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Interesting articles on interior design, creative use of electrical accessories and practical advice and guidance on choosing and installing Focus SB switches and sockets.

Looking for a socket with USB?

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It was over a year ago that we published our popular article entitled ' Sockets with USB - all you need to know' . With a raft of USB sockets on the market, and forums filling up with questions, how do you know if what you're specifying or looking to purchase is the best option for your residential or hotel interior design project? If you're a mechanical and engineering (M&E) consultant, architect or interior designer tasked with sourcing swi...
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Complementing the traditional

Complementing the traditional
Ambassador Bronze Antique sockets with black interiors A blank page.  Many interior projects begin this way, a blank canvas ready to appropriate colours, fabrics and a variety of design concepts. But what happens when that canvas isn't blank? Conservation of buildings of exceptional interest presents perhaps one of the bigger challenges. Electrical installations have to conform to Building Regulations and potentially other statutory requirem...
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Secondary Fix Sockets and Switches

Secondary Fix Sockets and Switches
The term 'secondary fix', or 'grid fix' will probably mean very little to most people when selecting switches, sockets and similar electrical accessories. Within the architectural, interior design, building services and consulting disciplines the term 'secondary-fix' and/or the description 'grid-fix' are normally used to indicate a more traditional method of designing, specifying, supplying, assembling and installing electrical switches, sockets ...
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Upgrading standard plastic electrical accessories

Upgrading standard plastic electrical accessories
Many new build properties sold today are often fitted with basic plastic electrical accessories. Unfortunately this is not limited to less expensive homes, surprisingly many executive or luxury properties still fit basic white plastic light switches and electrical sockets.  One way owners can upgrade and personalise their property is to install distinctive and designer electrical accessories. This not only gives the property a stylish new lo...
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Make sockets and switches disappear... almost

Make sockets and switches disappear... almost
How to make your switches & sockets disappear... almost.   Switches and sockets no longer have to be eyesores; here are four ingenious Focus SB product options that allow you to camouflage your outlets. Socket outlets and switches happen to be a necessity of any interior required for everyday functionality, however you don't have to ruin a perfectly wallpapered, painted or tiled wall by adding white or chrome outlets and switch...
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Complete your interior with matching electrical accessories

Complete your interior with matching electrical accessories
Complete your interior with matching electrical accessories. Interior designers and specifiers know that it is often the small details and the finishing touches that make the difference between a good interior and a great one. Designer electrical accessories are used to enhance the design theme with finishes such as bronzes, satin stainless steel, antique brass, nickel and even painted flat metal plates in white or wall matching colours. The inte...
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The Case for Paintable Metal Switch Plates

The Case for Paintable Metal Switch Plates
Specifying electrical accessories has become something of an art, with white holding its own as a strong colour choice for home interiors. The quest for the perfect white reflects the wide range of beautiful interior finishes on the market. When it comes to sockets and switches, the option of an understated primed white metal faceplate offers a desirable and flexible alternative to an off the shelf plastic one.  It appears white interiors ar...
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Sockets with USB - all you need to know

Sockets with USB - all you need to know
Power sockets with integrated USB charging outlets are now the must have electrical accessory. Many are being included as standard on new builds and refurbishments, and can be found in airports and offices. In addition they can be retro fitted by replacing existing power sockets anywhere.  All great, but there are some things to think about before you make the change. ‚Äč USB seems to have become the standard connection for charging all kinds ...
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