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News Philips makes splash with Selfridges’ Project Ocean


PHILIPS, IN COLLABORATION WITH Architainment Lighting, has provided Selfridges with state-of-the-art LED lighting.


Selfridges’ Project Ocean campaign is designed to engage the public on the issue of overfi shing, by creating a highly visual ‘sea’ effect on the building. Philips used a range of adaptable,


high-performance LED luminaires that combine rich, saturated colour and customised effects with simplifi ed installation and maintenance.


Rolando Faley, Selfridges’ head of facilities and project management, explained: ‘Philips provided our store with a lighting solution that not only helps to reduce our carbon footprint, but grants us full fl exibility in adapting the lighting to fi t an endless range of themes through the diverse palette of colours. The “sea” effect created on the building’s facade to help raise awareness of our Project Ocean campaign was truly effective and is just one example of what we are able to achieve with the lighting.’


DECC PONDERS SMART METER SAFETY


THE ELECTRICAL SAFETY COUNCIL’S (ESC) concerns about the smart meter design and its potential impact on contractor safety and small businesses are – despite initial indications to the contrary – still being considered by DECC. The ESC, whose recommendations are supported by a range of industry bodies, wants an isolating switch built into smart meters. This would allow contractors a simple and safe means


of isolating the electricity supply in UK homes when necessary – such as for the replacement of a consumer unit. Currently, the only way to isolate the supply is to remove the electricity distributor’s cut-out fuse, but electricians are not authorised to do this. Previous efforts to provide such authorisation have been blocked by the electricity supply industry. ‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity


to provide a simple and relatively inexpensive engineering solution to a major obstacle to safe working practice and consumer protection, and we believe our recommendations are both fi nancially and operationally justifi ed,’ explained Mike Clark, ESC’s technical director. ‘We welcome the fact that DECC has now decided – following expressions of our concern – to make the isolating switch proposal part of a forthcoming public consultation.’


In brief


■ Ikea has announced that it plans to employ the services of construction workers with solar panel installation skills in order to make its operations more sustainable. The fi rm revealed that it will spend £4m to place 39,000 panels onto 10 of its UK stores, which it hopes will provide fi ve per cent of each building’s electricity requirements.


■ Mears has signed a £20m contract to fi t an expected 3,500 homes with solar panels for Cross Keys Homes in Peterborough.


■ Dimplex is giving a helping hand to installers wanting to get involved in the rapidly expanding renewables industry with the addition of the Microgeneration Certifi cation Scheme (MCS) Made Easy training course, which is designed to prepare delegates for a successful MCS assessment.


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ECA Today September 2011


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