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What Is The Average Cost Of Upgrading To LED Lighting?

Posted by Paul Tuson on May 3rd , 2019

Image: Lowe and Oliver carried out the refurbishment which included LED lighting upgrade for HQube Headquarters.

In the short time energy saving Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), have been available in the mainstream lighting market, the technology has continued apace. Now, with LED specific dimmers, motion controllers and colour rendering available, they have been adopted as the lighting of choice in new commercial builds, and are the most popular upgrade in commercial properties. With incandescent lighting already obsolete, and compact fluorescent lighting due to be phased out in 2020, the choice of whether to upgrade will soon be taken out of your hands. So, how do you work out the average cost of upgrading your business lighting?

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Topics: LED Lighting

4 Tips To Consider When Looking For Your University’s Hot Water System Installer

Posted by Andrew Lambert on April 25th , 2019

Image: Lowe and Oliver undertook the complete Mechanical & Electrical installation of a new six storey Bournemouth University Student Building.

As a facilities manager, it’s important to know when your maintenance staff can undertake a job, and when you need to call in the big guns. While your onsite engineers can happily cope with the day-to-day breakdowns and maintenance routines of your university’s hot water system, it is often more cost-effective to call in specialist mechanical contractors for breakdowns, extensive upgrades and large-scale installations. How though, do you pick the right company?

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Topics: Electrical Contractor, Mechanical Contractor

What Type Of Air Conditioning System Is Best Suited To Your Business? 

Posted by Paul Tuson on April 17th , 2019


Thanks to modern technology and a host of innovations, the air conditioning industry has evolved in leaps and bounds. Not only are operators able to accurately control indoor temperatures, but there are a variety of unique configurations and design options to select. However, it can sometimes be difficult to appreciate which system is the most appropriate for your premises. Let us take a look at the main categories:

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Topics: Air Conditioning For Businesses

How To Obtain Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR)

Posted by Paul Tuson on December 12th , 2018

Out of sight, out of mind could well apply to most peoples’ thinking when it comes to their home or workplace electrics. It’s one of those (relatively) modern miracles nobody gives a thought about – until it starts going wrong.

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Topics: Electrical Contractor

How To Comply With Electrical Regulations

Posted by Paul Tuson on December 6th , 2018

As the manager or operator of any commercial premises in the UK, you are bound by Health and Safety legislation to ensure the safety of employees and any members of the public visiting those premises. A log should be kept of all assessments, findings, actions taken, when they were carried out, and by whom (must be a qualified electrician).

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Topics: Electrical Contractor

Electrical Regulations At Work - 4 Areas Of Accountability

Posted by Paul Tuson on November 29th , 2018

As a company responsible for electrical and mechanical works on some of the UK’s most prestigious historic houses, public buildings, and industrial and commercial properties, Lowe & Oliver has to comply with a large number of Health and Safety and Electrical Regulations at Work (codes of practice), to ensure the safe installation, operation and maintenance of electrical supply and appliances. The following is an overview of four of the main areas of accountability.

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Topics: Electrical Contractor

Advantages of Hiring a Commercial Mechanical Contractor

Posted by Paul Tuson on November 23rd , 2018

If you own or manage a commercial property, you’ll know that the air con and plumbing concerns are a bit different from those of residential homes. That's why you need a commercial mechanical contractor to understand and handle specific issues.

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Topics: Mechanical Contractor

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations - Oxford, Southampton & Hampshire

Posted by Paul Tuson on October 3rd , 2018

Electric vehicle (EV) charging enables drivers to charge or top up the battery of electric or hybrid vehicles at convenient intervals, while the vehicle is parked. EV chargepoints can be installed at homes with off-street parking, at places of work and at public charging sites. The higher voltage outlets are designed to significantly reduce charging times and are recommended by car manufacturers as the superior and safer alternative to mains socket charging.

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What Are The Legal Requirements To Upgrade To LED Lighting?

Posted by Paul Tuson on April 13th , 2018

While LED lighting isn’t strictly a legal requirement, a string of important government documents published over the past 20 years has increasingly tightened the performance criteria for lights used in public buildings. Lighting requirements are designed to phase out inefficient types of lighting rather than select positively for one alternative or another. It just happens that LED lights are currently the most affordable and energy efficient alternative to incandescent and fluorescent lighting.

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Topics: LED Lighting

9 LED Lighting Regulations You Need To Know

Posted by Paul Tuson on April 6th , 2018

LED lighting is a cost-effective, energy-saving alternative to conventional lighting options, even in historic and non-standard buildings. For universities, palaces, churches and museums, LED lighting offers enormous versatility to create different atmospheres in different parts of the building, shape user experiences and also cut the cost of lighting.

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Topics: LED Lighting

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