Electricians in London

Are underfloor heating systems more efficient than radiators?

Choosing underfloor heating from your electrician

Choosing underfloor heating from your electrician

It’s 7am. Your alarm has gone off twice already and the temptation to press snooze just one more time is huge. The sun might be shining but there’s a chill in the air and the day is yet to heat up – the thought of leaving your cosy duvet cocoon and stepping onto the cold floor is not one that’s filling you with joy.

We feel certain that the above is a scenario you’re more than familiar with – fortunately, we’re here to tell you that it needn’t be the norm! Underfloor heating sounds like a luxury feature that few can afford; however, over time it can actually save you money! Here’s how. (more…)

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Five questions to ask when hiring a contractor for electrical work

Five questions to ask when hiring a contractor for electrical workWe think it’s safe to say that when you’re dealing with something as essential to your everyday life (and as potentially dangerous if you aren’t qualified) as the electrics in your home, you want to know that the person undertaking the work can be trusted.

However, we also think it’s fair to say that the world of electrics is not a particularly familiar one to all of us – it can be easy to shy away from it and let a contractor take the reins without asserting ourselves and asking questions. To help you navigate these uncharted waters, we’ve put together five questions that we think are ‘musts’ for anybody to ask (no matter what their experience level) when considering a contractor for electrical work. (more…)

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How to choose lights for a basement flat

Basement lighting or bachelor pad?

Basement lighting or bachelor pad?

When you say the words ‘basement flat’, most people probably imagine the same thing: a dark, damp, musty room with lurid artificial lighting and the upstairs property’s bin bags right outside your window. But, in actual fact, basement flats can be comfortable, stylish and spacious, if they are cleverly decorated and lit. While you’re never going to get the flow of sunlight that you would in a normal flat, there are ways to use lighting to brighten up the space in a way that feels natural – creating a cosy, open and breathable living space. So, with that in mind, here are some tips on choosing the best lights for your basement flat. (more…)

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Why multi-skilled electricians are more in demand than ever

The technology we keep within our homes (and, indeed, the electrical systems that power our homes!) is smarter and more complex than ever before. The rise of the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) has resulted in ordinary household appliances being turned into futuristic, connected gadgets that streamline our day-to-day lives. We can instantly order essentials like washing powder and dishwasher tablets by pushing a button on our washing machines and dishwashers; we can turn on our heating as we’re travelling home from work; and, with appliances like Firebox’s Smarter Coffee, we can even automate our coffee machine from our smartphone! (more…)

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Staying safe with electricity this Christmas

Be safe with Christmas electricsChristmas: the only time of year when it’s normal to have strings and strings of multi-coloured LED bulbs draped along your home’s guttering, a moving Santa Claus ‘Ho-ho-hoing’ in the front garden, and a pine tree hung with sparkly fairy lights in the lounge. While we know that making the home look bright and festive is a big part of Christmas (and we wouldn’t have it any other way), it’s important to be sensible with electricity this festive period so that you and your family can enjoy a happy, safe and stress-free Christmas.

There are plenty of ‘dos and don’ts’ when it comes to using electricity at Christmas. Here are some tips to help you stay safe. (more…)

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How can smart-home technology increase your home’s security?

Smart homes can be better equipped for increased security

Smart homes can be better equipped for increased security

Picture this: you’re at work, the kids are at school, and you suddenly get the horrible feeling that you forgot to lock the door to the house. Your heart sinks. You’ve got an important business meeting to attend in 15 minutes, so it’s not possible to make it home in time to check. Then you remember that you can connect with your CCTV from your smartphone and quickly see that everything is in order. Great. You feel instantly relieved, and can now get back to focusing on your meeting. You have peace of mind that your home is secure. (more…)

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Office Lighting in London

Office lighting installation in London

Office lighting installation in London

If you want your staff to be productive and healthy – and naturally, every employer does – then you need to provide a safe environment that’s comfortable and pleasing. Your staff probably spend a huge amount of time in the office, in all seasons. Some may arrive before dawn breaks in winter, or leave in the dark at the end of the day.

Lighting the office appropriately is a key consideration for employers, and thankfully, the days of yellowing strip lights are behind us. When your staff have spent an hour commuting, they want to arrive at a well-lit office to commence the day.

If your office needs a better lighting solution, here are some points to remember. (more…)

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Is Your Home Lighting Adequate?

Is your home lighting adequate in London

Is your home lighting adequate in London

Lighting a domestic property is something of a fine art. There are many interior designers who specialise in the precise placement of lights. When you think about the myriad bulbs and fittings on offer, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by your options.

Adequate lighting is critical to make your home comfortable, safe and secure, while ensuring the wellbeing of your family and avoiding eyestrain or interrupted sleep. This is a huge topic, but we’ve put together a few tips. (more…)

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Electricity Dos and Don’ts

Don't risk working with electrics, call in the professionals

Don’t risk working with electrics, call in the professionals

When you go to your nearest hardware superstore, or even your local supermarket, you’ll be able to buy a range of lights and electrical fittings for your home. While all of these are manufactured to strict safety standards, they can only ever be safe if a competent person installs them.

Increasingly, we’re also seeing electronics being brought over from outside the EU. These can lack basic safety certifications and may be even more dangerous when handled by an amateur.

Can you afford to buy expensive electrical goods, and then risk having them installed by a cowboy? Or worse, could you put your family’s life at risk by using poor quality electrical products? (more…)

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Why You Should Always Use Fire Rated Downlights

Ensure your downlighters are fire-rated

Ensure your downlighters are fire-rated

If you’re looking replacing recessed downlights, or fitting new lighting in your home or office, you may be wondering whether you have to buy fire rated hardware, or whether you could possibly cut corners and go for cheaper alternatives.

As with most electrical work, it comes down to safety, both as a homeowner looking after your family or an employer taking care of your staff.

So it won’t be any great surprise that you should always choose fire rated downlights – and these are the reasons why. (more…)

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