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Fionnuala Hoey

bedroom lighting ideas 22/10/2018

Bedroom Lighting Ideas for the Ultimate Relaxation Space

What’s your bedroom lighting like? Not really thought too much about it? The bedroom is often overlooked as important space to light properly; it’s mainly for sleeping after all. But when you really think about it, most of us use our bedrooms for other tasks such as reading, getting ready for work or an evening out, doing the housework or simply relaxing. All of these tasks require lighting of varying degrees and types, so we’ve put together a guide of bedroom lighting ideas to help you create the perfect combination... Read More

fitting security lights 06/09/2018

Thinking of Fitting a Security Light? 3 Important Factors to Consider

Shadowy garden? Dark passageways? Fitting a security light outside your home is a quick and easy route to peace of mind for when the darker evenings draw in. As a relatively affordable and straightforward piece of equipment to install, a motion sensor security light helps alleviate fears around home security and makes navigating dark outdoor spaces much safer when returning home late. How Motion Sensor Security Lights Work Motion sensor lights work like little electronic eyes, keeping watch over your property. The PIR (Passive Infrared) sensor detects infrared waves, which... Read More

halogen bulb phase out 03/09/2018

Did You Know Halogen Bulbs Are Being Phased Out in 2018?

September 2018 marks the end of the road for halogen bulbs. The gradual phase out of halogen lamps has long been on the cards, and as of the end of September they will officially be banned across the EU along with traditional incandescent bulbs. But, why? It’s all about energy saving. The halogen bulb phase out is a necessary measure for saving energy and, therefore, reducing the harmful carbon emissions that have been damaging our planet for decades. All bulbs deemed to be inefficient, including halogen, CFLs and traditional incandescents,... Read More

patio lighting ideas lanterns 06/08/2018

Patio Perfect: 5 Garden Patio Lighting Ideas For Summer

It’s that wonderful time of year where the days are hot and the evenings balmy – in other words, patio season is here. The long, light summer evenings and warm weather make relaxing out on the patio or decking a highly enjoyable treat, and the right lighting helps set the mood and keep the evening alive when the sun eventually slips below the horizon. Not sure where to start or which lights to choose? We’ve got five great garden patio lighting ideas to help you achieve the perfect level of lighting... Read More

29/06/2018

Can I get Dimmable LED Lights? – A Simple Guide to Dimmable LED Bulbs

Having total control over the level of lighting in certain rooms is ideal for creating different moods and atmospheres, and dimmable light bulbs have long been the best way to achieve this level of control at home. When LED bulbs were first introduced, many people were put off buying them due to not being able to dim them, but dimmable LEDs are now widely available and have become more and more efficient. Here we will guide you through the key things you need to know about dimmable LED lights and... Read More

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. Types of lighting Let’s start off with defining the different types of lighting you can achieve in your room: Ambient/General Lighting  Usually the main... Read More

03/05/2018

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

how to hang kitchen island lights 10/04/2018

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

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