Electrical Contracting

Domestic

Lara Electrical Limited has completed upwards of 5,000 domestic installations in its time, working for many of the largest construction companies in Ireland.

Lara offer a full range of domestic electrical services across new builds and renovations. Services include;

  • Full electrical installations
  • One off Large Houses
  • Multi development housing estates
  • Apartment complexes
  • Domestic Rewires
  • Extensions

Dalriada Court, Knocklyon

Belarmine Woods, Stepaside

Ballintyre, Ballinteer

Drumnigh Wood, Portmarnock

COMMERCIAL

Lara has vast experience in commercial and industrial installations incorporating a wide array of specifications;

  • Lara designed and installed the entire electrical installation and renovations for multiple large industrial office and warehousing units for the Harris Group, covering in excess of 4 Ha of warehousing and office space.
  • Lara completed the renovations and expansion works in Irelands largest Hotel, Citywest Hotel and Convention Centre, expanding the hotel after its large fire in 1997, from 50 rooms to the current total of 1,712 bedrooms including Leisure Centre and Conference Centre.
  • The electrical installations for the Maynooth Business Campus
  • 20 years’ experience in electrical installations for modular buildings and portable cabins for Roankabin incorporating a wide variety of regulatory sectors from healthcare to schools.
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City West Hotel, Leisure & Conference Centre

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Maynooth Buisness Campus

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Harris Group Naas Road, Dublin 12

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Modular Developments Dublin Bus Central Control

EMERGENCY LIGHTING

Need for Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting is a lighting system designed to illuminate designated escape routes for emergency situations in a development when the main power supply fails. The emergency lighting system shall supply adequate lighting levels along escape routes, clearly illuminating directional displays to the nearest designated exit, and illuminating all life safety systems such as fire extinguishers etc.

The IS:3217:2013:NSAI Standard determines the minimum statutory guidelines to which all emergency lighting installations must adhere to. This standard is embedded in the 2003 Fire Act

Regulatory Requirements

IS:3217:2013:NSAI requires that;

Minimum Lighting Levels:

  • Minimum light level of 1 Lux on all defined escape routes (e.g. Centre line of Corridor).
  • Minimum light level of 0.5 Lux on all undefined escape routes (e.g. Open plan area).
  • A minimum illuminance level of 5 Lux to the vertical (face of equipment/device) on all fire-fighting equipment, Manual Call Points, Fire Alarm Panels, First Aid Posts and Electrical Distribution Panels. In practice, in order to obtain the required lighting level an emergency fitting is required above locations.
  • In areas of high risk the maintained illuminance on the task area plane shall not be less than 15 Lux

Points of emphasis when locating Emergency Fittings:

  1. Exit sign above all exit doors
  2. Near stairs so that each flight of stairs receives direct light. (Near is deemed to be within 2 meters)
  3. Near any change of level,
  4. Any change of direction,
  5. At each intersection of corridors,
  6. Near each final exit and outside the building to a place of safety.
  7. A bulkhead near all exit signs
  8. Near escape equipment provided for the disabled, disabled refuges, disabled refuge panels and call points.

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Types of Emergency Lighting

Most emergency light fittings fall into one of the following categories:

  • Non-maintained – The emergency light units only illuminate in the event of a mains failure.
  • Maintained – The emergency light units are illuminated at all material times using the same lamps for both normal and emergency operation.
  • Sustained – The emergency light units are fitted with two lamps or two sets of lamps. One of which operates on mains 240V AC supply, the other which operates from the battery supply in the event of mains failure.
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MAINTENANCE

Regulatory Requirements

Emergency Lighting systems are required by law (statutory requirement) to have a preventive maintenance contract in place. It is the responsibility of the owner/occupier/management of the building to ensure that the emergency lighting system is maintained in accordance with the standards. The current Irish Emergency Lighting standard (IS:3217:2013:NSAI) requires that a simulated mains power failure be carried out on the building, four times a year, every three months. The four visits shall incorporate

  • 3 quarterly visits, with a mains power failure simulated for 30 minutes
  • 1 annual visit, with a mains power failure simulated for three hour

An engineer will walk the development and visually determine that all emergency luminaires and lamps are operational and illuminating for the duration of the test.

Following the termination of all simulated power failure tests, check that all emergency luminaires are still operational and illuminating correctly, and that the green LED status indicators are showing a healthy condition.

 

Lara’s Maintenance Service

Lara has been maintaining Emergency Lighting systems since 1986 and has a full professional dedicated Servicing and Maintenance team. Lara currently provides its professional Servicing and Maintenance to many of Dublin’s largest Property Maintenance Companies and a diverse range of commercial developments.

We are a highly experienced professional company in respect of the maintaining of all Emergency Lighting Systems. Lara has a dedicated Service Team whose job it is to solely look after all Emergency Lighting systems under our care. Should you wish to consider Lara to offer a competitive maintenance contract, we would be happy to call to you to survey or audit all aspects of your system and to provide you with a professional competitive quotation or professional assessment as to the condition of your current system.

Design, Supply, Install, Commission and Maintain

Lara can design a new Emergency Lighting System or audit an existing system, and ensure that the system you receive adheres to the statutory requirements set out in I.S.3217:2013. Furthermore Lara will supply and install the emergency lighting system, commission and maintain the system to the highest standard.

Through Lara’s vast experience, competency, and competitive pricing, Lara is best placed to meet all the Emergency Lighting concerns you may have.

Upon completion of any facet of works performed on the Emergency Lighting system, Lara will supply and hold a copy of any certification or reports that you may require to ensure to stay compliant with all statutory requirements.

ELECTRICAL IMPROVEMENTS, REPAIRS AND UPGRADES

Lara offers a full range of domestic and commercial electrical services beyond typical domestic, commercial and industrial installations including;

Domestic

  • House re-wiring / renovations
  • Extensions
  • Fuse Board Upgrades
  • Extra Lighting point
  • Lighting / dimming systems
  • Heating systems / Immersion
  • Electric Showers
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Commercial

  • Commercial Lighting Designs
  • Shop Fit Outs
  • UPS Systems
  • Portable Appliance Testing
  • Power Perfector’s / Voltage Optimisation
  • Telephone Systems
  • Lightning Protection
  • Generators

TESTING & CERTIFICATION

Periodic Testing

Lara-Alarms-Dublin-FLUKE-1650-SERIESNo electrical installation, no matter how carefully designed and erected can be expected to last forever. Deterioration will take place due to age as well as due to normal wear and tear. With this in mind the Wiring rules recommend that the installation should be inspected and tested periodically to ensure that the installation still complies with the rules.

The time interval between inspections will depend on the type of installation and the way in which it is used. Table 1 shows suggested intervals between periodic inspections, as specified by ETCI.

Type of InstallationMax Period Between Installations
Domestic Premises5 – 10 Years
Commercial Premises5 Years
Educational Establishments5 Years
Hospitals5 Years
Industrial Premises3 Years
Places of Public Entertainment1 Year
Agriculture and Horticulture3 Years
Emergency Lighting3 Years
Fire Alarm Systems1 Year
Temporary Installations3 Months

Certification & Reporting

The National Wiring Rules requires the recording of inspection and testing which has been carried out in accordance with the standards. The information to be recorded includes a description of the installation, circuit details including type and ratings of protective devices and test results.

Maintaining accurate Test Record Sheets as evidence of inspection and testing records of a new installation or an extension is an essential and most important component of any electrical contract whether minor or major.

To neglect to hold such records is a serious breach of the wiring rules and in addition would leave the electrical contractor open to being held responsible for work or additions done by others subsequent to the verification of his contracted work.

IT NETWORKING

Lara can supply and install structured cabling systems to meet all networking IT requirements to suit each customer’s needs. Alternatively Lara can test or extend existing networking installations.

Lara can offer a solution to any stage of a networking installation;

  • Design – Lara will liaise and design the network layout and bandwidth requirements in order to support data requirements of your development.
  • Installation– Lara will install all requirements from Electrical mains installation, containment, cabling, terminations, and telecoms.
  • Cabling and terminating – Cat5e, Cat6a, Cat7 & fibre optic.
  • Installation of Data cabinets – i.e. equipment or wiring racks
  • Design and install a suitable UPS for electrical backup
  • Testing– Lara can certify all installations to industry standards.