The Homebuilding & Renovating Show offers a wide range of free talks including topics on self-build, renovating, innovative products, extensions, conversions and DIY projects.
All the products and services you need in one place
The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show hosts exhibitors based across the country. Whatever the product, there’s nothing quite like seeing it in real life.
My dome will once again be exhibiting at the show, and look forward to speaking to customer on site.
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Whether you leave a light on for your pet will very much depend on your dog and what they have become used to. Social dogs often don’t like to be left alone in the dark whilst others don’t really mind.
Should I Leave Lights On For My Dog When I’m Out?
Many pet owners leave the TV, radio, or lights on for their pets while they are away from home. Commons reasons to use a pet light include keeping the animal calm, giving them a sense of company, or helping them to see.
Some dog owners say that their pets are afraid of the dark. This will only apply to a small number of dogs, but there is an easy way to tell if your dog is afraid of the dark. If they are more startled by outside noises during the night than they are during the day, then there is a good chance that they are afraid of the dark. Add this factor with being alone in the house and you may have quite an unhappy chum!
Although some owners leaves lights on for their dogs to see in the dark, it is true that dogs have much better vision in low light than humans. This is because of a part of their eyes called the tapetum, which makes them far more reflective. This gives the retina a second chance to absorb light.
Just because they can see well in low light however, doesn’t mean that they can see in pitch black. If there is no light whatsoever in your home at night, then your dog may well have trouble seeing. They have good memories however, and will probably be able to navigate through the house even without being able to see very much, (just don’t move any furniture before you leave the house!)
Do dogs need a light on at night?
One concern about leaving lights on is disrupting the dogs sleeping pattern. Wolves are the ancestors of the domesticated dog, which were of course nocturnal. This means that lights shouldn’t stop your dog from being able to sleep, but it might be an idea to consider leaving some of the house in darkness for them.
There is no steadfast answer to this question, and it depends very much on your own pet. Other factors to consider are the power savings from leaving the lights off, (although one burglary would probably more than wipe out a lifetime of energy savings), and the increased security benefits of leaving some lights on during the night. You know your pet better than anyone else so experiment with different lighting conditions and see what you think he or she responds to best.
Many people don’t like to leave lamps on though as they are prone to being knocked over and causing a fire risk. so if you do want to leave a light on, a good solution is to invest in a timer for your main lights so the lights can come on when it gets dark, saving you money whilst keeping the dog happy.
Returning to Olympia for the 7th year, bigger and better than ever, the Ideal Home Show at Christmas is sure to be the best yet.
Switched On Products at the Ideal Home Show
Starting on the 22nd-26th November the ideal home show brings you everything you need to prepare your home for the festive season.
The show will be back with everything from tasty tips from the turkey to the trimmings, decorations and hand crafted gifts, Christmas puddings and festive fizz, to furniture and New Year Home Improvements – the show has it all.
For all ticket enquiries please visit www.idealhomeshowchristmas.co.uk/london/visiting/ticket-information
Be sure to pay us a visit whilst your there! you can find us at stand H172
mydome lighting up your Christmas
Switched on Products took the Gold Award for Best New Security Product at this year’s Totally DIY show with its revolutionary security device, impressing the judges with its ease of installation and simplicity.
The Light Switch Timer not only provides an effective means of protecting property and dissuading criminal activity, but it also uses smart technology to ensure low energy consumption and easy DIY installation. It has also achieved Police security standards accreditation through the ‘Secured by Design’ anti-crime initiative.
Nectar Innovation of the Year Award 2016
Naiem Dakri, founder of Essex business, Switched On Products, has beaten off hundreds of UK small businesses to be shortlisted in the eighth national Nectar Business Small Business Awards.
Switched On Products is just weeks away from finding out if it will win the Innovation of the Year category, for its flagship product, the Light Switch Timer. It will be judged by a panel of business experts and led by one of the UK’s leading business women, consumer champion and BBC ‘Dragon’, Sarah Willingham.
The Essex-based company behind the Light Switch Timer has been shortlisted for the innovation of the year – After its initial launch the product has been widely received winning industry awards and gaining Police Secure by Design Accreditation via the Association of Chief Police Orifices (ACPO) crime prevention initiative.
With recent Home Office crime figures revealing that four out of five burglaries take place when no-one is home, the advice by police and security experts is to fit homes with timer lights when they’re empty and in darkness.
“The problem I personally found with using lamps on timer plugs was that the light given off didn’t look realistic, making it look more obvious that no one was home”, says Naiem Dakri, director of Switched-On Products. “Unfortunately, the timers which fitted onto wall light sockets needed to be wired in, usually by an electrician, which certainly put me off bothering to buy one”.
It was this observation which led inventor Naiem Dakri to create a product which could be fitted to the existing light switch on the wall without the need for any rewiring.
The battery-operated “Light Switch Timer” can be used in any living space which gives off the most light, deterring would-be intruders. It works by sliding a cradle over the wall light switch, into which is slotted the control unit, making it ready to operate in seconds. It includes program on and off times for different days, to suit the individual’s lifestyle.
The winner of the Innovation of the Year Award will be a small business or individual that has created and successfully brought to market a product or service exploiting a gap in the market
This year, Switched on Products will be sponsoring the anti-burglary initiative, helping to fund the production of half a million leaflets that will be given out during street visits, on police ward stands and in shopping centres and transport hubs. In this way, the firm hopes to improve the lives of Londoners by giving them the information they need to keep their homes safe.
Autumn and winter typically see a rise in the burglary rate across the UK as thieves take advantage of the long hours of darkness.
Luckily, the Metropolitan Police Service (Met) has a plan to help people keep their homes secure, which should help them avoid falling victim to a break-in this winter. They are rolling out a programme called “Clocks, Locks and Lights” – which has seen successful before – in six boroughs across North London.
Clocks, Locks and Lights is part of the Met’s wider programme: Operation Bumblebee. With these initiatives, it is hoped that the threat of burglary during the winter months can be reduced and people throughout the capital can feel safer in their homes.
Mydome Light switch at Grand design
29April – 7 May 2017,
Excel London E16 1XL,
We have teamed up with Grand Designs Live, the UK’s top contemporary home show and are pleased to offer our readers tickets at the reduced rate of only £10.
Grand Designs Live returns to Excel London from 29th April – 7 May 2017. Presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, and based on the hugely popular Channel 4 series, the show offers visitors a unique opportunity to see all the latest trends for the home.
With areas dedicated to interiors, technology, kitchens, bathrooms, build and gardens, there’s something for every room in your home. With all this and much more, make sure you plan a GRAND day out!
With this offer you can save up to £9* off the door rate meaning each ticket will cost you just £10.
Simply log on to www.granddesignslive.com and follow the link to book your tickets then enter the code EXHIB together with your details.
Plus kids aged 15 and under go FREE!
* Saving indicated based on the door rate. Advanced booking offer expires 3rd May 2017. Subject to £1.70 transaction fee. Kids under 15 enter free when accompanied by an adult