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The benefits of LED lighting in a busy family home

The Benefits of LED Lighting in a Busy Family Home

The benefits of LED lighting in a busy family home

By now, you’ve probably heard the hype about LED lighting. It saves money, it’s good for the environment and it is available in a variety of styles. If you have a busy family home, LED lighting could be a great investment for you. Here is everything that you need to know about the different benefits of LED lighting:

Choice of Styles

When LED lighting first came to the mass market, it was only available in cool-toned bulbs that could make a home look bright and harsh. However, the technology has moved on a lot since then, and LED lighting is availability in a variety of styles and colours. You can get soft, yellow lighting that works well for mood lighting, and bright white lighting which looks great in a bathroom. You can buy LED lighting in a range of styles from pendant lighting to recessed lights for the kitchen and decking area.

Money-saving

One of the biggest benefits to installing LED lighting in a family home is the money that it saves. There is an upfront cost to LED lighting – the bulbs generally cost a bit more than the standard halogen bulbs – but in most cases, you’ll make the cost back in savings on your electricity bill. The best way to experiment with the impact of LED lighting in your family home is to put them in the room that you use the most – be it the kitchen, living room or bathroom, and see if there is a change in your electricity bill.
Although the upfront cost may seem off-putting, it’s important to remember that LED bulbs have a lifespan of over 10,000 hours, compared to 1000 hours for halogen bulbs. This means that you’ll barely ever need to replace them, making them more of an investment than a reoccurring cost.

Reduces carbon footprint

Another upside of switching to LED lighting is the environmental impact. 95% of the energy used in LED bulbs is converted into light and only 5% wasted as heat – the opposite is true in fluorescent bulbs. You also need less LED lights than standard lights, as they focus light in one direction to give a brighter light, unlike halogen bulbs.

Safety

One reason to install LED lighting in a family home is all about safety. As the bulbs do not generate as much heat, they are not as hot to the touch in the event that a child should accidentally touch one. They are also less likely to shatter and break.

Customisable

LED lighting works well in a family home because it is highly customisable. You can connect the lights to a dimmer switch, allowing the lighting level to match the atmosphere. You can have the lights in the kitchen bright for mealtimes and darker for when the kids go to bed and you are enjoying a glass of wine.
You can also connect your LED bulbs to a range of smart home systems, which allow you to control the lights when you’re outside of the house via an app on your phone. This also adds to the saving on your electricity bill, should you forget to turn the bathroom light off when you leave the house.
Would you consider installing LED lighting in your home?

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Home renovation made easy: the tips you need to know

Home Renovation Made Easy: The Tips You Need To Know

Home renovation made easy: the tips you need to know

Not everyone loves the idea of renovating their home, home renovation certainly be a daunting and overwhelming task to take on. A renovation project could be simply overhauling your current home.Perhaps it has needed some improvement for some time. Bathrooms need replacing, kitchens need upgrading, and there is always that option of extension. However, you may specifically look to purchase a renovation project, maybe always having the dream of creating your own home or renovating properties as a new career prospect. No matter which way you decide to take on the task, it will never be a simple project, and it certainly needs a lot of planning and preparation. Which is why I thought I would share with you some of the tips you should know before you embark on such a project. I hope they offer you some reassurance that you can complete the renovation and create a wonderful home either to live in or sell on.

Home Renovation Made Easy: The Tips You Need To Know

Make sure you are completely up to speed with your budget and financials

One of the first things anyone should do when undertaking such a huge project is working out your budget and know exactly where you are to the penny with your financial situation. Whether you already have the property or even need to factor in the purchase costs, it’s important to ensure that you don’t overstretch yourself right in the middle of the works. A budget is handy to have where you allocate money to different tasks, but one of the best things you can do is have a contingency plan to ensure that you have emergency funds when you need them. You can’t always predict if a job won’t go the way you want, or materials you need will cost more than your expected. These things will happen, so plan and prepare for them within in your budget.

Have a plan of exactly what tasks you wish to take on

It’s also important to ensure that you have a plan of exactly what jobs you want to do within the project. This might be specifically living rooms only, or maybe looking at adding purpose to spaces in the home that don’t get used such as a cellars or loft areas. Having a plan will enable you to start the process of your budget, and also factor in a timescale for completion. This is especially important if you plan to live there, or will still be in the home while renovation works are being completed.

 Home Renovation Made Easy: The Tips You Need To Know

Design the ideal home and seek guidance from the experts

It’s always advisable to have some sort of design plan, be it a floor plan or even drawn up plans. If you don’t have the expertise in this department, seeking guidance from an expert like an architect could be helpful. This is also important if you plan to extend or change the layout of the property in any way.

Obtain any planning permissions or licenses you may need to complete the work

Changing the layout or extending may require you to obtain planning permission from your local authorities. Before any work begins, make sure that you get any necessary permissions in place. You may also need certain licenses for listed building or even to dispose of any waste. Things like skips are required to have licenses if they are on the road these days.

Research where to get building materials and who to use for certain jobs

Sometimes the big costs can be incurred for the building materials you use and the cost of labour. This is why it is so important to ensure that you do plenty of research and gain a comparison in costs before you make any purchases. Things like timber and wood can be one of the biggest outlays you have, so it’s important to check out a range of companies like George Hill Timber. Sometimes going to websites or businesses that specifically trade in certain areas means that you not only get a good price but the expertise and knowledge you need.

 Home Renovation Made Easy: The Tips You Need To Know

Are there other ways to add value to the property

It’s important to establish if there are any ways you can add some value to the property itself. A great place to start would be to add square footage or rooms like converting a loft into another bedroom, or a cellar into another living space. Do you have a garden you can utilise and build on? Then maybe adding an extension to create a larger kitchen, or even adding bedrooms or other rooms onto the side of the property could be a great place to start.

The finishing touches will always bring everything together

Finally, the finishing touches will always piece everything together. This is good flooring choices and paint colours. Adding the right tiles or even considering things like feature walls. Pinterest is a great place for inspiration when it comes to home decor and finishing off your homes look.

I hope these tips help you if you are about to embark on a renovation project.

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Our dream bathroom

our dream bathroom

Our dream bathroom

If you could choose to re-vamp any room in your house what room would it be? We chose our bathroom, well it was about five years ago now, we wanted to create our dream bathroom but ended up making some huge mistakes along the way that we now live to regret massively.

It wasn’t a small job, in fact it involved knocking a wall down and making our bathroom bigger so we could create the bathroom we wanted. Our bathroom went from a small room with a bath and little cupboard space to a much bigger room with walk in shower with much more cupboard space.

Creating our dream bathroom was not easy and we made lots of mistakes creating this room. We chose black porcelain tiles for the floor, this is one of our top regrets. The flooring is horrible to keep clean and buffed, don’t get me wrong it looks lovely when buffed but it’s just not a practical tile to have in a family bathroom that’s highly used and totally the wrong Colour (for our house anyway).

Another huge regret we have is getting rid of our bath, we all love a shower but we also enjoy a nice soak in the bath too, that luxury unfortunately has well and truly gone now.

our dream bathroom

The changes we would love to make in our bathroom would be to create more storage space, the vanity units at Bella Bathrooms look very stylish and more practical.

 

We have three favourites, what one would you pick?

 

our dream bathroom

 

We would definitely LOVE to change our flooring to something more practical and also put a nice bath back in place with an overhead shower so we can have the choice to shower or bath after a long day.

When creating our dream bathroom the first time round I think we went into creating it rather hastily and didn’t think it through fully and give it the time and careful planning we perhaps should have. We have learned from our mistakes and this time we will not get carried away in the excitement of it all and take the time to think about what we are truly needing and what is more practical for our family bathroom.

What would be the one room you’d love to give a re-vamp?

 

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