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CPN Delves into Homeowner Fear of Tripped Circuits

A survey* commissioned by CPN, the specialist brand of circuit protection products, has revealed that female homeowners in the Midlands, between 18 and 29 years of age, are the most fearful of being plunged into darkness by a tripped circuit breaker when home alone.
With first-time buyers and tenants, students, and young families sitting within this young age bracket, it’s no surprise that they topped the list ahead of the most confident group of 40 to 49 year olds. For contractors and facilities managers, this identifies a strong opportunity to provide added-value to homeowners, landlords, and educational institutions by specifying the unique CPN illuminated consumer unit.

Lumo Illuminated Consumer Unit

The CPN Lumo is fitted with an in-built LED to allow the user to easily reset a tripped circuit breaker without having to fumble in the dark for a torch. This has clear benefits for the convenience and safety of the user.

Jason Hallam, CPN UK Specification Manager, said: “The results of the survey were incredibly interesting; alongside the youngest demographic being the most fearful, a much higher percentage of women said they would be scared if a circuit breaker tripped when home alone.

“This backs all of the research we completed during the development of the Lumo which was created to provide added reassurance to vulnerable homeowners who dread finding a light source when the power trips. This is particularly valuable for the visually impaired and for properties where tenants such as students might not be familiar with resetting a circuit breaker to restore the power.”

Lumo, which was highly commended at the 2013 Electrical Industry Awards, is fitted with an in-built LED to allow the user to easily reset a tripped circuit breaker without having to fumble in the dark for a torch. This has clear benefits for the convenience and safety of the user and presents an added value proposition for contractors or facilities managers working with local authorities and housing associations, especially in properties where a replacement consumer unit needs to be fitted in a dark location, such as under the stairs.

Available in three different sizes up to 22 ways, and conforming to BE EN60439-3, the Lumo promises durability through its UK designed components. For added convenience the LED strip is powered by a standard, easy-to-access battery that the owner can simply replace.

The Lumo is now available to order as part of a new CPN-Cudis17th Edition consumer unit. Find your nearest Stockist now.

* The survey was commissioned on the 27th October 2014 and asked 1000 respondents; “Would you be scared if the power tripped at night and you were home alone?”

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