We all know how important lighting is in the home, but it’s easy to forget its impact in the workplace. The right options can make all the difference and can ensure your working environment is as comfortable as it is functional, and with energy saving options you’ll be doing your bit for the environment too. There are plenty of styles of lighting that would be perfect for the workplace, with spotlights and fluorescent options often being ideal. You’ll probably want to focus on ceiling lights to ensure efficient and comfortable lighting, but this of course depends on your particular place of work – open plan offices will have markedly different needs to warehouses, for example, so it’s important to look for options that will suit your individual requirements. Then you need to start thinking about energy efficient lighting. Again there are plenty of different options that would be ideal for the workplace, and you could even arrange your lighting system to work on a timer or even motion detection basis – this way you’ll only be using lights when people are actually in the room, and you needn’t worry about leaving them on accidentally. The right lights can help to ensure productivity by providing a bright and efficient environment, and if you’ve got a comfortable and light place in which to work you’re far more likely to be motivated. The importance of lighting in the workplace should never be underestimated, and if you want to see the type of options available just take a look around and experience the difference for yourself.
There’s nothing better than being able to relax and unwind after a hard day at work, and whether your preference is a soothing shower or indulgent bubble bath you want your bathroom to be a haven of peace and tranquillity. Lighting is a key part of that and it’s important you spend time to consider your choice of bathroom lights, and if you choose wisely you can transform your bathroom into a place that’s perfect for relaxation. Spotlights are often used in bathrooms and kitchens, and if you strategically place them there’s no reason why they can’t be the perfect choice. But, if you really want to transform your room then you might want to think a little differently – recessed downlights, for example, can be used to create the ultimate ambiance, and if you’ve got a particularly large or luxurious bathroom then chandelier-style creations could be the perfect indulgence. But, whatever style you decide upon it can still be difficult to regulate the amount of light, which is why dimmer switches can be the ideal investment.The right lights really can transform your bathroom, and with the addition of a dimmer switch you’ll be in complete control to create any ambiance necessary. You’ll have a space that you can’t wait to relax in and it’s surprising the difference that lighting can make, and if you want to see for yourself just take a look around and you’ll soon find lights that can create a space you can’t help but fall in love with.
Defra (Department for Food and Rural Affairs) is responsible for a broad range of U.K environmental concerns. The government has been working alongside lighting suppliers and retailers to promote energy efficient lighting since 2008, when the first stages of phasing out traditional light bulbs began. Did you know traditional light bulbs typically wasted 95% of the electricity used to power them via heat? CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) light bulbs are around 80% more efficient than traditional light bulbs – that’s an impressive reduction in energy bills AND greenhouse gas emissions! CFL light bulbs can also last around five years – ideal in the commercial setting where high bay lights and track systems are troublesome or dangerous to access.
CFL energy efficient lighting solutions contain mercury –around 5mg per light bulb maximum – which can be recycled and fed back into the lighting industry. Mercury is necessary to efficiently generate light, so all light bulbs contain it. Reducing mercury waste in the U.K is a key aim of Defra’s campaign to urge retailers and domestic users to always recycle their old light bulbs. According to Defra figures, mercury emissions have fallen by around 80% since 1990, but there’s still a great deal to be done in terms of keeping a steady flow of recycled mercury entering the industry to combat resource shortages.
Where to Recycle
The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) regulations are something we feel very strongly about. We’ve even created a special page to help our clients access and understand the most comprehensive recycling information.
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