days get darker, sensor usage schedules can be adjusted to read light levels automatically, and during late afternoons or early mornings lights can automatically turn on or off as the sun rises or sets.

Excellent Value for Money
The new AOne sensors, combined with Aurora’s high performing energy saving lighting, bring undeniable value to an already cost effective smart home solution, giving enhanced energy savings and control.

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Prysmian Group, the world’s largest cable manufacturer and Precision Cables are pleased to announce the launch of the new Draka UC400 23 Category 6 U/UTP LSHF D64 Cca balanced 100ohm twisted pair data cable.

The new cable has been developed by the Multi Media Solutions business unit to comply with the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) to Euroclass Cca s1a d1 a1 fire performance rating, provide a high degree of usability including deployment from a 305m Reelex® box and deliver full Category 6 / Class E compliant electrical performance.

CPR for cable products that are permanently installed in buildings has been in force since July 2017. CPR requires third party testing of cables with a Notified Body for heat-energy content, plus spread of fire, smoke, acidity, heat emission and droplet formation (burning drops of plastic that spread fire), to ensure they meet fire performance requirements laid out in EN 50575, the product standard for all cables.

To meet these stringent fire safety tests, the existing Draka Cat.6 U/UTP Eca cable needed to be redesigned, as did others on the market. An example of one of the challenges for manufacturers has been to balance the volume of air spaces within the cable, necessary to achieve category 6 transmission characteristics, whilst at the same time minimising potential for the air to help propagate the spread of a fire. The industry has been faced with a dichotomy: Optimisation of the cable design to achieve Cca classification, but fail the electrical tests or vice versa.

Draka has invested considerable resources in developing a new Cat. 6 U/UTP Cca cable that meets both criteria without compromise: high data transmission levels are maintained and the cable is genuinely CPR Cca rating compliant, even when used from a Reelex® box. This has been achieved through a range of material engineering developments, optimisation of the cable construction design and fine tuning of the manufacturing processes.

Furthermore, the new cable remains compact, with a diameter of just 5.9mm, and a high degree of flexibility for easy installation. Draka claims there is no visible difference, or difference in handling performance, to its existing high density Eca rated cables.

“The Multi-Media Solutions team has spent over 18 months working on solving the challenge of manufacturing a Euroclass Cca rated Cat.6 U/UTP cable product, which meets the industry requirements of a high-density cable outside diameter and box deployment” states Neil Mabbott, Multi-Media Solutions UK Technical Director. “It has not been easy, especially to produce a cable that can withstand the Reelex/installation-simulation tests. Prysmian Group is the biggest cable manufacturer in the world and we have used its full resources, with a large number of people working on this project. We are delighted that we now have a solution which is 100% reliably tested by SH02 WG10 Notified Bodies and can be deployed from a Reelex box.”

“However, as part of the process many other supposed Cca rated Cat.6 U/UTP cables from the market were third party tested, and all failed to meet the CPR classification stated on the manufacturers Declaration of Performance. This is particularly worrying when you consider Cat.6 U/UTP is one of the most popular cable products in Europe. Buying cable from a recognised, trusted company is therefore essential.”

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Niedax Group a global leader in the design and manufacture of cable management systems is pleased to announce that it has acquired full ownership of Excel Electric Group. Founded in 1974 by Kevin O’Reilly, Excel has established itself as an important supplier of cable management systems in Ireland.

Based in Linz am Rhine, Germany, Niedax operates globally with over thirty five companies in the group. As a family owned company Niedax is committed to manufacture in all countries where it operates. This is particularly good for Excel who have invested in high technology production methods in Dublin.

Niedax is already familiar in the Irish market as they have supported a distribution centre in Tralee for over sixteen years. The success of this unit has encouraged Niedax to extend their interest in the Irish market.

Bringing the Excel unique system into the extensive range of Niedax products, will result in a classic merger of Global technology with local service. The Niedax commitment to production and technical improvements will present new opportunities for Excel production and wider distribution of Niedax within Ireland. O’Reilly will remain as CEO to ensure the success of the merger and says “in advertising parlance, you could say Niedax liked the Excel product so much , they decided to buy the company, and Excel are delighted to become part of what is probably the best cable management manufacturer in the world”

Excel is very grateful to suppliers and customers for the support they have given the company over the past forty five years. This support and the superb performance of the Excel work team has developed the company to its present successful position in the Irish market. Excel is delighted with the supportive response from colleagues and friends in the industry. After forty five successful years in the Irish Electrical industry, the next phase of Excel within the Niedax Group, looks even more exciting.

Niedax meets the Excel Electric Staff
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The Irish Electrical Buying Group ( IEBG ) – a group of electrical wholesalers with 28 branches nationwide – has just launched a new cable called RD415 for residential smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors.

IEBG Group Administrator, Ken Legros, outlined how RD415 originated. “About a year ago, a few members of the group noticed that a lot of electrical contractors were asking for a cable to use in residential smoke, heat and carbon monoxide circuits, but there was no one cable available on the market with the correct core colours”.

Des Kenny of FBM&E collects the RD415 cable from Allen Dunne of ESL an IEBG member.

Des Kenny, owner of FBM&E teamed up with Niall Dunne of Electrical Supplies Limited and in conjunction with a cable manufacturer, they developed a suitable cable. This cable contains the core colours brown, blue, green/yellow and white. It has an outer pink sleeve that clearly identifies it from any other cables used in electrical circuits. RD415 complies with ETCI regulations.

Looking ahead, RD415 is also LSOH, which means that it is futureproofed against any change in future cable regulations.

It has already been welcomed by Safe Electric ( RECI ) and Ei Electronics.”

RD415 is now available from every branch of the IEBG group.

Niall Christian, FBM&E installing fire alarms with RD415 cable on a job in Citywest.
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Scolmore has upgraded its 13A 2-Gang USB socket which now features 2 USB charging ports which are both capable of delivering 5V 2.1A simultaneously. This allows for optimum charging of two devices at the same time, without fear of fluctuations in the power supply interfering with the charging process.

Unlike some products on the market, the total power available is 4.2A, thus allowing both ports to deliver 2.1A at the same time, so you are guaranteed optimum charge every time, regardless of the devices being charged.

This latest development is part of a redesign of Scolmore’s USB sockets range which sees the location of the USB ports on the 2-gang socket moved from underneath the switch and socket outlets to above each individual socket outlet on the outer edge of the plate. The 13A 1-gang socket outlets with 2.A USB also now feature a new location for the USB port – from underneath the switch on the right, to above the socket outlet on the left.

The new-look upgraded 1 and 2-gang USB sockets are available in all Click ranges – Mode, Polar, Deco, Deco+, Definity, Define and Metalclad. Because the redesigned PCB has allowed the components to be more spread out, this has had an impact on the overall depth of the product, allowing the majority of the range to fit inside a 25mm back box. Mode, Deco, Deco+ and Polar USB sockets can be fitted into a 25mm back box. Definity and Define USB sockets require a 35mm back box and Metalclad USB sockets are supplied complete with a 40mm back box.

They are all fully compliant with the most current and up to date set of USB test standards including BS 1363: 2016+A1: 2018, BS EN 62890-1-1: 2015 and BS EN 62368-1: 2014.

Pat O’Leary Click Litehouse National Sales Manager says: “We are constantly looking at ways to innovate the wiring accessories sector”.

Click Litehouse,
Tel: +353 (1) 2811122
Fax: +353 (1) 2811224
Email: sales@clicklitehouse.ie

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Until recently, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses were exclusive to computers, network-related devices and VOIP telephones. Today, however, this is no longer the case, partly as a result of the drive towards ‘Intelligent’ or ‘Smart’ Buildings, Grids and Networks.

What does this mean for cabling and connectivity?

‘IP Convergence’ is a fact: cameras, access control, lighting and TVs, as well as cars, home appliances and parking meters are now getting IP addresses. Similar developments are taking place in the area of Building automation, where we’re seeing automatic centralised control of systems such as ventilation, air conditioning, heating, lighting and access using a building management system or building automation system. An ‘Intelligent’ or ‘Smart’ building is controlled by this kind of system. Benefits include improved usage and lifecycle of assets, reduced energy consumption and operating costs and increased comfort for occupants.

Network technology is being challenged to keep up. By focusing on three key areas related to Intelligent Buildings – People and devices, building conditions and network flexibility – it is possible to realise a digital transformation to ensure cabling, connectivity and networks hold up in an increasingly demanding environment. Let’s take a closer look at each of these aspects:

People & devices
Ten years ago, a typical office would be equipped with some PCs, VoIP phones and low-bandwidth wireless devices… 1G was enough bandwidth for most requirements. Today, however, bandwidth demand is boosted by HD video, wireless devices and building control and automation systems. Internet of Things applications in the Cloud mean these systems are more integrated in the network. When specifying cabling, you need to consider the type and level of performance users and devices require. Now and in the future.

Wireless is an important contributor to increased bandwidth demand. As speed and bandwidth go up, reach goes down and more WAPs are required to cover the same surface area. Performance requirements also depend on emerging standards, which drive requirements for bandwidth and power over the network. Using Category 6A for each Wireless Access Point (WAP) is recommended, making multimode OM4 fibre a likely minimum requirement for the backbone.

Increasingly widespread Power over Ethernet (PoE) supports higher levels of power to larger devices. The next generation can provide up to 90 Watts and power devices such as monitors, although elevated temperatures will increase heat (and noise). Higher-grade cabling makes it possible to realise significant energy efficiency gains and reduce heat dissipation.

Building Conditions
Which specific conditions exist in your building or buildings? Which distances need to be bridged? If these aren’t factored in and there is no clear understanding of requirements for each section of cabling, there is a risk of underspecifying – meaning poor performance and reliability – or over specifying – and unnecessary costs. Functional requirements must be considered, as well as practical aspects such as available space and pathways, security and reaction to fire.

Increased bandwidth demand means distances supported by a (multimode) fibre backbone must be carefully considered. Traditional copper cabling has an inherent 90-metre length restriction. For hospital or campus LANs this can be a costly hurdle, but high-grade multimode or even single mode fibre in a Fibre to the Office (FTTO) set-up can bring significant savings. FTTO can also be useful in wherever space is limited and structural changes can’t be made.

Temperatures, chemicals, Electromagnetic Interference, crushing, pulling, exceeding the bend radius and moisture can affect the performance of network equipment and cabling. Knowing the environmental factors at different locations helps find solutions that improve performance where it counts, without compromising in other areas.

Cables in buildings and civil works are now assessed with regard to their ‘reaction to fire’, with different demands specified for cabling in different areas. This must be factored in when choosing solutions. For copper and fibre cables, different fire performance classes and three additional criteria (smoke production, flaming droplets and acidity) are newly defined criteria in the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and cabling must be specified to the appropriate level.

Deliberate or accidental disconnection can disturb operations or cause full-scale system failures, bringing costly fault tracking and repair. Automated Infrastructure Management systems are indispensable in pinpointing the physical location of the devices involved. At logical level, security and encryption should allow for high-level protection against cyber-attacks.

There is also demand for improved building energy efficiency. However, as we add more hardware to accommodate current and future needs, energy usage can only go up… The challenge is to reduce power consumption as more devices are added.

Network flexibility
Defining current and expected building and network requirements, as well as related items such as energy consumption, maintenance, installation and administration, and deciding how much redundancy you need, makes it possible to design and build cost-effective digital infrastructures. Ample bandwidth reserves and redundancy are also essential. How much redundancy do you need to maximise availability at distributor and user levels?

Building usage, applications and the number of people can change over time. Working with adaptable Service Consolidation Points (SCPs), mainly located above the ceiling, is widely considered best practice. From here, workplaces and devices such as WAPs and cameras can be connected.

Today’s vast, complex and constantly evolving systems need automated monitoring, control and asset management. To satisfy compliance and legal requirements you’ll require network device recovery, incident management, status reports and audit trails. Precise mapping of switches makes it possible to track and repair faults or configuration errors fast, saving considerable time tracking and fixing faults. Automation and central management helps reduce operational costs, improve asset management and utilisation and simplify service deployments.

Saving money by opting for ‘just adequate’ cabling and systems can affect network performance and building ‘smartness’, but using the highest performing cable for every inch of the network is costly and pointless. Selecting the correct type and quality for each part of the network really pays off in the long run.

Nexans have been active in the Irish market for over a decade with Kellihers Electrical/CT Electric as their sole distributors over that time. With 22 branches nationwide and a dedicated data team they are ready to help with whatever project you have.

For more information on Nexans products in Ireland contact Kellihers Electrical Data Communications Team.

East Coast:
Michael O’Neill
Email: michael.oneill1@rexel.ie
Mob: 087-1820598

West Coast:
Valerie McHugh
Email:Valerie.McHugh@rexel.ie Mob: 087-2494282

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DALI-2 is the new open protocol for bi-directional communication between lighting and control products. Being an open protocol the standard, based on IEC 62386 international standard, is managed by the (DIIA) Digital Illumination Interface Alliance of which BEG is a member. Compliance means that all member products will be tested to prove interoperability and will have additional functionality compared to the original DALI standard.

The new BEG DALI-2 range comprises of a range of eight indoor and one outdoor multi-sensors detectors based on its most popular product styles including the PD11, which is one of the thinnest detectors on the market today with a surface thickness of less than 1mm.
BEG Director for UK & Ireland, Paul Jones, said: “The new BEG DALI-2 sensors and systems still use the same cabling and infrastructure layout as the traditional DALI. The big advantages are increased functionality and interoperability, which means specifiers can quote DALI-2 safe in the knowledge they will be getting competitively priced product, which is tested and approved to a known standard.

“End users will benefit from excellent detection quality for movement and occupancy due to digital passive infrared sensor technology, and extremely reliable light measurement from the external light sensor. The future is DALI-2 lighting control, from shops and offices to airports.”

The new DALI-2 standard means it is possible for sensor information, including movement, occupancy and light values, to be sent via the multi-master mode without cyclical queries. This information is standardised so that all BEG DALI-2 sensors can be used with all DALI-2 compatible controllers.

The main differences between standard DALI and DALI 2 is the inclusion of application controllers and inputs, which were not previously included in DALI. The certification of DALI-2 has also been introduced to improve interoperability with devices now capable of being used together on the same DALI bus regardless of the manufacturer.

The range of BEG sensors cover a wide range of applications including for offices, schools, hospitals, conference rooms, warehouses, loading ramps, underground car parks, gyms and halls. There are also more sophisticated sensors for the monitoring of corridors, public lavatories and archive rooms.

Mr Jones said: “BEG has shown it is leading the way by becoming one of the first manufacturers to update its multi-sensors in order that they meet the DALI-2 standard, which offer significant benefits over the original DALI.

“The new DALI-2 multi-sensors offer electrical contractors and lighting designers a very sophisticated and fully adaptable lighting system for end users. We are pleased that BEG DALI-2 sensors are already being specified and installed into major projects in the UK.”

www.beg-luxomat.com

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The new Rittal VX25 large enclosure system delivers significantly enhanced value to electrical engineering companies thanks to its technical features, ease of assembly and high levels of safety. Now, new versions of the VX25 are available in stainless steel and NEMA 4X to enhance corrosion protection and to ensure the equipment within it is shielded from dust, as well as from splashes and jets of water.

The new Rittal VX25 large enclosure system is now available in stainless steel to deliver the highest level of corrosion resistance. The frame structure, doors, panels and the gland plate, as well as all the external parts such as 180° hinges and comfort handle variants, are all made of stainless steel.

While the sheet steel and stainless-steel enclosure types have IP 55 and NEMA 12 protection categories as default, the optional NEMA 4X version with its corresponding IP 66 category protection offers greater protection. This means that the electrical and electronic equipment in the VX25 is protected from dust, water splashes and jets, even in the most demanding of environments.

In order to achieve the high NEMA 4X protection category, the enclosure underwent, among other things, a water jet test. This procedure (“hose-down” test) involved examining any gaps with seals for leaks using a jet of water with a flow rate of over 240 litres per minute for a test period of 40 min/30 s (6 mm/s per seal length). The tests confirmed that no water would penetrate the enclosure, under comparable conditions.

In addition, the tests included a check of the dust protection, corrosion resistance, and protection against damage caused by external ice formation.
The two VX25 enclosure variants have an almost identical design, which means that the interior engineering of the stainless-steel enclosures can also be applied, unchanged, to the NEMA 4X enclosures, saving electrical engineering companies both time and money.

Any requirement for energy-efficient cooling of VX25 stainless steel enclosures can be provided through the new Blue e+ cooling units, which are also available in stainless steel.
sales@rittal.ie
Telephone: +353 599 18 21 00

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