Socket Store Electrical Blog

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 →

Changing the settings on Varilight V-Pro dimmers

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We are regularly asked about our Varilight V-Pro dimmers, so in this week’s blog we explain how to change the settings. Varilight have created a fantastic video (below) guiding you through the programming stages, but we’ve also outlined it below, in case you prefer to read rather than watch!... Continue reading →

LED look-up chart – replacing your light bulbs [infographic]

We know it can be confusing when you are looking to replace your traditional light bulbs with LED bulbs or lamps. That’s why we’ve produce this chart! Don’t forget, it’s all about the lumens. So, simply put, look at your traditional incandescent light bulb and look up how man... Continue reading →

Energy saving lamps and lighting [infographic]

Energy saving lamps

There’s more to going green than buying a one-size-fits-all light bulb! The energy saving lamps and lighting market has grown and improved rapidly, with bulbs now emitting different types of light and having varying energy-saving abilities. Our latest infographic gives the lowdown on the light... Continue reading →

Are our dimmers compatible with LED lamps?

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One of the questions we regularly get asked is whether you can use our dimmers with LED (light-emitting diode) lamps, also known as LED bulbs. The answer is… maybe! All our standard dimmers are leading edge dimmers, which are designed for use with traditional incandescent or halogen lamps. Whi... Continue reading →

What is a back box?

Antique Brass Socket

Behind every successful socket, there’s a strong, reliable partner holding everything together! That’s right; there’s more to the good old switch socket than meets the eye, and if you’re installing or changing one in your home, you’ll need to know about back boxes. A back box is what’s n... Continue reading →