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1 Gang Kinetic Push Switch in Matt White IP42 rated 1 Channel Wireless Kinetic Switch

1 Gang Kinetic Push Switch in Matt White IP42 rated 1 Channel Wireless Kinetic Switch

This is the Forum CUL-40031 - One Way Kinetic Switch In White. It is a 1 Gang Kinetic Push Switch Ma..

Model: CUL40031

£13.50 Ex. VAT

1 Gang Kinetic Push Switch in Matt Black IP42 rated 1 Channel Wireless Kinetic Switch

1 Gang Kinetic Push Switch in Matt Black IP42 rated 1 Channel Wireless Kinetic Switch

This is the Forum CUL-40032 - One Way Kinetic Switch in Black. It is a 1 Gang Kinetic Push Switch Ma..

Model: CUL40032

£17.10 Ex. VAT

2 Gang Kinetic Push Switch in Matt White IP42 rated 2 Channel Wireless Kinetic Switch

2 Gang Kinetic Push Switch in Matt White IP42 rated 2 Channel Wireless Kinetic Switch

This is the Forum Lighting Culina Konect 40033 Matt White 2 Channel Wireless Kinetic Switch.It is a ..

Model: CUL40033

£16.60 Ex. VAT

2 Gang Kinetic Push Switch in Matt Black IP42 rated 2 Channel Wireless Kinetic Switch

2 Gang Kinetic Push Switch in Matt Black IP42 rated 2 Channel Wireless Kinetic Switch

This is the Forum Lighting Culina Konect 40034 Matt Black 2-Channel Wireless Kinetic Switch.It is a ..

Model: CUL40034

£25.50 Ex. VAT

3 Gang Kinetic Push Switch in Matt White IP42 Self-Powered Forum Lighting CUL-40035

3 Gang Kinetic Push Switch in Matt White IP42 Self-Powered Forum Lighting CUL-40035

This is the Forum Lighting CUL-40035 3 Gang Kinetic Push Switch Matt White IP42 rated. It is a self-..

Model: CUL40035

£21.50 Ex. VAT

Wireless Transmitter Fob in Grey, Culina CUL-40037 Grey Kinetic RF Transmitter Fob

Wireless Transmitter Fob in Grey, Culina CUL-40037 Grey Kinetic RF Transmitter Fob

This is the Forum CUL-40037 Culina Konect, a completely wireless switching system that converts the ..

Model: CUL40037

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1 Channel Kinetic Switch RF Non-Dimmable in Matt White, Forum CUL-40038 Wireless On/Off Switch

1 Channel Kinetic Switch RF Non-Dimmable in Matt White, Forum CUL-40038 Wireless On/Off Switch

This is the Forum Lighting Culina Konect 40038 Wireless On/Off Kinetic Switch Module. The CUL-40038 ..

Model: CUL40038

£13.50 Ex. VAT

16A Smart Plug Adaptor max. 3560W for Controlling Hard-to-Reach Sockets, Easy to Program!

16A Smart Plug Adaptor max. 3560W for Controlling Hard-to-Reach Sockets, Easy to Program!

This is the Knightsbridge 1GAKW 16A smart plug adaptor - ideal for controlling hard to reach sockets..

Model: 1GAKW

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WiFi and RF Wireless Receiver Non-Dimmable in Matt White, Culina Konect On/Off Kinetic Switch Wifi Module CUL-40039

WiFi and RF Wireless Receiver Non-Dimmable in Matt White, Culina Konect On/Off Kinetic Switch Wifi Module CUL-40039

This is the Forum CUL-40039 Culina Konect Wireless On/Off Kinetic Switch Non-Dimmable Wi-Fi Module -..

Model: CUL40039

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WiFi and RF Wireless Receiver Dimmable in Matt White, Culina Konect On/Off Kinetic Switch Wifi Module CUL-40040

WiFi and RF Wireless Receiver Dimmable in Matt White, Culina Konect On/Off Kinetic Switch Wifi Module CUL-40040

This is the Forum Lighting Culina Konect 40040 Dimmable Wireless Wi-Fi Kinetic Switch Module availab..

Model: CUL40040

£31.95 Ex. VAT

10A Smart 3 Gang Surge-Protected Extension Lead with Quad USB Charger and 1.5m Cable in White

10A Smart 3 Gang Surge-Protected Extension Lead with Quad USB Charger and 1.5m Cable in White

This is the Knightsbridge 3GKW 10A Smart 3 Gang Surge-Protected Extension Lead with Quad USB Charger..

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2 Gang 13A Smart Switched Socket max. 2990W to Control Appliances or Lighting via an App or Voice Command

2 Gang 13A Smart Switched Socket max. 2990W to Control Appliances or Lighting via an App or Voice Command

It is the Knightsbridge SN9KW 13A Smart 2 Gang Switched Socket for remote control things such as app..

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Aico Ei144e Heat Alarm Mains Powered with a 9V Alkaline Battery Back-up and Easi-fit Base (and RadioLINK option)

Aico Ei144e Heat Alarm Mains Powered with a 9V Alkaline Battery Back-up and Easi-fit Base (and RadioLINK option)

This is the Aico Ei144e Heat Alarm Mains Powered with RadioLink, 9V Alkaline Battery Back-up and Eas..

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1 Gang Slim Grid Kinetic Switch White Plastic for Culina Grid Plate CUL-42495

1 Gang Slim Grid Kinetic Switch White Plastic for Culina Grid Plate CUL-42495

This is the Culina CUL-42495, a 1 Gang Slim Grid Kinetic Switch for Culina Grid Plate available at S..

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1 Gang Slim Grid Kinetic Dimmer Switch White Plastic for Culina Grid Plate CUL-42497

1 Gang Slim Grid Kinetic Dimmer Switch White Plastic for Culina Grid Plate CUL-42497

This is the Culina CUL-42497, a 1 Gang Slim Grid Kinetic Switch Dimmable (Dimmer) for Culina Grid Pl..

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1 Gang Kinetic Switch Frame in White for Slim Grid Kinetic Switch (Frame Only) Culina CUL-42499

1 Gang Kinetic Switch Frame in White for Slim Grid Kinetic Switch (Frame Only) Culina CUL-42499

This is the Culina CUL-42499 1 Gang Kinetic Switch Frame in White for 2 Slim Grid Kinetic Switch (Fr..

Model: CUL42499

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5 Best Energy Efficient Lighting Solutions & Tips

In today's world, energy efficiency is more critical than ever, and lighting plays a significant role. Lighting consumes a substantial amount of electricity in households and commercial buildings, so choosing the right lighting solution can not only help lower your electricity bills but also reduce your carbon footprint.With so many options available in the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the best energy-efficient lighting solutions for your needs. In this article, we will outline the 5 top lighting tips and solutions that we have found can help you save money, conserve energy and reduce your impact on the environment. These tips are:Invest in LED lighting solutionsKnow your wattage and lumensUse smart lighting for energy efficiencyUse timed lightsKnow the different types of lighting and their impact on energy1. Invest in LED lighting solutionsDespite what you’ve read elsewhere, LEDs still are one of the best energy-efficient lighting solutions you can find on the market.LED (which stands for light-emitting diode) solutions convert almost all the energy they consume into light, with a very little amount wasted. This is in contrast to traditional incandescent bulbs, which convert only about 10% of the energy they consume into light and the remaining 90% wasted as heat.LED lighting solutions also have a longer lifespan than traditional lighting solutions. This means that they need to be replaced less often, reducing the overall amount of energy needed to produce and transport replacement bulbs.LED vs fluorescent light bulbsWhat about fluorescent light bulbs? Aren’t they also energy efficient?Yes, compact fluorescent light bulbs (also known as  CFLs) are also an effective way to conserve energy. But they simply aren’t as efficient as LEDs and, in any case, the drawbacks of CFLs outweigh their benefits.CFLSs take longer to light up and contain a toxic chemical called mercury, which can be dangerous if the bulb breaks. Inhaling mercury has harmful effects on humans and, in the worst cases, can be fatal. If you do use a fluorescent bulb, make sure to dispose of it properly and be careful not to break it.2. Know your wattage and lumensIf you’re going to invest in a lighting solution, it’s important to understand the terminology associated with them.Wattage refers to the unit of power a bulb uses, indicating how much energy it consumes. The higher the wattage, the more energy the bulb consumes.On the other hand, lumens measure the amount of light emitted by a bulb. The higher the number of lumens, the brighter the light. Keep in mind that newer bulbs, like LEDs, are measured in lumens,  whereas incandescent bulbs are typically still measured in watts.Let’s look at an example. An incandescent light bulb may have a label that reads "60W" and "600 Lumens". This means it uses 60 watts of energy to produce a brightness of 600 lumens. However, if an LED bulb is labelled "60W Equivalent, Efficient 9W" and "750 Lumens," this indicates that it consumes only 9 watts of power, but provides an even brighter light than the incandescent bulb. This means that you get better lighting and impact on energy usage.Where can you find the wattage and lumen information of your bulbs? Well, you can find them on your bulb’s packaging (if you haven’t thrown the box out). However, if you no longer have the box, you can buy a new bulb and check the box. Or you can simply look your bulb up online to find the information.Buy Ortona Single Matt Black Bathroom Wall Lamp3. Use smart lighting for energy efficiencyA smart lighting system can be a great way to increase energy efficiency, whether it’s for your home or your business. Below, we’ve outlined three examples of these systems that can help you save on your next power bill. Since most of these methods can be controlled remotely (i.e. you can control your lights from your smartphone or tablet), you can make sure that lights are turned off even when you're not home.Motion sensorsSmart lighting systems can be set up with motion sensors that detect when a room is occupied. This means that lights will automatically turn on when someone enters a room and turn off when the room is empty, ensuring that lights aren't left on unnecessarily and saving energy.By investing in a high-quality occupancy and vacancy detector system, you can conserve energy so that your appliances only activate when people are detected in the vicinity.Geo-fencingGeo-fencing is a type of smart lighting that has a location-based control feature. This automatically turns off your lights once it detects that your smartphone is far away enough from your home.This is an excellent tool to consider, because it can also improve the security of your home or your business by ensuring that lights are turned on when you're arriving and turned off when you leave.DimmersMany smart lighting systems allow you to control the brightness of your lights. By dimming your lights, you can reduce the amount of energy they use while still providing enough light for the task at hand.By investing in a high-quality dimming system, you can effectively replace your light switches entirely and boost your energy savings by up to 65%. Not to mention, dimmers are perfect for customising the ambience in your rooms.4. Use timed lights for energy efficiencyTimed lights are an effective way to improve energy efficiency. By setting a schedule for your home lighting, you can avoid wasting electricity when no one is in a room or during daylight hours.This not only helps you save money on your energy bill but also reduces your carbon footprint. Additionally, timed lights for energy efficiency can provide a sense of security by giving the impression that someone is home, even when you're away. Many smart lighting systems offer easy-to-use scheduling features, allowing you to customise your lighting based on your daily routine.You may also use timed lights to decrease your utility expenses. Some examples of timed lights include:Time Delay Switches. Also referred to as time lag switches, these are able to turn on your appliances for a certain pre-set amount of time, so they can switch off at a time you know you won’t be using it. Plug In Timers. This timer allows you to supply power to a mains-connected deliver at certain times of the day that you choose, allowing you to remain completely controller of your power supply 24/7.All these products help you save power as much as possible, so you never waste the wattage of your precious energy.Buy Zeppo 400 Matt White Pendant5. Know the different types of lighting and their impact on energyLighting and its impact on energy usage are intimately connected, as lighting is one of the major contributors to energy usage. Hence, it's safe to say that improving the efficiency of lighting is crucial for reducing energy consumption.There are four main types of lighting:incandescent,fluorescent, LED, andHalogen lamps.Incandescent bulbsThese are the oldest and least energy-efficient types of bulb. They work by heating a filament to produce light, which results in a lot of wasted energy in the form of heat.In fact, only around 10% of the energy consumed by an incandescent bulb is actually used to produce light, while the remaining energy is wasted as heat.As a result, incandescent bulbs are being phased out in many countries due to their low energy efficiency.Fluorescent bulbsThese are more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs, but less efficient than LEDs. Fluorescent bulbs work by ionising mercury vapour inside the bulb, which produces ultraviolet light that is then converted into visible light by a phosphorescent coating on the bulb.While they use less energy than incandescent bulbs and have a longer lifespan, they do contain toxic mercury (as mentioned above) and can take longer to turn on and warm up.LED lightingLEDs are by far the most energy-efficient type of bulb and are rapidly gaining popularity due to their energy savings and long lifespan. LEDs work by using a semiconductor to convert electricity into light, with very little energy wasted as heat.LEDs use at least 75% less energy than their incandescent counterparts and may last up to 25 times longer. They can also help you reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by up to 40kg per year.Additionally, LEDs do not contain any toxic materials and can be easily controlled using smart technology to maximise energy efficiency. Using LED smart lighting for energy efficiency is a meaningful, long-term investment that will help you to reduce personal expenses and environmental impact.Halogen lampsHalogen lighting is essentially an enhanced version of incandescent lighting. When it comes to the quality of light emitted, it is just as good as regular incandescent lighting.They are a little more efficient than incandescent bulbs, but not by much. They are still largely inefficient when looking at its lumen-per-watt ratio.From September 2021, halogen light bulbs were banned in the UK. This move was projected to cut 1.26 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in emissions.Looking for an energy-efficient lighting solution?There is no doubt that lighting plays a significant role in energy efficiency. With so many options available in the market, choosing the best energy-efficient lighting solutions can help not only lower electricity bills but also reduce carbon footprint.By making small changes, such as choosing the right bulbs, scheduling lighting, using motion sensors and investing in smart lighting, we can all make a difference in conserving energy, maximising energy efficiency and reducing our impact on the environment.Buy Park Lane Table Lamp Switched in BronzeAt Sparks Direct, we offer a wide range of high-quality energy-efficient lighting solutions, suitable for both homes and businesses. If you need any advice on what solutions are best for you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re open Monday to Friday, available at 020 7263 8007. We look forward to helping you find the perfect lighting for you!

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

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. We were recently consulting the, Safer and Smarter Home guide by Electrical Safety First and we were inspired to bring some of these details to the forefront for our customers and visitors also.Keep reading this guide to find out more about: Having a Smart Home - BenefitsHaving a Smart Home that is also Safe!As of today, May 2024, some many smart devices and sensors can be installed or used in our home, including:Smart camerasSmart door locksSmart video monitoring systemSmart shades systemSmart water controlSmart heat control devicesSmart access controlSmart weather devicesSmart lightsSmart sensorsSmart WifiSmart Solar PanelsSmart multimedia controlsSmart climate controlsSmart flood sensorsSmart alarm systemSmart garage doorIn a sense, there's a smart device for any aspect of our daily life and for every part of the home, and many modern people rush into getting this and that smart device, only to discover that, eventually, some devices don't work with one another while others are complicated to set up and maintain, and still others die suddenly. When the smart devices work, life is bliss, but when there are problems, life tends to be a mess. We need to learn to measure and manage the smart home in a proper way so that it can be not just a smart home but also a safe home. If we install the smart things as the manufacturer intends and instructs, they assist us and even improve certain aspects of our lives. However, we need to be aware of some of the dangers or hazards involved in having and using smart devices around the house and have a smart home that is also safe. Having a Smart Home - BenefitsAs we live in this post-pandemic world, we realize that we have an increasing need for electronic devices that are interconnected. Actually, the pandemic accelerated the use of electronic devices and smart devices, both for leisure and for work, and we realize how easier life can be when we have them around. There are some great benefits of having a smart home, which include:Energy Saving by Controlling, Monitoring, and Saving Energy with Smart DevicesWhen we have connected devices that help us monitor our heating, water, and energy usage, we can control it better, keep track of what we're using, and reduce costs. We can be notified when there's an excess of water or energy used, and we know for sure that the bill will be lower when we use energy-saving LED Lamps and LED light fittings. We will be aware of how much we spend on using heat pumps and the electric boiler, and we will reduce the cost when switching to smarter heating systems. Buy Intelligent Thermostats at SparksHaving a Smart Home when we Work from HomeIf there's one thing the pandemic showed us is that many of us can work from home, at least partially. We do relax and unwind at home, but at the same time, we work either part-time or full-time from home. Smart devices and smart sensors in our home, paired together with smart control systems, can make our lives simpler and our work-from-home experience much more enjoyable. We may learn how to set up our home network, TV, audio, lighting, and other smart systems around the house. ConvenienceOne of the best benefits of having a smart home that is also safe is convenience. Having voice-activated assistants and touchscreen control of the systems around the house is very convenient. And many times we can remotely control and adjust the smart devices in our home - even when we're at the office or on holiday. For example, we may want to make sure the house is warm when we get back from holiday, so we remotely adjust the heating. We can even set up individual lighting schemes based on our needs or according to our mood. SecurityWith the rise in the smart doorbells, it is so easy to install one and remotely answer the door or greet your guests. Even without opening the door, we can chat with visitors or mailmen. Furthermore, there are many security systems that can be installed around the house and in the house to monitor the premises. There are also smart locks that can be used to open the door and allow specific people to come in, based on their credentials and security access. SafetySome of the smart devices we use in our home can monitor whether we have left an appliance on or off, and we can see whether we can turn it off remotely. We can avoid potential fire hazards by using smart technology, turning the electricity or heating off remotely. For instance, some smart home sensors can detect temperature, levels of carbon dioxide, or water leaks, and they notify the homeowner. We at Sparks sell a range of smart Fire Alarms and Heat Alarms by Aico, incorporating AudioLINK+ and alsoRadioLINK+ technology. For those who are elderly or disabled, there are smart home technologies and devices that can make a great difference to their quality of life and guarantee the peace of mind of the caregivers. Automatic sensors can be installed to check if a cooker has been left ON or a bath is overflowing. The light can be automatically turned on when presence is detected and off when someone leaves the room. Voice-controlled smart home devices also help people with limited mobility by making common household appliances easy to use. A Smart Home Can Improve Well-beingHaving a smart home and interconnected smart devices can also enhance personal well-being.Many health-related devices monitor and alert you regarding different health conditions and anomalies. Many smart routines can be set up in the home to help with sleep and living patterns. There are smart air filtration systems and dehumidifiers to purify and ventilate the air. For example, at Sparks, we sell a range of dMEV ventilation systems which come on when moisture is detected, and they run slowly in the background when they are not needed. Buy iConstant dMEV FansHaving a Smart Home that is also Safe: Safer Smarter HomesWhen we consider the smart devices, sensors, and technologies that can be installed and used around the home, it's not the fire hazards that are more common but the nuisance related to installing, maintaining, interlinking, controlling, warranty, fixing, and taking care of these smart things. It is important to consider certain matters when planning to buy smart things for the house. It is important to consider that the smart home is also safe - there's a need for safer smarter homes. Here is a list of questions to consider before purchasing a new piece of technology that is smart and can improve our life at home:Will this smart device work with my other smart devices?We need to know what system we use at home, how the smart devices interconnect, and how will this new device interconnect and relate to the other devices. Some competitor technologies and manufacturers do not interoperate, so we can save ourselves the frustration of trying to make them work together by making sure this happens before we buy them. Buy Aico Smart Fire AlarmsDoes this smart device use Bluetooth or wifi? Can my wifi cover it?Some smart devices require a good wifi connection, while others connect via Bluetooth. Before purchasing any smart device, we need to consider if we have enough wifi coverage to reach that device and whether we can use Bluetooth to reach it if Bluetooth is required. Software updates: how long are they guaranteed?It is imperative to know beforehand if the smart device we purchase is guaranteed for at least 2-3 years to have software updates by the manufacturer. Regular software updates improve the smart device and patch any issues or errors. How long do we have after-sales support? Is there online support?We may think we know everything we need to know about a particular smart device, for we studied it and we know it inside out, but it's best to know before buying whether we have after-sales support, and for how long. Also, we need to know the place online where we can get support, first by registering the product and then by enquiring with them about different issues that may arise. Is this smart device the real thing?Sometimes the price of a smart device is so low that we're ready to buy it; however, we need to make sure we buy the right thing, the device made by that manufacturer, and not any counterfeit device. For example, we at Sparks sell smart devices made by Forum Lighting, Danfoss, and Aico, among others, and we sell original products made by these manufacturers. Is my personal data safe?Many times our personal data and device usage is stored in the cloud, so we need to make sure that our personal data is safe before purchasing a product. If a particular manufacturer has a track record of being lax about their security and there are data breaches, it is not recommended to purchase smart devices from them. What's the backup plan for when this smart device fails?No one wants to think about this, but it is an important point to consider. If the smart device we're about to buy will fail, what's the backup plan? Let's say we replace our doorbell with a smart one, and the smart doorbell fails; what is our backup plan? Note: all the above tips are inspired by the Electrical Safety First guide to Smart Home and Safety - guides 1 and 2. At Sparks, we sell a limited amount of smart devices, but we want to make sure all our visitors and customers are safe when purchasing and using smart devices for a smart home - even a smarter safer home.