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The Evolution of the Light Emitting Diode

Posted by Paul Tuson on September 19th , 2019

Although LED cost per unit is higher compared to incandescent lighting, energy savings are high. The Energy Savings Trust estimates the annual running cost of one halogen is £11, and the equivalent LED, just £2. Nowadays in new builds, LEDs are being installed as a matter of course. With halogens already being phased out, people and businesses are reaping the financial reward of lower utility bills by switching from halogen and fluorescent lighting to LEDs.

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Topics: LED Lighting

How LED Lighting Soon Recoups Installation Costs

Posted by Paul Tuson on September 17th , 2019

An innovative and energy efficient alternative to incandescent and fluorescent lighting, LED lighting uses significantly less electricity than its predecessors. Organisations and businesses can reduce consumption and benefit from lower utility bills. However, there are other advantages that we detail below, along with the potential savings and how they offset the initial expenditure.

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Topics: LED Lighting

LED Lighting For Historic Buildings Unique Property Redevelopments & Museums

Posted by Paul Tuson on September 16th , 2019

At Lowe & Oliver we specialise in lighting architecture for historic buildings, museums and exclusive property redevelopments, where each project requires a different approach. We also undertake large scale LED lighting upgrades in the industrial and commercial sectors, and have been awarded a Royal Warrant for our work on royal palaces.

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Topics: LED Lighting

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

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