Using Integrated Downlights to renovate your home lighting

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One of the most common mistakes people make with interior design is overlooking the importance of lighting a space. Lighting can be used to create height and depth in any given space as well as helping to draw attention to accents. Good lighting is essential to truly creating a modern & inviting feel in your home.

Integrated Downlights for Kitchens

The kitchen is the heart of the home and there are many ways to can go about lighting this room to accentuate a modern design. Installing Integrated Downlights into the ceiling is a great way to add a modern flair to the kitchen. These spotlights are sold as one complete unit with the bulb being part of the downlight. With LED bulbs, these can last up to 15,000 hours so will not need replacing for a long time.

Integrated downlights come as on complete unit so you need to decide what bezel and colour temperature you need to find the right one. For most people, Warm White or Cool White will work best in the kitchen.

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If you’re planning on installing these lights above the stove where boiling posts are likely then you need to make sure they’re installed fully flush but that you’re choosing a downlight that is rated for that environment. What are most commonly known as “Bathroom Zones” will help you work out which downlights can be used in which environments. Anything that can be used in Zone 1-3 is perfect for the kitchen. Anything that is not IP rated should be avoided as these will not be suited to moisture rich environments such as kitchens.

Another thing to keep in mind is the beam angle of the downlight. Lamps with small beam angles are great for creating a tight beam of light that is ideal for spotlighting. Integrated Downlights like this one from Collingwood with wider beam angles are designed to be installed in the ceiling to light the whole room. Depending on the size of your room depends on how you want to arrange these. Going for fewer lamps with a wider beam angle will be the best option for many homes.

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Sometimes known as Architectural Lighting, integrated downlights are mostly hidden from view as the terminals are installed directly into the ceiling cavity. They’re the perfect way to get a minimal, modern style into your Kitchen to give a new atmosphere quicker and cheaper than you might expect.

 

 

 

Heating your home doesn’t need to be an eye sore

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If you’re sick of looking at ugly water filled radiators on your walls and want to make your home more stylish and modern then switching them out for designer panel heaters is the way to go. Electric panel heaters have come a long way in recent years and can often times be more efficient and effective than radiators, plus they look a million times better.

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Designer Glass Panel Heaters

Glass Panel heaters are electric radiators that can be affixed to the wall or left free standing. They have a heating element inside the unit that is then blown into the room through an internal fan that allows heat to be quickly spread around the room creating instant comfort. Electric Panel Heaters offer the best of both worlds. Quick heat up time that is energy efficient so you could save on your heating bills.

Along with their outstanding performance is the unrivalled style. If you’re looking to replace radiators or oil filled portable heaters then glass front panel heaters are the perfect alternative.

They are available in a wide range of dimensions that correspond to the rated heat output so you can find the perfect heater to match your space. The surprising aspect of this is the slim design.  At only 80mm deep they will not look bulky compared to existing radiators.

Since they’re electric and not centrally plumbed, you can take advantage of a range of smart features on selected items such as Devola Designer Glass Panel Heaters. Setting routines through your smart home assistant of choice or using your phone to turn the unit on before you get home so you can sit in the warmth straight away are excellent features that set these items apart from the rest.

How are you saving on your energy bills this year?

 

Product Review: Tisserand Peppermint Organic Essential Oil

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I have been using this Tisserand Peppermint Organic Essential Oil  for many months. The brand is one of my favourites when it comes to organic essential oils and I really like this Peppermint Organic Essential Oil.

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Here are my thoughts on this pure essential oil –

PROS
  1. I love the refreshing minty, menthol fragrance. It is quite strong but it works for when I need it.
  2. It is an organic pure essential oil, perfect for vegetarians and vegans.
  3. This is a cruelty free product.
  4. If you prefer mixing oils, the Peppermint Essential Oil blends well with other essentials oils like Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemon and Rosemary.
  5. A little goes a long way with this oil. You would likely only need a few drops each time.
  6. It is a great multitasking essential oil. I use it in a variety of ways.
  7. It is quite affordable (link to purchase below).

CONS

None.

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I can’t fault this essential oil in anyway. It is a lovely little product and I enjoy using it. All I would say is do be careful when using any type of essential oils. I once had an accident with the Peppermint Essential Oil (not this brand) and it wasn’t pleasant at all. I wrote about my experience here so you can have a read if you haven’t done so already. To be safe, I would recommend you handle essential oils with care. Treat them like you would treat strong prescription drugs. Don’t use essential oils if you have not done a lot of research on them.

If you know all about Peppermint Organic Essential Oils and you want to try this particular brand, here is the link for you –

What do you think of this Tisserand Peppermint Organic Essential Oil? Have you tried it before? What are your thoughts on essential oils in general?

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