Hand holding clear bottle of disinfectant
While we are all anticipating the wide availability of coronavirus vaccines, we also have a new awareness of the importance of general hygiene to prevent the spread of all types of disease. 
 
As businesses start to welcome back employees, new levels of hygiene will need to be maintained. One solution will be lighting technology. How does it work? 
LED lighting
Six companies and institutions are working together to find practical new ways to recover gallium when LED lamps are recycled. 
 
The project, named Recovery of Gallium Ionic Liquid (or ReGAIL) is financed in part by Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency. 
 
Recolight, the UK’s body for lighting products included in the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) programme, is one of the organisations taking part in the ReGAIL initiative. 
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is carrying out spot checks and inspections to make sure businesses are COVID-secure across the country. 
 
They are calling and visiting premises to speak with employers. They are checking the measures they have in place and making sure they are working in line with government guidance
 
Inspectors are helpfully giving advice on how to manage the risks and protect workers, customers and visitors, but there’s a sting in the tail. Businesses that don’t participate in the spot checks could be subject to enforcement action. 
CCTV camera
Public sector organisations can apply for a share of the government’s £1billion funding for improved energy efficiency. 
 
This month the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) department launched the Public Sector Decarbonisation (PSD) scheme. Applications are now open for eligible organisations until 11 January 2021. 
The Connected Homes; State of the Market 2020 report says that over 7.5 million homes across Europe now have connected home energy devices. This figure is expected to grow by 13% in 2020. 

What is a connected home? 

Connected homes include climate controls, remote heating management, home energy management, and home automation products such as smart lighting. 
September is National Home Improvement Month (NHIM) which aims to encourage homeowners in the UK to start home improvement projects. 
 
The NHIM challenge is for people to #makeonechange in their home. 
 
Last year, over 17 million adults across the UK made changes to their homes. With many of us spending more time at home than expected this year, even more are expected to start some home improvement projects. 
Lightwave smart home controller and dimmer
We recently installed and setup this home automation system using Lightwave equipment. 
 
Lightwave is a smart home range that has been designed to be simple to install and easy to integrate with other smart home products. Each dimmer or plug socket looks, behaves and can be installed like a standard socket or dimmer. It can all be controlled via your smart phone or tablet with clever features like time delays and triggers. 
 
Our clients now have full control of their lighting wherever they are. 
Now that many businesses are re-opening offices, shops and other buildings it’s important to remember emergency lighting maintenance. 
 
When a building has been empty for weeks or months the batteries or backup power for all types of emergency lighting bulkheads or LEDs and exit signs need to be fully checked 
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