Ireland's Electrical Magazine Issue81



ISSUE 81 - OCT/NOV 2020


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Issue 81 - Oct/Nov 2020





News &Views 4

Products 8

In Focus 14

Haslem Hotel Lisburn’s newest hotel opens with top-notch electrical systems Top Electric Heating Products Our guide to some of the best electric heating products on the market Trade counter refurb NES mark five-year milestone with new look counter

Apprentice of the Year SERCS’ Conal takes runner’s up spot in Sparks UK-wide competition WEEE campaign AEW takes recycling drive to the next level Kellihers grow network Kellihers Electrical adds Celbridge to national branch list

Timeguard Get prepared for the winter LED lighting rush Core Distribution The importance of indoor air quality in a Covid-19 world





LEDVANCE Energy saving outdoor illumination from new floodlight series



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S pecialised Wiring Accessories has appointed Iain Taggart as the Agent for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Iain has been representing market-leading manufacturers within the Electrical Wholesale Industry for many years. “During my time as an Agent, I have been fortunate enough to represent fantastic brand leaders within the industry and am very proud to join the SWA team,” says Iain. “Everyone has made me feel very welcome and there is a real passion and enthusiasm to provide quality products and great customer service” Julie B., National Sales Manager at SWA, said, “We SWAappoints newNI and Scotland agent

Conal McCrissican, from Downpatrick, a Level 3 Electrical Installation apprentice at South Eastern Regional College (SERC), who is employed by SJ Savage Electrical

SERC’s Conal is Runner Up in Apprentice of theYear competition

C onal McCrissican, a Level 3 (SERC) has taken runners-up spot in the UK-wide Sparks Apprentice of the Year Competition. The young electrical installation apprentice from Downpatrick was tasked with completing a one-day practical assessment at SERC’s Downpatrick Campus, in the presence of an independent external judge, as his fellow competitors did likewise in their respective colleges. Conal, who is employed by SJ Savage Electrical, said, “It was tricky, but I got my head down and did it. I flew through the Electrical Installation apprentice at South Eastern Regional College

conduit work and clamping, but the timing is tricky – making sure your timing is good, not taking too long on certain parts.” Steven Donnelly, Lecturer in Electrical Installation said, “Conal is a credit to himself and the College and we are extremely proud of all that he has achieved, most especially during this turbulent year.” The competitors will receive career- boosting prizes donated by well-known industry names including sponsors Schneider Electric, Electric Center, WAGO, DEWALT, The IET, Connexbox, Blaklader, NAPIT and Volkswagen. For more information visit

are excited for Iain to be strengthening our team of customer facing Sales

Engineers. With years of Agent experience, it was evident that Iain can bring quality products and services to the market, as he is skilled in all manner of communication and we are thrilled to have him as part of the SWA team!”

EICchampionWomen’s HealthMonth

O ctober is Women’s Health Month with the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC). It is so important to keep track of our health and understand the intricacies of both our physical and mental health. Although our sector is 85% male, almost 30% of calls to the Electrical

Industries Charity are from women within our industry. The EIC is here to support you whatever stage in your career you are at. The charity is dedicated to supporting apprentices and is passionate about championing positive mental and physical health. As an apprentice you can receive free mental health awareness training through the charity’s partnership with Aico. You can contact their support team on 0800 652 1618 or support@

Iain Taggart, Agent for Scotland and Northern Ireland at SWA





A fluorescent tube recycle bin at Eastern Electrical Ballymount

T he Association of Electrical Wholesalers (AEW) is asking all Electrical Wholesalers to help boost the recycling of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) by encouraging their customers to return waste light fittings and lamps. AEW is running a poster campaign at every LATEST UPDATES FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF ELECTRICAL WHOLESALERS (AEW)… AEWcampaign takesWEEE recyclingdrive to next level

Ken Legros (AEW) at IEBG branch Electrical Supplies Ltd (ESL) in Inchicore

Joe Van Der Westhuizen, Branch Manager at CEF Red Cow and Ken Legros (AEW)

Battery recycling container at M.Kelliher Ballymount

“AEW now represents over 90% of electrical wholesalers in the Republic of Ireland.”




WEEE Recycling area at M.Kelliher Ballymount

Barry Dunne of M.Kelliher Ballymount and Ken Legros (AEW)

trade counter nationwide aimed at highlighting a free recycling service for customers. As the poster campaign coincides with the start of the lighting season, AEW Administrator, Ken Legros, is confident that it will generate significant increases in the amount of WEEE recycled through electrical wholesalers over the next five or six months. “The AEW and its 100+ members have worked closely with WEEE Ireland and Irish Lamps Recycling over the last few years to improve the WEEE recycling performance in the industry and this new campaign is aimed at taking it to the next level”, says Ken. “Some electrical wholesalers have been doing a sterling job when it comes to recycling, while others are now starting to follow

suit, so I would encourage all AEW members to visit the WEEE Ireland website www.weeeireland. ie to learn more about recycling best practice”. On a more general note, AEW membership has been reinvigorated this year with the addition of CEF and also a number of independent wholesalers, with the result that the AEW now represents over 90% of electrical wholesalers in the Republic of Ireland. New members are always welcome, however, and membership for 2021 is now open. To apply, email Ken Legros at or call him on 085 2072761. The AEW is affiliated to the Electrical Industries Federation of Ireland (EIFI) and represents the views of electrical wholesalers

in that forum. The AEW is currently working on two ‘hot topics’, firstly, the New Wiring Rules and secondly, a staff training programme. To find out more, AEW members are encouraged to attend the next AEW meeting, which will be held in the Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley at 3.00 pm on Wednesday 11th November 2020. For more information, visit

“The AEW and its 100+ members have worked closely with WEEE Ireland and Irish Lamps Recycling over the last few years to improve the WEEE recycling performance in the industry.”

James Given, Branch Manager, Ken Legros (AEW) and Ken Byrne, Warehouse Manager, at Eastern Electrical Ballymount

ESL in Inchicore

Ken Legros (AEW) at Fegime branch Lightvault in Ballymount

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LEDEVO Single with hidden PIR detector

LEDX: Wide beam A modern take on traditional bulkheads

LEDX: Wide beam and rust-resistant


I n the busiest season for core product lines that installers rely on, like outdoor LED lighting, this is no time to be letting your customers down. We are all finding ways of accommodating different ways of working together, and, during so much change, you’ll probably agree that now is not the time for anyone to be taking business risks with unknown, untested suppliers. Demand for the type of products we design at Timeguard will not disappear, and I think it would be fair to say that a good percentage of any ‘lost’ business since March is business delayed. It follows that you need to be ready to meet the pent-up demand, and the safe option is the one you know and can trust. No doubt we will all be approaching financial commitments with heightened caution this season but, as a collaborative channel, we will manage our way through this period of change together. For our part as manufacturers, we’ve already invested into having all the stock you’ll need, ready for you.

There’s no need to teach grandmothers to suck eggs. We all understand the core needs in this market: something that looks good to the end-user, something that provides opportunities to add value and profitability, and something that does a good job for years and years. Undoubtedly, installers will come up against price- sensitive jobs and customers, but there should be no need for them to compromise on the system components. Quite the reverse: good quality pays its way. Where there is a price differential between bucket shop and branded quality, the difference is more than justified by design and specification, by the inherent value of the guarantee and by installation efficiency. A product that does what it promises, that is designed for easy fitting and won’t confuse the end-user with unintelligible settings, is going to be a cheaper install. Professional installers get that. Timeguard delivers it. Having argued the case for the brand, let’s look at the Timeguard ranges. We know what the top sellers by volume will be and

we understand the special requirements installers have for different jobs. So, we’ve got them all covered. Flexibility One of the ‘Top’ products since its launch, is the LED PRO range, a range that does tick all the boxes for professional installers and it’s a great proposition for wholesale stockists as they can rationalise total stock while still offering a full range of options for you off the shelf. For those of you still unfamiliar with the concept, LED PRO is a range of floodlights with interchangeable controls. Installers choose the most suitable floodlight power for the job at hand - ie 10W to 100W per flood - decide how they want it switched - PIR, photocell, RF remote, or as a slave - and combine the two on site Lights that really do flood It might sound simple, but the right sort of illumination can’t be taken for granted.

“As manufacturers, we’ve already invested into having all the stock you’ll need, ready for you.”





Easily interchangeable switches


When it’s right, it’s the signature of good quality design. Uncontrolled LED’s emit a straight beam so, if the floodlight isn’t designed to control and distribute the light evenly, the floodlight will have a spotlight-like effect when what people want is a wide even spread of light. A quick check is to keep a lookout for lenses over the diodes, as that’s a sure tip that the designer has considered light beams and angles. Where you have a big area to illuminate, choose LED floodlights with arrays designed specifically to provide the ‘really wide’ beam you may need. It is an option we now offer across our ranges, including the LED-X rust-resistant models. Rust-free good looks Rust-resistance is crucial for keeping good looks and avoiding the telltale sign of unsightly running marks often seen down the wall. Even though most LED floodlights are now made primarily of polycarbonate, the brackets are normally always mild steel that will corrode and rust. That’s why we designed the rust- resistant range, ideal for coastal areas or installation in damper places with every single metallic component, including the bracket manufactured from rust-resistant 316 stainless steel – even down to the

screws on the PCB board. When we designed the rust-resistant floodlight range, we also took the opportunity to devise an optional pan and tilt bracket that allows for the floodlight to be panned sideways (left and right) and then vertically by the floodlight fitting itself for precise and accurate area illumination. The not-so-basic bulkheads Demand for good old bulkheads that sit flush to the wall never falters, but there’s no reason for them to be left behind in the quality and design stakes. We continue to improve on them and, while we still offer retro, die-cast models, our LED88 polycarbonate versions with and without PIR’s seem to be a market favourite. Easy to install, easy to use and easy on the eye. Small is beautiful When we first introduced the revolutionary design of the ultra-compact Nighteye range, with both single-headed and twin-headed versions, it was widely seen that the single units are hardly bigger than a man’s hand – wow! “Could they do the job”, you ask? Well, they certainly could and they’ve proved that they also last the course and give years and years of service. The next step was

an evolution, incorporating the PIR detector within the main housing in the EVO range so that the detectors are ‘hidden’ but still offer easy to set time and lux control settings. With single and twin floodlight options in black or white, they look great and they do a great job. We rest our case. You might want to keep a small stock of lower-volume lines like extra high- power floods, die-cast bulkheads, step lights etc. in the van. Alternatively, all can be supplied from stock and it can be shipped to your wholesaler quickly from our London warehouse. Find out more at – or give us a call: +44 (0) 20 8450 8944 to discuss the ranges available and which ones best suit your needs.

All ranges available in pure white

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A bsolute Technologies was sales, installation and service within the professional audio/visual industry. They have grown to become one of the leading installation companies in Northern Ireland for audio and visual services. Absolute Technologies’ remit has formed in 2004 with the vision to improve the standard of

diversified and expanded to answer the growing technical needs within the education, commercial, government and houses of worship sectors by providing tailor made, bespoke technical solutions. This ability to adapt and pivot to answer changing demands has borne them well during covid-19, says Matthew Cordner, Director at Absolute Technologies.

“The current pandemic has been the catalyst for Absolute Technologies to employ a lot of innovation and R&D,” he says. “Throughout this period we have enabled businesses, churches, education and local government to continue communicating at a time where communication is hardest to do, but of most value. From council meetings to funerals of loved ones.” While restrictions applied to building sites, Absolute Technologies responded to the downturn of projects by working in conjunction with a number of local councils to develop, test and evaluate video conferencing and streaming solutions to interface with the complex audio and video conferencing systems previously installed by Absolute Technologies. “This allowed the councils to continue with day-to-day meetings, keeping fully accessible services to the public,” says Matthew. With restrictions on public gatherings Absolute Technologies continues to provide capture and online streaming of




“We have enabled businesses, churches, education and local government to continue communicating at a time where communication is hardest to do, but of most value.”

church services using HD PTZ cameras and a variety of HD broadcast products, giving good quality imaging and sound Latest projects When restrictions were partially lifted in June, Absolute Technologies were able to return to their major projects. The firm designed, supplied and installed an industry-leading d&b audiotechnik audio solution to provide fantastic background music and DJ capable sound coverage throughout the bar and restaurant areas of the newly completed Haslem Hotel, Lisburn. Absolute Technologies drew upon years of experience and their d&b audiotechnik Installation Partner Status to deliver this. For SRC Banbridge, Absolute Technologies designed, supplied and installed classroom AV control technology, complex CDCP cable infra structure, motion capture studio facility, Public Address, Assisted Listening and wireless AV presentation system and Polycom VC facilities

At SRC Armagh, they designed, supplied and installed state-of-the art performing arts venue technology, with curtains and tracks, performance LED lighting with raise and lower truss, complex CDCP cable infra structure and wireless AV presentation system. Absolute Technologies designed, supplied and installed audio, visual and streaming systems to allow the Drogheda Presbyterian Church community to return to worship. Using discrete audio systems from Yamaha CA to provide full-range audio for both speech and band-led worship With over 20 years experience as a building services specialist sub-contractor, Mathew has worked alongside design consultants and contractors on many key develop and build projects. Some of our key staff at Absolute Technologies are time-served electricians who fully understand the logistics and workflow of electrical services installations; and are all up to date with all Health and Safety legislation

Matthew says, “We work hard to make the electrical contractor aware of potential pitfalls and technical issues and how to avoid them. We also deliver quick and accurate estimation for projects of all sizes.”

Absolute Technologies, Unit 4e Dreen Road, Ballymena, BT42 1EB T: +44 (0)28 2563 2222 E:

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Newry testing company nurture young talent

N ewry-based testing

company, Resonate Testing Ltd, has invested in future

development by offering a number of intern and graduate opportunities. The company specialises in high quality fire and flammability, vibration and shock, environmental and climatic testing and certification services. Tom Mallon, Managing Director said, “Sometimes the practical experience can make the difference in a good and a great engineer. We have had some fantastic talent come through our doors who we are sure will go on to carve successful careers.” Newry student, Méabh McMahon, who is studying Aero-Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, was one such student who recently completed a placement with Resonate Testing Ltd. Speaking about her experience, Méabh said, “My time at Resonate Testing Ltd gave me the opportunity to put the theoretical experience that I learnt at University into practice and apply it to real world test items.” For more information, visit the website or call +44 (0)28 9073 6390.

Julie and Davy Gray, co-founders of Gray’s Clip with Claudine Owens (centre), HBAN co-ordinator in Northern Ireland.

ViperClip inventors secure£350K investment

G ray’s Clip, the local start-up closed a £350,000 funding round with local business angels to bring its innovative new insulated cable ViperClip to market. Run by Lisburn-based co- founders, Davy and Julie Gray, Gray’s Clip secured £250,000 of investment from a group of nine private investors through the Halo Business Angel Network and a further £100,000 from Co-Fund NI, part of Invest Northern Ireland’s Access to which recently appeared on TV’s Dragons’ Den has successfully

Finance portfolio. Julie said: “The exposure we received from Dragons’ Den led to so much interest in ViperClip and we have some amazing opportunities on the table. While we are very grateful for the offers made by the Dragons, especially Deborah, having this group of accessible local investors on board will be so valuable in our next phase. They have a wealth of experience and will be an amazing resource to tap into.” More information about ViperClip can be found at

Good Counsel GAA Club. Photo: Mercury

Mercury gives pro-bono advice for GoodCounsel GAA&CamogieClub

M ercury’s New Children’s Hospital (NCH) project team members recently undertook a pro-bono Periodic Inspection Report for an electrical installation at Good Counsel GAA club. Project team members also conducted several site visits of the clubhouse to survey and best advise the members of the Good Counsel, Chairman and Executive Committee Board on how to receive the most out of their current refurbishment of their clubhouse at Davitt Rd, Dublin, near

the NCH site. Tommie Martin, Chairman of GAA & Camogie Club said, “I really appreciate the time and effort given so generously by the Mercury NCH team to our refurbishment project. Their expertise and attention to detail will make a lasting contribution to the club and our players who use the indoor sports facilities”. To contact Mercury, call: +353 (0)1 216 3000; email: or visit:

Resonate Testing Ltd’s Managing Director, Tom Mallon with Méabh McMahon who recently completed an internship with the company.




ANSELL ARE A MARKET LEADING MANUFACTURER OF QUALITY INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ENERGY EFFICIENT LED LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, FOR COMMERCIAL, DOMESTIC, INDUSTRIAL AND RETAIL APPLICATIONS. • A very attractive package, including a competitive base salary, on target bonus, and company car. • 40 hours per week. • Field Based: Covering: Dublin & surrounding Counties. Overnight stays may be occasionally required. Responsible for promoting the Ansell Brand and building on existing Customer Sales Base MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES • Identify sales opportunities and follow up on existing accounts for business development • Maintain and build existing Wholesale relationships and develop new relationships where necessary • Build strong contacts across the related electrical trade base, including Contractors, M&E Consultants, Architects and Designers • Demonstrate and present products to individuals, small groups and larger audiences • Identifying key decision makers across all aspects of the electrical sector • Maintain on-going up to date product knowledge, especially features & benefits, and communicate clearly and effectively to customers • Effective time management and route planning • Attending trade exhibitions, conferences and meetings • Maintain high levels of customer service and demonstrate an exceptional standard of professionalism at all times • Handle and resolve customer issues in a professional, effective and timely manner • Conduct market research to identify trends and manage sales activities accordingly • Meet company area sales targets • Monthly reporting on key sales issues and statistics, generating sales reports, detailing sales figures and market trends • Establish and maintain positive relationships with Ansell staff at all levels, ensuring regular communication with Managers, Technical Engineers and support functions ESSENTIAL • Confident, personable with a passion for lighting • Excellent communication skills and the ability to build and maintain strong relationships • Previous proven sales experience • Strong negotiating and decision-making skills • A positive, solution driven mentality with a proactive and can-do attitude • Commercial awareness • Strong IT and numerical skills • Full clean driving licence ANSELL SALES & DISTRIBUTION ROI JOB OPPORTUNITY AREA SALES MANAGER


GARO, WITH 40 YEARS IN IRELAND AND STRONG SALES GROWTH, IS EXPANDING ITS SALES TEAM AND REQUIRES A SALES REPRESENTATIVE. For more than 80 years, Garo, a European Multinational has been designing, developing and manufacturing energy distribution products including a full range of EV charging products. Location: This role (which is filling an existing role in GARO) is based primarily in Northern Ireland and associated counties. You will be responsible for selling to and supporting our existing customer base of Electrical Wholesalers with both GARO EV and Electrical Distribution Products.

Ideal Candidate will have: • Proven experience in a similar role and customer base.

• An electrical background and or qualifications, ideally with experience in electrical distribution components. • Good organisational and communication skills with the ability to work to tight deadlines and demonstrate strong attention to detail.

Clean driving licence • Full training will be provided with the

successful candidate integrating into a dynamic existing team of similarly skilled individuals.

Position: This is a permanent position with full benefits package including salary, bonus, pension benefits and company car.

To apply, send your CV to:

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D escribed as a “casual and relaxed no fuss hotel”, the Haslem Hotel, Lisburn, County Antrim features 45 bedrooms, an 80-seater open-plan lobby and bar area, 68-seater restaurant, residents’ gym, and conference room. Targeted at business travellers from across the UK and Ireland, it represents a £4 million investment by the Northern

Argos store and its adjoining first-floor space. The hotel, which is aiming for four-star status, boasts three bedroom sizes all with super-fast broadband, 55-inch TV and bespoke lighting throughout, Beannchor says the development “epitomises urban style” which features a conference room, residents’ gym and an underground car park as well as a lobby bar and restaurant. The bespoke interior fit-out and refurbishment contractor, Konstruct Interiors, looked to AG Electrical to carry out the full electrical package. This included General & Emergency

Ireland’s largest hospitality group, Beannchor, whose hotel portfolio

includes the five-star Merchant Hotel and the four-star Bullitt Hotel both in Belfast. The Haslem Hotel occupies around 30,000 sq ft of the Lisburn Square scheme, built on the site of the former

“What sets AG Electrical apart from their competition is the lengths they go to in order to listen and understand their client’s needs.”





Lighting, Fire & Security Systems, Audio Visual Installation, Structured Cabling and every other electrical requirement that the project demanded. Well known for their work in the hospitality industry, AG Electrical has worked on numerous projects previously with Konstruct Interiors. ‘We work well as a team with Konstruct Interiors,” says Adam Gilmore, Managing Director at AG Electrical. “They’re very professional and efficient to work with. As a client, this is another successful project that we’ve completed with them. What sets AG Electrical apart from our competition is the lengths we go to in order to listen and understand our client’s needs. When the client, architect or designer shares their design vision of where they want to go with the project we dive into the nuts and bolts of it to get a lighting design feel. For example, if the project is following an art deco theme we’ll come up with various ideas that give a bespoke spec to the lighting,

specifically designed to complement the overall design.” For the Haslem Hotel, AG Electrical designed an impressive architectural lighting installation with the majority of products procured from local lighting supplier, Lightsource. Standout pieces were tailor-made and shipped in from Italy. “We used a Lutron dimming system throughout the property to help create the right lighting ambience for the different hotel areas,” says Adam. “The hotel interior style is young and fresh, and the lighting reflects that. “Absolute Technologies provided the AV system for us throughout the ground floor bar, restaurant, reception and toilet areas. They delivered top-class sound quality while adhering to restrictions on noise levels in the various parts of the hotel.” Adam described the project as extremely satisfying - the only difficulty faced was the delay due to the Covid-19 lockdown. However, AG Electrical has now moved on to the next development phase at

Lisburn Square. “We’ve just started refurbishment works at the serviced apartments which are attached to the hotel.” With their personal touch and proactive management, AG Electrical ensures that projects are always well-organised, well run, of great quality and are consistently

delivered on time and on budget. “We’re extremely competent and

professional in what we do, which gives our clients confidence in our ability to deliver great work on time. That’s why we attract so much repeat business from top-class clients,” Adam says.

Client: Beannchor Main Contractor: Konstruct Interiors PROJECTTEAM...

Architect: Place Lab Electrical Contractor: AG Electrical

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D igital Fire & Security Ltd supplied the complete Fire Alarm, Disabled Refuge and CCTV Systems for the new Haslem Hotel, a boutique Hotel situated in Lisburn Square. As a leading supplier of Fire Detection, Security Systems and associated products in Northern Ireland, the company is expertly qualified to meet the needs of projects of this size. The Fire Alarm System commissioned by Digital Fire & Security Ltd incorporated an Open Protocol Protec 6500 Addressable Fire Alarm Control Panel to monitor and control approximately 200 addressable devices throughout the building. This was complemented by a Disabled Refuge and Disabled Alarm System, in addition to a complete HD IP Network CCTV System. As an independently and locally owned company with over 20 years’ experience, Digital Fire & Security Ltd has built a strong reputation for excellence and reliability, which is reflected in the high levels of

repeat business and work gained through referrals. The company’s services cover both new build and upgrade projects in the residential, industrial and commercial sectors and in addition to installation, Digital Fire & Security’s annual maintenance cover all installations; ensuring regular inspections to combat faults; and taking preventative measures to protect life and property. Digital Fire & Security Ltd are a NSI Gold registered company for the design, supply, installation and testing of PSNI approved monitored Fire Alarm and Intruder Alarm Systems, Access Control, IP, HD and Analogue CCTV Systems, Audio and Video Intercoms, Nurse Call and Public Address Systems. Wesley Patterson, Managing Director at Digital Fire & Security Ltd, was full of praise for the teamwork on display at the hotel, adding, “The Haslem Hotel project is the latest in a long line of projects we’ve

The Open Protocol Protec 6500 Addressable Fire Alarm Control Panel installed by Digital Fire & Security monitors and controls around 200 addressable devices throughout the building. completed with AG Electrical, including the four-star Bullitt Hotel in Belfast. We’re looking forward to completing many more with them.”

For more information, call: +44 (0)28 9266 1555; email: or visit:

ELECTRICALWHOLESALER K ew Electrical is well known throughout the industry for its timely deliveries, ensuring

projects on site aren’t subject to delays or disruptions. For a project like Haslem Hotel, the wholesaler was the perfect choice when it came to the supply of high quality, durable electrical products that would stand the test of time. Commenting, David Adgey, Kew Electrical’s General Manager said, “As with every project we work on, we were keen to ensure the construction process ran smoothly and wasn’t hampered by slow deliveries. We kept in regular contact with the main contractor, who kept us informed of their requirements.” Haslem Hotel is another worthy addition to Kew Electrical’s impressive portfolio. “We’re delighted to have played a role in the delivery of this important project and we look forward to working with the design teams again in the future.”

To contact Kew Electrical, call: +44 (0)28 9047 1727; email: or visit:






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crucial to improve ventilation systems in order to prevent and minimise the spread

Managing Directors of respectively Core Distribution Ireland and Core Distribution Northern Ireland, confirm, “We have worked with Airflow for over 10 years and have experienced a growing success on our respective markets. The outstanding quality of the products combined with the services provided by Core have been key in expanding this success. For example, we can help you select the correct type of fan for your installation requirements.” Stylish and easy to install, the range of residential extractor fans you get from Core Distribution comply with

of coronavirus in indoor spaces. Core Distribution partners with

manufacturer Airflow to supply the Irish and Northern Ireland markets with high- quality extractor fans as part of Airflow’s full range of products. Along with Airflow’s innovative and versatile systems, Core’s proficient technical expertise and optimal local distribution guarantees expert application

advice and guidance to suit your installation needs and schedule. Dan Fisher and Adrian McGarrity,

been so high. Moreover, in the light of the current coronavirus pandemic, it is now

“The Airflow range is available through electrical wholesalers nationwide.”




LUCY HOLLAND, AT SUPPLY PARTNER AIRFLOW DEVELOPMENTS, EXPLAINS WHAT FEATURES YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR WHEN SELECTING AN EXTRACTOR FAN… Which type of extractor fan should I install? T he Building Regulations Approved Document F - Ventilation, sets minimum flow rates that an extractor fan installed in a wet room should be able to deliver when correctly installed. The minimum airflow rates are as follows: • 6 l/sec for toilets • 15 l/sec for bathrooms • 30 l/sec for utility rooms • 60 l/sec for kitchens. (30 l/sec in kitchens when the fan is installed adjacent to the hob – this is also the minimum flow rate expected from a ducted cooker hood) Having considered the application of the ventilation required it is important to select the correct type of fan to meet the requirement fully. Axial Fans are ideal for through the wall, ceiling and short run of ducting applications. While providing high performance from a slim profile they work against limited back pressure so are recommended for use with flexible ducting not exceeding 1.5m in length with a maximum of two 90 degree bends. Mixed Flow Fans for wall and ceiling combine the convenience of an axial fan size with the performance of a small centrifugal fan making them ideal for short to medium duct runs. Centrifugal Fans are quiet, powerful and suitable for wall and ceiling applications. They work well against system resistance making them the perfect choice for efficient performance for longer duct runs. Safety Low Voltage Fans (SELV) Axial, Mixed Flow and Centrifugal Fan variants operating from 12v or 24volt supply which may be installed in accordance with IEE wiring regulations.

QuietAir is a range of extremely quiet, elegant and discreet axial fans

Building Regs state that the minimum airflow rate when a fan is installed in a bathroom is 15 l/sec

“Along with Airflow’s innovative and versatile systems, Core’s proficient technical expertise and optimal local distribution guarantees expert application advice and guidance to suit your installation needs and schedule.”

QUIETAIR QuietAir is a range of extremely quiet, elegant and discreet axial fans with various integral options that only activate when needed. They can be controlled by remote switching, timer, humidity timer and motion sensor with timer. The second speed can be activated via an optional remote switch. Carbon emissions and energy bills are reduced thanks to its exceptionally low energy. AURA SMART The Aura Smart is an innovative low energy axial fan with a unique design for ease of installation and maintenance. Featuring remote control, the fan is extra slim and with optional colour covers available, it will blend perfectly into the décor of any room.

the stringent requirements of ISO9001 and ISO14001 while providing you with value for money. iCON iCON’s revolutionary slim design ensures effective ventilation, which is quiet and uses minimal energy for various applications. There are also Safety Extra Low Voltage (SELV) versions available to provide extra peace of mind. The circular design includes iCON’s plug-in module concept, which means no squaring up is required, adding to the already simple installation procedure. iCON 15 is ideal for toilets, en-suite, shower rooms and bathrooms. iCON 30 is ideal for larger toilets, bathrooms and utility rooms. iCON 60 is highly efficient in kitchens and larger rooms.

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L-R: Perry Kennedy (Harland & Wolff), Niall Devlin (Bank of Ireland UK), Tanya Anderson (NI Chamber) and John Wood (InfraStrata plc) pictured at the launch of NI Chamber’s 2020 Meet the Buyer with Bank of Ireland UK


E lectrical contractors who signed up for the next NI Chamber “Meet the Buyer” event will get the chance to pitch services such as facilities management online to the biggest names in NI and ROI business on November 5. Held in partnership with Bank of Ireland UK, the event offers suppliers from all industries the opportunity to pitch products and services to companies with significant procurement needs. To date, 24 major buyers from NI and ROI have confirmed their attendance including Applegreen, Caterpillar, Coco- Cola, Harland & Wolff, Randox, Seagate and Translink. Tanya Anderson, Head of International and Business Support at NI Chamber explains, “Meet the Buyer is one of our most popular flagship annual events and we’re really pleased to be able to deliver it digitally for the first time in November. This year, it will place a strong emphasis

on boosting the local supply chain – connecting large companies with suppliers from Northern Ireland. Local sourcing “This focus on bolstering the local supply chain is really resonating with buyers in the current climate, who are keen to increase levels of local sourcing. The list of those attending spans all sectors, from retail and manufacturing, to utilities, tech and education. “We have witnessed a really significant level of interest from new buyers this year. One in two of those attending the 2020 event are new to Meet the Buyer, which means there are lots of fresh opportunities for suppliers who attend this event annually. This list of new buyers includes Irish utility company Ervia and Atalian Servest Ireland, bringing opportunities for new cross border trade as well. “Last year, this event facilitated over 350 meetings and with the benefit of

increased capacity through digital technology, this time that number is set to be even higher. At the 2019 event, 70% of suppliers identified new customers and 54% identified new export markets.” Niall Devlin, Head of Regional Business Banking NI at Bank of Ireland UK added, “Meet the Buyer is at the heart of our Winning Business partnership programme with NI Chamber because it is tangible in enabling local SMEs to win business. A recent McKinsey survey indicated that 93% of supply chain leaders in business are seeking to improve their supply chain resilience. Locally, we have 24 high quality organisations registered as buyers for the event. Their diverse needs will provide significant opportunity for new local supply deals, connections and commercial collaborations to help strengthen, diversify and rebuild supply.”





O perated with Bluetooth Control manages lighting with just a click of a remote control. Whether it’s installed in the lounge, dining room or children’s bedroom, anyone in the household can easily set the lighting to their preference. Simply open the box, install the light fittings, turn on the remote and you’ve got smart lighting. Users don’t even need technology, Aurora Lighting’s newly launched AOne Connect. a hub or have to download an app. The remotes can be grouped to each room and users can access six RGB colours, trigger five pre-programmed scenes, set brightness or adjust colour temperature from warm to cool. Connect.Control is designed around four levels of control, allowing users a simple upgrade path. The introduction of this system enables contractors to offer and use either of the two AOne systems - Bluetooth or Zigbee

Connect.Control has four levels of control

- in their projects. Chris Hill, Aurora’s Product Manager for AOne, says, “The beauty of this system is that it can easily be used by anyone in the family or household. There’s no sign- ins to apps required by each member or anything like that. All they need to do is pick up the remote for that room to set the lighting to their taste, which makes life

much easier for everyone.” The AOne Connect.Control kits and products are available from your nearest wholesalers nationwide. To find out more call Des Duignan, Director of Sales and Projects in Ireland and Northern Ireland: +353 (0)83 420 6847; email: des.duignan@auroralighting. com or visit: FOLLOW US ON:




I n times of crisis, Facility Managers (FMs) are the first point of contact to determine risks to a business and suggest appropriate solutions. They have a frontline role in creating a successful and profitable business by using their expertise in logistics and regulations, streamlining processes and facilitating efficiency through reliable products and services. With the current crises due to Covid-19, FMs are challenged with selling and delivering a product/service to customers with limited contact and creating a safe working environment for their employees. As staff return to their place of work, Demesne Electrical are working with FMs from a range of industries to meet each new challenges head-on, and find solutions to ensure safety and productivity for all. Growth of FMs in Ireland Since its emergence in the 1970s, the Irish facility management industry has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years - currently valued at €1.2 billion. Globally, forecasters expect a recurring annual growth of 11%. In fact, the FM industry is expected to be worth over $1.62 trillion globally by 2025. But why is it growing so rapidly? 1) Outsourcing With ever-increasing importance being placed on effective FM, many businesses are turning to industry experts and outsourcing the role to purpose-built FM companies. 2) Economic regulations In the electric industry, there is strong regulation surrounding waste management and employee working conditions. At Demesne Electrical, they have adopted FM practices to ensure they comply

Chris Mckenna, Paul Fitzsimons, Dave Williamson.

“Demesne Electrical are working with FMs from a range of industries to meet each new challenge head-on, and find solutions to ensure safety and productivity for all.”

with waste regulations to create a safe working environment for their staff by designing safety manuals and protective equipment. By doing so they have instilled a preventative rather than reactive safety culture. 3) Demand for value-added services With the modern customer now demanding and expecting companies to deliver more than the standard service, FM is often relied upon to identify and implement means in which businesses can create a value-added service. At Demesne Electrical, they do everything in their power to satisfy their customers’ demands - often going above and beyond the norm. In turn, they are rewarded with brand loyalty. 4) The Internet of things (IOT) The IOT is a global phenomenon that connects the physical and digital worlds through smart technology to monitor consumer behaviours. By analysing the behaviours of Demesne Electrical customers the company creates a wealth of accurate data that can be mined to identify

and implement positive changes within the business, making them easy to do business with. Challenges in the wake of COVID-19 Demesne pride themselves on their innovative forward-thinking and their ability to overcome challenges. These traits have allowed them to excel during this pandemic by supplying products that support FM in commercial, industrial and retail businesses to prevent the spread of the virus and to do so in such a way their staff and customers are protected. Their range of signalling equipment helps to control numbers within a business while their hands-free door handle reduces contact points to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. They also provide equipment to ensure their clients’ investment in electronics, modems, IOT - the new life force of many businesses—can be monitored, regulated, and protected. For more information, call: +44 (0)28 8772 5033 (NI) or +353 (0)14 047 700; email: sales or visit: FOLLOW US ON:


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