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Wall Washer Lights

Wall washers are turning out to be a very popular form of lighting. They are a relatively new type of lighting, which, as the name suggests, is designed to bathe or wash a wall in light.

Wall washer lighting

Using LED wall washers, you can really change the look and feel of any room. They work especially well in living rooms, but they are increasingly being used in dining rooms and bedrooms.

Gallery lights for the home

For decades, this form of lighting has been used in galleries and museums to bring a little drama to a space. Hotels use them to add a touch of luxury to their best rooms and you can use them in a similar way in your home.

Our stylish and elegant uplights cast a soft light that spreads out across the wall softening the surface and creating a gentle yet dramatic effect. These lights are the ideal way to highlight specific features of a room and to draw focus to specific points of a room.

Use wall washing to make a room appear larger

Wall washing also makes a room look and feel larger. This is because you are emphasising the vertical surfaces and drawing the eye to the far points of the room, which makes the room appear bigger. Wall washers literally add another visual dimension to a room. It is fantastic mood lighting, which you can switch on in an instant to turn an ordinary room into a sophisticated cocoon of luxury.

Regardless of the type of wall washers lighting you are looking for we can help. Our stock of wall washers is updated and replenished on a regular basis. We make it easy for you to find the best kind for your home or property. Our experienced lighting technicians are here to advice you about the best way to use this kind of lighting, and help you to find and buy the right kind of LED washers for your home or business.

The Right Screws for the Job

When installing any form of wall lights it is important to use the right screws for the job. You need the lighting to be secure. This is especially the case for lights that are installed behind a sofa or chair. The last thing you need is for the fixture to fall off the wall and hit somebody on the head.

You should use raw plugs to make sure the fixture is as secure as possible. Usually you will find suitable screws included with the uplights. However, if when you open the packet you are not happy with the length of the screws provided by the manufacturer, it is always a good idea to go out and buy some longer ones. It really is a case of better safe than sorry.

DIY Home Security System

Want to install a new home security system, and you want to do it yourself (DIY). But where to start?

DIY Home Security SystemA security system usually starts with a control panel and end with an alarm but with new innovation in home automation that’s going toward smarthome, it has enables new functionalities to be added to a security system. It can do more than just detecting and then sounding off alarm.

Lighting, home appliances and many more can be assimilated into the security system and be controlled from just one place which is usually the computer. So many things can be changed or added and only if you do it yourself can you customize your home security system to your needs.

With a DIY system,you’ll have greater control over the components. The easiest type of home alarm systems, installation-wise, is wireless alarms. Wired alarm security systems involve drilling up the walls, running cable through them, and other noisy, tedious chores that the other family members might not appreciate.

Installing a wireless home security system

With wireless systems, it can be as simple as buying a kit and hooking everything up. However, if you are considering a monitored home security system, or a system that calls/pages you when something is amiss (requires hook up to the telephone system), installation will be more complicated, even with wireless.

The basic elements of a standard home security system include:

Home Security Alarm Control Panel

This is the location where the system wiring terminates, the backup battery is located, and where it is connected to the phone lines if it is a monitored system. More about control panel

Home Alarm Keypad

Home security keypadThis is where the system is armed and disarmed. Additional keypads can be installed. For example, a keypad can be installed next to the homeowner’s bed. If the alarm sounds in the middle of the night and the security system had the capability, the keypad display could indicate which door, window, or motion detector caused the alarm.

Home Alarm System Siren

A loud siren sounds when there’s been a break-in and it also lets an intruder know they’ve been detected.

Home Alarm Inside Motion Detector

Passive infrared, microwave, or photoelectric detectors sense changes in a room caused by human presence. Special motion detectors are available for people who have pets. More about motion detector.

Home Alarm System Door and Window Contacts

Magnetic contacts form a circuit between a door and door frame or a window and a sill; when the door or window is opened (and the system is on), the circuit is broken and sounds the alarm.

A Central Monitoring Station

If the system is monitored, in the event of an alarm, the control panel sends a message over a telephone line to a central monitoring station, which is manned 24 hours a day. After attempting to contact the homeowner, the central monitoring station will contact the police, fire department, or medics. There is usually a monthly fee for this service.

The heart of a decent DIY security system is the same popular X10 technology used for networking home computers, household appliances and other domestic gadgets. By plugging window and door sensors, motion detectors, inside and outside lighting and video cameras into the X10 network, you can control the operation of all these components from your computer (or via a stand-alone control console). The beauty of X10 security is that you can pick and choose the components you want.

You decide based on your needs and budget and if you choose to upgrade later on, you just add the components in. For example, if you choose to add a front cam to your current x10 security system, you can just add into your network easily.

Dewalt Cordless Tools

Dewalt cordless tools have a reputation for being durable, good quality and easy to use. Below we are going to take a brief look at the best models. Here you will find out what actual users think of these power tools.

We aim to tell you the pros and cons of each of them to help you to make informed purchasing decisions. Here we have looked at the most popular power tools, which the majority of people will want in their tool kit. Dewalt sell other kinds of cordless tools, but these are the key ones.

The DC390Dewalt Cordless Circular Saw


  • 3,700 RPM for fast rip and cross cuts
  • 6-1/2-inch carbide tipped blade with the ability to cut at 45 and 90 degrees
  • Strong magnesium shoe with an upper guard for increased durability
  • A bevel of 0-50 degrees
  • The motor is fan-cooled motor with replaceable brushes

This is a professional duty tool, which will cope with practically any product. It comes with a three-year guarantee.

User Reviews

Overall, the user reviews for this product are very positive. The only negative seems to be that the trigger can be awkward to use.

Some people bought a skeleton product without realizing that they were doing so. This meant that they had to go out and buy a battery, so it is best to double check exactly what you are buying before you order. If you do plump for a product without its own battery you need to double check that your existing Dewalt battery is compatible with this cordless saw. Usually, it will be, but it is best not to assume that this will be the case.

Apart from that, there are no negatives for this product. Users particularly liked the way that the DC390 handled. Naturally, the fact that it runs on a battery means that it does not have as much torque as a circular saw that you plug into a socket.



The Dewalt DC720KA Cordless 18-Volt Compact Drill/Driver

Dewalt power drillFeatures

Very compact

Lightweight at just 4.8Ibs

½ inch ratcheting chuck

Dual speed for optimum performance

Frameless motor with a maximum power of 410 watts out

LED work light included for working in confined or dark spaces

This drill comes with a one-hour charger, as well as a strong kit box with space for extras. You have complete control because you can adjust the speed from 0 to 500 and 0 to 1/700 rpm.

Reviews for the Dewalt DC720KA

Again, the reviews for this product are overwhelmingly positive. Over 70% of users say that this drill is perfect for them.

The only negative comment of note will not bother most users. Some people found that the batteries did not last long when under heavy use. In most cases, the users had assumed that this drill would come with a XRP battery instead of a bulk standard 18V battery. For big projects this can be an issue, for normal day to day DIY it is not an issue.

A few people noted that the chuck started to wear after a while. However, again most people were happy and did not experience any issues with the chuck.

The feature people like the best was the adjustable torque, in particular the wide range, something that not every modern drill features. Many users also found the LED light a useful feature. It is bright enough to light up all of those awkward jobs.

DCD925 Dewalt Combi Hammer Drill


18v 3-speed combi

Torque control with a lock for when you switch modes

22 position torque control

13mm self tightening keyless chuck

Electronic brake

40-minute charger

Side handles with adjustable positions

Heavy-duty carrying case

User Reviews

Unfortunately, there are not a lot of user reviews for this drill. However, the few that are out there are all very positive. The battery is a good one, which is particularly important for long-term use.

At 2.9kg, it is quite a heavy drill, but again that is not unusual for a construction drill with such a powerful motor. However, on the plus side it is a very compact drill for one that is so powerful, it is great for using in tight spaces.

This drill is designed for professionals rather than DIYers.

Dewalt DCK955X 18-Volt XRP Cordless 9-Tool Combo Kit

This is the ultimate power tool kit for homeowners.

What is Included

DCD950 XRP 18-v cordless hammer drill


1/2-inch self-tightening chuck that delivers 450 units watts out


DC390 XRP18v circular saw

61/2-inch 16-tooth carbide blade

45-degree angle cuts are possible


DC385 XRP 18V reciprocating saw

keyless blade clamp for quick blade change

no need to touch the blade to change it


DC825 18-volt impact driver

1,330 in-lbs of maximum torque

compact light weight design


DC411 18-volt cut-off tool

6,500 rpm for high power cutting and grinding


DW919 18-volt flexible floodlight

Hands free usage


Reviews for the Dewalt DCK955X Power Tool Kit

The reviews for this product are all very good. Naturally, battery life is an issue on big projects. As a result, most users recommend that you buy an extra charger and battery. If you are planning to work on something over a weekend you will have one fully charged battery to hand, one on the tool and a third one that is charging. That way you can keep working. A few users pointed out that the light was not that bright, because it did not use LED bulbs.

Overall Dewalt cordless power tools perform exceptionally well. They are not especially cheap, but this is reflected in the build quality and they represent great value for money.

Living with Food Sensitivity – Grow Your Own Project

build you own vegetable garden

I have been living with food sensitivity for several years now and gradually came to the conclusion that if I wanted to remain healthy I needed to take control and grow and cook more of my own food. This is something I started to do a couple of years ago and part of that process was putting together a vegetable garden.

The only problem was that I am getting on a bit and my garden is tough to dig. It is mainly clay, which is not great for growing most fruit and veg, and is extremely hard to dig.

Fortunately, a friend came up with a solution and that was to build raised beds. Here is how we did it, step by step, so you can do the same.

Make the bases

The first job is to make the bases. Effectively you are building a big box (without the floor) that will contain the soil. How high you want the sides of the box to be will determine how deep your soil is.

We did not want really deep beds, so we ended up using railway sleepers turned on their edges to build our beds. This type of wood is ideal for a job like this.

The weight of the soil puts a lot of pressure on the sides of the beds. Once the soil gets wet, it becomes even heavier. As a result, the sides need to be strong, so railway sleepers are perfect. Gravel boards also work well.

Before building the bed dig over the soil. This sounds counter intuitive, but it is an important step, so do not skip it.

To make the sides you need to use posts. The posts sit just wide enough apart to hold the wood in place. It is very important that the bed is straight and the posts are evenly spaced. Do not scrimp on the posts if you do that the sides will bow and the soil will spill out. Ideally, you want to use pieces of wood that are long enough to make up the entire sides. This means there are no joins, so there are no weak points.

Preparing the bed

It is wise to line the sides with a thick plastic. This will help to slow down the rotting process allowing you to carry on enjoying the bed for decades to come.

Once you are sure that the bed has been securely built it is time to fill it with soil. The type of soil you plan to use depends on the kind of plants you want to grow. It is important to use good quality top soil with the right balance of acid and alkaline for the kind of plants you are planning to grow.

Let the soil settle for a couple of weeks, then plant your bed out and enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables.

It really is as simple as that. Growing your own food will really help you to stay in control of what you eat and help you to overcome your food sensitivities.