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Three Mesmerizing Nemo Cassina Designer Wall Lights at Sparks

It’s Time to Change that Light Bulb with an LED Lamp – More Energy Efficient!

As the LED lights the LED lighting is being developed and is advancing, there’s the same question that our customers ask us,

Does this light fitting take LED lamps?

And you know what, if we check the manufacturer’s updated specs, many of the light fittings we sell on our website can safely take LED lamps (subject to the lamp cap and dimensions).

It is safe to say again and again that it is time to change that light fitting you have with an LED one – save the energy, save money, and invest in the future! As we all know, investing in a relatively more expensive LED lamp will both help us reduce our electrical bill and will pay for itself in not such a long time.

In this blog post we thought we should make a list of what kind of lights now take LED lamps and / or are completely LED lamps.

Watch and be amazed – even the energy saving classical fluorescent fittings and the modular panels (so popular in the office or commercial environment) now can be found in an LED alternative! Here are some of the most recently popular LED alternative.

LED Corrosion Proof Fitting Replacing the Fluorescent Luminaire

LED Corrosion Proof Fitting - replaces the Fluorescent LuminaireThe fluorescent fittings are quite energy saving, long lasting, and with a low maintenance cost; changing the tube will keep the light going on for a long time in the office, on the corridor, etc. They are not that expensive and, honestly, they are everywhere.

But now it is time to make space for the new LED luminaires, the ultimate in energy saving, which replace them with a higher energy efficiency, lower carbon footprint, lower energy consumption, and better quality of light.

With an IP65 rating and with an efficacy of almost 100lm per Watt, these are supplied with the LED driver (plug and play mains connection system) and can be surface or chain mounted. Great for both industrial and commercial lighting. See the Vulcan LED range here.

LED light bulbs – LED lamps replacing the Halogen or Incandescent lamps

LED light bulbs - LED lamps replacing the Halogen and Incandescent lampsDo you want to save energy at home or at the office, even though you have to turn the light ON most of the time? It’s time to change your light bulbs with their LED alternative. You can now use an LED light bulb with a GLS E27 lamp cap, with a GU10 lamp cap, and even with an MR16 lamp cap (low voltage LEDs).

And they come in all shapes and sizes, offering either warm white or cool white light, and being dimmable or non-dimmable. Your choice.

We advise, we present, we give you the best prices, and now it’s your turn to consider and purchase. And we made this list of the LED light bulbs we have in stock constantly.

Ceiling Lights, Wall Lights, Indoor and Outdoor Lights, etc – Most can take LED lamps

We all need all kinds of light for wall lighting, ceiling lighting, downlighting, exterior lighting, garden lighting, etc. Check with the specifications of these fittings, most of them can now take LED lamps.

One of the reason we haven’t been too active on the blog is because we realized: our manufacturer updated most of their products to specify which take LED lamps, and guess what: most of them do!

So we got the ball rolling, and now you can purchase not only the light fitting with the energy saving light bulb but also with the LED lamp alternative!

To the “wow, that’s good news” we will add another “wow”, a “word of warning”: please check with the manufacturer specifications and / or with a registered electrician before you change the light bulbs / light fittings. As with every new technology and modern alternative, always check before going for it. Local councils, HMO’s, and electricians alike would recommend and switch to LED lights in most applications, and we think it’s time for YOU also to do this!

Sparks is Honoured with the Highly Commended “Best Electrical Wholesaler Website” Award

Sparks is Honoured with the Highly Commended "Best Electrical Wholesaler Website"

Last week the spotlight was on the electrical wholesaling industry at the first Electrical Wholesaler Awards, held at the Tower Hotel, London. 180 industry professionals gathered together on the evening of Tuesday, May 20th 2014, to celebrate some of the best suppliers and wholesalers in the electrical industry.

It was the first of the “Electrical Wholesaler Awards“, and we were honored to get a seat in the audience – especially since we were nominated for the “Best Electrical Wholesaler Website” (as previously announced here).

An awesome setting for the 2014 Electrical Wholesaler Awards, where Sparks was honored with, Highly Commended Electrical Wholesaler Website

An awesome setting for the 2014 Electrical Wholesaler Awards. Source:  ewnews

It was great to network and bond over a drink and dinner with many of the suppliers and wholesalers present at the reception.

Some of the Electrical Wholesaler Awards Winners

The people at the Electrical Wholesaler Magazine set up and planned the awards with the intention of honouring both the wholesalers and the suppliers (manufacturers). We were pleased to spot among the sponsors of this show our good friends at BEG UK, Eland Cables, and ML Accessories, companies with which we have a long-standing relationship and an excellent communication.

Also, we were delighted to see that some of our suppliers were awarded for their excellence:

  • Marshall-Tufflex was awarded with Best Supplier Customer Service, the Best New Product, and the Best Overall Supplier.
  • Eland Cables was awarded the Best Supplier Website.
  • Schneider Electric was awarded the Best Marketing Campaign (with their Simply Vantastic Campaign, of which we wrote previously).

For the full 2010 Electrical Wholesaler Awards winners please consult the awards page.

SparksDirect.co.uk is “Highly Commended” in the Category: Best Electrical Wholesaler Website

Our category, Best Electrical Wholesaler Website, was peculiar, especially since there are so many “online electrical wholesalers” out there, some of which may not even have a warehouse or a physical showroom.

Also, there are many electrical wholesalers in the UK that have a pretty good website, so we were delighted to see that Sparks Electrical Wholesalers was honoured with the “Highly Commended” award a the category of “Best Electrical Wholesaler Website“.

Stefan (from Sparks) with some of the participants at the award reception and Mike Beswetherick

From left to right: Stefan (from Sparks), Hannah Dedman (Publishing Director, Datateam), Georgia Moore (Events, Datateam), and Mike Beswetherick. Photo credit: ewnews

It is such a honor to us to not merely have a presence not only online but also to be recognized and awarded the Highly Commended award for the quality and design of our online store.

We will definitely aim to get the highest award next year, and you just wait: with the great improvements and awesome tools and features we are planning to implement on our website www.sparksdirect.co.uk, we are definitely in the race for the highest award given to an electrical wholesaler website!

With many thanks to Cyber-Duck (the digital agency we used to revamp our website), we are now ready to bring our website further into the ever-changing and ever-developing internet world, providing the best electrical wholesaler website in the UK for everyone.

Great Light Fittings we Saw and Liked at the Lighting Show #MayDesign Series

Great Light Fittings we Saw and Liked at the Lighting Show MayDesign SeriesOn Monday May 19th 2014 we visited the Lighting section of the May Design show at the London Excel, since many of our suppliers encouraged us to come over and see what they have new.

It was truly amazing to see so many new lighting fixtures – all of them in cool settings and with excellent energy saving properties. We were impressed to see the LED wall lights, LED flood lights, and LED strip lights displayed, and we really liked the new fittings exhibited together with their presentation.

An exciting show with more than 400 exhibitors in total, with sections like: the furniture show, the Lighting show, the Decor, the Kitchen and Bathroom show, and the DX show (a platform for design excellence with innovation and creative thinking). We will definitely visit again next year!

What we Saw and Liked at the May Design Lighting Show

You may say that we were biased in what we looked and, took picture of, and spend time to look into, but we went to the May Design lighting show mainly to see what’s new in the lighting market and what our suppliers brought to the table.

And yes, we did take some pictures, some of which can be found on our twitter stream while others are posted below. Apologies in advance for the quality of the pictures, but we hope you will enjoy them nonetheless.

Astro Lighting - great wall lights in a lovely wall arrangement

Astro Lighting – great wall lights in a lovely wall arrangement

Astro Lighting - awesome wall lamps with a peculiar shape, similar to the Park Lane range

Astro Lighting – awesome wall lamps with a peculiar shape, similar to the Park Lane range

Astro Lighting - a great combination of pendant lights, oval-shaped globe pendants

Astro Lighting – a great combination of pendant lights, oval-shaped globe pendants

Cool looking color pendant light fixtures - we love the combination and the design!

Cool looking color pendant light fixtures – we love the combination and the design!

Rako Controls - always glad to meet them and enjoy the warm blue light of their booth! Dimming systems with wireless control.

Rako Controls – always glad to meet them and enjoy the warm blue light of their booth! Dimming systems with wireless control.

Hamilton with their RetroTouch range of wall switches, including the solutions for hotels and hostels.

Hamilton with their RetroTouch range of wall switches, including the solutions for hotels and hostels.

Astro Lighting - a lovely combination of the white plaster wall lights with concealed wall lighting

Astro Lighting – a lovely combination of the white plaster wall lights with concealed wall lighting

Gap Lighting with their awesome round LED wall fittings with a blue LED shade (also on our website)

Gap Lighting with their awesome round LED wall fittings with a blue LED shade (also on our website here)

TP24 Lighting with loads of LED ceiling lights, wall lights, and table light fixtures.

TP24 Lighting with loads of LED ceiling lights, wall lights, and table light fixtures.

….and many others. The above are just a selection of pictures we took at the May Design Series – the Lighting show.

It took us quite some time to walk around and discover the creative architectural and decorative lighting (with some innovative control solutions) available for retail, hospitality, office, and residential applications. Great job, guys!

Top 3 LED Ceiling Lights on Stock Clearance at Sparks – Best Bargains!

From time to time we like to let our visitors and customers know of our clearance lines, especially the LED light fittings that are both very popular and are on SALE at the moment.

Out of the hundreds of LED ceiling lights, wall lights, interior or exterior lights, etc we have selected the Top 3 LED ceiling fittings – light fittings from great manufacturers that can use LED lamps or fittings that include the LED lamp in them.

Latina Square Glass Ceiling Light takes LED Lamps
Latina Square Glass Ceiling Light - it can take LED Lamps

Manufactured by Astro Lighting and ideal for interior ceiling lighting, the Latina Square Glass fitting is a 9cm x 9cm recessed fitting with stunning features. You can safely use an LED light bulb with this fitting, and as for the price, you can’t get anything better than that: as low as £3 + VAT per fitting (if you buy over 10). Great as a kitchen light, bathroom light (zone 3 only), office light, corridor light, etc. Search for it on our website for: 5506.

Illuma Shower Downlight in Chrome with Fire Protection

Illuma Shower Downlight in Chrome with Fire Protection

Coming with two interchangeable glass covers, this Illuma Fireseal downlight is fully IP65 rated (can be used in the shower) and fire rated (can be used in a fire rated ceiling, being tested up to 130 minutes). It can use an LED light bulb and is fully dimmable as standard. Ideal for damp and humid environments such as kitchens, bathroom, showers, exterior soffits, etc. Search on our website for: DF1082CH.

Twin LED Adjustable Downlight on Rectangular Bar

Twin LED Adjustable Downlight on a Rectangular Bar

The Astro Lighting Nardo LED downlight is an adjustable fitting with two LED round spots (included) fitted on a brushed aluminium rectangular base. Energy saving fitting (2 x 1W LED spots, cool white) for mounting anywhere in the office or at home, either by itself or in a group of LED downlights. Can be purchased online – search for AX5590 on our website – or you can see it in our showroom in Archway, North London.

If you’re re-thinking your lighting design at home or you’re looking for a cheaper LED downlight, maybe even a fire-rated downlight that can take LED lamps, bookmark this article for further reference – and don’t forget to share it with your friends!

SparksDirect.co.uk Nominated for the 2014 Best Electrical Wholesaler Website

SparksDirect.co.uk was Nominated for the 2014 Best Electrical Wholesaler WebsiteEvery year the people at Electrical Wholesaler Magazine not only put out an excellent print publication and a resourceful website with news but also the Electrical Wholesaler Awards.

This year Sparks Electrical Wholesalers with their revamped and all-new mobile responsive website is one of the contenders for the Best Electrical Wholesaler Website, and we are definitely intending to win!

Unfortunately, there is no “online voting form” for our friends, customers, and visitors to show how much they appreciate our website, but we are still happy that we’re in the race to get the award!

Sparks and the Electrical Wholesaler Awards

In their own words,

Designed to celebrate the electrical wholesale industry, the awards offer the UK’s electrical wholesalers the opportunity to have their achievements recognised and have their say alone for the supplier award categories.

Some of our manufacturers and suppliers are also on the list, together with many of our competitors, but we are delighted to be shortlisted for the 2014 Electrical Wholesaler Awards, a high distinction given to the best in the business by the people at the Electrical Wholesaler Magazine.

After appearing in the print and web edition of the magazine with an article based on our experience with our new website, it is time to participate in this nationwide competition for the Best Electrical Wholesaler Awards!

Why SparksDirect.co.uk is one of the Best Electrical Wholesaler Websites out there

Check out the www.sparksdirect.co.uk Mobile Response website!We are aiming to be the best electrical wholesaler website, and for this we are constantly improving both the design of the website, the quality of the information presented, the photography, the functionality, and the customer service.

Here are some of the best features that we at SparksDirect.co.uk have and which qualify us to be one of the best electrical wholesaler website out there:

  • Extensive Range of lights, dimming systems, switches and sockets, electrical items, heating and ventilation systems, and fire and security. In particular, on our website we are bringing you into a world of switches, sockets, dimmers, and other wiring accessories, with pictures and complete description, and with a great wizard to help you find what you need.
  • Comprehensive specifications for most of the products on the website. Most of the items on the website come with both technical details, wiring and installation instructions, a collection of pictures, together with a description of what that item is. You are also clear on what other items a product requires, and many times you can see a video introducing that product. Take a look and see!
  • Wishlist and Compare Functionality: do you want to compare two products and see which one is better or more suitable for your need? Do you want to save an item for a later viewing? These functions come as standard with each and every one of our products.
  • A Great Mobile Experience: our website is fully mobile responsive, which means that no matter what screen you use to view our website, you will get it right – with all the functions. You can order online switches, sockets, lights, etc whether you use a computer, a laptop, a tablet, an iPad, an iPhone, a Blackberry, a Windows phone, or any Android phone. We ensure that your experience is great one even while browsing the website!
  • Ask us a Question: while we are tirelessly working on providing the best pictures and most accurate description and technical details for every product on our website, sometimes you may want to know something else about a particular product. No problem: ask us a question! Our team of consultants is ready to reply by email and give you the best information for the items that you need.
  • Excellent Online Shopping Experience: once you locate the item/s you need, you can simply add them to the shopping cart and then check out, with the possibility of a Guest Checkout or a Registered Account. The registration process is smooth, clean, easy to complete, and 1-2-3, you’re done! Plus, your online payment is safe and secure guaranteed by SagePay and PayPal.
  • Switches and Sockets Wizard: when it comes to selecting the finish, the plate type, and the switch/socket/insert, etc, it’s not that easy; that’s why we have a “Switches and Sockets Wizard“, a tool that helps you find the devices you need. We are constantly working on this unique tool so that the visitor would be only one click away from the device he needs.
  • Improved Predictive Search Engine: when you don’t know where the product you’re looking for is, simply search for it. Search by model number, manufacturer, generic description, or any other keyword you think it should be in the features of that product. The search engine on our website provides you both with a drop-down predictive search and a list of accurate search results.
  • Solid Terms and Conditions clearly specifying all you need to know about ordering, returns, refunds, delivery charges, and other “small print” matters which make the business run smoothly.
  • Like, Share, and Pin: if you like a certain item, you can share it on Facebook, tweet it, +1 it, or even Pin it (and if you want to share it on a different social network, simply select from the drop-down list). Each and every product can be shared with friends and colleagues via the social networks.
  • Call us. Tweet us. Like us. +1 us. We are where people are: from 8am to 5pm Monday – Friday (and 8.30am to 2pm on Saturday, except Bank Holidays) we are available at 020 7263 8007. We are on twitter ready to answer your queries via @sparksdirect. We are on Facebook with a great Facebook page at Sparks Direct. We are on Google Plus with our Sparks Electrical Wholesalers business page. Wherever you need us and you want to reach us, we are there.

Plus, we are working on some very cool features for our website so that you may interact with us better, review the products, offer feedback, and many other things.

Stay tuned to see what’s new at www.sparksdirect.co.uk, and don’t forget to wish us luck at the 2014 Electrical Wholesaler Awards in May!

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