9 Top Tips for Printer and Photocopier Maintenance

9 Top Tips for Printer and Photocopier Maintenance

By LightMeUp.ie

  1. Training: Your printer/photocopier is likely to be a big investment for your company. Technology is changing rapidly, so it’s a good idea to get some training on the machine in order to optimise your use and make sure you are constantly efficient.


  1. Have a Go To Person In Your Company: It’s a good idea for one person to have the maximum training on your machine and that this person can share their knowledge internally.  Frequently, service providers can end up dealing with a multitude of people in a company or organisation, but this is making the technical process much less efficient and therefore costing your company more money.


  1. Do Not Try a DIY Fix? Follow the machine instructions and the order of the instructions; they are there for a reason. Even something as simple as a paper jam – time and time again, we are called out on service calls because people are pulling paper the wrong way or not following the instructions.


  1. Paper – Use the right paper for your machine.


  1. Communication: Keep in touch with your photocopier supplier and service team. If you have a heavy reliance on your machine for a particular period of time and it’s mission critical to have no downtime, e.g. before an event, get your machine serviced in advance and notify the service team that they will need to be on call should there be any technical glitches.


  1. Technicians: Listen to the advice of your technicians.


  1. Toner: Only use genuine toner and parts for your machine; they are made specifically for your machine. If you go down the route of using compatible toners be aware that your service calls and spare parts usage will increase and your print quality will decrease. Using compatible toners and consumables completely negates your printer’s warranty.  In this case, you should investigate whether your service provider will stand over the printer’s warranty and make changes to parts and complete a full servicing as part of your service agreement.


  1. Preventative Maintenance: Some companies such as Lightmeup.ie operate a system of preventative maintenance, i.e. we monitor the print output and based on volume, we know whether your business’s photocopier/printer needs a monthly or quarterly service to keep it running smoothly.


  1. Call Lightmeup.ie: Call Lightmeup.ie for all your service and maintenance needs!


For more information, call or email us on [email protected] or 01 4097034.

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How to Choose the Right Photocopier and Printer for Your Business

How to Choose the Right Photocopier and Printer for Your Business

Tips for Helping You Choose the Right Photocopier and Printer for Your Business.

There is no doubt about it – purchasing equipment for your business today has never been a more complex process, between security, networks, technologies, speed, quality…the list goes on.

At Lightmeup.ie, we’ve put together a few hints and tips for you to think about when choosing your next photocopier or printer. We aren’t suggesting that you’ll come to an instant conclusion about the right machine by reading these questions, but at least you’ll start creating a filter process for your business, about what’s important and what’s not important. Remember, this is a critical piece of office infrastructure; it’s your workhorse and therefore a vital investment. And we want to make sure that you are getting the right return on your investment.

  • Mono or Colour: Do you require mono (black and white) or a colour/mono option?

  • Volume: What volume of print do you do or does your business do per month? The volume will determine the size of the engine.  If you do low volume, then it is likely that a 20/22 page/per minute machine with a low engine capacity will suffice. However, if you do high volume, then you should be looking at a high engine capacity machine that can produce anywhere from 50-75 pages/per minute.

  • A3 size or A4: Do I need the machine to have A3 capacity (this will automatically do A4, B4 sizes etc)?

  • Desktop or Standalone: Do you want the machine to be a desktop or a standalone printer/photocopier?

  • Quality of Colour: If you do a lot of colour photocopying/printing, is quality an important factor for your business? For example, if you are in the fields of architecture, engineering, event management, auctioneers, marketing, this will most likely to be prime decision factor?

  • Speed: Is the speed of output from the photocopier/printer important to your business?

  • Managed Print Services: Are you looking for a managed print service (MPS) or an unmanaged print service? If you are unsure about this, check out our blog on this very topic.

  • Current Infrastructure: How will the machine fit into your current infrastructure and workflow? For example, is your business using MAC or PCs? Does your business use a service or is everything in the cloud?  Are there any impending changes to your IT strategy that could affect your purchasing decision?

  • Security: Is security on your network important to your business?

  • The Future: Where will your business be in 5 years’ time? It’s important to plan ahead, e.g. will your business be upscaling or downscaling?

  • Migration: Will you require your business to migrate from print to scan?

  • Paperlight Office: Are you looking for a paper light office?

  • Document Management: Do you have a document management system or are you planning on getting one for your business?

  • Confidential Information: Is any of the information you are printing sensitive or confidential? g. if you are an accountant printing off client files, do you need the image on the hard drive to be continuously wiped or overwritten?

Contact us today at [email protected] or on 01 4097034 to discuss further.  Our team can bring you through all of these questions and help get you the answers you need in order to make the best choice for your business.  We always suggest a face to face meeting for this discussion, as it allows the team to assess the area and take in other considerations for the machine, e.g. around installation.

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Epson EB 530 LCD Projector

Epson EB 530 LCD Projector

The ultra bright short-throw projector for reliable performance

Ultra bright and easy to use, the PowerLite 530 short-throw projector offers incredible performance for inspiring classroom lessons. Delivering 3x Brighter Colours* than competitive models, Epson® 3LCD projectors ensure vivid images. Featuring 3200 lumens of colour brightness and 3200 lumens of white brightness, the 530 shines – even in sunny rooms. Project images up to 108″ from 4′ away with minimal shadows or glare. Utilizing low-cost, long-lasting lamps, this performer provides a low total cost of ownership. It also features flexible installation. Moderator device management software allows instructors to wirelessly share students’ work from multiple devices, simultaneously – including computers, iOS® and Android™ devices.

3x Brighter Colours with Epson*
Brilliant image quality requires high colour brightness. Epson 3LCD projectors have 3x Brighter Colours than leading competitive projectors*. Delivering 3200 lumens of colour brightness and 3200 lumens of white brightness, the PowerLite 530 uses 3LCD, 3-chip technology for brilliant images with true-to-life colour.

Note: Epson does not accept returns on refurbished items except if product arrives defective, in which case, we will provide a replacement with the same model or equivalent. This unit may not include the same software or paper pack as new models.

  • Projection System
        : 3LCD, 3-chip technology

    Native Resolution

        : 1024 x 768 (XGA)

    Colour Brightness

        : 3200 lumens

    White Brightness

        : 3200 lumens
Movies To See This Month

Movies To See This Month

Movies You Need To See This Month

Get Out

I can not recommend this movie enough.

The story follows an interracial couple, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) who are going to spend the weekend with Rose’s family.

Things take a turn when her family begin to act strange around Chris, and then an even darker turn when we discover there is some secrets this family has been hiding.

This thriller keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire movie, and there is no telling what will happen next.

It also received a well deserved 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


Lego Batman

If you’re a fan of The Lego Movie, or any comedy movie in general, then you are guaranteed to enjoy Lego Batman. This cartoon may seem like a stupid chidist comedy, but I can promise you, adults will get loads of laughs too.

The movie is filled with famous voices, including; Michael Cera, Will Arnett, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Mariah Carey.. I could go on, but I’m sure you get the idea.

91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.



I’m sure you’ve heard the reviews yourself, but this Marvel thriller is blowing up the box office. It has even been said to be one of the best Marvel movies to date.

94% Rating on Rotten Tomatoes



La La Land

Unless you’re super late to the party, or you’ve been living under a rock, you NEED to see LaLa Land. I’m sure you all saw how entertaining the fiasco at the Oscars was, but we promise the movie itself is even better.

This musical is far from cheesy, and it definitely does not take the direction you would presume.

This romantic-comedy-musical-drama received a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


Fun Ideas For Projectors At Home

Fun Ideas For Projectors At Home

Projectors are not just for using in the office, check out these creative uses for projectors in the home!

An outdoor cinema in summer

This is a great idea for a family night in. Gather the children, pop on your favourite Disney movie, grab some snacks and blankets and enjoy the mild night in the comfort of your garden. This creates fun memories for your children and is something different for you all to enjoy together.

All you will need is a projector and a flat surface to project the film onto. If you’re super fancy, you might even invest in a drop down projector screen that you can pull down when needed!

This is also a great idea for when you host a kids slumber party, keeping the kids entertained while getting some fresh air.

Bedroom Projector

Don’t want to commit to putting a TV in your bedroom? Then how about installing a projector and aiming it at a blank wall, or if you are really fancy, maybe even aim it at the roof! This cuts out the urge to sit in bed and watch any old tv, and means you will only use it for special movie nights. Another bonus is that a projector takes up virtually no space compared to a TV and can be neatly hidden away until you want to use it.


Sports Nights

Be the house that hosts all the big games with a projector screen in your living room. Projectors can link up to your live stream of the game and will play in great quality, big enough for everyone to see all the action.


Kids Playroom

Are your kids always spending time in their friends’ house at not enough time at home? Make your home the hub with a projector screen for the playroom. What could be more fun than transforming your playroom into a kids dream room!





There are endless ideas on how to use a projector at home! How do you use yours?

Valentine’s Day Movie’s

Valentine’s Day Movie’s

I’m not one for the cheesy love stories with a dull script that’s only goal is to make you cry and cuddle into your significant other.. I like the not-so-typical love stories, one’s that are a genuinely great movie that just so happen to have a greater love story.. Here are a few recommendations you may not have considered to watch this Valentine’s Day.



Lets start this off easyBlended is an Adam Sandler flick (yes I know) with a surprisingly good storyline and is genuinely a really enjoyable watch. This movie is a different take on a love story, it follows two people who were set up on a blind date and instantly hate one another, but then end up being forced to spend a week together. Also starring Drew Barrymore.




If you’re having a night in with your girlfriends, the obvious choice is Bridesmaids, this is one of those rare films you can watch every day and still cry laughing during the airplane scene.



Crazy Stupid Love

If you are like myself, you might enjoy an alternative rom-com such as Crazy Stupid Love. This is one of my all time favourites that shares multiple love stories, each as captivating as the next. The movie opens with Steve Carrell’s wife wanting a divorce, and instead of letting his life fall apart, he accepts the help of Ryan Gosling to make him more appealing to women.



My Bloody Valentine

Valentine’s Day is not for everyone.. But that doesn’t mean you need to lock yourself away in your room and avoid all contact. Instead, try a horror Valentine’s Movie such as My Bloody Valentine. This slasher thriller will make your night fun while still maintaining the holiday spirit.





Prom Night

Another example of a twisted love movie is Prom Night. This creepy movie stars Brittany Snow and her friends as they prepare for their prom night, we also learn that Brittany Snow has a dark secret she is trying to hide.




Endless Love

This is one of those rare romantic movies that make you feel some type of way.. I really enjoyed this movie and have watched it on more than one occasion.. Endless Love follows the obstacles put in the way of a teenage couple in love. This tear jerker is definitely one to watch if you are feeling emotional and in need of a good cry.


What ever movie you choose to watch this February 14th, make sure to pair it with some popcorn and wine and you’l guarantee a good night regardless.
Thing’s you’ll miss when you leave Ireland.

Thing’s you’ll miss when you leave Ireland.

Living abroad has its perks, and also its drawbacks, ie no Irish chocolate and no beloved Tayto sandwiches. The first few months I moved away there was not much other than family that I missed, but as the months flew by, I noticed myself craving more and more Irish things..


Cheese Toasties

Where do I start with the cheese toastie fiasco..

For one, not one person in North America knows what a cheese toastie actually is. They refer to them as grilled cheese and nothing else. If you accidentally ask for a cheese toastie, you just get blank stares and confused faces.

Why not just make your own toastie you ask.. Well that’s all well and good until you discover that a block of mediocre cheese retails at $8. That being low end cheese that tastes like literal plastic and doesn’t even melt the same as in Ireland. So making a cheese toastie proves seriously difficult and costs more than eating brunch at a nice restaurant! And even if you take the painful leap and purchase the most expensive cheese ever, your sandwich will still taste awful due to the bread having heaps of sugar and tasting like a cake and not bread.



You go shopping, you find a nice shirt for $40, you get to the register, money in hand, and it’s actually $44.89. Heartbreaking stuff. You would think I would have gotten used to this by now, but every time I seem to forget until the cashier breaks the news I owe more than I budgeted..

This is the same in restaurants, they charge you guest service charge (gst) and then expect you to tip 20%+ on top. Then get super snappy if they get anything less. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for tipping, but the fact that there is a formula and a particular way they expect you to tip is annoying to say the least. You’ll never know how much you miss paying what’s on the price tag until you leave Ireland.



Irish complain about the weather on a daily basis, yes, but can we at least be thankful that the weather is actually predictable and fairly tame? Living in North America is like living on another planet. There is constant fear of hurricanes, volcanoes erupting and the never ending scare of ‘The Big One’ finally hitting… If you are unfamiliar with ‘The Big One’, there is enough information on Google to scare someone into never leaving Ireland. To sum up, It’s essentially a death assuring earthquake expected from the San Andreas Fault in the coming months. It’s rarely talked about, but the subtle hints left around the City are a constant reminder.. Even in my apartment building there are strict instructions on how to act during earthquakes, which I have studied religiously.


Mi Wadi

Yes. You read that correctly. Cordial/ diluted drinks are barely a thing. I don’t have much to say other than one word. Devastating.


A Decent Chinese

Finding a good Chinese takeaway posed difficult, after trying 20+ places we finally found one that has a nice chilli chicken alternative. As soon as I get home I plan to buy out a Chinese takeaway for a week to cater to any spice bag needs I may have.



Talking about all of these thing’s are enough to make me book a flight home… Which I will do next year if ‘The Big One’ doesn’t get to me first.

Moving to Vancouver, Canada.

Moving to Vancouver, Canada.

Most people don’t consider Canada when choosing to move abroad, it certainly wasn’t on my list, but now here I am. I am now moving into my 8th month of living in Vancouver and I’m a little bit obsessed, even though my first few days in Canada tested me beyond belief with a series of tragic events (read on to find out just how tragic..), and I seriously contemplated hopping on the next flight out of here…

My first day arriving in Vancouver was so unreal that when I told people they laughed and then presume I exaggerated.. But oh how that is not the case.. 
It all started with a crappy 10 hour flight with no tv’s, wifi or free meals.. Not even one lousy bag of pretzels! I was so hungry on the flight I actually spend $16 dollars for some dry crackers and ‘laughing cow’ cheese.
Needless to say, we were delighted to have landed safe and sound. We were out of air and finally set foot in our new homeland for the next 2 years. We unloaded off the plane from hell, and entered into a new kind hell… immigration.
The immigration room was filled with at least 40, with only two immigration officers working. Neither of which could not stop talking to one another about their weekend shenanigans.
The more the officers chit chat, the slower the line moved and the more agitated we all became.. But alas,3 hours later, we had our working visas and all was well, or so we believed
We were so excited to get to our hotel, get showered, get food and sleep off the long and stressful day. But little did we know that the airport was actually going to be best part of the day.
Hopping into a cab outside Vancouver airport in the torrential rain was fine, we can handle the rain, we’re Irish. But hopping into a cab outside Vancouver airport in torrential rain to a cab with a driver who doesn’t speak english, unfortunately, I can not handle.
Having never been to this country before, it would be presumed I don’t have any idea where I am going. But, to be a cab driver whose actual job it is to drive people around and bring them to their destination, you would think would know where he was going.
We drove from the airport into some fairly dodgy side streets and rundown villages. We saw no buildings of interest. No mountains, snow or wildlife. Basically it seemed like we were driving through a rough part of Dublin with heavier rain and bigger trees.
We got to our hotel, which looked pretty average on booking.com, but in reality was the biggest dump in Vancouvre. It looked like a worse version of Bates Motel, stained carpet and all.
From the creepy receptionist guy who whispered instead of spoke. To the $250 security deposit we weren’t told about until we checked in, and the blood stained shower curtain, the place wasn’t that bad. It had a decent sized bed (with dirty sheets). A tv (that didn’t turn on). A lovely bathroom (that didn’t have a functioning door). Oh and wifi was $15 a day per device, great!
To stop myself from having an actual breakdown, we dropped our bags and went to get food, thinking our over reaction was down to hunger. A typical Irish excuse…
So we pop next door into a cute little Chinese restaurant, ordered two waters and opened the menu. The FIRST thing on this menu.. I kid you not.. Was chicken knees. Chicken. Knees.
Do chickens even have knees? Apparently, because they’re a Chinese starter. I don’t need to tell you that we got out of there as fast as we could. We went back into the lashing rain and into another restaurant which cost $30 for a plate of crappy pasta. But it was so much better than I imagine chicken knees would taste…
After we ate, we went back to the hotel. Contemplated what the hell had happened. Then slept it off, and we stayed in that hell hole for 3 nights until we finally found ourselves somewhere to live.
Fast forward 3 months, and we now live in a fancy little high rise in the middle of downtown Vancouver, with more bars and restaurants you could imagine. We could not be happier.
There are some days we drive past that hotel and we smile. We think of how we probably shared a bed with thousands of bed bugs. How we showered with a dozen other people’s hair caught in the drain. How we used a towel that was probably used to clean up a crime scene. And how we looked out a window into a back alley where homeless people spent their days fighting one another.
Moral of the story… no matter how awful the situation you find yourself in, there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel. And if ever you’re feeling down and out about something, just remember that I spent the night in a room where a man was actually shot! (we found out after we checked out).
Chilled Christmas Movies To Watch This November

Chilled Christmas Movies To Watch This November

No plans this weekend? Don’t worry, we got you covered.. Get your PJ’s on, a duvet, order a chinese and get ready to feel the Christmas magic with these movies..

Since it’s still November and we’re only getting over Halloween, let’s start it off slow shall we?

Die Hard.

Die Hard is mainly an action movie meaning it can be enjoyed year round, but it also the hints and suggestions of Christmas,  leaving you with subtle excitement guaranteed to make you get up and go searching for that tangled ball of Christmas lights in your attic…

Love Actually.

Enjoyable, warm and lovable Christmas that really gets you in the loving happy romantic Christmas mood. Definitely a must watch for couples as opposed to

The Holiday.

A nice movie to ease yourself into the Christmas spirit. The snow and cosy fireplace scenes get you super excited for those cold winter nights in, and this movie definitely deserves some wine and take-out while curled up on the sofa. This is probably top of my list this year.


Now onto the hardcore Christmas movies…

Home Alone.

Best. Movie.Ever. Need I say more?

The Santa Clause.

Heart-warming family movie that tugs at the old heart strings. I know most of you like myself have a soft spot for this brilliant movie. The best part is that it has sequels that definitely do not disappoint!


This hilarious and charming movie is perfect for the week leading up to Christmas, it’s light, it’s funny, and you can watch it more that 20 times and still love it! Definitely one of my favorites.


Other suggestions:

The Grinch, Trading Places, Edward Scissorhands, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

What are your go-to Christmas movies?

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