Echo Case Study Cambridge University

Mk Electric’s Echo leaves nary a mark on The Mond

Jun 03, 2009

The important Mond building at Cambridge University has become the first educational establishment in the  UK to feature MK Electric’s Echo range of self-powered, wireless and battery-less light switches. The Grade II rotunda-based building was designed in the early 1930s by architect HC Hughes as a laboratory for the Russian Nobel Prize winner Leonidovich Kapitza; and is one of the best examples of Modernist architecture in Cambridge. It notably features a plaque of nuclear physicist and building-sponsor Ernest Rutherford; and a crocodile carved into the external brickwork, both by the controversial Arts & Crafts sculptor Eric Gill.

The constraints of working with listed buildings, especially as part of a refurbishment – such as The Mond – made MK Electric’s Echo switches an ideal solution; as they obviate the need for chasing – or any – wiring in walls.

Echo is a range of innovative ‘self powered’ switches that are entirely wireless and battery-free. The benefits of such technology include almost instant switch installation; total location flexibility of light switches within buildings; and easy relocation, re-installation and considerable cost-savings when ‘churning’ spaces.

The Echo lighting system essentially comprises two components: the ‘self powered’ switch, and an RF receiver. The receiver is installed at the lighting fixture and wired into to the lighting circuit at the time of ceiling installation.

Click here for more information on the Echo range.