When you decide in the spring time to decorate and refurbish your home, it can be easy to overlook the fact that for 6 months of the year we are winding down to the shortest day and winding back out again to the longest. There […]
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 […]
I’ve been buddies with a lady in the next village for a few years now – we help each other when it comes to fetes and fund raising extravaganzas that we get roped in to on a regular basis. It came as a real shock then when I popped in to see how she was after a big operation and she gave me a tour of her surprisingly vast cottage formed from one of the old barns attached to the nearby windmill. Her hallways, bedrooms and cellar were lit by amazing mariners’ lamps which she’d acquired from her father who’d served in the merchant navy and collected them from specialist sales. The power of those lamps is incredible – a bit OTT in a cottage, but very atmospheric. With other subject related accessories, these mariners’ lamps really bring a touch of nostalgia in just the right degree. The exterior ones are even more powerful and light her back garden beautifully.
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!