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Our feature this month focuses on energy management and is sponsored by Core Brands, whose John Benz gives an overview of BlueBOLT. This allows real-time control and monitoring of household appliances and electronic devices, giving customers hands-on energy management tools from any web-enabled device. Next, Simon Buddle looks at what impact the amended Part L of the UK Building Regulations will have on our industry, as it comes into effect next April. Peter Aylett then gives advice on energy saving with LEDs, and makes the case for dedicated LED fittings rather than MR16 or GU10 replacements.
Our regular columns start with a case study of a London-based mews house that features the Loxone system for whole-home control. Our US Correspondent, Michael Heiss, looks at what can be learnt by custom installers internationally from the Black Friday experience in the US, and the Urbane Installer, in good festive spirit, announces his product of the month and provides some interesting advice on curbing any boy- or girl-racer tendencies in your staff. Finally, I know it's a bit early, but all of us at HiddenWires wish you a merry Christmas, happy holidays, and all the best for 2014!
-Yasmin Hashmi, Managing Editor