We stock a wide range of low energy bulbs designed to directly replace your existing
tungsten halogen lamps. You don't need any extra control gear and the caps are exactly
the same, so just fit them as standard replacements to your existing lamps.
Switch to Low Energy
We all need to do our bit in reducing the amount of energy we use - why not start
here and replace all your existing golf balls with our low energy versions? With
lamp life up to fifteen times longer than that of some standard GLS lamps, you won't
need to replace them as often, saving you costs of labour, maintenance, admin and
Up to 70% Energy Saving
How Much Light Do I Need?
Each and every person has a different opinion on how much light should be in a room,
some people prefer more light then others and when we age we need more light. Also,
for areas for working, such as the kitchen or office, more light is needed. This
formula, therefore, is just a general rule of thumb and you as an individual can
decide if more or less light is needed to cater for your own lighting needs:
Firstly, measure the size of the room in square metres (e.g. 4m x 3m = 12 sq meters)
and multiply this by 25 for incandescent, 15 for halogen, or 19 for energy saving
bulbs. This will give you the total wattage needed to light your room.
This formula is just a guide, it is always wise to over-estimate by 10-15% and put
your fittings on a dimmer (although this cannot be done on most energy saving bulbs).
The kitchen is a working area and thus needs much light, one thing that some people
ignore though is the need for under-cabinet or under-shelf lighting, it is vital
that light should be directed onto the work surface so you will not be working in
your shadows. There are a couple of lighting options with regards to under-cupboard
lighting, fluorescent tubes are still quite popular as they give off little heat,
halogen is quite popular as it gives a nice, bright light, another good source of
light is LED which is becoming all the more popular as it uses very little energy
and gives off virtually no heat.
For the centre main light there are basically three popular choices:
· Halogen spotlights or track - As mentioned above halogen gives a warm light and
plenty of bright light. With spotlights and track you have a lot of flexibility and
the light can be directed to your desire.
· Fluorescent Tube - When people think of fluorescent tubes in the kitchen they often
picture a bulky, plastic fitting which many find unattractive. Thankfully, though,
many lighting manufacturers have created attractive, modern looking fittings. This
has been helped by the introduction of the ultra-thin T5 tube, which can help to
make nicer looking fittings. The advantage fluorescent tubes have over halogen is
that they give a more rounded light, instead of giving ‘pools’ of light like halogen
· Recessed Down lights - These fittings are getting ever more popular as they can
be recessed in the ceiling. New technology has also enabled them to be fire-rated
straight from the box as well. Before, to make a downlight fire-rated you needed
to use a massive ‘firehood’ (basically a big blanket) but now using materials that
expand under intense heat that seals the fixture and ceiling cut out to stop all
heat, smoke and flames from spreading into your second story floor or loftspace.
They are ultra compact and comply with Part-B, E, C, and Part-L UK Building Regulations.
Living Room Lighting:
It is important to remember that in the living room there are many functions that
are done. Therefore it is important not to just have one main ceiling light in the
centre. An adjustable reading light beside or behind your chair which can be switched
whilst seated will prove invaluable, a simple free standing light with an adjustable
arm or father/mother and child will give you the flexibility to read, sew or do anything
that needs an intense light.
Two or three table lamps placed around the perimeter on tables, shelves or furniture
will give the room a more spacious feeling as the light radiates inwards. These small
pools of light also create interest, along with the attractiveness of the table lamp.
Illuminating pictures or features such as a bookcase or cabinet will also make the
room look more attractive, a simple picture light or spotlight will do the job in
Having dimmers also gives the flexibility of controlling the mood of your lighting,
when watching TV the lights can be dimmed down or when you have guests round then
the lights can be put to full power, the flexibility of dimming will prove invaluable.
Dining Room Lighting:
The main importance in this room is for the light over the dining table to be bright
enough to see for tasks other then eating, however, when eating it might be wise
to put the main light source on a dimmer to create mood lighting. If having a hanging
pendant, remember not to hang a pendant so low that your diners have to peer round
it, about 60cm above the table is about right. Many pendants can be adjusted to your
taste at point of installation.
Sadly, the bedroom sometimes gets forgotten as regards lighting. The bedroom is perfect
for creating a warm mood with nice lighting, after all the bedroom is one of the
rooms we spend most of our time in.
For bedtime reading it is wise to have either a table lamp or wall lights, or with
a double room two tables lamps or individually switched spotlights. A mirror will
give the room a bigger feel and will also be handy for putting on makeup and looking
at our hair.
For the main centre light it is nice, if possible, to create a statement piece. This
can be done by putting a chandelier up. For a convenient and practical source of
light, a fan with lights will not only light up your room but also cool it, with
our fans you also have the option of circulating warm air, meaning the fan will warm
in winter and cool in summer.