As everyone is preparing for Christmas and many are putting up their outdoor lights, DIY Doctor would like to give some helpful tips on installing your outside christmas lights safely.
- Ideally have somebody else to help you – holding ladder etc.
- Make sure the lights are manufactured for use outside.
- Read all manufacturers instructions thoroughly.
- If you are using old lights – check them over for any damage, and if you find any are damaged or fraying – bin them!
- Remember ladder safety – don’t take risks and over-stretch yourself, you really don’t want to end up in hospital over Christmas.
- Use cable ties to attach lights to guttering supports or other bits of house that you can get to, and if possible put hooks up that can be left all year so it easier to do every year.
- Use a Residual Current Device (RCD). You can buy portable units for outdoor use, or you can have them permanently installed by an electrician.
- Switch your lights off overnight and when you leave the house.
- Contact an electrician if you want to fit an outdoor weatherproof socket - use our Find a Tradesman service to get free quotes from electricians in your area.
Hopefully you will end up with something a bit more like this …….
…….and less like this!
The buzz on forums, Twitter and Facebook may be around Solar PV Panels at the moment but it should not be overlooked that the effective use of daylight and installing lighting controls in conjunction with lamp selection can make a big difference to making energy consumption more efficient. In fact Chris Tranter, product manager – lamps and lighting for Newey & Eyre suggests that potential savings of up to 75 per cent are possible in some situations.
Facebook, the dominant force in social media and now a leader in business showing the way for energy efficiency in workplace environments, has established some simple goals for its lighting system by making efficient use of daylight, lighting controls, and efficient fixtures to save energy and keep employees comfortable, while preserving the company’s unfinished, garage-like office aesthetic.
And it’s not just about reducing the energy consumption but raising the efficiency of the workforce. If any clients are questioning the costs of energy efficient lighting and incorporating new control devices such as Daylight harvesters, dimmer switches, occupancy controls and time delay switches for example, then again point to the finding of the internet giant.
An EDF Climate Corps fellow at Facebook stated “research shows a positive relationship between workplace comfort and productivity. Numerous studies indicate that effective use of daylight, in particular, improves productivity. Conversely, incorrect lighting design choices can lead to work environments that are overlit or underlit, have excessive glare, or are otherwise uncomfortable for workers.” Referenced from Naveen Lakshmipathy at www.greenbiz.com
How many employees complain of eyestrain and headaches requiring more breaks, sick days and ‘fresh air’ breaks. Propose that if the improvement of lighting design could increase productivity for even 15 minutes per day, large companies like Facebook can recap the costs of installation in more ways than just their utility bills.
So as a resource to help you explain the options some of your clients have apart from freeing up some roof space …the guys at NeweysOnline.co.uk have several knowledge articles such as Energy Efficient Lighting and Should Companies Give the Green Light to Energy Efficiency.
We have recently discovered a great website which has some innovative design ideas for diy projects. This coiled-cord lamp caught our eye as a possible project you could try to produce a unique piece of lighting for your home.
The lamp is made from basic frame with an extension cable wound round it to create a striking table lamp which when lit, is stunning. The cable idea can also be used as a design for a pendant light from the ceiling.
Many thanks to Dornob.com for this great idea!
Midnight last night saw the end of sales of 60w light bulbs in Britain. It is now illegal to manufacture and import these light bulbs within the EU, although retailers who still have old stock will be permitted to sell that, but once they’re gone, they’re gone!
The main alternatives to the old style bulbs include halogen and compact fluorescent lamp (CLF) bulbs as well as light-emitting diodes (LEDs). This is all part of the EU plan aimed at trying to reduce energy consumption by 20% by 2020.
There are many people who feel this decision is premature as many consumers find that the new bulbs can take a long time to ‘warm up’ and do not emit enough light, or the light gives an unattractive glow. There has also been a call for the ban to be reversed as there are many groups who say the new bulbs can cause adverse effects if you suffer from some health conditions.