It’s difficult to identify counterfeit electrical products, just by looking at them. 
 
The problem is growing as more products are bought online. Some online sellers are misleading shoppers with images taken from official product sites and fake official safety marks. They are often priced only slightly lower than the recommended retail price to avoid suspicion. 
To make a difference to our use of the national power grid, we need to store the energy generated through the wind and sun until we need it. 
There are some things in the home that we just take for granted. The humble three pin plug and socket are amongst them. 
Last year electrical contractors, their customers and installation specifiers were all challenged to improve their environmental credentials. 
 
The goal is to promote the use of trunking cabling solutions made with a minimum of 50% recycled plastic. 
 
Work is going ahead to define specifications and engage with businesses who will help to substantially reduce the amount of recyclable plastic sent to landfill. 
OLEDs – or organic light-emitting diodes – offer quite a few benefits including lack of glare and excellent energy efficiency. 
 
They sound amazing, but their uptake for commercial lighting applications has been slow. 
With the increasing cost of residential care for older people and younger family members struggling to afford a home of their own, many properties now have to meet the needs of three generations or more. 
 
Smart technology is helping to provide a range of products that are easy to install and straightforward to use to meet the challenge. 
 
These can include everything from basic security floodlights, to closed-circuit security (CCTV) systems and smart door bells. 
Not quite London, Paris and New York, but we have been out and about this month providing electrical installation condition reports (EICRs) across the north of England and Scotland. 
 
We’ve just visited Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Sheffield and Bradford. 
 
Next we're off to Hounslow, Leicester, Birmingham and Cardiff. Never a dull moment! 
The new Wiring Regulations have introduced changes that focus on surge protection to help improve safety in our homes and commercial premises. 
 
An electrical surge, or ‘transient overvoltage’, is a brief voltage peak between two or more conductors. A surge can be just a few volts or thousands of volts. 
The Pearl Anniversary marks thirty years of wedded bliss and. 
 
As MSE celebrated thirty years of business in November Managing Director, Jim Lockhart, could say that building a business is like a marriage. It takes time, commitment and dedication, but it’s all worth it. 
 
Here he is with business and life partner, Jane, and their business anniversary cake. 
 
Take a look at Jim’s thirty pearls of wisdom, gained though all these years of business experience. 
If the power fails at your business premises, you’ll want to be sure your emergency lighting is working properly. 
 
Without it your employees and visitors could be at risk in the dark and unable to find corridors, stairs and exits. 
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