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Timers & Controls


Out with the old, in with the new


New Year resolutions are always easier to keep if you get some early success. So pick some easy targets that are going to give you early wins and help you to keep up the momentum.


ByAndy Douglas, Managing Director, Timeguard


W


hat could be easier than mopping up a lot of the low- hanging fruit leſt over from last


year? If you think you’ve already exhausted the potential, take a few minutes to look at some of the ‘no brainer’ replacements for old equipment that is installed in tens of thousands of business premises and homes across the country that is ripe for an upgrade. All it takes is a smart installer to suggest it – and a smart wholesaler to put them into his mind.


So check out the ideas below and make sure


that you have stock: the manufacturers will probably have ready supplies. Then pile them high on the counter to make sure your customers see the opportunity to make cash by replacing old kit. These accessories are usually direct wire-for-


wire replacements, so there’s no redecorating for the building occupier. That makes it even easier for installers to make add-on sales with them. Smart sparkies will keep them on the van and be ready to offer to fit them whenever they see a chance.


Automatic wall switches are an easy retrofit.


Fused spurs with extra value Fused spurs have come out of the closet. They have to be fitted, and the wiring exists, so why not make them work harder and turn them into energy saving devices? Timeguard engineers kick started this market with the design of fused spurs with integrated time switches or countdown boost timing. Packing a lot of extra functionality into a unit that will fit into the same back box and not be significantly deeper than a basic fused spur isn’t straightforward, but we had a good track record in that department: we pioneered RCD sockets that were straightforward replacements for ‘dumb’ wall sockets. Then we took this thinking to the next level and built in WiFi control, so that our fused spurs can be used to turn appliances on and off from anywhere using a phone app. So, there’s no need to buy new smart appliances, because we’ve put the smarts into the fused spur.


Outdoor sockets with better looks We’ve all seen cracked and dirty outdoor sockets on walls – and often they don’t look as weatherproof as they might have once been.


We’ve all seen cracked and dirty outdoor


sockets on walls – and oſten they don’t look as weatherproof as they might have once been. They are easily replaced and there’s plenty of opportunity to upgrade to modes with better looks and more functionality.


36 | electrical wholesaler January 2018


Timeguard's Weathersafe Vision sockets with bright neons, looking good and giving a clear indication when the power is on.


They are easily replaced and there’s plenty of opportunity to upgrade to modes with better looks and more functionality. Several manufacturers have followed our lead and added weatherproof outdoor switch units with integral timers and RCDs to their ranges. We also added patented neoprene seals to ensure long life and the option of transparent covers, mean that users can see whether or not the power is on without having to open up the weatherproof casing. We even manufacture our award winning WiFi controlled Spur in an IP66 version.


Floodlights that hold their looks With thousands of miles of coastline and prevailing weather patterns that have rain- laden anticyclones queueing up across the


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