Funky light bulbs

I often notice installations where people have gone to the effort of installing 'feature' light fittings but haven't given consideration to the bulbs they then use. Weather your tastes are traditional, ultra-modern, or somewhere in-between, and whether your styilised fitting is an internal chandelier or an external wall light, your choice of bulb plays an important part in adding or detracting from the overall effect, and due consideration can make quite a difference.

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Fly zappin'

Ugh. Flies. It's that time of year when we're particularly plagued by the beasties. Are you thinking of getting an electronic zapper to turn flies into fries? Read on before buying...

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Why do my LED bulbs glow when off?

Modern LED lighting is great. Bright, clean and a fraction of the running cost of incandescent lighting such as halogen or tungsten lamps. That said, one oddity is that they sometimes glow when off. I can think of four reasons for this phenomenon and I have a potential quick and dirty fix for the most common...

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Solar PV - is it worth it?

You see solar PhotoVoltaic (PV) panels springing up on roofs everywhere and people keep asking me if solar electricity generation is worthwhile. The short answer is Yes. The longer answer….

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Ikea LEDARE GU10 lamp review

While it used to be the case that your average UK home was fitted with bayonet cap lamps throughout, these days most homes you walk into will likely have GU10 halogen lamps in at least one room, either in the form of flush downlights, a central ceiling fitting with multiple bulbs or perhaps a side spot lamp.

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