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15 Dazzling Uses For A LED Work Light

LED light

LED light

OK, we admit it, LED work lights are not the most exciting of products but they are extremely useful. In fact, they’re one of our most popular products with many customers buying several work lights at a time.


Well, probably because they have an infinite amount of uses in all sorts of situations. If you’ve never given much thought to how a simple work light could make work, life and play that much easier, we’ve collated some of the most common uses – a massive 15 of them!

At Home

1. By the fuse box: If you’ve ever tripped your circuits at night and then stumbled around trying to locate a torch and your fuse box, you can understand why this makes an ideal permanent home for a work light.

2. Under the stairs: Storage cupboards like those under the stairs tend to get a bit cluttered making it difficult to find what you want. Installing a battery-operated light is a quick fix for this, ensuring that you can see all the contents before you start rummaging around. A portable light also means you can illuminate the deepest recesses of your cupboard and find those things buried at the back.

3. By the front door: How many times have you returned home and realised that you’ve forgotten to leave the exterior lighting on? Next follows a slapstick show stumbling around as you attempt to find the keyhole and unlock the door. A small LED light, hanging discreetly on a hook near your door would come in useful in this situation, and not disturb the neighbours!

In The Garage

4. Work on the car: Even if you don’t plan to spend hours on a trolley under a car, a portable work light is a bonus when trying to see into dark corners when doing basic repairs to your vehicle. Lots work lights come with magnetic fixings so you can attach them to the underside of your car, or under the bonnet if you need to shine a light on what is going on.

5. Great for DIY projects: Many of us are confined to the garage when carrying out DIY projects but lighting can be an issue. If your garage only has a single watt bulb for general use, a work light is a good solution. This allows you to focus the light on exactly what you’re doing, making for much more successful DIY projects!

6. No power? Not a problem: Of course, if your garage does not have mains electricity you’ll want some kind of lighting, whether it’s to locate tools or put the car to bed at night. Hanging a portable work light in a convenient place to the door will instantly make a difference when using the garage; much easier than remembering to take a torch with you.

On Holiday

7. Camping: If your holidays involve canvas or a caravan, you’ll need to get about outside at night. Whether it’s a trip to the facilities, locating your bed after a night out, or exploring what went ‘bump in the night”, a powerful, portable light source is essential.

8. Caravanning: One of the biggest drains on your caravan’s power is your lighting. This is why it’s essential to have back up lights in case of emergencies. A battery operated LED work light can also come into it’s own if you rely on electric hook-up:  for example, if for some reason the site loses power, or perhaps electric hook-up is not available, you’ll still be able to find your way around.

9. Self-catering, resorts and hotels: Even if your holiday destination includes four walls, a portable light can be very useful. How often have you felt for the light switch in a logical place in your hotel room, only to find it’s on the other side of the room from the door? Or struggled to find your way back from the resort restaurant to your room along an unlit path?

In The Car

10. In the glove box: Interior car lighting works fine when you want to read a map or check on sleeping passengers in the back, but it’s not great when you lose something under the seats. A handy light will help locate lost items without having to wait for morning.

11. Long waits at night: If you’ve got to wait in your car for a breakdown service, you’ll quickly run your car battery down if you use the internal lights. Instead a small work light can be hung from your rear view mirror, seat backs or the assist handles.

12. In the boot: A powerful portable light should be part of your essential kit in your car. Ideal for roadside repairs, also for attracting the attention of other road users*, and for guiding you and your family to safety if you need to leave the car by the side of the road.

Enjoying Your Leisure Time

13. Night fishing: If you find fishing venues too busy during daylight hours, or want to do your sport after work, night fishing is the answer. But you don’t want to be stumbling around by the water’s edge, so take some lighting. A weatherproof LED portable light uses less power than a traditional bulb, ensuring that you can always find your kit and avoid going for a swim!

14. Messing around in boats: If you like to sail, row or just go along for the ride you’ll find it much more pleasurable if you have sufficient lighting. As well as lighting for safety and emergencies your trips will be that much more enjoyable if you can see what you’re doing. Whether it’s lighting the galley so you can prepare a snack, or finding something in the storage hatch, a few LED lights can make a big difference.

15. Enhance your photos: If you like to take family snaps, or perhaps have a selfie-habit, lighting can often let your pictures down. While the keen amateur photographer may want to invest in the proper lighting kit, those of us who just want to make our photos a little bit better could use an LED work light.

As the nights are drawing in and we all find ourselves needing a bit of extra illumination, Am-Tech have got a great LED work light giveaway taking place on our Facebook page! Get on over there for your chance to win.

Not only that we’ve also permanently reduced prices on selected lighting products, find a great offer here.

* Never shine lights directly at moving vehicles.

By Paul Hawkes, Am-Tech

Like DIY? Avoid These Five Costly Mistakes

Believe You Can

Believe You Can

We love DIY at Am-Tech. Lots of people do! And, most people would much rather do something themselves than pay someone else to do it for them. But here’s the catch. You can end up costing yourself more in the long run by doing it yourself. We’ve compiled the obvious and not-so-obvious mistakes DIY addicts often make, so hopefully you won’t…

Mistake #1 – The Superman/Wonder Woman syndrome

Have you ever met one of those people who could do everything better than you? They’re the same people who think they can build an entire house in one weekend with no help from anyone else. This is known as working beyond your scope. If you can’t do plumbing, don’t do plumbing. If you’re rotten with heights, avoid the roof. Don’t think that you can stand on tiptoes on the top rung of a rickety old ladder and think you’ll always be safe. One day you’ll be telling your DIY story in A & E!

Mistake #2 – “Permits? What permits?”

Permits aren’t there to just be a pain in your butt. They have a real purpose, and it’s in your best interest. Those folks in the permit office are there to make sure the job is done right and that you don’t go hurting yourself or anyone else. They also ensure that when you do an improvement, your insurance carrier has the necessary paperwork to keep you covered. Don’t quite know if you need one? Well, unless you’re just giving a lick of paint or new layer of paper to the guest room, chances are you’ll need one. If in any doubt, call your local council’s building department.

Mistake #3 – Saving a few too many bucks on materials

Love a bargain? Make sure you know where to draw the line. 1/4 inch drywall may save you a fortune, but it’s about as effective as a pair of curtains for soundproofing. You’ll need 3Ž4 inch for a good sound barrier. And flooring is the same story. 3/4 plywood is your best friend when it comes to keeping the noise down and giving you a strong foundation. So, crack open the piggy bank. Do the job once, do it right and do it with quality materials.

Mistake #4 – Ummmmm, that’s close enough

There is an age-old saying, “measure twice, cut once.” And you know what we’re talking about if you’ve ever cut anything to length only to realise that you measured at 303mm instead of 330mm. Bang. Your money is down the drain. So, always, always err on the side of making something a bit too long. It’s much easier to cut down than build up. So, remember. Measure twice, cut once on anything from drywall to plumbing pipes and crown molding.

Mistake #5 – Duct tape for life

We’ve all done the occasional plumbing repair with duct tape. It’s handy stuff. But it’s not a repair, it merely buys you a little time. If you’re walking out of the door to catch a flight for your two weeks in Hawaii, duct tape could very well save your bacon. But it’s NOT permanent. It WILL leak, as sure as night follows day. So, get it fixed as soon as you possibly can. And if plumbing is not your thing, get a pro to do it. Water damage can cost thousands and thousands of pounds in repairs.

So, those are the big ones, in our opinion. I’m sure many of you have more tips, feel free to post them on our Facebook page.

3 ways to bring a touch of Hollywood to your home

Handcrafted Luxury Bed

Handcrafted Luxury Bed

Hollywood stars are renowned for their luxurious homes, but there’s no reason that glitz and glam should be the preserve of celebs. If you’re looking to inject some extra style and personality into your property, take a look at the following three simple design suggestions.

1) Select statement furnishings

Let’s face it, A-listers aren’t exactly renowned for understatement so if you want to emulate their homes, you’ll need to be bold in your choices. For example, no Hollywood-style property is complete without an array of statement furnishings. Perhaps a standout sleigh bed or a dramatic four-poster would make the perfect addition to your boudoir and why not go all out in this space and select an indulgent chaise longue too? These elegant chairs have a regal quality and make an instant impression in bedrooms and lounges. If you’re stuck for inspiration, simply take a look around the web. By visiting the sites of furniture specialists like And So To Bed, you’ll be able to pick up plenty of ideas and you might come across products you’d never even considered before.

Elsewhere around your home, everything from impressive roll top baths to shiny marble dining tables can help to ensure your design scheme packs a real punch. Meanwhile, flamboyant chandeliers and oversized mirrors can help to complete the look.

2) Steer clear of dull décor

There is no place for dull décor in a Hollywood home, so forget pastels, beiges and creams when you’re planning your colour scheme. Monochrome is a favourite among many celebs and by combining black and white with flourishes of striking colour, you can create stunning results. Don’t shy away from patterns either. By introducing patterned wallpaper and accessories, such as rugs and cushions, you can really bring your rooms to life. To add to the sense of opulence and luxury, introduce gold or chrome accents too.

3) Accessorise with fabulous fabrics

Think carefully about your use of fabrics as well. Adding details such as velvet or satin throws and scatter cushions to your beds and chairs and placing plush rugs on your floors can give your rooms a truly indulgent look and feel. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling curtains can also bring a touch of Beverly Hills to your abode. When it comes to luxurious fabrics, there’s no such thing as less is more. By layering these materials, you can evoke an instant sense of A-list glamour.

By following design tips like these, you should be able to recreate your very own slice of Hollywood in your own home.

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BBC One’s DIY SOS features Sheffield attack victim



A man who was devastated by an attack has been featured on BBC One’s DIY SOS programme.

The show featured Mark Burrows, aged 36, who was left paralysed after an unprovoked attack in 2012.

The design team, lead by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, took on the task of building a self-contained apartment alongside his parents Frank and Chrstine’s home so that his parents can look after him instead of having to put him in a care home.

A statement on the show by the BBC said: “In April 2012, 35-year-old Mark Burrows had retrained to follow in his father’s footsteps as a scaffolder.

“Then, during an unprovoked attack, he fell and hit his head on the pavement, resulting in severe brain damage and paralysis. Now unable to walk, talk or feed himself, he requires 24-hour care, something his parents Frank and Christine are desperate to give him, rather than him being in a care home 15 miles away.

“With the help of flamboyant designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Nick and the boys take on the task of building a self-contained apartment alongside Frank and Christine’s two-bedroom bungalow so that after two years away, Mark can at last come home.”

Mr Burrows was enjoying a night out with a friend in Leopold Street in Sheffield city centre in April 2012 when three men came his way singing football songs.

South Yorkshire Police said it is thought he made a passing remark about Sheffield United having lost the football match, to which an intoxicated Corker responded aggressively, swearing at him before punching him in the face.

The programme featured the presenters building the self-contained apartment, mixed with heart-rending interviews with the Wigan-based family still coming to terms with the attack, years later.

When the building is completed, parents Frank and Christine broke down in tears as Mark was brought home.

*DIY SOS was broadcast at 8pm on June 10 on BBC One and remains available via BBC iPlayer.

Original article here: BBC DIY SOS

New workwear developed specifically for industry

New workwear developed specifically for industry

New workwear developed specifically for industry

MASCOT® LIGHT is the name of the new light workwear range from MASCOT. A range that offers both light weight and a low price. The range has been specially designed for work in Europe’s large industrial companies.

It contains nine new two-tone products, including work trousers, work jackets and a softshell jacket in two different colour combinations, royal blue/navy or dark anthracite/black. The range is offered in a broad range of sizes, including trousers with three different leg lengths as standard.

Lightweight workwear
MASCOT® LIGHT lives up to its name, and is the lightest complete range from MASCOT, offering a weight of only 245 g/m2. When working in high temperatures, such as those experienced in close proximity to large, heat-emitting machines in factories, light workwear is a necessity.  With that type of heat, every extra gram in the workwear becomes an unnecessary irritation, causing perspiration or discomfort for the wearer.  Previous workwear for industry has been plain and simple – both in details and fit – but with MASCOT® LIGHT, focus on comfort and function has been added. The positioning and size of the most essential details, such as pockets, have been thoroughly tested in order to make them perfect for industrial use. In addition, all buttons and zips are covered so they do not rub and scratch whatever is being worked on. Comfort is achieved through a thoroughly tested fit that offers excellent freedom of movement.

Quality for the money
The pricing is low, but rest assured, there has been no compromise on quality.  MASCOT® LIGHT offers quality for professionals, just as in our other ranges. All products in the new range are made from hard-wearing twill material. The products offer extra reinforcement around the pockets and in other exposed places, so they can withstand daily wear and tear and last longer. In addition, the products are sewn with a reinforcing three-needle seam in all exposed places.

Tested to work
MASCOT® LIGHT has been tested by workers in several of Europe’s major industrial companies, where the daily work takes place in temperatures approaching 40 degrees. All MASCOT® LIGHT workwear is TESTED TO WORK. This is MASCOT’s slogan and quality assurance, and it means that the products are both tested by potential end users before they go into production, and that the fabric has undergone testing in MASCOT’s own laboratories. Both of these processes ensure that the products live up to the stringent requirements, e.g., industrial laundering, colour fastness and wear. This benefits users in the form of the long lifetime of the products and as such, saves companies money in the long term. It also ensures effective laundry processes and efficient handling of the workwear. TESTED TO WORK is your guarantee of quality, when you buy your workwear from MASCOT.

CSR certified workwear
MASCOT® LIGHT is also workwear with a clear conscience. Our products are manufactured at MASCOT’s own factories in Vietnam, which have SA 8000 certification. SA 8000 is the most acknowledged international standard for corporate responsibility. When a supplier has this certification, consumers can be confident that the products have been manufactured under good and safe employee conditions.

Easy, fast and error-free ordering
At MASCOT, workwear isn’t the only product on the shelf. MASCOT also ensures efficient, error-free ordering on a large scale. MASCOT® SmartStore is a free online logistics and ordering system – perfect for large and medium-sized companies. With MASCOT® SmartStore, you can order MASCOT® LIGHT and other MASCOT products easily, quickly and without errors, saving companies both time and money.  The system is customised for your company’s and employees’ workwear needs – with a fixed product catalogue for each employee. It is a very user-friendly system that can be used by anyone.

See all of the products in the MASCOT® LIGHT range here:

How effective health and safety can save you money

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

ffective health and safety is a legal requirement for all workplaces, and is fundamental in ensuring the wellbeing of employees. But did you know that it can also save you money?

Far too often, employers and business owners are disinclined to invest in health and safety due to limited resources and they overlook the potential financial benefits. As training specialists Phoenix HSC note, failing to have the right procedures in place can not only pose a threat to workers’ safety, it can also lead to lost working days and other costly consequences. If you want more money in the bank for your business, read on.

Direct costs

Without adequate health and safety measures in place, workplace accidents and injuries are more likely to occur. This can result in employees taking a significant amount of time off work, and in turn this can lead to a number of direct costs for the employer, including having to pay the absent employee’s wage and shelling out for overtime or temporary staff members to cover the loss of work and delays. In some cases, you may also have to pay for medical expenses, doctors fees and compensation.

Indirect costs

There are also indirect costs that can result from injuries and ill-health.These include disrupted work schedules, reduced productivity, recruiting and training replacement staff and the time it takes for these individuals to become competent in their new roles. Services and product quality may also be affected, and you may suffer from loss of business and a decline of your reputation.

Insurance costs

Poor health and safety procedures could also cause your insurance premiums to rise and make it difficult for you to obtain future cover. Without the right insurance in place, you may be forced to fork out for insurance investigations, claims management and legal costs – which will come straight out of your company’s bottom line.

What’s the answer?

By saving on the cost of accidents and ill health, you are investing in the future of your firm. Increasing safety training, conducting regular risk assessments and ensuring you have the right level of insurance in place can all help to save you money. While it may cost you more initially, it can give you added peace of mind and help to increase profit in the long term.

If you are interested in assessing how much employee sickness rates are costing you, there are plenty of online tools that can help you do so. This can also be useful in providing you with a point of reference to gauge the improvement of health and safety within your organisation.

Remember, the sooner you take action, the more money you could potentially save and the more time you will have to focus on building your business.

How being bad at DIY inspired a successful start-up

An inability to do DIY work, and a dislike of household cleaning, looks set to make one young Irish entrepreneur a multimillionaire.

The man in question is 31-year-old Oisin Hanrahan, the boss and co-founder of fast-growing New York-based business Handy.

Via its website and mobile app, Handy allows members of the public to easily book pre-vetted cleaners or handymen and women.

If you need a plumber, or even just someone to assemble some flat-pack furniture for you, all you need to do is fill in an electronic form, describing what needs doing, when you want it done, and where you live.

Handy will then quote you a price, and you pay there and then.

Then at the time you want the job done, a Handy registered and approved tradesman or woman will arrive at your home.

Set up in 2012, Mr Hanrahan and his co-founder Umang Dua, 28, came up with the idea when they were flatmates in Boston.

Both were studying at Harvard Business School, and they were struggling to find someone they could trust to clean their messy student apartment, or do any repair work.

Handy is today available in 25 cities in the US, and two in Canada. And last year it launched in the UK, in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Brighton.

Now turning over $108m (£71m) a year, Handy is being used by hundreds of thousands of customers, and has more than 5,000 service professionals on its books.

Full article on the BBC

How to add value to your property

The way the property market is these days, we have to find new ways to add value to our properties. If you are going to make changes, it`s worth making changes that will increase the cost of your house so that you don’t find yourself at a loss when it comes to putting it on the market. Keeping your house looking great at all times is the best way to ensure that you are prepared for selling. Here are a few simple and effective ways to add value to your property:

Keep on top of repairs

There are always things that need to be fixed around the house. While it may be difficult when other things get in the way, try to get them fixed as they happen and before they mount up. Expert repair companies such as Hometech carry out repairs on a variety of furnishings, including kitchen work surfaces, baths, showers and sinks. Repairing instead of buying new offers a quicker and more affordable way to add value to your home.

Loft conversion or extension

If you’re really serious about adding value, it`s worth thinking about a loft conversion or extension. According to the HSBC Home Improvement survey, a loft conversion can add an average of about £16,000 to a home. Having an extra bedroom/gym/office can sometimes make all the difference to potential buyers.

A lick of paint

For a relatively low cost, giving your home a lick of paint can work wonders when trying to sell a house. Giving worn out and dull looking rooms a new burst of colour will help keep the house looking up-to-date and fresh. Although it may seem like a small and insignificant task, it could be the difference between buyers putting in an offer and not.

Apply for planning permission

You may not have the need or desire to extend your property, but someone else may. If you believe that your house could benefit from an extension but aren’t willing to undertake the whole job, it’s still worth trying to get the planning permission. Not only will this give buyers extra options, it also gives them a helping hand and may sway their decision.

Get the kitchen right

Research shows that one of the biggest selling points of a house is it’s kitchen. After all, it’s the room that everyone spends the most time in. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to try and make the kitchen seem like it has as much space as possible, and make sure that everything is working properly.

Although some of these ideas require a little investment, if you look at the overall picture of the property value and the ease and speed of selling it, it is definitely worth spending a little time and money changing these small things to make your home seem more appealing.

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