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  2. Have a look at MasterVolt or Victron gear. Andy
  3. Doc Hudson

    Encapsulated downlights

    Very few products are manufactured with a high level of build quality nowadays. Its build cheap maximise profits, with minimal consideration of reliability. You see all the time over a broad range of products; tools, clothes, furniture, electronics, etc, etc,. so why would anyone think lighting products would be any different? Whatever items you do choose to supply, you must factor in potential losses due to repeat visits for premature failures. As it is certain they will come along at some point. Doc H.
  4. kerching

    Encapsulated downlights

    i am binning 20 of this utter pile of runny liquid festering rancid tomorrow ! 6 have failed in the last 2 months ( fitted and supplied by others 3 years ago) i thnk a couple of 8' flus would be better
  5. binky

    Encapsulated downlights

    JCC are ****e! Worst I have fitted.
  6. Murdoch

    Encapsulated downlights

    I stopped fitting "sealed" units last year after too many faults with other products and specifically JCC when their 10 year warranty was rather optimistic as they ran out of stock after less than 3 years So its "cans" and decent quality LED lamps for me ...............................................from now on unless I need something a bit different
  7. John cullen

    TT system

    Cheers mate
  8. sounds like you need a better inverter between gennny and electrical system, if you have a non-built in unit? Trouble with gennys is the output can be rough sine wave and lack stability hence the issues. I'm not overly familiar with boat electrics, but other possible options include:- 1/ true sine wave inverter 2/ some form of surge protection, similar to what you use to protect PCs 3/ batteries - useful if you want to add solar panels. Basically you charge batteries from genny then use decent sine wave inverter to output a smooth 240V. Also means you don't have genny running all the time.
  9. binky

    Encapsulated downlights

    the only advantage I can see is better cooling of the lamps, the encpasulated fittings having far superior heat sinking on the rear. I theory this means they should last a lot longer...
  10. SPECIAL LOCATION

    Encapsulated downlights

    That's the very reason I have never supplied any downlights with built in lamps...... Always supply separate's "lamps & fittings"... Have fitted some that customers have supplied themselves.. But that's their problem when they fail.. Not mine..! As it is 100% sure at some point thay will start failing... even if the LED elements are reliable.. the driver electronics can burn out due to cheaper quality components.. Either failed complete, or start that flickering strobe effect.. I have taken out a fair few failed encapsulated LED light fitting to replace with separates... It is far easier more economical and more environmentally friendly to just pop in a GU10 LED rather than replace a whole fitting.. Also you have more flexibility of choice around the type of light.. not just the Style of the fitting.. once you multiply out your options of Cool / Warm / Beam angle / Lumens... before you have even got round to white/brass/satin/polished/fixed/movable/IP rated/non-IP etc.. etc.. The whole concept is a no-brainer in my opinion.
  11. Another thing to check (if you have it) is the bathroom fan, if on a timer. I had a timer module that was in the throws of burning out and it caused weird faults with lighting. Only when the bathroom was switched on.
  12. binky

    TT system

    In theory on a 30mA RCD max Zs could be 1667 Ohms. However to me that means a cct / earrh rod is buggered somewhere! So on TT I work on the basis that R1+R2 values should be as per house with suppliers earth. Rod should be less than 200 Ohms - recomended figure for a stable earth, so as you have done above add your Rod to your R1+R2 figures to give you Zs.
  13. ProDave

    Encapsulated downlights

    It seems to be getting harder to find plain old say GU10 fire rated downlights so you can fit any lamp of your choice (power / colour) and replace said lamp when it fails. I wonder who is driving this and why? When I was choosing for my own house I got a pack of 10 GU10 FR downlights, complete with LED lamps for about £35 from screwy's. Now they want £75 for a similar pack of 10, but £40 gets you 10 with encapsulated, non replacable lamps.
  14. Good Evening... I have a generator on my Narrow Boat it 12.5kva it powers everything .. Dishwasher, tumble dryer everything in one go. When I purchased the boat they told me that there may be a problem with it powering sensitive equipment.. The output is powerful but variable sometimes it powers the washing machine and then it won't cycle... How do I get to around this please? Could I introduce voltage stabilizer or something.. Thank you for your replys I am new to this... Kind Regards Matt
  15. Evans Electric

    Encapsulated downlights

    Just thinking about these encapsulated downlights , as in built-in lamp . Noting how often my wholesaler changes from one manufacturer /style /type/ to another .... it will occur that after fitting say 10 fittings , one fails and a different make replacement doesn't match . I have one or two customers who are picky and would not be happy with suddenly having to have an odd fitting in the room or , worst case , change them all . I can hear them saying why didn't you fit lights with replaceable lamps . Just saying .
  16. Evans Electric

    Mandatory testing of rental properties.

    Thanks for that Dave , that gives me some ammunition .....actually it gives me am atomic bomb . OK Murdo ...is that just because I should include my own MP out of respect ? He'll ignore it anyway but I'll do that . We are fighting the council in this constituency over demolishing a flyover on one of Brum's main arterial routes ....( because it will look unsightly when we host the Commonwealth Games ) . What does our MP think /say /do ...bugger all . Is there any point in me involving our ex MP , Lord Rooker of Perry Barr ...I presume the House of Lords doesn't represent the common man in any way .? Jeff Rooker was a excellent MP even though he was Labour .
  17. Evans Electric

    Mandatory testing of rental properties.

    I trust he,s not on the board of directors there .
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  19. Rob.

    TT system

    This will give you the worst case scenario. An if there wasn't any extraneous parts it would work out. Remember if it has metal water an gas services. An they are bonded, they are in effect 2 giant additional earth rods.
  20. ProDave

    Mandatory testing of rental properties.

    The same has happened in Scotland, only it is slightly more sensible here that ordinary NICEIC / SELECT etc members can do it. But since I am not a member of either, I no longer do rental EICR's I do EICR's for other reasons e.g purchase or sale or commercial. As this is currently the only thing in Scotland that actually requires you to sign up to one of the gravy trains, I am not bothering. As I keep saying, a little under 4 years..... And I can see me ending up as little more than a fault fixer as my time in the trade draws to an end.
  21. Very helpful, thanks for the explanation. It makes sense to me now. Wow, I hope that NEVER happens to me. Thanks for the tip though, I would always first suspect my workmanship or my testing kit. It would not occur to me that the system itself had a fault but now you've highlighted it, I'll bear it in mind. Thanks again
  22. Murdoch

    Mandatory testing of rental properties.

    You should send a copy of any letter to the Lords or Graham Morris MP to your MP ................ FYI Graham Morris MP is MP for Easington which is in County Durham and Seeward Electronics is based in Peterlee ................... yes you've guessed it ....... in County Durham
  23. John cullen

    TT system

    So essentially you can’t add the Ze and the R1 & R2 together??
  24. Onoff

    TT system

    Just don't forget to reconnect any bonding conductors removed for testing!
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  26. Evans Electric

    Just washing the car .

    Ah well thats fairly normal I suppose , you tend to get used to it . Someone's girlfriend we know has just spent two years in digs in Heeley Rd I think it was . All was well. I think a good thing with students is , they are nearly always in groups , may I suggest that may be a good thing to do .
  27. NozSpark

    TT system

    The calculation doesn't take into account any parallel paths through the bonding conductors... remember that the same services could be bonded next-door and be part of a TNS or TNCS installation
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