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, […]
Gosh where did that last year go? It just doesn’t seem possible that only a few short weeks ago I was sat here regaling you all with my tales of the past month and the wonderful displays we had with the neighbourhood lighting themes. There […]
Christmas lights – there being so many different types of them these days, it is utterly bewildering. When we were small, the most exciting thing in our village was the Major at the top of the hill who used to put brightly coloured lights around his gable fronted porch. He had one of those stunningly gorgeous 1920s romantic Arts and Crafts style of house with pretty lead pane windows and a lovely solid oak front door hiding within that impressive porch. It was a really beautiful house and i’ve coveted it for over 50 years!
Anyway the Major was well known for being a bit crusty – but he always lit up the porch and a few years later extended this talent to the very cute little fir trees in the middle of each of his immaculate front lawns. I never fail to think of this wonderful spectacle when I see my neighbours’ efforts with their bulb encrusted Bambis !
Getting out there for the annual firework display – that used to be the highlight of my birthday celebratory period. Although born in October, I always had the honour of having a family sized box of fireworks and a belated party as part of our […]