Wofi Lighting and the New Wave of LED Lights

How would you like to save 80% on your domestic energy costs, benefit from a very long lighting lifespan, experience highly consistent lighting output that requires no maintenance and know that you’re buying an eco-friendly product that is also highly safe because of its low energy output? If that sounds appealing to you, then the new range of LED lights on the market could be well worth investigating.

One of the leading manufacturers on the market currently, is Wofi. Their range of modern LED lights has been designed to provide excellent functionality, warm lighting finishes and incredible energy efficiency. The company aims to be a market leader in new product development – rapidly identifying new trends in the lighting world and attempting to capture them quickly within modern, quality designs. There are around 400 products in the brand’s full range, which offers plenty of options for buyers.

Why LED lights are different

LED lights have often been associated with colder appearance lighting that can feel a little unwelcoming in the home. But Wofi lighting is different, as the company uses an advanced design process to make sure the LED lights used in their products provide a cosy and warm light, very reminiscent of old fashioned incandescent bulbs. This is heralding a new wave of LED lighting and other manufacturers are certain to follow suit shortly with their own expanded offerings.

Technology is moving on

Wofi Action 725809010000 360 Watt Incandescent Crystal Ceiling Light, Chrome

Wofi Action 360 Watt Incandescent Crystal Ceiling Light in Chrome

Previously, LEDs have mainly been used to illuminate phones, technology controls or novelty lights, but the technology has moved on and OSRAM and other light manufacturers have now been able to develop LEDs that provide suitable mood lighting for the home. With modern systems such as Wofi lighting, with latest generation light-emitting diodes built in, design and technology combines to great effect. Not only is the resulting illumination attractive and soft, but it’s also highly energy efficient. In fact, LEDs will consume an average of 80% less energy, whilst providing five times greater luminosity. They also throw out far less heat than old-fashioned glass bulbs, which makes them far safer and a great choice for families with small children or pets. The LED bulbs are also stronger and more durable and they aren’t affected or damaged by vibrations. They last for many times longer than glass bulbs, making them highly efficient in several ways and offering a great service life.

You’ll find a wide range of products in the Wofi lighting range which encompasses everything from floor lights to trackers, for all rooms in the house. You’ll find minimalist and sleek pendant lights and ornate and sparkling chandelier and art effect lights, with a huge range of products in between. Everything in the range shares the excellent lighting technology that has made Wofi so well known and is made with quality and durability in mind. It’s well worth experimenting with a lighting piece with the new LED technology and seeing how it makes a difference to your internal decor, before considering whether to make bigger changes to your scheme.

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Posted by admin - October 25, 2014 at 5:23 pm

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Crystal Reports Training – Escaping The Data Trap

Crystal Reports training is certainly something most business can benefit from, but perhaps there’s one thing in particular which is of more value than anything else. If there’s one important fact that businesses need to understand and appreciate as far as what Crystal Reports courses can offer it is this: Crystal Reports really do make a difference, even when you think they probably won’t.

The real problem is that businesses today are torn between two completely opposing forces. On the one hand, there’s the rock – the huge mountain of pressure that eats away at time, creating more and more pressure, taking up every spare minute you thought you had, and then finding a few more spare minutes to devour after that.

On the other hand there’s the hard place – the need to develop, expand, manoeuvre into new markets, flex the business muscles and take advantage of fresh opportunities.

The need to do more, versus the need to find an extra thirty or forty hours in a day. The pressure to move forwards versus the strain already being experienced just treading water. The rock, and the hard place.

Yet the truth is that as Crystal Reports training can show, these two forces aren’t entirely opposite, because there’s a single factor that can make them both work to your advantage.

By taking advantage of a few Crystal Reports classes and learning more about initially daunting subjects such as Business Objects Crystal Reports it is possible to discover that the solution to the problems being experienced is, well, crystal clear.

Beginner's Guide to Crystal Reports 2013: A Step-by-Step Procedure

Beginner’s Guide to Crystal Reports 2013: A Step-by-Step Procedure

Because as Crystal reports training will show, it is possible to take the hard place, and make it a foundation, and place the rock on top of it, and get up on the rock, and discover that the view is crystal clear. Crystal Reports training can show you how to take the reams of data you’re already struggling to catalogue, store, filter, sort and manipulate, and automatically feed it into a system that provides you with the ability to see not just data, but information, displayed in ways which make it visually relevant. Suddenly you’re able to make sense of the meaningless numbers staring you in the face before, and develop reports that make sense.

Crystal Reports classes can show anyone how to take the workload that’s currently causing so much pressure and which is preventing you from finding the time to step back away from the trees, and take time to see the wood. Crystal Reports allow businesses to explore data visually, rather than crunching data in the hope that they will one day find time to actually do something with it.

Stop battling the data, and make it start to work for you for a change. Crystal Reports training is not the hard place, or the rock, but the way in which intelligent businesses can start to move forwards, fully confident that they’re also moving forwards in the right direction.

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Posted by admin - October 25, 2014 at 7:46 am

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On Man, His Dog and Dog Beds

“Love me, love my dogs” – sometimes we just have to laugh a little at the seriousness with which some take their relationships with their canine companions.

Last year television viewers were aghast at the sight of an otherwise intelligent man crawling on all fours in his underwear across the thin sheet of ice that had formed upon a river in Essex to reach his dog – it many times smaller and lighter than him – which had fallen through the ice into the freezing cold water below.

Thankfully both dog lover and dog survived the perilous experience, and are destined to live happily ever after together. But it could, of course, have been so much different.

This faithfulness beyond duty and reason is by no means a one-way relationship. In Edinburgh stands a statue of Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye Terrier who was alleged to have stood guard over the grave of its owner for fourteen years before passing away himself. This touching story has, to our displeasure, been called into question however by a researcher who claims it was all a publicity stunt to attract tourists and that the pet had simply been trained to remain in the graveyard, and was in fact two different dogs in any case.

No matter, history is resplendent with tales of man’s wholly reciprocated affection for his canine friend. Not for nothing was ‘Old Shep’ one of Elvis Presley’s most famous and best loved songs.

An ideal gift for our faithful four-legged friend

Even for those of who prefer to remain clothed during the gloomiest depths of midwinter and who would in all likelihood shun the dubious delights of a tentative four-legged crawl across the freezing surface of an icy river there are ways and means of demonstrating our affection for our faithful pets. One is to buy them a present, something they will love and cherish – and will love and cherish us for.

Take a look at this exquisite range of dog beds from Wooff by way of a fine example. Available either in large or small size and in a wide range of different colours and designs, this stylish and comfortable bean bag with a white paw motif will win your pet’s heart forever.

Made from a washable nylon with PVC coating, the Wooff Dog Bed naturally repels moisture and shuts out unpleasant odours.

What better way is there to show your dog you care? Short of crawling across a frozen river in your undies, that is.

Wooff Dog bed beanbag mattress various colours and Size (Large 70 x 110 x 15, Red)

Wooff Dog Bed Large Red

Wooff Dog bed beanbag mattress various colours and Size (Medium 55 x 75 x 15, Black)

Wooff Dog Bed  Medium Black

Wooff Dog bed beanbag mattress various colours and Size (Large 70 x 110 x 15, Green Camouflage)

Wooff Dog Bed Large Green Camouflage

 

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Posted by admin - October 13, 2014 at 7:48 am

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Classic zip leather jackets ‘investment pieces’ for the fashion future

How many of the items in your wardrobe will deliver value and style for decades? How many could you pass down through the generations, so your kids can enjoy them just as much? We’re betting the answer is ‘none of them’. Except, of course, your leather jacket.

The classic zip leather jacket is a case in point. Hit any big city vintage outlet or online vintage clothing store and you’ll find beautiful old leather wear in great condition, often costing as much – if not a great deal more – than a new one. It’s a style that never goes out of fashion. It’s simple and elegant, practical and stylish. And it’s a hot favourite with celebrities this season. Actress Hilary Duff has been spotted sporting a wonderfully zippy Doma zip leather jacket. Lily Cole, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift have obviously fallen head over heels with the Rick Owens version, in amazing pre-wrinkled leather with side zip, lovely wide collar and smooth, unobtrusive chest zip pockets for a super-slim silhouette.

Ordinary mortals can’t always afford to push the boat out and splash out vast wads of cash on an expensive designer zip leather jackets. Thankfully there’s a host of excellent alternatives without the huge price tag. All you need to do is invest a bit of time and effort and get your internet surfing finger in position!

Mens Leather Biker Jacket Black Vintage Look Biker Style Crinkle Retro BNWT

Men’s Leather Biker Jacket

Choose from the fold down shirt-style collar, the large ornamental collar – a bit hit right now – or the classic Nehru collar, neat and stylish. None of them will date. And they all suit any occasion. There’s the ‘blouson’ style jacket, AKA the leather sports jacket, massive in the ’70s and equally popular right now. Choose from an elasticated waist or a contemporary classic with a straight waist band that isn’t elasticated.

Zips are always easier to handle than buttons. The zip leather jacket is endlessly versatile and easy to wear. Best of all it’s really handy for the British spring and summer when, no matter how high the temperatures climb during the day when the sun’s out, the evenings and nights are usually disappointingly chilly.

Think jeans and t shirt, topped off by a wonderfully soft, supple leather masterpiece. Or a simple but very posh frock, finished off to perfection with a big necklace, huge earrings and a chunky leather blouson. Pick your favourite from a vast range of gorgeous colours from cherry reds to purples, creams, beiges and of course brown and black. Or go for broke and choose ’70s tan for a look that’ll never die!

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Posted by admin - October 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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What to consider when choosing church furniture

The process of purchasing church furniture can seem like a difficult task, after all, it isn’t the type of furniture you are likely to replace for many years, so it is important to choose the pieces carefully. You have a number of options when deciding on which design would suit the church building. You can choose from a range of standard designs and have them made to suit the measurements of the building, or alternatively, you can take the basic structural design of, for example, an altar or pew and change the materials used, or add a carved image to the piece. Finally, you could choose to have bespoke church furniture made, which would be an entirely new design made exactly to your required specifications.

Today there are many different types of church décor and, of course, the furniture chosen to furnish the building should be perfectly in keeping with the rest of interior. For a more contemporary look in a church, keep things simple, with unadorned benches in a uniform colour stain and materials that are consistent with the others used in the interior. If a more traditional look is preferred there is more scope for decorative imagination, as embellishments and ornamental décor are characteristic of this type of interior design. You can add ornate carvings to the side panels of benches or other decorative additions as you see fit.

When deciding on the materials, colour and style of the church furniture you wish to have made, it is essential that the practicality and durability of every aspect of the pieces are thought through thoroughly. This type of furniture must be built to last and is going to be in use on an almost daily basis by many people. The comfort of furniture such as benches must be taken into consideration as well; pews with leather kneeling rests beneath them are a good choice. Choosing hard wearing woods such as teak or ash will save money and time in the future, as these types of wood are capable of withstanding everyday usage.

When choosing numerous pieces of church furniture, bear in mind whether you want everything to match perfectly, or if you have a preference for some contrasting materials that will create a more unusual look. When the focal pieces of the interior, such as the alter, pulpit, confessional box and pews match, this makes less of a statement in terms of design, but can help in creating a more welcoming, harmonious atmosphere. If you choose to keep the furniture uniform, you can still bring colour and life into the room with decorative flower stands.

Having the furniture for the church stained and varnished is an important point to remember, as this will save repair or even replacement costs in later years. When the wood is treated initially, all that is required afterwards is maintenance painting every few years, which is relatively simple and inexpensive. These pieces of furniture are a large investment and should be treated accordingly; a small amount of care on a regular basis will save time and money in the long run.


Guest contributon by William Garvey.

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Posted by admin - October 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

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The Business of Forestry

A very interesting infographic from Crowe Sawmills.

In case you are wondering what NTFP near the middle of the infographic means, it’s an acronym for Non Timber Forest Products.

business of forestry

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Posted by admin - September 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm

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Tips for Gorgeous Garden Illumination

Having a garden requires time and patience, and when you spend a great deal of time ensuring that your garden is aesthetically pleasing and growing beautifully, you’ll want to enjoy it even when the sun is not shining. This is why it’s a great idea to add lighting to your garden.

Like anything else, choosing the right lighting for your garden can be a tedious task, as there are plenty of options out there for you to choose from. But lighting your garden does not have to be difficult to do, especially if you the following tips.

Only use outdoor lights

Some people make the mistake in purchasing indoor lights and placing them outside, and this is not a smart idea. Outdoor lights are equipped with the right wires and inner workings to keep them lasting longer in different weather conditions.

Plenty of exterior lights are now available in different finishes and designs, so if you fall in love with an indoor light, do some research to see if you can find an exterior version.

Use timers

How often do you forget to turn on outside lights? If you’re going to spend the money and the time illuminating your garden, you better remember to turn it on, and this is why it’s a great idea to invest in timers. This way, your garden will be illuminated automatically, and you’ll never have to remember to turn your lights on on your own.

Be inconspicuous

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InnooTech 80 LED Globe String Lights Solar Powered for Outdoor Indoor Decoration

The best way to light your garden is to do it inconspicuously. Make sure that you take the time to plan out where to place the lights so that they create a beautiful illumination but do not take away from the essence of your garden. Make sure to purchase lights that are smaller in size or can easily fit under a big bush or flower. You should also opt for natural colours so that they’re easier to hide.

Hide the bulbs

Nothing is worse than having someone admire your garden and all of a sudden be blinded by a light bulb. If you’re going to illuminate your garden, make sure that the bulbs are never facing outward. Instead, make sure that they are always facing the plants so that your guests can easily admire your work.

Think strings or lanterns

If there is no way to hide all of the light fixtures for your garden, opt to use lanterns or string lights. These do not put off a high amount of light and are extremely pleasant to look at, so they will not take away from the beauty of your garden. You can layer string lights through the footings ofá your garden to give it a nice accent, or you can hang them on fences. You can use nearby trees to hang lanterns for an extra touch of beauty.

With all the time you spend on your garden, you should be able to enjoy it more often than during the day. By using these tips, you can easily illuminate your garden in the most beautiful way, making it something to enjoy during the day and the night.

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Posted by admin - September 29, 2014 at 9:52 am

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Easy Techniques To Hone Your Spanish Speaking Skills

If you are struggling to learn the Spanish language, try these entertaining techniques to accelerate your learning experience.  There are a number of methods to improve your Spanish speaking skills that involve everyday life and can be practiced as you make your daily rounds.  Learning to speak useful Spanish phrases proficiently does not always mean “cracking” the textbook and spending hours memorizing words and phrases.

So if you are ready, here are some simple and fun ways to help you absorb Spanish terms and phrases while providing a little entertainment along the way:

Tuning into English-speaking movies that include Spanish subtitles can can be a helpful tutorial . This is an effortless and cheap method of utilizing multimedia avenues to learn the Spanish language while being entertained at the same time.

TV novellas, or what Americans call soaps, are also a valuable source of listening to the Spanish spoken with great diction and clarity.   If your radio can tune into the Voice of America in Spanish, this is another invaluable resource for learning Spanish.

Learn Spanish with Paul Noble

Learn Spanish with Paul Noble

Spanish language comics in the newspaper can be another great source of Spanish phrases and words.  This can be an outstanding way to learn the nuances of the Spanish language and provide a window into everyday terms and slang phrases.

Another simple method, yet  involving a little more work, is to carry 3-by-5 cards with you and jot down new words whenever you encounter them in your everyday life.  At day’s end, you can sit down and determine which phrases and words are the most useful to add to your permanent vocabulary.  Then you can create flash cards using these terms and note the English translation on the flip side of the cards.

These easy ways to learn Spanish pronunciation and vocabulary can accelerate your learning experience and incorporate your efforts into your everyday lifestyle.  However, the key to learning almost any topic or skill is to try to inject a little fun into the process.  So why not start honing your Spanish language skills with a smile and a little chuckle?

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Posted by admin - September 29, 2014 at 7:46 am

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The Evolution Of The Saw: Cutting Through History

The cultural and social evolution of mankind can, to a certain extent, be linearly related to the ability of mankind to build. For were it not for the development of our historical civilizations; ability to construct homes that sheltered them from the cold and meeting places designed to promote social gatherings (and to a greater extent the development of social skills), then our society would be stuck somewhat farther back than even the dark ages.

The moment that man harnessed the ability to create fire for warmth and cooking is often cited as one of the most important discoveries in the history of our existence. Indeed, the discovery of fire enabled societies to not only improve their diet by the means of cooking but it also offered people improved health and a stronger means with which to fight off infection as a result of the warmth given off by fire.

It was when fire was combined with mans’ development of tools and more specifically the saw, that great leaps were taken by civilisation in relation to advancing the success of various cultures.

The Beginnings of the Saw

The history of the saw can be traced back as far as Ancient Egypt, around approximately 3100 – 2700 BC. In these early beginnings of the modern man, numerous civilisations were heavily dependent on wood to use as a building material and for many other purposes. Therefore saws were deemed to be essential in enabling people to prepare wood for use in building and to create fire. Indeed, the construction of early housing similarly enabled people to lock in warmth and improve their immunity.

For several centuries there existed only one type of saw – namely, the manual hand saw. This first inception of the saw was made from copper, came in several sizes and had serrated teeth on one side of the blade. The most popular size appeared to be one which was just little bigger than a modern day comb. This was used for all manner of activities such as cutting up small pieces of meat, crafting pieces of wood and even as a means of defending against rival tribes.

Larger types of saws that were used during this early period of social development also included very large hand saws which were operated by two people, one at each end of the saw, and were big enough to cut through tress of varying circumferences. These types of saws remained in popular up until around the 1700s, at which point a man named Samuel Miller invented the circular saw.

The Circular Saw

Black & Decker KS890ECN Scorpion Saw

Black & Decker KS890ECN Scorpion Saw

Miller’s saw was something of a revelation at the time and lauded as a key invention in industry. Unlike the previous hand drawn saws which had operated in a back and forth motion and required a high dispense of labourers, the circular saw utilised a spinning motion, could be operated by just one person and enabled large amounts of wood to be cut up much more quickly than had previously been possible.

The Band Saw

By the 1800s the band saw had come into widespread use. This type of saw was simply a variant on the circular saw and used a thinner and more rigid blade than the standard circular saw, allowing for better accuracy and less wasted wood. The band saw embodied the spirit of the Industrial Revolution and maximised labour whilst simultaneously minimising time and waste.

The Contemporary Saw: Accessorising and Specialist Sawing

The contemporary era sees the band saw now powered by electricity rather than a manual labourer and this tool is widely used in the cutting of metal, wood and meat. Over the course of the past fifty years the blades that have been developed for use in saws have gradually become finer and intensely durable whilst companies who specialise in accessories for saws have developed a range of accessories that enable saws to be used on both grand and minuscule scales.

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Posted by admin - September 29, 2014 at 7:22 am

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