Electrical switch and plugs upgrades for the commercial sector


Schneider Electric says its new PDL Pro Series is the first range of hard-wearing switches and sockets designed specifically for the commercial building market

Pro Series has been designed to fit the needs of commercial buildings, such as shopping malls, airports and office spaces.

Switches and sockets in these busy areas are exposed to a range of environmental conditions and can be easily damaged by trolleys, baggage or cleaning machines so the robust design of Pro Series has been built to be extra-long lasting thanks to its IK08 impact rating on all standard sockets.

With the evolving needs of schools and offices, the combination of having skins which can only be removed safely using special notches on the skins and a screwdriver, as well as multiple USB charging solutions, provides the perfect combination of safety and practicality.

“Up until now, wall switches and sockets have been a ‘one size fits all’ product within the commercial building sector, with buildings relying on generic switches rather than having something customised to withstand the environment of a commercial space,” says Schneider’s Jared Dinneen.,

Following on from the switchgear range PDL Iconic®, Pro Series brings many of the innovations of Iconic to meet the current and future technology needs for the commercial building market. The same 300 Series modules which are installed in Iconic are also suitable for Pro Series – which makes it much simpler for the installer.

“For large commercial companies that are doing a lot of maintenance and install work, use of the Pro Series would result in a lot less service calls for repairs,” says Ampere Electrical director Anthony Poulson.

“Having that circuit identification option there too saves a lot of time finding out what circuit each point or switch is on. Circuit identification without labels can be costly to businesses with various circuits turned on and off and interrupting work-flow.

“In my own business I do regular service work for a restaurant chain where sockets and switches are constantly being broken, so this could be a great solution,” he says.

The range, available in black or white, is creatively designed with fresh, clean lines and bevelled edges to deflect impacts.

The innovative design also features a clear and protected circuit ID window. This ensures that circuit identifiers cannot be damaged, wiped off, or made unreadable.

The labels adhere to panels designed into the grids, so even if skins are inadvertently swapped during maintenance, the labels will always display the correct circuit ID.

Sockets are available in several variants, and in horizontal and vertical orientation. Switches offer standard modules, and electronic modules such as sensors, timers and are compatible with C-Bus modules.


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