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Check Cable Entry Position When Replacing Lanterns

Check Cable Entry Position When Replacing Lanterns

When the houses on my estate were built nearly twenty years ago, we were all provided with outdoor lights at the front of the house either side of the up & over garage doors – rather amusingly they’re called carriage lanterns.    Well inevitably after a […]

Dad’s Bonfire Night Lighting Display

Dad’s Bonfire Night Lighting Display

Ah that time is coming round again – bonfire night.  It used to be such a big thing in my childhood.  I probably fel more attachment to it because my birthday falls within a short period of the big day and somehow any party activity […]

Taking Chances With Lighting Is Fools Game

Taking Chances With Lighting Is Fools Game

One of the fab things about getting to autumn is seeing the countryside in a new light.  We have had a truly monumental summer period – amazing sunshine and blistering heat for weeks on end.  I personally don’t remember anything like it ever before and although the warmth was welcome after a late finish to winter, the lack of water and other complications have halted to many celebrations.  We need lighting now that summer has gone.  Lots of lighting.  Getting the outside lit up safely takes expertise.  There have been no end of horror stories about folk trying to cut costs by installing outside lighting phases but without safety circuits and sockets.  It isn’t worth the risk.  To get a good all round system, maybe timer controlled, to illuminate the garden and frontage, from a beauty as well as security point of view needs professionals – it’ll be worth every penny.

Lighting Changes Need Approval At Grade I Level

Lighting Changes Need Approval At Grade I Level

I help out as a steward and guide at a heritage property.  It’s Grade I listed and of course, the owning trust has to comply absolutely with all the rigorous rules and regulations surrounding this hefty status.  There are many lights in the house – […]

Best Lighting Schemes Follow Mid Summer Fun

Best Lighting Schemes Follow Mid Summer Fun

The one thing about having a mid summer barbeque is not having to worry too much about lighting in the garden.  The sun doesn’t disappear until at least 9pm even now that the summer solstice has passed.   I have to say though that the chance […]

Downlights & Spotlights Need Careful Planning

Downlights & Spotlights Need Careful Planning

When you decide to install or change any lighting scheme there are so many factors to be taken in to account.  Firstly in a new build scheme is where the power lines into and around the house are placed.  Will there be electrical cables running anywhere along, up, down the walls where you plan to install lights.  Also, if you are planning on taking out the central light and replacing with spots or other downlighting, knowing exactly where existing cables run from and to is critical.    With the latter scheme, it is usually easier or even necessary to install a false ceiling for the new lighting units – with all the cabling running between them out of sight from below.  The old central rose system can probably be usedr to conduit all the new cabling in one entry point.  Ensuring your contractor is fully qualified, experienced, insured and capable is even more critical than the design!

Getting Advice On Exterior Lighting Factors

Getting Advice On Exterior Lighting Factors

Some of the neighbouring houses here have changed hands and a new crop of busy familes have taken over.  The gardens have matured over the years and trees, shrubs etc. have altered the landscape.   This is now when it is a good idea to […]

Footman’s Lighting A Long Forgotten Woe

Footman’s Lighting A Long Forgotten Woe

I have been fascinated by historic houses for many years.   There is one thing though that never escapes me, whether I’m accompanied or not – the lighting in these heritage properties.  I have been helping out at a local place that has reently opened up […]

Home Lighting Needs To Lift The Mood & Make Good

Home Lighting Needs To Lift The Mood & Make Good

We live in a small township, in fact our houses are the last of the big executive detached style from the early 2000s before the need to downsize became the bye word in house building.  The town houses of today are generally much narrower and have 3 floors, some with underground garage, but more likely none at all.  The lighting schemes are all eco friendly on the new estates too – none of the glowing up skywards, it’s all low energy lighting, pointing downwards with only as much as is needed for the purposes.  Yet when my first house was built, there was no electricity and therefore no lights.  It was a funny dark little place, the staircase seemed to loom enormous as one approached the front door and even with the biggest bulb in the hall, it always seemed oppressive.  Lighting is so important for raising moods as well as making one feel safe.

Old Conversion Needs New Lighting Scheme

Old Conversion Needs New Lighting Scheme

I had the interesting opportunity of visiting a recently moved into school house conversion – right out in the sticks and the sort of place that would be jumped at on the escaping the rat race kind of tv lifestyle shows.  It has huge space, […]