The best Christmas lights for your house

During December many of us spend time and money buying and putting up Christmas lights outside our homes. Some people, it seems, use this opportunity to erect as many different types of lights and animated figures at the front of their house as possible leading to a bright and riotous display whilst others may go for a more subtle display. Whatever your preference is you will need to think about buying any new lights early on otherwise many retailers sell out of the more popular types and even online it is difficult to get them delivered before Christmas.

Sorting out the electrical connections for the outdoor lights can be a problem especially if there are a lot of lights. Outdoor electrical sockets are the safest way to power the lights and a good electrician will be able to provide a quote for installing these. It is important to only use outdoor lights and not those recommended for indoor use only as this can be a safety issue.

Some people decide to opt for solar powered l...
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What to look for when choosing a microwave

Kitchen appliances can make our day to day life so much easier. There may be a number of appliances that you use often such as a kettle, toaster and microwave.

A microwave is a common appliance in many households. It can be handy to quickly warm up a dinner later in the evening, heat through veg or beans or even to bake a cake. The best microwaves make light work of heating and defrosting, and you can rely on them to cook and thaw food properly. You can even pick up a microwave oven that can help cook food that usually would need to be done in a conventional oven.

You may assume that the best microwaves will be the most expensive but this is not always the case. When looking to buy a new microwave you need to check a few features. The higher the kilowatt rating is the quicker it will be to cook, or warm food. To truly find out which microwave is best for you, you need to do your research and read plenty of reviews. Sometimes the ones with all the bells and whistle aren’t th...
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Choosing a smartphone to suit your specific needs

There are hundreds of smartphones available, with a few more prominent brands but plenty of cheaper options to choose from. Two particular brands, considered the leaders in the smart phone industry, are often compared to one another in the media and social media users often joke about their ‘rivals’. However, while it is easy to be influenced by the opinions of others, it is important to research thoroughly before choosing a smartphone to ensure it fits your lifestyle and needs.

While the smaller manufacturers tend to use the same technology for the software side of the devices, the bigger competitors often use their own software and this can cause issues for some users. Swapping from one brand to another when upgrading can cause issues with transferring data from the old phone to the new, while apps may also be different and the user data incompatible with the new phone.

Ultimately, you should look at what the tech has to offer before looking at the brand name. Even as a...
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Having smart devices in your home

Over the last few years more and more smart devices are becoming available on the market. There are a number of different types of devices you can control through your smart phone or tablet such as lights, plugs, cameras and heating. Often you connect all of these smart devices to one main app or device such as an Alexa. This will then allow you to turn them on and off and create schedules for them. This can be really useful when you are away from home as you can make it appear as though people are in the house because the lights and TV etc can come on and off.

Some devices such as the Amazon Echo Show, allow you to video call your friends and family and also drop in on your device when you are away. Lots of people use these to drop in on their new puppy or to keep an eye on their home when on holiday. You do need to ensure that you have the devices set up correctly and that you set a password to make sure that they cannot be accessed without your permission as unfortunately the...
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Are cordless vacuum cleaners worth the extra money?

Many people are opting for cordless appliances these days as they can look a lot tidier (without all the cables) and are often more practical as you can use them around the home with ease.

When it comes to cleaning, a vacuum is essential and can make a huge difference to a room. Vacuuming is often required at least a few times a week in most homes if not every day in busy homes. There is such a massive array of vacuum cleaners on the market and the prices range drastically from around 50 for an upright corded vacuum upwards of a few hundred pounds. 7When making your decision you may not know which one to go for and it is easy to become overwhelmed with the choices available to you. You need to think carefully about which vacuum cleaner will best suit your needs. If you struggle to carry around a heavy one and just need to give the floors a quick once over then you may want to invest in a cordless vacuum. But id you have a large home or often vacuum for more than an 30 mins at a ...
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