Legrand listens to customers to create new metal consumer unit range



Legrand has announced the development of its new range of metal consumer units in line with detailed feedback from national housebuilders, installers, and contractors.

In addition to supporting compliance with Amendment 3 of BS7671:2008,  the Legrand offer further addresses the installation challenges, safety risks, and practical user issues that are key to its customer base.

Research found that in addition to Amendment 3 of BS7671:2008, housebuilders were incredibly keen to comply with Part M which requires units to be fixed at 1.35 to 1.45 metres from the floor, making them accessible to all. As a result, Legrand’s metal consumer units will include a unique semi-flush design, which allows for greater flexibility on installation and sits more comfortably within modern living spaces

The feedback also influenced the opening system which provides additional safety for users and an ease of handling during installation. Demand for a lockable lid to prevent the power being accessed when others are working has also been met, plus additional earth connection braids provide greater user protection. Furthermore, cable knock-outs at the top, bottom, and on the back, aid a simple installation whilst a clamp secures cables to prevent against loose connections.  

Richard Hayward, marketing manager for Legrand's wiring device business unit, said: “Amendment 3 of BS7671:2008 has been widely advertised with an influx of compliant products introduced to the market. However, we wanted to understand the latest need of the market to not only produce a compliant range of metal consumer units, but a product that meets the real day-to-day challenges faced by developers and installers.”

The Third amendment to BS 7671:2008, The IET Wiring Regulations, came into effect on 1st January 2015. Following this, housing developers have a six month transition period to get up to speed with the changes. By 1st July 2015, they must design according to the new standard. The final stage in January 2016 will see the introduction of Regulation 421.1.201 which relates to protection against fires caused by electrical equipment.