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Vital Statistics

Name: Keith Humphrey

Company: KEH Electrical

Location: Essex

How long have you been in the electrical industry?

I started my apprenticeship in 1975

Have you found the industry has changed a lot in that time?

It’s changed a great deal, between then and now, and it’s still evolving all the time. It sometimes feels like it has evolved more in the last few years than it has in decades, and trying to keep up with the pace of that change – especially if you’ve been doing this for a long time and you’re set in your ways – can be a challenge. You have to adapt.

What areas of innovation are you enjoying the most?

LED in particular is a brilliant innovation – getting rid of those old halogens and moving onto new, better technology has been great. I’ve been using LED lamps three or four years now – or even longer, come to think of it. I moved to LED fairly early on.

How has LED technology improved since you started using it?

The brightness and colour of the lamps has improved so much – it has gone from that awful harsh blue light to much softer tones, with much better brightness. You can now install just a few LED lamps to achieve the brightness of 20 old LEDs.

Have you encountered compatibility problems?

That is an issue, definitely. We’ve had a few jobs where we’ve installed the recommended dimmers with certain LED lamps and experienced problems from the start, with the installation not dimming all the way or throwing up other problems. It’s a minefield, dimming with LED, and it doesn’t help that the quality of the LED lamps isn’t always what it could be. But it’s definitely getting there, with new productstackling those challenges.

In your entire career, what job are you most proud of?

Every job I finish. I stand back, look at it and think, yeah, I’m glad I’ve finished that and I’m glad it works well. Even better is when I go back two or three years later and still feel proud of it. I’ve been working in this industry a long time and I still get a kick out of what I do.