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 […]
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.
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 – […]
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!
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 […]
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.
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, […]