26th March 1997 Prefect Controls Ltd. is Incorporated

May 1997 Prefect introduce the first two stage tamperproof thermostat - PRE5000

May 1997 A new range of lighting controls is added to the Prefect Controls offering

June 1997 Prefect purchases Croft Controls together with the MBS technology

January 1998 Prefect launch the first standalone MBS heating control system - PRE4000

March 1999 The new three stage touch and PIR thermostats are introduced - PRE5003 and PRE5203

November 2002 Prefect launch new computer-controlled MBS System PRE2000

January 2014 PRE2000 is re-branded Prefect IRUS

May 2014 Prefect introduce new Atlantic slave heater range

August 2014 The launch of the first hob-timer - PRE9275

August 2015 Prefect develop the PRE2000 Mk2 central control unit

January 2015 The all-new Ecostat range of tamperproof thermostats is launched

July 2017 The IRUS Control Unit is updated with inbuilt PIR - PRE2000CU3

August 2018 The hob-timer range is broadened with the PRE9277 - 40Amp, two gang, horizontal or vertical units. Hobsafe is the new brand name

January 2018 The Ecostat range is upgraded to become Lot20 compliant - Ecostat2

January 2018 The first Ecostat2 Lot20 compliant energy lock heaters are delivered

November 2018 The list of features for IRUS grows to include leak detection

July 2019 IRUS hot water monitoring Sentinels are introduced - PRE2000SEN

October 2019 Prefect IRUS is added to the Energy Technology List (ETL) making it 100% tax deductable

January 2020 Prefect launches new single gang Hobsafe - PRE9276

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Prefect Controls Ltd.

Formed in 1997. Our goal was to design and make clever, but simple energy controls that fulfilled the commercial needs of the building operator while providing fixed control access for the occupant.

Back in 1997 Prefect’s target market was centred around commercial providers of rooms, student accommodation, hotels etc, where the excessive use of heating energy by guests, who were not subject to the direct cost, was a real problem.

To us the market requirement was clear, a range of controls that would provide access to control for the guest, while behind the scenes the business owner had overall control of the temperature and time set-points.

This strategy of identifying the need of both guest and business owner has enabled Prefect Design Engineers to develop a full range of space heating controls from standalone (local control) to fully centralised control.

Throughout this process, keeping to our original brief – “Clever but simple” – has always been at the forefront of our minds – from the design process through system installation and on to end user operation.

Our Market


Our products are the ideal solution for owners and managers of accommodation in multi-dwelling buildings, but where the occupants are not paying the energy bills directly.

Student accommodation, hotels, leisure parks and hostels – to name a few.

Our Irus and Ecostat2 heating controls ensure guest’s comfort, but not at the expense of rooms being heated when unoccupied.

Hobsafe keeps kitchens safer, by making sure that hobs cannot be left on while unattended. They are fitted in thousands of communal kitchens and in those of people living with conditions such as dementia, providing peace of mind to their families and carers.

Our range of sensors light-up areas where people are active or where security is a concern but save energy when illumination isn’t required.

Prefect’s products are found wherever a cleverly simple control of energy is needed.

Student Accommodation


Leisure Parks


Our clients include…


Our Facilities

All Prefect products are designed and manufactured in the UK.

Our head office houses our research and development facility where products are conceived, trialled and tested.

Our in-house team manufacture, modify and maintain our products from our workshops and warehousing in Sudbury, Suffolk.

Our people

Glen Golding
Managing Director

Sue Golding
Financial Director

Nicole Howard
Office Manager

Will Mills
Project Manager

Andy Lee
National Sales

Will Dean
Systems Engineer

Paul Gower

Jamie Head
Electronics Bench Technician


Tracy Drummond
Administration Assistant

Danny Golding
Technical Manager

Nick Phillips
Systems Engineer

Adrian Barber
Marketing Manager