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Frequently Asked Lighting Questions

 

The Lighting Company is a family run firm that has been supplying electrical equipment and lighting for 25 years. Ellie D, our resident lighting geek, knows pretty much all there is to know about choosing the right lighting for any room or situation. Her specialist subjects are LED lighting, low energy lighting and smart lighting! She's the friendly face who puts technical jargon into an easy to understand and personable format.

The Lighting Company is always ready to help customers make sure that the lights they are buying from us are exactly right for their needs. We have written down some of the questions we have been asked and the answers we have given, and hope these help you decide on the perfect lighting solution. If you have a question that we have not covered, then please, do not hesitate to contact us at info@lightingcompany.co.uk We are always happy to help and do not worry if your query seems a little strange - we have probably heard it all before!

 

 

INDEX - Click a question to get straight to the answer!


1. PLANNING:

Q: HOW MUCH LIGHT DOES MY ROOM NEED?

Q: WHAT ARE 'LUMENS'? WHY CAN'T WE JUST KEEP 100 WATT LIGHT BULBS? IT'S JUST CONFUSING!

Q: SHOULD I CHOOSE LIGHTS THAT POINT UP OR DOWN?

 

2. MAINTENANCE / SAFETY:

Q: MY ELECTRICIAN SAYS I NEED SPECIAL DOUBLE INSULATED LIGHTS AS I DO NOT HAVE AN EARTH CABLE WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Q: HOW SHOULD I CLEAN MY LIGHT FITTINGS?

 

3. CEILING LIGHTS:

Q: WHAT SIZE CEILING LIGHT SHOULD I CHOOSE?

Q: AT WHAT HEIGHT SHOULD I HANG MY CEILING LIGHT?

Q: WHAT SIZE LIGHT SHOULD I CHOOSE FOR OVER MY DINING TABLE?

Q: AT WHAT HEIGHT OVER MY DINING TABLE SHOULD I HANG MY LIGHT?

Q: SHOULD I CHOOSE A FLUSH CEILING LIGHT OR ONE WITH A CHAIN?

Q: I HAVE A HIGH VAULTED CEILING AND CANNOT REACH THE LIGHT TO CHANGE THE BULBS?

Q: I LIKE THE IDEA OF RECESSED DOWN LIGHTS - WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER?

Q: SHOULD I CHOOSE MAINS OR LOW VOLTAGE RECESSED DOWN LIGHTS?

Q: DO MY RECESSED DOWN LIGHTS NEED TO BE FIRE RATED?

Q: HOW MUCH CEILING SPACE DO I NEED FOR RECESSED DOWN LIGHTS?

Q: HOW MANY RECESSED DOWN LIGHTS WILL I NEED?

Q: WHERE SHOULD I POSITION MY RECESSED DOWN LIGHTS?

 

4. WALL / TABLE, TASK & FLOOR LIGHTS:

Q: WHAT SIZE PICTURE LIGHT SHOULD I CHOOSE?

Q: WHAT SIZE SHADE DO I NEED FOR MY TABLE LAMP?

Q: WHAT SIZE SHADE DOES MY FLOOR LAMP NEED?

Q: WHAT IS THE BEST HEIGHT FOR WALL LIGHTS?

Q: I AM STRUGGLING TO READ, WHAT IS THE BEST READING LIGHT?

Q: WHAT IS THE BEST LIGHT FOR READING IN BED?

 

5. BATHROOMS:

Q: DO I NEED SPECIAL LIGHTS IN MY BATHROOM?

Q: CAN I USE RECESSED DOWN LIGHTS IN MY BATHROOM?

 

6. BULBS:

Q: WHAT ARE INCANDESCENT BULBS?

Q: ARE INCANDESCENT BULBS BEING DISCONTINUED?

Q: WHAT ARE FLUORESCENT BULBS?

Q: HOW CAN I TELL HOW BRIGHT FLUORESCENT BULBS ARE?

Q: WHAT IS A HALOGEN BULB?

Q: IS IT TRUE YOU SHOULD NOT TOUCH HALOGEN CAPSULE BULBS WITH YOUR FINGERS?

Q: ARE HALOGEN BULBS BEING PHASED OUT?

Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MAINS AND LOW VOLTAGE HALOGEN?

Q: CAN I DIM MY HALOGEN LIGHTS?

Q: HOW BRIGHT ARE LED BULBS?

Q: WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF LED LIGHTING?

Q: ARE THERE ANY DISADVANTAGES WITH LED LIGHTING?

Q: WHERE CAN I USE LED LIGHTS?

Q: DO YOU HAVE A LOW ENERGY GU10 SPOTLIGHT BULB?

Q: CAN LOW ENERGY BULBS BE DIMMED?

Q: WHAT IS SMART LIGHTING?

 

Did you find our Frequently Asked Lighting Questions and Answers helpful? Please let us know what you think as we always welcome feedback about our website. If there is a question you would like answering that we have not covered then please let us know by contacting us at info@lightingcompany.co.uk.

 

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