Since it was officially the first day of spring 2017 a few days ago, we thought we’d celebrate by writing a little blog post for you guys to read – and show off some of our amazing old and new products! Spring is the warm up to summer, garden parties begin, BBQs and if you’re lucky enough pool parties! When we have guests visiting, we want to make sure our gardens and homes look their best, right? Well with a whole range of garden lighting and outdoor LED lighting, you can ensure your patios are shining and garden features are highlighted ready for your summer events.
We’ve got a bit more time before the weather really starts heating up, so now is the perfect opportunity to get those gardens lit! There are many ways in which you can change the appearance of your garden with anything from a LED spike light, to decking lights or even bollards. One of our most popular products has to be the Ikon Pro kits by Saxby & Endon lighting. With a range of colours, sizes and finishes to suit every outdoor space you can think of, it’s no wonder these fly off the shelves! They are IP67 rated, complete with an easy-fit, interchangeable head design and RGB versions can even be controlled at the touch of a button! You can read more about them here on one of our previous blog posts.
|Top Features 5 of the Ikon Pro Kits:
Each individual head is IP67 rated to ensure safe installation in outdoor environments.
Designed to be fitted and wired during the decking build stage without the heads.
Complete with new fresnel lenses to improve lumen output and evenly spread light.
Ikon Pro kits feature a brand new removable and interchangeable heads for maximum control.
Features super bright SMD LED technology perfect for bringing a touch of colour to deckings.
RGB Ikon Pro Kit
Ikon Pro White Kit
Ikon Pro Blue Kit
Decking Lighting – Sorted. Now Time for Spike Lighting!
Now, your decking lighting is sorted. Let’s give you a few tips on highlighting all important garden features. Here we move onto spike lighting. LED spike lights are fast becoming one of our most popular items to sell. With more and more suppliers like Firstlight, Collingwood and Saxby constantly updating their range, we always have new items to show you!
Three Spike Lighting Recommendations:
|1. Firstlight LED Spike/Wall Light
LED garden spike light can also be used as a wall spotlight!
Loaded with 4 x 2W CREE LEDs for effortless output and unrivalled brightness.
Designed with an IP54 rating allowing safe installation in exterior applications.
|2. Endon Lighting Luminatra IP65 5W LED Spike Light
Loaded with 5W of LED lighting power and produces 500 lumens for effortless light output.
Supplied with LED driver and fixing accessories to ensure simple and fast installation.
Complete with spike or can be wall mounted to suit a variety of outdoor spaces.
|3. Collingwood 1W LED Spike Light
3000K colour temperature creates a stunning warm white light beam perfect for all exteriors.
LEDs have a huge 70,000 average lifespan allowing users to dramatically reduce re-lamping costs.
Manufactured using high quality stainless steel 316 for a durable and reliable design.
Step 3 to Completing your Garden Lighting
Now we have covered decking lights and spike lights, the only thing left is outdoor wall lighting! This is a range that is forever growing and changing in style. In this section we are going to talk about a few different styles of wall lights and the most popular current style which is a must-have item in all gardens. If you’ve got outdoor walls that need lighting, we’ve got the products for you. Here are the top three outdoor wall lights we recommend for highlighting those all important outdoor feature walls.
|1. Firstlight Shelby Up/Down Wall Light with PIR
Designed with an IP65 rating allowing safe installation in outdoor environments.
2 x integrated 3W LED module provides effortless light output.
Complete with built in PIR sensor for added energy saving benefits.
|2. Endon Lighting Seina Plain IP44 Recessed Brick Light.
Loaded with 4.5W of LED lighting power and producing 350 lumens for effortless light output.
Features a high quality SMD LED chip to ensure maximum light output and coverage for longer.
Rear housing is the same size of a regular brick meaning no special cutting is required.
| 3. Collingwood Rotatable Octagonal Wall Light
4000K colour temperature creates a stunning cool white light beam perfect for all exteriors.
Designed with an IP65 rating allowing safe installation in a range of exterior applications.
Extremely long 70000 hour lifespan allows users to dramatically reduce re-lamping costs.
Time to Relax and Enjoy the (hopefully) Sunny Weather!
Right, now it’s time to relax and enjoy Spring 2017! Your gardens should be looking great by now and we hope you enjoy the spring and summer months. Of course there are many more items available within our rang besides just a few recommendations we have listed above. You can check out plenty more garden lighting ideas here.
All of us would like to reduce energy bills but putting that into action is another thing. Taking time out of our busy schedules to tweak existing routines and systems can be hard, what’s more, understanding and then deciding what changes to actually make can be even harder. Being an electrical wholesaler we thought we’d help you in your mission to deduct your monthly bills, offering you some fast solutions which are more than achievable with our current stock.
Before you make any changes you might want to view how much existing energy you are using. This can be achieved by installing a home energy monitor, which can give you live readings of how much electricity your home is producing. Having an energy monitor in the home can be the antagonist for change, acting as the wake up call you need to reduce energy bills.
The LightwaveRF Energy Monitor is a state-of-the-art model which relies upon a smart phone app to convey it’s readings. Once it’s hooked up to your LightwaveRF Wifi Link, you’ll be able to monitor the exact amount of energy being used. Its advanced real-time energy consumption reader could be just what you need to keep tabs on your energy output. (more…)
It’s our pleasure to invite one of the most famous builders in Britain – Tommy Walsh, to partake in a Direct Trade Supplies interview. Tommy grew up in the London Borough of Hackney and learnt the hard graft from an early age. He accompanied his father to work, who owned a breeze-block production plant and it was here where he first picked up the shovel.
Construction and building was in the family’s DNA, so it was no real surprise that he entered the trade industry as a self-effacing builder, but oh how times changed. A mixture of good, honest hard work, having great character and being in the right place at the right time catapulted Tommy from a humble Hackney builder to a celebrity face that everyone wanted a piece of.
His most memorable and perhaps biggest claim to fame was the role he played in the ‘Ground Force’ trio. Ground Force was a television programme that saw ordinary members of the public nominated for a surprise garden re-design. The show was headed by main presenter Alan Titchmarsh (Gardener) who was teamed with Tommy (Builder) and Charlie Dimmock (Gardener) to help complete the projects. The programme pulled in millions of viewers and was one of the very first to spearhead the boom in aspirational ‘make-over’ shows.
Ground Force ran for eight years and became a flagship show for the BBC – but that wasn’t the end for Tommy. Since Ground Force he’s gone on to be involved in around 1000 TV programmes from Challenge Tommy Walsh, Our House, Tommy Walsh’s Eco House, Trading Places, Tommy’s DIY Survival and many, many more.
Despite being a familiar face Tommy has stuck to his roots and continues to involve himself in the very same trade that once helped to kick start his career. We all know him as the big cheeky chappy builder but there’s a lot more to Tommy than meets the eye. So how about we crack on and discover more about the celebrity builder.
Q&A With: Tommy Walsh, The Celebrity Builder.
You must be the only builder, apart from Bob, who has found fame through a job in the trade industry. Was becoming an iconic builder always the intention or did this occur naturally? (more…)
Oasis – She’s Electric (1995)
A cult classic from Manchester’s favourite brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, She’s Electric made its entrance on the hugely successful second studio album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? Oasis went on to become one of the biggest bands in the world and played a pivotal role in the Britpop movement during the 90s.
Eddy Grant – Electric Avenue (1983)
A song we’ve all heard at least once in our lives, Electric Avenue is a perhaps Eddy Grant’s most recognised hit. This funky and chunky classic rocked down to – number 2, in both the UK and US charts. Eddy is thought to have created the Caribbean influenced genre ‘Ringbang’ which draws influence from Calypso and Reggae music.
Electric Six – Danger! High Voltage (2002)
The eccentric six piece rock band Electric Six released Danger! High Voltage as a single in 2002, only to follow it up on their debut album Fire in 2003. Accompanied by a wacky video, a style very much connected with the group, Danger! High Voltage is probably Electric Six’s second most popular song after another track that pushed the boundaries – Gay Bar. (more…)
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…)