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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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Three Last-Minute Simple Halloween Decorative Lighting Ideas

Three Last-Minute Simple Halloween Decorative Lighting Ideas

26/10/2012 sparksdirect

You might have seen our previous Halloween post but completely forgotten to decorate your home in...

Light Up Your Front Door this Winter with a Traditional Outdoor Lantern

Light Up Your Front Door this Winter with a Traditional Outdoor Lantern

25/10/2012 sparksdirect

At the time of year when we are often coming home in the pitch darkness, it's nice to be greeted...

Dimming the LED Lights is No Longer a Problem: use Dimmable Drivers!

Dimming the LED Lights is No Longer a Problem: use Dimmable Drivers!

24/10/2012 sparksdirect

One of the most popularly-cited disadvantages of LED lamps in the past has been that you can't dim...

The BG Brushed Steel Flat-Plate Twin Socket: A Budget-Friendly Alternative

The BG Brushed Steel Flat-Plate Twin Socket: A Budget-Friendly Alternative

23/10/2012 sparksdirect

This BG Brushed Steel 2-gang socket is a budget-friendly alternative to designer electrical...

Create a Starfield Ceiling with Cielo Stellato LEDs in Your Child's Room!

Create a Starfield Ceiling with Cielo Stellato LEDs in Your Child's Room!

22/10/2012 sparksdirect

If you're decorating a child's bedroom, why limit yourself to regular old light fittings? Why not...

Lutron Grafik Eye QS - a Highly Advanced Lighting Control System

Lutron Grafik Eye QS - a Highly Advanced Lighting Control System

18/10/2012 sparksdirect

The Grafik Eye QS is a whole-building lighting control system designed by Lutron, who have been...

The Running Man on the Emergency Exit Signs: What's his Story?

The Running Man on the Emergency Exit Signs: What's his Story?

17/10/2012 sparksdirect

Traditionally, the emergency exit was marked by a simple illuminated sign that spelled out the...

Installing a Time Delay Switch Combats Forgetting the Lights ON!

Installing a Time Delay Switch Combats Forgetting the Lights ON!

16/10/2012 sparksdirect

We don't often notice them, but time delay switches (also known as time lag switches) are...

Tips for Improving the Retail Lighting Design with LED Spotlights

Tips for Improving the Retail Lighting Design with LED Spotlights

11/10/2012 sparksdirect

If you are considering the lighting design of a retail property, there is a wealth of research...

Enjoy Your Time in the Garden with Outdoor Heating and Lights This Winter

Enjoy Your Time in the Garden with Outdoor Heating and Lights This Winter

10/10/2012 sparksdirect

As if it could escape your notice, it's almost winter. The sky is darkening earlier and the...

Enjoy Your Time in the Garden with Outdoor Heating and Lights This Winter

Enjoy Your Time in the Garden with Outdoor Heating and Lights This Winter

10/10/2012 sparksdirect

As if it could escape your notice, it's almost winter. The sky is darkening earlier and the...

What Do People Normally Use Motion and Occupancy Detectors for?

What Do People Normally Use Motion and Occupancy Detectors for?

09/10/2012 sparksdirect

A motion or occupancy detector can be an incredibly useful device to have around. We can all...

Save Energy (and Money) the Easy Way with the Green-I Switch System

Save Energy (and Money) the Easy Way with the Green-I Switch System

05/10/2012 sparksdirect

All of us would like to be energy-conscious, but changing our appliances to be more efficient can...

How will Ikea's Pledge to Switch to LEDs Impact the Rest of us?

How will Ikea's Pledge to Switch to LEDs Impact the Rest of us?

02/10/2012 sparksdirect

Ikea, that chain of giant warehouses and catalyst of many an argument, have recently pledged to...

Fancy a Versatile and Beautiful LED table light like the Flos Kelvin?

Fancy a Versatile and Beautiful LED table light like the Flos Kelvin?

21/09/2012 sparksdirect

There are a great many table lights in our showroom, and we don't like to play favourites, but...

Flexible and Contemporary Reading Lights for the Bedroom

Flexible and Contemporary Reading Lights for the Bedroom

14/09/2012 sparksdirect

The shortlist for the the biggest literary prize in the UK, the Man Booker Prize, was released on...

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