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  • Is the world going smart?

    What is smart technology? Is the world heading that way and why? Buckle your seatbelts were going to be discussing the crazy world of smart technology. Now when we say smart tech there are usually two reactions, the first being overwhelming excitement for in-use products and the future potential or a strong wave of dread. But why do people have either reaction? Uncertainty. Another big factor is, without saying, the wide range of dystopian, technologically advanced worlds that we see in films, shows, books and games. We have developed a flight or fight response by consuming these. What is smart tech? Smart Tech comes in many forms, from the phone in your hand to your ring doorbell we all have at least one piece of this tech. Some love it, some hate it but we all use it. In a nutshell, smart tech is a technology which uses big data analysis, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to provide cognitive awareness to objects which were in the past considered inanimate. What are the benefits? Not only does this tech add simplicity to your life it also saves you money, and who doesn't like some extra pounds in their pocket? Most importantly it helps conserve energy. Helping the planet and your bank account by: Reducing electricity bills, Reducing water bills, Making your home more durable, It also improves your mental well-being due to a sense of accomplishment from doing your bit for the environment and from saving money. Especially with the cost of living crisis. “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” ― Albert Einstein Going Green Why is going green so important? The big Global Warming, we've all heard of it but what exactly is it and what can we do to stop it? Global Warming is the long-term heating of the earth's surface caused by human activity. The best way to counteract the effects of global warming is to go green. But what exactly is that? Going green is simply being mindful of your impact on the earth and the ecological balance to preserve the planet, its natural resources, and its ecosystems. By making your home more energy efficient you can make a huge positive impact on the environment, on your mental well-being and on your bank account. Smart Homes But how do smart products help? The reason why smart products are so useful in combating climate change is energy conservation and seeing your usage, therefore, meaning you will be more likely to use less. Smart lighting can make a great impact on your home's energy expenditure and carbon footprint. Lighting is so important as 17% of a home's carbon footprint is caused by lighting. With smart lighting, you can control your lights via an app. Smart plugs also allow you to set timers so you are never using more electricity than necessary. Where can I get smart home products? At 7 Core we stock a wide range of smart products. The leading supplier of smart products that we supply is Link2Home. We stock smart plugs, smart thermostats, smart lighting, and smart doorbells just to name a few. We also stock smart car chargers for both commercial and residential use. As well as the great products above we will also take care of all your solar needs, stocking solar panels to suit your home. Whatever your requirements we have you covered.

  • Which home automation system should I use?

    Regularly we hear people ask the question, which home automation system should I use? Well, in an ever-expanding market this is a hard question to answer but here are 3 helpful tips for making sure you’re heading down the right path. 1 – Are you starting from fresh or are you swapping out your old switches and sockets? The way you install the system will define its limitations, many of the retrofit systems will require some additional rewiring but nothing too taxing (like the Octo system); whereas starting from fresh means rewiring the whole house, but rewiring does mean THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER. With the rewired systems you can switch the lights on with a single word or close the curtains with a tap of a mobile phone and never have to worry about Fred next door peeping in your living room again when you’re lying about watching your favourite episode of EastEnders. Looking at the retrofit systems such as Octo these are super quick and easy to install with amazing connectivity but you can’t attach any motors or link it to a system like Alexa. 2 - What do you want the system to control? The systems you install from fresh can encompass a lot of different functions but do have a few limitations (you will still have to get up to blend margaritas). The retrofit systems on the other hand whilst easy to install and very easy to control come with quite a lot of restriction; take the Clicksmart system from Scolmore; It can be designed to work most if not all on/off, dim or movement functions across a whopping 40 easy to install modules all from a smartphone. But to be able to get more units across more than 30 meters you’ll have to start investing in additional smart boxes and extenders which all of a sudden start to weigh on the old purse strings. 3- What’s your budget? So having read up to this point you’re probably sitting there and going, well I might as well start from fresh, I might have to pay a bit extra for installation but even the retrofit needs some wiring and starting from fresh I can do almost anything, I could even set up a home automated nerf gun to stop Fred’s damn cat from leaving its “mark” on the front lawn!!….yes you could, starting from a measly £10,000 before installation or programming (back to spraying the cat with the hose). Whereas it’s somewhat restricted counterparts such as the Click smart or Octo system can be bought and installed through an entire house from as little as a grand, they can also be programmed by most tech-savvy users. I hope these little tips help in your journey to finding the right home automation system for you, but if you’re still left with more questions than most of the general population after watching Inception, then drop an email to one of the team at 7 Core Electrical.

  • Why are my LED lights buzzing?

    We’ve all done it, bought that beautiful centrepiece light fitting made of pure Japanese oak with decorative metal bits hand folded by the monks of Tibet (lighting designed by Luxicore Lighting obviously), had the fitting installed with Led lights, gone to turn it on and boom! There it is, that buzzing sound decides to appear, the same one that emanates from the front lawn whenever Fred, next doors son, decides to spark up his half-broken scooter. The question is why? Well, there are a few reasons for this, the first and most common one is that you’ve bought a dimmable lamp and the dimmer simply doesn’t work with the LED lamp you’ve bought. The easiest way to avoid this is to buy a new dimmer that has the ability to be programmed, since the discovery of the issue a few people have come up with a really positive solution but, to be honest, the best way to get the right thing is simply to get down to your local 7Core Electrical and ask for just that, a programmable LED dimmer. So now we’ve swapped over the dimmer and the buzzing continues to sound like a swarm of hornets playing mini kazoos. The next easy step is to check if there’s anything that might be causing interference like a TV, radio or that tesla tower you set up in the living room. If there might be anything in the room causing a frequency interference then simply switch it off and see if the buzzing stops, problem solved! This generally shouldn’t happen with the better-quality LEDs and might mean you need to look at investing in a slightly different setup in order to watch the housewives of Blackpool with the lights on. But yet again the buzzing hasn’t stopped and all of a sudden there’s a smell like the Australians next door have thrown another shrimp on the barbie (here’s looking at you, Dave Maynard). This is a sign of a significantly more worrying and sinister issue; this could mean that there is an electrical fault in the line and your best course of action is to turn the lights off and if you can, isolate the circuit. Once you’ve done this call a competent electrician IMMEDIATELY! It might be a 5-minute job to solve for an electrician but unchecked could lead to some serious consequences. So hopefully after reading this you’ve ditched the Tesla tower, changed the dimmer and not needed to call out the electrician but have a beautiful centrepiece lighting without the unpleasant sounds to boot. There are other reasons LED lamps make a buzzing sound and if the above doesn’t solve it there’s plenty of other forums and blogs that can arm you with the required knowledge but if that’s too much for you there’s plenty of lighting designers and consultants that would be happy to help (we live for this stuff let’s be honest).

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  • BRANCHES | 7 Core Electrical

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  • GIVEAWAYS & EVENTS | 7 Core Electrical

    GIVEAWAYS AND EVENTS Here at 7 Core, we regularly hold exciting events and giveaways to give back to you lovely people! There's always something going on at our branches. ​ Check out what's been going on recently Supplier Enquiry Let's get involved! EVENTS Breakfast Mornings During August we have some exciting breakfast mornings booked in. Make sure to pop in and grab yourself a FREE butty. Tuesday 1st - Deligo, Tuesday 8th - Hispec, Tuesday 15th - Ohme, Tuesday 22nd - Termination Technology, Here at 7 Core we do one month on one month off, every breakfast morning month will then be followed by a Pie Friday month. LINCOLN Possible Giveaways FREE breakfast bap Possible Deals Events GIVEAWAYS Winner Winner Wago Spinner Simply purchase a qualifying pack of WAGO 221 or 2773 series connectors between 1st June and 30th November 2023 to be eligible to win one of the prizes listed below. Over 15,000 Prizes to be won Velocity Rogue 5.0 Bag A Night Away for Two DeWalt 18v Brushless Combi Drill WAGO Wire Stripper Customised WAGO Polo £10 Mitchells & Butler Dining Out Card £10 Just Eat e-code £5 Costa Coffee e-code £3 Greggs e-code No Win See More SUPPLIER ENQUIRIES Are you a Supplier wanting to get involved in a giveaway or event? Contact our head of marketing and let's brainstorm together. We'll take care of the nitty-gritty you just sit there looking pretty and provide some amazing prizes, whilst experiencing a spike in orders, added exposure and a spot on our website, it's as easy as that! Have a snoop at our previous events below and see where your brand could have a spot on our site! Lets do this! Suppier Enquiry PREVIOUS EVENTS USB-C Range We have teamed up with Scolmore group to bring you amazing prizes for you to win throughout September. All you have to do to enter is buy any USB-C socket and each one you purchase bags you an entry. SEPTEMBER Prizes COMPETITION CLOSED We have paired the branches and will have a winner from the 3 groups. Lincoln & Skegness, Worksop & Melton, St Neots & Sleaford, The winner will receive a Scolmore branded mini fridge! The lucky winner of the overall draw will win a £250 Red Letter Day voucher! Every USB-C in ANY colour permits you ONE entry. Entries are NOT limited. Only applicable on purchases dated 01/09/2022 - 30/09/2022.

  • NEWS | 7 Core Electrical

    News Make sure youre kept up to date with all the electrical news and guides. This page is updated regularly with everything you need to know. ​ Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022

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