Interview With Kelly Vincent: The Female Electrician.

kelly paper featureIn an industry saturated by males we thought we’d invite electrician Kelly Vincent, owner and employee of Kelly Electrics, to give her own insight into the world of a sparky. 30 or 40 years ago the proposition of a female electrician would have been laughed at but a lot has changed since then, and for the better. Kelly is part of a small contingent of female tradeswomen looking to provide an equally as good service as their male counterparts; whilst changing old fashioned attitudes as they do it. 

Not only did Kelly enter a male dominant industry but she also gave up her job to pursue her career change. The apparent lack of women in the trade industry as well as a list of great testimonials from her early clients saw Kelly attract admirers from afar. Some of those that wanted to know more included national press with her story being discussed in The Times newspaper (pictured) and home improvement magazine Homebuilding & Renovating.

Being a female electrician isn’t her only asset, you have to be good at what you do, and Kelly is. Since launching Kelly Electrics in 2013 she’s earned herself real recognition, so much so that in 2014 she was nominated as a finalist in both the ‘Britain’s Top Tradesman’ and ‘Women In Construction’ awards. Kelly Electrics has also seen a new addition to the team with another female electrician Sarah Watsham joining ranks. Sarah is a specialist in solving electrical problems and a stickler for perfection.

Seeing as Kelly challenges the status-quo of a male leading industry and poses inspirational values for like-minded women to follow, we thought it was only right to invite her to take part in an interview. Providing a quality service is her primary aim but there’s more to this story than your average electrician firm. So let’s see if she can change the perception of stout traditionalists that believe tradework is a men only job!
Q&A With: Kelly Vincent, The Female Electrician.

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Smart Home Controls: Who Can Benefit?

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The fast paced nature of modern living along with the advancements of technology has made smart home controls a viable attraction. Smart home technology offers households as well as businesses a convenient solution to powering some of the most important electrical commodities inside of the property. Automated lighting and heating controls currently dominate the smart home sector, with other offshoots such as energy monitoring also making headway. When all combined the current smart home market provides an exciting glimpse into what the future may hold. (more…)

CT101C All In One Junction Box & Connection System

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An electricians job can often be fiddly and risky, that’s why little devices such as the Click CT101C are such a convenience. This all in one junction box and connection system provides a lightweight, easy to use and safely operated alternative to bulkier more expensive models. Specifically designed for lighting circuits to help enable isolation of transformers and control gear, it conducts the 1000v Insulation Resistance Test.

Testing lighting circuits can take a lot of effort for electricians. Failure to disconnect transformers or ballasts from the circuit will see the ‘Mega’ test blow the electronics, subsequently amplifying costs, labour and more worryingly adding a dangerous risk to those involved. The Click Flow CT101C can now assist electricians with the disconnection of electronics from the luminaire whilst the MEGA 1000V test is executed. (more…)

Room By Room Tour With Hager Wiring Accessories

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Whether it’s for commercial, domestic or industrial use Hager electrical, in particular their wiring accessories, offer any property a comprehensive and quality solution to all common electrical connections. A complementary blend of aesthetics, resistance and functionality makes Hager a leading brand name in the electrical accessories market. With a multitude of finishes to pick from you’ll be able to find the most suitable unit for you and your existing interior themes. It could be modest and sleek or polished and dashing; the design may differ but the essence of quality still remains.

Starting their life out in 1955 Ensheim, Saarland – Germany, the Hager group have used their eyes, ears and talents to get to grips with the competitive market of electrical accessories. Understanding the commercial and domestic needs for fuss-free installations, easy functions and attractive looking pieces Hager now find themselves at the forefront of innovation with 23 design branches across the world and a strong customer base in over 95 countries. (more…)

What Are Non-Maintained Emergency Downlights?

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It’s a rarity but sometimes power cuts occur and when they do having non-maintained emergency downlights in place could be vital to your survival (well may be not that far but they’ll make life a whole lot easier). Emergency downlights are designed to provide light when conventional lights are blown, damaged or inaccessible. There’s two types of emergency downlights; maintained and non-maintained. The main difference being that maintained emergency downlights require manual assistance to switch on whereas non-maintained emergency downlights go it alone and automatically illuminate the area. 

Picture yourself, you are in the office or warehouse working away on a night shift then BOOM! The power cuts and the lights go out. Ooohs and aaahs echo throughout the room and a few of the smokers decide to delve into their pockets to grab their lighters. But wait, what about those non-maintained emergency downlights you’ve recently had installed, they should kick in any second and light will flood the location once more. This is exactly how non-maintained emergency downlights work. They lay redundant and go unnoticed 99% of the time but when a power cut happens, they are triggered and spring into action. (more…)

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