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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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What is the Relationship Between the Wattage of a Lightbulb and its Brightness?

What is the Relationship Between the Wattage of a Lightbulb and its Brightness?

25/02/2013 sparksdirect

As incandescent bulbs are phased out of the domestic market, it's the right time to take a look at...

What to Look For when Buying a Bathroom / Toilet Ventilation Fan

What to Look For when Buying a Bathroom / Toilet Ventilation Fan

21/02/2013 sparksdirect

In our > 20 years of experience in selling electrical products for both domestic and commercial...

5 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Consumer Units and Fuseboxes

5 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Consumer Units and Fuseboxes

19/02/2013 sparksdirect

On our website we have a wide range of Consumer Units both for domestic and for commercial /...

A Neat Idea: Stash Your Extension Socket in Your Bedside Drawer and Reduce Clutter!

A Neat Idea: Stash Your Extension Socket in Your Bedside Drawer and Reduce Clutter!

18/02/2013 sparksdirect

In why-didn't-I-think-of-that news, Reddit user "Imnotableimjustcain" suggests keeping a power...

More About the Latest and Most Affordable LED Technology (COB, Chips on Board)

More About the Latest and Most Affordable LED Technology (COB, Chips on Board)

15/02/2013 sparksdirect

The LEDs are a fast evolving technology, from small lamps to higher wattage lamps. They will...

How Powerful a Heater Do We Need to Make The Office a Little Bit Warmer?

How Powerful a Heater Do We Need to Make The Office a Little Bit Warmer?

14/02/2013 sparksdirect

In the long process of updating our store to a snazzy new system, we've been wondering about some...

The Best Value-for-Money Bathroom Ventilation Fan: Silent yet Stylish

The Best Value-for-Money Bathroom Ventilation Fan: Silent yet Stylish

12/02/2013 sparksdirect

We did some research recently into what is the best bathroom fan, especially when it comes to...

Do the Flicker-Free FIPEL Lamps Mean the End of Fluorescent Lights?

Do the Flicker-Free FIPEL Lamps Mean the End of Fluorescent Lights?

11/02/2013 sparksdirect

A while ago the BBC reported on a new plastic lightbulb that apparently gives a better quality of...

Five Beautiful Sconce Lights for the Contemporary Home

Five Beautiful Sconce Lights for the Contemporary Home

08/02/2013 sparksdirect

The word "sconce" comes from the Latin absconsus via the French esconce, which means a covering or...

Airflow Loovent Eco Fans Exceed the Building Regulations (Part F)

Airflow Loovent Eco Fans Exceed the Building Regulations (Part F)

07/02/2013 sparksdirect

Domestic ventilation is a big deal. Roughly speaking, ventilation is required for: bringing in...

Better Lighting in 4 Common Problem Areas: Closets, Kitchens, Hallways, and Bathrooms

Better Lighting in 4 Common Problem Areas: Closets, Kitchens, Hallways, and Bathrooms

05/02/2013 sparksdirect

The ever-helpful Apartment Therapy recently published a short, slightly intimate treatise on...

Where, When and Why Should You Use Low-Smoke Zero Halogen Cabling?

Where, When and Why Should You Use Low-Smoke Zero Halogen Cabling?

04/02/2013 sparksdirect

While researching the PopPack twin batten fluorescent light fitting to present an accurate...

Methods of Vandal Proofing: Tough Construction, Extreme Protection

Methods of Vandal Proofing: Tough Construction, Extreme Protection

29/01/2013 sparksdirect

The Vandals were, originally, an ancient Germanic tribe responsible for the sack of Rome in 455....

How Do We Teach Young Children to Save Energy and be Eco-Conscious?

How Do We Teach Young Children to Save Energy and be Eco-Conscious?

28/01/2013 sparksdirect

Young children can be the blight of the domestic eco-warrior. They forget to turn off the lights...

Our Top 5 Beautiful Desk Lamps: Essential and Functional Fittings

Our Top 5 Beautiful Desk Lamps: Essential and Functional Fittings

26/01/2013 sparksdirect

Here at Sparks Direct we like a great desk lamp: this range of fittings is essential, but that...

Westminster and Sheffield Switch to LED Smart Streetlights

Westminster and Sheffield Switch to LED Smart Streetlights

25/01/2013 sparksdirect

Already in 2013, we have seen two thematically similar news stories: sodium street lights in the...

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