Keeping up with modern lighting trends is not always something that families do as often as they should. For decades, halogen lights were the thing to have for low voltage outdoor lighting schemes. These days however LEDs have just about replaced them for the reason […]
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 room room is fairly dark as it has only one bay window, and the house points in the wrong direction to attract much direct sunlight. This is a definite benefit in a very hot sunny summer as we experienced last year. That room was an unlit, almost cool haven. In the winter, I have a very stylishly ornate table lamp operated on a timer switch – set for 3.30 in the afternoon, it brings a welcome ray of pretend sunlight. The two modern 3 point chandeliers are far too harsh for everyday use, except when you need to actually see anything. My utilities supplier insisted on changing every single bulb in my house the other year – to ultra modern economy ones. Some are pretty bright, but very cheap to run, so that’s ok!
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 – […]