Thursday, October 23rd 2008 at 21:37

High-speed Bluetooth standard

Broadcom has put its weight behind a proposal to create a high speed version of Bluetooth wireless downloads for multimedia products like the iPod by combining it with 100Mbit/s WiFi technology.

Read the whole article: Electronics Weekly

 Wednesday, October 22nd 2008 at 20:19

Brussels pulls plug on old light bulbs

Traditional light bulbs have two years of life left after a Brussels summit declared that they will be phased out in the battle against climate change.

The old-style incandescent filament bulbs will be replaced by more energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps.
For More Information Refer to the Telegraph

 Sunday, October 5th 2008 at 12:35

17th Edition Wiring Regulations

New regulations came into Action on the 1st July 2008 that will apply to all domestic and residential installations. RCDs are now required to provide additional protection. In order to qualify the RCD must be rated at 30mA or Less and operate within 40mS when tested at five times operating current.

In Simple Terms.

All sockets outlets should be protected by 30mA RCD whether on the ground floor of a house or of a tower block.


(Regulation 411.3.3) All Circuits in a room with a fixed bath or shower should be protected by one or more 30mA RCDs.

(Regulation 701.411.3.3) All cables buried beneath the plaster surface of a wall or partition if less than 50mm, should be protected by 30mA RCDs.

For More Information Refer to the17th Edition

 Friday, October 3rd 2008 at 10:53

NIC EIC announces Technical talks

NIC EIC has announced a series of “Technical Talks” which are exclusively available to its registered contractors. Read the whole article: Electrical Times

 Sunday, September 28th 2008 at 22:42

Kontotronics takes actions to fight the 'credit crunch'

We are commited to help our staff and customers during these difficult times. We have new procedures in place to ensure we can 'weather this storm' without disrupting our normal day to day operations.

 Sunday, September 28th 2008 at 16:43

70 SMEs go into administration as the credit crunch tightens its grip

More than 70 small construction companies have gone into administration over the last month which is an indication of the growing impact the credit crunch is having on SMEs in the sector. This will most certainly have a catastrophic effect on all electrical/electronic industries in the future. Quote: Andrew Kontoyiannis – Managing Director of Kontotronics Limited

 Saturday, September 20th 2008 at 20:49

RCCB for Special Locations

The 17th Edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations gives particular attention to protection in Special Locations. Some of these are swimming pools, marinas and other basins, as well as caravan and camping parks. In general, the requirements for these areas dictate the almost universal provision of residual current protection, typically in the form of an residual current circuit breaker (RCCB).Read the whole article:

 Wednesday, July 2nd 2008 at 18:34

Electrical DIY-ers face new law

From next year "significant" electrical work will have to be carried out by a qualified and registered electrician, the government has confirmed.Read the whole article:

 Tuesday, July 1st 2008 at 08:02

Chocolate generates electrical power

Willy Wonka could have powered his Great Glass Elevator on hydrogen produced from his chocolate factory. Microbiologist Lynne Mackaskie and her colleagues at the University of Birmingham in the UK have powered a fuel cell by feeding sugar-loving bacteria chocolate-factory waste. "We wanted to see if we tipped chocolate into one end, could we get electricity out at the other? Read the whole article:

 Monday, June 30th 2008 at 21:14

The 17th Edition of the IEE Wiring

The 17th Edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations (BS 7671:2008) was published in January 2008, and will come into effect from the 1 July 2008. From then on all commercial, domestic and industrial wiring installations must be designed, constructed, inspected, tested and certificated to meet the requirements of BS 7671: 2008. Read the whole article: