Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) is a system that draws fresh air from outside a building and then distributes it into all rooms through a centralised system that is usually mounted in the loft before expelling the air outside.
Many traditional, ‘passive’ ventilation systems rely on fixtures, such as vents and air bricks with gaps to allow air to pass into and out of the home. There are some disadvantages to this passive approach, though. These areas can be forgotten about, become neglected, blocked, or even be papered or bricked over. The airflow through a modern house is not always optimal, even if all the vents are clear, and these gaps can also introduce drafts or allow heat to escape.
Modern homes are increasingly energy efficient, meaning that they are better at retaining heat, but it is also important that they are well-ventilated. Without good airflow, moisture can build up, leading to condensation, damp, and mould. Research has shown that the average four-person family creates 112 pints of moisture each week, from breathing, cooking, washing, and boiling the kettle.
A conventional extractor fan that you might find in a bathroom or kitchen is an effective way of removing humid air from a building to reduce the condensation that causes damp; however, an extractor fan simply removes air. A PIV closes the loop of airflow by controlling and filtering the air that is drawn into the building to replace the humid air that is removed by the extractor fan.
A PIV is a whole-house ventilation system that improves air quality in all rooms. It is highly effective at minimising condensation and, thanks to the filtration of fresh air as it is drawn into the building, PIV will also reduce the concentration of allergens such as pollen that are drawn into the house.
When weighing up the correct ventilation systems for your home, you might wish to consider the advantage of a PIV. This can help to circulate air around your home, helping to prevent problems such as damp, mould, and condensation, while also providing fresh air and scattering the build-up of pollutants.
Benefits of PIV
A PIV system is a highly effective way of improving indoor air quality. The constant movement of air through the building prevents the build-up of condensation and also reduces the concentration of volatile organic compounds, allergens such as pollen, and even radon gas in your home.
The reduced condensation will remove damp areas while the airflow will also remove cold spots around the house and make your central heating more effective.
PIV systems consume very little energy when running and include sensors that allow them to adjust the amount of airflow depending on the level of humidity in the air.
If your home suffers from high levels of condensation, or you live in an area that is prone to radon gas, then Positive Input Ventilation systems can help you enjoy your home while also reducing the risk to your health of low-quality air. Speak to one of our specialists to arrange a survey and find out more about whether Positive Input Ventilation is suitable for your home.
Installing a PIV System
A PIV system is professionally installed in a home and does not require building work to be carried out. As such, it is suitable for fitting in an existing building where improved air quality is required.
The process of installing a PIV system requires the fan system to be placed in your loft and for ducting to be connected to it. The central unit needs to have an external vent to draw in air – this can be under the eaves or through the roof depending on the system used and the design of your home.
Holes are cut into the plasterboard of ceilings in the rooms where vents are to be installed and the pipework is mounted on the ceiling.
To meet building regulations and to ensure safety, the PIV system needs to be connected to the mains by a qualified electrician.
Is PIV system suitable for your home?
At Dorset Electrical Solutions we are always happy to advise which system would suit your home best. PIV systems can be installed in houses or apartments if they meet the necessary installation requirements. Simply fill out the contact us form or give us a call on 01202 985027 to speak to a member of our team.
When it comes down to your Solar Panel installation, of course you want to make sure you are installing the best Solar Panels. there are. In general the two most important factors to consider when choosing a Solar Panel is its efficiency and maximum power output.
Why is Solar Panel efficiency important?
Faster payback time
The more efficient your Solar Panels are the more solar energy your PV system is going to produce. The more energy your Solar Panel system is generating, the less energy from the Grid you’ll have to buy. It’s that simple.
Better for limited space
For properties with smaller roof or land availability, more efficient solar panels still make solar energy a viable option. A larger panel wattage combined with an efficient solar cell should be enough to still power your home from the sun.
Save on space and labour
With fewer panels needed to be installed to get the same size system as others, having efficient Solar Panels means that you can save more roof/land space and money on labour. This way you will still be gaining the same amount of solar energy required to power your home.
When exploring solar panels, the panel efficiency rating is always listed on the datasheet. Any solar panel with a maximum efficiency over 20% is a premium solar panel.
Calculating Solar Panel efficiency
To calculate a Solar Panel’s efficiency, scientists test the panel in controlled lab conditions. The Standard Test Conditions (STC) for calculating Solar Panel efficiency aims to see how much solar energy the cells can convert to electricity in a simulated clear 25°C summer’s day, with an irradiance of 1000 W/m2. However, the given maximum efficiency level is not necessarily what the panels will achieve in real-life conditions. Especially as we know the weather isn’t always consistent and certainly not always sunny in the UK.
Fortunately, some Solar Panels are starting to come with a Performance Test Conditions (PTC) rating. A PTC is a more accurate measure of the efficiency of a Solar Panel, as it tells you how the Solar Panel will perform in a variety of climates and conditions. Some manufacturers even go a step further and look into the “system PTC rating”. This takes into account the efficiency of the inverter as well as the Solar Panel as your Solar Panel system’s efficiency is a sum of all its components. So even if you have the most efficient Solar Panel, an inefficient inverter will draw your overall efficiency down.
Solar Panel efficiency calculator
Calculating the efficiency of a Solar Panel is actually rather simple. The formula is as follows:
Efficiency (%) = [Power output of Panel / (Area of panel x Solar Irradiance)] x 100
What factors impact Solar Panel efficiency?
There are three main types of solar cells used in the manufacturing of Solar Panels: Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline and Thin-Film. Each type of solar cell has a different level of efficiency.
Monocrystalline Solar Panels are the most efficient type of Solar Panels. This is because the cells are manufactured from just one single piece of silicon. Although they are the most efficient at converting sunlight into electricity, they are also the most expensive.
Polycrystalline Solar Panels are made up of multiple fragments of silicon crystal melted together. As the silicon isn’t as pure, this makes them slightly less efficient than monocrystalline Solar Panels, however more affordable.
Thin-film solar cells are both flexible and low in profile. Manufactured from just a thin layer of semi-conducting material on top of electrical components, thin-film panels are the least efficient out of all three. However, as they are lightweight and more flexible, they can be used for more diverse applications.
So if you are wondering which type of Solar Panel is the most efficient, the answer is easy – monocrystalline. As you will see from our list of the most efficient Solar Panels above, every panel on the list is of monocrystalline cell type.
Busbars and wiring
If you look closely at the surface of a solar panel, you will see a bunch of thin lines. These are a series of copper or aluminium wires, that conduct electricity. Solar Panels which have thinner busbars will be more efficient, as there will be a reduce amount of shading on the cell, allowing the panel to absorb more light. Solar Panel manufacturers which use multi-busbar technology, with utilises multiple ultra-thin busbars, increase the overall Solar Panel’s efficiency. Some solar brands, for example Sunpower, now use Interdigitated Back Contact cells (IBC), which removes all the busbars and wiring from the face of the solar panel to the back, so that more sunlight can be absorbed.
Whilst you may have never considered this a factor, the type of backsheet a Solar Panel has can also affect your panel’s efficiency. For example, having a traditional white backsheet, over an all-black panel, may not necessarily look the part, however will operate slightly more efficiently. This is because an all-black panel will attract more energy from the sun, overheating the panel and affecting its ability to produce electricity. Whilst conventional Solar Panels only have PV cells on one side, you can now install bifacial Solar Panels which has a reflective transparent backsheet to capture more energy. Some manufactures claim that bifacial Solar Panels can even produce up to 30% more energy.
Do Solar Panels lose efficiency over time?
Solar Panel efficiency does decrease over time due to the natural degradation of the solar cells. On average the efficiency of a Solar Panel falls by 0.5% per year. However, most manufactures provide a 25-year performance or “linear output” warranty. This guarantees that the Solar Panel’s output won’t drop below 85% of its original efficiency within the first 25 years.
What else affects Solar Panel efficiency?
There are a few other external factors that can affect the efficiency of your Solar Panel installation. Most of them can be considered and overcome before your Solar PV system is even installed as long as you choose a trusted Solar Panel installer.
Nearby obstructions such as chimneys or trees, can provide enough shade on a Solar Panel to impact it’s efficiency by up to 50%. Before installing a Solar PV system it is important for your chosen installer to carry out a shading analysis to evaluate any potential issues.
In the UK, to receive the most amount of sunlight, it is always recommended that your Solar Panels are installed onto a south facing roof, at a pitch of 30-45 degrees. However, as we know, these ideal conditions can’t always be met. It is important that your energy advisor designs you the best possible layout that matches your energy needs.
A dirty or damaged Solar Panel caused by pesky birds or nearby trees, can reduce your Solar Panel system’s overall efficiency. It is important to keep your PV system well maintained, to check for any irregularities in your energy production, to keep your Solar Panels clean, and protect your system from any birds that may nest underneath them.
Although many may think Solar Panels are less efficient in the winter, it is in-fact extreme heat that can do more damage to your Solar Panels. A well-ventilated Solar Panel will always operate more efficiently than one that isn’t, simply because when the surface of the Solar Panel gets hotter, its efficiency drops. It is for this reason why on-roof Solar Panels are more efficient compared to solar tiles, and integrated Solar Panels. Solar Panels actually operated best in cold, yet sunny conditions.
Are premium efficiency Solar Panels right for you?
At Dorset Electrical Solutions we offer remote assessments and designs to find you the perfect Solar Panel system which is both right for your home and pocket. We install a variety of Solar Panels offering a selection of the most reliable, efficient and cost-effective panels on the UK market. Simple click here and fill out of short form or contact us on 01202 985027 to speak to an energy advisor.
Having your home completely rewired is a costly and time consuming process, however if your home has not been rewired in the last 25 years it is absolutely essential!
So, how do you know if your home needs rewiring?
Well, to start with, if your consumer unit (which is the main control centre for your home’s electrical supply, called a “fuse-box” in the good old days), has a wooden backing, this would be considered unsafe and a fire hazard by today’s safety standards, and would need to be replaced by a metal-clad one. This law came into effect in July 2015, and ever since 1st January 2016 all consumer units have been metal clad. Your current consumer unit may also have cast iron switches, a black electricity cable, or no labeling.
You may have outdated plug sockets which are broken or cracked, or have rounded entries instead of the 3-pin ones. Your lights also may be temperamental and flicker on and off or go dim occasionally, with light bulbs needing to be constantly replaced, or the breakers might trip regularly. You might have old cable colours or aluminium wiring – check to see if your home contains an earth cable/path.
Why it is important to maintain up-to-date wiring in your home
Old wiring, and also faulty wiring, is very dangerous and is responsible for around 750 accidents in the home, 12,500 house fires and more than 30 deaths per year.
What is involved in the rewiring process?
The rewiring of a house is a major undertaking and must be done by a qualified electrician with proper insurance. Under no circumstances should you ever attempt it yourself, unless you have had training. The job can take 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the size of your house and how many rooms it has. The electricians carrying out the rewiring will need access to all your switches and sockets, and new cabling will be hidden under the floors and inside walls. You will have to carry on your day to day life with all this going on. All old fittings and wiring will be removed and replaced, with a new consumer unit also being installed.
How much does it cost?
The cost of rewiring depends on a number of different factors, including where in the country you live, the size of your property and number of rooms, and the individual electrician doing the job.
For experienced and highly trained electricians in Dorset, CONTACT us at Dorset Electrical Solutions for a competitive quote.
Whether it’s your home, family, personal property and memories you want to keep safe, or business premises you wish to keep secure, DES offers a broad variety of alarm systems to choose from, and a team of expert electrical fitters to ensure that you and everything you value both personally and materialistically is secure and safe 24/7. From an initial discussion with you about the type of alarm which best suits your purposes, to professional installation, you can rest assured that you’ll be getting our renowned premium service with maximum security.
Wired alarms are sturdy and reliable, and with their durability, once installed they’re generally in situ for life. Connected to the mains, it’s rare for the sensors or strength of light to be impeded. But because they require cables and wiring, they would need to be installed by our qualified electricians for your safety and peace of mind. We have an abundance of wired alarm systems for you to choose from, with keypads identifying different zones, to pet friendly detectors so you don’t get any false alarms, plus many more variable fixtures for you to choose from. We’ll discuss all your options, so you get the one that’s ideal for you, and with recommended annual maintenance and service, you’ll be guaranteed a secure system that remains in optimum working order.
Technology has moved on a long way, and the chance of false alarms with wireless has been reduced dramatically, and is now on a par with fixed alarm systems. Anti-masking technology ensures motion detectors are not obstructed, and the systems are adaptable to enable more sensors to be added on at a later date. Wireless alarm system can also be installed with pet friendly motion sensors, and a choice of other fixtures to suit your requirements, and as always our team of experts will be there to guide you through your options.
Smart Alarm Systems:
Wherever you are, home or away, and whatever you’re doing, a Smart Alarm is one of the most popular and easiest ways to secure your home or business. Installation by our experts is fast and simple, and in no time at all you’ll be connected to your smart phone or tablet, and can immediately take charge of your own security system.
Once installed, using an app on your Smart phone or tablet, all you have to do is have your notifications turned on to be alerted when motion is detected. Some systems require a membership, and there are many different adds-ons, and up-grades which can make costs vary, but don’t worry, because we’ll talk you through all your personal or commercial requirements to find out what you want or need, prior to purchase and installation, so you won’t be hit by any hidden costs.
For small homes and offices all you’d really need is a simple set up comprising of a couple of motion detectors and an alarm.
For bigger residential and commercial properties, you would probably need more extensive equipment to include coverage of those hard to see areas. With a central hub, this would generally entail extra motion sensors for windows and doors.
Smart Video Doorbells:
We can supply and install the latest in smart video doorbells. These durable and weather resistant systems allow you to see who is on your property, wherever you are. Triggered by motion you’ll be able to monitor and record all movement day or night and you can also select the voice button for a two-way audio function.
The choice is yours, and you can leave the rest to us:
With so much choice on offer, it can be quite daunting when it comes to getting the right security alarm for you. But with professional help and advice from the experts at DES, you can be sure that you’ll get the best systems and first class service that beats the competition hands down.
Photovoltaic (PV) technology is a system of nonmetal semi-conducting cells made of silicon which are used in making electrical circuits. By themselves, each cell creates only a small amount of electricity, but when the cells are linked together to form solar panels, the amount of electricity produced, by converting the sun’s radiation into electricity, can be quite substantial. This greener energy can then be used for running applications both in the home and in industrial buildings and can reduce your annual energy bills by as much as seventy percent.
Each system is exclusively designed according to your locale, the complexity of the situ, and the amount of panels you necessitate to gain maximum benefits. Our qualified and experienced team of electricians, who are passionate about solar technology, will discuss with you your requirements, and customise your specific system, to provide an installation service that delivers the best in renewable energy.
Solar panel systems are extremely durable, but dependant on various aspects such as local environment, productivity, and weather, the life span of PV panels can vary from anything between 5 years to twenty five years or more. And for this reason, it’s recommended to have your solar system serviced to retain maximum output.
Common Causes of Solar System Damage:
Most common is the accumulation of dirt, leaves and debris such as bird droppings. This can cause discolouration and glazing and can obstruct the sun’s rays and decrease productivity in your system.
No matter what the size or heightof the building, our team of professionals will safely soft scrub and thoroughly clean any build-up of grime, dust and rubble fragments from each individual panel to restore them to their original high-performance state.
Interruption to your structure can be triggered by broken or damaged wiring, often a result of interference from rodents and squirrels.
Our qualified electricians will locate any damaged wiring, and replace them, so you can be assured that your system is back to running at peak performance.
Extreme weather such as severe hailstorms, excessive snow pressure and lightning can crack and break the panels.
Repair or Replace:
We’ll locate and replace any damaged or broken panels to ensure that your system gets back to giving you your full capacity electrical output with immediate effect.
Rare but entirely feasible, is a high emission of heat between the conductors which may start an electrical fire. But if this is sensed, an arc fault detection system is in place, so it shuts down the system and prevents any major damage to your property from occurring.
Ensure PV System Safety:
Our electrical experts will always ensure that any solar PV systems they install will dispel the probability of a fire hazard in the first instance, but if your system has been improperly implemented by another source, then our professionals in the trade can replace your old system, so that you can be confident that your new solar PV installation is safe, and by installing everything to code you won’t have anything to worry about.
Our DES Promise:
To ensure continuous maximum operation and performance from your solar panels, the installation, routine checking, and preservation of your PV systems are paramount in maintaining maximum capacity, and with our extensive knowledge in this area our electricians will undertake any maintenance and repairs that are needed to guarantee you’re always getting the best from your system year on year.
Home is where the heart is, and probably everything else you value too, but most importantly yourself and your loved ones. Yet one of the most common accidents that can happen in the home, could take everything you cherish away in an instant, with devastating consequences. And the cause? Fire!!! Fires can happen anywhere in the home. The list is endless, and the outcomes can be shocking and life-changing. But help is at hand, from the professionals at DES, to ensure that you, your loved ones and your assets don’t become a casualty.
Causes of fire in the home:
The Kitchen: 60% of fires start in the kitchen, with the most common causes being leaving cooking food unattended, putting combustibles too near to the heat, and forgetting to turn off appliances.
Overloaded Sockets: Since lockdown, many people are working from home and require extra power supply for laptops, phone chargers and other devices all on the go at the same time. This is causing many people to overload their sockets, which in turn can be a fire-safety hazard.
Faulty wiring: Inefficient wiring can cause fires from electrical exposures.
Portable Heaters: Utilising an extra room at home as ‘office’ space, especially in the colder months has meant extra heating in the household for many, but do be careful of portable heaters which have the potential to ignite nearby combustible materials.
Lighting: Make sure lamps are sturdy and can’t be knocked over, and lamp shades and fittings are not too close or touching the light bulbs.
Flammable Liquids:Keep all flammable liquids well away any from heat sources.
Candles: Most fires started by candles occur in the bedroom, so make sure you place them on a stable and heat-resistant surface, and always distinguish them before you go to sleep.
Cigarettes: Responsible for 36% of accidental house fires resulting in deaths, associated with the careless disposal of cigarette butts, smoking whilst drinking, or falling asleep.
Inquisitive Children: Keep all lighters and matches out of children’s reach, to prevent a curiosity turning into a disaster.
So many reasons to have a mains powered smoke alarm fitted:
The above list emphasises the importance of fire prevention in the home. Having a mains powered smoke alarm installed, can guarantee to be more reliable and conducive than just having a battery powered smoke alarm, because it’s connected to your main electricity supply and therefore it isn’t solely dependable on batteries alone, which can suddenly cut out. However, our mains powered smoke alarms do still come fitted with a battery for back-up should your electricity supple be cut off, so it’s advantages are expanded.
Discuss, install, relax:
At DES, our experts will go through the entire procedure with you. We’ll discuss which rooms would necessitate a smoke alarm, and where they need to be situated for maximum effect. Then our professional electricians will install them efficiently and safely, so you can relax, knowing that your home, your loved ones and all your contents will be protected and safeguarded for years to come.
You only need to step inside a room that has Redheat underfloor heating to feel an instant and overall welcoming ambient temperature of the space you’re in. With a heating system that disperses infrared waves evenly within the four walls you’ll be enveloped in a convivial warmth.
Out with the old and in with the new:
Have you ever come in from the cold, turned on the boiler, and waited for your traditional convector radiators on the wall to heat up, then stood over them to try and get yourself warm? You can feel the hot air, contained in that specific area rise and disperse, but as soon as you move away, you realise you haven’t quite warmed up enough. With infrared heating, you don’t have to worry about boilers or radiators, and having to position yourself next to one to feel the heat, because with electric underfloor heating, the entire room will emanate a radiant warmth wherever you are.
What is an electric underfloor heating system:
It’s a series of electrical wires or heating mats that are positioned beneath your flooring. It doesn’t matter whether your floor covering is vinyl, tiled or carpeted, with an infrared underfloor heating system installed surreptitiously beneath it, you’ll feel the warming effect immediately. Redheat is an ultra-thin film containing a mixture of carbon crystal, graphite and graphene with copper strips down each side. It is through these copper strips that the electricity is conducted and then emitted as infrared waves, rising through the floor giving an even spread of heat throughout the room.
What are the benefits:
Cost – This willdepend on how many rooms you wish to make use of with the underfloor heating, and the condition of the base floor you’ll be placing the heating system on. But once this initial disbursement has been managed, the beneficial savings on your energy bills (approximately 25%) will more than compensate in the long-run for the initial outlay and expenditure.
Efficiency – Like other heating systems, infrared electric heating does have a warm-up time, but best of all, with no escape route, the heat that’s produced is retained. During the cold seasons, many people opt to keep their underfloor heating on constantly to encourage faster and more efficient warming up times, and with extensive knowledge and experience, a DES expert in the field will assess your space and requirements to ensure you get maximum efficiency from your product.
Safety – Infrared heating is considered safer because it isn’t hot to the touch like a radiator. By retaining a top temperature of about 35 degrees, you will get a consistent and overall comfortable warmth permeating throughout the room. And because the heat is consistently and evenly distributed within the four walls, the chances of damp and mould occurring is greatly reduced.
Health – The heat from underfloor installations rises safely through infrared waves without disturbing any existing dust and allergens, unlike conventional heating, which can easily spread particles via convective air flow.
Silence – You won’t have to listen to any noisy boilers and radiators kicking off as your heating kicks in, which only adds to the comfortable ambiance our underfloor heating systems are renowned for.
Maintenance – With expert installation by our professionals, your electric underfloor heating will require little or no maintenance at all.
A Perfect Alliance:
In collaboration with Redheat, and taking ownership of the best installation experts on hand, at DES, we guarantee to offer you the most efficient and cost-effective electrical underfloor heating, ensuring you get years of unadulterated warmth throughout your home.
Traditionally, the kitchen was a defined room in the home, solely for preparing and cooking the families meals. But nowadays for many households, it’s evolved into the central hub for family get-togethers and social gatherings, and with that in mind, at DES, we’re here to help you create an atmosphere of welcoming warmth, no matter what the occasion. Our team of professionals will happily discuss your individual requirements and guide you through the many options available to you, and our electricians will safely and expertly provide a no-fuss installation.
It’s important to have the perfect lighting for all your work tops when preparing and cooking food. With the applicability of the positioning and brightness of lighting being a top priority, to provide a safe and workable environment, we’ll liaise with you throughout the process, to install the best and most appropriate lighting for your explicit needs. You can use LED Spotlights to create a coned beam effect to illuminate specific work areas, or Strip Lights to provide an overall flood of light across the entire work surface.
Re-setting the mood can make all the difference when transforming your kitchen from a working area into a focus of societal get-togethers, and imbuing an atmosphere of sheer exuberance, is dependable on the lighting you use. Mood lighting can add depth to a room and its furnishings with soft, unassuming lighting effects to enhance the ambiance you want to create.
Overhead wall lights: To illuminate the ceiling.
Over cabinet lights: To light up the fronts of cupboard doors.
Inside cabinet lights: To reflect light on glassware and tableware.
Plinth lights: To create a soft illuminated boarder on kickboards.
What kind of lighting you use is entirely up to you, whether that’s LED Spotlights or LED Strip Lights.
From miniature LED’s for gentle lighting to Super-flux LEDs for maximum light emission, in the long run, they are more economic and energy-efficient than the old halogen and fluorescent spotlights, and are by far, more eco-friendly too. When working in the kitchen, using knives and other utensils, it’s safer to have brighter lighting, and if you have lots of natural light, then a slightly lower wattage bulb might be sufficient.
Examples of wattage and brightness for LED Spotlights:
This is a flexible strip of numerous little LED lights, that comes in different shapes and sizes, and can be self-contained or linked to dimmer devices, to provide variable light levels, depending on the mood you wish to create. They come attached to a reel that has a controller, so you can mix and match the colours for that perfect ambiance. These efficient lights are also very economic to run.
15 Watt LED lighting tapes: Good for working lights under kitchen cabinets.
20 Watt LED lighting tapes: Ideal for a brighter work surface lighting.
7.5 Watt RGB LED lighting tapes: A combination of red, green and blue, which can be changed instantly at the touch of a button, to deliver Feature lighting. Ideal for use as coving or plinth kitchen LED strip lighting, to produce a halo glow effect.
15 Watt RGB LED lighting tapes: High-power red, green and blue feature lighting which can be mixed to produce a pure white.
You Choose / We’ll Deliver:
With many lighting options to choose from, and our electrical engineers waiting to assist you, all you have to do is call us or pop in-store, and we’ll be waiting to light up your kitchen, and your social life.
Over the past year, our way of living has changed, and the approach we take to entertaining family and friends has also had to change. With indoor restrictions limiting the number of people who can get together inside, many people have had to reassess how they can utilize their outside spaces to safely accommodate open-air gatherings, whether that’s in the hospitality sector with hotels, restaurants, or the local pub, or for more personal gatherings in your own back garden. Here at DES, we’ve got all the knowledge and knowhow to bring you the very best in outdoor lighting, adding warmth and ambience to any open-air space, and our experts are here to help you to make the most of this new ‘normal’ way of alfresco living in these capricious times. And although we’re hopeful that the present restrictions will eventually come to an end, our new-found passion for the outdoor entertaining experience will undeniably continue for many years to come.
On hand to get you started:
Whether you are a landlord, publican or homeowner, here at DES, we offer free quotations, and with our team of professionals we’ll discuss the many options open to you, from upgrading your previous lighting, to discussing new electrical designs, and ensuring safety in the installation and wiring, whilst at all times being aware of the advantages of using renewable energy, including carbon neutral sources like sunlight, wind, rain, and geothermal heat.
Your safety is vital to us:
We’re experts in a multiplicity of electrical systems in both commercial and residential settings, and our electricians, whilst meeting with your expectations, will comply with all regulations, to ensure that both your personal safety, and that of the general public is paramount.
Solar-powered or mains supply:
Solar powered outdoor lighting is popular and applied in many commercial and residential settings, but due to their structure, and depending on their use, can tend to be a little low on brightness. And it’s in these situations that it may be more beneficial to have your outdoor lighting connected to your mains supply, which our electricians can easily and safely install for you.
Designing your outside lighting scheme:
It’s important to be considerate to the environment and your neighbours when deciding on your lighting design, by not creating too much glare. Wildlife, and bats in particular, can be affected by the disturbance of bright lights and we take this into consideration by not flooding a particular area, but by distributing the lighting. This is also important when considering your neighbours, so keeping your lighting local will prevent them from being in the direct line of any light instalments.
Reducing Your carbon footprint:
At DES we understand the importance of looking after and preserving the environment, and decreasing our carbon footprint. And by incorporating energy efficient lighting technology, we can guarantee to be doing our bit for the planet, by reducing greenhouse emissions, using low energy lighting. Although initially costing a little extra, both CFL and LED lightbulbs have a lower carbon rating, and last considerably longer than older incandescent lights.
Here for you:
From the initial concept to completion, our team of professionals are ready to help you design, illuminate and enjoy your new outdoor space for years to come. Just another one of our lightbulb moments for you to enjoy!
We’ve been busy this week in Brighton installing an 8Kwh Solar Edge system on a fantastic renovation project. The ‘in roof’ PV system will sit level with the tiles when installed to give a great end result.