Socket Store Electrical Blog

Make September a new term for energy


With September looming, chances are your mind is on the coming term or your return to work after that holiday in the sun. But in between shopping for new school shoes and packing away the beachwear, now is the time to check your energy tariff – as chances are it’s about to rise. Eight fixed ... Continue reading →

Let there be (a year of) light!


Struggling through the remaining weeks of the summer holidays, fending off cries of “I’m bored!” and wondering where the sunshine went? Well, there might just be ‘light’ at the end of the tunnel! 2015 is the International Year of Light and organisers have produced a range of events, activi... Continue reading →

Our LED torches won’t leave you in the dark!


If you’re holidaying under canvas this summer, there’s a small yet essential item you don’t want to leave home without. You might have the tent and your sleeping bag at the ready, but our selection of LED torches is guaranteed to make camping easier in a ‘flash’! Torch technology has devel... Continue reading →

What is a COB light?


Just getting your head around LEDs? Well, now you need to know about COB too! COB stands for Chip on Board and it’s the very latest technology when it comes to LED lighting. Here’s what you need to know: What’s different about a COB light? COB lighting differs to standard LEDs in that is has m... Continue reading →

‘Impossible’ energy home built in the UK


George Osborne once described it as impossible, but the UK’s first zero-carbon home has been built – in just 16 weeks! The three-bed, £125,000 smart house, designed by a team at Cardiff University and built near Bridgend, generates more energy than it uses, thanks to a combination of solar pane... Continue reading →

Energy bills must be simpler – but Big Six to remain


More needs to be done to encourage gas and electricity customers to switch to better deals and energy firms must be more innovative, a year-long investigation has found. But the ‘Big Six’ companies won’t have to break up and have been found not to collude over prices – despite campaigners sa... Continue reading →

Heatwave? It’s the perfect time to think about your boiler!


The hottest day of the year might not seem like the ideal time to think about your heating system, but a green energy firm is urging consumers to do just that! As the UK swelters under soaring temperatures this week, Green Square Kelso is asking energy customers to consider going green and advising... Continue reading →

Our new bathroom lighting is causing a splash!


We certainly know how to ‘tap’ into expert partnerships here at Socket Store! Last month we revealed we’ve teamed up with LED light specialists LuxLite, and now we’d love to tell you more about the fabulous products made by our industry-leading partner Sensio! Light designers and developers ... Continue reading →

10 things you probably didn’t know about light bulbs

The history of the light bulb

Here at Socket Store we do like to keep our customers and followers up to date with product info about our new lighting and interesting energy news! But when it comes to the humble light bulb, here are some things you might be ‘in the dark’ about: Brazilian football legend Pele was name... Continue reading →

Shallow groundwater could turn up the heat!


Heat within shallow groundwater under Cardiff could be turned into green energy to warm up homes and businesses across the city, thanks to a bold initiative and a £250,000 funding award. Cardiff Council has teamed up with WDS Green Energy and the British Geological Survey in a bid to find out if th... Continue reading →