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We answer your DIY and maintenance questions with a little help from the experts
Nico light fitting, from £27.72; six-way distribution block, £13.32, both Sensio

Q I’ve recently had a new kitchen fitted and I’d like to add some lights under some of the wall cabinets to brighten up the work surface areas. I don’t really want to have to hire an electrician for this small job, is there a solution that would be safe for me to fit myself? Pippa, by email

A Your Home says… Sensio has introduced Nico, a 240V LED under-cabinet light, which they boast is exceptionally easy to install. Nico features SLS (surface light source) technology which means that no visible dazzling LED points can be seen on the fitting and as the fitting runs at 240V, no driver/ transformer is required. So all that’s needed is their six-way distribution block that connects up to six lights and comes with a 13A plug for mains supply. There’s no need for a Part P qualification, anyone can install the Nico. What’s more the connectors are small enough to fit through an 8mm hole for a neater finish than many models on the market. The Nico fitting has a stainless steel surround, is available in cool or warm white LED colour and can be surface mounted or recessed. It has a 15-year lamp life and is dimmable when used with a trailing edge dimmer.

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Now that spring is well underway, for many of us our thoughts are turning to blowing away the winter cobwebs and freshening up our homes for the warmer, sunnier months ahead. If your vacuum cleaner has seen better days and you’re thinking of investing in a new one, take a look at our buyers’ guide on page 50 to discover which model is right for you. This is also a great time of year to make the most of the long bank holiday weekends that abound over the next few weeks to give your home a fresh new look with a coat of paint. In this issue we take a look at the two key colours for this year (both of which are very calming and easy to live with) and show you just how easy it is to use them in your own home, no matter what your style (p.36). While those of you who have a penchant for rustic interiors will love this month’s Trend Alert which looks at using fresh spring greens to give your home a contemporary take on country living (p.20). Spring is often the time when thoughts turn to getting your home ready for putting on the market or making major home improvements to your property, so in this issue we take a look at which are the best projects to increase the value of your home, from adding an en suite to converting the loft. Turn to page 106 to find out our top 10 value adding projects. Finally, don’t forget to take a look at our food pages this month (p.100), where you’ll find some clever recipes to give your chicken dinners a scrummy new twist!