Can class 2 double insulated lights be made of metal?

From time to time we experience an electrician who has advised a client that they can’t fit their class 2 lights as they are made of metal. We have had an instance this week where a customer purchased some of our ceiling & wall lights but when the electrician arrived to fit them he wouldn’t proceed. He advised the customer that they needed earthing as they were metal.

This is fundamentally wrong. 99.9% of the electricians we work with & supply know their current regulations & have experienced double insulated lights in the past. A light fitting is double insulated not because of the material it is made from but the way in which it is wired.

Every class 2 double insulated light goes through a rigorous testing procedure organised by the manufacturer before it is given certification. All the major UK manufacturers make class 2 lights of some sort & have done so for a number of years now.

Please be aware that double insulated products are an industry standard & have been for a long time. A quick search of double insulated lights will illustrate that probably 99% of all class 2 lights are in fact made of metal.

The way a class 2 light is constructed means that should a fault occur within the product, the wiring will stop the product from becoming live & hurting anyone who touches it.

We know that electricians are human but if your electrician queries metal class 2 lighting ask them to do some research in to it & they will see that it is perfectly normal, totally safe & supplied up & down the UK by Lightahome since 2002.

For a full range of class 2 double insulated lights visit Lightahome here

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An example of a Class 2 double insulated light made of metal

An example of a Class 2 double insulated light made of metal

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Buying a ceiling fan can be confusing. One question we always get asked is what size of ceiling fan should I buy? There are no real rules or regulations that come in to play when answering this question. Common sense is a major factor.

A small box room would have a minimal volume & therefore wouldn’t need a large fan to move the air around. Something like the Amalfi fan http://www.lightahome.net/fantasia-amalfi-1024-c.asp or the Capri (non-light version) http://www.lightahome.net/fantasia-capri-1034-c.asp would be suitable. A normal size bedroom or a lounge would need something a little bigger.

When choosing a ceiling fan for a normal sized bedroom it is important to remember that the noise the ceiling fan makes can have a bearing on the purchase. You wouldn’t want a noisy ceiling fan spinning at night when you’re trying to sleep. A good way to look at it is the slower the ceiling fan rotates the quieter it will be. With this in mind a 42″ ceiling fan in a bedroom rotating on its slow speed will generate similar air movement to a smaller 36″ ceiling fan that it spinning at top speed & generating more noise! A larger fan spinning on slow speed is also more economical to run than a smaller faster running ceiling fan.

A 42" ceiling fan in a bedroom running at a medium speed

A 42″ ceiling fan in a bedroom running at a medium speed

Conservatories can get extremely hot in the summer time and it is always advised to fit the largest fan you possibly can in these environments. The fans size doesn’t necessarily mean it will cost you more to initially purchase if it is larger. Ceiling fans such as the Viper http://www.lightahome.net/fantasia-viper-1009-c.asp are great for conservatories and cost the same price whether you purchase a 44″ version or a 54″ version. In the middle of summer when the temperatures in a conservatory are extremely high, having a larger ceiling fan can make all the difference.

We often hear people say they are shocked at the dimensions of modern ceiling fans. Some people have mentioned that a 42″ or 54″ diameter fan is massive but it isn’t really. Not when you have the fan up on the ceiling. If it is a concern then a white version is recommended to blend in to your ceiling space. It is important to remember that a fan that is too small for its location will provide little or no air movement.

As a couple of general rule always fit the biggest unit you can in the space you have and run the ceiling fan on low to medium speeds as opposed to smaller ceiling fans spinning at full speed. It will make all the difference

For a full range of ceiling fans visit our ceiling fan page here http://www.lightahome.net/fantasia-ceiling-fans-994-c.asp

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Help! I don’t have an Earth connection on my lighting circuit!

If your electrician has taken down a light in your home & has told you you cant put up that nice shiny new light you’ve just purchased from your friendly local DIY store then chances are you’re scratching your head & yelling something similar to the title of this post. To make things worse they might not even be allowed to put the original light back up either! But what does it mean?

Firstly don’t panic! There are thousands of people around the country in the same boat. A normal lighting circuit in your home would include a live, neutral & earth connection (though there may be more than 3 wires when you look at your lights which isn’t a problem). The live connection is currently brown (used to be red). The neutral is currently blue (used to be black) & the earth connection is currently green & yellow (it is sometimes just green).

Older lighting circuits sometimes didn’t include the earth connection. My house that was built in the mid-60s only included a black wire & a red wire (live & neutral). This basically means that the circuit was not protected by an Earth connection. An earth connection is designed to take away the danger of electrocution from a fault in an incredibly fast time. Most normal light fittings have an earth terminal on them & if you don’t have an earth connection in your electrics then the electrician cant put the light up.

In this instance there are 2 options. The first is a total rewire of the lighting circuit, which in its nature is messy & expensive. The second is to fit a double insulated light. A double insulated light, which is also known as a class 2 light, is designed in a way to allow fitting to your electrics without an earth connection. These types of lights are totally compliant & any decent electrician (who knows their current regulations) would have no problem in fitting them.

Lightahome have pioneered the use of double insulated lights since 2002 & our range is now bigger than ever. They look just the same as normal lights, made from the same materials in the same finishes & can be viewed or purchased on our website here http://www.lightahome.net/double-insulated-lights-33-c.asp

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A class 2 double insulated pendant light

A copper finish double insulated pendant. Made from the same materials as a normal light but can be fitted where an earth connection isn’t present

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Installing the Fantasia Remote Control: Part 2

Once you have installed the receiver unit, as explained in part one of how to install a Fantasia remote control, you can switch the power back on. Pushing the light button on the handset should bring the light on however if it doesn’t and your fan has a pull cord for its light then pull this pull cord and the light will then activate and work with the remote. Pressing the fan button should bring the fan on however you can reset this by pulling the cord after pressing the button and the fan should work in tandem with the remote control.

Dip switch settings. One thing to ensure is that both the remote receiver & the handset have the same dip switch settings. These usually come pre-set to the same levels by Fantasia however it is always worth checking if your remote seems to be unresponsive. Dip switches are 4 little switches that can either be set up or down and can be found on the side of the receiver unit or under the battery compartment on the handset. The switch positions can be set to any positions as long as they both match. For ease it may be suitable to simply set all the switches in the down position on both receiver & handset. This system of switches is great as it firstly allows you to fit another Fantasia fan & remote in another room that can be set to a different frequency (by choosing a different dip switch position) & also stops any outside interference from any other devices.  If your fan does seem to be getting interference you can try changing the dip switch settings on both receiver & handset (keeping them matched) & this should resolve the problem

Fantasia Remote Receiver

The Fantasia Remote Receiver unit

The receiver unit dip switches can be viewed in the window on the unit. A matching arrangement can be found on the handset under the battery compartment

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Installing the Fantasia Remote Control Part 1

The Fantasia Remote Control system is a really handy piece of kit and either comes complete with your fan (on certain models) or can be added as an accessory. It is a very simple device to install & allows you to control not only the activation & speeds of your fan but also the light (if your fan comes with a light). It will even dim the light up & down.

Installation is easy. The system comprises of 2 parts. The Handset, with all the buttons, & the receiver unit. The receiver unit on the Fantasia Remote control fits in to the top of your fan upon installation or can be retro fitted to an existing Fantasia fan. Wiring is very simple as each small cable has a label that tells you where to connect each one. As the image below illustrates. A blue & brown cable is intended to be connected to your incoming live & neutral from your home electrics (which may either be brown or red for live & black or blue for neutral depending upon how old your cabling is). These are easily connected with a connector block. On the other side of the receiver unit is 3 cables which again have small labels on them indicating their correct installation. The orange cable should be connected to the fans orange cable which supplies the fans light. The blue & brown cables are for the fans live & neutral power connections. The black cable coming from the end of the unit is the remote controls antennae which doesn’t have to be seen by the handset for the unit to work. Once all wired in this receiver unit is hidden from view under the dish that covers up the fans attachment to the ceiling.

Fantasia Remote Receiver

The Fantasia Remote Receiver unit

The Fantasia Remote control is available from Lightahome here http://www.lightahome.net/fantasia-remote-control-system-331742-59026-p.asp

Please read Part 2 of how to install a Fantasia remote control here http://www.lightahome.net/blog/2016/08/15/installing-the-fantasia-remote-control-part-2/

 

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My electrician wont put my lights back up! A common phrase we hear at Lightahome from customers on the telephone. Modern lighting regulations mean that a vast amount of the UK’s home lights are not compliant. The lights may have sat on your ceiling all wall for over 30 years without any problems but chances are your electrician has found that you don’t have an earth connection in your homes lighting electrics. In the event of an issue with your lights wiring there is no Earth connection to save you from electrocution. This is why the electrician wont put them back up again. The electrician will have also probably told you that you either need your lighting electrics rewired or you need double insulated lighting. Double insulated lights are sometimes referred to as class 2 lights which are fortunately now available from places such as lightahome & are a far cheaper alternative than having your lighting circuit ripped out & rewired.

Lightahome.nets range of double insulated lights have been available for around 10 years now & the range becomes bigger each year with a wider choice for our customers. Fitted in your home in exactly the same way as a normal light, our class 2 lights come in a variety of colours & styles. You can view our range of double insulated lights here http://www.lightahome.net/double-insulated-lights-33-c.asp

The Seattle mini class 2 ceiling light

The Seattle double insulated ceiling light

So if your electrician wont put your lights back up because you dont have an earth connection dont panic. There are alternatives available & they dont have to cost anymore than normal light fittings.

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Fantasia ceiling fans are often described as the UK’s premium brand of ceiling fan but what makes Fantasia ceiling Fans so special?

Fantasia have been manufacturing ceiling fans for over 30 years & have extensive knowledge of the industry. From our own experiences with Fantasia, we can see that they care about every aspect of a customers journey. From the initial purchase through to any after-care needed. The testimonials on Fantasia’s own website illustrate the high regard in which Fantasia are held amongst their customers.

The current Fantasia ceiling fans range has been designed to suit the latest trends. Whether you want a ceiling fan that will effortlessly blend in to your conservatory or a bold statement fan to impress friends you will find something within the range. You can view the current Fantasia range on our own website here.

Some Fantasia ceiling fans can blend in with a light coloured ceiling

Fantasia ceiling fans can blend in with a light coloured ceiling

Ever at the forefront of the latest technology, Fantasia ceiling fans have included a range of fans that now use low energy motors. This coupled with an LED light option offers a contemporary ceiling fan for an energy conscious world.

An example of an LED Fantasia ceiling fan

LED lights are optional on some Fantasia Ceiling Fan models

It is not only the design of Fantasia Ceiling Fans that stand out above other manufacturers but also their quality. Backed by a ten year motor warranty on their Fantasia range, we have found it very rare for a Fantasia motor to fail. Even when an occasional issue occurs, Fantasia are always courteous and helpful in solving the problem. Fantasia Elite ceiling fans even come with a 15 year motor warranty.

Fantasia ceiling fans also offer a range of accessories. This can be very useful when a customer would like to add a remote control to a fan or drop their fan a little lower. Spares & replacement items such as glass are always available.

Fantasia remote control

Some Fantasia ceiling fans come complete with remote control & others can have them added.

It is well worth considering Fantasia when choosing a ceiling fan. There are plenty of other brands out there but with their complete service, I would highly recommend you consider Fantasia Ceiling Fans.

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Welcome to our new lighting blog. Week by week we will be posting interesting articles regarding the UK lighting industry from the latest trends to specialist items such as double insulated lights. Our new ceiling fan section will also feature.

A view of some of our latest lighting pendants

Some of the latest lighting pendants available

Keep checking back on our blog for all the latest information on the UK lighting scene.

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