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What are the most efficient bulbs to use with lamps and lighting?

The answer to that really depends on what you mean by efficient. If you are looking for a bulb that will give you long life and also be extremely cost effective then the quick answer is go LED or CFL. LED stands for light emitting diode and these bulbs are now widely available in...

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What is the best way to conceal lamp cables to avoid tripping?

There are always going to be times in every home when we need to put a lamp in a place where there is no convenient electric socket. It happens all the time, you need some light in a dark corner of your room and there is no power source for you to...

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A complete guide to energy efficient ratings for lamps, lighting and bulbs

Since 2012 the old incandescent light bulb that we all knew has been gradually phased out under what is called the New Lighting Standards Order. The main reason for this is that these light bulbs were not considered to be...

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Brightness and lumen levels: achieving the right brightness in your home

Most people are aware that the old type of light bulb, known as the incandescent light bulb, has been phased out of circulation and replaced with energy saving options. This is because the incandescent bulb used a lot of...

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Bulb choices: different effects, prices and longevity

As most of us are aware the old incandescent light bulb is now a thing of the past and like it or not we now have to choose from newer more advanced light bulb options for all our light fittings around the home. This is not as complicated as...

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What’s the difference between up-lighting and down-lighting?

The initial answer to this might seem pretty obvious but when you go into a bit more detail then the differences can perhaps be the making or breaking of your rooms décor. Firstly let’s look at up-lighters. As in all types of lighting and light fittings there is a huge variety of...

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What's the safest way to clean ceiling lights?

Before we start, first and foremost here we need to think health and safety. As you will most probably need to climb a ladder of some sort then always get some assistance. This is handy too for passing parts that you can easily remove without having to climb up and down the...

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How do I know what wattage rating to choose to achieve the lighting effect I want?

Firstly bear in mind that it is always wise to follow manufactures recommendations where wattage is concerned as the components of your light fitting will have been tested for safety and optimum performance and a light bulb will have been...

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How often should I replace a lamp?

There is no easy answer to this question apart from the obvious that if your lamp becomes old and unsafe it should be changed immediately. Many people that have had the same lamp for many years and are still perfectly happy with it, but obviously if you want to change your room décor then...

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Should I turn off lamps and lighting when briefly leaving a room?

Whether you need to turn off the lights or leave them on depends on many different factors. The amount of time you'll be leaving the room, the cost of the electricity, the type of light bulb you use and where the switch is located. That last consideration is important, but...

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Can I get matching floor, table and pendant lights?

Simply put, yes of course you can, should you want to coordinate all your light fittings it is quite possible to do so easily and without too much expense when you shop with Terrys Fabrics. It may well be a fairly simple job to match new lighting with the items you already have but if you want a...

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Checking cap fittings before buying bulbs: certain lamps require certain bulb types

If you look closely at your light bulb you will see that it has a metal base, this is the part of the bulb or light fitting that connects to the electricity supply and is generally known as the cap or base. This provides the contact that enables the power to flow and the light to...

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If I have more than one lamp in a room do they all need to be the same?

The quick answer to this is of course is simply no. There is no rule that says that you need to match all your lamps whether they be table, floor or pendant. Sometimes when everything matches too much a room can look boring and 'samey' so don’t be afraid to...

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Layered lighting: lighting advice for creating the illusion of space

Lighting can quite often be the last thing that is considered when decorating your home. This is a huge mistake as the lighting in your rooms can make or break the desired look that you want to achieve. Small rooms can be transformed with the right lighting and a little planning can...

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Mood lighting: lighting advice to help you relax around the home

Mood lighting is the use of light to enhance the atmosphere around your home. It can be subtle or intense depending on the mood you are attempting to create. If you are looking for a relaxing style consider soft coloured lighting in subdued tones to create a quiet cosy atmosphere. The lighting in your home is...

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Should I opt for a stand alone lamp, or upgrade my ceiling light?

Quite often the ceiling light in a home is a bit of an afterthought and becomes a forgotten piece of equipment, as long as it keeps working we almost forget that it is even there at all. We might dust it occasionally and change the bulbs but all-in-all it is just a light. This is a terrible shame and a wasted opportunity because...

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Statement lighting for adding a signature feature to your home

Statement lighting can be anything that gives your room that 'wow' factor, that little something that puts your personal stamp on your décor. And these days there is so much choice that you can go wild, pretty much anything is achievable although cost may be a factor you need to...

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Task lighting: lighting advice to help you focus around the home

Task lighting refers to lighting that is extremely directional. In other words a light source that increases light in a particular area so that you can perform a particular task with more visibility. This is usually done so that the rest of the room is undisturbed and separated from...

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Why do lamp shades have a maximum wattage rating and what happens if I exceed it?

Most lamp shades have a maximum wattage rating because wattage is the measurement of power that your light bulb will give off. This means the heat produced when the light is switched on. Prolonged use will increase the heat that can build up within your light fitting. One of the major causes of house fires is...

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A guide to how lighting affects the ambience of a room

Quite often the lighting in a room is overlooked during the decorating process and the overall ambience can be lost because of this. Lighting is just as important as paint, wallpaper, furniture and soft furnishings and...

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A guide to lamp shades: how to get the desired lighting effect in your home

The lighting in the average household is quite often overlooked as part of the complete décor of a room, and this is a shame because the different effects that can be obtained using various lighting styles and types is...

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A guide to the different bathroom lighting zones and what to keep in mind when installing lighting

First and foremost we need to stress here that installing any sort of electrical item, be it lighting or any other electrical fitting around the home, is best left to a professional and even more so when we are looking at the bathroom...

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Basic kitchen and bathroom safety advice for using lamps and installing lighting

Installing the correct lighting in your bathroom or kitchen can at first seem to be a difficult task, but if you follow some simple guidelines then your finished room should be just what you want whilst also adhering to some basic...

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Care & maintenance for lamps and lighting

Taking care of your lamps and lighting might seem at first to be just another of those household chores that is not too important and therefore becomes one of the things that over time gets neglected. This most definitely should not be...

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Considering ambient and natural lighting, how this will impact the effect of your lighting

Before we can discuss this properly we need to understand just what the difference between ambient and natural light is and what each can bring to our lighting plan...

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Energy saving advice for lighting, when to use it and how

Since 2012 the old style incandescent light bulb has been phased out and most people are aware that this was because it was considered to be too expensive to run both in terms of energy consumption and cost to...

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How to know when it's time to add additional lighting to a dark room

The lighting in your home can sometimes be a bit of an afterthought when it comes to decorating and this is a shame because with proper lighting any space can be made into something special. Lighting is vital to our every...

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How to match a lamp to you existing home decor and design scheme

Quite often the purchase of a new lamp can be rather rushed and as a consequence the lamp chosen does not give the desired effect when placed into position. This is a shame because the right lamp with...

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What is ambient lighting and how do I achieve it?

Ambient lighting or general lighting is usually considered to be the base layer of lighting in your room illumination. It can come from a ceiling light, wall light or floor light. In the daytime natural ambient light is the light that you get through...

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