Moonlight Design

09/05/2018

Lumens vs Watts: What’s The Difference?

What are lumens? What happened to just using watts? If you’re asking these questions, you’re not alone. Many of us will have spent most of our adult lives buying traditional incandescent bulbs, which means we’ll be used to choosing them based on their watts rating. In recent years, however, light bulb packaging has begun to reference lumens ratings rather than watts, which is unsurprisingly causing a great deal of confusion. But there is method in the madness. Let us explain. What are Watts? Ever since the light bulb was invented... Read More

04/05/2018

Light Positioning: Should My Lights Point Up or Down?

  Are you wondering how to position lights in your room? Wall lights, sconces and ceiling lights can provide very different types of lighting depending on whether their shades point upwards or downwards, so you need to decide on how to position  your lights. This decision will ultimately come down to a choice between decoration and practicality, and can be made based on a number of factors. Let’s start off with defining the different types of lighting you can achieve in your room: Ambient/General Lighting – Usually the main source... Read More

03/05/2018
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Light Levels: How Much Light Do I Need?

A lot of people ask us: How much light do I need to light my rooms? It’s a very good question, and the answer depends on three things: Your personal preference What you want to use the room for The size of your room Personal Preference Some people prefer brightly lit rooms at all times, whereas others can’t relax unless the lighting is lower and more subdued. This level of preference will go some way to dictate the level of light you will need in your room, as comfort and... Read More

what are LED lights 12/04/2018

LED Lights: The Pros and Cons

What are LED lights? You’ll no doubt have seen LEDs everywhere, but you might not know everything about these clever little lights and why they’re so popular. This is your one-stop resource for all things LED lights, so read on to find out more about them including their benefits and pitfalls. What are LED lights? LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, which is a semiconductor (part conductor, part insulator) device that converts low levels of electricity into light. Unlike traditional incandescent light bulbs, which generate light through creating heat, an... Read More

how to hang kitchen island lights 10/04/2018
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How to Hang a Light

At what height should you hang a ceiling light? This is a very common question we hear people asking all the time, so we have provided a quick guide on how high or low to hang certain types of lighting. Did you know, for example, there are different basic ‘rules of thumb’ for hanging lights in different rooms? Here we will cover the basics to help you hang your light fittings at the perfect height for your rooms and needs. How to Hang Dining Room Lights Dining room lighting needs... Read More

Well, what happened there?

June 23, 2016….who would have thought that this date was going to go down into the history books and shake up Britain, Europe and the rest of the world. Yes, Brexit became reality and the UK decided that their love affair with the rest of the EU was over. There were lots of scare stories about Brexit and in truth, it seemed a potential disaster was on the cards. Fast forward to September and here we are. We have a new Prime Minister, the latest polls suggest an upbeat mood... Read More

After the dust settles

From the months of head scratching and preparation, the 2016 Chelsea Flower show is over. However, rolling back the clock, the two weeks before the opening by the Queen meant we had a lot to do. The garden ‘Gods Own County’ sponsored by ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ and designed by Matthew Wilson was the biggest show garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2016 and unlike most show gardens where you start with a level area of ground, the garden had to be ‘inserted’ into a large grass bank. For us, it... Read More

Winners

You may have noticed on Twitter or Facebook that we are sponsoring two young British triathletes, Lucy Charles and Reece Barclay. It’s not unusual for business’s to sponsor sports men and women, it’s been going on for many, many years. So why have we sponsored these two athletes, we don’t sell sports equipment, clothes or supplements? In truth there are various reasons; Health: In the last twenty years diabetes around the world has risen from 30 million to over 246 million people. Hopefully Lucy & Reece can succeed and just... Read More

Doesn’t Time Fly

We have been very busy here at Moonlight Design and it doesn’t feel that long ago since the last blog but alas it’s been far too long! With this in mind it only seems like a few months ago we were planning for the Chelsea Flower Show 2015. Matthew Wilson designed a superb garden for the Royal Bank of Canada last year, the awesome decking, tasteful water feature and gorgeous planting went down a storm with the public and we are very happy to say that our lighting was a... Read More

Stop the world, I want to get off!

Since Moonlight Design started 10 years ago the world has changed; there was no Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and oh, Iraq had just been invaded! One could argue that we have created our own monsters but then again nobody is forced to buy a Justin Bieber Mp3……or at least I don’t think they are! The phrase, ‘Stop the world, I want to get off’ is very clever as I am sure that we all feel like that at some stage but we have to embrace the new world order of digital... Read More