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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 – […]
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 […]
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.
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!)
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?
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 […]
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.
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 […]
You might remember us going on about our fabulous LED spray booth lighting (we only mention it every couple of weeks or so) and our quite brilliant BOOTHLUX luminaires, but for the past couple of years we’ve been quietly fitting these in body shops and spraybooths up and down the country. And mechanics and spray […]
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!
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 […]
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.
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 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 […]
As 2017 draws to a close and we get ready to have a well-earned drink (or two!), we thought we would reflect on the year we have had. We have had some fantastic successes this year, which have seen IDES go from strength to strength. We have added new clients, forged new partnerships, and added new […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]