Kensington Home Technology designs, supplies and installs complete home automation, control and entertainment systems enabling home owners to select top quality audio visual technology such as home cinema and multi-room sound systems whilst enjoying heating and lighting control and security at the flick of a switch.
The intelligent home can combine many different technologies: lighting, security and heating control can all be integrated into a single control system, making your home more cost effective by being energy efficient.
We provide a design, installation and project management service during your project and an after sales care and maintenance package to ensure your continue to enjoy your system and keep it up to date in the future.
Please contact us to arrange a time when you can come and see our demonstration room on Kensington High Street, London W8.
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We're building a new house and are looking for dimmable lights that give the same"warmth" as halogen bulbs, whilst also being Part L compliant. Can you help?
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The building regulations Part L covers the requirements relating to the conservation of fuel and power in building projects. You will be required to adhere to its guidelines as part of the planning process.
The common complaint with low energy lamps, including LED and fluorescent bulbs, are that the light is "cold", they're not bright enough, we can't be dimmed properly and they flicker. Not all LED fittings are Part L approved, so you will need to make sure that whichever ones you buy comply. Crestron has recently introduced a range of LED fittings that fit your needs (from £65, 0845 873 8787, www.crestron.co.uk) if you already have the fittings but would want to replace the halogen bulbs, try Lightfoot LED for dimmable lamps that are compatible with standard fittings (from £15, 0800 955 0194, www.lightfootled.com).
I want to treat myself to a great turntable system and state-of-the-art speakers - what do you suggest?
Style-conscious vinyl fans should take a look at Linn’s Sondek LP12 turntable (from £1,830), which has an incredibly smooth motion and comes in a variety of wood or bespoke finishes.
Today’s floorstanding loudspeakers double as objets d’art: Linn’s Klimax 350 models come in more than 200 high-gloss colour options (from £19,900 for a pair; linn.co.uk).
Or, for the ultimate sound experience, try Bowers & Wilkins: its 800 Series Diamond set (£18,500 a pair) is used at Abbey Road Studios, while the stunning Nautilus loudspeaker, allows you to hear music exactly as recorded, unhindered by distortion or diffraction (£55,000 a pair; bowers-wilkins.com). The firms will give specialist advice on setup and positioning.
Is a circuit-breaker expensive/difficult to install? We are getting elderly and find it harder to climb to the fuse box.
If you are still using wired fuses, then your electrical system is out of date. Wire-based fuses no longer conform to UK regulations, so, if you make any changes to your system, you will be obliged to upgrade to mechanical circuit breakers (MCBs). I would get a qualified electrical contractor to inspect your electrics and ensure that your system is safe.
Simply replacing wired fuses with MCBs is not time-consuming or difficult; changing over to a 12-circuit system would cost about £500. Contact NICEIC (0870 013 0382, niceic.com) to find a suitable contractor.