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IDES: Electric Car Charging Station Specialists
When having an electric vehicle charging station installed, you want to make sure that you’re dealing with the experts, right? The last thing you want is to invest in the installation and it turns out to be lower quality and well below your expectations, isn’t it? Well, with IDES, you needn’t worry about that at […]
Which Electric Car Has the Longest Range for 2022?
“Which electric car has the longest range?” This is a question that car salesmen around the world hear multiple times a day – all because people want the best value for their money. And want to be sure that when making the switch from a fuel-based vehicle, they’re making the right decision for their needs […]
How to Choose the Perfect Body Shop Lighting Solution For Your Business
Is your body shop lighting industry-leading standard? Quite often, we find that businesses overlook their lighting requirements. However, just by introducing the correct professional light fittings, there can be a range of positive knock-on effects throughout your overall operations. But where do you start? Well, don’t worry if you’re not sure what you’re looking for […]
How Much Does it Cost to Charge an Electric Car at Home?
“How much does it cost to charge an electric car at home?” As you’d expect, this is an exceptionally common question that customers ask when looking to make the switch to an electric vehicle. However, many varying factors can affect the price of home charging. Don’t worry if you’re not sure about these variables, we’ve […]
5 Easy Ways to Improve Body Shop Efficiency
Improving your body shop efficiency has many benefits for your overall business. When improving efficiency, you’re bound to also see notable progress in other areas of your business. A more efficient body shop is a more successful one – FACT. So, how can you improve yours? Well, it’s a lot more simple than you might […]
How Much Does it Cost to Install an Electric Car Charging Point?
When making the move to electric vehicles, you need to make various changes. For example, your car will no longer run on fuel, so you’ll need to be able to conveniently charge it. But how much does it cost to install an electric car charging point? And are they easily accessible? We understand that making […]
The Cost of Running an Electric Car: Explained
How much does it cost to run an electric car? This question is becoming increasingly more popular each year – but why? By 2030, new cars fuelled by petrol and diesel alone won’t be sold in the UK – however, hybrid cars are still allowed. With that in mind, a large proportion of the population […]
How Long Does it Take to Charge an Electric Car?
It’s no secret that electric cars are becoming increasingly more popular, so, with that in mind, a lot of people automatically have a lot of questions. The first of these is usually, “how long does it take to charge an electric car?” – unfortunately, there’s not a one-word answer to this – helpful, we know. […]
Our 3 Most Popular Body Shop Lighting Fittings
To ALWAYS perform at an optimum level, your body shop lighting needs to perfect. Every site and unit is different, therefore, you need to ensure that your light fittings are tailored to your individual needs and requirements. Unfortunately, no blueprint works industry-wide – it’d make our life a whole lot easier if there was. So, […]
The Pivotal Role of Automotive Shop Lights: Explained
Automotive shop lights – also known as body shop lighting – is CRUCIAL to the success of your overall business. While your light fittings may seem irrelevant to the performance and outlet of your company, they’re actually of great importance. Should lighting be inadequate, the impact can be disastrous. But why is your lighting so […]
IDES: The Body Shop Lighting Experts
When choosing the perfect lighting solution for your vehicle body shop, you need to make sure that you’re using a contractor who knows what they’re doing. Not only do they need a high level of competence but they also need to be savvy and have your best interests at heart to ensure that the right […]
LED Lighting in Car Body Repair Shops: Is it Necessary?
Take a moment to think about the current lighting in your car body repair shop. Now, could it be better? Does it get the job done? Or, are you unsure? Well, body shop lighting is often overlooked and what people think is an adequate setup, could be way below the mark. To achieve the best […]
5 Main Costs You Can Expect When Opening a Car Body Repair Shop
When opening a car body repair centre, there are several costs involved. From your rent and overheads to large machinery and equipment, there’s a lot to consider. Are you fully prepared and ready to take the plunge on your own? Or, do you need a little bit more insight as to how much you’ll actually […]
5 Key Features of Car Body Shop Lighting
The importance of car body shop lighting is often overlooked. Businesses tend to usually focus more on the projects at hand, rather than best positioning their site and premises to deliver unrivalled quality service levels. But why? This thought process often leaves us scratching our heads – we can’t think why anybody wouldn’t want to […]
Which Product is Perfect For Your Body Shop?
Arguably within body shops, there’s nothing more important than installing the correct lighting solution. Should you choose an inadequate solution, you’re setting up your business to fail and underachieve. For maximum results, you need true lighting that’s as close to daylight as possible. Luckily for you, at IDES we have a wide range of LED […]
2020: A Year in Review
It’s fair to say that 2020 has been a topsy-turvy year for most. With the pandemic massively affecting all industries, it’s not been plain sailing for a lot of people and businesses. Unfortunately, the restrictions have meant some businesses have paid the ultimate sacrifice and have had to close their doors. We’re taking this opportunity […]
How LED Lighting Can Enhance Body Shop Efficiency
LED lighting can massively aid the efficiency of your body shop lighting. Not only are they the perfect lighting tone for high-quality results, but they’re also a great option to help reduce overall costs too. Within body shops, if you get the lighting just slightly wrong, the impact of this mistake can be fatal to […]
The Importance of Installing the Correct Vehicle Body Shop Lighting
When we think of the facilities and equipment in vehicle body shops, we’re often drawn to machinery, paints and the vehicles themselves. Quite often, adequate body shop lighting gets ignored – but it shouldn’t be. After all, if you’re going to produce amazing results, your lighting needs to be spot on. As an industry, vehicle […]
MOBILUX: The Perfect Lighting Solution For Your Body Shop
Body shops are home to a lot of intricate and detailed work. So, the surroundings and environment have to be spot on to ensure that high-quality levels can always be maintained. One of the main factors that have to be right so that your team can carry out the best job possible is body shop […]
The Importance of Adequate Warehouse Lighting
Adequate warehouse lighting is crucial to your business’ overall operations. While that may seem like a big claim, it’s true. Having the perfect warehouse LED lighting system can improve overall safety, business efficiency and cause plenty of beneficial knock-on effects too. The importance of installing the perfect warehouse lighting system is often overlooked – generally, […]
The 4 Benefits of Having Perfect LED Warehouse Lighting
Warehouses are notoriously busy workplaces – with hazards around every corner. With that in mind, your business must install the correct LED warehouse lighting to ensure that overall health and safety levels are as high as possible. Without the correct lighting, not only are you putting your team’s safety at risk but a plethora of […]
What is Commercial Spray Booth Lighting?
Adequate commercial spray booth lighting is paramount to achieving amazing results on every job. But why? Well, without the right lighting, it makes colour matching and paintwork consistency near impossible. The reason that businesses trust you with their commercial vehicles is that they expect a thorough job to be done – not the opposite. So, […]
Body Shop Lighting: Everything You Need to Know
Finding and installing adequate body shop lighting is often an afterthought for a lot of businesses – however, this is a major no-no for businesses working within this industry. After all, when working with specific paintwork, you should be aiming to achieve a consistent match in all your work, not leaving it to guesswork and […]
What is Energy Efficient LED Strip Lighting?
LED strip lighting is well renowned for its versatility. They’re a great way of adding vibrant and attractive lighting to a wide range of spaces – particularly office environments and industrial settings. They’re becoming a lot more popular in recent times due to their affordability, ease of installation and ability to transform the ambience of […]
LED Office Lighting: Your Complete Guide
People often underestimate the worth of the right LED office lighting. Having a bespoke system installed that’s unique to your office space can bring a world of benefits. Offices are inspiration hubs that are meant to spark creativity and bright business ideas – but if your premises isn’t lit properly, it’s, in fact, going to […]
3 Top Commercial Lighting Ideas
When we think of offices, retail spaces, bars and restaurants, we’re often too distracted by the nice clothes, fancy cocktails and other things that are going on, right? The atmosphere created in these places has to be vibrant and energetic, to spark interest, inspiration and engagement. Put it this way, if a store was dull […]
What is Industrial Lighting?
Industrial lighting plays a key part in the safety and performance of your business. It’s typically found in warehouses, factories, manufacturing plants and other hazardous workplaces. If these working environments aren’t lit properly, the various hazards that your workforce are exposed to daily become a lot more dangerous. But what is industrial lighting? And how […]
Spray Booth Technology: Is It Necessary?
Having the most advanced spray booth technology and suitable lighting is crucial to the success of your results. After all, how can you expect to produce groundbreaking results if your set up isn’t up to a high standard? Quite simply, you can’t. Quite often, businesses try and cut corners with their spray booth organisation – […]
Spray Booth Lighting: All You Need to Know
The importance of adequate spray booth lighting is often overlooked by businesses – but it shouldn’t be. Without the correct lighting setup, you’re increasing the chances of colour mismatches and poor overall work. And you don’t want to be the business well known for that, right? Instead, you want to be known as the business […]
All About PAT Testing
As electrical contractors, portable appliance testing (PAT) is something we carry out for our clients on a regular basis. Clients often have lots of questions about PAT testing so we thought we would answer some of these in this blog post.
Patio Lighting & Heating
In case you hadn’t noticed, spring seems to be well underway and the weather is starting to warm up in the UK! Fingers crossed that this lovely weather we seem to be enjoying is a sign of a great summer to come (maybe wishful thinking!)
Domestic Electrical Inspections
As providers of domestic electrical services we often encounter old electrical systems, DIY jobs gone wrong, and problems caused by faulty electronics. What can you do at home to avoid these problems – should you have routine electrical inspections and what can you check yourself?
IDES UK – Suppliers of Airline Industry Lighting
The significance of good quality lighting, providing a safe and effective environment, has long been identified. This is particularly pertinent in the workplace, none more so than in the airline industry and here at IDES we recognise this, being industry leaders in the technology and the development of airport hanger lighting.
Will Electric Vehicle Charging Points Meet Demand?
What is the pace of change we should expect to see with electric vehicle charging points? The National Grid has recently put forward the idea that the Government should bring forward its proposed 2040 ban on new petrol and diesel cars. If this was to happen, how well prepared would we be for more electric […]
How Light Affects Humans
Light is about life – it has an impact on how we feel, on our health, and on how we work. Whereas natural light helps us produce vitamin D, and can support a general sense of wellbeing, the evolution of artificial light has caused certain changes in the human body’s dynamics.
Energy Saving LED Lights
LED lights are more popular and commonly used in the in the lighting industry than ever before. The rise in the use of LED lights in commercial or retail properties is similar to reasons they are also popular in domestic properties; partly due to regulations phasing out older lighting styles and partly due to cheaper […]
Commercial Fire Alarms and Systems
Being a business owner is a big responsibility, especially if you have a property and large workforce to look after too. Just one of a thousand things you must keep on top of is fire safety, fire alarms and servicing – important for obvious reasons!
The Power of Light
As commercial lighting experts, we are always interested in the way good lighting makes people feel, and how it changes the lives of our customers for the better. Good lighting can change the mood of a room and effect the way you feel when you’re in it. But it also has a spiritual meaning to […]
Domestic Electrical Safety – Stay Safe at Home
Electricity is extremely dangerous when not treated with due care, causing serious injury, or death. Most domestic fires are usually down to electrical issues – these can either be from faulty goods, overloaded sockets, or bodged DIY jobs.
LED Lighting Systems and Horticulture
The ‘LED revolution’ is well underway and with advances in technology the horticulture industry has adopted LED lighting for plant growth in a big way. A means of saving energy, improving efficiency and increasing yields, growers are definitely on to the next big thing!
The LED Lighting Industry in 2018
The lighting industry has gone through radical changes in recent years thanks to advances in technology. Previously exclusive technologies, such as LED lighting are now an affordable option on most commercial and industrial projects. But what else can we expect from the LED market in 2018?
Could We Replace Lights With Plants in The Future?
It was announced before Christmas that engineers at the world-famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had created plants that glow. Before we all get too excited, the light only lasted three and half hours and wasn’t enough to read by, but this is the start of a programme which could see endless exciting possibilities in […]
The Auto Industry and Automotive Electrical Services
At IDES, We work on a range of large commercial projects across a variety of sectors, but have become automotive electrical service providers in particular. We provide the best LED lighting and electrical solutions for the industry and have an unrivalled reputation. We’ve got to have done something right as last year we became the preferred supplier […]
Commercial and Domestic Electrical Heating Explained
There are many types of electrical heating, used in various settings and for different reasons. As electric heating installation specialists, and with the cold weather coming in, we thought it would be a good time to talk about keeping warm this winter. This guide will run through some of the most common ways to heat […]
Commercial Lighting Services and Trends in the Hospitality Industry
Good restaurants and bar lighting is an important part of any venue, not just for your customers’ lighting needs (think low ambient lighting over tables, signs or LED lighting around a bar), but to ensure that your venue stands out in a crowded market and makes people want to return. Lighting for restaurants and bars serves […]
Is Your Business Ready For Electric Vehicle Charging?
The car market is changing rapidly – it’s already cheaper to run an electric vehicle than a petrol or diesel and it’s now suggested that sales of battery-powered cars could overtake diesel as early as 2019. But how ready is the UK for electric cars? As ROLEC accredited, electric vehicle charging specialists, IDES UK has […]
Hazardous Area Lighting – What You Need To Know
A hazardous area can exist in any workplace, once a risk assessment has been carried out it may be recommended that lighting needs to be changed to minimise risk, or good safety conscious lighting could be planned when facilities are being built or refurbished. Lighting plays an important role in the safe, efficient, and productiveness […]
Good Workplace Lighting for Dark Nights
Most people usually welcome autumn, first we have the falling leaves and festivities including Halloween and Bonfire Night. However, one thing most of us don’t enjoy is the days getting shorter and the nights longer. ‘Look how dark it is already!’, how many times have you heard that over the last few weeks? It happens […]
Outdoor Lighting Safety for Party Season
No sooner are the Halloween decorations down, people start to look forward to the festive season and hanging up the party lights. Over the next few months it will get darker and outdoor lights will start to appear all over shops, homes and businesses. But why do we put colourful lights up over the party […]
Bonfire Night Fire Safety Advice From IDES UK
This weekend, people all over the country will be attending bonfires, having their own at home or work, and letting off fireworks. This is to celebrate Bonfire Night, a very old and popular tradition in the UK. Of course, this weekend will be a great opportunity to have some fun with friends and family, but […]
How Safe is Halloween? Electrical and Fire Safety
Halloween is a growing holiday in the UK, with more and more people wanting to join in spooky celebrations each year. This year we are set to see some of the biggest Halloween festivities in years. The fun usually now spills over to the workplace, with many employers happy to let their staff decorate their […]
Fire Alarms – Will Fire Safety Changes Affect You?
There may be fire safety changes in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in June of this year. Immediately following the fire, in which at least 80 people were killed, the Government asked for widespread fire assessments of tower blocks countrywide. The trade magazine Inside Housing has since reported that hundreds of tower blocks […]
Electric Charging Point Installation – Are We Ready For Electric Cars?
Will 2017 be the year of the electric car, and are we ready for it? The electric car market is growing, with firms such as Nissan, Hyundai, BMW and Renault already manufacturing different models. The Nissan Leaf is currently the world’s bestselling electric car, and the company has recently launched a second-generation model with and […]
How Safe Are Your Cables?
Electricity surrounds us and we are heavily dependent upon it. But do we take electrical safety for granted? A recent BBC investigation has discovered that millions of metres of cable used to wire people’s homes may be dangerous. A now-defunct Turkish company sold 11 million metres of cable in the UK, and in 2010 the […]
Lighting and the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) is about how we, the objects we use and the things that surround us are changing the way we’re living our lives. It’s to do with the interactivity of more and more of what we rely on, from home heating systems to the infrastructure that underpins, and runs, buildings and […]
Lighting for SMEs
Good lighting should be an inherent workplace benefit: it is essential for people’s well-being, both physical and psychological. There is research that shows how the presence of natural light improves the health and productivity of employees. Lighting needs to be an essential part of any office design, because if you neglect it, then no […]
LED Lighting for Business
Don’t underestimate the significance of lighting when it comes to energy consumption. According to the Carbon Trust, lighting accounts for 20% of energy consumption in commercial and industrial buildings, and may make up a sizeable chunk of a building’s total electricity bill – as much as 40%. In other words, choose more energy efficient […]
Back to School Lighting
As summer rolls to a close once again and we hear a collective sigh from children across the UK, the schools begin re-opening the doors. Dust is brushed off bookbags, new pencils are sharpened and the lights in classrooms are turned on for another year of learning. It’s that last one that we want to […]
What Are IDES’ Business Sectors?
If you didn’t already know, our company is called IDES UK. For the uninitiated, IDES isn’t just a scramble of random letters that we cobbled together. It isn’t even ‘IDEAS’ spelt incorrectly, as several people have believed in the past. No, contrary to popular opinion, we did actually put some real thought into what we […]
How Has Lighting Changed The World?
When it comes to the modern, Western world, there are a lot of things we couldn’t live without. The Internet, hot running water, the ability to cook noodles in the microwave in just a few minutes – all those things that are essential to our everyday lives. Well, maybe not the noodles… One of […]
The Importance Of Energy Efficient Lighting
Today, the phrase ‘energy efficiency’ is chucked around like a beach ball. We hear it on the news, in meetings and in general conversation. But, it’s wide use seems to have kind of diluted its importance. We hear so much about being energy efficient, that we no longer actually hear anything at all. It’s all […]
Our Unique LED Automotive Lighting Product
As an electrical services company who mainly works around LED light fixtures, we’ve come to know our stuff. Well, we already knew a fair bit before we began, but over 20+ years, our knowledge has definitely developed. To be honest, you’d probably think of us as LED geeks. We have this knowledge because of […]
Who Are IDES & What Do We Do?
At IDES, we’re proud of the work we do. We know that everyone says that but we actually are. It probably stems from the fact that we’re family run and have a strong set of values we truly believe in. So, being proud, we want to share some of our work with you. To […]
Welcome To IDES UK!
If you’ve already spent some time having a look at our website, you probably know that we’re an electrical contractor company. We do talk about it quite a lot. You might also have spotted that we’re UK based, work nationwide and are pretty well established in our industry. But, just in case you hadn’t, we’ve […]