Ah the end of the long winter nights . . . . Spring has almost sprung, we have had some very fine bright days with lovely long breeze free evenings. With all these changing weather conditions, the need for lighting comes into play. My sitting […]
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 cut down entirely our domestic power consumption. The tag line is speedily mentioned that savings quoted are only achievable with a smart meter if the family reads it regularly and literally makes the manual changes themselves by turning the thermostat down a point or two, permanently and runs the bath water less – suggesting a shower is more planet friendly and uses far less water and power. The constant mention of saving, making do and mending and looking after things better. These should have been the planet’s tag line from the very first, as soon as domestic power was introduced. It’s sadly rather late now.
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 […]
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 associated with my birthday had to include the costs of bonfire night and fireworks. The sparklers were always popular and Dad would string some sort of lighting along the back fence, over the box hedging and back round to the shed. I can’t imagine they were waterproof safety lights. In fact, it’s probably a good job none of us were aware of any safety considerations as we are today – we’d have had no fun whatsoever! I’m sure Dad must have made provision for us not being electrocuted during his 1 hours annual display. We have all kinds of outside lighting schemes available today – all have to be safety checked and installed by a qualified electrician. Probably just as well!
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 – […]
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 to pop on garden lighting is such fun these days – I only have a small family sized plot myself so no need for more than the light shed from the family room for me. However I do have pals with the most gorgeous country cottage out in the middle of farmland, remote and wonderfully atmospheric. They have installed lights in very specific areas, under benches pointing up through the shrubs and uplighting particular trees. It’s absolutely magical when we all gather for cocktails. They have had some marvellous guidance and service from their local lighting contractor – something that has been worth every penny. Sound advice and very safe installations from a chartered surveyor, Kent called Consult Construct. They offer fantastic building advice when it comes to safety and sticking well within regulations, especially with older buildings.
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 […]