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 […]
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 that hey cost much less to perate and they last a great deal longer. They are also much safer with far less burn out risk. As with all items that get replaced over time, there is no requirement to rip out and replace all halogen bulbs but when retrofitting bulbs with LEDs, it is essential to replace each halogen bulb with equivalent wattage and same base type. For a while the LED replacement bulbs were very expensive but now they are less so and as they use so much less energy and offer up to around 20 to 25 years of life, compared to only 2 or 3 years from a halogen, this seems a trifling concern!
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!