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“Superb service” and speedy troubleshooting? It’s all in a day’s work at Oliver Lamps

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Sometimes, despite the best-laid plans, things go wrong. When that happens, the litmus test of whether you’re dealing with the right supplier or installer is how hard they’ll work to put the problem right.

(And, by the way, anyone who tells you that what they provide will never, ever go wrong is not to be trusted. Failures sometimes happen, especially where electrical appliances are concerned. That’s just a fact of life.)

Here’s an example of an unexpected issue we faced while working with a very big client just as COVID arrived and we had to act fast to correct it. If you’re currently working with an installer/supplier who isn’t Oliver Lamps, ask yourself this question while you read it: would your present installer do this for you too? If the answer’s no, get in touch and let’s talk!

A big job with a small timeframe

Our client had 3,000 halogen light bulbs they wanted to replace with energy-saving LEDs as quickly as possible, and all in one go so that it wouldn’t impact their daily operation. This was in early 2020, and just as we were about to visit the client to undertake the site survey the pandemic hit, which meant we couldn’t go to their premises in person. Instead, the client remotely took us through the building via a Zoom video chat so we could assess their needs and plan the installation remotely, which was far from an ideal situation. However, it did mean that, as soon as our team was allowed to go inside, we’d have everything we needed to get the job done.

Or so we thought.

The problem was when we were finally able to enter the building and replace and install the 3,000 lights, we discovered that a couple of the new LED bulbs didn’t work. As we mentioned in a recent blog, that occasionally happens but it’s very rare. In fact, when you do the maths and work out what the failure rate of two LEDs out of 3000 is, it comes to 0.0666666667%. When you consider that the lighting industry standard for LED lamp failure is 3%, and the industry standard for the ‘acceptable rate of failure’ of electronic devices is between 10%-15%, it gives you an idea of how tiny the problem we had to deal with was.

Still, even though it was a tiny failure rate, it still wasn’t acceptable. We’d made a commitment to the client to get everything installed without any glitches, and we were focused on keeping it.

We immediately contacted our supplier and asked them to send us replacement bulbs as a matter of urgency, so we could install them before our team left the site. That’s something we’re able to do, here at Oliver Lamps. In fact, when we select our partners and suppliers, ‘seamless efficiency’ and ‘fast response times’ are two boxes they’ve got to be able to tick.

The result? The replacement LEDs arrived on site the very next day which meant the mammoth task of replacing and installing 3000 lights was completed in the agreed timescale, and our client wasn’t aware there had even been an issue.

Of course, if the job had been a lot smaller – let’s say a conventional office building or sports hall with only a few dozen lights to install – our team probably wouldn’t have still been on site when the replacements arrived the next day. But, if that ever happens, we’ll always pull out all the stops to install the replacements asap or the lighting supplier will pay for the on-site installation as part of our partnership agreement. Either way, there’s no extra cost to the customer and the inconvenience is always kept to a minimum.

Something else to remember: our lighting is also covered by a seven-year manufacturer’s guarantee so if anything goes wrong within those seven years the appliance will be replaced with no questions asked and a new seven-year warranty will immediately take effect. That means you’ve always got peace of mind that if something unexpected kills your bulbs (the majority of LED failures are actually caused by extreme energy spikes, not by problems within the bulb itself) Oliver Lamps has always got you covered.

Here’s a quick testimonial from another very satisfied client:

We purchased product for an install at local council offices. Upon installation, one of the items failed. I called Colin @ Oliver Lamps, advised of the issue and the following day we had a replacement delivered directly to site! Meaning no time lost due to return visits to site. 

A superb service, resolved by one simple phone call.

Mark Worraker

Operations Director

J Cook LTD 

If you’d like to find out more about our first-class lighting and energy products and/or our expert and hassle-free installation service, give us a call on 01328 855028, send us an email at [email protected], or pop into our showroom at 26/28 Oak Street, Fakenham, NR21 9DY. We’re looking forward to giving you top-quality products, high-quality service, and absolutely priceless peace of mind!

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Energy bill worries? Don’t get hoodwinked by cowboy deals

energy bill cowboys

Energy bills are rocketing. We’re all looking for the best ways to save money, and there are a lot of cowboys out there offering sensational energy deals that are too good to be true. Except the customers who fall for those deals don’t realise they’ve been sold a pig-in-a-poke until it’s too late, and by that time, the cowboys have galloped off into the sunset, and there’s usually nothing they can do about it.

Some deals are too good to be true

Right now, because of all the concern and confusion surrounding rising fuel prices and the increasing need to find cheaper, more sustainable forms of energy to keep our homes, vehicles, and businesses running, a lot of cowboys are taking full advantage of the situation by hooking people on energy solutions that seem like a great deal but are actually inferior products poorly installed with no degree of customer care and no follow-up service when things go wrong.

The same goes with products like lighting (bulbs, fittings, and/or installation); smart tech; home security; electrical appliances; even those fly-by-nights who show up at your door with an unbeatable offer to slash your energy bills by installing ultra-cheap super-duper new windows.

Please don’t fall for any of it.

The thing about cowboys is that they’re only focused on chasing the next job. They hook their victims in on price, deliver sub-standard results, and then move on quickly before word gets around what bandits they are.

How do you avoid getting ripped off by cowboys? It’s easy.

Only work with a company or a supplier that’s very well-established and has a reputation you can trust, like Oliver Lamps.

Oliver Lamps is a third-generation family-run business with over sixty years of experience in the lighting industry. When you buy lighting from us, you can be confident you’re purchasing the very best quality at the very best price. It’s precisely the same with everything else we offer, including EV charging, solar charging, and lighting installation; our knowledge, expertise, and customer service are second-to-none, and we only work with partners and suppliers who can guarantee the same.

Don’t focus on price at the expense of quality.

If you want good quality, you’ll probably have to pay a little more for it, but never forget that buying cheap is always buying twice. We’ve recently read a lot of stories in the newspapers and on social media sites like LinkedIn about people who purchased products a year ago and sometimes paid a hefty premium for, only to discover it’s a load of rubbish and the company that installed it has disappeared into thin air. That kind of scam is very, very big right now.

When you pay a little bit more money for quality, you’re saving a lot more money in the long run.

Buying from Oliver Lamps means you’re buying with the confidence you’re getting a high-quality product or service that is fully backed up by the full manufacturer guarantee. In the unlikely event that anything you purchase from us fails under warranty, you’ll be able to repair or replace it without any hassle. In fact, a lot of the product we install is also covered by a five- or seven-year warranty with the first one or two years covered on-site, giving you peace of mind that if anything goes wrong, it will be put right quickly with no arguments.

Partnerships are the secret to our success

Oliver Lamps was founded when entrepreneurial publican Harold Oliver travelled to London to source elegant lighting for his north Norfolk gastropub. After talking with some of the lighting industry’s most prominent players, Harold didn’t just return with the high-quality bulbs he needed for the Rose & Crown; he’d also started to establish the partnerships that would take Harold and his wife, Muriel, on an utterly unexpected journey…

…founding Oliver Lamps and turning it into one of the UK’s most trusted and respected independent lighting specialists.

At Oliver Lamps, we take exceptional care in selecting the lighting suppliers, EV manufacturers, solar innovators, and other providers and artisans we work with. We do our research, we only work with partners who share the same high standards we do, and even though we’re a company with very old-fashioned values of quality and customer service, we’re never afraid to change things up to give our customers the best deals and results. Whatever you buy from us – whether it’s a single LED bulb, an EV charger, or a complete lighting installation – you’ll always receive the best quality, care, customer service, and after-sales support, not just from your team at Oliver Lamps, but from all of our partners and suppliers too.

You’ll also only have one point of contact if you’ve got any enquiries or something goes wrong, so you’ll never be given the run-around, and you’ll always know who to talk to to get the problem sorted. Not only that, but we’ll also always respond quickly and take full responsibility for putting things right.

And, while we’re on the subject of things going wrong…

If anyone says that what you buy from them will never go wrong, don’t believe it.

Because if you do, and when it goes wrong, you’ll either a) be left with something you can’t use anymore, that the company you bought it from won’t take responsibility for repairing or replacing, or b) have the hassle, stress, and inconvenience of going into a dispute with the company until your problem’s fixed… if it ever is.

There’s no use in pretending that failures never happen. Lights, EV chargers, smart tech etc., are all electronic and, like any other type of electronics you’d buy – a tv or a microwave, for example – they could go wrong at any time.

However, we can assure you that, in our experience, failures aren’t habitual. It’s extremely rare for one of our products to go wrong, but you won’t need to worry if it does. We’re there for you, we’ll give you our full support, and we’ll do whatever needs to be done to put it right. As we mentioned a moment ago, everything we supply also has full backup from the manufacturer, so you’re covered for every eventuality.

Even though we’re a small company, Oliver Lamps always gives you a lot more than you’d get anywhere else on the high street.

From the first moment you contact us or walk into our showroom, we’ll do everything we can to make you comfortable, answer your questions, provide what you need, and always be here to help. We’re highly responsive too. For example, our sales team recently received a lighting enquiry from a business, and we were able to visit their premises, make an inspection, go back to our warehouse and then return to the customer with a selection of different solutions all in the same day. That’s not the kind of service you’re likely to find elsewhere, and we’re very proud of it.

When it comes to LED lighting, EV charging, energy sustainability, smart tech, and home decoration, Oliver Lamps is your one-stop-shop! Just pop into our showroom at 26/28 Oak Street, Fakenham, NR21 9DY, call us on 01328 855028, or send us an email at [email protected], and we’ll do the rest!

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How sustainable are you?

How sustainable are you?

A couple of weeks ago, it was Earth Day – a time to think about how sustainable we all are.

With everything else that’s going on in the news, you’d be forgiven for missing it, which is why we wanted to take a few moments to talk about it today.

Why?

Earth Day isn’t some trendy new ‘Let’s Jump on the Save the Planet’ bandwagon idea. 22nd April 2022 was Earth Day’s 52nd anniversary.

That’s more than half a century’s worth of Earth Days. Incredible, isn’t it?

Most people think issues like global warming, pollution, melting icecaps and shrinking habitats are subjects that only started appearing in headlines over the last twenty or so years, but scientists and environmentalists have been warning us about the irreversible damage our consumption of fossil fuels is doing to the Earth since April 22 1970.

What is Earth Day?

Every year on 22 April, over 1 billion people across more than 190 countries take action to raise awareness of the climate crisis and everything else we should be doing to keep our world clean, safe, and healthy for future generations. It’s a truly international day that’s solely devoted to our planet, promoting sustainability and conservation, and drawing attention to how we must stop and reverse all the damage we’re doing to our environment.

If you’re a regular customer or reader, you’ll know that encouraging sustainability, saving energy, and doing everything we can to minimise our global footprint are very important to all of us here at Oliver Lamps.

It’s why we’ve expanded our energy-efficiency offerings from LED to EV to Solar power and beyond because we want to make conserving, recycling, and using energy more efficiently as easy as possible for everybody.

We believe that one of the biggest obstacles preventing us all from doing our best to save the planet is that there’s just too much going on in our busy lives to think about it.

For example, when it comes to something that should be as simple as recycling your household waste and dividing what’s recyclable and what’s not between your different household bins… are you honestly doing it as carefully as you should?

Don’t feel guilty if you aren’t. Hardly anyone does, even though most of us want to.

Except life gets in the way. Like when you leave the lights on in an empty room or keep an electrical appliance on energy-guzzling standby because you’re already onto the next task, and it doesn’t even occur to you to flip the switch or press the ‘power off’ button.

But if you did, you’d be helping to conserve the Earth’s valuable resources, reduce toxic greenhouse gas emissions, and shave at least £120 a year off your energy bill. According to experts, you could save as much as £500 a year if you used all your lights and appliances more efficiently. And that doesn’t even factor in the incredible good you’d be doing for our environment.

That’s why Oliver Lamps wants to help you take all that hard sustainable work off your shoulders by becoming your go-to one-stop energy efficiency shop.

So you can cut your bills, make your life easier, and do your bit to save the planet every single day without even having to stop and think about it.

Our friendly team will always give you the very best advice on everything you need to do to reduce your bills and follow a more sustainable, energy-efficient lifestyle. Up to now, you may have thought you’re doing as much as you can to save energy and lower costs, but we bet we’ve got plenty of suggestions up our sleeve you haven’t thought about.

Not just suggestions but practical sustainable solutions you can take home and start using instantly, from a simple energy-saving LED bulb to the latest lighting and home security Smart tech. Or you could book a chat with our brilliant installation experts and find out how installing an EV charger on your premises won’t just save you money and save the planet; it could make you money too! Or what about harnessing the power of solar? Think again if you’ve never thought about installing solar because it feels too complicated and expensive. We’ve partnered with some of the UK and Europe’s leading recyclable energy innovators with the sole aim of making all this exciting technology more accessible and affordable for you. We’re going to tell you more about that in our next blog.

In the meantime, why not pop into our showroom at 26/28 Oak Street, Fakenham, call us on 01328 855028, or email [email protected] to find out more? We’re looking forward to helping you make your world a cheaper, brighter, and more planet-friendly place!

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We are your one-stop renewable energy shop!

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You don’t need to go anywhere else for your renewable energy needs when you’ve got Oliver Lamps to rely on.

For example, suppose you pop into our fabulous shop at 26/28 Oak Street, Fakenham, NR21 9DY, to buy an LED bulb or check out our incredible range of Smart tech, light fittings, bespoke lampshades, or home furnishings. In that case, you could also find out about EV charging your home or business or harnessing all the awesome cost-saving power of solar energy.

Or, if you’ve got an energy-saving problem that needs solving, your friendly team at Oliver Lamps can help you with that too. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll definitely know somebody who will!

That’s because we work with an incredible number of trusted partners all over the UK. All of them are at the top of their field, whether it’s EV, solar, or any other kind of renewable energy innovation. Not to mention that our talented installation team also love a seemingly impossible mission – over the decades, we’ve designed and installed lighting for countless big and small office buildings, shops, warehouses, garages, churches, sporting arenas, concert halls, and other weird and wonderful venues. There’s absolutely no challenge you could give us that we or our partners won’t be able to tackle.

Here are a couple of recent examples

After they read one of our recent blogs, the owners of a popular Norfolk shopping and eating complex wanted to learn more about EV charging. That’s because, just like us, they’re passionate about offering their customers the very best services and facilities they can while cutting costs, generating invaluable extra revenue, and minimising their C02 footprint. They also wanted to take advantage of the OZEV workplace charging grant while it’s still available, and, considering how fast government policies and the global energy market are both changing right now, who can blame them for not hanging around? Although we all hope that the workplace charging grant won’t disappear anytime soon, why take that chance when we already know that petrol and diesel vehicles will be fazed out over the next decade? EV isn’t just the future; it’s happening today!

But they had a problem. Their electricity supply board was already running at full capacity, and they worried that installing EV chargers would tip them over the edge. So, they came to Oliver Lamps and asked if we had a solution.

After listening to their requirements, discussing their options, and working closely with one of our fantastic solar energy partners, we offered the client a simple but innovative solution that not only solves their capacity problem so they can install EV… it’s going to save them a lot of money across the rest of their business as well!

Want to know what it is? Let’s say that solar and EV work exceptionally well together, and solar panels aren’t just designed to go on the roof!

Another customer came to us, worried about their rising energy bill but convinced they couldn’t afford to get solar installed. A well-known company had already given them a quote that was well over £500k and, despite the fact they’d eventually make that money back (and much more) over the long term, that kind of up-front outlay just wasn’t feasible.

Working in partnership with our solar experts, we offered them a solution that was almost £100k cheaper than their first quote… something their accountants and bank manager were a lot more willing to get behind!

What’s the moral to these stories?

Whatever your renewable energy needs are and whatever obstacles seem to be holding you back, we’ll always be able to help you find a better solution. In the extremely rare circumstance that we can’t (which hasn’t happened yet), we’ll at least be able to point you in the right direction.

We have the country’s very best lighting and energy-saving experts on our team, and we’ve worked hard to develop close, trusting relationships with the UK’s (and Europe’s) leading renewable energy partners and suppliers.

And that’s why Oliver Lamps really are your one-stop lighting and renewable energy shop!

To find out more, give us a call on 01328 855028, drop us an email at [email protected], or visit our showroom and say hello. Whatever your question or concern, no matter how big or small your problem, our friendly team will always be here to help you!

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Did you know you can charge your electric vehicle via solar power?

Oliver Lamps solar power

Let’s start with the bad news. As we write this, there are petrol and diesel shortages across the U.K. If you drive a conventional gas-guzzling motor and you’re lucky enough to find a garage that’s got any petrol or diesel, filling up your tank will cost you a small fortune. And, before you even get to fill up your tank, you’ll almost certainly be stuck in a queue of unhappy drivers who are desperately trying to fill their tanks up as well. But look on the bright side, at least the sun’s been shining.

Now, the fantastic news. If you drive an electric car, the petrol and diesel shortages won’t affect you. You’ll be reducing your carbon footprint, saving a heap of money, and if your electric car is entirely electric, you currently won’t have to pay any road tax. Even if it’s a hybrid vehicle, your road tax will be considerably reduced.

Plus, while you drive past that long queue of frustrated petrolheads in the brilliant sunshine, you could have the added satisfaction of knowing that all that lovely solar energy will be getting stored up for your E.V. charger, ready to ‘fuel up’ your electric car overnight.

That’s right. You can use solar power to charge your electric car!

All you have to do is get in touch with Oliver Lamps and we’ll tell you how!

Oliver Lamps has gone solar.

On top of all the other fabulous energy-saving innovations we offer, Oliver Lamps have teamed up with the U.K.’s brightest solar energy experts so that you can tap into the power of sunlight too!

Solar isn’t something we’ve talked about before, but it’s a part of our business that’s quickly becoming huge. More than one million households across the country already rely on solar energy and – wait for it – there are currently six times more public E.V. charging points than there are petrol pumps in the U.K., with around two hundred more public charge points being installed every week… and that doesn’t even take into account the rapidly growing number of E.V. home charger installations!

It’s not hard to see why so many businesses and homeowners are jumping on the solar bandwagon. With the alarming and seemingly never-ending rise in energy prices, not to mention the growing shortage of fossil fuels and the incredible damage those fossil fuels are inflicting on our planet, making the change to cheaper, more sustainable, and environmentally friendly sources of energy has become more important than ever.

Also, as we mentioned in our previous blog, installing an E.V. charger could generate an invaluable revenue stream for your business. Plus, if you’ve got solar panels on your business or home, you might be eligible to apply for The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), a government scheme that pays businesses and homeowners for the excess renewable electricity they generate and put back into the National Grid.

How does solar energy work?

Solar energy is drawn from the electromagnetic radiation of the sun. It is renewable, sustainable, inexhaustible, and entirely free of charge. Solar energy generates heat and electricity by (most commonly) using a solar P.V. (Photovoltaic cell) panel to absorb and concentrate the sun’s light and heat.

What are the main advantages of solar energy?

  • Solar energy is renewable, free of charge, and 100% inexhaustible.
  • There are no toxic or air-polluting emissions and no greenhouse gases.
  • Using solar energy will help the fight against climate change.
  • Using solar energy will reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, the electricity grid, and natural gas.
  • Solar energy is a rapidly growing industry, creating employment and wealth.

What are the disadvantages of solar energy?

  • The initial cost of installation (although grants are available)
  • Location; i.e. some parts of the country get more sunlight than others.

Having said that, solar panels can still work reasonably well in cloudy weather and – despite the traditional view that the U.K. isn’t especially sunny – we do receive approximately 60% of the equivalent solar radiation found at the Equator. Also, solar panels work more effectively in temperate regions than in very hot countries, which means the U.K. is the perfect place to take advantage of solar energy!

Stand by for some trivia!

  • Under average U.K. weather conditions, one kilowatt of solar panels should generate between 700-900 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year.
  • In 2020, renewable energy – solar, wind, hydro, and biomass – overtook fossil fuels to become the U.K.’s leading energy source.
  • Solar power is the third most generated renewable energy in the U.K., after wind and biomass.
  • According to the U.K. government’s Digest of U.K. Energy Statistics (2020), solar P.V. energy makes up 28% of the U.K.’s renewable energy mix. In 2011, it only made up 1%. What a difference nine years makes!
  • The U.K. has a combined capacity of 13.26 GW of solar P.V. power, which is enough for three million households.
  • If we all worked together to treble the U.K.’s solar energy capacity, total U.K. carbon emissions could be cut by 21.2 million tonnes per year by 2030. And what else is happening in 2030? That’s when the U.K. will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans!
  • The U.K. is currently No.8 in the global ranking for the use of solar energy… and, thanks to the solar geniuses who work with Oliver Lamps, we’re moving closer to the top of that ranking every year!

Want to know more?

Just give our friendly, expert team a call on 01328 855028 or drop us an email at [email protected], and we’ll do the rest. Even though it’s getting busy for the bright sparks in our showroom and our experts and installers in the outside world, we’ve always got time for you!

P.S. Don’t forget our showroom is at 26/28 Oak Street, Fakenham, NR21 9DY. If you’re in the area, please pop in and say hello!

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Announcing our exciting new partnership

EV charging partnership

You already trust Oliver Lamps to supply you with the very best in LED and conventional lighting.

If you read our last blog, you’ll also know that we can make installing EV charging painless and very competitively priced for you too. And, if you act now and take advantage of the government’s OZEV Workplace Charging grant while it’s still available, you might even cover the costs of installing EV on your business premises completely! Even if the grant doesn’t cover all the costs, you’ll still receive up to £350 per installed chargepoint, which will take an enormous sting out of the bill… and you won’t have to do a thing to get it! We’ll take care of the installation and all the headachey grant application paperwork for you!

All you’ll have to do is enjoy the incredible energy efficiencies and revenue generation your new EV chargepoints will give you, plus the peace of mind that you’re doing something essential and beneficial for the planet.

So, to make all that happen, doesn’t it make sense that we’d want to team up with an EV charging manufacturer that’s just as innovative, customer-focused and environmentally responsible as we are?

That’s why we’re so excited to be working in partnership with Zaptec, the Norwegian EV pioneers who are bringing the very best cutting-edge charging technology from the coast of Norway to the rest of the world!

“Zaptec who???”

Although they’re relatively new to the rapidly growing EV market, Zaptec succeeded in becoming the leading supplier in the Norwegian corporate market in just two years. Since then, they’ve established offices in Sweden, Switzerland, France, Denmark and Germany… and now it’s the UK’s turn.

And who are one of the first UK companies Zaptec wanted to partner with? We are!

At Oliver Lamps, we’ve nurtured fantastic relationships with all the major EV manufacturers, and we’re proud to install their products too. Still, we wanted to give Zaptec a special nod today because most people in the UK haven’t heard of them yet.

Trust us, though; you will very soon!

Oliver Lamps+Zaptec = the perfect EV combination!

Just like we’re always doing our best to help the environment and tackle climate change by championing energy-saving LED lighting, recycling everything we can and using a carbon-neutral delivery service to transport our products to customers (among lots of other initiatives), Zaptec are also focused on changing the world for the better by creating a more sustainable, electrical future.

Zaptec are passionate about building a greener world and enabling more efficient ways to travel while still celebrating everything that makes us human. As humans, travel and exploration are in our blood, and one of the main objections people raise when they think about electric vehicles and sustainable transport is… but what’s the point? You’ll never be able to drive very far on a single charge, and you’ll be constantly stressed out, worrying that your car or van will run out of juice before you can reach your destination (or the nearest chargepoint) in time.

The truth is, that’s not the case anymore!

The latest electric vehicles can travel a surprisingly long way on a single charge, and the growth explosion in the EV market means that chargepoints are popping up at garages, hotels, pubs, and other businesses, literally everywhere. That’s why Zaptec were so keen to work with us, and we were eager to work with them, because we want to do everything we can to help build the UK’s EV infrastructure and make EV charging something that all our customers can benefit from.

Whether you’re taking a quick jaunt to the shops or carrying an essential delivery to the other end of the country, Oliver Lamps and Zaptec are passionate about being the power behind your journey. How do we do that? It’s simple!

  • Zaptec offers leading-edge, green-tech charging solutions that combine the latest technology with intuitive, human-centred design…
  • …and Oliver Lamps takes control of everything from locating the best place for your chargepoints to go, arranging the seamless, hassle-free installation, and applying for the OZEV grant on your behalf. All you have to do is agree to apply for the grant before the chargepoints are installed because the government doesn’t allow us to apply on your behalf retrospectively.

Don’t forget that means you’ll save up to £350 per chargepoint! If you install a single chargepoint with two guns, that counts as two chargepoints, so you could recover as much as £700!

What are the benefits of installing EV on your premises?

It can generate your business a lot of extra revenue. You’re in complete control of how much you charge drivers for using your chargepoint, so once your electricity supplier has taken their cut, you can put the rest of that money straight back into your business!

It gives your business added value by showing your clients and customers how forward-thinking and environmentally responsible you are. Installing chargepoints for extra revenue also demonstrates a lot of financial savvy, which will keep your bank and shareholders happy as well!

It’s always wise to future-proof yourself as early as possible, so you’ll already be ahead of your competition when electric vehicles become the norm.

In 2030, the UK will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans, and all new cars and vans will be fully zero-emission from 2035. The electric future’s coming. Doesn’t it make sense to be ready for it now (while the EV grants are available) instead of later, when charger and installation costs will no doubt go through the roof, and installers will be so run off their feet you’ll probably have to wait months for your chargers to arrive?

Here, at Oliver Lamps, we’re as passionate about helping your business innovate with EV as we are about providing high-quality lighting services. By working in partnership with Zaptec, and all our other great EV suppliers, you can rest assured we’re doing everything we can to make your EV journey as efficient and stress-free as possible.

All you’ve got to do is call us on 01328 855028 or drop us an email at [email protected], and our friendly EV experts will sort out the rest!

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Did you know that Oliver Lamps can help you with EV charging?

Did you know that Oliver Lamps can help you with EV charging

Let’s talk EV charging. Over the past few months, we’ve already seen power charges rise significantly across the UK. Considering the tragic events currently taking place less than two thousand miles away in Ukraine, it’s almost certain that the energy situation is going to get worse.

In fact, when the EU leaders met in Versailles a few days ago, the need for everyone to do as much as we can to conserve energy and look for better ways to use sustainable, renewable energy in our homes and businesses was something they underlined.

It’s no wonder that the electric vehicle market is growing at an incredible rate, especially when you consider that the UK will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, and all new cars and vans will be fully zero-emission from 2035.

If you’ve already taken the important energy-and-cost-saving step into EV or are thinking about doing so, Oliver Lamps can help! Plus, if you’re installing EV for your business, we can show you how to monetise it to help take the sting out of those nightmarishly accelerating power charges!

How can we do that?

It’s simple. Thanks to the excellent relationships we’ve built with the UK’s best EV charging station manufacturers, plus an exciting new relationship we’ve developed with one of Scandinavia’s top EV suppliers, we can offer you outstanding terms on EV charger installation! Plus, if you install your chargers now, we can help you take full advantage of the government’s OZEV (Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles) Workplace Charging Scheme grant. We’ll even apply for the grant on your behalf, so you won’t have the pain of doing all that paperwork yourself, and you’ll have peace of mind that your EV installation is in the safest, most expert hands possible.

What’s the OZEV Workplace Charging Scheme grant?

The OZEV scheme for workplace electric vehicle charging means your business will be eligible to receive grant funding for up to 40 charge points at your premises. That means you’ll receive up to £350 per installed chargepoint, which will considerably reduce your initial outlay of costs and might even cover the cost of the install completely!

Plus, if you install a single chargepoint that has two guns, that counts as two chargepoints, so you’ll be able to recover up to £700 for it!

The only essential thing to remember is; you must agree to apply for the workplace charging grant before the charge points are installed. You can’t do it retrospectively.

No need to worry, though. We’ll walk you through the terms and conditions when you contact us, and we’ll do all the hard work for you!

How can an EV chargepoint generate revenue for your business?

It’s simple. Let’s say you’re a pub, hotel, or B&B with a chargepoint installed. When an electric vehicle driver wants to charge their car or van at your chargepoint, they’ll swipe their contactless card or use an app to instantly pay you for the power they’re using. So, suppose your electricity supplier charges you (for example) 30p per kilowatt-hour. In that case, you could set your customer 50p (or whatever you decide it should be) per kilowatt-hour for using your chargepoint! That’s money that goes straight back into your business!

Considering that some hospitality clients we work with are expecting to pay an extra £50k or more in energy prices this year, that’s truly a cash injection lifeline! Also, let’s face it, every business needs all the financial assistance it can get right now, and installing EV is a guaranteed way to make that happen.

What are the four key benefits of installing an EV charger?

1.     It’s an invaluable revenue generator.

2.     It’s something you can do to help your business right now, and at the same time, you’ll be future-proofing your business for the years ahead. 2030 is just around the corner, so doesn’t it make sense to embrace EV today and stay ahead of your competition?

3.     The OZEV Workplace Charging grant is available now and could potentially pay for your entire installation. There’s no guarantee it will still be around in another few months, so please don’t miss out.

4.     It gives your business added value. When your customers know you’ve got EV chargepoints installed, it underlines how you’re going the extra mile to make their lives easier and help to create a better, more environmentally friendly future for all of us. It’s a great social media selling-point too!

Other things to remember.

·      Oliver Lamps offers national EV installation coverage! Even though we’re based in Norfolk, we can arrange your installation and apply for the grant on your behalf wherever you are in the country.

·      You won’t have to wait ages for your installation! As soon as you contact us and give us the go-ahead, we’ll get everything arranged, and your grant application sorted.

·      EV is more important than ever! Oil and diesel aren’t just expensive, unsustainable and toxic, they’re a rapidly dwindling resource, and vehicle manufacturers are fazing them out in 2030. Eight years isn’t a long time. Remember when Donald Trump won the US election? That was six years ago! Don’t let the 2030 faze-out sneak up on you and lose your opportunity to claim the OZEV grant. Make the change to EV now!

What should you do next?

Give us a call on 01328 855028 or drop us an email at [email protected]. Our friendly, expert EV installation team are standing by to assist you.

PS. If you’re a homeowner who’s thinking about installing an EV chargepoint, you may already know that the government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) has just ended. The (hopefully) good news is we’ve heard a rumour that something else will replace the Homecharge grant in the future, but what it’s going to be, who knows? Rest assured, though, as soon as anything changes we’ll keep you enlightened!

 

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Could you do more to help save the planet?

can you do more to save the planet_

When you see the news headlines, it’s easy to feel like there’s not a lot you can control in this world.

But one thing you can control is the impact you’re having on it so that our planet will be healthier for generations to come.

That’s something we’ve always focused on here, at Oliver Lamps. And, if you haven’t joined us yet, this is the perfect time to get involved – especially if you’re a fan of a particular animal whose habitat is endangered because of what we’re doing to its environment.

Why we’re taking Climate Action

Climate Action is one of the 17 Global Goals that all the United Nation’s Member States signed up to back in 2015. The Global Goals are designed to tackle issues like climate change, gender equality, and poverty, and businesses throughout the UN have been encouraged to sign up to at least one or two of the goals and make the world a better place.

The goal we’ve signed up to is called SDG 13 – Climate Action.

  • We always turn off the lights when we’re not using them, except sometimes in our window display. However, because the lights we use in our window display (and the rest of the business) are LED, the amount of energy they use is extremely minimal.
  • We turn off our computers and other appliances at the end of the day (unless it’s necessary to keep them on standby). Whenever we replace an electrical item, we always choose an energy-efficient product whenever possible.
  • We do our best to be environmentally friendly in everything we do. We recycle all our packaging or use other companies’ packaging to reduce waste, and we use the carbon-neutral delivery service DPDgroup to carry our products to our customers.
  • We can help you with your recycling too! If you ever throw out any of your old light bulbs – even the ones that no longer work – bring them into our showroom at 26/28 Oak Street, Fakenham, and we’ll recycle them for you.
  • We’re leading the way with electric car charging in Norfolk! Electric cars aren’t just greener than other vehicles because of their much lower emissions; they’re more energy-efficient and easier to maintain too. At Oliver Lamps, we can help you take charge of all your electric car charging needs, including fully warranted approved installation, access to grants, and unbeatable finance options. We’ll tell you more about this exciting new initiative very soon but, if you can’t wait, call our expert team on 01328 855028 and select Option 3.

The important things to know about bulb recycling

If you can’t bring your old bulbs into our shop, here’s what you need to know to dispose of them safely.

What kind of light bulb is it?

All LED bulbs should be recycled, not thrown into your ordinary garbage bin. That’s because, even though they’re safer to use than other bulbs and are much more energy-efficient, they do contain hazardous elements like arsenic and lead. For that reason, it’s vital that LED bulbs don’t enter the normal waste cycle.

Just as importantly, LED bulbs are made up of invaluable components like diodes, transformers, and semiconductors that need to be recycled so they can be reused in new products. They also contain rare earth elements and metals like gallium and indium. Recycling the glass of an LED bulb is essential too.

Incandescent bulbs don’t just drain energy and drive up your power bill; they can also be challenging to recycle because fewer recycling plants are able to process them. If you can’t bring your old incandescent bulb to us so that we can send it to the proper recycling specialists for you, wrap it up carefully and put it in your regular household bin. Please avoid putting incandescent bulbs in your recycling bin because they’ve got a higher melting temperature than other glass or bottles, and all it takes is one incandescent bulb and you’ve potentially ruined a whole collection of recyclable glass.

If it’s a fluorescent light bulb, it can create a severe health hazard for both ourselves and our environment if it isn’t disposed of properly.

  • The bulb should be carefully broken.
  • It should be washed to remove any contaminants.
  • A Distiller should be used to extract the elemental mercury.
  • The glass, metals and plastics should be broken down into even smaller pieces and then separated before sending them to recycling.

See why it’s a lot easier and quicker just to bring them to us instead?!

Join Oliver Lamps, and let’s save the planet together!

If you’d like to know more about how LED lighting can make your home or business environmentally friendly, sustainable, and a lot cheaper to run, pop into our shop, give us a call (01328 855028) or drop us an email ([email protected].) We’ll always be here to help you make the world a brighter, healthier place!

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Love is in the air!

Love bulb

It’s February, which means Valentine’s Day is on the horizon and a chubby little guy with a quiver full of arrows is about to make life very confusing for anyone who finds an anonymous romantic card sitting on their doormat.

It’s also the time when anyone who forgets to send a card to that extra special person in their life ends up in very deep water.

It’s easy to be cynical about Valentine’s Day, mainly because the only people who really seem to benefit from it are greeting card company owners. However, considering love and joy often seem to be in such short supply around the world right now, you could say that celebrating Valentine’s Day is more important than ever.

Dazzle your beloved!

If you want to make your loved one’s Valentine’s really special (or show yourself a bit of love instead), we’ve got plenty of fabulous Valentine’s Day themed home furnishing treats in stock at Oliver Lamps. After all, a card will only last a day, but a beautiful home decoration from Oliver Lamps will be cherished forever. Also, because we specially handpick our items from some very exclusive suppliers (and even make some of them in-house), you’ll be very unlikely to find anything like it anywhere else. What are you waiting for? Pop into our store at 26/28 Oak Street, Fakenham, and be dazzled by everything we’ve got available at prices that will make your heart skip a beat (but in a good way!)

Don’t forget that how you use your lighting is a fantastic way to show your romantic side, too. After all, there’s a reason why you’ll always find dim lighting in swanky restaurants, and the smoochy scenes in romcoms nearly always take place around candlelight. Soft, warm lighting is key to creating romantic vibes, and colour-changing LED bulbs are a can’t-fail way to conjure up a romantic mood.

  • Use warm colours like red, orange, and pink.
  • Use dimmers to turn down the lights. Even better, use warm dimming LEDs to transition from a whiter to a more sunset-red colour temperature.
  • Concentrate the light on a focal point in the room. For example, if you’ve got a romantic dinner planned, the light should be subtly placed above and around the dining table. Alternatively, you could put a lantern, fairy lights or candles on the table and let them do all the illuminating for you!
  • Turn off any other lights in the room to keep the rest of the room in shadow. However, a carefully placed lamp or a subtle spotlight illuminating a reflective object could also create interesting highlight effects. Don’t go crazy with the reflective objects and surfaces, though. Where any type of mood lighting is concerned, never forget that less is nearly always more.

We’re feeling the love

At Oliver Lamps, we’ve always loved what we do. More than sixty years ago, our founder, Harold Oliver O.B.E, went in search of the perfect light bulb and discovered a passion for lighting that would be passed down through generations and flourish into a business that’s still proudly family-owned.

The success of our business is also thanks to the love our team members have for what they do.

We’ve always offered fantastic, competitively-priced products coupled with excellent service and aftercare. Our highly-trained sales team and expert lighting technicians and installers are the best in the business, and their unrivalled combination of knowledge, talent, commitment, and enthusiasm is what makes Oliver Lamps so special. It’s also why our high standard of customer service and customer care has always been Oliver Lamps’ hallmark, putting us miles ahead of our competitors, especially the corporates where customers are mostly just another faceless sale.

So, whether you’re looking for some romantic lighting and furnishings for Valentine’s Day or the perfect lighting and furnishings for any other time of year, Oliver Lamps will always be here to exceed your expectations.

Oh, and if you can’t make it to our showroom, don’t forget you can always phone us on

01328 855028 or email [email protected] (or leave a message on our Facebook page!)

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Take the sting out of rising power charges

Take the sting out of rising power charges!

Now that we’re well and truly into 2022 and the Covid restrictions have been lifted, it’s the alarming increase in energy charges that’s got everybody worried. That’s why it’s essential to take a closer look at the lighting you use at home because even making a few small changes could save you an incredible amount of money in the long term and do our environment, our planet, and future generations a massive favour!

Why is energy-efficient lighting so important?

Using energy-efficient lighting will help to reduce your electricity bills and lower your carbon dioxide footprint. The average UK household spends at least 15% of its electricity bill on lighting, but if you replaced all the bulbs in your home with LEDs, that figure would fall dramatically.

When traditional lights first went on the market more than a century ago, only about 5% of the electricity they used was turned into visible light. Then, when Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) arrived, they used around 70-80% less electricity than equivalent traditional bulbs did, which made them much more energy efficient.

LED lights are even more efficient than CFLs, which is why they’ve pretty much replaced CFLs entirely. They are designed to fit almost any light fitting in the home, and they achieve full brightness the moment you switch them on, unlike other bulbs that take a while to warm up. LEDs are also much more adaptable than CFLs and can be used everywhere inside and outside the home for general lighting, exterior lighting, spotlighting, dimmable lighting, security lighting, and even chandelier lighting.

The important thing to remember is…

Get your lumens right!

Sometimes, when people have never used low energy light bulbs before, they choose a bulb that isn’t bright enough for its purpose and then complain that low energy light bulbs give a lesser quality of light.

They’re wrong. LED bulbs give a far better quality and brightness of light than any other type of bulb currently out there, but when you choose an energy-saving bulb, you’ve got to get your lumens right.

Traditional bulbs use watts to determine how bright the bulb is, but watts don’t measure brightness; they measure power consumption. Because energy-efficient bulbs use a lot less power (i.e. fewer watts) than traditional lamps, you should always focus on the lumen output when selecting an energy-efficient bulb… that way, you won’t be disappointed!

For example, if you’re replacing a traditional 15-watt bulb with an LED, you’ll want an LED bulb that’s 140 lumens. Replacing a 25-watt traditional will require a 250 lumen LED. 40-watt traditional = 470 lumen LED. 60-watt traditional = 800 lumen LED. 75-watt traditional = 1.050 lumen LED. 100-watt traditional = 1,520 lumen LED.

Don’t worry, though; if you’ve got any doubts, our friendly experts will always know the perfect LED bulb you should use.

Choose the right colour

Low energy light bulbs come in a wide range of colours and, to be sure the bulb you choose gives you maximum comfort and efficiency, it’s essential to match the colour of the bulb with the task you’ll be using it for. For example, ‘warm white’ or ‘soft white’ LED bulbs are usually more suitable for household lighting, whereas ‘cool white’ bulbs are better for office spaces.

Look for the Colour Rendering Index (CRI) number printed on the bulb’s packaging, usually next to the lumen number. In general, a mid-range CRI of 80 or above is sufficient for most household uses. However, if you want your light to render the colours around you more accurately, a CRI of 90 or more is better.

Let’s talk savings

On the face of it, an LED bulb is a bit more expensive than a traditional incandescent. However, a single LED bulb has an average lifespan of 20,000 hours, whereas an incandescent lasts only 1,000 hours. So, even though the LED bulb seems pricier, it will last at least 20 times longer than the incandescent and, if it doesn’t, bring it back to our shop with your receipt, and we’ll be happy to replace it.

As far as energy savings go, an LED bulb uses far less power than a traditional bulb to generate the same amount of light, i.e. where a traditional bulb might use 40 watts, an LED bulb will only use 5 watts to do the same job. Although energy rates are still wildly fluctuating, if your energy rate is £0.20 per kWh (kilowatt-hour), the LED bulb would cost £20 over its lifetime. The traditional bulb would cost you £160 over the same period.

Think how much money and energy you could save if you replaced all the traditional bulbs in your home with energy-saving LEDs.

Other tips for reducing your lighting bill

Always turn off the lights when you don’t need them. If you switched off your lights every time you leave the room, you could shave an average of £14 a year off your household lighting bill.

Do you need all those lights on at the same time? Some people will put the main light on, plus a table lamp, plus a task light. Is that really necessary, or would just the main light do?

Use Smart lighting to make it easier to automatically switch lights on and off, dim them or raise them without leaving your armchair, or time them to switch on and off for added security when your house is unoccupied.

Make sure all your lighting switches are easily accessible, so turning them off isn’t a hassle.

Clean your light bulbs, lampshades and light fittings regularly, so no dust or debris can reduce the quality of the light. Also, dark materials can absorb some of the light a bulb emits, so think about replacing darker lampshades and fittings with shades and fittings that are more transparent. Don’t forget, you can even bring your own choice of material to our shop, and we’ll make your bespoke lampshade in-house!

Summing up

LED’s key advantages are:

  • More energy efficiency
  • Lower energy bills
  • Improved safety (because, unlike traditional incandescent bulbs, LED’s emit virtually no heat)
  • Considerably longer lifespan
  • Greater versatility and colour choice (LED lights come in all shapes and sizes so you can place them virtually anywhere you choose, operate them via a dimmer switch or remotely, and select the colour temperature that will give your home or workspace the perfect ambience)
  • Instant lighting and more efficient light dispersal (unlike incandescent bulbs, LED lights don’t have to warm up – they’re bright from the moment they’re powered on. Also, you can direct the light wherever it’s needed so no light is wasted) 

And, if you purchase a LED bulb from us and it doesn’t last as long as it’s supposed to, we guarantee to replace it free of charge.

At Oliver Lamps, we also carry a wide range of electrical accessories, including dimmer switches, rocker switches and sockets. If we don’t have what you’re looking for in stock, we’ll be delighted to order it for you. Plus, of course, we’re always here to answer your questions! Even if you can’t visit our fabulous 26/28 Oak Street, Fakenham, showroom in person, our friendly team are only a phone call (01328 855028) or an email message ([email protected]) away.