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 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.
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 […]