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    Data/network socket colours for new builds?

    Hi,

    One of my schools is currently having a couple of extra classrooms built and we have just been told by the electrical contractor that all the data / network points must be grey / black rather than the standard white. All the power sockets are grey / black. Does anyone know if this is a actual regulation or just a guideline. Another of my schools had a new extension handed over in January and power and data sockets are white.

    Thanks

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    What a load of complete and utter tosh.

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    Sounds like a stock issue to me

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    Thats a load of rubbish! He probably has got a load of grey/black ones that he needs to get rid of.

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    Something to do with modern disability requirements.... Grey not white..... But not found any documentation on it yet...

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    its utter rubbish.

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    Contrary to my previous joke and the consensus; Google's turned up some results for it being part of the DDA but it does seem somewhat odd

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    I never heard anything about this from the architechts when our new sixth form centre was recently built.

    I am not sure why someone with poor eyesight as part of the DDA regulations would need to be able to distinguish where the network points are. If anything I would have thought the power sockets would need be the colour to stand out.

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    Must admit I vaguely remember reading something about Socket colours and DDA but cannot remember where it was but it does ring a bell in my mind.

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    Hmmm so why don't .ict know about it? All our sockets (new build, they are all new!) are white!

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    Within building regs part M (access to and use of buildings) it says that front plates to contrast visually from their background.

    Not sure if its a requirement or best practice.

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    That bit itself does make sense as it's normally white sockets installed into white dado I suppose.

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    I have to say that we have graphite coloured MK power sockets in my IT room. They were installed last Summer. However I asked why this was so - and like you was told that this is what the regulations are - somehting to do with visibility

    However when I asked about the network sockets - at the time MK did not make Graphite coloured ones so over Easter we had white ones put in.

    The graphite coloured sockets look nice against the white trunking. They do stand out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNE View Post
    Within building regs part M (access to and use of buildings) it says that front plates to contrast visually from their background.

    Not sure if its a requirement or best practice.
    Ahhhaaaa - that confirms what we were told (didn't see this before my post).

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    http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/upl...F_ADM_2004.pdf

    Can't see anything in there regarding data outlets various recommendations for light and power switches though.

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