I live in a basement apartment and it tends to get really dark down there in the winter. The ceiling lights don’t seem to do much good for the overall lighting affect, so I have been looking at different types of lamps that might brighten up the place. My mom recommended I try adding a couple floor lamps to each room.I took her suggestion and I have been happy with the light level ever since. Before adding the floor lamps I had to strain my eyes in order to read a book, and I had to keep the privacy shades up all the time unless I wanted it to be completely dim down there. I even feel a little bit more cheerful since I put in the extra lamps. I guess I should have done something a long time ago.
You may be interested in upgrading a table lamp or perhaps a floor or ceiling light in one or more rooms of your home. However, with the recent national financial events, you might need to postpone the upgrade for awhile. There are some really good buys available, but still you might need to reconsider a purshcase. If that is the case then you might be interested in keeping older lamps in good repair. Here are a few tips:
Among the things that we do know about electricity is that faulty electrical system is almost always the cause of fire and injuries whether in commercial or residential infrastructures. This means that even at the first sign of electrical problems, have them fixed immediately, before things lead to a more serious problem.
However, you have to remember that with any electrical repairs, it always remains as one of the most risky tasks no matter how experienced you are. Therefore, you have to have the skills and knowledge to do the job, use the right tools, and most importantly observe safety measures before you start any electrical project.
Given that, you must turn off the circuit breaker before you start any electrical job. To make sure you have turned off the right breaker, use a voltage tester and if the light on the tester doesn’t lit up, that means the wire isn’t live and that you are ready to begin your job.
To avoid electrical problems such as electrocution or fire in your home, make sure to be vigilant for any potential electrical hazards. Don’t forget to keep your appliances away from water, check for correct wattage light bulbs, and check the insulation on a cord.
Additionally, see to it that there is a regular electrical inspection in your home. In order to determine the last electrical inspection date, check the door and cover of your electrical panel as these are the places where stickers with a date, signatures or initials are found.
It is always advised that you let any electrical repairs done by professional electrician no matter how simple the job may be. Do not take any risks especially if you are inexperienced when it comes to electrical problems as it is, again, a very dangerous job. If you ever decide to hire an electrical contractor in your area, make sure to choose the one that is qualified and licensed to do the job.
Everyone loves to go to a summer barbecue that starts early and ends late. Patio and backyard seating is key to hosting a good party. No matter how laid back your guests are no one want to sit on the grass that’s infested with biting insects. Picnic tables, benches and assorted lawn chairs are all needed if you plan on having more than a few people over.Outdoor lighting in also key to hosting a good party. During the summer many people like to stay outside long after the sun sets. And, good lighting makes the outdoor experience more enjoyable. Some people choose to hang brightly-colored lanterns around their yards and others prefer the subtle glow of in-ground garden lighting. No matter which lighting direction you take you should be fine as long as your outdoor guests can see one another.
As a nation, we British love our gardens. We spent hours in them: socialising, eating meals, playing with our children, mowing the grass, gardening, growing vegetables and much more. However, as soon as the sun goes down, we all too often go inside and shut the curtains on our little outdoor paradises.
But why is this? After all, the recent advances in long-lived LED lighting and outside electrical cabling have made outdoor lighting more affordable than ever. Gardens can look just as special in the dark as they do during the day.
Are you put off by the thought of installing an outside electrical system? Please don’t be. Laying the cabling necessary for most outdoor lighting systems is easy and inexpensive. Many people prefer to lay it themselves but there is also the option of hiring a tradesman. Steel Wire Armoured, or Armorflex cabling is weather resistant and safe to be around flowerbeds and lawns, as well as areas where children and pets play.
Could your garden benefit from being lit up at night? It’s a distinct possibility; here’s why:
Top 5 reasons your garden needs outdoor lighting
1.Enjoy your gardens for longer
Sometimes you aren’t ready to come inside when the sun goes down. Whether you’re entertaining friends, relaxing in a hot-tub, reading in a hammock or enjoying a glass of wine with a loved one, long summer evenings are what memories are made of. Subtle lighting techniques such as installing ground lights around focal point or at the edge of a path will provide enough light to continue socialising without being overpowering.
2.Safety & security
If you regularly venture into your garden after dark, don’t rely on a torch to light your path. LED floodlights or outdoor wall lights, operated by a motion sensor, will make your travels much safer. They cast a wider range of light than a torch so that you can be sure the path ahead is clear. You can focus the lights on potential hazards such as steps, decking (which can often be slippery when wet) or hilly areas.
Lighting can make a huge difference to the aesthetics of your garden. Illuminating a focal point such as a tree, sculpture or water feature can create wonderful theatrical effects. Using spike lights to throw shadows will create a dramatic feel to your garden.
4.Peace of mind
By our very nature, we are curious things. If you hear a noise in the garden, you want to know what caused it. Constant lighting (e.g. from bollards) allows you to immediately look out to see the cause of the raucous. Motion sensors or proximity lighting will alert you to movement on your property.
Have you ever tried looking for a black Labrador at night-time? Let me tell you, it’s tricky! Adding some light to your garden makes it much easier to keep an eye on your pets when they use the garden after dark. Bollards around flowerbeds or areas that your dog/cat likes to frequent might be the best garden light option for you.
How to choose the best garden lights for your home
Deciding you need outdoor lighting is easy. Choosing which lighting equipment to take advantage of is where it gets interesting! Have a look at some of the outdoor lighting remote control units available to control upto 5 lighting circuits in your garden. Not sure? Get in touch with a description of your garden and what areas you want lit up and we’ll guide you to the optimum products for your specific needs.
We love being in a technology-driven industry because new developments are being made each day. It brings us great pride that we work closely with the supplier of the Knightsbridge brand who are very forward thinking when it comes to new advancements, resulting in some pleasant surprises both to ourselves and to our customers.
If you can’t already tell, we are passionate about LED lighting here at LED Lightworld. LED bulbs are energy efficient, long lasting and just as bright as their traditional or halogen counterparts. Because of their small size, ideas like LED flex have become a reality. This nifty development in interior lighting may be worth considering if you are looking at illuminating the inside of a display cabinet or cupboard. It is provided on a reel with an adhesive backing, meaning that a successful installation thankfully comes with minimum effort. One important consideration is to plan where your cabling and related accessories are going to sit; not only is safety paramount, but placing cables in plain sight does tend to lose the magic somewhat. If you are concerned about safety, rest assured that the LED flex has a remarkably low operating temperature, which might help with regards to your decisions on placement.
So where can LED flex be used? The pleasant, ambient light is incredibly versatile. We have already discussed cabinet lighting, some of our customers report stunning results when installed underneath upper kitchen cabinets, with the flex shining down onto the worktop. Cupboard space above the flex allows for the cabling to be hidden, and added visibility on worktops is always a bonus. Some lines of LED flex are compatible with colour changing accessories, which make this and our other LED colour change products ideal for use in sensory rooms for those with special needs; or simply a kids’ bedroom or playroom with a funky twist.
Our top pick for cool kitchen connoisseurs is the range of pop-up power sockets. The kitchen is one room in the house where room is most likely to come at a premium; the creators of the Knightsbridge brand know this all too well. Pop-up power stations are an interesting and practical solution. They have a small, sleek, round profile on the counter surface when not in use, and can be extended with ease revealing 3x standard 3-pin power sockets. Because the pop-up fitting requires a space to retract into, the placement of such a device will have to be carefully thought out. It may be a case of weighing up the ideal placement for socket usage against the potential loss of a little cupboard space. You will also have to consider the space above the installation, taking into consideration how far up the fitting stands when extended. Will it be too tall to extend fully considering the placement of existing cupboards?
Don’t let this dissuade you, especially if you use a lot of handheld devices, are a lover of music, or both; we carry a version of our pop-up socket installation with 2x USB charging sockets (5V DC 2.1A), and a bluetooth enabled 2W RMS speaker (featuring a 3.5mm audio socket for devices without bluetooth connectivity), as well as 2x 3-pin power sockets. Any static wall-mounted desk or worktop with a thickness of 14-50mm, which is located in a place where sockets are required but space is scarce, can benefit from a pop-up installation
So if you are looking for something that fills a specific niche or just something a little quirky, LED Lightworld have you covered. Take time to peruse our ranges, you might just find some unusual gems that we haven’t mentioned here. Happy browsing!