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Advice

Welcome to the Sparks Blog - the Advice section.

There are many products on our website, and the manufacturers of these great products offer advice on installing, fitting, and developing them, so we also inform the customers of this advice.

Select from the topics available by choosing advice related to the consumer units, electrical items, energy saving tips, heating, lighting design, smart home system, switches and sockets, ventilation, installation guides, rules and regulations, and many others.

If you are looking for more technical or specific advice on some of the products or ranges of products we sell, do not hesitate to contact us.


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The Studio Range of Screwless Switches and Sockets from Heritage Brass

The Studio Range of Screwless Switches and Sockets from Heritage Brass

14/05/2024 sparksdirect

This article introduces the popular Studio range of screwless switches and sockets made by Heritage Brass.

Having a Smart Home that is also Safe: Safer Smarter Homes

Having a Smart Home that is also Safe: Safer Smarter Homes

09/05/2024 sparksdirect

These days there are so many smart things, smart devices, and smart technologies that can make our home smarter; as we have a smart home, we also need to make sure it is safe.

What is an AFDD and Who Needs an Arc Fault Detection Device?

What is an AFDD and Who Needs an Arc Fault Detection Device?

02/05/2024 sparksdirect

We have recently lowered the prices for the Hager AFDDs and we thought we should introduce the Arc Fault Detection Devices - what they are, who needs them, and what are their use. 

A Continuously Running Bathroom and Kitchen Fan: Smart Ventilation!

A Continuously Running Bathroom and Kitchen Fan: Smart Ventilation!

18/04/2024 sparksdirect

A home is usually fitted with a bathroom fan, which can be with timer or humidistat (or both), but now there's a way to have smart ventilation - a continuously running bathroom and kitchen fan! They call them dMEV - decentralised Mechanical Extract Ventilation, and they comply with System 3 in the current Building Regulations. 

Check out the New Thorn Eco Poppy LED and Julie IP65 LED Battens

Check out the New Thorn Eco Poppy LED and Julie IP65 LED Battens

28/03/2024 sparksdirect

Thorn Lighting, a beloved lighting manufacturer that made many of the fluorescent light fittings used in different applications, is back with Thorn Eco, and in this article, we're introducing the Thorn Poppy LED Battens and the Thorn Julie IP65 LED Battens.

Three LEDS-C4 Bollard Lights insitu for Outdoor Lighting

Three LEDS-C4 Bollard Lights insitu for Outdoor Lighting

21/03/2024 sparksdirect

At Sparks, we distribute a wide range of lighting manufacturers, one of which is the renowned LEDS-C4 Spanish Lighting manufacturer, and in this article, we're introducing three of the most popular bollard lights made by them, ideal for outdoor lighting.

Are IP20 rated Lights Suitable for Bathroom Lighting?

Are IP20 rated Lights Suitable for Bathroom Lighting?

14/03/2024 sparksdirect

One of the common questions our customers ask us is related to bathroom lighting, and quite a few of them ask us about IP20-rated lights, and whether they are suitable for use in the bathroom.

Showcasing the Knightsbridge Screwless Switches and Sockets at Sparks

Showcasing the Knightsbridge Screwless Switches and Sockets at Sparks

07/03/2024 sparksdirect

One of the most popular yet very affordable ranges of screwless switches and sockets is the Knightsbridge screwless switches and sockets, which on our website can be found in matt white and matt black.

Simple Ways of Preventing Mould in your Home

Simple Ways of Preventing Mould in your Home

29/02/2024 sparksdirect

There are many simple ways of preventing mould in your home and there are many simple steps one can take to ventilate and control mould before it will control us.

3 Inspirational Residential Lighting Projects featuring Astro Lights

3 Inspirational Residential Lighting Projects featuring Astro Lights

22/02/2024 sparksdirect

Astro Lighting is one of our favorite lighting suppliers, and they have a wide range of light fittings; in this article, we want to share three inspirational residential lighting projects as seen via their Project Gallery.

Four Applications of the Illuma Gridspot LED Track Spotlights

Four Applications of the Illuma Gridspot LED Track Spotlights

08/02/2024 sparksdirect

Part of the wide range of LED track spotlights from Illuma Lighting, the Gridspot LED spotlight is the ideal choice for retail lighting, commercial lighting, and display lighting solutions.

Quick Guide to Choosing the Colour Temperature of LED Lights

Quick Guide to Choosing the Colour Temperature of LED Lights

23/01/2024 sparksdirect

Many customers have asked us to advise them on what is the correct colour temperature for their LED lights; in this article we present a quick guide to choosing the colour temperature of the LED lights.

Pew Heaters Offer Direct Heating - Most Economic Means of Heating in a Church

Pew Heaters Offer Direct Heating - Most Economic Means of Heating in a Church

18/01/2024 sparksdirect

We have discovered one of the most economic ways of heating a church: pew heaters offering direct heating, being turned on only when needed, to heat up the church-goers as needed.

A Look at the Aged Brass Switches and Sockets from Forbes and Lomax

A Look at the Aged Brass Switches and Sockets from Forbes and Lomax

09/01/2024 sparksdirect

One of the most interesting finishes that Forbes and Lomax does is aged brass; here is a look at some of the best aged brass switches and sockets made by Forbes & Lomax.

Smart LED Dimmers from Varilight: WiFi Dimmers and Multi-way Dimmers

Smart LED Dimmers from Varilight: WiFi Dimmers and Multi-way Dimmers

14/12/2023 sparksdirect

We are so excited to introduce the new smart LED dimmers from Varilight - the WiFi LED dimmers and the Multi-way LED dimmers, all available via SparksDirect.co.uk

Smart LED Dimmers from Varilight: WiFi Dimmers and Multi-way Dimmers

Smart LED Dimmers from Varilight: WiFi Dimmers and Multi-way Dimmers

14/12/2023 sparksdirect

We are so excited to introduce the new smart LED dimmers from Varilight - the WiFi LED dimmers and the Multi-way LED dimmers, all available via SparksDirect.co.uk

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