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Buying Guides

Our informative buying guides contain essential advice for anyone planning to make a lighting purchase.

  • Lumen, Lux & Candela - an introduction

    Author: Jon Sharman
    Published: December 30, 2013

    Lumens, Lux and Candela are very important terms when it comes to lighting but what do they mean? We explain...

  • Halogen light bulbs buying guide

    Author: Glenn Harper
    Published: November 19, 2013

    What benefits do halogen based light bulbs have over other types? We take a look at each halogen light bulb fitting type and look into their uses.

  • Buying Guide - Heaters

    Author: Jon Sharman
    Published: October 10, 2013

    Our heater buying guide explains the different heater types and helps you select the best ones for your requirements.

  • Dimmers - trailing edge v leading edge

    Author: Glenn Harper
    Published: September 11, 2013

    Dimmers allow you to alter both light level and mood but they don't all work the same way. We look at the difference between them

  • Guide to fluorescent tubes - T4, T5, T8, T12

    Author: James Descombes
    Published: September 6, 2013

    Fluorescent tube lighting offers a money saving solution when it comes to replacing old lights. We compare the different types of fluorescent tubes

  • Daylight Tubes Explained

    Author: Glenn Harper
    Published: July 24, 2013

    Daylight tubes offer more than just improved levels of lighting. We take a look at daylight tubes, explain what they do and what their benefits are.

  • Emergency lighting … it’s on the way out

    Author: Jon Sharman
    Published: March 28, 2013

    With safety paramount, Emergency Lighting plays an essential part in the daily running of any premises. We take an in-depth look at this life-saving lighting.

  • Bathroom zones - what can go where

    Author: Peter Hopper
    Published: February 21, 2013

    Bathroom zones define where you can place light fittings when it comes to water resistance. We explain the rules and requirements.

  • IP Ratings – The definitive guide

    Author: Peter Hopper
    Published: February 19, 2013

    IP Ratings help you assess the suitability of a light for a location and a function. We take an in-depth look into what they exactly mean and how they can help you achieve the perfect lighting.

  • Health and Safety at work guide

    Author: Peter Hopper
    Published: October 25, 2012

    Work safety is important to everyone even though the sheer mention of it produces a collective groan. Lyco have a full range of Health & Safety products to keep you legal and take care of those essential requirements

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