Water detection

by Mark Rowe

Cooper Security, a business unit of diversified power management company Eaton, has a new water detection product that can be integrated into the company’s Scantronic intruder detection product. Suitable for use in homes and commercial sites, DET-RWATER sends an alert to a control panel when the presence of water is identified.

The scale of the problems caused by water in buildings was recently highlighted by Halifax Home Insurance, which claims that the cost of repairing damage caused by leaks within the home totals £1.8bn each year. It also stated that some 3.3 million households are affected by water leaking from washing machines, showers, overflowing bathtubs and toilet cisterns, dishwashers, and cracked pipes.

Left unchecked water can cause damp, rotten joists and floorboards, while compromising safety of electrical circuits. Bodies including the Local Government Association and the Energy Saving Trust (EST) have also highlighted the wastage of domestic water. Just a small leak can remain unnoticed until it is too late and, even if water damage is spotted, locating the exact source can be difficult.

DET-RWATER uses the Scantronic and Menvier intruder detection systems. By placing radio sensors in a building, in the event of a leak, water is detected and a signal sent to the control panel, whereby an alarm is activated detailing its exact location. This, in turn, gives the homeowner or business manager the chance to react before the problem develops.

The DET-RWATER system includes a 3V CR2 lithium battery power supply, with a service life of up to three years. Designed to be unobtrusive, the transmitter dimensions are 90(h)x35(w)x30(d)mm, while the sensor measures 45(h)x10(w)x15(d)mm. There is no need to run cables, which minimises disruption to the internal layout of the building.

Orlaith Palmer, marketing manager at Cooper Security, said: ‘Thieves are not the only intruders that need to be detected in homes and business premises, and with an estimated 9.7 billion litres of water lost through domestic water leaks each year alone, this is clearly a massive problem. Early detection is vital in order to prevent costly and, in some cases, irreparable damage and the use of DET-RWATER will help reduce the financial and environmental impact of water leaks.’

For more call +44 (0) 1594 545 454 or email: [email protected]

Power management company Eaton has announced that its Cooper Lighting and Safety business has launched the Solstar FR. The new fire-rated, Light-Emitting Diode (LED) downlight enables users to save up to 70 percent on energy and maintenance costs when compared to MR16 tungsten halogen models.

“Our new fire-rated Solstar FR LED downlight is a very efficient and thermally optimised product ideal for installers looking for an easy-to-fit and cost-effective solution,” says Greg Herring, product marketing manager, Eaton’s Cooper Lighting and Safety business. “The selectable drive currents enable the luminaire performance to be tailored easily to any application. Solstar FR is a welcome addition to our comprehensive range of LED downlights enabling lighting designers and electrical installers to easily meet their desired lighting needs in a cost-effective manner.”

New Solstar FR downlights feature a driver as standard, enabling the installer to easily select the drive current, providing an extremely cost-effective way to adjust the luminaire output. The driver has four dip switches to allow the installer to set the drive current between 60 and 360 milliamps (mA) in 20mA increments, enabling the output of the downlight to be tailored easily to suit the installation.

The new LED downlight has a certified 90 minute fire rating for residential use to British Standard (BS) European Standard (EN)1365-2:2000 and an Ingress Protection (IP) 65 rating, providing protection against the ingress of dust and water. As such, it is suitable for a wide range of commercial and domestic applications with its shallow profile especially suitable for low ceiling voids. Products are available with 3000 Kelvin (K) or 4000K colour temperature options and a choice of three bezel finishes (white, chrome or brass) to suit most environments.

Solstar FR downlights come with a wide 65 degree beam angle as standard and with medium 54 degree and narrow 31 degree beam angle versions available for special order. DALI and 1-10 volt dimmable versions are also available on request.

The development of Solstar FR is part of Eaton’s Cooper Lighting and Safety business’ continued investment in, and upgrades to, its core range of LED luminaires which combine excellent thermal management and driver compatibility to ensure the delivery of long and virtually maintenance free lives, enabling end users to maximise energy savings and reduce operating cost. In addition to Solstar FR, the business’ extensive Core Collection includes Modulay LED panel lighting, Solstar LED and Gladiator LED.

For details, visit, e-mail [email protected] or call +44 (0)1302 303200.

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