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Switching focus

Energy scavenging drives shower control. By Graham Pitcher.

Innovation is a strong tradition at British shower manufacturer Aqualisa and one of its more successful products is its Digital showering system.
Each Digital shower is controlled by a compact electronic processor, which can be located remotely from the showering area – for example in a wardrobe, under the bath or in the loft – and is connected to the shower by a simple data cable. Hot and cold water flowing into the processor is blended to a preset temperature before being delivered directly to the shower.

Shortly after the debut of the first Digital shower, Aqualisa came up with an enhancement – a remote switch which allows the shower to be switched on or off from up to 10m away. This turned out to be popular with consumers and plumbers alike, bringing a combination of innovation and practicality.

However, Aqualisa was still intent on finding how it could, in the words of marketing manager Jan Rowarth, 'make the best even better'.
"Digital really began to prove itself a year after it was launched. We'd developed the technology around researching what consumers and installers really wanted, which was ease of installation and ease of use.

"There's not many bathrooms that Digital doesn't work for. For example, it's compatible with all the main types of plumbing system – gravity, combi and mains – and, thanks to the processor configuration, a Digital shower can be installed is as little as two hours with little mess or damage during the fitting process. A Digital shower has simple, pushbutton on/off controls, which are a big bonus for many people. And, of course, the option of the remote switch created a real buzz about the technology."

But could Aqualisa make further improvements?

Graham Pitcher

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