A Basic Guide to Outdoor Lighting

Electrician Brisbane Southside will attend your request during renovation of your home or office. The actual design of an outdoor lighting system is determined by the site characteristics, the landscape effect desired its function, and the homeowner’s personal tastes.

Most hardware stores and home improvement centers sell low voltage kits with a built-in transformer and a timer which lets you determine when the lighting is activated or deactivated.

The transformers use 120-volt current, which is standard in nearly all households. The transformer then converts the current to 12 volts resulting in a safe and economical power source.

A GFCI receptacle will be required to install low lighting. Most homes don’t have these receptacles and it will be necessary to have a licensed, qualified electrician to install one.
Before starting to dig, it’s absolutely necessary to contact your local utility companies (gas and electric) to make sure that you will not cut any existing underground cables or piping.

The first planning requirement involves deciding which type of outdoor lighting you will install. There are basically five from which to select.

Up-lights: These lights provide ground level illumination with the lights pointed up. The purpose of the up-light is to highlight points in the landscape, such as trees, and other architectural features. Up-light fixtures include spot and flood lights as well as in-ground fixtures.

Backlights: Back-lighting can create a very dramatic effect when done with taste. Be sure not to use overpowering back-lighting because it may result in a “Halloween effect”. The basic idea of back-lighting is to strategically place a lighting fixture behind an object such as a statue or even a small plant. This object or plant should be fairly close to an outside wall. The goal is to use this fixture, such as a spot light or a floodlight or even an in-ground light, to create a silhouette on the wall. The fixture should be out of sight to provide some “magic” to the desired effect.

Path lights: One of the most common (and dramatic) uses of outdoor lighting is to create a guide on either side of a path or walkway or even a driveway. Besides providing an appealing decorative look, path lighting can be a safety feature, keeping visitors from wandering off the lighted area. Unlike most other outdoor lighting, path lights should be placed above ground (but fairly low) and should be the kind that spreads the light with a gentle glowing effect. Don’t use too many path lights in a particular area to avoid an “airline runway” look. The lights should be strategically placed with understatement being the operational consideration.

Down lights : Spotlights and floodlights can be used to illuminate an entryway such as a rear door or an entrance to a bordered garden area or even over a gazebo. Unlike a path light, a down light should not be seen so that a natural lighting effect is achieved. Besides providing a decorative effect, down-lighting offers security for areas, deterring most intruders

Specialty lights: Creativity is the key to the use of specialty lighting. The goal in using this lighting is to create a magical and inviting mood to an area. If you have a rock garden or an area with water and perhaps even a waterfall, strategically placed lighting can highlight these landscaping features and provide a very dramatic nighttime effect. Remember, specialty lighting is limited only by the homeowner’s creativity. There are a variety of home and garden magazines on the market and some very innovative uses of specialty lighting can be found by perusing a few of these periodicals.

Before beginning the installation phase, be sure to match the areas to be illuminated with the style and types of lighting fixtures that you will use. Don’t be reluctant to visit neighbors who use outdoor lighting and ask what they selected in terms of lighting fixtures. This may involve several trips to other neighborhoods but these trips will certainly be worth the effort. Although you will be paying night time visits, a polite and sincere introduction to the homeowner with a word of two of flattery will no doubt provide you with an invitation to look at the work that they have done and most will be more than willing to share their secrets with you.

Most outdoor lighting is either four or seven watts. Keep in mind that these lights are designed to highlight a fairly small area with the goal of providing understated intimacy. If the area you plan to illuminate is fairly large, you may want to purchase a few more lights than you expect will do the job. You can always return the extras for a refund. The lighting specialist at the store can help you select the right transformer and may suggest you buy one that can accommodate the additional wattage you may need if you decide to expand your outdoor lighting later on.

Rather than just jump into grabbing that shovel and starting to work, remember why they include instruction booklets with toys, etc. that need to be assembled. What I’m getting at is that you need a written plan from which to work. While this may be a time-consuming part of the project, it will pay dividends as you begin the actual work. Many homeowners who jumped right into installing outdoor lighting, ended up having to do much of it over again as they found that their mental plans didn’t yield the same benefits that a carefully laid-out written plan did. Another advantage to putting it in writing is that you may discover additional areas that could benefit from outdoor lighting as you move along. The written plan will allow you to note this so that you can revisit the area to install the additional lighting.

With all the preliminary work completed, you will be ready to start the actual project. Although there are a variety of approaches that can be used, one of the most effective is to refer to your plan and lay the lighting fixtures at the area where they will be installed. Some of the lighting fixtures such as path lights will include a detachable stake that you will use to anchor the fixture into the ground. A common mistake some homeowners make is to attempt to drive these stakes into hard soil. In today’s market, most lighting fixtures and accessories are made of plastic. While the plastic stake may be made of high-grade material, driving it into hard soil or a soil-clay mixture may result in the stake breaking. It’s often difficult if not impossible to find a replacement stake and the homeowner may end up “biting the bullet” by having to purchase another complete lighting fixture. To avoid this potential pitfall, you can do one of two things. First, you can use a spade to loosen the soil and then pack it down firmly. It’s often not necessary to loosen the soil to the complete length of the stake. Try loosening it about ¾ of the length of the stake. Generally, with a good start, the stake will not be damaged when fully inserted. Second, you can water the area liberally the day before you begin the project. If the soil is very dense, use a pitchfork or similar tool to create irrigation holes. You may find it necessary to repeat the watering process several times.

With the soil prepared, place the lighting fixtures where they will be installed. At the GFCI fixture, run the cable to each of the lights. Don’t run the cable so that it’s tight because you may decide to reposition your lighting fixtures at a later date. Most lighting fixtures have instructions that indicate how they are to be attached to the cable. This is usually a fairly simple process that doesn’t even involve the use of any tools.

After separating the end of the cable, strip off about ½ inch of insulation and attach the wires to the proper terminals on the transformer. You are now ready to see if the lighting circuit is working. Turn on the plugged-in transformer and then look at each light to make sure it’s working. Bury the cable as you install the light fixtures. Four or five inches will do in terms of the depth the cable should be buried.

The last step is to set the timer to come on at the right time and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Author’s Disclaimer

The information contained in this article is written by a non-certified and non-qualified electrician. I take no responsibility for any injury or other accidents or damage to equipment that may occur as a result of following any of the information contained herein. If you have any doubts about your ability to follow these directions or to safely install your outdoor lighting, I strongly urge you to hire a qualified professional electrician to do the job.

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Who Else Wants To Rise Above Their Rubbish Issues?

Rubbish removal Northern Beaches is a family owned and operated business that has been providing efficient commercial and industrial. As an Island, Guernsey can not blame anyone else for its waste issues, apart from the activities of every man woman child, and industry on this pleasant tourist location in the Channel Isles.

For many years now, the main dumping ground for the ever-increasing waste (until trends started to reverse last year) had been Mount Cuet, Those of you that live in the vicinity are only too well aware of the issues there due to the waste mountain that grows ever higher every month.

Squawking seagulls, putrefying smells, gas leaks, flying rubbish… no wonder so many people are at their wits end.

So, let’s have another look at the rubbish issues.

I think most people would agree that to reduce, or even remove, the legacy and the future activity towards waste must incorporate everybody acting in a more responsible manner:-

  • Buying less pre-packed foods
  • Stop the local shops issuing free plastic bags, and make everyone buy ‘lifetime’ bags
  • Buying less disposable items, like nappies, razor blades and so forth.
  • Sorting their recycling materials into separate bins from their rubbish
  • Putting all their food scraps and green garden waste into another bin.

The problem with this plan is that it is starting to impose a lifestyle change on many people, and could also have a price impact on their usual shopping bills. And if you look at what has happened on the UK mainland, look at the reputation some Councils have got, where they employ ‘snoopers’ or get their neighbours to ‘shop’ anyone who puts the tiniest piece of rubbish in the wrong bin.

Again, most people think that to install a waste management solution that is all-singing all -dancing is going to cost so much as force the Council to have to impose a stiff hike in local taxes.

Well, let’s have a look at a ‘Utopian’ solution, and then let’s see if we can come up with a cost for such a great solution…

Ideally, the solution chosen would have all of these characteristics:-

  1. A facility that can accept tons of unsorted waste ( even your Municipal Black Bag waste and dangerous Hospital waste), heating it up enough with steam at low pressure, for sterilising all of this waste input, so that all pathological risks are removed, all lacquer stripped from tins and aluminium cans, labels from glass jars and bottles (increasing their scrap value)
  2. A mechanical facility for automatically sorting ALL waste, sterilising it, maximising the recycling output, and leaving all the fibrous products ( paper, green waste, wood, etc) ready for inputting to an energy converting process. Straight away, this would negate the need for everyone to use separate bins for all their rubbish – recyclable or not. Even the standard Recycle Bin will have a mix of papers, cardboard, plastics, tins, glass and so forth. This still has to be sorted somehow.
  3. A facility for sending all the sorted rubbish (now in fibrous form) into a system that will convert this matter into green electricity, with no toxic waste to go to any landfill. Also, there would be no need for a massive smoke stack (as there is with incineration) as the output into the atmosphere will be about 12 parts per million (EU regulations state that 200 parts per million is acceptable). This is achieved by using the very latest proven Pyrolysis system (not gasification). Any residue that is left (especially if crushed demolition debris is passed through) will be perfectly sterile aggregate – not the sort of stuff to be thrown away on a landfill, but a perfectly saleable product to use in road building and such like.
  4. This system would be able to produce around 1 Megawatt of clean electricity for every 1000 tons of rubbish – stuff that in the French electric cable (in more ways than one)
  5. As a bonus, this system should be fully modular to allow for future growth, and also be able to accept different types of waste input, such as plastic bottles, or even human sewage. Now, with the problem affecting the old sewage outlet pipe, here is a way of getting even more bangs for your bucks and making Guernsey more acceptable to tourists. (Who likes swimming in seas contaminated with human pool).
  6. And how about this for an extra bonus… why not dig out some of the latest waste from Mont Cuet, which is probably full of recyclables anyway, and feed this into the Plant.

You know, this sort of Utopia is fine, but once again, let’s look at the probable costs involved.

If you recall, early last year you were looking for filthy incineration system for around £90 million, that would not even do half of the above, and especially had no answer to your sewage problem.

Well, now here you have a solution that:-

  • makes life for everyone on the Island easier as far as recycling is concerned
  • Automatically sorts and sterilises far more recyclables with no human intervention.
  • generates green electricity for large parts of the whole island
  • removes the whole Island’s sewage problem
  • produces no toxic waste to be land filled
  • produces no puthering smoke pollution that would be seen all around the island
  • actually start to reduce the content of Mount Cuet landfill.

And what is the cost? Nothing. In return for a 25 year contract of the Island to supply a minimum amount of waste and to agree to purchase the electricity at competitive rates, Green Homes Global will provide this Utopian solution!

Well, what are you waiting for? Speak to your local councilor, and ask him or her when they are going to go ahead…

Geoff Morris is working with a number of companies facilitating the humanitarian projects being implemented by the Matua Karanga Foundation. If you would like to understand more about His Excellency Chief Charles Hohepa, The Foundation, and the collaboration between First Nations, their Cultures, and the planned Humanitarian projects for around the world, please visit [http://www.matuakarangaglobal.org]

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The Insider’s Guide To Breaking Into the Charity Sector

Your ongoing support is helping make full human rights for women and girls around the world a reality, donate money in our charity. With more and more people wanting a job that makes a difference it is getting increasingly difficult to find a job in the charity sector. Below are some insights from a charity career coach who has coached and hired hundreds of people within the sector.

1. Get some relevant experience

Employers want to know that you understand what will be expected of you and are able to deliver it, particularly if you are new to the sector. We want you to be passionate and motivated but we get nervous if we think you’re wearing rose-coloured glasses when it comes to the reality of working in a charity. The sector is always looking for interns and volunteers. If you’re able to show a genuine understanding of the challenges the organisation faces and offer solutions for meeting those challenges then you stand a much better chance of securing employment.

TOP TIP – if you’re struggling to find the right intern position then try a smaller charity – they always need practical help, placements can be less restrictive than larger charities and you’ll be able to see the impact of your work. Vodafone World of Difference can be a great way to get paid to work for a charity.

2. Understand where your skills are needed

First you need to understand what roles you are best suited to, which is where both networking and our specialised career coaching come in handy. There is a wide range of roles within the sector and there may be one with your name on it that you’ve just never heard of. Then increase your chances of being selected for interview by being really clear on your transferable skills, giving examples that correlate to situations that will crop up in that role. Be specific. If I’m recruiting a Business Development Manager I don’t want to know that you’re a good communicator – I want to know about the specific pitch you won and how you were able to spot and overcome objections. Stories like that help me remember you and wonder if you could do the same for my organisation.

TOP TIP – look at social enterprises too as they also make the world a better place and are more commercially focused in terms of the jobs they recruit to. Also some charities are particularly open to taking on people from the corporate sector so get to know who they are and how they recruit. Increase your chances of being selected for interview by being really clear on your transferable skills, giving examples that correlate to situations that will crop up in that role. Be specific. If I’m recruiting a Business Development Manager I don’t want to know that you’re a good communicator – I want to know about the specific pitch you won and how you were able to spot and overcome objections. Stories like that help me remember you and wonder if you could do the same for my organisation.

3. Get to know the gatekeepers

Charities often use recruitment agencies and agencies generally put forward tried and tested candidates over newcomers to the sector. As a result they often act as gatekeepers to the sector. If you are invited for an interview by a recruitment agency use the opportunity to pick their brains as they know the sector very well. And get some feedback from them on what roles they think you are best suited to and how you can strengthen your cv. Agencies will advocate for candidates they like and believe in and I’ve often shortlisted a less traditional candidate because I trust the agency’s opinion.

4. Build relationships

Build up your network of people who work in the sector, ideally those in relevant roles. Ask people for a quick coffee to pick their brains, ideally through an introduction, and then make sure you’ve got plenty of questions and that you come across as dynamic, likeable and highly skilled.

TOP TIP – many of us ask our contacts to spread the word about roles we are recruiting for so it’s worth keeping in touch and sending a thank you card so that you are front of mind. The more specific you can be about what you are looking for, the easier it is to remember and recommend you.

5. Research the role

You’d be amazed how many people turn up for interview without a basic knowledge of the field they want to work in. There are some great resources out there to help you do your background research. If you want to be a corporate fundraiser then start by reading ‘The Guide To Corporate Fundraising’ (I’m a contributor but I get no commission!) so that you give yourself a fighting chance of competing against candidates who know all the ways charities raise funds from corporates because they’ve seen it first-hand.

TOP TIP – I’m always impressed by candidates who have clearly done their research and drop titbits into their answers to show that. Candidates that think through what they would do if they got the role and come with suggestions and plenty of relevant questions show me rather than tell me that they really want the job and that they can add value. I recently interviewed a candidate who on paper wasn’t the frontrunner but the agency raved about him and he turned up very confident, with lots of ideas and questions and left me with a document that outlined exactly what he would do if he got the job. He got the job, because he stood out and I could see that he had a great combination of a natural aptitude for fundraising and a commitment to do whatever it took to be brilliant in the role.

6. Understand the objections

If you understand what the recruiter is worried about then you’ve got a decent chance of reassuring them. Use feedback from previous interviews to address objections upfront in a positive proactive manner and show what you have done to address them.

TOP TIP – tell me exactly how you would bridge the gap between what you know now and what you would need to know if I gave you the job – would you go on a course or find a mentor for example?

7. Make sure you’ve got the basics

When I first tried to work in the charity sector as anew graduate in 1996 I couldn’t even get an interview as no-one wanted to train someone in the basics of office work. So I went away and got a sales/PA role that covered everything I’d need to do in a fundraising assistant role including mail merges and data inputting and after that I found it much easier to get interviews. These days we often want PowerPoint skills and we want to know that you’ll be able to use the database and create Excel spreadsheets, though obviously this depends on the role. Make sure you don’t miss out because you’re lacking a basic skill that you can quickly obtain.

8. Become a Trustee

If you’re looking for a senior role then becoming a Trustee is a great way to understand the challenges that charities face and will give you opportunities to get involved and build up your experience. Charities often recruit for Trustees on their website or on job websites or if there is a cause you are passionate about why not approach them. Smaller charities are particularly open to new Trustees who are willing to pitch in with their area of expertise. You can’t be a Trustee and work for that charity and Trustees usually serve at least a year.

Carla Miller is a career coach who specialises in helping find work in charities, social enterprise and philanthropy. As well as being a qualified coach Carla has worked in the charity sector for 15 years and has coached, mentored and hired hundreds of people working in charities. Through [http://www.careersincharity.co.uk] Carla offers advice, coaching and workshops for people who want to move into the charity sector.

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Things to Remember for a Barbecue

I always keep meatballs and pizza crusts in the freezer for on the spot night meals. We constantly associate barbecue with fun and family. The barbecue can be a simple dish that you could offer your family members or as lavish as hosting a multitude of visitors in a BBQ party. No matter who you want to offer it to, whatever time you want to do it, here are pointers that you should keep in mind when doing a barbecue:

Marinade, marinade, marinade

No matter how great your meat is, if you do not souse your meat, it will certainly not taste as great as you would like it to be. A sauce is a concoction of different herbs and spices where your meat will certainly be immersed over night.

Prepare all your barbecue equipment and devices before you start

Before any activity is started, you need to prepare all your devices and equipment so that you will not need to go to and fro just to obtain the right devices for the task. It is irritating and very tiring to go in and out of the house as you obtain the equipment needed to cook your meals. Outdoor grill, tongs and charcoal starters are the fundamental needs for cooking your set food. If you are to grill bacon, onions, eggs and tomatoes, you will need a griddle. If you will do your barbecue in the evening, then you will certainly need a barbecue light connected to your grill. A grill lifter is needed to put additional charcoal on the grill.

Choose your charcoal

  • Not all charcoals are created equal- with regard to how quick they burn. Some charcoals burn fast, some charcoals require time to heat up. Whatever you choose, you need to consider this if you are in a time constraint. If you will serve lots of people, then a charcoal that burns fast is recommended.A charcoal that burns quick is recommended if you will serve lots of people. If you are just cooking for a group of buddies or family members, then the usual charcoal will do. Bear in mind: A charcoal that burns fast costs more.Some charcoals burn fast, some charcoals require time to heat up. If you will serve lots of people, then a charcoal that burns fast is recommended. If you are just cooking for a group of buddies or family members, then the usual charcoal will do.

Cooking the Food

Chicken meat beef and pork need to be smoked a certain amount of time before they reach their juiciness and tenderness. Quick piece of advice: if you desire your meat to be cooked much faster, ask for a leaner, thinner cut of meat.

Grease lightning

Cooking meat produces grease due to the fats that are contained on the meat. For this, you need a drip pan for the grease and for some types of grill, a grease mat. It not only makes your job of cleaning easier, it additionally keeps your yard from smelling like a slimmed oil.

All it takes is a little amount of information. Now go and have a barbecue in your house. Enjoy!

Features to Look For In Rubbish Removal Adelaide Company

Your rubbish bins should be emptied before they are too full so that the office rubbish removal Sydney can collect them. Waste management, correct collection and timely disposal, all these things have become immensely important seeing the ever-depleting condition of our nature and ozone layer. One thing that not many people are aware of is that the entire process of waste management starts with timely rubbish removal and for this, there is no one better than rubbish removal Adelaide companies. There are several of them, but not all are competent of catering the services that you expect from them. Even if they are, those looking for their services often have no idea of how to find the best one. But this will not happen anymore as we have come up with the post describing the top features of the best companies. Ideally, you can start by looking at what the company offers before trusting it with your waste management needs.

Integrated waste solution

  • Companies claiming to offer the best quality services related to waste and garbage should first of all reveal that they can offer you comprehensive waste solutions for your facility.
  • This feature is a “must have” in the character of these companies as only then, they will be able to take care of all your garbage and waste related needs.

For example – a company offering services like recycling, reusing, etc. is way better than a company that could only cater to you garbage collection and unfettered garbage disposal services.

  • Such companies can offer you benefits by collecting your garbage on a timely basis, but they are extremely harmful for the environment, as they only harm the nature by unregulated garbage disposal.
  • There are waste companies that actually offer environmental audits together with their waste removal services.
  • According to the experts, the more comprehensive waste solution you get, the better the results you will get from the company.

Advanced equipment

  • The next feature to look for in shortlisted rubbish removal firms is whether they have advanced equipments to serve you professionally or not.
  • Remember that an ill-equipped will definitely face hardships dealing with some kinds of refuse and might compel you to pay heavy fines for not disposing the garbage as per government standards.
  • This makes it really important that the company is equipped with all the modern gadgets needs for proper and full-fledge rubbish removal services.
  • The staff should be wearing protective clothing for their protection and they should even offer rubbish bins to their clients for in line garbage collection.
  • Other than this, they should even have skip trucks, cranes and other important machines that can help them in proper and flawless garbage collection.
  • Their rubbish bins like ( Single, Doubles, King Size, Queen Size, 8m, 6m ) should be used to keep your area clean before they come collecting your waste.

Competent staff

  • The next feature of these rubbish removal Adelaide firms is the staff that should be competent and trained to meet all your needs.
  • They should be aware of the fact that different kinds of waste materials require sensitive and careful handling.
  • Other than this, they should also know that without proper training, they can become vulnerable and end up exposing themselves to health risks and dangers.
  • The staff should also be armed with all necessary gear to keep them safe and secure as they handle the waste.

Asian Food Restaurants-your Tummy’s Best Choice

It’s no surprise to walk down the streets of Melbourne and find plenty of delicious best Asian fusion Melbourne. We often utter some words that he is foodie by pointing towards someone! Isn’t that enough to describe a person who not only love to eat but is actually excelling and cherishing the food too. I can bet you guys with people who just to experience different tastes and menus keep on travelling round the world. Even money doesn’t matter to them for a good bite. Again it’s good to increase the appetite with healthy and classy foods!

Different countries have their own specialties in foods. Guess a spot where you can have all these tastes under one roof without roaming the whole world and that too at the same time. Yes, you are right! It’s a restaurant. Here we will discuss about the Asian cuisines and restaurants. Asians are specially known for their versatility in food and food culture. Each part of the continent is full of different kinds of appetizers to satisfy the hunger and urge of each of the food loving person. But it’s wrong on my part if I only discuss about the Asian continent because even in the outer part also Asian food is in great demands and thus attracting foodies towards themselves irrespective of the geographic barrier or taste variations or rather price distinctions. Asian food restaurantsare thus turning out day by dayto be the best choice of the food loving crowd of world. Either international tastes or hardcore in house tastes, these restaurants are charged with best of the world class chefs who not only are enough competent to smile at you with satisfaction regarding the food but also proliferates their duty to much wider areas of the restaurants like that of the customer service fragments, clearance of food related issues etc.

They are mainly known for their variety of main courses along with their special starters, deserts, sizzlers etc. How can I avoid the discussion regarding Indian food division? As a separate entity, it is an all in all restaurants to provide high class food delicacies which even compares out with the international tastes and services. The warmth of the service provider’s right from subordinates to the top management, taste standards, food quality, price range etc all signifies these restaurants with an extra beauty and at top in the search book of foodies. Now it is an easy way of striving out for such restaurants online. It not only save our time but also help us to get the best deal with a pre look of all the tongue loving food and their related cost to the pocket at the same time. Whole of the North east and Southwest areas are well known for their different flavors and textures. These restaurants are throwing out challenges to the international cuisine in their tastes, quality, ingredients, menu card varieties etc.

These restaurants not only maintain their ethnic looks and services but are of great international taste to serve the appetite of the food lovers and are hence a perfect blend for the eye and mind satisfaction along with a full on tummy satisfaction. Just giving a try to make you guys smile and feel hungry! But actually, is true! So, now onwards before stepping any restaurant, it’s good to take a view online and book a table for the best Asian cuisines only to meet the tummy and pocket both demands justifiably.

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Things to Know About Laser Treatments Before Going to A Clinic to Get One

PicoSure laser treatment is the first and only aesthetic picosecond laser for the safe and effective removal of tattoos and benign pigmented lesions For somebody who is younger, you can get away with just using a good skin-care regimen like sunscreen or maybe getting a chemical peel here and there. But you reach a point where you wish you could get back that perk that you used to have. That is where skin laser treatments from cosmetic clinics like the Face Doctors Remuera come in. And they can do a world of difference. But you need to know what you’re getting into if you want to get the most out of it.

Skin laser treatments can do a million things for your skin.

“Laser” stands for light amplified by stimulated emission of radiation. Yep, it’s complicated. But simply, it’s a wavelength of light, and different things in our skin will absorb different wavelengths. That means derms and cosmetic pros at Face Doctors Remuera use one wavelength to target brown spots, another for red bumps, etc. In fact, every pro we talked to has multiple machines in their office to handle the most common complaints, from fading stretch marks to treating rosacea.

Brown spots and discoloration, redness, wrinkles, acne scarring, surgery scars, stretch marks, and even tattoo removal are all things a cosmetic clinic like the Face Doctors Remuera might recommend a laser for. They’re not like magic erasers, but they’re quite helpful.

One reason why dermatologists and cosmetic experts like the pros at Face Doctors Remuera love skin laser treatments: They get the job done and require very little follow-up once a series of treatments is done. Some treatments take a few sessions spaced out over time to work. But after that, you’re pretty much done.

People have this idea that skin laser treatments are so expensive, “Oh, it takes so many treatments. Oh, I’m going to have such a bad recovery.” But really, it’s not that expensive and it works really well.”

Let’s be real for a second: Skin laser treatments at derma clinics or cosmetic clinics like the Face Doctors Remuera are not cheap. But when you compare a lump sum for a handful of laser treatments to a lifetime supply of skin care products, you can see why so many people think it’s worth the cost.

Here’s what skin laser treatments can do for you-plus which lasers will get the job done.

  • If you want an allover rejuvenating treatment
  • If you want to get rid of redness – Vascular lasers target the hemoglobin in blood, which makes them superb at fading redness caused by any number of skin conditions, including broken blood vessels, cherry angiomas (which look like little red moles), red patches, and rosacea.
  • If you want to get rid of brown spots-or a tattoo that you regret: When shit happens and you hate that tattoo, lasers can erase your ink. The tattoo laser is attracted to pigment in the skin, brown in particular. Warning: Not all designs come away easily. In order to remove a tattoo, it depends on the quality of the tattoo, how much pigment is in there, if it was professionally done versus done in a garage, if it’s old, if it’s new. Overall, new tattoos that are done professionally are harder to remove. Plus, colors like green, yellow, and blue can be stubborn. Since a tattoo laser targets the color brown really well, it can also be good for treating dark spots.
  • If you want to get rid of unwanted body hair: A hair laser works by targeting pigment. The laser light has a preference for the melanin that’s in the base of the hair follicle. The laser burns the hair down to the base stunting the growth. It can be used on underarms, bikini line, and legs. Because hair-removal lasers target the pigment in hair, it works best on skin types with a high contrast between hair and skin color (think: fair skin and dark hair).

That brings us to a major caveat to this laser lovefest: Make sure you go to a legit provider.

Currently there is no board certification in laser medicine. And while most skin laser treatments require some training to operate, sometimes that course is given by the company that makes the machine-to anyone who buys it. Unfortunately the way things are with lasers, almost anybody could just buy a laser and open shop. It’s a strong machine. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can definitely cause injury.

The pros recommend seeing a medical doctor when it comes to skin laser treatments like the Face Doctors Remuera. Even with treatments as simple as laser hair removal, make sure you do a thorough check on the facility. Another thing to consider when you sign up for a laser treatment: Does this facility have the right medical staff to handle an emergency if something goes wrong? You’d be surprised how many people I see who have complications from laser treatments. There’s no laser police running around. People get injured, and they can’t even sue.

Warning: Lasers can be very painful but everyone’s pain threshold is different. However, lasers are known to be painful. It depends on the area of the body. The face and the neck tend to hurt more with the laser than other areas. Although bikini and underarm laser hair removal definitely hurts, too.

Most times, pros will apply a strong numbing cream before using the laser.

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Electrician: Signs of a Good One

Electrician Brisbane 24 hours replace or install power points, light switches, fans, lights, ovens, cooktops, range hoods, safety switches, smoke alarms. As you get bids for your next electrical project and interview contractors and companies you are considering for the job, how can you know which electrician is the best choice? You know that you should not make the decision based on cost alone, as you need a quality contractor when you are working with electricity. One way to narrow down your list is to look for these signs that you have found a good electrician.

First, a good contractor of any sort will have a professional business card, usually with a company name on it. The business card will also have the license number, providing that the individual is, in fact, licensed to do the work. Always ask for a card. Similarly, a qualified contractor will be willing to provide references and insurance certificates if you ask for them. However, this is a bit of a hassle, so avoid asking for these if you are hiring someone for a quick and easy task. If you are doing a large project, however, ask for these qualifications.

When you call a quality electrician, you may not get the contractor directly, as the best contractors are usually out in the field working. However, you should get a quick response to the call. If you are not called back within 24 hours, consider choosing a different individual.

Choose an individual who is able to quickly provide you with an estimate. When they come to your home to do the estimate, they should give some details about the way in which they will tackle the project. This gives you some insight into how they work and the safety measures they take.

The best electrician will never cut corners, even if you ask him to. Professionals always work to code and keep things safe. If you have a budgetary constraint, a quality contractor will find a way to rework the solution so that it comes within budget, but without cutting any safety or compliance corners. Similarly, the best individuals will insist on taking out the necessary permits to do the job within the bounds of the law.

Understanding the marks of a good electrician will be one of the most helpful tools you can have when hiring one for your next big project. Once you have worked with a qualified contractor, keep his or her contact information stored away safely, so you will always have somewhere to turn when you need electrical work done in the future.

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Stress Free Family Skiing Holidays

Thanks to our early wake-up call during our ski Canada, we were at the front of the queue for the opening of the Sun Peaks lifts. There is nothing as special as a family holiday. A family holiday is an opportunity not just to have a break but also to create memories that become part of your history. As family holidays go, there are few that can offer the variety, fun and excitement of a family skiing holiday. Some people worry that skiing may be too stressful for families but this isn’t at all true. Family skiing holidays can be really joyous and stress free as long as you take one simple precaution – prepare in advance.

If you prepare properly for your skiing holiday you can have a wonderful, stress free, fun-filled time on the slopes. All the energy you put into the planning and preparation will be repaid by happy, entertained kids and relaxed, engaged adults. Doesn’t that sound like a stress-free family holiday? Let’s have a look at the main areas that need your attention before you go on holiday.


OK first things first. Here are some questions you might ask yourself when planning your stress free family skiing holiday.

  • Where would we like to go?
  • How long will it take to fly there?
  • Is the transfer from the airport to the resort lengthy? A long bus journey immediately after a long flight has the potential to turn the calmest family into screaming lunatics – avoid if possible!
  • Is the resort family friendly?
  • Does it have facilities for children?

However, the number one question you need to ask in advance is this – how far do we need to walk? Even if you have to compromise on other things, find a resort where the ski lift or ski school is – for preference – within easy walking distance from your accommodation. Don’t forget you and your children will have to trudge around in heavy ski boots carrying skis and so you won’t want to go too far. At the very least make sure that the accommodation you choose has a ski bus stop close by.

What to Bring

Realise you are going on holidays with children and plan accordingly. If you, as adults, have ever lost your gloves or your goggles or even more expensive bits of equipment then you should understand why it is that the average kid will probably lose everything not tied onto him or her!

So whenever possible – bring extras.

If your little darlings turn out to be the most careful children on the planet there’ll be no harm done. You can gift wrap the extra gloves or goggles and make them as presents to the next family you know who might be planning on a skiing holiday!

On the other hand, if you don’t bring any extras and instead have to replace things at the resort where, it’s likely they’ll be charging top dollar for everything, then you might be peeved to say the least.

So, what should you bring?

Bring comfy clothes suitable for playing and, if possible, two sets of ski clothes. A lot of the time children will end up wearing their ski clothes all day and you won’t need much else – apart from pyjamas. If you don’t want to buy two sets of clothes you may be able to rent some at the resort – check it out.

Woolly Tights. Even for boys. It can be very cold on the slopes and nobody need know what’s on underneath…

Properly fitted gloves that will stay on and spare gloves for playing in the snow.

Waterproof footwear. Waterproof shoes and boots can be expensive and probably won’t fit the kids if you go skiing again next year so maybe you can find bargains on the internet? Or even borrow some just from family or friends?

Sunglasses with high UV protection for everyone – even babies.

Sunscreen. The fact that the weather is cold in the mountains doesn’t mean the sun isn’t strong – it really is very, very strong and you need to buy the highest SPF you can find – and of course then you need to use it!

Toys, games, movies, books, family games – anything you think will help you entertain yourselves in the evening during your holiday.

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Identifying Quality European Ski Resorts

Book your flights as well as your hotel, chalet, apartment, guesthouse or B&B at the best price and come to ski in the best ski resorts in Europe or a Canada ski packages. Choose a resort that offers appropriate level slopes for your party: there is little more intimidating for a novice skier than to be faced with red and black slopes slanting away alarmingly down the mountain! The other side of the coin is safer, but no less frustrating: for expert or advanced skiers to not be able to challenge themselves on the tougher steeper slopes. For a first time or family holiday with young or inexperienced skiers choose a resort that has easy access nursery slopes to build basic skills and confidence before trying the longer runs. Consider investing in a short course of ski lessons as learning the correct moves properly will lay down skills that will last a lifetime.

Check the amount of snowfall in the area before booking a holiday, especially if you are travelling very early or very late in the season. Some resorts suffer from periods of poor snowfall and may try to tempt the unwary by lowering prices. If a bargain looks too good to be true do a little research to find out why they might have discounted the prices quite so dramatically. Also check the safety record of any resort or ski slope that you may be considering although, in general, European ski resorts are bound by and abide by very strict safety regulations. Before performing for a laser pigmentation removal Sydney avoid sun exposure to the treatment area, and do not use UV tanning beds at all for four weeks before treatment.

Many European countries offer skiing holidays and you may find it surprising to discover how much choice there is when it comes to choosing a skiing holiday destination – Bulgaria and Romania have recently invested heavily in their ski resorts, hoping to carve a larger slice of the tourism pie away from the traditional giants of the skiing holiday industry. Research will be your friend here, helping to find the perfect destination in an ideal and idyllic setting.

When choosing a ski resort do some research and come up with a short list of five to seven possible resorts. Read reviews on those resorts on your shortlist and make a list of pros and cons. A review by an expert skier decrying the lack of harder and more challenging runs can safely be ignored by novice skiers – or even count as a positive from their point of view!

Once you have a comprehensive and detailed shortlist it should be a relatively simple matter to choose one of the few as the perfect ski destination for you and your party.