Brand Review: Ansell Lighting.

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Originally launched in 1992 Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ansell Lighting have since spread their illuminated wings into England and abroad. They are currently a go-to brand for a vast genre of lighting needs, including amenity and display lighting for aesthetic designs, commercial and emergency lighting for retail stores as well as industrial and floodlighting for big set ups that require a powerful wealth of light.

On a domestic level Ansell Lighting provide that much needed value for money. They remain an approachable brand name by launching intelligent yet affordable domestic lighting. This can be demonstrated by their extremely popular selection of downlights the Orbio360 and newly launched iCage Mini. The Orbio360 downlight struck such a cord that it helped Ansell Lighting win the ‘Best New Product’ at the Electrical Wholesaler Awards 2015. (more…)

6 Places In Plymouth That Could Do With Some Lighting.

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welcome to plymouth#Apologies to those of you north of the boarder, which really isn’t hard considering Plymouth is one of the most southern cities in the UK – but this blog is dedicated to our stomping ground, where Direct Trade Supplies was born and looks to thrive. Plymouth is an interesting location with a diverse set of terrains. You have the monster hills of St Judes and Lipson, the historic cobbled streets of the Barbican, the industrial horizon of the dockyard and the big green patch of Central Park. This coastal city has a lot going for it. 

Although Plymouth is lucky to be surrounded by the sea and situated very close to Dartmoor there’s still room for improvement. Buildings in the town centre continue to sport an outdated 70s rebuild, the Staples building looks garishly out-of-sorts behind the archaic bombed-out Charles Church, the Drake Circus shopping mall seems like it tried to please eight different designers at once – resulting in a confused design, there’s also Union Street and Mutley Plain that could do with a thorough spruce up. Despite its flaws it’s still a desirable city to live in, especially for those that uproot from other cities and fall in love with the diverse nature and environs that surround the city. 

You’ll have to bear with us on this one, the list is a little loose, compiled of landmarks that should embrace decorative lighting as well as areas that could benefit from general lights for security and safety purposes. We welcome any additional suggestions too! Just leave us a comment at the bottom of our blog page. For now let’s get cracking me’Janners. (more…)

What Are Non-Maintained Emergency Downlights?

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It’s a rarity but sometimes power cuts occur and when they do having non-maintained emergency downlights in place could be vital to your survival (well may be not that far but they’ll make life a whole lot easier). Emergency downlights are designed to provide light when conventional lights are blown, damaged or inaccessible. There’s two types of emergency downlights; maintained and non-maintained. The main difference being that maintained emergency downlights require manual assistance to switch on whereas non-maintained emergency downlights go it alone and automatically illuminate the area. 

Picture yourself, you are in the office or warehouse working away on a night shift then BOOM! The power cuts and the lights go out. Ooohs and aaahs echo throughout the room and a few of the smokers decide to delve into their pockets to grab their lighters. But wait, what about those non-maintained emergency downlights you’ve recently had installed, they should kick in any second and light will flood the location once more. This is exactly how non-maintained emergency downlights work. They lay redundant and go unnoticed 99% of the time but when a power cut happens, they are triggered and spring into action. (more…)

Office Furniture And Electrical Accessories

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The office can be a mind field of paper, phones, chairs and desks but despite the mayhem it’s important that essential office furniture and electrical accessories are easily accessible to those that need it most. Here at Direct Trade Supplies we provide a whole host of electrical goods suitable for big commercial offices, small scale outlets as well as at-home office study rooms. In light of our diverse stock, we thought we’d create a brief breakdown on what office products we can offer; ranging from lighting, ventilation, heating and other electrical accessories such as switches and sockets.  (more…)

What Are IP Ratings? Demystifying Lighting Terms.

quizzedUnless you’re a qualified electrician, a trainee or somebody who’s already come across the term – you may not know what an IP rating means.

Like most electrical goods, lighting comes with its fair share of jargon. And the term IP rating is a prominent player in lighting slang. But what is it and how will it effect your decision buying lights? 

What Are IP Ratings? Alphabetical & Numerical Breakdown.

The letters ‘IP’ stands for Ingress Protection, ie – how well protected a fitting is. After ‘IP’ comes the numbers, and it’s these collection of numbers which will play a crucial role in guiding you towards the correct grade of lighting for a particular location.

We all know that leaving a mobile phone or a credit card outside in the rain all night may just present you with problems the following morning. This is because these items were not built to perform in harsh environments. They should remain dry and safe in order to continue performing.

Lighting uses the same kind of premise. Most lights will only be able to perform indoors and away from hazards like dust and water. However some lights have been purposely built to cope with such hazards. And this is where the IP rating comes in handy because it tells you directly, without bumbling, whether or not your light can be fitted on a building site, around water or be fully submerged. (more…)

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