One of the most important aspects of having a garden is to be able to see it all year round. Until fairly recently the idea of having lighting anywhere outside, apart from guiding one from the back door to the bins or the front door […]
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 […]
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 is only a wee time when we do have those luscious long days with as much daylight as we can grasp. So this should be one of the factors taken into account when we are placing furniture around a room. With careful preparation, it’s possible to paint the walls in a flattering shade that will pick out the natural lighting and then add internal lighting schemes to really bring out the rest of the best to be had. It needs a lighting expert though to make the most of a room setting. They have the experience to look at a room, and know from the geographical location, where it needs the most lighting. It’s their job, after all.
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 […]
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 few years, one or both of my garage mounted lights failed and it wasn’t dealt with immediately. When I finally got around to asking for help on this matter, the lights had in fact been off for some ten years – the cable had become damaged between the fixture and the internal socket. I called an electrician who inspected the sorry state and packing me off to a trade outlet to get replacement lamps, he set about rectifying the cable problem and putting a safety junction box in place. My first choice were rejected as the cable entry was in wrong position, requiring additional holes to be drilled – another valuable lesson learned!
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 – once an owner in the early 1900s had been shown the light with electricity, quite literally, there was no stopping them from converting the chandeliers and wall sconces from candle to bulb. This was all before the house was evaluated and elevated to Grade I status. This does bring a certain cache of course, but at the same time the limitations on what you can do with your building are immense. Every upgrade, restoration or alteration has to be vetted and approved, or not. The house does have a spectacular selection of table and floor lamps though and these really do help give a warm friendly glow if the odd chandelier needs attention!