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Your 2021 electrical safety checklist 

Your 2021 electrical safety checklist 

The New Year is the perfect time to review that ever-growing “I’ve GOT to get around to doing that” list. 

Electricity is such an integral part of our lives. From the moment we wake up to the minute we tuck ourselves in for the night, we’re using it 24/7.

As a result, we can forget how dangerous and powerful it can be. All it takes is a split-second for a fault to occur and suddenly you’ve got a very serious problem on your hands. 

So, what should you keep an eye out for in your home to make sure you’re as safe as possible? 

Here’s HSG’s electrical checklist.

  • Test your smoke alarms. 
  • Electrical gardening equipment should only be used if it’s dry outside. 
  • Take great care with DIY. These jobs account for nearly half of all severe electric shocks in the home. Make sure you locate cables in walls before drilling, you have an RCD (Residual Current Device) installed, and you check that leads and plugs are in good condition before using power tools.
  • Remember that electricity and water are a deadly mix. The bathroom is arguably the most dangerous room in the house when it comes to electrical safety. Portable appliances such as hairdryers or heaters should never be used in close vicinity of water. Sockets and electrical shaver points should only be installed if they’re at least 3 meters away from the bathtub or shower. 
  • Arrange an EICR (Electrical Inspection Condition Report). This is a routine inspection conducted by a qualified electrician. They will check the electrical equipment in your home (including accessories, sockets, switches, and cables) to make sure everything is functioning properly and doesn’t present an increased fire risk. 
  • Ask your electrician about RCD and SPD protection. 
  • An RCD (Residual Current Device) is a safety device that automatically switches off if something is wrong. An RCD minimises the risks of electrocution and fire caused by earth faults. If it detects electricity running through an unintended path, such as a person touching a live part, it will instantly switch off the circuit, significantly reducing the risk of death or severe injury. 
  • An SPD (Surge Protective Device) is used to protect the electrical installation from power surges known as ‘transient overvoltages’. In many cases, this occurs due to a lightning strike. The effects of a surge can either result in instant failure or irreparable damage to equipment over a long period. 

 

At The Home Solutions Group, we’re expertly trained in installing RPDs, SPDs, and conducting all necessary electrical checks to keep your premises safe. To arrange an inspection or installation, contact our friendly team today. 

 

Christmas electrical safety tips 

Christmas electrical safety tips 

The festive season is underway and soon homes will be filled with twinkling lights and mouth-watering smells from the kitchen. 

At the risk of sounding like the Grinch: the more electrical appliances we use, the more fire hazards we create. From overloaded sockets to neglected smoke alarms, it is vital that we’re not taking dangerous electrical safety risks this season. 

Most of our plans for 2020 have already gone up in smoke – let’s not extend that to the Christmas tree too, eh?! 

Fear not – HSG has the lowdown on how to keep your home safe this winter. Check out our Christmas electrical safety tips.

 

Don’t overload sockets and extension leads

After this challenging year, it’s understandable that you might want to go ‘all out’ with the decorations and turn your home into a veritable Christmas grotto. By all means, deck the halls to your heart’s content, but make sure you’re not overloading sockets with plugs

Just because there’s space to cram an extension lead with plugs doesn’t mean it’s safe to do so. Never overload an extension lead by plugging in appliances that will exceed the maximum current rating, as this could cause overheating and possibly a fire. If you find yourself relying heavily on extension leads and adaptors, you may want to consider calling a registered electrician to install more wall sockets. 

 

Fire-proof your Christmas tree 

If you’re opting for a ‘real’ Christmas tree this year, it’s important to be mindful of the fire safety risks. With their tinder-dry branches and parched needles, dry trees can quickly set alight if there’s so much as a spark. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Keep your tree well-watered. Real trees can absorb as much as 1 litre of water a day, so it’s important that you don’t let it dry out. 
  • Keep it well away from heat sources, especially electric heaters. 
  • Make sure your Christmas tree lights are safe, suitable for being mounted on flammable surfaces (such as wood), and can be used outside, if that’s your intention. Check your product’s instruction booklet to double-check these details.
  • There are some top-notch fire retardant artificial trees available, which may give you more peace of mind.

 

LED lights are strongly recommended 

LED lights are significantly safer and more efficient than filament bulbs. Why? 

  • They operate at extra-low voltage which reduces the risk of electric shock.
  • They use much less power and generate significantly less heat, minimising fire risks. 
  • They use an estimated 80-90% less electricity than filament lamps, making them more cost-effective 
  • They’re more durable, as they have a tough plastic coating rather than breakable glass 
  • They look just as magical! 

 

Check your smoke alarms 

Cooking Christmas dinner is a mammoth task requiring military precision. All it takes is one too many glasses of sherry, and suddenly you’ve forgotten to remove one of a dozen pans from the hob or oven. It’s crucial to test your smoke alarms to make sure they’re functioning properly. Nobody wants charcoal roast spuds on their plate!

 

Whether you need a smoke alarm refitting or an EICR (Electrical Inspection Condition Report), the HSG team is on hand to get your home safe and sound for the Christmas period. Get in touch today! 

 

How to choose outdoor lighting 

How to choose outdoor lighting 

 

A guide to exterior lighting by the Home Solutions Group

 

The nights are drawing in and the festive season will soon be upon us. As the clocks go back, arriving home in the dark will soon be the norm. Now is the perfect time to equip your home for the winter evenings and sort out your outdoor lighting. 

 

Outdoor lighting is a fundamental part of any home. Not only does it transform the atmosphere outside, but it also provides essential safety. Nobody wants to stumble up an icy pathway or steep steps in the dark – it’s an accident waiting to happen. A well-lit garden path or entrance ensures you can see exactly where you’re going, as well as adding ambience to your outdoor space. 

 

With a host of functional and decorative outdoor lighting options to choose from, here are some of the best ways you can light up your home for the winter months. 

 

Outdoor wall lights 

 

One of the most effective ways to brighten your doorway or porch is outdoor lighting for the front of the house. Wall lights emit a warm and welcoming glow, so you and your visitors can be greeted by a safe, well-lit entrance. They also make your front door and house number easily identifiable, which is particularly useful if you’re expecting parcel deliveries ahead of Christmas! 

 

Wall lights frame and add symmetry to the front of your home, so it pays to think about how you can create an impactful design statement. Whether it’s a traditional lantern style or a sleek wall sconce that washes your walls with an even distribution of light, wall lights have a transformative effect on your exteriors. 

 

Decorative lights  

 

Decorative lighting doesn’t have to be reserved for Christmas or special occasions. Thanks to advancements in quality and technology, you can make some stylish additions to your home’s exterior, while providing necessary illumination and safety. Outdoor festoon lights or tree lights create a chic, bohemian atmosphere, while modern pendant lights add a cool and contemporary vibe. With numerous damp and wet-rated (IP) options available, you can safely hang them from trees and pergolas and they will perform whatever the weather. 

 

Patio and garden lights 

 

With more lockdown restrictions afoot, many of us are thinking about how to optimise our homes as a place of solace and relaxation. It’s safe to say that our gardens and patios were a godsend over the summer, and the sales of outdoor heating products and pizza ovens have soared as homeowners prepare for the winter months and Covid-compliant socialising. Patio and garden lights are a perfect way to add a touch of cosiness to your outdoor space and bring the inside, out! Whether it’s post and pedestal lights to define pathways and corners, or outdoor decking lights to illuminate your garden walkway, there are plenty of ways to get creative while you enjoy a mug of mulled wine… or five! 

 

Driveway lights

 

If you have a driveway leading up to your property, it must be well illuminated. Poor visibility can lead to accidents – an easily avoidable headache. Driveway lighting  ensures you can see exactly where you’re positioning your car, so you don’t hear that dreaded crunching sound as you accidentally collide with a gatepost!

 

Pathway lights 

 

Being able to safely navigate your garden or patio is an absolute must. From floor lamps and bollard lights to discrete step lights and spotlights, it’s important to illuminate your pathways to avoid accidents – especially when it gets slippery and icy underfoot. 

 

Security lights 

 

Outdoor security lighting is a huge deterrent when it comes to break-ins and burglaries – a well-lit exterior looks far less appealing to intruders than a home that looks dark and unoccupied. From dawn to dusk sensors that automatically switch on when the light levels drop, to motion sensor security lights that illuminate the surroundings when movement is detected, there are a host of options to choose from. What’s more, LED lighting makes your CCTV picture clearer, so you can easily identify unusual activity around your property. You could also consider a Wisebox –  a device that enables you to control your outdoor electricals from anywhere in your garden or home. With a quick click, you can effortlessly operate your outdoor lighting via remote control. 

 

How to install outdoor lighting

 

Before installing any outdoor lighting, make sure it is suitable for outdoor use and is waterproof and durable. With this in mind, mains voltage outdoor lighting must be installed carefully by a qualified electrician. Any kind of electrical installation must comply with UK safety regulations and standards, so an electrician must be on hand to carry out the job. This will ensure that wiring and sockets are properly installed and protected from hazards. 

 

Is there an outdoor lighting electrician near me? 

 

Yes! The Home Solutions Group covers Hampshire, Surrey, and London. We specialise in a host of domestic electrical services, including outdoor lighting. As NICEIC approved contractors, we work to the highest possible standards covering all types of electrical installations. 

 

If you have any questions about lighting for your home, get in touch with our friendly team and we’ll be happy to help you out! 

 

Have you arranged an electrical installation condition report?

An electrical installation condition report (EICR) is a periodic safety inspection report. We check the property’s fixed wiring to make sure your electric installations are safe. The main purpose is to identify outdated or unsafe wiring to prevent fires and electric shocks. 

 

The tests are conducted by qualified electricians, like yours truly. It is highly recommended that you arrange an EICR inspection every ten years. For rental properties, one should be carried out every 5 years or if there is a change of tenancy. 

 

Why do I need an EICR? 

 

We don’t think about how we use electric power on a daily basis – until something goes wrong. At best, this can be a pain. At worst, it can be fatal. 

 

As cables are often hidden inside walls or units, they are often not visible. It’s very easy to adopt an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude, meaning that we forget to check our electrical installations for damage or wear and tear. As a result, there’s a risk that problems aren’t identified until it’s too late. 

 

Faulty or old wiring is one of the main causes of domestic fires. By organising an inspection, you can significantly reduce this risk, giving you the peace of mind that your cables, switches and sockets are in tip-top condition. 

 

What is the aim of an EICR? 

 

The 5 main aims of an electrical installation condition report are: 

 

  • To document the results of the inspection to ensure the electrical installations are safe, until the next inspection 
  • To identify damage/wear and tear that could compromise safety and have it reported 
  • To find components of the electrical installation that do not meet the IET Wiring Regulations 
  • To identify any appliances or objects that pose a safety risk (e.g. overheating or has the potential to cause an electric shock) 
  • Keep a record of the installation’s condition at the time of the inspection. This can be used in any future inspections. 

 

To get a little taster of what an EICR involves, check out our video from an inspection in Ropley!

 

As you can see, the cabling on the wall was a standard twin and earth cable, which is most commonly used indoors. The neutral conductor was exposed due to deterioration from the weather. As the cable is not designed to be attached externally to a property, we urgently needed to install a UV protected cable and a protective conduit. 

 

 

If you are due an inspection for your home or rental property, contact our friendly team today and we’d be more than happy to help you out. 

 

How Smart Home Technology Can Save You Money

If you’re weighing up the positives of installing smart home technology, you may be thinking: “it all sounds great, but how much is it going to cost me?”

A common misconception about smart home technology is that it’s the reserve of large properties and an even larger budget. Thanks to a host of options available on the market, this is no longer the case; there are automations and solutions to suit everybody’s needs.

When it comes to the long-term benefits, the cost of a smart home rewire during a renovation cannot be compared to standard electrical installations.

The likes of Loxone smart home technology is specifically designed to save time and money in the long-run, as well as enhance security and lifestyle.

Here’s the lowdown on why the cost of a refit shouldn’t deter you from numerous long-term savings and advantages.

Heating

With an automated home, you have the tools at your disposal to significantly reduce your heating bills. Thanks to Loxone technology, you have the ability to heat rooms individually. Perhaps the study or spare bedroom are rarely used. Not a problem – with a handy app, you can set the temperature of each individual room, so you’re not blasting out heat into spaces that are mostly unoccupied.

What’s more, Loxone is designed to learn. It will gauge how long it takes for each room to heat up to your liking and determine exactly when to switch itself on and off automatically. Maybe you’re working late and won’t be back home at the usual time. With a quick swipe on the app, you can turn off the heating settings remotely, saving even more money.

LED Lighting Fixtures

With specially developed Loxone LED lights, we can install a range of lighting products to give you intelligent and energy-saving lighting for your home. LEDs last considerably longer than standard bulbs and use 60% less electricity. They can operate for up to 20,000 hours, compared to conventional bulbs which usually have a lifespan of around 1,000 hours. As for the savings? On average, you’re looking at around £232 chopped off your bill every year. We know what we’d prefer!

Switching off Standby Devices

It’s easy to turn a blind-eye to devices that are left on standby. However, just because they’re not ‘on’, doesn’t mean they’re not guzzling up considerable amounts of power. Simply disconnecting standby devices from the electricity can save you as much as £80 a year. With Loxone’s Smart Socket Air, you can disconnect devices from the power supply with minimal effort. Whether it’s forgetting to turn the hair straighteners off or switching off all the sockets in your home with one click of the ‘goodnight’ button, it’s got you covered.

These are just a few of the ways in which smart home technology can help you save money on bills in the long-run. If you have any questions about installations for your home, get in touch and our friendly team will be happy to help.

How Can Smart Homes Help with Assisted Living?

We are lucky to live in an era when technology is increasingly designed with practicality and usability in mind, in order to add real value to our lives.

In terms of smart home technology, we’ve moved a long way from ‘flash gimmicks’ to ‘convenience and solutions’. When it comes to assisted living, smart technology is proving to be an incredibly powerful tool in helping people live safer, more comfortable and independent lives within their own homes.

Most houses are unfortunately unfit for purpose when it comes to accommodating the needs of elderly or disabled individuals. Our homes are supposed to be a place of sanctuary and comfort, not inconvenience. That’s why it’s so important that smart home systems such as Loxone are making leaps and bounds to facilitate assisted living.

Here are 4 reasons why Loxone home automation can help with assisted living.

Passive Monitoring

Remaining independent at home is key to the wellbeing of older people. If you have an elderly relative who lives alone, you might worry about them having an accident and being unable to alert help.

The problem? Nobody wants to feel like they’re constantly being watched and checked up on, even by well-meaning family members. Rather than opting for invasive cameras or active monitoring devices, smart home technology has the ability to be far more covert and respectful of privacy.

Passive monitoring technology detects simple behavioural patterns and notifies a family member or care provider if something is out of the ordinary. This means family and carers are only alerted if something is unusual, rather than tracking absolutely everything.

Does your loved one make a cuppa every morning without fail between 7-9am? If the kettle isn’t used within a certain time frame, a notification can be sent to you. Does your mum or grandad sometimes forget to turn appliances off? The Smart Socket Air can be remotely controlled from an App so if something is left on by accident, a carer or relative can turn it off from afar.

There are a host of passive monitoring applications available for a variety of needs. Whatever your concerns are, we’re happy to have a chat and discuss the options available.

Audible reminders

Audible reminders are particularly helpful for those who may have a visual impairment or a degenerative condition such as Alzheimers. Using the same motion sensors mentioned above, a pre-recorded voice prompt can be played when a resident moves into a certain area. For instance, a kitchen-based voice prompt could remind someone to switch off the hob after they’ve made dinner.

What’s more, the audible reminders don’t have to rely on motion sensors – they can be set up to activate at certain times of the day. Does your loved one need a reminder to take their medication? A voice prompt can give them a nudge at exactly the right time.

There are countless ways that audible reminders can be used to give our relatives a helping hand – even if it’s just birthdays or putting out the bins! The beauty is, they can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Visual reminders

Visual reminders are particularly useful for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Smart lighting is a hugely important home automation tool and can be used for a host of reasons.

Perhaps the resident struggles to hear the doorbell and risks missing visitors or deliveries. Rather than constantly hover around the front door, they could instead wait for accompanying flashing or pulsing lights whenever someone knocks or rings the doorbell.

RGBW LED tape also provides an inexpensive way to enhance functionality, as it changes colour depending on the situation.

Is the baby stirring upstairs? The light could flash blue.

Is the smoke alarm sounding? The light could flash red.

Is the phone ringing? The light could flash green.

The possibilities are endless. With a few simple installations, we can solve a multitude of problems.

Improvements for residents with limited physical ability

Daily tasks that so many of us take for granted can be a challenge for people with physical disabilities. The use of smart technology can be a key tool in making life a little easier.

Fully-automatic lighting, for instance, is designed to automatically switch the lights on or off when a resident enters or leaves a room, removing the need to manually stretch and flick a switch.
Those who are unable to move around freely and spend more time in a stationary position can be particularly sensitive to temperature and feel the cold more easily. Thanks to zoned heating technology, we’re able to ensure comfortable, automatically-adjusting temperatures in each room without having to dial up a thermostat on the wall.

For full peace of mind, we can install an access control intercom. This enables residents to see and interact with visitors at the front door and let them in, directly from the app or a conveniently placed switch on the wall. This minimises the need to move around the house if physical mobility is compromised. The technology can also track who has entered the house and when, including carers.

These are just a few examples of how smart home automations can help with assisted living. If you have any questions about how we can help you or your loved ones, contact us and we’ll be more than happy to chat through what we can do for you.

How smart homes are set to change our lives

When you hear the term ‘smart technology’, you might immediately think of novelty gimmicks with limited capabilities. Based on early smart devices, you would be correct – remember the ‘next big thing’ VR headsets from the early ‘90s? 

However, sometimes gimmicks stop being gimmicks, go mainstream and end up playing an important role in our day-to-day lives. 

Think of early smartphone apps, for instance. What started as hilariously basic creations like ‘iBeer’, a virtual pint glass that you could ‘drink’ when tipping your phone horizontally, quickly morphed into endless possibilities. 

Less than ten years later, we can stream TV shows, edit photographs, access breaking world news and enjoy hours of group-chatting right from the palm of our hands. What was once a novelty concept has turned into a series of indispensable tools which make our lives easier.

This is exactly what is happening with smart homes. The innovations and technologies are moving at an incredible pace and will ultimately become mod-con staples that enhance the way we live at home. 

Here are just some of the ways that smart homes will change our way of life, including comfort, safety and convenience. 

 

Safety 

Smart home technology has the capability to be a huge deterrent for burglary or other potential safety breaches such as fires and carbon monoxide leaks. Gone are the days when ‘keeping the big light on’ when leaving the house was the most effective precautionary measure.

Thanks to fittings and integrations from the likes of Nest, we have the ability to transform your home into a fortress that can tell you if trouble is afoot, so you can act before damage is done. From an HD video doorbell app system that enables you to keep an eye on your home wherever you are, to a smoke and CO alarm that thinks, speaks and alerts you on your phone, these products are designed to optimise safety and security, giving you full peace of mind. 

 

Comfort and entertainment 

From entertaining to unwinding after a long day, our home should be a place of comfort and ease. There is a host of home automation technology on the market that has been designed solely for the enhancement of comfort and enjoyment. We work with Loxone, the market leader in smart home technology, to offer cutting-edge solutions. 

Whether it’s waking up in the morning to automatically lifting blinds and gentle lighting, or a ‘goodnight button’ which enables you to turn off electricals and activate alarms with one click, you can effortlessly glide through your day and save a lot of time in the process. When it comes to entertaining, think mood sensitive lighting design, multi-room audio speakers and home cinema technology. Now that’s how you take a dinner party to the next level. 

 

Convenience

Our homes should offer us sanctuary and an enhanced quality of life – we should not feel restricted or inconvenienced as we get older. That’s why home integrations that assist independence and convenience are only going to get more and more prevalent. From voice assists such as Amazon Alexa to self-opening blinds and smart temperature controls, it’s now possible for our homes to give us a helping hand if our mobility or physical ability is compromised. 

 

If you would be interested in installing smart home products or are seeking a full custom fit-out for a brand new home, our highly trained team is on hand to answer any questions. 

If you would like to arrange a visit or require a quote, get in touch today.

How lighting design could transform your home

As a homeowner, it’s easy to get meticulous about wall colours, furnishings and flooring – but have you thought about your lighting? Bad lighting can make or break the aesthetic of a room that you’ve spent hours painstakingly designing.

For example, if you’ve selected beautiful oak floors, warm cream paint and luxuriously plush furnishings, a fluorescent white ceiling light is going to undo all your hard work and spending.

 

Lighting designers and fitters are very aware of the ways in which lighting can transform your home. With so many options to choose from, we can help to guide you in the right direction – using your unique style as a blueprint. Modern style ceiling lights with sleek lines and futuristic glimmers appeal to minimalist and contemporary home or vast expanses, such as open plan living areas, loft apartments and barn conversions. Glittering glass chandeliers suit high ceilings, grand stairways or large entrance spaces in Georgian and Victorian-style homes – but do not look so chic in a small mid-city flat. In rustic homes, warm traditional lights and decorative shades create a cosy feel that looks just right.

 

In the majority of cases, your lighting style can be found in efficient LED bulbs, using 80% less energy and requiring reduced replacements. Another bonus with LED is that it’s much more customisable. From choosing your white tone to picking another colour altogether, LED allows your rooms to change in function throughout the day. From a brightly lit study area to a calming eating environment or relaxing chill-out zone.

 

LED strip is becoming increasingly popular within the home, once only seen in warehouses and commercial offices.

  • Along ceiling coving, LED strip lighting seamlessly creates a bright aesthetic without glaring bulbs or obvious fittings.
  • Fitting strip underneath individual stairs creates a lit walkway that is also modern and dramatic by design.
  • In the kitchen, LED strip along the toe kicks looks clean and chic. Underneath cabinets, it can light the worktops in a subtle way.
  • You’ve probably already seen strip lighting around bathroom mirrors, making getting ready a simple task no matter the time of day.

 

Whether you’ve purchased a new home, are currently building one or wish to refit an existing proper, we suggest that you take some time to consider your lighting design.

  • Think about how you use the rooms in your home and the time of day you most often use them.
  • Consider the age and aesthetic of the property – either be in-keeping with this or add striking accents that compliment it.
  • Talk to a professional about how you could create energy-saving innovations around your home.

 

We’re well versed in lighting design, having spent years installing all manner of beautiful solutions in homes of all sizes and ages. If you’re stuck for a lighting solution or are struggling to find the right design – please give us a call and one of our helpful team will be happy to have a chat with you.

What’s your lighting personality?

One of the great things about custom lighting is that you can influence the mood of a room and adjust it according to what activities you’re doing.

If you’re studying, cooler light is more stimulating. If you’re reading before bed, a warm light will soothe your eyes and get you ready for a snooze.

 

There are loads of different ways to make your lighting work for you – but what does it say about you?

 

Party people

You’re the life and soul of your friendship group – you love to host and can’t wait for festive seasons to roll around.

Your focus is the lighting in the entertainment space of your home – the open plan kitchen and dining areas. To make the kitchen stand out, you have LED strip lighting under the counters. It’s discreet, yet stylish and looks great when all the main lights are out. You’ve opted for dimmable downlights around the room and colour changing options wherever possible. You’ve also integrated smart home controls, which can be altered from your phone. You love changing the colour sequences when the eating is finished and the dancing begins. If you’re having a party… we’re awaiting our invitation.

 

Dinner party foodies

Sophistication is the name of the game for you. Cool white lighting suits the elegant aesthetic of your home décor, but you like having the option to dim the main lights as the evening rolls in.

You love inviting friends over for a chilled evening of wine, cheese, and canapes. The dining room is the heart of your home and you’ve chosen statement fittings to create talking points. A modern chandelier wouldn’t look out of place in your home and delicate side lights illuminate walkways. Chrome light switches and Touch Pure controls are your fixtures of choice.

 

Family fun

As a young family, there’s nothing you love more than spending quality time together. You love hanging out in the living room and using your smart home for great entertainment and impromptu colourful dance parties.

You’re health-conscious and use biodynamic lighting [link to biodynamic lighting post]. The children’s bedrooms are softly lit, with the option to change the room colours. You’ve installed moonlight lighting in the hallways, at floor level, to allow the children to walk to the bathroom at night.

In the main rooms of the house, you often use the main lights and keep fussy sidelights to a minimum. Simplicity and functionality are the main bonuses of any of the smart home features you purchase.

 

Retire by the fire

Keeping the lights down low and the aesthetic cosy is what you’re all about. Warm white, concealed lighting gives your home the chilled out vibe you love to relax in. Wherever possible, you avoid bright or cold lighting and prefer to stick to traditional side lamps and sunset style tones. For getting up in the morning, you favour your Touch Nightlight Air which wakes you up slowly with ambient light and a digital clock face. The option to change the colour of your lights is appealing, but you prefer to stick with the reds, pinks, and yellows, so you haven’t installed it in every room.

The triple-click function is your favourite feature as it allows you to turn off all the lights once you’re in the comfort of your bedroom.

 

Do any of these sound like you? Or, perhaps, you’d like to know more about your lighting personality? Give one of our friendly team a call and we can discuss your needs. We’ll even pop over and learn more about how you use the space in your home.

 

With years of experience, we can suggest the smartest and most beautiful additions to compliment your home and your routine.

 

Lighting done right: How to sensitively light your home

The key to creating the right ambience in your home is great lighting. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune – but some clever tweaks and interesting focal points can really make a big difference.

Let us walk you through the different rooms in your home and how to light them effectively.

 

Bedroom

In the bedroom, it’s important to focus on where the natural light is coming from. In general, you wouldn’t put your bed under the window, so focused lighting is useful around the bed area. Avoid having main lights over the bed, but instead, opt for warm coloured sidelights.

A nice way to distribute light in the bedroom is to have several dimmable ceiling lights.

Think about where your mirror is, or where you get ready in the morning. In the winter, this area may need extra lighting.

 

Bathroom

No one wants to stand in a coldly lit, bright white box when they haven’t got any clothes on. Opt for downlighters with a warmer white bulb. For extra light, install LED strip around mirrors or inside cabinets – these only need to be on when you need them.

 

Living space

This is where lighting can get funky! Think about how you use the space and incorporate lighting around this. If you have a long dining table and you enjoy entertaining, consider a feature light above. If you like the feature light in an open plan kitchen and dining area, you can use this as the main source of light and compliment it with custom strip lighting around the kitchen cupboards.

If you have an island or a breakfast bar, perhaps trimless downlighters might illuminate the space discreetly – allowing the children to do their homework whilst you get cooking.

 

In the living room, think about how it gets used. If this is a predominantly adult space, you might want to incorporate some feature lighting in the form of dramatic light shades or modern style chandeliers. Dimmable switches and warm white bulbs are a must in here.

If you find the living room is used more by the younger members of the family, fit brighter lights and limit the number of decorative sidelights. If you like to chill out as a family, colour changing lights are incredibly popular with many of our customers.

 

Outdoor

Lighting is just as important outside as it is inside!

Keep the BBQ area well-lit so you can enjoy yourselves outside well into the evening. Lights integrated into the patio or around the edges of the house are discreet and less disturbing for neighbours than lofty spotlights. If you have a pool, LED strip can frame the edges in a refreshing blue that’ll also illuminate the garden.

Sitting out enjoying the stars? Dim the lights with dimmer switches on your exterior lights too! You can also integrate your outside lighting with your smart home, enabling it to turn on and off when you’re away. Outdoor lighting can be beautifully aesthetic, but make sure it’s serving it’s safety purpose too.

 

Building a new home? Upgrading your current property? Our team comprises of lighting experts with years of experience. From your local semi-detached to footballer’s mansions, we know how to make good use of your space. Check out our Instagram page for some striking lighting design before & afters.