Danlers is Helping You Select the Appropriate PIR Occupancy Switch

Winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for Innovation in 2010, Danlers Ltd is a family owned UK company which designs and manufactures electronic energy saving lighting controls for the past 20 years or so.

Their R&D team are continually working on developing next generation products in the lighting control industry, facing the well-known challenge of the influx of newer technologies of LED lights and other digital technologies. Tony Kay (the executive chairman) says,

DANLERS commitment to reliability, simplicity and our UK manufacturing heritage is at the heart of why customers like our products.

Helping You Select the Right PIR Switch

If you browse our website or any online store with PIR switches, you tend to either be confused or not be clear about which switch you need.

We apologize for the inconvenience of not yet having a precise page where we can present the below information, but for now we would like to at least post on our blog some ideas and information that may help you choose the right PIR occupancy switch.

It is very important to consult with your electrician, first of all, and secondly to know what you’re buying. Here are some categories or criteria of choosing a PIR occupancy switch:

Ceiling Mounted PIR Switches with 360 degrees Detection Zone

Ceiling Mounted PIR Switches with 360 degrees Detection Zone

As per the diagram above, Danlers has a wide range of ceiling mounted PIR occupancy switches which have a 360 degrees detection zone. They can be either flush mounted (in false ceilings or plasterboard ceilings), or surface mounted (having a small projection from the ceiling). Also, they can be hard wired or plug & socket.

Ceiling Mounted PIR Switches with 120 degrees detection angle or low range directional narrow beamCeiling Mounted PIR Switches with 120 degrees detection angle or low range directional narrow beam

Besides the PIR occupancy detector switches with a full 360 degree detection zone you can have the surface mounted plug an
d socket CEDR + CESO (120 degrees directional detection angle) or the CEDR 6PLR + CESO (with a long range directional narrow beam).

Wall Mounted PIR Switches with 120 Degrees Detection AngleWall Mounted PIR Switches with 120 Degrees Detection Angle

If you need a wall mounted PIR switch with a plaster depth wall box (16mm), there’s the WACE PIR and WAPIR needing or not needing neutral wire respectively. They both have a 120 degrees detection angle.

Where Do People Use PIR Switches?

The PIR switches are becoming very common both at home and in the office, since they have a time lag switch incorporated which automatically turns ON or OFF the lights when activated, dealing once and for all with the problem of “I forgot the lights ON!”

This means you can use PIR switches and time lag switches in places like the living room, the bedroom, in offices, factories, schools, workshops, factories, hotels, canteens, staff rooms, corridors, stairwells, changing rooms, students accommodation, toilet blocks, military accommodation, etc.

And you can buy them at some of the most affordable prices via, Time Lag Switches, and, Occupancy Detector Switches, on our website.

Note: the pictures are screenshots of the official Danlers Selecting the appropriate PIR occupancy switch page found here.

Where do People Prefer to Install the Lutron Grafik Eye 3000 System?

The Lutron Grafik Eye 3000 is one of the most popular and most affordable single room lighting control solutions, allowing you to create “lighting scenes” as needed! Many businesses use it in a commercial environments like restaurants, bars, pubs, conference venues, meeting rooms, offices, etc.

Where do People Prefer to Install the Lutron Grafik Eye 3000 System?

But there are two places where you would have never thought this system can be used, and today we will tell you why.

Grafik Eye 3000 – Not Only for Commercial Venues

If you love certain lighting scenarios at home and you don’t mind investing a little (not much) in it, you will notice that the Grafik Eye 3000 will not empty your bank account. Rather, it will revolutionize the room in your home where you install it. Really!

We have several customers who installed this system and they are extremely happy with its settings.

Bottom line is, the Lutron Grafik Eye 3000 system is NOT only for businesses or commercial environment – it can also be installed at home, and it will help you adjust the mood and set the atmosphere as you desire!

Here’s what Lutron says concerning the Domestic Installation of the Grafik Eye 3000,

Preset scenes and programmable fade times create a true movie theater experience with smooth transition between lighting scenes. GRAFIK Eye 3000 integrates with audio/video, home automation systems, controllable shades, and projection screens available from other manufacturers.

Two Places You Never Thought You Could Install Grafik Eye 3000

We asked our consultants over the counter in our showroom, What are Two Rooms at Home that People Install the Grafik Eye 3000 in? Without a pause to think about it, they all confirmed – the living room and the kitchen! It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

When you are cooking, you need a certain kind of light in the kitchen, and when you’re eating around the table or just reading something, you need a different setting.

In a similar way, in the living room you do NOT need all the lights on at the same time, and turning some ON while making sure others are OFF is such a pain!

In a similar way, in the living room you do NOT need all the lights on at the same time, and turning some ON while making sure others are OFF is such a pain!

Why not set some scenes like: watching a movie scene, reading a book scene, guests scene, etc…? Grafik Eye 3000 can create a dramatic environment while drastically reducing the energy expenses in your own kitchen or living room!

How does this System Work?

Full technical specs and details about how to install and set up the Lutron Grafik Eye 3000 can be found online at Sparks, but in brief, you can create certain scenes both for your room or for a whole house lighting system.

You can create paths of lights from one principle living space to another, set up different lighting for food preparation or evening dining for two, etc at the touch of a button on the main control panel, which switches to the set up scene.

You can define and preset the lighting scenes for multiple uses – in a very simple way! Then, you can control all the lights in the room (or the house) without remembering the settings – either at the click of a button or via the wireless infrared remote control.

Tip: The most recommended systems are the 2 zone or 4 zone Grafik Eye 3000 – check them out!

Where do You prefer to install the Grafik Eye 3000 System? Or, where Will You Install it after you Buy it? Let us know in the comments.

Pictures credit: Lutron site here and here.

Two Dimplex Portable Heaters Excellent for Any Season of the Year

Some people say, The winter is gone – turn off that heater! And they really mean it – at work, in the car, and at home, they turn off the heater! But others – and we are also among these others – still need some heating elements in addition to the lovely natural sunlight we enjoy from time to time here in England…

Portable Heating – a Flexible Heating Solution

For those who spend much time at home or are tied to a particular space in the office, it is not so easy to rely only on the central heating – even though sometimes it can be programmed and set to heat up particular rooms only.

Sometimes you just need some quick heating for 20-30 minutes, or maybe from time to time during the day you need heating.

A wall-mounted and high-electricity-consuming heater is not the solution; rather, what you need is a portable heater. They can be either wall-mounted or they can be freestanding (to be moved as needed).

Two Excellent Portable Dimplex Heaters

There are all kinds of portable heaters available at Sparks, but today we would like to recommend two specific Dimplex portable heaters.

Take a look at them, read at their technical specifications, check out their price, and if you’re not decided yet, why not give us a call :) or email us for more details.

Oil Filled Radiator with Timer

Dimplex OFX 1.5kW is an oil-filled radiator coming fitted with an energy regulator thermostat, being suitable both for home and office use.

Dimplex OFX 1.5kW is an oil-filled radiator coming fitted with an energy regulator thermostat, being suitable both for home and office use.

This kind of heaters provide a balance of convected and radiant heat – just like a conventional radiator – but with the added advantage of a “plug-in” portability. Excellent solution for long term, with a safe design  reliable and not drying the air.

Dimplex Contrast Portable Heater

The Dimplex DXC20 is probably one of the most popular convector heaters, being ideal for use in any room of the house (except the bathroom) where there is no heating or where you need some quick heating right away.

The Dimplex DXC20 is probably one of the most popular convector heaters, being ideal for use in any room of the house (except the bathroom) where there is no heating or where you need some quick heating right away.

This particular model is “for moving around”, since it is freestanding using a regular 240V supply. The unique forward facing grille is specifically designed for enhanced heat throw.

Since these heaters are can be operated independently from the central heating, they can be turned OFF when they are not needed and ON when you need them.

Believe me, you will sometimes need quick heating in a certain room or around the desk in the office. And then you will remember the friendly advice offered to you by Sparks Direct

What are the Features and Benefits of the Hager Consumer Units? [VIDEO]

What are the Features and Benefits of the Hager Consumer Units? [VIDEO]We have noticed a video recently put online by Hager outlining the main features and benefits of their consumer units, and after watching the 1.07 min video we thought that our readers and customers would also benefit from watching it.

We have spoken extensively about the Hager Domestic and Commercial Consumer units on our blog, but there’s always something new and special that we find out about them.

Hager Consumer Units – Features and Benefits

When we talk about the consumer units from Hager, we mean especially the domestic distribution boards. Take a look at this short video and don’t forget to read the comments below.

  • Removable Top Wall – removes easily to provide cable access and re-seals to IP4X when used with the two foam strips provided.
  • Cable Space – maximum cable space is available even with the RCBO’s fitted, so that the installation and the wiring would be much easier.
  • The Terminal Bars – the top mounted terminal rail makes the wiring of the neutral and earth connections easier and neater.
  • Meter Tail Kit – an optional meter tail kit is available to make the wiring and termination on the incoming cables easier to install.
  • Snap-able Busbar – a snap-able busbar provides quick and simple configuration of the devices.

You can purchase Hager Domestic Consumer Units via Sparks - or read more on our blog concerning these devices.

The Top Five Astro Lighting Best Seller Light Fittings at Sparks

Astro Lighting was not awarded the 2013 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade for nothing – their popular products are being sold both in the UK and around the world, and they are pretty good at it!

In order to slash down the cannibalism among the lighting wholesalers and lighting online stores in the UK, they “set the price”. This means that no one in England can sell the Astro Lighting fittings under a certain price. This greatly improved both their image and the quality of their products in the UK and worldwide.

At Sparks we are proud to distribute many of the Astro Lighting popular ranges, and among these we have selected five of them that are currently very popular.

Top 5 Best Selling Astro Lights at Sparks

Osaka 0387 Bathroom Ceiling Light

One of the Top Selling bathroom ceiling lights, the round flush Osaka 0387 comes in a chrome detailing and finish and with opal polycarbonate diffuser.

One of the Top Selling bathroom ceiling lights, the round flush Osaka 0387 comes in a chrome detailing and finish and with opal polycarbonate diffuser.

Palermo 600 Bathroom Wall Striplight

Part of the famous Astro Lighting Palermo bathroom wall strip lights, the 0781 Palermo wall light is a switched fitting, 600mm long, in polished chrome, using a fluorescent tube.

Part of the famous Astro Lighting Palermo bathroom wall strip lights, the 0781 Palermo wall light is a switched fitting, 600mm long, in polished chrome, using a fluorescent tube.

Amalfi 0423 Ceramic Wall Lamp

The Astro Lighting Amalfi 0423 is an IP20 rated ceramic wall lamp for up and down lighting. It is fully dimmable and uses a regular E27 max. 60W light bulb.

The Astro Lighting Amalfi 0423 is an IP20 rated ceramic wall lamp for up and down lighting. It is fully dimmable and uses a regular E27 max. 60W light bulb.

Como 6107 Ceiling Light 3 Spotlights

Como 6107 Ceiling Light 3 Spotlights - This fitting comes with three spotlights on a round polished chrome base, ideal both for bathroom and for anywhere at home. Best selling ceiling spots from Astro Lighting.

This fitting comes with three spotlights on a round polished chrome base, ideal both for bathroom and for anywhere at home. Best selling ceiling spots from Astro Lighting.

 Parma 210 Plaster Up-and-Down Wall Light

Parma 210 Plaster Up-and-Down Wall Light - The 0964 Parma Plaster Wall fitting is ideal for up and down lighting, and it is paintable as neede - you can paint it in the color you desire with good quality emulsion paint.

The 0964 Parma Plaster Wall fitting is ideal for up and down lighting, and it is paintable as neede – you can paint it in the color you desire with good quality emulsion paint.

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