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Interesting articles on interior design, creative use of electrical accessories and practical advice and guidance on choosing and installing Focus SB switches and sockets.

Sockets with USB - all you need to know

Sockets with USB - all you need to know
Power sockets with integrated USB charging outlets are now the must have electrical accessory. Many are being included as standard on new builds and refurbishments, and can be found in airports and offices. In addition they can be retro fitted by replacing existing power sockets anywhere.  All great, but there are some things to think about before you make the change. ​ USB seems to have become the standard connection for charging all kinds ...
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A day in the life of an electrical engineer

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With 2018 seeing HM Government's Year of Engineering initiative, aiming to inspire young people to join engineering professions, some of our employees have volunteered to share their experiences of working in electrical engineering. First up, Derek Page, who's been with Focus SB for two years, and has worked in engineering for 40 years. How did you get into engineering? I came from outside the industry. My interest in engineering began when I sta...
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Find an electrician near me

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When it comes to finding the best local electrician in a review-led society, it goes without saying we all want to hire the most highly recommended ones near to where we live. Ben, owner of B Electrical London, takes time out of his busy working schedule to tell us what it takes to succeed as a prime professional electrical contractor. Describe your background, training and aspirations I started as an electrician's mate helping out a team of elec...
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Fine audio in a league of its own

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With a 10 year background in the design and manufacture of world renowned audio transformers, Lucy Gastall and Harry O'Sullivan took the plunge and pooled their talents to form The Bespoke Audio Company Ltd in 2013. They haven't looked back.  We were delighted to be granted a glimpse by Harry O'Sullivan behind the scenes of The Bespoke Audio Company's highly professional, customer-centric operation.  What's the story behind how The Besp...
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Top six interiors trends Autumn/Winter 2017

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As the dust settles on another inspirational 100% Design we'd like to share our top six favourite interior design trends this Autumn to inspire your mood boards. ​ Working closely with interior designers, architects and architectural technologists, we understand it's important for us to keep abreast of trends in fabrics, materials, colours and finishes. This enables us to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to advising on the right sockets and ...
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Cityzen sheds light on the complexities of architectural design

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Founded by experienced architectural technologist John Smith MCIAT, together with BREEAM assessor and sustainability advisor Charlotte Smith, Cityzen Ltd is a forward-thinking, ethical design company committed to low carbon initiatives. Multi-skilled in architectural design, energy and building services engineering for both residential and commercial sectors, Cityzen's powerful combination of science and creativity enables the company to provide ...
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Looking for a socket with USB?

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It was over a year ago that we published our popular article entitled ' Sockets with USB - all you need to know' . With a raft of USB sockets on the market, and forums filling up with questions, how do you know if what you're specifying or looking to purchase is the best option for your residential or hotel interior design project? If you're a mechanical and engineering (M&E) consultant, architect or interior designer tasked with sourcing swi...
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What is a smart home?

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We discover what it takes to stay ahead in technology systems for the home, from Kent-based experts Circle Automation. From humble beginnings to futuristic expertise Circle Automation was founded by James Major in 2011. After completing his degree in building services and working as an M&E consultant, James decided to  move&...
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Complementing the traditional

Complementing the traditional
A blank page.  Many interior projects begin this way, a blank canvas ready to appropriate colours, fabrics and a variety of design concepts. But what happens when that canvas isn't blank? Conservation of buildings of exceptional interest presents perhaps one of the bigger challenges. Electrical installations have to conform to Building Regulations and potentially other statutory requirements, as well as having to respect the character of the...
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Interiors trend 2017 - Desert Wanderer

Interiors trend 2017 - Desert Wanderer
​2017 sees design trends influenced by our technological future emerge, others with vibrant colours and yet more with graphic pattern; it's also a year that is balanced out by a trend with elements that are slow, steady and have a sense of well-being. It offers a respite from a modern life that's in constant motion.  'Desert Wanderer' offers an escape from the routine and fast pace of everyday life. It's a laid back, grounded trend providing...
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