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Timeguard is making the jobs you do every day easier

Timeguard mini PIR and plig in slave_lowresPIR presence detection is now the norm in most offices and many residential buildings, and fitting detectors into ceilings is probably one of the jobs you do almost every day. So the news that they’ve become a lot easier to install and set up will be more than welcome. 

Timeguard is a company that has focussed on the installer market, developing new products that let you add value rather than just trying to get the price down (although we do think we’re pretty unbeatable on value for money). We give you products that let you do a premium job because they offer something new, they look great, they are highly specified and reliable, they put end users in charge with controls they can manage so they appreciate the job you’ve done.

The icing on the cake is making them easy to install. Time is money and the quicker you can do a good job the more profitable it is. So the mantra in our design office is “Easy Installation”! You loved it when we introduced our LED Pro range of NIGHTeye LED floodlights with a choice of plug in detectors (pictured). Now we’ve turned our attention to making another job easier for you and introduced new easy-install ceiling mounted PIR presence detectors.

Most electricians are either working to a pre-quoted price or specified time schedule. As it is, a significant portion of your day — up to two thirds — will be spent completing ancillary tasks associated with an installation. Only the remaining one third of the day is spent being productive and actively dedicated to the actual installation and testing of systems – it doesn’t take much to go wrong on site to tip your day from being a good earner to a loss leader.

Plug and Play PIR

The new range of mini-PIR presence detectors from Timeguard has been designed from scratch with easy installation and set up in mind: and once they are fitted you won’t need to pull them out of the ceiling to adjust the settings thanks to our twist and lock idea.

One niggle we had often heard when visiting wholesaler counters was about the hassle of installing, setting and adjusting ceiling mounted PIRs. Wiring up tiny terminals at the top of a ladder can be tricky, you told us – so we designed added big wiring terminals.

Handy as they are initially, many of you had a problem with the spring clips which are generally used to hold detectors in their apertures. They often scratch and damage the ceiling if you need to remove the detector to get the settings right. So we fixed all that…. and now you can change the settings in situ.

 How did we do all this?

PDFMMINIL_Detail_ControlsWe started by creating a separate wiring box to allow space for a bigger terminal block, but still small enough to pop easily through the ceiling aperture once connected. We then put cable and RJ11 plugs on the detectors so you can just plug them into the wiring box, spring clip them into the aperture. Job done.

And it gets better: here’s an even more ingenious idea. To make the controls easily accessible from outside the ceiling, yet still be hidden from view. With our design solution getting to the controls for the lux level and time-on potentiometers is as easy as taking out a bayonet lightbulb.  Simply twist the detector and the inner cylinder drops down, revealing the controls for lux level (10 to 2000 lux) and time (30 seconds to 30 minutes). When you’re done, push it back up and twist to lock it in place.

Master/slave set up

PDFMMINIL_Detail_ConnectorThese high quality detectors are rated to switch up to 250W LED /fluorescent and 2300W halogen, so there was plenty of scope to add inexpensive slave detectors.  We’ve made that easy too: you can connect up to five slaves in series, using the pre-fitted RJ11 plugs and sockets and a full 5 metres of cable It really could not be easier to wire up, say, a corridor or large space and of course, changing and extending an installation is straightforward.

Of course, there’s a standalone option as well, without a separate wiring box but with a lens cap to hide the external controls.

These compact 47mm detectors have a range of 8m. They tick all the boxes.

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