1. LivingLights go Solar

    At Living lights, we began an external lighting project in August 2021, with the aim of becoming more sustainable and reduce our carbon footprint, while trialling a new technology which can benefit our local community. We began the test in August 2021 and completed our findings by March 2022. We wanted to subject the solar products to least favourable weather conditions around our Poole premises. Our aim was to see if this is a viable technology to use in the UK therefore, eventually helping other businesses reduce their carbon footprint and energy consumption.

     

    At this moment cost of energy and fuel is going up and up, we have always worked with local businesses, whether it be supplying large chandeliers for hotels, restaurants or bars, through to working with Golf Clubs, Gyms or Shops on creating the perfect lighting scheme for their environment. We have always wanted to bring our customers a viable lighting solution that is not only cost effective to purchase but offers a long-term reward in reduction of energy costs. At Living Lights we saw solar as the next stage in the technological transition.

     

    During this project we have saved an incredible 3,940 kWh of energy in just 8 months totalling a saving of nearly £1000 in electrical consumption. We estimate that in the next 12 months the newly installed solar lighting system would have fully paid for itself and then continue to save energy for the remainder of its lifetime. For us this has proven that not only the technology works but it has a long-term benefit to our community, we are now pledging to produce and ship these items as a net zero carbon product by 2030 including items we have already supplied. We want to be at the forefront of showcasing how businesses can become more carbon aware and reduce their energy in more ways than simply changing a bulb or turning off the light switch when they leave a room.

     

    Since this project Stoborough School near Wareham has also tested one of our solar lighting products, they have saved over £1500 in installation costs and are now running a sustainable lighting system at no additional cost to light their car park. Steve from their maintenance team said that they were so happy with the performance of the new solar lighting that the school want more for other areas, and we are to thank for saving so much of their installation costs, "people don't realise the cost in running electrical cable outside".

     

    We are now working on a number of local projects for street lighting in and around West Moors to help our community in reducing the carbon footprint and preserve our environment further. We can't wait to share more of these updates with you on how we are working to innovate in our field of expertise. 

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  2. Stairwell Lighting thats perfect for my home! | 2022

    Finding the perfect stairwell light for my home……

    Finding the perfect stairwell light is often a minefield where you have questions such as:
    - What style stairwell light is right for me?
    - How high should a stairwell light hang?
    - Can my stairwell light adjust?
    - How do I change the bulbs on my stairwell light?
    - Can I fit a Stairwell fitting for a pitched roof?

    These are always an interesting questions which of course have a multitude of answers, which
    generally revolve around what each person deems as right for them. We have known customers
    hang a fitting from the apex of a 6m ceiling cascading down to the floor to create a desired effect,
    and we have known customers have a fitting 4m off the floor that hangs into a open window space
    to get the benefit of natural light reflecting from the crystals.

    As you can imagine everyone is different which is great as it gives us the opportunity to get to know
    you, get to know your space and offer a solution that is perfect for you. Our experience in stairwell
    lighting will help us ask you the right questions to generate a picture of what you want, slimming down
    the options to something suitable for your needs.

    We often ask:
    - Is it the only light in the space?
    - Do you want the fitting to be dimmable
    - How big is your space?
    - How high is your ceiling?
    - What colours are your walls and floor?

    All of this helps us to build an image of the hallway or stairway fitting that is perfect for you, we can
    then look through our extensive ranges and suggest suitable options for your space. You can view a
    selection of our ranges here - https://livinglights-online.co.uk/pendants/stairwell-lighting.html

    Our latest showroom extension was built with this in mind, the bespoke ceiling layout is designed
    showcase eleven 4 meter pendants with a selection of 1-3 meter fittings. The displays are
    individually switched so that we can isolate specific fittings and give you a real life idea of how the
    fittings will look in your home.

    We can offer customisable fittings, where we have had fittings extended, re-sprayed and re-
    designed to suit a bespoke space. We look after everything across this process, check, finalise all the
    designs and complete a final specification file to ensure that your design comes to life as you expect.
    We can also introduce our trusted installers to your project who can collect the fitting and carry out
    the full installation in our local area.

    Come and see one of our team today or email us at info@livinglights.co.uk for more information on
    how we can help you find your perfect light fitting.

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  3. Stairwell Lighting that's perfect for my home!

    Stairwell Lighting is becoming an increasingly popular product in our portfolio, we have seen over the past 12 months more and more people want to make a feature of their homes. This has widely been driven by the development in LED technology and the availability of multiple designs.

    Our website now boasts some of Europe’s most modern, popular brands of stairwell lighting, from hand finished pendant lighting all the way through to 14 Light stairwell features, these can all be found at https://livinglights-online.co.uk/pendants/stairwell-lighting.html

    The main growth in this market has been the introduction of easily adjustable designs. The latest LED technology allows fittings to come with a low voltage cable in which not only supports each head but also powers the light. These super fine cables connect to the fittings base through our lock and hold system, meaning you can fit your light fitting to the ceiling and make all necessary adjustment’s after it has been installed. This allows you to re-home the fitting if they decided to sell or move houses, but also enables you to create a space with multiple purposes. If you want to hang it over a table one day and then adjust it up the way on another it is easy and simple to do.

    The fittings with our lock and hold system is the perfect way to light a modern home, from one suspended fitting you can create a cluster pendant or a beautiful cascade of lights, whatever suits your space the best.

    New designer pendants are available for your home at a click of a button, we also have product video demonstrations on the home-page of our website. These show you some of the great product features and benefits for your home, go to - https://livinglights-online.co.uk/ to see these demonstrations from our local team of lighting experts.

    We are proud to be Poole’s only independent lighting retailer benefiting from over 100 industry years amongst our team of experts. We are always here to help on 01202 656176, or via email to info@livinglights.co.uk. One of our experts will be happy to assist with any of your lighting questions or worries.

    We hope you enjoy shopping with us at Living Lights, we appreciate your support. See your home in a new light with Living Lights!

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  4. UK Lockdown Nov 5th - Dec 2nd

    Wow another moment in an unprecedented time for our business! What do we do? Where can we go? What will be open? Can I collect? - These are just some of the everyday questions we get asked!

    We are fortunate enough to work closely with local and national trade customers which makes us an essential business and intitles us to stay open throughout the lockdown period! So don't worry we will be here for you to collect current orders but also make new orders. Anything ordered through the web to the local area will be subject to a click and collect option. This feature is not currently available on the website however, chose any delivery option and we will call you to check if it is for collection or delivery and we will refund any delivery charges to you immediately if you chose to pick up from our local store in Poole!

    Rest assured all your orders are safe and ready for whenever you are, we have had to develop and adapt our business over the last 12 months to suit our new environment, we will re-introducing a 2 person maximum from each household to avoid overcrowding, we have a clear right of way system for the upstairs showroom and have sanitisation and a regular cleaning routine, we will continue to follow up on this keeping our customers safe. All of our staff are able to wear facemasks and will continue to do so for your safety, plus our catalogues are rotated and refreshed to ensure that safe use of them when browsing for new products. 

    Our online sales have really increased throughout the first lockdown, we have introduced loads of new range videos which you can find on our homepage, so sat from the comfort of your own home you can listen to one of our experts explain and show you a full range of products with their unique functionality! It's like we've bought the showroom to your fingertips!

    Remember if you are planning on coming into the store, bring your facemask, use the sanitation provided to keep yourself and all our other customers safe. Keep your distance and most importantly ask for help. Our knowledgeable staff are always finding new solutions for tricky problems or know of a product to suit your home perfectly. We are proud to be industry experts and that is why people love to shop with us!

    The local support we have had since the initial lockdown has been immense and we are so proud to be a part of the local Poole community, thank you all for shopping with Living Lights, we hope to continue to enhance your homes!

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  5. Virus Protection - UV Germicidal Lamps

    What a crazy time to be around, Covid-19 is causing more problems than ever and what can we do? How can we stay safe? 

    At Living Lights we believe that technology can help to reduce the chances of us catching and passing on a virus, we have worked with leading product developers to find the latest technology to protect your home! This is called Germi-Lamp, our portable Germi-Lamp fires short wave UV Light into any room breaking down and sterilising the entire space from Viruses, bacteria, mite and mould. It's an easy solution to help irridicate any unwanted viral matter in your household, business or space of choice. 

    The Sciency Bit: Ultraviolet Germicidal Irridiation has been used in medical practices since the 20th century, the ultraviolet light creates an inhospitable environement for microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, moulds and other pathogens. This radiation is let off by the sun already, however our ozone blocks this from our surface. This fitting brings those rays into a localised environement to dirtupt and break down the DNA of microoganisms, destroying nucliec acids. 

    This product has been used in the medical industry's for years and is now available to anyone through our retail platform. We believe that this innovation can help to protect us all during this treaturous period. We have taken procautions at Living Lights to ensure our customer and staff safety. The product enables us to run a clean working environement and sustain a strong customer service without the concern for virus's. This works by setting the item in a room, pluging it into a standard wall socket and setting the timer, you must then leave the room with any children, adults, pets or plants as the process takes place. Once the time you have set it over you must leave the room for an additional 30 minutes to allow the UV to breakdown any left microoganisms including viruses such as Covid-19. Once the room has been left for this time it is perfectly safe to re-enter and it would have been fully sterilised. Another application is Gym's, Hotel Rooms, Changing facilities, Plublic toilets and spaces, Offices, Showrooms, Commerical Units, Warehouses, Sites and many more. The beauty of this portable UV lamp is its ability to be re-used, a simple solution to a growing epidemic. 

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  6. Introducing AdLight: Flexible lighting for your home

    We are delighted to announce that we now stock products from Adlight, which offer flexibility of style like never before. Adlight lighting gives homeowners the opportunity to switch their light fitting in seconds, with a range of options available to suit any occasion.

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