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Taking Chances With Lighting Is Fools Game

Taking Chances With Lighting Is Fools Game

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 […]

Lighting Changes Need Approval At Grade I Level

Lighting Changes Need Approval At Grade I Level

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 – […]

Best Lighting Schemes Follow Mid Summer Fun

Best Lighting Schemes Follow Mid Summer Fun

The one thing about having a mid summer barbeque is not having to worry too much about lighting in the garden.  The sun doesn’t disappear until at least 9pm even now that the summer solstice has passed.   I have to say though that the chance to pop on garden lighting is such fun these days – I only have a small family sized plot myself so no need for more than the light shed from the family room for me.  However I do have pals with the most gorgeous country cottage out in the middle of farmland, remote and wonderfully atmospheric.    They have installed lights in very specific areas, under benches pointing up through the shrubs and uplighting particular trees.  It’s absolutely magical when we all gather for cocktails.  They have had some marvellous guidance and service from their local lighting contractor – something that has been worth every penny.  Sound advice and very safe installations from a chartered surveyor, Kent called Consult Construct. They offer fantastic building advice when it comes to safety and sticking well within regulations, especially with older buildings.

Downlights & Spotlights Need Careful Planning

Downlights & Spotlights Need Careful Planning

When you decide to install or change any lighting scheme there are so many factors to be taken in to account.  Firstly in a new build scheme is where the power lines into and around the house are placed.  Will there be electrical cables running […]

Getting Advice On Exterior Lighting Factors

Getting Advice On Exterior Lighting Factors

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 […]

Old Conversion Needs New Lighting Scheme

Old Conversion Needs New Lighting Scheme

I had the interesting opportunity of visiting a recently moved into school house conversion – right out in the sticks and the sort of place that would be jumped at on the escaping the rat race kind of tv lifestyle shows.  It has huge space, airy high ceilings and beams.  Having managed to negotiate my way around without knocking myself out, I noted the very pretty lighting sconces on the walls – there is a strangely medieval air about this building – it was built in around 1830 on the estate of a stately house.  It seems to have a rather confused look – part castle and part school room.  The lighting needs sorting though because the main lights are single light bulb in the middle of the room, so high that you can’t reach them on an ordinary ladder!  An expert eye to quote for a useable lighting scheme seems to be the order of the day.

Smart Tree Lighting Knocks Bah Humbug For Six

Smart Tree Lighting Knocks Bah Humbug For Six

Gosh where did that last year go?  It just doesn’t seem possible that only a few short weeks ago I was sat here regaling you all with my tales of the past month and the wonderful displays we had with the neighbourhood lighting themes.  There […]

Major’s Enterprise Lit Up Our Christmas

Major’s Enterprise Lit Up Our Christmas

Christmas lights – there being so many different types of them these days, it is utterly bewildering.   When we were small, the most exciting thing in our village was the Major at the top of the hill who used to put brightly coloured lights around […]

Memories Relighted For Bonfire Night

Memories Relighted For Bonfire Night

Getting out there for the annual firework display – that used to be the highlight of my birthday celebratory period.  Although born in October, I always had the honour of having a family sized box of fireworks and a belated party as part of our traditions.  We would rush around in the week surrounding my birthday, perfectly executed guy to hand, sat atop an even more exsquisitely executed barrow, courtesy of our very handy dad.  Being one of only a very few families in our village with teenagers, we made a pretty penny on our forways round the narrow lanes.  Dad fixed us up with good lights on the barrow, so we didn’t frighten the life out of any dear old potential donors to our cause.  Then on bonfire night we’d be out thre with our chums’ families, round our bonfire, and the Dads would set the fireworks and the mums set the steam soup. Ah, memories!

Wrap Up For Winter Lighting Wonders

Wrap Up For Winter Lighting Wonders

The nights are beginning to get seriously nippy now.  Gone is mellow September with all the glorious last weeks of summer time.  The sun is often out in the day time now, causing the Indian summer we so long for, but the nights don’t seem […]