Turn me on – what light can do for you

Turn me on – what light can do for you

By on Jan 21, 2014 in Lighting | 2 comments

I GET turned on by good lighting design. Some people think that lighting in the home is just about seeing in the dark. That’s unimaginative considering how well we are spoiled for choice with the vast array of lighting products available on the market. Nowdays, there is even a colour changing light bulb that can be controlled by an app for your iPhone or iPad, namely the Philips Hue.

Lighting is about moods, and with a little imagination there are a million ways to use light to help you relax or concentrate, to remind you of that perfect sunset, or bring a bedtime story to life.

Lighting is undergoing a revolution that is changing the way we once looked at the traditional light bulb. With recent advances in LED technology, LED lamps can cut energy bills by 90% and these lamps often last 20 years or more and will probably be the last bulb you’ll ever buy for a light fitting. Ultimately they are kind to our environment reducing CO² emissions in our homes and power stations, plus saving the need for recycling. LED lighting is set to replace every light bulb in every home over the next decade.

Energy efficient LED lighting should not be confused with Compact Fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs, the ‘Curly Pig Tail’ light bulb that has disappointed so many people with their slow start up time and poor level of light. Plus they look very unsightly when in plain view sticking out of a light shade or table lamp.

The Philips Centre in Croydon was where I trained with the Institute of Public Lighting Engineers back in the 80’s. I have always been impressed with the quality of Philips lighting products, the company has forever been at the forefront of innovation in this field.

Philips has just introduced the LED down light, a new versatile light fixture that is discrete and unobtrusive. With these new LED smart down lights, you can control the lighting as you like, including the colour temperature, brightness, and night light.

See what light can do for you, whether you just need a new light fitting installed or are thinking about a makeover to the mood lighting for your home, contact us for some expert advice.


  1. Hi folks, recently changed some standard light bulbs to LEDs but even when switched off they still glow. Any idea what this could be? Frank Turner, Fortuna. PS great website.

    Frank Turner

    August 13, 2014

    • This can occur when the light points have been wired in parallel rather than in series, If you have no idea what the heck I’m on about, best get a sparks to sort it out. Possibly you may have a faulty light switch. One of my customers recently had a water leak and damp getting into the light switch caused this to happen with a CFL lamp.

      Sorry, for the delay, the website has now been updated for me to receive email notifications immediately when someone leaves a comment.

      Tony Poole

      September 9, 2014

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