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Issue 49 - Winter 2013

Articles include:

  • News: The IET introduces a new code of practice for electrical safety.
  • LED Project: The Louvre, Paris.
  • Smart measures: As the roll-out of smart meters across the UK gathers momentum, will industry head off some serious show-stoppers?
  • A smarter future for electrical installations: A look at developments in International Standards for electrical installations.
  • The remarkable evolution of BS 1363: Plug design, perhaps surprisingly, comes before socket design. The linked development of both elements has played a crucial role in ensuring the widespread and safe use of electrical appliances.
  • What is the problem with dimming LEDs?: White LEDs are revolutionising general lighting markets, but dimming them can cause problems.
  • A better deal for Technicians: A study has highlighted the need to promote the careers of technicians within the electrical sector.
  • If the price is right: Is it really possible that solar energy could meet almost one-third of the world’s energy demand by 2060?

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Issue 48 - Autumn 2013

Articles include:

  • Your letters: From the Wiring Matters inbox.
  • News: Boosting electricians' career aspirations.
  • Energy efficiency revisited: A look at the ongoing work designed to make energy efficiency an integral part of the electrical installation regulations.
  • The grid gets smarter: The smart grid continues to evolve as the network faces the challenges of new patterns of generation.
  • Amendment 2 of the 17th Edition (BS 7671:2008) published: Requirements for supplies to electric vehicles are detailed in the new Section 722 of BS 7671:2008 Requirements for Electrical Installations.
  • Cable tray: Four professionals outline the issues behind cable tray selection.
  • The highs and lows of accessory mounting: Determining the appropriate mounting height for accessories requires an informed and pragmatic approach to the building regulations.
  • Comfortable buildings - the way ahead: A new Voltimum expert panel is helping to save energy by supporting the adoption of modern heating and ventilation systems.

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Issue 47 - Summer 2013

Articles include:

  • Your letters: From the Wiring Matters inbox.
  • News: Three new publications from the IET.
  • Exploding the myths of medical locations: We look at some of the common myths and misunderstandings surrounding touch voltages and the use of medical IT in group 2 locations.
  • Buyer beware: Many plugs and chargers – often obtained online – pose a serious risk to users.
  • Building control - a smarter future: A new Voltimum expert panel will be supporting the drive to make buildings more intelligent.
  • Shedding light on fire safety: Fire safe assessments can reveal examples of poor practice in the provision of emergency lighting.
  • Voltage optimisation: Is the trend of using voltage optimisation in the home justified?

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Issue 46 - Spring 2013

Articles include:

  • Your letters: from the Wiring Matters inbox.
  • News: Two important vocational initiatives.
  • Fake electrical goods - the battle for reputation: The rampant trade in counterfeit electrical products shows no sign of stopping but can industry slow the flow of fakes from East to West?
  • Efficient lighting – the way ahead: A Voltimum expert panel looks at how the EU is driving the move to more efficient lighting.
  • Protection against overvoltages: We look at the requirements for protection against overvoltages of atmospheric origin or due to switching, as detailed in Section 443.
  • Temporary electrical systems: A forthcoming IET guidebook addresses the challenges of providing temporary power systems for live events.
  • Protection against fire: We look at the requirements of Chapter 42 of the 17th Edition of the Wiring Regulations.
  • Changing section 710: What is the rationale for the changes proposed for Section 710 of BS 7671:2008 (2011)?
  • Opinion - Richard Lunt, South Cheshire College: Teaching in a further education college can offer electricians and engineers a richly rewarding job.

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