The government is begging us all to take a new smart meter from our energy suppliers. The point about the saturation advertising is to highlight that if we have a smart meter, we will willingly check it constantly and panic at the readings and thus […]
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 few years, one or both of my garage mounted lights failed and it wasn’t dealt with immediately. When I finally got around to asking for help on this matter, the lights had in fact been off for some ten years – the cable had become damaged between the fixture and the internal socket. I called an electrician who inspected the sorry state and packing me off to a trade outlet to get replacement lamps, he set about rectifying the cable problem and putting a safety junction box in place. My first choice were rejected as the cable entry was in wrong position, requiring additional holes to be drilled – another valuable lesson learned!
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 […]
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 – once an owner in the early 1900s had been shown the light with electricity, quite literally, there was no stopping them from converting the chandeliers and wall sconces from candle to bulb. This was all before the house was evaluated and elevated to Grade I status. This does bring a certain cache of course, but at the same time the limitations on what you can do with your building are immense. Every upgrade, restoration or alteration has to be vetted and approved, or not. The house does have a spectacular selection of table and floor lamps though and these really do help give a warm friendly glow if the odd chandelier needs attention!
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 […]
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 add lighting of various kinds – maybe some uplighting in the trees and shrubs. I was absolutely amazed when I visited the gardens of a country house near here one evening for a social gathering. The difference was incredible and I realised this was why so many concerts and outside events are such a success – on a good night when it’s not raining or blowing a gale of course. There are safety concerns of course, and this is where the advisory service of any supply company is absoutely essential and their words of wisdom should be adhered to at all costs. They can also help with efficient design factors too.
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 […]