The range of smart devices for your home is growing all the time. Here are some options to think about: 
 
Just connect a smart home ‘gateway’ to the internet and download an app to your smartphone, and you’re ready to go. 
Many products don’t need a router or hub. Some switches and sockets only need a remote control to turn them on and off. 
‘Fuse box’ or ‘fuse board’ are old-fashioned names for the modern electrical consumer units used in domestic properties. 
 
In older properties these fuse boxes could have remained untouched since they were installed many years ago. Even if there haven’t been any electrical problems, these older units might not be safe. 
Jim Lockhart of MSE remembers a major project to rewire a heritage building. “We had to be so careful with everything we did. It was important to preserve the integrity of the building and to meet modern electrical standards. In one room we had to safely cover wiring in fabric to match the room.” 
We recently installed dimmable LED panels for a hall that puts on regular plays. They needed a nice smooth dimming capability. We were surprised at the very reasonable price of the LEDs and dimmers. 
 
For this installation the circuit has a spring return switch that you push and hold to gently dim up and down. Our pictures show full brightness and dimmed levels. 
Fully lit performance hall
Performance hall with dimmed LEDs
The government has proposed a ban on all petrol and diesel cars by 2040 to encourage people to turn to electric vehicles. Have you ever considered an electric car? 
You might expect things to slow down a bit in December as everyone gets ready for the Christmas break. 
 
Not for the MSE team! Here are some of the projects we’ve completed in December. 
 
A nice new shop for a Northampton builder’s merchants was finished off with 74 600x600 LED panel lights along with the trade counter and office power. We also carried out a full refit of the perimeter floodlighting. 
In a recent survey of 2000 people by a price comparison website over three quarters of the respondents said they were ‘fearful’ of the idea of a smart home. 
Jim Lockhart is proud that MSE has been registered with the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) for over 15 years. Here he explains why it’s important and what’s involved. 
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