Knightsbridge has recently compiled a collection of wiring accessories ideally suited to environments where meeting Part M of the Building Regulations is a concern.
The collection covers safety, ease of use and hygiene, encompassing anti-bacterial switches and sockets and accessories dedicated for those with disabilities. At the heart of the Part M range is colour-contrasted, outboard rocker sockets, and high contrast and wide-rocketed switches for both lighting and appliances.
To assist people with visual impairments, socket chassis come in a striking anthracite finish with white rockers for contrast. This range satisfies recommendations that switches contrast with front plates, which in turn contrast with walls.
By mounting the rockers on the sockets’ outboard edges, the risk of an accidental disconnection or contact with live pins is greatly reduced. Both one and two-gang sockets are available.
Two-way light switches – again in anthracite and white – come with single or two-gang wide rockers, or in a traditional narrow format in one, two or three-gangs. Other switches are available for fan isolation, hobs, ovens and 13A fused spurs, with and without neons.
Other products in Knightsbridge’s range that lend themselves to Part M applications include pull-cord operated switches to assist the less-able, and a series of data and media modules.
At a time of enhanced awareness of personal and environmental hygiene, whether in the home or workplace, the moulded range of Part M products from Knightsbridge also possess anti-bacterial properties that can help in the fight against disease and infection.
Tested to ISO 22196: 2011, the range is produced using Urea Formaldehyde, a high-grade thermoset material which has properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria and makes a positive contribution to reducing instances of common bacteria such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Klebsiella Pneumoniae and E-Coli and Salmonella.
In addition, Knightsbridge’s precision manufacturing methods result in fine, scratch free faces – avoiding dirt traps in which harmful microscopic organisms might lodge. The range’s high gloss, high quality materials’ resistance to scratching helps maintain product appearance over the longer term too.
Knightsbridge says that the collection is guaranteed for 25 years (two years on electronic products).