Issue 84 May-Jun 2011

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New Domae range advances electrical safety in the home
With a strong focus on continuing product improvement and enhancing the electrical facilities in a home, Schneider Electric has launched a new range of switchboard products designed specifically for residential use.
Verifying switchboard safety
One of the most significant changes to the compliance regime introduced last year is the greater ability for people and organisations working in the electrical industry to ring-fence their liabilities as they pass their work on to others in the project process.
Solving interference issues after drives installed correctly
Many electricians are familiar with common installation practices for variable speed drives, installing and commissioning these systems with confidence and competence. Their work meets the manufacturer’s specifications and the installation should perform as intended, but will it? Can there be an absolute assurance that 10, 20 or even 50 metres away sensitive equipment will not be affected, perhaps at random and, if it is, will the connection between cause and effect be made?
Sylvania boosts efficiency
If you have to replace all the light fittings, selling an energy efficient upgrade to an existing installation can be quite a challenge, but what if you could deliver similar energy savings from the installed fittings just by upgrading the control gear?
Building code limps toward ‘running man’
Emergency lighting designers and engineers can expect to see welcome but long overdue changes to the Department of Building and Housing’s Building Code Clause F8 (Signs) and its Acceptable Solution.
Downlight safety at risk
What started off as a simple review and updating of the means by which the industry determines the safety of downlights and their installation has now reached an impasse which could lead to New Zealand’s domestic downlight manufacturers voting against the standard amendment they set out to achieve.