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  • Air Purifiers Can Help Prevent Migraines

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    Take the “pain” out of Migraines!

    If you are a sufferer then you will know how debilitating migraines can be, but did you know that it could be the air in your environment, either at work or at home that is causing them?

    That’s where Air Purifiers can help. If you feel like you have tried everything but with little success, then why not consider an Air Purifier from Air Con Hut? If your migraine is triggered by substances in the air of your surrounding environment,  an Air Purifier can help alleviate the problem by eliminating a potentially major irritant of your pain.

    Scent and strong fragrances can often be a trigger and one that can be hard to avoid in many situations, as it is often the result of someone around us.  Research indicates that scent induced headaches are a reaction of blood vessels in your nasal passage caused by the offending scent – this affects our circulation, which eventually brings on a headache. For scent induced headaches or migraines we recommend an Air Purifier with a carbon filter. The active carbon filter is highly absorbent, trapping any strong odours, gases and large dust particles in the air which cause your air to smell stale.

    However if the trigger for your headaches is mostly from breathing indoor allergens such as dust and mould spores then we recommend an Air Purifier with a high efficiency filter like an  Air Purifier with a HEPA filter and ioniser . Chronic head pressure brought on by nasal allergies and sinus congestion can be helped significantly just by introducing an Air Purifier with a HEPA filter and ioniser to your environment, as it reduces both strong odours and potentially headache triggering dust and pollen particles. Even if you are not quite sure what triggers your headaches, these type of Air Purifiers make a great solution as they will eliminate most airborne triggers.

    If you are suffering from these types of migraines then why not consider an Air Purifier from the Delonghi range at Air Con Hut?

    Delonghi have developed a range of intelligent and stylish Air Purifiers suitable for varying room sizes of up 40 meters squared. The Delonghi Air Purifiers can even monitor the quality of the air in your room. Delonghi models AC150 & AC230 have a visual colour indicator – orange for poor, green for moderate and blue for optimal air quality, so you can visibly see the quality of your air improving. The Delonghi Air Purifier range also have a multi-stage filtration sensor system, which improves air quality by removing particles large and small. The multi-level filtration system can remove things like pet hair, human hair and dander, invisable dust and gases, smoke and odours. At Air Con Hut prices start from just £159.00.

    Tired of the pain? Then this could be just what you need to aid in the prevention of your environmentally caused headaches and migraines. Browse our range of Air Purifiers at Air Con Hut now, by clicking here - Take me to the range at Air Con Hut.

  • How To Become An Electrician [infographic]

    Jobs in the trades are becoming more and more popular again, which is fantastic news! As the electrician's mate, here at QVS Direct, we're always interested in trying to help those in the trade or those looking to break into it for the first time. However, we know that it can be a little confusing to begin with - how do you train? What qualifications do you need? Should you get an apprenticeship? These are all questions which need to be answered, plus plenty more, so we've done just that!

    We've put together an invaluable infographic with links to a whole host of useful articles and websites, which should provide all the information you need to get started as an electrician, and then some essential advice for when you've finally got your foot in the door. So take a look at the graphic below, and good luck on your journey to what can be a very rewarding and lucrative career.

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    So you think being an electrician might be the right job for you? It’s a very rewarding career and will teach you some invaluable skills that people will always be in need of. It’s also the highest paid of all the trades, with the average electrician’s salary clocking in at just over £30,000, so there’s plenty of money to be made as well, particularly if you start up your own business.

    And don’t think that this is just a job for the boys - being an electrician is a job for anyone, men and women. So whoever you are, there’s potential to have a lucrative and rewarding career.

    So how do you become an electrician? That’s what we’re here to tell you, detailing all the important information you need to know, from deciding whether it’s the right career for you right through to starting your very own electrical contracting business.

    How to train as an electrician

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    Is an electrician the right career for you?

    The first thing you need to decide is whether being an electrician is the right move for you. It won’t suit everybody, but it’s definitely a career that can appeal to a wide range of people.

    There are some relatively simple questions you can ask yourself to get a rough idea as to whether you might be suited to being an electrician. Do you like working with others? Are you physically healthy? Are you good with your hands? Do you have a problem with physical labour? Do you have good vision? Are you OK with heights? If you can answer those positively, then there’s no real reason why you can’t become an electrician.

    Extra reading:
    Should I Become an Electrician?
    Is an Electrician a Good Career Choice?
    10 Reasons Why You Should Become an Electrician

    Understanding the industry

    Before you embark on your career as an electrician, it’s wise to understand the basics of the industry so you have a better idea of the direction you want to go in, and so you have a clue what people are talking about within the industry.

    It would be sensible to read up on basic electronics so you get your head round some of the terminology and you’re not starting from scratch. It would also be worth understanding the different types of electrician you could become and what each job entails. For example, do you know the difference between an installation electrician and an instrumentation electrician? You will likely have to start from the same point and then branch out further down the line in your desired direction, but it’s good to have an idea at this stage what’s available to you.

    Extra reading:
    Basic Electronics
    Electrician Job Profile
    What Types of Electrician are There?

    Find an electrician course

    Now we move onto actually training to be an electrician, and one way of doing this is by going on an electrician course. There are a wealth of training providers online but you need to be a little wary about who you go with as some may not offer the correct qualifications. As a rule, always go with someone that offers City & Guilds qualifications as they’re well respected.

    You can also get in touch with any local colleges in your area, as they also might run their own courses, or may be able to point you in the right direction. You may also be able to apply for funding to train, which will help with the costs.

    Extra reading:
    Choosing an electrical training provider
    How to find a good online electrician course
    Can you get a bursary to become an electrician?

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    Get an electrician apprenticeship

    The alternative to going on a course is to get an electrician apprenticeship. For those who don’t know what an apprenticeship is, it’s essentially where you learn on the job rather than going on a course - plus you earn while you’re doing it. They’re funded by the Government for those aged 16-18, so won’t cost you a thing, and you’ll work towards getting the necessary qualifications.

    There are various places that run electrical apprenticeships, from small startups to huge international companies. Have a search around the internet but, again, be wary of those that may not be all they claim. Once you choose a place to do an apprenticeship, ask lots of questions - what qualifications will you get? Can they provide references for other apprentices?

    Extra reading:
    Why choose an apprenticeship?
    What to expect as an electrician apprentice
    7 Tips for applying for an electrical apprenticeship
    What are the benefits of doing an electrical apprenticeship?

    Get the right qualifications

    There are certain qualifications that you should aim to get so that you’re recognised within the industry. There are various qualifications you can take, and it can be a little confusing, but any decent course or mentor on an apprenticeship will help you. Again, just be careful which qualifications some course claim to offer - some will be next to useless, so ensure you’re getting the ones you really need.

    Extra reading:
    What qualifications do I need to become an electrician?

    Register with the appropriate authorities

    While you’re training or once you’ve qualified, you’ll need to register with the appropriate authorities. This will help to prove you’re qualified, as well as provide invaluable help and advice, as well as essential things like insurance. There are also various other groups and organisations that might be worth be a part of - again, any course tutor or mentor will help you choose what you should be a part of.

    Extra reading:
    Get an ECS card
    Join NICEIC
    Join the NAPIT
    Why Join SELECT

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    What to do once you’re an electrician

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    Get insured

    Insurance is absolutely essential for any electrician, whether you’re operating as a business or self-employed. There is a range of insurance options available that cover you, anyone working for you, the property you’re working on, your tools & vehicles, and much more. Do some in-depth research about the insurance you need, and don’t skimp on it - the last thing you want is to make a mistake and then have to fork out a huge sum of money.

    Extra reading:
    A quick guide to insurance for electricians
    What is covered in business insurance for electricians?

    Find your first job as an electrician

    So you’ve completed your course or your apprenticeship has come to an end, and now it’s time to get your foot on the employment ladder and get a job. Some apprenticeships may offer you a job once you finish, but there’s no requirements for them to do so. As with any other job, you will likely have to craft a CV and attend job interviews - just don’t be disheartened if you don’t get something straight away; it’s all good experience. There are plenty of job sites online you can search for electrician jobs, or you could take the initiative and contact some local businesses to see if they’re looking to employ anyone.

    Extra reading:
    Seven tips for getting started as an electrician
    How to write the best electrician’s CV
    Electrician job interview tips
    Top tips for your first day on the job

    What tools do you need as an electrician?

    Of course you’ll the right tools for the job, so make sure you’re fully equipped for the job at hand. Hopefully you’ll have learned what tools you need on your course or apprenticeship, and so you may well have already accumulated a good selection. Decent tools aren’t cheap though, which is why tools insurance is important.

    Extra reading:
    Nine basic electrical tools that every electrician needs
    Definitive electrician tools of the trade

    Develop your skills even further

    Just because you’re qualified and have secured a job, it doesn’t mean that’s the end of things. As an electrician, you’re always learning, even if you’ve been at it for years, and so you need to constantly be looking at the latest technology, whether there are any other qualifications you can apply for, and even what your competitors are up to - don’t get left behind!

    Extra reading:
    How to become a better electrician
    How to better yourself as an electrician

    Start up your own electrical business

    Many electricians, once they’ve found their feet in the industry, like to start up on their own. It can be tough to begin with, but it’s much more lucrative to have your own business than to work for someone else. There’s a tremendous amount to think about - it’s much more than just setting up a Facebook page and of you go - and it can cost a fair bit initially, but you may be able to get financial help from the bank. You’ll also need to think about insurance, registering your company, accounting, whether you’ll be employing anyone, and much more.

    Extra reading:
    Guide to starting an electrician business
    Starting an electrical contracting business
    5 ways to grow your electrical business

    We hope that our guide on how to become an electrician and the extra reading resources will help you on your way to becoming a fully qualified electrician!

  • 24+ Loans, A Helping Hand for Apprenticeships

    Recently, TradeSkills4U contributed evidence to The House of Commons' Select Committee Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Debate on Apprenticeship Funding. With this evidence, TradeSkills4U suggested that those over 24 and on "Apprenticeship Vocational Courses" should be able to secure student loans just as much as those who go to university.

    As a result of the debate and TradeSkills4U's contribution, apprentices can now look forward to having the cost of their courses covered by a loan. The 24+ loans will become available next month (August 2013) and those who are on or looking to start their Level 3 2365 Diploma in Electrical Installations can expect the loans to help them towards paying all or some of their course fees. Students will only start to repay the loan after they are earning more than £21,000 or above for themselves out in the workplace. The repayments are worked out at a percentage of the earnings that a person makes above £21,000, so for example, if you earn £22,000, you will pay back £7 per month.

    This option has not only been welcomed by students, but also by potential employers, as Managing Director, Carl Bennett points out, "Apprenticeships are a great way to learn, however, the reality is that too few employers are able to take on an apprentice. Our experience of training mature students shows those who can self fund their education can then enter the electrical workforce as a trainee, work their way up and complete their NVQ at a later stage. These students are much more attractive to employers as they arrive armed with a set of skills that makes them far more useful than someone with no training whatsoever".

    If you are 24 or older when your chosen course starts, you can apply for loans to help with your vocational course as long as it starts between the 1st August 2013 and 31st July 2014. If you would like any further information on the 24+ Loans or TradeSkills4U, follow the links at the bottom of the article.

     

    http://skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk/providers/programmes/24AdvancedLearningLoans/

    https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans/overview

    http://www.tradeskills4u.co.uk/

  • It's Time to Stock Up

    QVS is predicting a busy spell ahead as electricians are rushing to stock up on garden lighting and accessories for the summer season, with energy efficient options set to be a huge trend for 2013.

    So far the weather this year has been very typically British, but with less people being able to afford a holiday for the fourth year in a row due to the recession, homeowners are beginning to funnel more time and money into making their home their ideal escape and their garden their paradise.

    Outdoor spotlights are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners to use as features in decking and other outdoor fixtures such as steps and pathways, to give a sense of modern luxury that they may have experienced if staying away in a hotel. They are also popular due to the extensive range of colours and finishes that are available and the hidden wiring which has brought about the end of ugly armoured cables.

    Decorative lighting installed at the front of properties continues to be popular with homeowners as they search for aesthetically pleasing ways to both welcome visitors and improve the security of their property. QVS offers a range of decorative lighting sets for modern and traditional tastes, including lamp posts, wall lights and post lights.

    We have an extensive range of outdoor lighting available to meet all of your customer’s lighting needs and we advise electricians that many people will wait for the longer days to tackle their outdoor improvement projects and such days are now upon us. Also, where installing security and safety lighting has been the standard for outdoor lighting, the installation of ambience lighting is growing fast and tradesmen would do well to stock up on ranges of such lighting and the tools needed to carry out the job as soon as possible.

  • Emergency Lighting: Don't Be Left in the Dark

    Determining the order of priority for the most important fire safety measures in a building is not an easy task. Some, when asked, may identify the alarm systems as the most important, others, the fire exit signs; however, all safety measures identified during a fire risk assessment should be given equal presidency, such measures include:

    • A means of detecting a fire, such as automatic detectors
    • A fire alarm to alert anyone within the vicinity of the outbreak
    • A fire action plan of which everyone is aware
    • Clear, unobstructed escape routes with correct signage
    • Doors and partitioning which are capable of keeping escape routes clear from smoke and fire before the premises can be evacuated
    • A roll call and emergency services summoning procedure

    However, often over-looked in fire safety planning is the use of emergency lighting. This may be because it cannot be included in the above list as it is a “facilitator”, meaning it underpins all other measures and procedures and so can’t be listed in an order of importance.

    When a fire risk assessment is carried out, the qualified assessor will take into account all aspects of fire safety within the premises which includes, how and between what hours the building is used, the construction of the building, the amount of people within the building at any one time, the likelihood of ignition and the amount of vulnerable occupants of the premises.

    New buildings will need to have a fire risk assessment carried out as soon as possible after they become occupied and the emergency lighting of the premises should be planned at design stage. Alongside this, emergency escape routes should be plotted, fire safety equipment sites should be planned and emergency lighting placement should be considered.

    On existing premises, a fire risk assessment will generally involve an inspection of any existing emergency lighting and could include recommendations for improvements and a plan for installation of extra luminaires. If there is a high level of concern around the performance or absence of emergency lighting around a premises then it may be recommended that an emergency lighting survey be carried out by a qualified individual. Also within existing buildings, any changes in layout or hours of use will call for an additional assessment as a new layout may, for example, bring about a loss of natural light within the building and extending occupation hours into the night will obviously mean that the building is in use during hours of darkness.

    Currently, UK recommendations for emergency lighting are modelled primarily on National Building Regulations and fire safety legislation. Guidance stemming from these regulations and legislations also extends to include a number of British and European standards. However, it is the British Standard 5266-1: 2011 “Code of Practice for the Emergency Escape Lighting of Premises” which offers the most appropriate guidance for most emergency lighting systems and as such, this code is generally quoted as the benchmark standard for emergency escape lighting for both new builds and existing premises.

    Emergency lighting is provided for use when the power supply to a building’s normal lighting fails; this means that any emergency luminaires must have their own, secondary power supply. This may be a central supply from a generator or batteries but will commonly come in the form of self-contained units where batteries and charging units are contained within the light itself.

    Emergency luminaires will often be non-maintained, meaning that they will only come into operation once the electricity supply to individual units fails. This arrangement is generally suitable for most buildings, except when lighting is likely to be dimmed or turned off completely, such as in cinemas. In these cases, maintained lighting should be installed, within which emergency lamps are constantly energised.

    The positioning of emergency lighting is vital in ensuring all occupants are able to navigate their way to and out of emergency exits, as well as being able to locate emergency equipment, such as extinguishers, when necessary. Generally speaking, emergency lighting should cover the following locations:

    Staircases, high risk and extensive open areas such as sports halls, where individuals may have to cross the space to reach a safe exit point

    • Corridors, intersections and changes in the direction of travel within corridors
    • Changes in flooring level such as ramps and steps
    • Doors that are intended for use on or as an evacuation route
    • Access rooms which serve inner rooms
    • The area outside final exits, including assembly points
    • Signage that identifies exit routes and other mandatory information
    • Any toilet facility exceeding 8m2, although closeted installations of a smaller area should also be lit
    • Any facilities for use by disabled persons, including refuge points and toilets. Any communication devices installed at refuge points should also be well lit
    • Plant and switch rooms
    • Fire safety equipment such as extinguishers, alarm call points and emergency shut off control locations
    • First aid equipment areas

    The luminance of emergency lighting required will largely depend on its location within the premises. For example, as little as 0.5lx may be sufficient enough when placed at floor level of a room exceeding 60m2, whereas a corridor of just 2m in width requires a minimum of 1.0lx. Panic bars refuges and signage indicating exit routes should reach a minimum of 0.5lx. Much higher levels of luminance are required for areas such as, first aid rooms, kitchens, locations of fire indicating equipment and fire alarm control; in these areas, a minimum of 15lx is suggested. However, the installation of these should be more carefully considered to avoid disabling glares and thus, it is recommended that the lights are mounted at least 30° out of the line of sight of escape routes.

    Emergency lighting should stay on for a minimum duration of one hour where premises will be immediately evacuated following power failure and will not be re-occupied until full power capacity has been restored. Where sleeping accommodation is provided, a minimum of three hours of operational use is required.

    There are a number of situations that may arise causing emergency lighting tests and functions to fail. Firstly, emergency lighting is often installed before fire alarms and extinguishers have been installed or placed, often leading to inadequate illumination of vital equipment. Secondly, low-output ceiling luminaires may be ineffective when the illumination reaches floor level and finally, the most common issue found with the installation of emergency lighting is that non-maintained luminaires are found to be installed completely independently of normal lighting. Unless the power supply to the emergency lighting is taken from the circuit supplying the normal lighting, then a failure in the normal supply circuit won’t be detected by the emergency lighting and thus, it won’t function.

    The importance of emergency lighting in creating satisfactory fire safety practices should not be underestimated and careful planning and skilled installation should always be carried out.

  • A Guide to LED Colour Temperatures

    Knowing what lighting effect different temperature LED lights will bring to a room can be confusing and puts many off in their quests to achieve a greener, more Eco-friendly lighting system for their homes; so, we've put together a quick and simple guide to help you to check if you're buying an LED fitting that will provide you with the ambiance or effect you desire.

    Colour Temperature

    Colour Code

    Name

    Lighting Effect

    2700

    827

    Very Warm White

    Akin to average incandescent bulbs, creates a warm “cosy” feel

    3000

    830

    Warm White

    Akin to the colour of most halogen lamps. Appears slightly whiter than normal incandescent lamps

    3500

    835

    White

    The standard colour for fluorescent bulbs and tubes

    4000

    840

    Cool White

    Provides a clinical or technical feel

    6000

    860

    Daylight

    Provides a feeling of being in natural daylight. Useful for installation in salons etc.

    6500

    865

    Cool Daylight

    Extremely white, used in hospitals or other areas where accuracy is of vital importance

    
    

    The colour temperature of LEDs is measure in "Kelvin" and it is perhaps easier to get a rough guide of the effect of each colour temperature through looking at a Kelvin chart, as below:kelvin-chart

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  • A Quick Guide to IP Ratings

    IP ("international protection" or sometimes "ingress protection") ratings are an essential part of electrical safety. As described in BS EN 60529, IP ratings are part of a system used to classify the degree of protection offered by enclosures of electrical equipment. They serve to help protect people from coming into contact with hazardous parts of an electrical fitting and also, to protect equipment inside the enclosure from being damaged by foreign objects and dust, as well as helping to keep water and moisture out of a fixture.

    As a rule, the base digits to begin an IP rating with are; IPXX, the X's are replaced appropriately, corresponding with the numbers in this guide.

    First Number of IP Code:

    Number

    Protection against dust and solid, foreign objects

    Protection of persons against access to hazardous parts

    0

    No protection

    No protection

    1

    50mm diameter solid foreign object

    Back of hand

    2

    12.5mm diameter solid foreign object

    Finger

    Standard jointed test (12mm diameter, 80mm length)

    3

    2.5mm diameter solid foreign object

    Tool

    4

    1mm diameter solid foreign object

    Wire

    5

    Dust protected (ingress of dust not totally prevented but must not interfere with operation of equipment or reduce safety)

    Wire

    6

    Dust tight (no ingress of dust)

    Wire

    Second Number of IP Code: 

    Number

    Protection of equipment inside the enclosure against ingress of water

    0

    No protection

    1

    Vertically falling water drops, i.e. From condensation above the enclosure

    2

    Vertically falling water drops when the enclosure is tilted at any angle up to 15° from the vertical

    3

    Water sprayed at any angle up to 60° on either side of the vertical

    4

    Water splashed against the enclosure from any direction

    5

    Water jets sprayed against the enclosure from any direction

    6

    Powerful water jets sprayed against the enclosure from any direction

    7

    Temporary immersion of enclosure in water under specified conditions

    8

    Continuous immersion of enclosure under specified conditions

    In some cases there may be a 3rd, additional letter at the end of the code which specifies the protection of persons against moving or live parts inside the enclosure, they are as follows:

    Letter

    Protection of persons against moving or live parts within the enclosure

    A

    Back of hand (50mm diameter)

    B

    Standard jointed test finger (12mm diameter, 80mm depth)

    C

    Tool 2.5mm diameter, 100mm length

    D

    Wire 1mm diameter, 100mm length

  • A Google Glass Review

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    Google Glass- some are skeptical, some are paranoid, some are excited and some can already feel their pockets getting lighter in anticipation for the £1000, wearable computer which doubles as the perfect Geordi La Forge fancy dress costume for those impromptu, Star Trek themed fancy dress parties. So, is it actually any good? Is it really recording everybody’s every move? And more importantly for most cynics; is it going to sell our souls to Google?

    Glass consists of a small screen, situated above the wearer’s right eye, that, to them looks like a 25” display, a battery, and a panel that allows users to swipe through what is displayed on the screen. BUT! It also utilises voice control! Apparently, this is what makes Glass so user friendly and supports Google's claims that this is a piece of technology that will become so integrated into daily life that it will be barely noticeable. Personally, we still don't feel comfortable walking down the street and demanding that our phone carry out a certain task…let alone doing it whilst looking like a Cyborg. However, similar to recent smart phones with integrated voice control, it is simple to use this feature with Glass; simply wake up Glass by tapping the side panel and saying “OK Glass - take a picture of Spok and Picard”, or “record a video of 7 of 9 dancing like a Borg Drone” or “tell me how to say ‘I have the best costume here’, in French.”

    For those who are worried about the infringement of privacy that Glass may present with its recording and image capturing features, we really don’t think there’s much need to panic, at least not with this version. Firstly, you have to talk to Glass in order for it to record or snap a photo and having to say “OK Glass, take a picture” isn’t really that covert; although, one developer has created an app that will command Glass to take a picture in another way… with once an overly pronounced wink from the user! Secondly, mobile phones have been commonplace for around a decade now and the paranoia over being secretly recorded with voice recording capabilities and camera phones has now, pretty much subsided and in any case, it’s easier to be discreet with recording on a mobile device than it is with Glass, as you’ll definitely be grabbing attention with that computer on your face. Glass also sets its video defaults to 10 second films, which is about enough time for the subject being “spied” on to have taken about six breaths and done nothing more exciting than that. If you do want to stress over covert surveillance, however, perhaps consider CCTV more than Google Glass- we are filmed in the UK almost all of the time by CCTV- this should increase your paranoia levels sufficiently enough to enable the effects of stress to become more threatening than covert surveillance and then you've defeated those spying cameras, you are no longer worried by them, instead just worried about the effects of stress on your health.

    However, the main issue with Glass right now, really should be the realisation that it’s not yet got many uses. A battery life of three hours active use should be the first point to improve before Glass is developed any further; nobody wants to get half way through that ten second recording of that girl sat in front of them and then have their visor die! The current features are akin to an over bearing mother; integrating with Google Now, Glass provides suggestions on, say, when you need to leave to make it to your next appointment. Annoyingly, Glass also transmits prompts through your skull to augment a conversation. How has our species survived for so long without this incredibly helpful detachable brain that sits scarily on your face? Some who have used Glass say that they could not now live without it; this prompts us to ask where the location of their brain was before Glass rescued them.

    We do believe however, that Google’s creation is obviously looking towards the future optimistically - the web should be more of a part of all our lives. But, as it stands, the current design is not small, or discreet enough for mass market consumption.

    So, we only have one more question now…why didn't they call it Google Goggles?

  • How to Calculate the Energy Savings Between Using Incandescent and LED Bulbs

    1. Estimate the average number of hours per day you have any particular bulb on.

     2. Work how many incandescent bulbs you want to replace with LED lights and note the wattages    of the incandescent bulbs.

     3. Find out your cost per kilowatt-hour from your electric company. You can normally find this on your electricity bill, or you can call your energy company.

    4. Calculate the daily cost of the use of incandescent bulbs using this formula: Cost(incandescent) = [(hours per bulb x number of bulbs x wattage per bulb) / 1,000] x Cost per kilowatt-hour. To calculate the expense on a yearly basis, multiply that figure by 365.

    5. Perform the same calculation as in Step 4, but use the LED’s equivalent wattage. For a 60 watt incandescent bulb, the LED wattage equivalent would be six watts: Cost(LED) = [(hours per bulb x number of bulbs x wattage per bulb) / 1,000] x Cost per kilowatt-hour Cost(LED). To calculate the expense on a yearly basis, multiply that figure by 365.

    6. Subtract the annual cost of each bulb to calculate the total annual energy savings: Yearly Savings = Yearly Cost(incandescent) - Yearly Cost(LED)

  • What's The Best Oven For Me?

    When it comes to choosing the right oven for your home there are so many factors to consider that it may become tempting to live off microwavable ready meals from here until eternity. However, once you’ve confirmed your own personal needs and design taste, it needn’t be so difficult, as the only thing left to decide is: do you want gas, or do you want electric?

    Most homes will have a gas supply direct to their kitchens, but that doesn’t mean that you’re tied to gas cooking forever. It is simple to seal of a gas pipe and connect an electrical source instead, but both tasks need to be carried out by professionals for safety and legality reasons. When fitting an electrical oven, make sure that your electrician is fitting it onto its own individual circuit to avoid overloading and overheating. Electrical ovens are generally hotter at the top but fan assisted electrical ovens can provide a more even heat distribution so cooking several items at the same time is easier. It is also 10% quicker to cook food in an electrical oven than it is in a gas oven, saving you time, money and energy!

    Gas cookers generally heat from the bottom and the hot air circulates itself so in the end, the top half of the oven is the hottest. A gas oven is the kindest to the environment out of the two choices, emitting less CO2 and it also produces a moist atmosphere whilst cooking so these types of oven are the best for keen bakers.

    QVS have a range of multifunction cookers, both gas and electric; take a look here.

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