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Cutting down on plastic use: Lightahome mission statement

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Cutting down on plastic use: Lightahome mission statement In recent months we have read & seen some disturbing stories on the current situation of plastic pollution. Plastic waste can be very difficult to recycle and once it enters the ecosystem, can be very damaging to the environment. Many companies have now realised the issue that we all face and have decided to take responsibility for the management of their plastic waste. At Lightahome we have always tried to be as eco-friendly as we possibly can, but we realise as a company that we can do much more.  The main area of plastic used within our business is our packaging. Selling and shipping light fittings & ceiling fans across the country safely & unbroken can be a challenge and we realise that some form of packaging will always be needed. In recent times, we have used large rolls of plastic bubble wrap, due to its protective qualities, however in hindsight all this does is introduce more plastic in to the environment &am…

Your homes lighting can help you feel warmer.

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Your homes lighting can help you feel warmer.
If you’re like me you’re currently at home with your heating on, wrapped in extra layers, trying to keep warm with all this snow & ice around. I’ve just about had enough of all this cold now and even the kids don’t want to go and play in it! Obviously, there are practical things that you can do to feel a bit warmer. Heating and fires on, extra clothes, stay inside, all common sense stuff really. There are a few little things you can do with your lighting as well to help you feel warmer.
First thing to point out is that your lighting isn’t going to heat your home. Don’t think your light bulbs are going to throw out enough heat to make a difference. The introduction of LED technology has actually reduced the heat they give off. This isn’t a post about turning every possible light you have on. In fact, it’s almost the opposite (more on that later). No this is about the psychological effect your lighting can have on how you’re feeling. Don’t…

Bespoke lighting, the David Hunt Lighting way

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Bespoke lighting, the David Hunt Lighting way         
Over the years as a lighting retailer I have come across several manufacturers who claim to offer a bespoke service for their light fittings. Some will make a selection of their most popular light fittings in a range of colours. It’s not unheard of to see a chrome, brass, antique brass and maybe pewter version of the same light. Or they may offer a ‘5 arm’ and a ‘3 arm’ version of the same light. This gives you choice, but this is not bespoke! It isn’t even close. If you want a truly bespoke experience you look at David Hunt lighting.


There is a reason that David Hunt lighting can offer a proper bespoke service over their rivals and what it really boils down to is 2 things. The first is the actual manufacturing process. The word manufacturing doesn’t really do David Hunt justice. Their products aren’t manufactured they are crafted. Using original techniques by hand as opposed to mass producing they almost create artwork over final…

Lighting. The one aspect of our homes interior design we shouldn’t neglect

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Lighting. The one aspect of our homes interior design we shouldn’t neglect
Redecorating the living room is something we all go through. If not the living room, then the bedroom or the hall. Out comes the pasting table and the paint rollers. We throw up new wallpaper, buy new carpets and sockets & switches. Everyone has their own idea on what looks good & there’s no guarantee what one person likes will be liked by another. One thing that can be pretty much guaranteed however is that when each and every role of your favourite wallpaper has been plastered up you’ve had your lounge light on as bright as possible, so you can see clearly what you are doing. There’s actually something poignant about this.


Lighting actually usually tends to be the last thing we consider changing and yet it’s actually the one thing we can adapt and change in a room dependent upon our mood and aesthetic desires. Change a light switch to a dimmer and you can obviously reduce the light output of your rooms…

Comparing lumens to watts

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Comparing lumens to watts
As a population we have become accustomed to judging how bright a bulb is by the wattage of the lightbulb. With the standard classic shaped household bulb, known as a GLS, we have always really known them as 40w, 60w & 100w. The same can be said for candle bulbs & golfball lamps as well, albeit with different wattages. For decades these lightbulbs used incandescent technology where a filament could be seen within the glass of the bulb. Incandescent lamps are very inefficient & consume a lot of power. For a time CFL lightbulbs, or compact fluorescent, began to replace the less efficient incandescent versions however CFL brought their own issues such as a slow warm up time & public safety concerns over mercury.

In recent years LED lightbulbs have come to replace all the previous versions & they seem to get cheaper & brighter with every month. LED lightbulbs offer large advantages over their predecessors. Extremely low wattages combined wit…