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Sparks Electrical News August 2018

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Sparks Electrical News August 2018Improper installation of commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can drive up maintenance costs in later years and severely diminish any potential cost saving benefits for South African businesses. This is according to Manie de Waal, CEO of Energy Partners Solar, who warns that although PV systems have become an attractive option for businesses, experienced installation services are critical to maximising their cost efficiency. 

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Replaceable lamps in downlights and spots

Published: 16 August 2018

LED lighting has become the only way that luminaires emit light; the old technology is obsolete.

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Poor installations put solar projects at risk

Published: 03 August 2018

Improper installation of commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can drive up maintenance costs in later years and severely diminish any potential cost saving benefits for South African businesses. This is...

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Bringing a taste of the corporate world to the electrical industry

Published: 03 August 2018

Howard Earley, the new CEO of Major Tech, is a proactive professional executive with in excess of 20 years’ experience in all aspects of financial, general and operational management in...

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What homeowners need to know about electricity

Published: 03 August 2018

Homeowners are at risk of having their insurance claims rejected if it is found that they are not in possession of a valid Electrical Certificate of Compliance (CoC) for their...

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Standard Bank continues to drive diversification of South Africa’s energy supply

Published: 23 July 2018

Standard Bank is the mandated lead arranger, underwriter and hedge provider of seven of the total 27 projects which have signed power purchase agreements with Eskom as part of South...

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Magnet appointed as distributors for Hensel range of electrical installation and power distribution systems

Published: 23 July 2018

Magnet has recently been appointed as distributors throughout Southern Africa, for the Hensel range of electrical installation and power distribution systems for facility equipment of buildings.

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iSA Star Lighting Trend Show to highlight benefits of LEDs

Published: 23 July 2018

iSA Lighting Trend Show will be gathering the best Chinese lighting manufacturers to showcase their wares and network with the South African lighting industry this August. Taking place at the...

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Electra Mining Africa: more than just a show

Published: 23 July 2018

More a tradition than a show, for 46 years, Electra Mining Africa has been delivering an effective platform to showcase the latest innovations, technologies and trends in mining and related...

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Remote, simultaneous, recordable wireless test tool system 

Published: 23 July 2018

The Fluke CNX from Comtest is a customisable, troubleshooting tool set of wireless test tools that work together, recording live measurements remotely and simultaneously on a single screen. CNX Modules measure...

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SAFEhouse maintains its commitment to the industry

Published: 02 July 2018

Despite founder Pierre Northard’s recent retirement, SAFEhouse, an association of organisations within the South African electrical industry, will continue to focus on long-term growth and a stronger working relationship with...

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New range of compact floor power boxes now available

Published: 02 July 2018

Central Support Systems has introduced a compact floor power box range to the market. Consisting of a nine module mini floor power box and a 21 module compact floor power...

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De-bunking the myths around CoCs

Published: 02 July 2018

There are often misconceptions around issues pertaining to Certificates of Compliance (CoCs), and I hope this article will help property owners as well as those of my colleagues in the...

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Modern push buttons and signaling devices up to IP69K

Published: 02 July 2018

With Sirius Act Push Buttons and Indicator Lights from Siemens, users can choose from four different design lines to suit particular tastes and requirements, including plastic, plastic with metal front...

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The benefits of using XLPE lugs and ferrules

Published: 02 July 2018

HellermannTyton’s SABS approved range of XLPE lugs and ferrules is designed for single and multi-core XLPE (cross-linked polyethylene insulation) cable applications and suitable for use in medium voltage distribution network...

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An alternative to problematic neon tubes

Published: 25 June 2018

Traditional glass neon tubes are tricky to install, requiring specialised high cost installations. They produce very little light for the amount of power they consume and are limited to certain...

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Lighting trends show set for South Africa in August

Published: 25 June 2018

iSA Lighting Trend Show will be gathering the best Chinese lighting manufacturers to showcase their wares and network with the South African lighting industry this August. Taking place at the...

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Personality of the month: Kern O’Reilly, Aberdare Cables

Published: 25 June 2018

National Sales Manager for Aberdare Cables, Kern O’Reilly, has spent 21 years in the industry, gaining experience across many roles in the company. With a passion for interacting with and...

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18th edition of IET Wiring Regulations for electrical installations

Published: 08 June 2018

The IET Wiring Regulations, also known as BS 7671, are the standard for electrical installation, covering areas such as verification, inspection, testing, cable sizing, earthing and installation. This latest edition...

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Proper care of tools for better performance and safety

Published: 08 June 2018

In the competitive and dangerous field of electrical contracting, safety issues are vital. If a contractor has too many job-related accidents and an unsatisfactory safety rating, it could directly impact...

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Corrugated pipe cutter

Published: 08 June 2018

For the reliable and fast cutting of plastic corrugated pipes with universal capacity range of diameters from 13 to 32 mm, Garry Lumpe Imports offers Knipex Corrugated Pipe Cutters. The...

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A new smart solution

Published: 08 June 2018

Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), everyone from homeowners to small retailers and businesses can install a ‘smart’ and affordable lighting control system, enabling them to control it locally...

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South Africa clamps down on cable thieves

Published: 05 June 2018

Two cable thieves have each been sentenced to three years in prison. The pair had been convicted of stealing an underground cable at the Kaalfontein College substation in Midrand in...

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Personality of the month: Willem Frederick Ludwick, BEKA Schreder,

Published: 28 May 2018

Willem Frederick Ludwick, known in the industry as ‘Wimpie’, is the general manager of BEKA Schreder, a company he has worked at for over 18 years. In this time, he...

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ECA clears up regulations for socket outlets

Published: 28 May 2018

Confusion has surrounded the new compulsory regulations for socket outlets, with feedback from Electrical Contractors’ Association South Africa (ECA) members revealing that there are still electrical contractors who are not...

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How electrical contractors can market their services to millennials

Published: 28 May 2018

According to the Brookings Institution, millennials – those born between 1981 and 1996 – will comprise one-third of the adult population by 2020 and three-quarters of the workforce by 2025...

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How to select the right circuit breaker for your installation

Published: 09 May 2018

Selecting the correct Circuit Breaker (CB) for your distribution panel is crucial for the longevity of the installation as well as the safety of those maintaining and occupying the premises...

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Save space and costs with the world’s first contactor with integrated failsafe connection

Published: 09 May 2018

The size S6 to S12 range of tried and tested contactors from 55 to 250 kW (AC-3, 400 V) has been expanded by versions suitable for direct control from fail-safe...

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New product solves headache for electrical contractors

Published: 09 May 2018

Contractors are often presented with a common problem during the installation of 4 x 4, 4 x 2 and round boxes. While the installation methods of round boxes may differ...

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Circadian rhythm lighting installed at Growthpoint Properties head office

Published: 09 May 2018

The Magnet Group has recently completed the installation of a Philips Lighting circadian rhythm lighting system at the head offices of Growthpoint Properties – the first project of its kind...

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The issues electrical inspectors face: On the ground with Jonas E Mukupo

Published: 09 May 2018

Let me start by introducing myself as a first-time contributor to this widely read magazine. I have been an avid reader for the past three years and it is an...

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Industrial boxes offer flexibility in application and mounting

Published: 09 May 2018

Schneider Electric Universal Enclosures (SEUE), previously known as SAREL and HIMEL brands, is a leading name in enclosure design and manufacture. Elen Enclosures has been the South African importer and...

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New South African plug standard is mandatory for new installations

Published: 26 April 2018

South Africa’s new plug and socket standard, SANS 164-2 or ZA Plug, has become mandatory for new installations, the SABS has confirmed. This means that any new buildings erected must...

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Personality of the month: Raja Moudgil, Philips Lighting

Published: 26 April 2018

Raja Moudgil, Philips Lighting Country Leader for southern Africa and Ghana, joined the company just before the turn of the millennium, and after almost two decades growing the company in...

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IEC 61439: who is responsible for proving compliance?

Published: 26 April 2018

Users or specifiers of low voltage assemblies in the market today should understand that it is the responsibility of the assembly manufacturer to prove compliance and take full responsibility for...

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Acquisition of Crabtree

Published: 26 April 2018

Crabtree South Africa (Pty) Ltd (a Division of Siemens) has concluded the purchase of the Crabtree business and its associated Lesotho operations from Powertech Industries (Proprietary) Limited, a division of...

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Plumstead Electrical celebrates 50 years of wholesaling excellence

Published: 12 April 2018

Plumstead Electrical, Cape Town’s leading independent wholesale supplier of premium branded electrical goods, celebrates its 50th birthday in April. The family-run business was founded by Sandy Gold in 1968 with...

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Name: Gregg Cocking
Email: sparks@crown.co.za
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