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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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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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