Electric.ie March April 2024

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 1 the magazine & website for the Irish Electrical Industry Issue 68 | March / April 2024 electric ie FREE Hager Install of the Year AX Distribution Cable Management Solutions Rittal Ireland Announce New Partnership To subscribe to this magazine, please contact us at info@electric.ie | website: www.electric.ie SWITCH IT UP! Introducing the Inceptor Milli range of fire rated downlights with switchable wattage and colour temperature

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ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 3 New Rexel Ireland Distribution Centre - Page 18 Introducing AX Distribution - New Cable Management Line - Page 17 Inter-Konnect Introduce New Sales Representatives - Page 26 10 5 Editorial. 7 Ovia - Switching up its Downlight Offer. 9 A Date for the Diary - Pedal for a Purpose. 10 Hager's Install of the Year. 13 Suir Engineering marks 40 years in business. 15 Dimplex Control App for Seamless Remote Heating Management. 17 Introducing AX Distribution. 18 The new Rexel Ireland Distribution Centre serving the Kellihers Electrical network of 24 branches. 21 LEDVANCE - Power through Light. 23 NSAI Committee seeking experts in safety for A/V and ICT technologies. 26 Inter-Konnect introduces New Sales Representatives. 29 Phoenix Contact - Multi-level terminal blocks for building installation save space. 29 Phoenix Contact - New voltage variants under 100W. 30 Rittal Ireland and Hummel announce new partnership. 31 SEAI - Home Energy Clinics. 36 Glamox - Universal LED Kits. 39 Switch Electrical Solutions - New Gel Technology for Low Voltage Application. 42 Latest upgrade extends connectivity of Mitsubishi Electric’s compact MELSEC iQ-F series PLCs. 45 Forum Lighting Shines Bright with ZINK Solar Range. 47 Schneider Electric - Becoming the Electrician of Tomorrow. 49 PCE's Cutting-Edge Industrial Plugs and Sockets at Demesne Electrical. 51 AP Haslam Ltd. are proud to be part of the WISKA Family for 60 Years. 53 Inventronics Acquires OSRAM Digital Systems in Europe and Asia. 54 Extremely Compact Fuse Holders for LED Lights. 55 ZEVI EV Charging Infrastructure LDV En-Route Grant Scheme. 56 BEG - Intelligent Building Solutions at new Banking HQ. 64 Obituaries. 65 Appointments. 66 Buyers' Guide. 49 Contents 30

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ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 5 Editorial electric.ie Electric Bureau Ireland Ltd., Bluebell House Business Centre, Bluebell Avenue, Dublin 12 Tel: (087) 6698028 Info@electric.ie Reg. Dublin: 512293 Colin Sherlock General Manager Layout/Design colin.sherlock@electric.ie DISCLAIMER Electric Bureau Ireland Ltd. accept no responsiblity for the accuracy of contributed articles or statements appearing in this publication. Electric.ie is published by Electric Bureau Ireland Ltd. The magazine is circulated throughout Ireland and is available on wholesale trade counters and from representatives of electrical distributors who are members of EMDA The editor welcomes: contributions of technical papers, information on new products, details of installation projects and all editorial input of interest to our readers. Printed by W&G Baird Friday 17th, November 2023 Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin IEBA: Charity Cycle Gears Up for a Breathtaking Journey Gear up for a thrilling adventure with the New Irish Electrical Cycling Club (IECC) as they host a charity cycle on September 20th, 2024, with all proceeds going to the IEBA (Irish Electrical Benevolent Association). The club, specifically set up for this event is fully sanctioned by Cycling Ireland. It starts in Killaloe, Co. Clare, cyclists will embark on a breath-taking 110-kilometre journey around Lough Derg. Full details are not yet available, but interested individuals or companies can reach out to Stephen McManus (details available on page 9) for more information. In other news, the spotlight is on Russell Fitzpatrick of Robbie Burke Electrical, who secures the Hager "Install of the Year" award. This competition recognises and promotes excellence within the electrical industry, and Fitzpatrick's professional installation work is a testament to the industry's high standards (details on page 10). Ovia along with it's brand-new catalogue, have just launched the 'Inceptor Milli' a dimmable, fixed, fire rated LED downlight along with an extensive range of bezels (see page 7). Atex Ltd. makes waves in the industry with the introduction of AX Distribution, a dedicated cable management line of products. For a closer look at these new offerings, turn to page 17. We look at the new Rexel Distribution Centre. Established to serve the Kellihers network of 24 branches (see page 18). Rittal Ireland and Hummel, Germany's leading supplier of cable glands announce a new partnership (see page 30). Inter-Konnect introduces new sales representatives (see page 27) The EIGSI's first event of the year is on the 22nd March. New members are welcome (see page 23). On a much sadder note, the early months of this year marked the passing of two revered figures in the electrical industry, Reg Farrell and Dick Bowen. We reflect on their significant contributions and give our condolences to their families.

6 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • call: +353 1 9123462 email: sales@ovia.ie visit: ovia.ie SWITCH IT UP! Introducing the Inceptor Milli range of fire rated downlights with switchable wattage and colour temperature Dual Wattage (4W & 6.4W) Twist Insulation Cover CCT Switchable (WW, CW, DL) Fast-Fit 3 Pole & loop Connector DIMMABLE 75MM 64MM CUTOUT BAFFLE VERSION ALSO AVAILABLE

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 7 Small and compact in name and format but packing a huge punch when it comes to features and benefits is the new Inceptor Milli dimmable, fixed, fire-rated LED downlight. Designed to complement the range of downlight solutions already offered by Ovia, Inceptor Milli is aimed predominantly at the domestic market. It combines style and functionality to provide installers with a downlight that is quick and easy to fit and offers a range of features at the flick of a switch. Standard or Baffle Inceptor Milli is an IP65-rated downlight that is available both in standard/ xed and baf e versions. The standard version provides a 60 beam angle, while the baf e provides a more focused 25 angle. The baf e design ensures a more concentrated and directional illumination, making it an ideal choice for highlighting speci c areas. The baf e is offered in a choice of white or black. Five bezel nishes are available, with a choice of White, Black, Chrome, Satin Chrome and Antique Brass nishes offered. With the Ovia – switching up its downlight offer ‒Now in its fifth year of trading as an independent lighting company, Ovia has established itself as a leading player in the lighting sector. With Issue 5 of the Ovia catalogue just released into circulation, Mike Collins, Managing Director, shines a light on one of the new light fittings which he believes will be a star performer for the company this year. Industry NewOsVIA standard version you simply order the nish of your choice as a xed nish. The baf e version is supplied with a white bezel, but this can be interchanged with any of the other nishes and they are purchased separately. Simply twist the existing bezel to remove and replace with the colour nish of your choice. This also means that for a fresh new look in the future, it is simply a case of replacing the bezels with an alternative nish. Switching it Up A key feature to highlight with the Milli downlight is the element of control that is offered in this one tting. There is the option to seamlessly switch between 6.4W and 4W power outputs using a single switch to provide users with unprecedented control over their lighting environments. There is also the ability to easily switch the colour temperatures between 2700K (Warm White), 4000K (Cool White) and 6500K (Daylight). This allows for effortless adaptation to varying lighting needs and makes is easy for the end user to tailor their lighting to suit their individual requirements. Whether they are seeking a vibrant, well-lit atmosphere or a more subdued, energy-conscious ambiance, the Inceptor Milli ensures optimal exibility. Rotatable Insulation Cover One feature that sets the Inceptor Milli apart from many downlights on the market is the insulation cover which introduces a practical solution for installation challenges. The rotatable insulation cover allows you to install the downlights safely under insulation but also adjust the cover allowing for 5mm extra clearance. On the standard/ xed Milli downlight the insulation cover can be twisted to the up and down position and still t in a 60mm void. The baf e version can only t in a 60mm void when the insulation cover is down and the plasterboard is a minimum thickness of 12.5cm. Issue 5 of the Ovia Catalogue

8 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • OVIA By accommodating insulation materials more effectively, the Inceptor Milli ensures optimal performance. Unrestricted air ow around the xture helps manage heat dissipation, contributing to the longevity and ef ciency of the downlight. Our downlights are Fire Rated to 30, 60 and 90 minutes and also feature an Intumescent Strip, which, when exposed to re, expands to seal the gap between the light tting and plasterboard. Fast Fit Connection All our Inceptor Milli downlights are supplied pre-wired with a Fast-Fit, 3-Pole & Loop Flow connector, and we also provide a loose push- t Flow connector in the box which ensures a quick and easy installation process. Broad cut-out range The Inceptor Milli has a broad cut-out range of 64mm to 75mm, which allows the downlights to be installed in a wide range of existing ceiling downlight cut-outs. Multi-pack With the aim of providing a practical and cost-effective solution for a comprehensive range of lighting projects, Inceptor Milli is available in a convenient 10-pack box. Sustainable Inceptor Our industry is currently evolving from a linear to a circular economy, and this will only intensify in the coming months and years. The emphasis is on reducing the amount of waste that goes to land ll by embracing a re-using, remaking/repairing and recycling mentality. Sustainability drives all the decisions and actions we make at Ovia. We are committed to contributing to the transition to a circular economy and our aim is to make Ovia market leader in sustainable lighting. TM66 Assured Product Verification Scheme We are working towards our Inceptor luminaires scoring highly on the TM66 Assured Product Veri cation Scheme. This scheme is an innovative initiative developed and ful lled by the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) and endorsed by CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) and its aim is to advance circular economy practices within the lighting industry. Our Inceptor products have been tested and scored very well on the TM66 Circularity Report. Testing involves the gathering of thorough evidence to support the speci cations of our product range. We use the LIA to verify our TM66 results to ensure we have a consistent and accurate rating. We are proud advocates of TM66 and have been given the opportunity to be founding partners, demonstrating our commitment to a circular economy for our industry. www.ovia.ie sales@ovia.ie +353 (1) 912 3462

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 9 A DATE FOR THE DIARY Pedal for a Purpose: IEBA Charity Cycle, September 20th, 2024 Gear up for a thrilling adventure with the New Irish Electrical Cycling Club (IECC) as they host a charity cycle on September 20th, 2024 with all proceeds going to the IEBA (Irish Electrical Benevolent Association). The club, specifically set up for this event is fully sanctioned by Cycling Ireland, It aims to combine fitness, camaraderie, and philanthropy. Starting in Killaloe, Co. Clare, cyclists will embark on a breathtaking 110 kilometre journey around Lough Derg, all in support of the IEBA. Full details will be available shortly. If you or your company would like to get involved please contact: Stephen McManus on 086 6060677 or irishelectricalcyclingclub@gmail.com

10 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • HEPA Filter 0203 564 9164 – sales@atc.ie – atcelec.co.uk ATC Tiger ECO High Speed Hand Dryer Ultra Modern Design Ecosun Low Temp Ceiling Heaters ATC Pacific Unvented Water Heaters For Wash Stations ATC Dahlia Hand Santiser Station Wash—Dry—Sanitise • Automatic No Touch Operation • Hygienic • 36,000 Operation Battery Life • Battery Powered: 6 x AA batteries • Wall mounted in Minutes • Free Standing Station • No Power Required • Sturdy yet Portable • Adjustable Heights • For use with Dahlia Hand Sanitiser Dispenser • Hygienic No Touch Operation • Dries hands in 15 Seconds • Low Energy (550/1200W) • Super Silent—70dB @ 1m • Optional HEPA Filter – removes 99.97% of bacteria particles • Two panel sizes 600mm x 600mm and 1200mm x 600mm • Energy efficient low energy costs • Draught and Noise free • Ceiling mounting allows flexible use of floor and wall space • Designed for quick and easy installation to suspended ceilings • 3 Sizes: 5, 10, 14 Litres • ERP Rated B • New Safety Valve • Glass lined tank • External adjustable • Thermostat control • Quick recovery element • Wall & Floor Mounted ATC Dahlia Hand Santiser Dispenser Wash—Dry—Sanitise Wash – Dry – Sanitise Restaurants Schools Sports Facilities Universities Stadia Hotels Experience Unique • Soap Dispenser • Automation Water Tap • High Speed Hand Dryer ATC Eco Tap Wash Room System Russell Fitzpatrick is Hager’s Install of the Year winner! Hager’s Install of The Year 2023 competition was held in January 2024 via Instagram and their website, www.hager.ie. It was the industry’s time to shine, and voting began for your favourite Hager installations. The concept of the competition was to encourage and support electricians within our industry. The finalists were selected, and your votes decided who would win first, second and third places. Hager launched the competition on Instagram and invited everyone to vote for the finalists through their website. Each of the finalists provided a brief description of their work experience, along with a photo of their Hager installation. The reaction to the competition was outstanding and thousands of your votes were counted to determine first, second and third places. The winner of the competition was Russell Fitzpatrick with a great installation, showcasing Hager’s FWB range of distribution boards. Russell will join Hager (along with his partner) on a fabulous Mediterranean cruise in May 2024. Paddy Hegarty, came a close second place, and Lee Murphy won third place. Kevin Curran, Hager’s Head of Sales in Ireland, commented; “It was really encouraging to see the incredible support for colleagues within our electrical industry. Hager also hold monthly competitions for electricians and apprentices on social media, and we get an extremely positive response to them. However, the reaction to our Install of the Year competition was on another level, as we received over three times the volume of votes compared to 2022. It’s great to see electricians applauding and promoting the excellent standards of work within our industry, and this should certainly be nurtured. We need to promote and support excellence in our industry.” Hager’s Install of the Year supports industry excellence Kevin Curran interviewed Russell Fitzpatrick to get an insight into Russell’s working life: Congratulations Russell, on winning Hager Ireland’s Install of the Year competition. The response to the competition has been extremely positive. How did it feel to be voted Hager Ireland’s Install of the Year? I was genuinely over the moon winning the Install of the Year; it really was a feel-good moment. The recognition from peers and the industry has already been incredibly rewarding. Achieving this award has not only filled me with personal pride but has also underscored the value of hard work and Hager’s Install of the Year 2023 competition Kevin Curran, Hager’s Head of Sales presents Russell Fitzpatrick witht he trophy, alongside Robbie Burke (owner Robbie Burke Electrical). Left to right; Jack Lyons, Stephen Morley, Robbie Burke, Russell Fitzpatrick, Kevin Curran, Jack flood, John Crawley and Jamie Mooney

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 11 dedication in our industry. I am immensely grateful for the positive response it has garnered and the support of my peers. How did you initially become interested in becoming an electrician? Well, my father was an electrician, and I vividly remember him bringing me along during my school holidays to job sites. To be perfectly honest, at that time, I wasn’t particularly fascinated with the intricacies of chasing walls or the complexities of electrical work. However, as I progressed through school, the exposure to the field grew on me. The hands-on experience and witnessing the transformative power of electricity sparked a genuine interest. By the time I finished school, the decision to pursue an electrical apprenticeship became clear. My father’s influence played a pivotal role in shaping my career path, and I am grateful for the guidance he provided, setting me on this rewarding journey in the electrical industry. Can you tell us a little bit about the company you work for, Robbie Burke Electrical, and the type of electrical work that you carry out. At Robbie Burke Electrical, it’s truly a fantastic company to work for and be a part of, boasting an exceptional team of dedicated electricians and apprentices. The work environment is enriching, with a culture that fosters collaboration, innovation, and a strong sense of pride in our work. I consider myself fortunate to be a part of this successful team, where every member contributes to the collective success of the company. Our scope of work is extensive, ranging from rewiring houses to working on projects in hotels, bars, restaurants, offices, and handling urgent call-outs for multiple companies. The diversity of projects keeps us on our toes and continually challenges us to expand our skill set. The technical intricacies and the occasional humour in wondering whether our brains are growing or burning out adds a unique dimension to our daily endeavours. What advice would you give apprentices starting out in this industry? I believe that apprentices, as they embark on their journey in the electrical industry, should prioritise taking pride in their work, maintaining a consistently neat and tidy workspace, and above all, prioritising safety. These foundational principles are not only crucial for personal and team success but also form the bedrock for cultivating a mindset of excellence. By instilling these values from the very beginning, apprentices can lay a solid foundation for their future growth and development within the industry. It’s a profession that demands precision and dedication, and these early habits can significantly contribute to one’s success in becoming a truly exceptional electrician. I believe the electrical trade is one of the best apprenticeships out there. The options you have once you qualify are endless. I would recommend that apprentices find a progressive, forward thinking company to work for and to always be open to learning new skills. Hager FWB Distribution Board Installation by Russell Fitzpatrick

12 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • hager.ie customer.service@hager.ie technical.service@hager.ie @HagerIreland @hagerireland What aspects of your job do you enjoy most? I find immense satisfaction when projects are completed successfully, and our customers or clients are delighted with the outcomes. Witnessing the fruition of our hard work and seeing how projects turn out is genuinely fulfilling. Beyond the technical aspects, the joy of customer satisfaction and the tangible impact our work has on improving and enhancing spaces is what makes every project uniquely rewarding. It’s the culmination of our collective efforts and expertise, and knowing that we’ve contributed positively to the built environment is a source of pride for me and the entire team at Robbie Burke Electrical. What do you and Robbie Burke Electrical value most about Hager? At Robbie Burke Electrical, we highly value Hager for their exceptional support team and the reliability of their products. The depth of support we receive from Hager has been instrumental in the successful execution of our projects. We consistently find Hager’s products to be of the highest standard, remarkably reliable, and appreciate the spacious and well-laid-out panels they provide. Hager’s commitment to excellence aligns seamlessly with our own standards and aspirations. Building a partnership with a company that not only provides top-notch products but also prioritises ongoing support and innovation is crucial for the continued success of our projects. Hager’s dedication to quality supports our mission at Robbie Burke Electrical, ensuring that the solutions we deliver to our clients are of the highest calibre and meet the evolving demands of the industry. Hager Ireland

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 13 Suir Engineering reports record-breaking financial performance as it marks 40 years in business Suir Engineering, one of Ireland’s leading engineering services providers, has released details of its financial performance for 2023 reporting a turnover of €429 million, representing 41% year over year growth. CEO of Suir Engineering, John Kelly, has confirmed that the company improved its liquidity base over the past 12 months and operated profitably, achieving an EBITDA of 5%. The latest financial results affirm Suir Engineering’s position as one of the largest providers in its sector. The business, which provides mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and high-voltage engineering services, marks 40 years in business this year with an international footprint that extends beyond Ireland to Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and more recently, the UK and Finland. Ireland remains a crucial market for Suir Engineering and over four decades, the business has developed longstanding relationships with a signi cant client base across multiple sectors. In addition to its work in its chosen sectors of Pharmaceutical, Life Sciences and Data Centres, Suir Engineering has grown its project portfolio in Energy Power & Renewables (EP&R). “Our EP&R business has operated for over 20 years and has quadrupled in size in the last six to a division now generating €120 million Industry News ‒41% growth for leading engineering services provider in 2023 ‒Headcount to increase by 200 in 2024 as projects extend to the UK & Finland per year, carrying out groundbreaking and rst-of-a-kind electrical power projects across the UK and Ireland,” said John Kelly. “We are marking our 40th anniversary in 2024 and already, it’s shaping up to be our strongest ever given the €500 million order intake last year. This is a testament to our highly-skilled workforce and a demonstration of the con dence our clients have in our work and our people. Having closed the 2023 management accounts, we’re really pleased to be able to lay such strong foundations for 2024 and are optimistic that we will achieve another recordbreaking performance, with new opportunities on the horizon.” Kelly con rmed that Suir Engineering will further expand its employee base, increasing it from over 1,500 to more than 1,700 in 2024, aligning with and supporting the company’s growth strategy for 2024 and the years ahead. Headquartered in Waterford and with of ces in Dublin, Stockholm, Copenhagen, London and Frankfurt, Suir Engineering was founded in Kilkenny, Ireland in 1984 and was acquired in 2022 by private equity group, Duke Street, from Dalkia and EDF Energy. www.suireng.ie for more John Kelly, CEO of Suir Engineering.

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ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 15 Dimplex Control App for Seamless Remote Heating Management At Glen Dimplex, they understand that life can become busy. Regardless of where you are, you can have total control over your heating for when you arrive home after a long day. The Dimplex Control App allows you to remotely monitor and manage your Dimplex Products to ensure optimum performance and comfort. The app’s simple user interface means you can get started straight away. You can arrange your heaters into zones so that you can simply manage and monitor their energy consumption, which is perfect for multiple properties. Use a single app to remotely manage several sites. Forgot to turn the heating off before going on holiday? Want to make sure a minimum temperature is maintained? Now your heating is never out of reach. To connect your Dimplex products using the Dimplex Control App you will also need a Dimplex Hub and for some model’s a Radio Frequency Module (RFM). The Radio Frequency Module is built into some of our newer product lines, such the Quantum and QRad RF, which makes connecting to Dimplex Control even easier. Dimplex Control App These are just a few of the features of the Dimplex Control app: • Easy set-up with a step-by-step wizard. Simply connect your product to a Dimplex Hub and gain control through the app. • Zoned control for quick views and changes to your heating modes. • Remote access, monitor and control your heating and hot water from anywhere in the world using the Dimplex Control App and a mobile data connection. • Utilise Bluetooth to communicate directly with the Hub. This makes setup quick and never requires you to leave the app during setup. • Monitoring of energy usage. Dimplex Secure Hub Dimplex Hub acts as the bridge between radio frequency (RF) Dimplex products* and the Dimplex Control Cloud server. This Hub connects via Ethernet or Wi-Fi to allow you to control and monitor your heating and hot water with Dimplex Control. The Dimplex Hub offers an encrypted connection. These are just a few of the features of Dimplex Hub: • Creates a radio frequency network that supported Dimplex products can join. • Allows connected Dimplex products to send and receive commands. • Quick setup using the Dimplex Control app step-by-step wizard. • Each Hub can connect up to 20 devices. • Enables you to monitor energy usage with the Dimplex Control app. Dimplex ‒Experience unparalleled convenience with the Dimplex Control App - Effortless control, zoned management, and energy monitoring at your fingertips, ensuring comfort from anywhere in the world.

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ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 17 Established in 1996, Atex Limited has developed as a leading specialist electrical distribution company in Ireland with important contribution to export markets. Founded by Brendan Neenan, the company is still family based now under the management of Conor Neenan. Building on its success as a major distributor, Atex Limited now launches a new product line under the title ‘AX Distribution’. AX Distribution The new AX Distribution product line introduces a high quality range of Rounds, Ovals, Mini and Maxi Trunkings, and the ever popular Single and Twin Surface Boxes. This dedicated range of products will service your cable management needs directly, utilising the skills and expertise of the Atex Limited team. Aligning with product demand, AX Distribution is launched Industry News Industry News Introducing AX Distribution ‒Leading EX Equipment Supplier Introduces New Dedicated Cable Management Line. by Atex Limited alongside the introduction of a whole new range of Cable Management solutions. Working in partnership with some of the best global manufacturers, the company is delighted to now offer a fully comprehensive supply of conduits, trunking, junction boxes and accessories from industry stalwarts such as Univolt, Unex, JSL and Eaton Capri to name but a few. 2024 is set to be bright, with new products coming from oor boxes to time clocks and more. Looking for something else? Now is the time to let them know and they will look to expand the offering to suit your needs. Alan Brown, Head of Sales Distribution of Atex Limited, expressed enthusiasm about the venture into cable management, stating, "We see our journey into cable management as an exciting diversification from our original product focus. We have identified a clear gap in the market with respect to local cable management supply, which we are very keen to tackle and develop with our partners." About ATEX Limited Since its foundation in 1996 they have been the of cial agent for Ceag, who manufacture Atex equipment and life safety systems (emergency lighting). Now part of Eaton (formally ABB, Cooper). Over the years they have expanded their portfolio to include brands such as Astra Lighting, Concord Sylvania. ILight, Zen Control, Ektor and more. It is an Irish established and family run business. In 2021, Conor Neenan stepped into the role of Managing Director, signifying a new era of growth and innovation for Atex Limited. Contact Atex Limited to obtain a copy of the new Product Guide or you can download it online at www.atex.ie Contact Us: Website: www.atex.ie Email: sales@atex.ie Telephone: +353-1-459 6996 10 Broomhill Business Complex, Broomhill Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Ireland.

18 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • Kellihers, part of the Rexel Group since 2006, are the first wholesaler to open a Distribution hub in Ireland showing their commitment to the Irish market and ensuring a continuous supply of product to Irish electrical installers. The new Rexel Ireland Distribution Centre opened in January to serve the Kellihers Electrical network of 24 branches nationwide The impressive new stateof-the-art Distribution Centre has 100,000 square feet of warehouse space and is located on the Naas Road with easy access to the whole country ensuring faster stock availability at the branches. The Rexel Ireland Unit has been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ certi cation from BREEAM and achieved the highest score, making it the MOST SUSTAINABLE BUILDING IN IRELAND. This is a great achievement for the electrical wholesaler and promoter of energy solutions, with a strong sustainability agenda and backed up by the global Rexel Group. Rexel’s investment in this Kellihers Electrical

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 19 Distribution Centre allows them to continue to lead the market in customer service through an improved delivery promise, product availability and sustainability offer. They have always invested in high levels of stock, positioning their business as a reliable supply chain partner to electrical installers around the country. They also have a reputation for being rst-to-the-Irishmarket with innovative product like LED lighting, and more recently renewable energy products like PV panels, inverters and accessories as well as EV chargers and energy ef cient heating. A Distribution Centre of this scale offers Kellihers the opportunity to bring an even more innovative product selection to electrical contractors and installers. We can’t wait to see what’s next for this wholesaler – watch this space! Kellihers Electrical

20 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • LEDVANCE.COM THE FUTURE IS CIRCULAR Replace, don’t waste – in the interests of the circular economy, the LED light sources and drivers in EVERLOOP LED luminaires from LEDVANCE can be easily replaced and recycled if necessary. This means the luminaires themselves can remain in use almost indefinitely, less waste is produced and fewer resources are needed. A huge boost for sustainability. Find out more about LEDVANCE EVERLOOP now at ledvance.com/everloop LEDVANCE EVERLOOP

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 21 Industry News POWER THROUGH LIGHT: LEDVANCE presents new era of sustainable light at Light + Building 2024 Light + Building 2024 will provide the platform for LEDVANCE to introduce a new era of innovative possibilities to use light to its full potential, as a means of illumination and power generation. By offering intelligent energy solutions, solar technologies and modern lighting systems for better working and living environments, LEDVANCE is enabling its customers to achieve significant energy cost savings, and reduce CO2 emissions and waste through sustainable products, solutions and processes. “For us, sustainability is not an afterthought but a benchmark for truly innovative products and a crucial ingredient for our corporate strategy,” explains Jean-Marc Vogel, Managing Director Western Europe at LEDVANCE. “This commitment is effective only, however, when applied across the entire chain. That’s why we’re providing sustained impetus throughout all areas of application – from LEDification in outdoor lighting, to increased energy efficiency with new retrofit LEDs, to the EVERLOOP product segment which helps to replace light sources and control gear in LED luminaires very easily and therefore making them truly circular.” The full potential of light – new photovoltaic solutions The new LEDVANCE Renewables product range provides customers with photovoltaic systems and associated services from a single, trusted source. Designed for both private and commercial ‒At Light + Building 2024, world-leading lighting solutions provider LEDVANCE will showcase its latest intelligent and efficient lighting and energy solutions at booth D10 in Hall 3.0. Visitors to the stand will discover the full potential of light from classic professional LED solutions to a new photovoltaic range. The new LEDVANCE LOOP product lines will also make their debut and are geared towards creating an effective circular economy to provide sustainable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly LED luminaires and lamps. applications, the photovoltaic panels come as bifacial or monofacial modules, with power levels from 405 to 660 W and in various designs. The robust, highly ef cient and intelligent string or hybrid inverters are compatible with all system components and easy to install and operate. The various low-voltage and highvoltage batteries provide optimal performance and energy storage that can be expanded at any time. A LEDVANCE Renewables app enables users to monitor and control the system from any location at any time. Technical support helps customers to get the most out of the system – from initial consultation, delivery and installation, to power and energy monitoring and management. From line to loop – new ways to a sustainable future LEDVANCE LOOP is a new series of sustainable luminaires introduced to help transform the lighting industry and provide greater sustainability by pushing forward the transition from linear to circular processes. The result of this strategic realignment is two new product lines, EVERLOOP and NATURELOOP. The EVERLOOP range offers easily replaceable LED light sources and drivers to maximize the lifespan of luminaires, avoid the disposal of complete luminaires, and reduce the number of electrical products going into the waste stream, thereby promoting a functioning circular economy. The NATURELOOP label stands for lamps and products that are manufactured and packaged using recycled materials. Each product with a NATURELOOP label contains at least 40% recycled plastic (based on the plastic content of the product) . The packaging is also fully recyclable. Professional solutions for all areas Whether for the of ce, warehouse, outdoor space or sports venue, all LEDVANCE products are designed LEDVANCE

22 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • LEDVANCE to meet the varying requirements whilst being sustainable and energy-ef cient, user-friendly, easy to install, handle and maintain, highly ef cient and customizable. The high quality of light and low glare of the PANEL and LINEAR INDIVILED luminaires meet the expectations of modern of ce lighting. To satisfy demands in the industrial sector, LEDVANCE offers robust and durable luminaires with high IP/IK protection. In addition to the HIGHBAY luminaires, this includes the new high-performance LED tubes for particularly challenging areas. Outdoor conditions require lighting solutions that are highly ef cient, durable and standard-compliant such as the STREETLIGHT FLEX luminaires or the varied BULKHEAD portfolio with power select and IP65 protection. For sports venue lighting, the LOWBAY FLEX luminaires with optional ball-proof covers and LED solutions are tailored to the customer’s requirements as part of the SPECIFY program, such as the FLOODLIGHT ARENA stadium oodlight. For areas that require constant lighting such as streets, parks and pedestrian zones, the economic NAV LED FILAMENT AMBER retro t solution offers a very low proportion of blue light (1.5%), which helps to protect wildlife and residents from the potential adverse effects of blue light at nighttime. Light management is VIVARES – versatile and powerful In times of high energy prices, ef cient and demand-oriented lighting control is important. VIVARES presents a wide range of DALI and Zigbee-based light management systems that are easy to install and operate, and provide energy and CO2 savings of as much as 80% . LEDVANCE offers VIVARES for single room solutions (up to 200 m2) as an individually designed light management system or for oor solutions (up to 1,000 m ) across multiple rooms, including optional cloud embedding with a remote maintenance option. The systems work either with the established DALI-2 industry standard to operate up to 1,000 luminaires and 1,000 input devices, or the Zigbee 3.0 wireless standard to communicate with up to 200 compatible devices. LEDVANCE offers control units, luminaires, lamps and sensors from a single source, simple con guration and commissioning, individual support from lighting planning to on-site instruction, as well as comprehensive after-sales service. For more information, please visit: https://www.ledvance.com/professional/company/about-ledvance/fairs-and-events/lightbuilding2024 For more information on Light + Building, please visit: https://light-building.messefrankfurt.com

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 23 Industry News NSAI Committee seeking experts in safety for A/V and ICT technologies NSAI/ETC/TC 11 is the Irish mirror committee to IEC/TC 108 and CENELEC TC/108X with responsibility for standardisation in the field of safety for audio/video, information technology, and communication technology. The publication and global adoption of IEC 62368-1 has led to increased interest in the activities of IEC/TC 108 at an international level. Active members of NSAI/ETC/ TC 11 can in uence the future direction of IEC 62368-1 and other safety standards. They can also use their expertise to review, comment on, and in uence new drafts, proposed amendments, interpretation sheets and new work items presented by IEC/TC 108. Members will also provide input into the Irish National Committee on the exercising of voting rights at European and International level. Industry News Jonathan Quigley, Standards Of cer at the NSAI, highlights some of the bene ts of membership, saying: “Membership of an NSAI committee allows experts to influence the development of standards relevant to their field and gain an early understanding of upcoming changes to standards. It also allows experts to keep abreast of the latest technical innovation and market trends in their sector. Along with this, a number of organisations and associations count work on NSAI Technical committees as CPD (Continuing Professional Development).” NSAI/ETC/TC 11 are welcoming applications from technical experts to join and become active members of the committee. To apply, please submit your query to Jonathan.Quigley@nsai.ie noting relevant experience within the safety of A/V and ICT industries. EIGSI - Open to new industry members Joining the EIGSI (Electrical Industries Golfing Society of Ireland) offers an excellent opportunity to connect with industry colleagues in a relaxed setting and enjoy a round of golf. To express your interest in becoming a member, simply send an email to bookings@eigsi.ie. The first fixture of the year is on Friday 22nd March at the European Club.

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26 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • Industry News At Inter-Konnect, the dedication extends beyond distributing high-quality products. The company takes pride in overseeing the entire project lifecycle – from design to commissioning. The aim is to ensure flawless performance, and this commitment is reflected in the brands being synonymous with reliability. As the team expands with new Area Sales Representatives and the unveiling of their brand new Training Room, InterKonnect reaf rms its position as a leader in the electrical industry. The company actively engages with wholesalers, driving demand by educating end-users, installers, and consultants about exceptional products and brands. Clients choose Inter-Konnect for their expertise, innovative solutions, and a steadfast commitment to energy ef ciency that transforms projects into success stories. Inter-Konnect is thrilled to introduce three dynamic professionals joining the team as Area Sales Representatives. These individuals bring a mix of experience, expertise and Inter-Konnect introduces New Sales Representatives Cormac Malone. Terry Quinn. Nathan Whelan. ‒Meet the New Faces of Inter-Konnect's Expansion. ‒Unveils The New Training Room. enthusiasm further solidifying Inter-Konnect's commitment to excellence in their market. Meet the New Faces of Inter-Konnect: Cormac Malone - Ulster With a proven track record in electrical wholesaling Cormac is already helping to grow the customer base in his area. Terry Quinn - Munster and Connaught Born in Glasgow. Terry brings a wealth of sales experience to the role. He is strong on problem solving and keen to build relationships. Nathan Whelan - Leinster Nathan has worked on electrical data center projects in Ireland and Sweden. He is very enthusiastic and will bring a fresh perspective to the team. The Inter-Konnect New Training Room From in-depth sessions on KNX and EnOcean wireless control systems to practical demonstrations of presence detection, lighting controls, heating controls, and energy monitoring systems, the training facility ensures that customers stay ahead in a rapidly evolving industry. *** New Training Room.

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 27 call: 01 2811 122 email: sales@clicklitehouse.ie visit: www.clicklitehouse.ie All decorative switch plates are modular as standard. This allows you to create virtually any switch plate you require. The MiniGrid® modules are all easily and quickly exchanged or mounted onto unfurnished plates. CHOOSE CLICK For all your decorative wiring solutions

28 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • ICC02-19.000.L1 Side conductor connection, better overview Push-in terminals The new PTV terminals combine the fast tool-free conductor connections o ered by push-in terminals with the space-saving conductor routing of screw terminals. This unites the advantages of existing terminals, making your system modernization proceed smoothly For additional information, visit phoenixcontact.net/webcode/1126 First type 2 Push-in surge protection Easy handling during installation The VAL-MS PT is the first type 2 surge protective device in the world with Push-in connection technology. Benefit from the advantages of this proven connection method for tool-free installation. Testing the recommended tightening torque is a thing of the past. For additional information, visit phoenixcontact.ie or call +353(0)12051300 INT01-21.000.L1 IE_210x297full_L1_VAL-MS PT.indd 1 12.04.2021 14:51:13

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 29 LPEhDoVeAniNxCEontact New voltage variants under 100 W For small sizes the power supply units provide high system availability with preventive function monitoring and power reserve – even in the low power range. Dynamic boost with up to 200% of the nominal power for 5 s ensures that difficult loads start. The system can be easily extended by static boost which continuously provides up to 125% of the nominal power. The power supplies also have a high ef ciency of 92.4% and a long service life, with low power dissipation and low heating. Selectable power thresholds and DC OK signaling enable output parameter monitoring tailored to the application. The preventive function monitoring feature warns of critical operating states before faults occur. Pushin connection technology makes commissioning quick and easy. The narrow, at design of the devices also saves space in control cabinets. The power supply units have a DC input voltage range from 88 V DC to 350 V DC. Multi-level terminal blocks for building installation save space Double function shafts on each level ensure a timesaving three-phase distribution in the terminal strip. Every terminal point can be clearly marked and seen in every terminal block mounting position. All neutral conductor disconnect terminal blocks are tted with a robust, screwless disconnect slide for easy and secure N disconnection. It latches in the end positions. The UTI installation terminal blocks with screw connection are compatible with the installation system of Phoenix Contact and have the same system features as the Clipline complete terminal block system. ‒The installation terminal blocks from Phoenix Contact impress by their low and compact design. Using them, building installations can be set up in a quick and space-saving way. The new UTI 6 multi-level terminal blocks are suitable for conductors up to 10 mm². ‒The Quint Power power supplies from Phoenix Contact in the power range up to 100 W are now also available with special voltages of 5 V and 12 V. Three new single-phase power supply units (5 V DC with 5 A, 12 V DC with 2.5 A and 7.5 A) supplement the portfolio, which until now has included 24 V devices in the power range of up to 100 W.

30 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • Rittal Hummel, Germany's leading supplier of cable glands, has established an excellent reputation in the global manufacturing industry. So it made perfect sense for the two companies to come together in Ireland as well, in the pursuit of the highest possible product quality and user-friendliness. Both Rittal and Hummel are committed to exceeding their customers' expectations. Wayne Moody, Managing Director of Rittal Ireland says; "The proven reliability of the Rittal and Hummel products, combined with the familiarity of the Rittal advisors with the materials, standards and usage aspects of the Hummel cable glands, result in a one-stop procurement process with which we relieve our customers of all their worries. Rittal Ireland and Hummel announce new partnership When looking at the degree of protection of enclosures for electrical components, the following applies: every chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Therefore, in addition to a good choice of a suitable enclosure system for each application, optimum matching of cable glands is also important.” "The true quality of cable glands is determined by the quality of the materials, their design as well as their composition,” says Phil Nicholson, Managing Director of Hummel L to R: Philip Abbey, Darrel Slater, Jim Murray, Wayne Moody and Phil Nicholson.

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 31 www.rittal.ie For further information on the entire Rittal range visit www.rittal.ie or check out our linkedin page @rittal-ireland Rittal Rittal/Industry News United Kingdom and Ireland. “At Hummel, quality is as paramount in everything we do as it is at Rittal, which is why our products and our people work so well together.” With this partnership, Rittal Ireland as exclusive distributors, are excited to provide our customers with a brilliant experience, characterised by quality, reliability and the best solutions for their projects. SEAI - Home Energy Clinics ‒Local libraries across Ireland recently hosted Free Home Energy Clinics aimed at bringing energy awareness and efficiency to our communities and homes. In February 2024, 20 local libraries across Ireland were transformed into hubs of energy knowledge. These Energy Clinics, run by SEAI’s County Mentor team, dived into the ins and outs of our energy use, energy savings and practical tips for making our home and community more energy efficient. Led by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), showcasing how to reduce our use and energy bills while increasing our comfort. Why It Matters: The aim is to empower people with the tools to cut energy costs and contribute to Ireland’s sustainable energy journey. These workshops covered topics like reading electric meters, understanding energy bills, energy-saving tips and effective energy management. There is also interactive sessions where questions take centre stage. Keep an eye on your local library's announcements for Energy Clinic details. www.seai.ie

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