TIMEGUARD - TIME, LIGHT, SAFETY & CLIMATE
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Welcome to our range of products that put you and your customers in control of Time, Light, Safety & Climate.
Timeguard and its parent company Theben AG have intoduced even more new products to the range continuing our tradition of continuous innovation and improvement. All our products are backed by a 3 or 5 year guarantee and meet relevant UK (BSI) and European (EN) standards.
Energy Saving Products: Timeguard is committed to reducing energy for our clients. From Heating Controls, PIR detection to LED Lighting, all our products are designed to reduce energy consumption.
Please follow these links to access the other Timeguard entries on BPi:
Timeguard Programastat Plus - Room Thermostats & Heating Programmers
Timguard Lighting Solutions - LED lighting & Controllers for all applications
Timeguard Energy Saving Products - A range of energy saving equipment
Look across our range within these product group headings:
Time Controllers, Wi-Fi Controlled Products, Immersion Controllers, Trade Time Controllers, Theben Din Rail Timeswitches and Twilight switches and OEM Modules.
PIR Presence Detectors, DALI Presence detectors, PIR LED Floodlights, Auto Light Switches,Lamp Holders & Nighlights, PIR Lighting Controllers, Bulkheads and Lanterns.
Valiance RCD Protection, Tripfast RCD Protection, Weathersafe Vision and Extreme IP66 Outdoor Power, Powerseal Outdoor Power and Emergency Assist Alarm Kits.
Programastat Plus Room Thermostats & Heating Programmers, Wi-Fi Programmable Digital Room Thermostats, Economy 7 Timeswitches, Theben Room Heating Controllers and Open Therm Thermostats.
Timeguard’s parent company, Theben AG also offers a wide range of innovative KNX (formally EIB) products.
Further technical information along with PDF downloads are available on the BPi PDF Library or via the manufacturers website.
Timeguard Valiance brings SRCD protection up to standard?
Timeguard’s Valiance+ range of RCD-protected switched sockets and fused spurs guarantees compliance with the latest safety standards for improved safety and long-term reliability.
Timeguard has a history of firsts in RCD protection. For instance, it was the first UK manufacturer to market revolutionary compact single gang RCD switched sockets, a testament to the great engineering skills of the Timeguard R&D team, and part of a comprehensive range that includes single gang and dual-gang sockets, metal or plastic casing, active or passive switching. Now, the Valiance + RCD range puts the icing on the cake with compliance to the latest BS7288:2016 regulations for dual-flag (red AND green) notification of switching status. They also look good enough for any customers’ premises and, as usual, the Timeguard illustrated box packaging carries all the images and key information your customers need to choose the right model.
The Valiance+ range is fully compliant with BS 7288:2016: Specification for residual current devices with or without overcurrent protection for socket-outlets for household and similar uses. Timeguard was the first company to achieve this ‘pass’ with UK approved certification to the new BS7288:2016 standard, at the beginning of 2019.
The main visible sign to look out for to know that a device is compliant is that there is now a dual-flag indication system to show whether the power is live RED – ON, or Green – OFF when the RCD is tripped. This ingenious mechanical indication system is designed to last for many-many years rather than using LED’s that have a limited life expectancy.
However, ‘under the bonnet’, other changes add up to even greater reassurance for users. They mostly relate to EMC resilience, with more stringent testing to ensure products can withstand years of use and electrical or physical abuse and RF interference.
It’s important to note that the new BS7288:2016 standard calls for an SRCD socket or spur unit to be built and to pass much higher levels of testing and performance than products built to the older BS7288:2009 standard. Also introduced for the first time in the new standard is “Type classification”, this being simply a way of indicating an RCD’s detection characteristics in-line with general RCD’s, with all Timeguard SRCD products achieving rating certification for both Type A (for single phase DC loads up to 6MA including vehicle charging) and Type AC (for AC sinusoidal waves only).
The new and stylish Timeguard Valiance+ range offers a complete range of 1 gang and 2 gang RCD switched sockets, white or metal-clad as well as a choice of RCD switched fused spurs. The Timeguard sockets are hugely popular with installers because they are specifically designed to directly retro-fit in to a 25mm deep recessed box and replace standard wiring accessories.
Active and passive options are offered so installers can decide whether the power is automatically restored to the device when the power supply returns to normal, as in the ‘Active’ version, (essential for products such as freezers etc), or if it remains isolated until manually reset, as in the ‘Passive’ version, (essential for products such as hedge trimmers, power tools, etc) with exposed moving parts where an unexpected restart would be a danger to the user.
Why bother with RCD sockets?
An RCD wiring accessory or residual current device is a life-saving device, designed to provide added protection for people against the risks of electrocution and fire that ordinary sockets cannot provide. If, for instance, someone cuts through a cable or touches a faulty appliance indoors, RCDs specifically detect earth leakage and trip in milliseconds.
A miniature circuit breaker (mcb) at the consumer board is an automatically operated electrical switch designed to protect an electrical circuit from damage caused by overload or short circuit. It makes sense to have both in many applications throughout the home and workplace, and certainly for any socket or spur that might be used to supply power for outdoor use.
Just make sure the RCD sockets you choose meet the latest safety standards, are designed to guaranteed quality standards and look good for installation anywhere in the home or workplace. That means Timeguard Valiance+.
Are you ready to offer daylight harvesting – with or without DALI control?
You will undoubtedly have come across DALI in the course of your work, but maybe thought it was only for the big contractors on the big jobs? That may have been the case in the past, but DALI controls and devices are finding their way into the mainstream. Now PIR leader Timeguard has released a line-up of DALI-compatible PIR switches. With POR switch, power supply and remote IR control all provided, you have everything you need to get started from a brand you know you can trust. After all, as installers you are used to providing homeowners and businesses with zoned lighting and scene setting – why not take it to the next level?
And if you’re not ready, or the project doesn’t warrant DALI scene setting, then you can use these new PIRs as standalone detectors and still offer your customers daylight harvesting. That’s just another way of saying that lights will turn on and off in response to changes in the natural light, as the sun goes in and out, as well according to the time of day. You may also have heard this referred to as constant light control that, in the past, has been the preserve of PIR detectors designed – and priced – for the top end of the market.
There are clearly cases and places where ordinary lighting is fine: if the application is simple and doesn’t require daylight harvesting (an important energy saving feature now specified in Building Regulations) , dimming, occupancy control or individual user control, DALI isn’t the answer. But when you do need to design in or add any of these functions, then it is worth thinking about.
A DALI system just needs a DALI bus for communication between different points on the system such as the controller and a PIR. So, an extra pair of cables between devices and control points of the system is needed : standard 2-core, minimum 1.5mm is sufficient. A DALI loop can contain up to 64 devices – typically LED drivers or PIRs – with multiple loops linked for larger projects.
What is it?
The Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) is a standard that enables different devices on a system to talk to each other – they don’t even need to come from the same manufacturer. It’s an international standard, specifically created for lighting, for a two-way communication system that gives easy control and versatility. In a traditional system, control signals are one-way. In a DALI system, signal traffic is two-way, meaning LEDs can be commanded to perform requested actions, such as switch ON/OFF or DIM, but they can also be asked to provide information. The LED driver or switch can provide, for instance, information about intensity and energy consumption, or it can simply verify that it is working.
A DALI network consists of a controller, a power supply (which may be built into the controller) and one or more slave devices (eg ballasts, drivers, dimmers and PIR detectors) that have DALI interfaces. The controller can address devices individually or by multicast. Each device can be assigned to up to/any of 16 groups and can store up to 16 scenes that can be controlled by a single command
DALI sends messages around, and just like computer networks, the ballast with the right address picks the message up and follows the instruction: it might be ‘turn all the lights in the corridor on’, or it could be ‘switch to the theatre lighting scene in the conference room’.
Now that you know the basics, the decision may be a little more straightforward. Do you want to light several multi-function rooms that require different lighting options depending on time of day, usage etc. If so, think about DALI control with the new Timeguard range.