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Dutch town installs world’s first bat-friendly street lights

A town in the Netherlands has installed red LED street lights – so that a rare breed of bats is not affected. Rare bats in Zuidhoek-Nieuwkoop can now go about their nocturnal business undisturbed as the lights are designed to emit light that does not affect their natural senses and rhythms. The street lights use […]

NAPIT launch training programme for temporary electrical installation

NAPIT have launched a new training programme to allow installers to gain a qualification in temporary electrical system installation. The new registration scheme and City & Guilds Accredited training programme will give installers a certificate in carrying out temporary installation. The work is wide-ranging and covers public and private events, theatrical and touring shows, radio, […]

Marshall-Tufflex beats deadline to install bespoke cable management system

Cable management solution company Marshall-Tufflex has installed a bespoke trunking system at University of Warwick halls of residence – ready to welcome students in time for the new term. The company had ten weeks during the university holiday period to complete each of the 150 rooms as part of a refit of the whole residence. […]

MK Electric unveil new matt black products

Electrical accessories manufacturer MK Electric has introduced a new matt black finish option for its range of MK Dimensions wiring accessories. The new addition is the ninth MK Dimensions finish, and the fifth synthetic option, joining already popular finishes such as light and dark silver It has been designed to accompany the range’s black functional […]

Signify provide lighting for World Cup stadiums

Lighting company Signify have provided lighting for ten of the 12 stadiums that are going to be used as venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The lighting has been used to light stadium façades, adding to the atmosphere and spectacle for fans attending the matches. One unique installation is at Moscow’s 81,000-capacity […]

NSPCC unveils training to help electricians spot signs of child abuse

Children’s charity NSPCC has launched a new video and training scheme to help tradespeople spot children at risk of abuse and neglect. ‘It’s Your Call’ training is designed to give electricians – whose job involves visiting people’s homes – the knowledge and confidence to recognise possible signs of child abuse. The safeguarding training, which covers […]

Tradespeople ditch the World Cup for work

Tradespeople have busted the myth they are eager to down tools to watch the World Cup, according to the latest research. For years, tradespeople have been tarnished with the reputation for prioritising football over work. Many members of the public see them as being a bit too eager to down tools and head to the […]

Energy experts recommend switching to LED lighting to reduce costs

Companies are missing out on huge potential savings by failing to upgrade their lighting, according to energy experts. Of the £3.7 billion potential savings for commercial and industrial UK buildings, £1.1 billion could be saved on lighting – which accounts for 20 per cent of overall electricity used, according to the latest building energy efficiency […]

Makita unveils new job site speaker

Power tool manufacturer Makita has launched a new job site speaker – which comes with a ten-metre Bluetooth range. The Makita DMR202 Job Site Speaker with Bluetooth comes with an internal compartment to store your portable device, which can be charged whilst stored within the speaker for protection and security. The speaker, which measures 211mm […]

NAPIT Team completes 30-mile charity walk

The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) have completed a 30-mile walk along the Jurassic Coast to raise money for The Electrical Industries Charity (EIC). Staff and partners from NAPIT Drive and NAPIT Insurance completed the challenge on 25th May, raising more than £1,700 for the charity. The circular walk, which started and […]