Socket Store Electrical Blog

Click and Collect makes life easier for customers


Ever keen to simplify shopping for our customers, Socket Store has a couple of new features that you might want to know about! Following a site upgrade, we now offer a next day delivery upgrade on selected items. At the moment, these include our Contour Brushed Steel plates and the Victorian Antique... Continue reading →

Steel yourself – it’s the graphene light bulb!


It’s 200 times stronger than steel and one million times thinner than human hair – and it could be about to light up your home! We’re talking about graphene, the new wonder material shaking up the world of technology. An LED light bulb made of graphene is to go on sale by the end of the year, ... Continue reading →

Changing the settings on Varilight V-Pro dimmers


We are regularly asked about our Varilight V-Pro dimmers, so in this week’s blog we explain how to change the settings. These popular dimmers are set to run in trailing edge mode (Mode 1), which is more advanced than leading edge mode and eliminates the buzz some dimmers emit. Trailing edge mode i... Continue reading →

Thermal images turn up heat for energy efficiency


A ‘thermal heat map version of Google Earth’, showing every home in America and using drive-by, heat-sensitive cameras to highlight exactly where homeowners could save energy, could be created under ambitious plans. Start-up technology company Essess has already taken thermal images of more than... Continue reading →

Flagship tidal lagoon scheme could power UK homes


Sea lagoon power could be generating eight percent of the UK’s electricity in a matter of years, if ambitious plans at six sites go ahead. The proposed network of tidal lagoons, including four in Wales and two in England, would be a world first. Energy secretary Ed Davey has said he is “passiona... Continue reading →

Investigation fuels criticism of ‘Big Six’ suppliers


More than nine out of 10 domestic dual fuel customers have missed out on big energy savings by not switching supplier, an independent government department believes. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has released the early findings of an investigation into the energy market and the results... Continue reading →