St Paul’s Leamington Spa

Instalec have been nominated to install a new lighting system and emergency lighting system throughout the worship area of the Victorian Church. The architect was John Cundall of Leamington Spa, the man later responsible for Leamington Spa town hall. The church is Gothic Revival / Early English in style, constructed of red and sand-coloured brick.
The lighting will comprise of mainly LED Projector luminaires with DALI ( Digital Addressable Lighting Interface ) and eDin scene setting equipment.

Hitachi Bath Tub Challenge

Congratulations to Adrian Dare and Craig Moroni who won the Hitachi Bath Tub Challenge at Milton Keynes representing Instalec. Three teams comprising of builders, plumbers and electricians were set the task of designing & building a go-cart comprising of a bath tub and old bike parts and powered by battery drills. A full report will appear in Professional Electrician magazine next month but is unlikely to mention that the builders team cart fell apart during trials and the plumbers team vehicle only managed two laps of the course. Our boys managed to build a vehicle that achieved five and half laps to the course before the drills gave out. Well done to them and expect that Chris Evans is likely to call them for and interview on the first edition of TOP GEAR!



New Apprentice Arrivals at Instalec

We have recently added two new apprentices to our team that will be affiliated to the JTL training body. They will attend college together starting in September but are currently gaining valuable on site experience with our engineers and we hope they will develop their skills and become part of our successful and valued workforce. Summer is now 17 and Tom has just turned 19 and they are part of our commitment to training of young people in the industry.

Annual Golf Day

Our annual golf day at Mentmore Golf Club will be held this year on 14th May. Following the seven previous events we hope that this year we will be able to raise funds to support the Road Victims Trust our chosen charity. For further information please contact Paul Jones or request an entry form via the following link:- Competition is open to teams of four with tee off from 10:30 after bacon rolls and coffee with diner and prize giving at the end of the day.

Firelec Gains BAFE Approval

Our sister company Firelec has qualified for BAFE accreditation today.
BAFE is the independent, third party certification registration organisation for the fire protection industry.
If you require fire protection services for your premises then YOU NEED BAFE to be sure that the companies that provide them meet all the appropriate standards and are independently audited.
BAFE third party certificated schemes are a recognised measure of the quality required to provide fire protection services. BAFE is supported by Statutory bodies, the Fire and Rescue Services, Insurers and leading Certification and Trade Bodies.
Congratulations to Richard, Mark, Kim & Tanya for their hard work getting the necessary systems into place to ensure we were able to gain the approval.

Public Liability Insurance

Instalec now holds £30M Public Liability Insurance for working air-side at London Luton Airport. This allows up to three engineers and powered access equipment to be used in highly sensitive areas of work. We are currently carrying out new lighting projects at the airport and hope to complete other contracts in the near future.

Travel Luton Business Grant Scheme

Instalec have just received a grant of £3000 from the Luton Borough Council – Travel Luton Workplace Scheme for the installation of a shower unit for staff members that cycle to work. Keen cyclist Peter Green our Contracts Manager cycles several days a week from his home in Letchworth and Director – Jamie Swan is in training for the next London/Brighton run. They have found the facility very useful. Director Paul Jones has now removed the stabilisers from his bike and can be spotted early morning pushing his machine up the hills and slight inclines around Luton gasping for breath.

Golf Day Looms

The Instalec charity golf day on behalf of Road Victims Trust is fast approaching. The event will be at Mentmore Golf Course Nr Leighton Buzzard on 15th May and entries should be received by the end of April. Don’t hesitate to contact Paul Jones if you require any further information.

Xmas Safety Measures

Electrical Safety at Christmas From Electricity Safety Council

Colourful fairy lights – both indoor and outdoor – are a popular part of our Christmas decorations. But are you putting your home and your loved ones at risk when you deck the halls with twinkling lights?

Follow our simple advice to enjoy a safe and happy Christmas.

Christmas Lights – Top Tips

To help prevent the most common electrical problems with Christmas lights, we recommend the following simple precautions and checks.


read and follow the manufacturers’ instructions
check your Christmas lights are not damaged or broken before use and look out for loose wires
use only replacement bulbs of the same type and rating as those originally supplied with the lights
ensure all outdoor lights are conneted via a 30mA RCD protected socket
replace failed lamps immediately to prevent overheating
ensure plugs and transformers are plugged in indoors, even if the lighting is suitable for outdoor use
switch your lights off and unplug them before you go to bed or go out
keep lights away from flammable decorations and materials that can burn easily

use lights outdoors unless they are specially designed for such use
connect different lighting sets together
connect lights to the supply whilst still in the packaging
remove or insert lamps while the chain is connected to the supply
overload sockets – try to avoid the use of extension leads or adaptors
allow children or pets to play with Christmas lights
attempt to repair faulty lights – replace them
use lights that are damaged or faulty

And just as a warning please watch this frightening video clip.