With gardens becoming smaller, neighbours closer and roads busier, we all suffer from different types of noise pollution. But, as Andy Taylor reports, Forest have now come up with a new kind of fencing that minimizes this nuisance.
With technology evolving and an increasing emphasis on energy efficiency, there is now a far greater choice of Christmas lighting. Robert Hall discovers what type of lights will be trending this year.
With Christmas just around the corner what are the different types of lighting available in shops this year?
These energy greedy globes of coloured light, that regularly need to be replaced, have had their day. However, traditionally shaped large bulbs can still form part of your display as they are now lit by LEDs.
LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are the future of Christmas lighting and can be used in many different ways. More intense and vivid than filament bulbs but emitting less heat, so important if they are used as a household decoration.
They consume much smaller amounts of power (up to 90% less) and last longer, so saving you money on energy and replacement bulbs, not forgetting the benefit this has on the environment.
Outdoor Christmas Lights such as Icicle Curtain and Snow Lights can consist of up to 960 lights that stretch over nearly 24 metres to create an eye-catching display while multi-coloured string lights, novelty lights and twig trees form a wonderful garden spectacle.
The Konstsmide low voltage system is the ultimate in simple, safe and flexible outdoor lighting and only uses 24V. Up to 1040 LEDs can be accommodated or 100 metres. Just by simply adding extensions and splitters to the starter set, you can decorate the exterior of your house with icicles, snow fall, curtains and nets for a quite stunning show.
Excellent multi-function lighting sets powered by battery or solar power for both outdoor and indoor use can be an impressive alternative to mains power. And of course solar power batteries are re-charged throughout the day with nothing to pay. Sensors can illuminate the decorations at dusk and turn them off at dawn.
A fibre optic is a flexible, transparent fibre made of glass or plastic. It is a very thin pipe of light transmitting light from one end to the other and can be used to great effect, with Christmas fibre optic trees and fibre optic decorations shimmering with subtle and soft changing colours.
Pay attention to your lawn in the spring and Andy Taylor reckons you will receive dividends later in the year.
Looking to buy a timber planter but not sure what to purchase? David Coton provides some helpful advice on the many different designs that are available and how they can transform your patio and garden.
Log burners and open fires have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. Andy Taylor explains how you can have a continuous supply of dry, well seasoned, wood by investing in a log store.
With spring well under way, you may be considering buying a greenhouse, Andy Taylor tells you how this will increase your chances of successfully growing a wider variety of plants over a longer period of time.