Seasonal lighting solutions don’t necessarily come in the form of fairy lights and flashing Santas. There are plenty of great trade lighting tips and tricks to make your lighting systems relevant throughout the entire year.
Interesting recessed wall lights like the SKYE 12x40W G9 CHROME can offer incredible mood setting and style dexterity in the trade lighting retail environment. The creative pendant swirl design works fantastically as a standalone lighting concept or as part of a wider festive decor scheme (e.g. Christmas, Diwali or New Year) LED strip lights are another seasonal tool that can be utilised throughout the year. We carry LED lamps and Micro Flex in various colours and effects for use as top adaptable lighting solutions.
With a few careful considerations – investment, energy efficiency etc – choosing trade lighting solutions that can be applied throughout the year could have an exceptionally beneficial effect on your lighting needs and commercial environment.
Making the most of an external lighting system in the seasonal trade environment could be as simple as changing the bulb colour to fit with the relevant season. For example, ice blue outdoor wall lights or spots can present a gloriously magic winter wonderland setting. We carry numerous products that can be adapted in terms of bulb colour, so take a look through our extensive online collection to find the ideal solutions for your lighting environment.
Seasonal lighting can, when carefully planned, see your business right throughout the year.
Up and down the U.K, the issue of dangerous driving is rarely far out of the picture. As recently as November 2011, a resident of the sleepy Devon hamlet of Bow painted a huge mural on the side his house – a 30mph speed limit sign to remind drivers to take it slow. But it’s not just large scale art that can be used to slow drivers down. As lighting suppliers at the forefront of both the commercial and domestic sectors, we’re privy to how lighting can be used in diverse settings to reduce crime, highlight architectural features, guide in an emergency and even increase the productivity and motivation of employees. According to figures from the Scottish Country Roads campaign, 72% of accidents on country roads involve vehicles travelling at dangerous speeds for the conditions; for example, going too fast on icy roads at night, not allowing enough time to slow before a concealed bend etc. Farmers and country residents up and down the U.K are frequently effected by dangerous driving on country roads. Reported incidents typically include vehicles mounting private gardens and verges, and drivers causing damage to personal property like fences, gates and mailboxes. How can lighting help? Country residents and farmers are installing bollard lights and various energy efficient lighting systems to highlight driveways, fence lines and gardens to oncoming traffic in a bid to reduce the number of incidents where collisions happen as a result of dangerous drivers failing to spot property boundaries etc. Bollard lights in particular are cheap, effective and easy to place in both the commercial and domestic setting.
According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), hundreds of business premises around the U.K don’t have effective emergency lighting in place. Emergency lighting measures are most frequently put in place to guide employees and clients in the event of a fire, e.g. track lighting systems to provide illumination along an emergency exit route. Is yours up to scratch? There are two main types of emergency commercial lighting system – maintained and non-maintained. Maintained emergency lighting systems are typically illuminated at all times e.g. low energy downlights to highlight an “Emergency Exit” sign. These lights must run from individual batteries charged by mains electricity. Non-maintained emergency lighting systems are 100% independent of mains electricity and only light during times of emergency when the main system fails.One of key points the HSE is keen to promote is that emergency lighting systems need to be checked and maintained regularly to guarantee 100% reliability. Maintained lighting systems often alert those responsible for their maintenance because they obviously stop working (e.g. low energy downlights that are usually on 24/7 are easily noticed when not working properly) Non-maintained systems need careful monitoring. The HSE recommends monthly activation to assess potential problems and address issues. Eager to reassure business owners of fiscal savings, HSE common guidelines advise only an annual inspection by a qualified electrician. However, this is based on the conviction that business owners are 100% aware of the effectiveness of their emergency lighting systems due to regular in-house testing and safety inspections.