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Sparks Electrical News July 2018

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Sparks Electrical News 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 the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS). The association was formed in 2012 to combat the prevalence of unsafe products and services in South Africa by informing buyers and others  who influence buying decisions of the criteria by which to assess these products and services, and by exposing specific cases of sub-standard  products and practices. The two people tasked with taking the organisation forward are Connie Jonker and Barry O’Leary.

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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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A question to the industry – LED lighting

Published: 12 April 2018

Every issue, Sparks Electrical News will be putting a relevant question to the industry – this month, our focus is lighting. This month’s question: Do you believe that electrical contractors have...

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Installing equipment in hazardous lighting locations

Published: 11 April 2018

What constitutes a hazardous location? In some contexts it could be a badly lit step, however, we consider it an area in which a flammable material, gas or vapour must...

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How do you measure the power consumption of a specific circuit?

Published: 11 April 2018

We are all looking for ways to save money yet our monthly electricity bill never comes to mind. How much energy do we use? What appliance draws the most power?...

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Linear high bays to replace traditional high bays

Published: 10 April 2018

Ellies has designed and manufactured a linear high bay fitting which can replace traditional high bays. With proprietary technology, the products use less power and have an increased lifespan and...

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The world’s first e-screwdriver

Published: 10 April 2018

Just imagine: a screwdriver which allows you to work twice as fast. An electric screw-driving assistant which relieves you of bothersome screw fastening, yet allows you to finish tightening carefully...

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What is dry ice blasting?

Published: 09 April 2018

Dry ice blasting is a safe and effective way to clean machinery and surfaces. By propelling dry ice pellets at high speeds, Dry Ice International provides dry ice blasting that...

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Beka Schréder launches new LED post top

Published: 09 April 2018

Beka Schréder has launched a variety of new and exciting high-quality LED luminaires, which have been designed and manufactured in South Africa. One of them is the new LED post...

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Stylish lighting in a handy strip

Published: 27 March 2018

LED strip lighting is popular for adding decorative style and ambience to lighting projects, both indoors and outdoors. It is versatile and inexpensive whilst quick and easy to fit; and...

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Philips Lighting announces name change to Signify

Published: 27 March 2018

Philips Lighting recently announced its intention to change its name from Philips Lighting to Signify. The company will continue to use the Philips brand under the existing licensing agreement with...

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Contact Sparks Electrical News

Title: Editor
Name: Gregg Cocking
Email: sparks@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622-4770
Fax: +27 11 615-6108

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Name: Carin Hannay
Email: carinh@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622-4770
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