Some of the neighbouring houses here have changed hands and a new crop of busy familes have taken over. The gardens have matured over the years and trees, shrubs etc. have altered the landscape. This is now when it is a good idea to […]
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 […]
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 […]