The Colorful Turbo Ceiling Fan that makes Both Children and Adults Happy

The Colorful Turbo Ceiling Fan that makes Both Children and Adults HappySummer is here; no matter the rainy days in-between, we all have to admit that at this time summer is on. If you’re not on holiday yet but you’re at the office or have to spend time at home you know what summer means: it’s hot inside!

A desk fan or a floor fan is very much welcomed in the office (and in our showroom in Archway, North London), but sometimes you have to go the extra mile and just get a ceiling fan installed. When we speak of ceiling fans we don’t refer to a ceiling extractor fan (like the Airflow, Manrose, Vent-Axia, Envirovent, or other extract fans) but a ceiling ventilation fans.

When considering what ceiling fan to order, here’s a minimal checklist:

  • You have to use the fan all year round, not just in the summer.
  • A light bulb on the fan would be nice (with a separate switch even nicer).
  • The fan has to look good, otherwise you just won’t like it up there on the ceiling.
  • There have to be more than one speed to the fan.
  • The fan has to be big enough to ventilate the air yet small enough not to look like a helicopter on the ceiling.

The Colorful Turbo II Ceiling Fan from Westinghouse

Westinghouse Turbo II Ceiling Fan - ceiling ventilation fan with maple, white, or colorful blades

Today we would like to recommend you a fan that will make both you and your family happy – the Westinghouse Turbo II ceiling ventilation fan. It comes with a high quality and virtually silent AC motor made of cold-rolled steel to ensure comfort throughout the year, and it has some really amazing features such as:

  • This fan makes both children and adults happy, since it comes with two sets of 6 blades in “Colors of Young Generation” and “Colors of Youth” and white and maple. If you want a more colorful ceiling fan, all you have to do is install the appropriate blades; if you want it a bit more classy, install the maple or white blades. The white frosted glass light in the center harmoniously mixes with the maple, white, or colorful blades to highlight any modern interior or give a more discreet aspect to the ceiling fan.
  • Summer and winter switch: you can switch between a comfortable cool climate in the summer and the optimum heat distribution during winter.
  • Three speed levels: you can choose the speed of the air ventilation in a very convenient way between 250 rpm, 190 rpm, or 130 rpm.
  • This 76cm ceiling fan is recommended for rooms up to 12 sqm, which should be OK for most living rooms in the UK.
  • Turn the light on: this fan comes with an E14 lamp (which needs to be ordered separately) with a diffuser in case you need a discreet ceiling light during the operation of the fan (or when the fan is not ON).
  • 10 year warranty: The motor has a 10 year extended manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Convenient switching: the fan comes with an integrated pull cord switch, but you can also wire it to the wall switch or you can use the Westinghouse remote control.
  • Great for DIY: the fan comes “in pieces”, you have to assemble it according to instructions (great for the DIY enthusiasts), but it needs to be installed by a registered electrician.

Enough talk about this ceiling fan: now let us see some pictures! Here’s how the Westinghouse Turbo II ceiling fan looks like – in both the colorful and the white and maple blades. You can purchase this fan via Sparks at the Ceiling Fans section, where you can also see more kinds of ceiling fans and more pictures.

Westinghouse Turbo II Ceiling Fan - Colorful and cheerful ceiling ventilation fan

Westinghouse Turbo II Ceiling Fan – Colorful and cheerful ceiling ventilation fan

Westinghouse Turbo II White Ceiling Fan - three speeds and summer/winter switch ventilation

Westinghouse Turbo II White Ceiling Fan – three speeds and summer/winter switch ventilation

Westinghouse Turbo II Ceiling Fan - three speeds and summer/winter switch ventilation with maple blades

Westinghouse Turbo II Ceiling Fan – three speeds and summer/winter switch ventilation with maple blades

The Intelligent LED Dimmer just got Smarter, Brighter, and Better!

One of the most common questions our customers ask us when it comes to light fittings is, Can this lamp take LED lights? and the next question immediately follows, Can I dim this LED? Using an LED lamp in a light fitting seems to not be enough – now we need to make sure we dim the LEDs!

The LED technology is in a continual development and improving, and there are better and higher output LED lamps in all the available lamp caps (including ES/E27, GU10, MR16, BC, etc) being put out at least once every two months. Many of the LED lamps are dimmable (though they are a bit more expensive than the non-dimmable ones), and here’s where problems come in: what dimmer works with this LED lamp?

Not every LED dimmer works with every LED lamp, but there are some who are tested and recommended by most LED lighting manufacturers. Part of these are the Varilight V-Pro range (earlier introduced here, with the video for setting up and customizing the LED dimmer), and today we would like to introduce another LED dimmer module: the Hamilton Litestat LEDstat.

Intelligent LED Dimmer from Hamilton Litestat

Hamilton’s new intelligent LED dimming device monitors and programs itself for best performance depending on the LED lamp used, making it compatible with a wide variety of branded lamp types. The LEDstat dimmer is available in a wide selection of Hamilton’s range of styles and finishes.

Hamilton’s new intelligent LED dimming device monitors and programs itself for best performance depending on the LED lamp used, making it compatible with a wide variety of branded lamp types. The LEDstat dimmer is available in a wide selection of Hamilton’s range of styles and finishes.

The LEDstat from Hamilton Litestat is a 5-100W electronic On/OFF auto detect intelligent LED dimmer module, a “Universal Grid LED Dimmer” that can easily replace the existing dimmer switch or regular switch. This LED dimmer resolves the compatibility issues between LEDs and dimmers – it is an intelligent LED dimming device which monitors and programmes itself for the best performance (depending on the LED light bulb used).

It is compatible with a wide variety of LED lamp types, and it has already made its mark while undergoing independent testing. Here is what some of testers had to say about the LEDstat from Hamilton,

  • This new dimmer has been developed in response to a common industry problem of operational performance compatibility issues between the LED lamps used and a conventional dimmer. The last thing a contractor needs is to be called back to a recently installed job to resolve these, costing him both time and money! Our research and development process has ensured that LEDstat’s design and performance delivery is second to none. We are confident that this is a truly revolutionary piece of technology – one we are proud to bring to market.” (Ian Hamilton, managing director of Hamilton Litestat)
  • This dimmer is truly the first product we have seen that provides constant results with all branded lamps tested.” (Jeremy Turner, FAB Controls Ltd)
  • LEDstat from Hamilton – Resolving compatibility issues between LEDs and dimmers (via, The Electrical Portal)
  • “This new innovation by Hamilton has already made its mark while undergoing independent testing” (via, Connecting Industry)
  • “LEDstat delivers optimum dimming performance when the same brand of LED lamp is used” (via, Lighting News)
  • LED-STAT nominated for the awards in 2014 (via, Luckins Live)
  • LEDstat from Hamilton makes the finals of the Electrical Industry Awards in 2014! (via, Total Lighting Magazine)

LEDstat from Hamilton makes the finals of the Electrical Industry Awards in 2014

Ian Hamilton, LEDstat Interview

What is so special about this LED dimmer? Here are some of its smart features:

  1. This LED dimmer is “phase adaptive”, which means that it thinks before it acts. It comes with an integrated sophisticated microprocessor which analyses the connected LEDs and tetermines the best dimming curve necessary to achieve a maximum performance. No need to set it up to obtain the best performance: the LED dimmer sets itself up! When this LED dimmer is installed and is first powered up, the LEDstat begins its analysis and emits a short series of audible beeps to confirm when the process is complete.
  2. Similar size and design to a standard dimmer / switch module, allowing you to easily replace your existing dimmer with the highly performant LEDstat. It can be mounted onto the same wide choice of faceplate designs and finishes, and with the help of a little kit (which needs to be ordered separately, see GRIDKITW), you can safely fit this LED module into most Hamilton, MK, BG, Crabtree, Schneider, DETA, Hager, Wandsworth grid ranges.
  3. Soft Start: the soft start of this LED dimmer extends the LED lamp life and comes with a min/max level setting, an auto manual dimmer model, a multiway dimming operation, and in 1-4 gang options.
  4. Compatible with multiple kinds of light sources like incandescent lamps, mains halogen, mains dimmable LED lamps, dimmable LV electronic transformers, and dimmable LED lamps.
  5. Intelligent LED dimmer module: besides being a “universal grid LED module”, this LEDstat dimmer allows you to dim from 5-100W load of LED lights, and can work both with leading edge and with trailing edge LED lamps.
  6. When replacing a LED lamp, don’t worry about it: LEDstat will automatically determine the best dimming curve necessary to achieve maximum performance to suit the new brand mix. And what’s best, you experience smooth dimming yet without any mains noise or acoustic noise when in operation!

Did we mention that this LED dimmer sells like “hot bread” in our showroom via the counter? You can also purchase the LEDstat dimmer module from Sparks here; watch the LED start up guide video via youtube below.

Paintable Lights, Switches, and Sockets for Total Colour Coordination

Paintable Lights, Switches, and Sockets for Total Colour CoordinationWhy would people paint their light fittings?, one would ask, and the answer is quite simple, To match the colour of their wall or ceiling! Besides the standard wall lights, ceiling lights, and some LED lights – which come in a specific finish that cannot be changed or modified – there is such a range of light fittings called “paintable lights”.

Paintable lights are usually made of plaster or ceramic (in the case of the wall lights and some of the downlights) or in a primed white colour, allowing you to paint them in the desired colour to match the design of the room.

The fitting itself is quite stylish, modern, and nice, but just in case you want to paint it, you can do that.

It’s the same with switches and sockets: both Heritage Brass and Forbes and Lomax provide a wide range of paintable switches and sockets, allowing you to match your sockets to the colour of your wall – total colour coordination! Let’s see some of them in more detail.

Paintable Wall Lights – Ceramic and Plaster Lights

Paintable Wall Lights - Ceramic and Plaster LightsAstro Lighting has a wide range of plaster wall lights that are paintable; starting from the classy Amalfi stepped ceramic wall light to the more modern LED wall lights (see Bologna and Rio), these fittings give you the full control over their colour.

Do you want a discreet up-and-down wall fitting that matches the exact colour of your wall? Try the Astro 7172 Rio 325 plaster light coming complete with the LED lamp.

Do you prefer a discreet down-light with a brighter up-light? See the Ovaro 0554 ceramic paintable light, the lovely Parma 625 plaster wall light, or the Veneto range of plaster wall washers. Take a look at them by searching “paintable wall lights” on our website.

Paintable Ceiling Lights – Surface or Recessed

Paintable Ceiling Lights - Surface or RecessedWhen it comes to the ceiling lights, there are all kinds of chandeliers, pendants, downlights, etc which are either flush, recessed, or surface mounted.

But if you want to paint your ceiling light to match the colour of your ceiling, you could try one of the adjustable square or round downlights from Aurora (see the square DLL884W or the round DLM774W paintable downlights).

If you prefer the surface mounted fittings and you don’t mind their projection from the ceiling you have a great selection from Astro Lighting: see the Osca square or round plaster ceiling lights (coming in a fixed or adjustable version, as needed).

Most of these allow you to use an energy efficient GU10 LED light bulb. See them all online at paintable ceiling lights.

Paintable Switches and Sockets

Paintable Switches and SocketsSwitches and sockets usually come in a polished chrome, brass, stainless steel, white plastic, or even glass finish, but sometimes you may want to paint the plate of your socket or dimmer to match the colour of the wall.

Heritage Brass has a wide range of “Primed White” switches and sockets, a range of plates finished in a high quality white primer designed to enable total colour coordination of decor schemes.

Basically, the front of the plate is painted with a white primer, and it can be painted to meet the specific requirements of the user, the architect, or the interior designer.

Furthermore, the primed white switches and sockets from Heritage Brass come in a screwless version and in the version with Allen screws (with an Allen key supplied).

Forbes and Lomax also provide a range of “painted sockets“, a range created to complement their Invisible Lightswitch. These plates are supplied with etch-primed face plate ready to be painted in the same colour as the wall so as to make them as unobtrusive as possible.

So if you’re looking for paintable switches, sockets, or light fittings, there’s a wide range of such items at SparksDirect.co.uk. And if you need more help in choosing them, you can always email us or give us a call.

From Invisible Lightswitch to Painted Sockets: Forbes and Lomax in Pictures

From Invisible Lightswitch to Painted Sockets: Forbes and Lomax in PicturesWhen the modern equivalents for the elegant glass, nickel, and brass switches are no longer attractive or unsuitable for prestigious projects that interior designers work on, it’s time to check out the Forbes and Lomaxinvisible Lightswitch“.

Of course, the plate is not invisible – it is a transparent acrylic plate allowing the wallpaper or paint to show through, and it comes with a stylish metal toggle switch right in the center (or a rocker switch, a socket, a dimmer, etc for that matter).

Forbes and Lomax was established over 20 years ago and right from the start they approached the electrical accessory market from an aesthetic point of view.

Starting with the Invisible Light Switch and going on to many other stylish finishes like unlacquered brass, stainless steel, nickel silver, antique bronze, verdigris, and painted plate, Forbes & Lomax has done a great job in both manufacturing and supplying excellent UK made stylish switches, sockets, and dimmers to suit the demands of both traditional and contemporary architects and interior designers, as well as the electrical contractors.

With this in mind, let us explore some of the Forbes and Lomax finishes and plates – in pictures (we will let the pictures do the talking). All the items introduced below can be purchased via our website at the Forbes and Lomax section.

The Forbes and Lomax Invisible Plate

The Forbes and Lomax Invisible Plate - Invisible Lightswitch with Brass dollyThe invisible plate range of switches and sockets was inspired by 1930’s glass switches but with all the advantages of modern technology.

The Forbes and Lomax Invisible Plate: 1. Invisible Lightswitch with Nickel dolly 2. Invisible Lightswitch with Stainless Steel dolly 3. Invisible Lightswitch with Antique Bronze dolly

The Forbes and Lomax Invisible Plate: 1. Invisible Lightswitch with Nickel dolly 2. Invisible Lightswitch with Stainless Steel dolly 3. Invisible Lightswitch with Antique Bronze dolly

Unlacquered Brass Switches and sockets

Unlacquered Brass Switches and sockets - 3 gang Unlacquered Brass dollyThe unlaquered brass plates from Forbes and Lomax are plates that are designed to mellow with age if left unpolished. This is particularly suitable for period buildings where a bright brass look would be inappropriate.

Unlacquered Brass Switches and sockets: 1. Unlacquered Brass button dimmer 2. Unlacquered Brass dolly 3. Unlacquered Brass Rotary dimmer

1. Unlacquered Brass button dimmer 2. Unlacquered Brass dolly 3. Unlacquered Brass Rotary dimmer

Forbes and Lomax Stainless Steel

Forbes and Lomax Stainless Steel  - Stainless Steel button dimmerThe Stainless Steel Range from Forbes & Lomax has brushed stainless steel plates.

Forbes and Lomax Stainless Steel: 1. Stainless Steel Rotary dimmer 2. Stainless Steel Rocker switch 3. Stainless Steel dolly switch

1. Stainless Steel Rotary dimmer 2. Stainless Steel Rocker switch 3. Stainless Steel dolly switch

Nickel Silver Switches and Sockets

Nickel Silver Switches and Sockets - Nickel Silver 4 gang rotary dimmerThe Nickel Silver Range from Forbes and Lomax has a highly polished nickel plate, creating a mirror finish

1. Nickel Silver button dimmer 2. Nickel Silver rotary dimmer 3. Nickel Silver dolly switch

1. Nickel Silver button dimmer 2. Nickel Silver rotary dimmer 3. Nickel Silver dolly switch

Antique Brass Electrical Wiring Devices

Antique Brass Electrical Wiring Devices - 3 gang Antique Bronze dolly switchThe Antique Bronze Range from Forbes and Lomax has a rich warm hue to the plates making them attractive in both contemporary and traditional interiors. These switches also work particularly well on wood panelling and other unusual surroundings.

1. Antique Bronze rocker switch 2. Antique Bronze dolly switch and button dimmer 3. Antique Bronze rotary dimmer

1. Antique Bronze rocker switch 2. Antique Bronze dolly switch and button dimmer 3. Antique Bronze rotary dimmer

Mix and Match – Forbes and Lomax plates

1. Unlacquered Brass rotary dimmer 2. Invisible Lightswitch® with Antique Bronze dolly 3. Invisible double 13amp socket with white inserts 4. Stainless Steel 45amp cooker switch 5. Circular Invisible Lightswitch® with brass dolly 6. Invisible Lightswitch® with black rocker 7. Unlacquered Brass combination plate 8. Invisible Lightswitch® with Stainless Steel dolly 9. Nickel Silver switched fused connection

1. Unlacquered Brass rotary dimmer 2. Invisible Lightswitch® with Antique Bronze dolly 3. Invisible double 13amp socket with white inserts 4. Stainless Steel 45amp cooker switch 5. Circular Invisible Lightswitch® with brass dolly 6. Invisible Lightswitch® with black rocker 7. Unlacquered Brass combination plate 8. Invisible Lightswitch® with Stainless Steel dolly 9. Nickel Silver switched fused connection

1. Stainless Steel double 13amp socket with black insert and Stainless Steel rocker switches 2. Antique Bronze 2amp socket 3. Painted double 2amp socket with white insert 4. Nickel Silver shaver socket with white insert 5. Unlacquered Brass 5amp socket with white insert 6. Stainless Steel double 13amp socket with white inserts and Stainless Steel rocker switches

1. Stainless Steel double 13amp socket with black insert and Stainless Steel rocker switches 2. Antique Bronze 2amp socket 3. Painted double 2amp socket with white insert 4. Nickel Silver shaver socket with white insert 5. Unlacquered Brass 5amp socket with white insert 6. Stainless Steel double 13amp socket with white inserts and Stainless Steel rocker switches

The Combination Range from Forbes & Lomax

The Combination Range from Forbes & LomaxThe Combination Range allows you to create multi gang plates, mixing telecom and data modules alongside audio and visual outlets. This allows flexibility when planning and designing a room layout. There are infinite combinations available, depending on what you need and what impression you want to create.

The Combination Range from Forbes & Lomax - different combinations of modules and plates, as needed

Forbes and Lomax Painted Plate

Double 13amp Painted Socket with white insert and white rocker switches

Double 13amp Painted Socket with white insert and white rocker switches

The Painted Socket range from Forbes and Lomax has been created to complement the Invisible Lightswitch®. Painted Sockets are supplied with etch-primed face plates ready to be painted in the same colour as the wall, making them as unobtrusive as possible.

Double 13amp Painted Socket beneath The Invisible Lightswitch® with Brass dolly

Double 13amp Painted Socket beneath The Invisible Lightswitch® with Brass dolly

You can purchase these stylish switches and sockets via our website, where we have a dedicated section for them.

Plumen 001 and Plumen 002, the World’s First Designer Low Energy Light Bulbs!

Many times the light bulb is associated with a new idea, a brilliant thought, or an interesting thing one things of

Light bulb idea source.

Many times the light bulb is associated with a new idea, a brilliant thought, or an interesting thing one thinks of. However, even though the light bulb is synonymous with ideas, the design of most light bulbs lacks imaginations; furthermore, they still have the same design since they were originally made, and there’s nothing interesting or new about them (except being more energy-saving and even LED).

The best way to switch the world to the energy-efficient lighting is simply to create a beautiful light bulb; somehow, if the magic is brought back to the light bulb, people will love energy-saving light bulbs.

Plumen 001 – the World’s First Designer Low Energy Light Bulb

This is the point where the team at Plumen started their journey in 2004, when they designed and created Plumen 001, the world’s first designer low energy light bulb.

Plumen 001 - the World's First Designer Low Energy Light BulbThey launched a campaign on kickstarter, got enough back-up, and started making these light bulbs; soon, they picked up global media attention, picked a few design awards around the world, and is now distributed in 75 countries, changing people’s attitude toward energy saving lighting every single day.

Plumen 001, the World's First Designer Low Energy Light Bulb, a selection and application

The dynamic, sculptured form contrasts to the dull regular shapes of existing low energy bulbs, in an attempt to make the Plumen a centrepiece, not afterthought. The Plumen 001 (now also at Sparks) works like any other high quality low energy bulb – saving you 80% on your energy bills and lasting 8 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb. It was designed by HULGER and Samuel Wilkinson.

Plumen 001, the World's First Designer Low Energy Light Bulb, with a chrome pendant

What the Media says of PLUMEN 001
  • Samuel Wilkinson’s low-energy lightbulb wins Design of the Year: British designer’s ‘beautiful and smart’ Plumen 001 is overall winner at the 2011 Brit Insurance Design awards (the Guardian)
  • Bright Ideas From the World of Design: The Plumen 001, which also won in the product category, bills itself as “the world’s first designer energy-saving light bulb.” The compact fluorescent bulb uses 80% less energy and lasts eight times longer than an incandescent bulb, the company says, but the thin, curvy glass tubes are made to be exposed—no lampshade required. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Swirly CFLs relax a little bit, get kind of cute in the process (Engadget)

Plumen 001 was designed for general use as an energy-efficient replacement for the 60W incandescent bulb and came in E14 and E27 lamp cap; it was a usable light bulb for lots of general situations, being great in most environments and applications, but not in all applications. That’s why the team at Plumen came up with another light bulb, Plumen 002.

Plumen 002 – Unique Bulb Design for Style and Warmth

The Plumen 002 uses a unique bulb design to bring style and warmth to any space. At first glance the form is minimal, but on further inspection the sweeping shape reveals light gradations that are essential to the subtle glow it produces.

Plumen 002 - Unique Bulb Design for Style and WarmthIt works beautifully in series or alone, whether in a pendant, table light or wall sconce. Low brightness means the cozy, intimate light requires no shading.

Created as an efficient and cost-effective alternative to Squirrel Cage filament bulbs, it’s perfect for any space where you might otherwise use an incandescent bulb.

Plumen 002 - Unique Bulb Design for Style and Warmth - here's how it looks like. Awesome design!The Original Plumen, just like the 001, uses 80% less energy than a regular bulb and will last 8 times longer. Another designer light bulb from Plumen that is efficient, beautiful and affordable.

Plumen 002, a Unique Bulb Design for Style and Warmth, in a selection of colorful pendants

Anywhere you want light to set the mood, where you might normally think of using a 30W filament bulb, you can use the 002. The Plumen 002 has a sculptural and clearly defined form that makes will resonate with square and rectangular spaces where it will usually hang. It also works particularly well in table lights and wall sconces.

What the Media says of PLUMEN 002
  • Feeling For An Eco-Lightbulb that Looks Better Naked – new york times
  • PLUMEN 002 Is The CFL You’d Actually Want To Use (And Look At On A Daily Basis):  the sculptural glass construction is much nicer to look at than the standard CFL, making this a much-needed solution for pendant lights and other fixtures that feature an exposed bulb. (Huffington Post)
  • Get Cozy with the Plumen 002, the Second Sculptural CFL from the Lighting Innovators (Core77)

Besides PLUMEN 001 and PLUMEN 002 there are the pendants, the lamp shades, and the drop cap sets. See them for yourself at SparksDirect.co.uk, and enjoy a short video of presentation for both PLUMEN 001 and PLUMEN 002 – by their creators.

Plumen 001 with Shade and Pendant Drop Set

Introducing Plumen 002 (and Plumen 001)


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