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Business Continuity- COVID-19

Updated June 16, 2020

Dear Customer

As a Company our family extends across the globe to our Customers and Suppliers in many European and Asian countries and we know that many people have already been impacted.

 

Therefore, even as we start to come out of Lockdown, we are continuing to take the utmost care to protect our Teams, as well as our Customers and Suppliers. We have adapted our working environment and many of our Teams who can work from home are still doing so.

 

Our main warehouse remains open. However, we are taking the strongest safeguards to ensure hygiene and social distancing is continued to be observed amongst our warehouse team. As part of this we have split our teams into two whilst ensuring all members are always wearing gloves and masks and everyone have their own sanitiser.

 

Furthermore, due to the high demand being experienced in the home delivery network we are aware of possible delays to deliveries in some areas. We and our courier partners are doing all we can to get your order to you at the expected time, but please bear with us if there are any delays.

 

We remain available for you to place orders online 24/7 at lighting-direct.co.uk. We have also increased the level of support we are offering via our Live Chat service extending both into the evenings as well as at weekends. Please bear in mind that all our teams are working remotely so the speed of their response may vary depending on how busy they are helping other Customers.

 

We have experienced a surge in demand for our products. This has resulted in our Supply Chain team working tirelessly to replenish stocks as quickly as we can. We are continuing to update our website with the latest information available to us but if something you are looking for is not in stock please check with us when it’s expected to be back in stock.

 

Of course, this is a fast-changing and developing situation which we are constantly reviewing hour-by-hour, day-by day. As and when we have any further news to pass on, we will do so as quickly as we can.

 

Finally, to further assist our Customers during this period of lockdown we have extended the period for you to return any items to 12 weeks.

 

We continue with passion to support our teams, our Customers and our Suppliers with the same vision and values that we have had in place since we commenced trading 25 years ago.

 

We send our support to any affected family and ask you to take the precautions you need to stay healthy.

Thank you for your continuous support and loyalty

 

Charles Barnett Managing Director

Charles started Lyco in 1995 with just 4 enthusiastic employees and has grown it considerably over the past 25 years. Charles is also the Managing Director of Lighting Direct and newly acquired Online Lighting. He now has a team of 50 lighting experts working on growing Lyco Group to be the UK leader in lighting for both businesses and homes. Away from the office he is a keen cyclist and is proud to have cycled 1017 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for a new residential centre for adults with multiple learning difficulties.

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Lighting Direct Awarded ‘Platinum Trusted Merchant’ for Five Years of Gold Standard Customer Reviews

At Lighting Direct we are proud to deliver and maintain our high level of customer service. For five years we have achieved the Gold standard service award from independent review platform Feefo.

This year, we are delighted to say that in recognition of our continued excellent service we have been awarded the newly introduced Platinum Trusted Service Award for consistently delivering excellence. To achieve this, we have achieved a rating of over 90% on reviews collected during 2019.

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This award is testament to the hard work our customer service team put in to provide the very best customer service they can.

Visit our Lighting Direct Feefo page to gain access to service and product reviews going back many years. The reviews are independently provided and unedited – negative reviews sit alongside positive.

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Kelvin Colour Temperature Explained

Colour temperature is a relatively new consideration in household lighting. Forty years ago, a bulb was just a bulb. The amount of watts was the only real decision to be made when replacing bulbs.

Modern lighting, however, has brought more choice with it. The colour temperature scale is a way of measuring all types of lighting technology, both old and new.

Colour Temperature Theory

During the 19th Century, British physician William Thompson (Lord Kelvin) devised the Kelvin temperature scale. During his research he heated a block of carbon, which began to glow red, then yellow, and finally produced a bright blue-white light.

The path of these changing colours is the essence of the Kelvin scale because each colour occurs at a specific temperature. For example, the filament of an incandescent or halogen bulb produces a yellow light at a temperature of 2700 kelvin (2700 K).
The one thing to remember is that a higher kelvin colour temperature equals to a cooler bluer looking light. Lower colour temperatures mean a warmer light.

Kelvin colour temperature scale

 

Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT)

In an incandescent or halogen light bulb, kelvin temperature describes both the colour of the light and the actual temperature of the filament. Because LED’s and fluorescents do not use heat to create light, their colour temperature is estimated in relation to the colour of the light. This is called ‘correlated colour temperature’ (CCT).

OUTSIDE THE HOME

Many people choose a welcoming warm white light for their home exterior. Our bestselling Eglo Riga LED Outdoor Wall Light emits a 3000K light and looks fantastic by the front door.

For home protection, the 5000K cool white Lutec Draco 7.5W LED Smart Floodlight delivers a crisp, bright light, giving it extra impact as a security light.

HALLWAYS

A warm and welcoming light is ideal for the hallway. This is also a common place to find pictures and paintings. A warm-light fitting such as the 3000K Slimline Battery Operated LED Picture Light will emphasise the reds in a picture. However, the cooler 4000K Lucide Belpa LED Picture Light will complement bluer tones.

KITCHENS

Cooler lights are a good choice for the kitchen as they promote alertness.
Under-cabinet lights such as the Cool White 4000K Lucide Kinny are a fine choice for the work surfaces. This fitting is a connectable strip light and can be bought in different sizes or extended with multiple fittings, making it ideal for long worktops.

BATHROOMS

Bathroom lights are more commonly cool white to increase alertness and give your room a cleaner feel, however some people still prefer warm lights as they are more suited to bathroom relaxation.

The Cool White LED Fire Rated Downlight is available in cool options, and can be dimmed for perfect mood lighting.

BEDROOMS

In the bedroom, a cosy warm white light is usually desirable. Reading lights are popular bedroom fittings, usually with a warm white bulb. The Carrie Reading Light is compatible with warm white bulbs, and we recommend the Lyco Dimmable LED to offer a long lifespan and years of maintenance-free use.

 

LIVING ROOMS

In a living room or dining room you’ll usually want a warm, relaxing quality of light – and often dimmable is a requirement for our customers. The iconic Aperture Shade, from Luminosity, is a stunning non-electric lighting solution, greatly complemented by a warm white bulb.

If you are looking for more great information? Try our Lighting Ideas section.

 

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.

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Driveway Lights – Lighting Your Way Home

Lighting your driveway adds an extra layer of safety and security to your home.

If you’re returning home late at night, driveway lights can guide you and your car safely into position without scraping paintwork or damaging fences, garden furniture, or walls.

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing lights for your driveway. The style of lighting you want and the type of installation required is fundamental.

Installing your driveway lights

Low voltage lighting

One of the chief advantages of low voltage outdoor lighting is that it can be safely installed without electrical expertise. This is a good option for anyone willing or able to partake in a little DIY.

Regular electrical current

You can run electricity from your house out to the driveway, but you’ll need a qualified electrician to carry out the installation. Outdoor mains cables have to be buried in a deep trench (deeper in unpaved areas) to avoid potentially fatal accidents.

Choosing the perfect driveway lighting

Ground lights

When it comes to lighting a driveway, most people tend to opt for ground lights. They’re a popular choice because they give the driveway a modern look, are unobtrusive and relatively easy to install. Ground lights are generally sold individually and come in a range of colours and shapes, so you can get creative and add character to your driveway.

Many ground lights can withstand the weight of cars driving over them. This will always be specified by Lighting Direct, so you can be sure of buying the right product. The drive-over Adelpha Ground Light has a recessed design that allows a perfectly flush, discreet installation. With a tough polycarbonate diffuser this light is built to withstand up to 2,000 kg weight.

If you don’t intend to be driving over the lights, ground lights can still be used to highlight the boundary of your driveway, install them along the perimeter of your drive and make it easier for you to park well within them. Lighting Direct offer the great value Edit Monday ground light and the Edit Quad square ground light. These dust-tight, submersible fittings use LEDs for extremely low energy consumption and long life.

If you live within 10 miles of the coast, it’s important to find ground lights that are coastal resistant that won’t damage easily due to the high salt levels. The Astro Coastal Gramos is a recessed brass ground light that is suitable as a drive over light (max 2 ton) and guaranteed for up to 10 years.

Driveway post lights

Post lights are useful for marking out your driveway perimeter, making it easy to manoeuvre your car in and out of position when light is low. They never become covered in snow or leaf debris like ground-installed lighting.

You can space post lights out along your driveway as you see fit (you might want to do this asymmetrically with a long drive—avoiding the runway effect), and even blend them into your rockery or garden features.

Whether you’re seeking traditional or contemporary lighting for your driveway, Lighting Direct has a vast range of post lights with different designs, heights and finishes. The Lucide Fedor Outdoor Bollard Light provides a contemporary lighting solution, with a satin chrome finish and stylish decorative filament bulb to guide you and your vehicle to a safe standstill.

The Edit Birch LED Outdoor Garden Post Light Kit is everything you need to light up your driveway. It comes with everything you need to get started, plus it is part of our low voltage connectable light range which means (with a little of DIY) you won’t need to pay for an electrician to get you set up.

Need more inspiration? Check out our Lighting Ideas section.

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.

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The Best Ceiling Lights For Your Bathroom

Providing lighting for the bathroom presents its own special problems and contradictions. The bathroom gets used at all times of the day or night, so lights are essential.

Lighting means electric light. The bathroom is frequently quite wet and we all know electricity and water do not mix well. Bathroom ceiling lights are the best option for the main lighting in the bathroom because the ceiling is as far away from water as you can get. However there is still steam to consider, even with a good extractor.

Zones and Ratings

Electrical safety regulations divide bathrooms into zones , Zone 0 being the wettest, actually in the bath or shower tray and Zone 3 being the least likely to get wet. Any area more than 2.25 metres above floor level is in zone 3. The average ceiling height in modern properties is around 2.4 metres, higher in older houses, so bathroom ceiling lights are likely to be in zone 3.  For more in-depth details of this topic take a look at our complete guide to bathroom zones.

This zoning is to enable electricians and anyone buying lights to know what degree of protection is needed for a given location. To find the degree of protection provided to a light, look for the IP Rating. This consists of the letters IP followed by two digits. The first digit refers to protection against fingers, solid objects, dust etc., the second to protection against the ingress of moisture. The higher the figure in each case the higher the degree of protection. Our guide to IP Ratings will give you the full rundown of what is what when it comes to IP ratings.

Be safe – use a professional

Installing bathroom ceiling lights should always be carried out by a qualified electrician. However you may well be choosing the lights yourself for him or her to install, so even a basic knowledge of the requirements will save you time and trouble and may even impress your electrician!

IP as standard

Bathroom ceiling lights to be installed in Zone 3 do not actually require an IP Rating at all. However remember, the regulations prescribe minimum requirements and it makes sense to use only IP rated lights anywhere in the bathroom if only because they are likely to last much longer, quite apart from any safety aspects. All the bathroom ceiling lights sold by Lighting Direct are IP rated to at least IP44.

Flush is plush

A small bathroom of a regular shape may only need a single bathroom ceiling light. Others may require several lights. In either case the use of flush fitting ceiling lights not only looks attractive, they keep cleaner and having their working bits concealed behind the ceiling helps to protect from the steam generated by a hot bath or shower. Here is a selection of bathroom ceiling lights available from Lighting Direct to help you find the right bathroom lighting for you.

Recessed downlights

We’ll start with multiple recessed downlights. Lighting Direct recommends any of the following examples.

1. The Astro Trimless Fire Rated Downlight is an inconspicuous fitting with a plastered over, trimless finish that is beautifully flush to the ceiling. A popular product from British manufacturers Astro.

2. The Luceco F-Eco 5W Dimmable LED Downlight is a fully dimmable fixed fitting that comes with quick-connect push-fit terminals for stress free installation. It is fully dimmable and has an average life expectancy of 25,000 hours, plus a 3 year guarantee. Available in a white finish, brushed steel, and polished chrome.

3. The Integral EvoFire Fire Rated Low Profile Fixed Downlight here is a great value super-slim 0.8mm bezel is 10 times slimmer than standard downlight bezels and incorporates push terminals to allow rapid installation.

To flush or semi-flush – that is the question

Lighting Direct also has many recommended flush or semi-flush bathroom ceiling lights. Full details of all of them can be found in our bathroom lighting section but here is a brief look at some of them.

1. The 3 Arm Semi-Flush ceiling light in a polished chrome finish with clear glass shades is a stylish fitting suitable for use in bathroom zones 1 and 2.

2. Offering traditional style, the Bubble 3 light Led Spotlight Plate is IP44 rather and suitable for zones 1 and 2. It is only 200mm wide and suitable for smaller to medium sized bathrooms.

3. For something even more glamorous, the Orlando Flush Ceiling Light with cascading clear glass balls on hanging chains is a light that becomes a real statement piece as soon as you install it.

4. Our top choice for a simple, but effective flush bathroom ceiling light: The Edit Aqua Flush Ceiling Light is a round fitting with opal glass diffuser suitable for use anywhere in your bathroom.

A little bit more

If you really want to inject style into your bathroom via your ceiling lights and have sufficient ceiling height that a more protruding design is suitable, you will probably love the Ganso Bathroom Ceiling Chandelier. This stunning light has machine cut clear glass prisms on a chrome metal frame. It is IP44 rated so you can install it in Zones 1 and 2.

The choice is yours

The best ceiling lights for your bathroom could be any one of the above. Having said that, you know your bathroom best and if these don’t quite give you what you want feel free to browse our full selection of bathroom lighting to find your ideal bathroom ceiling light.

Looking for more inspiration and advice? Try our Lighting Ideas section.

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Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Living Room Lighting – Set The Mood

Nowadays you need a living room that offers many different things in one versatile package, and good lighting can help you achieve that. Maybe your living room is part of a family home that needs a main light source for when the children do their homework, separate lighting for dinnertime and cosy, ambient lighting for relaxing in front of the TV. For those who want a high-tech, modern living room, we have a complete range of spotlights and floor lamps, perfect for parties and weekend entertaining. Whatever your requirements, we’re sure to have the exact lights you need for creating a living space that you’ll never want to leave. Click here for living room light fittings.

Dimmer Switches

The days of the lone light bulb hanging forlornly from the ceiling are well and truly over – nowadays lighting makes a statement – it lets people know what you, your home and even your family is about. It should also be about enhancing your life – emphasising design features or even being a feature in itself and it should transform your living room from a singular one-dimensional room into a space that has many uses and functions. Living room lighting also means choice when it comes to using a main light, using lots of smaller, secondary lights or combining both for complete lighting control.

You may want to use just a main light if your living space is a constant hub of domestic activity; if you work from home in the evenings, or help the children with their homework. To make switching between a starker main light and a warmer, softer light easy, you could install a dimmer switch for instant control. You can also use softer, secondary lighting such as floor lamps, table lamps or uplighters to disperse light or light up areas and corners of a room that are usually left in darkness, which helps to open your living room up. A picture light over pieces of art or photographs can create eye-catching features, and try installing reading lamps for those evenings when you just want to sit with a good book and shut out the world.

Enchanting Illumination

Lovers of glamour out there will be drawn to the Edit Souk Ceiling Pendant which is an excellent choice for darker rooms as it reflects light really well. Install this gorgeous ceiling light for illumination that sparkles and bounces – perfect for creating a wonderful centre-piece in the middle of your room.

A Time For Reflection?

Classic and simple, the Edit Mathis Plaster Up & Down Wall Light can be painted to fit in with any colour scheme thanks to an unglazed ceramic finish; but what makes this really special, is the fact that it softens light and prevents glare by throwing light upwards and down. It is a very useful light for installing in rooms that need strong illumination without the glare, such as a study.

The Perfect Lighting Relationship

A versatile light for your living room is the Montana ‘Mother and Child’ Floor Lamp – Satin Chrome. This cool looking light has dual functionality, serving as a standard floor uplighter – perfect for creating cosy ambience – or making relaxing with a good book easy thanks to a task-specific reading light. This is also a great tool for keeping energy bills down as you don’t have to keep the main light on just to read, or it can be an excellent tool for those of you who need the added comfort of a reading light coupled with a main light to avoid eye strain. Place it in a corner along with your favourite armchair to create the perfect reading space.

Home Sweet Home

If you like traditional styles, but you like them to have an edge, then the striking Dar Oporto could be the table lamp for you. The rich, eye-catching tones of the design make this a lamp that could sit easily in most rooms from the bedroom to a grand hallway. Its classic, thoughtful design means it won’t go out of fashion any time soon and will be around for years to come.

Buck The Trend

Now for the piéce de resistance – the Edit Rod 15 Arm Pendent is for those of you who enjoy something more than a little different. This industrial style light would make an excellent, eye-catching centre-piece that will bring a bit of drama in to your home! Why not place it in the middle of your room and build up the rest of your décor around it? If you have a very large living space, you could even hang two at opposite ends of the room, to make a bold and interesting statement – perfect for hosting parties, entertaining or just relaxing and playing cards with the family.

So, now that we’ve established how important living room lighting is, why not have a browse through our selection and take your pick?

Looking for more inspiration? Try our Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Top 3 tips to make your home more energy efficient

Energy Efficient Lighting

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years you won’t have failed to notice that as a society, we are finally taking climate change seriously and most of us are doing our bit to save the planet. Whether it’s seeing more charging stations for electric cars pop up, having three different wheelie bins to organise your recycling or the fact that lots of people are using reusable nappies again, there’s no denying that in 2017 we are more conscious of doing what we can to help reduce our carbon footprint. We all know that turning off electrical appliances that aren’t in use helps and it’s wise to switch off lights in empty rooms, but our guide to energy efficient lighting will help you go that extra mile in your quest to live a ‘greener’ lifestyle (and it’ll help you save money, too!).

1. Use more LEDs

LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs are the modern alternative to incandescent bulbs, which have mostly been phased out. LED light bulbs use less energy, last longer and are much easier to dispose of safely. You can now get LED lights for pretty much anywhere inside and outside the home – from beautifully designed LED ceiling lights to coloured outdoor LED lights that are sure to transform any garden. LEDs last up to 50 times longer than traditional incandescent lights and as you’ll be replacing them less over time, you’ll definitely see a cost saving, too.

2. Choose low energy bulbs and fittings

As obvious as it sounds, replacing all the traditional bulbs in your ceiling lights and lamps with low energy versions can make a massive difference to reducing your carbon footprint. You may think they are more expensive than regular light bulbs however the cost really has come down in recent years. If you’re thinking about adding a security light outside your home, choose an energy-saving outdoor light that only comes on (when needed) at night time in order to conserve energy.

3. Solar Powered Lighting

Choosing solar powered lighting is the ultimate way to become more energy efficient as outdoor lights are powered by the sun alone. There is a huge range on the market – from fairy lights to lanterns that will transform any garden and create a fantastic atmosphere for a party or gathering. And as you won’t have the stress or worry about the batteries running out or having enough power outlets, you can sit back, relax and enjoy yourself.

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LED Conversion – Switch to LED

Would you like guaranteed cost savings on your energy bills? And reduced maintenance costs for your home? All without having to call an electrician?

Then switch to LED bulbs. Today.

Put simply, LEDs, with their extremely long life-span and energy efficient technology will give you up to 90% energy saving. And you’ll only have to buy one LED bulb for every seven halogen bulbs that blow – or every ten bulbs if you’re looking to replace incandescent bulbs.

What’s more – it’s easy to switch to LED bulbs – you can do it yourself and start benefit from an instant saving.

Does it just feel wrong to change a bulb that hasn’t blown?

Well, the savings you’ll get from reducing your energy bills after installing LEDs will definitely help you to feel better about getting rid of a ‘perfectly good lightbulb’. The Megaman 3.5W Warm White LED Candle Bulb offers an 80% energy saving over its halogen alternative, and is ideal as a classic lampshade bulb that offers an average lifespan of around nine years! Another good choice for regular home lighting is the dimmable Crompton 7.5W Warm White LED Decorative Filament GLS Bulb – bayonet fit (also available in screw cap). This bulb produces a glowing warm white light perfectly suited to any room in your home – especially dining rooms and bedrooms.

But don’t they take a long time to ‘get light’?

Not any more – most LEDs now provided immediate full brightness with no warm-up time, so no gloomy rooms or dark corners! Plus you can now get dimmable bulbs in a range of shapes and caps – including GU10s and GLS bayonets. If you’ve got a narrow or small space such as a hallway or recess to light, the Envirolight 5W Warm White LED MR16 Bulb is ideal. Compatible with a large number of spotlight and downlight fittings, this 5W bulb is a natural fit when it comes to replacing your existing 35W halogen MR16 bulbs.

Or if you’re looking to install a track lighting system for brightening corridors, stairways, hallways, or display cases and cabinets, the Luceco Warm White Dimmable LED GU10 Bulb – Flood Beam is an ideal low-voltage halogen replacement, with an astounding 25,000 hours of uninterrupted output.

LED lighting is cool. Literally.

Remember that LED bulbs remain cool to the touch even after use as they don’t waste energy producing unwanted heat. The Philips 8W Corepro Warm White LED GLS Bulb – bayonet fit and screw cap is a great general-purpose lightbulb that can last up to 15 times longer than its incandescent equivalent. And with an average longevity of 15,000 hours per bulb, you’ll be able to spend time enjoying your bulb, not changing your bulb!

Working from home?

In a home office, a phenomenal amount of heat is dished out by electrical equipment – including your lights. Why not avoid the sauna effect and keep refreshed with the affordable Luceco 5W Daylight LED GU10 Bulb – Flood Beam? And with a ‘daylight’ colour (instead of ‘warm white’ or ‘cool white’) you’ll add a fresher, brighter feel to your workspace.

Ready to make the switch?

Then take a look at our full range of LED bulbs and LED lighting – remember all our fittings come with FREE delivery!

If you’d prefer to talk to one of our advisors, then give us a ring from 9am – 6pm on 0843 317 7824. Or look through our Lighting Ideas section for inspiration and guidance on how to light your home.

It’s as simple as changing a light bulb.

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.

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Coloured Glass Lighting Is In Style

Coloured glass light fittings are popular for their uplifting effect and intricate or elegant designs. The glossy, vibrant surface of a coloured glass shade attracts the eye like a jewel and offers an alternative to the quieter look of fabric. Often mimicked with plastic or resin, the natural quality of glass—shaped by fire and water—has everlasting appeal.

In this article, we look at fashionable coloured glass lighting designs from past and present.

Coloured glass – how it is made

Coloured glass was first created thousands of years ago by the Ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians. The various colours are achieved by adding an oxide, sulphide or other metal compound to the molten glass. Gold ruby glass is one of the more costly red glasses to make, as it contains gold chloride. Other metals used include iron oxide for greens and browns, nickel oxide for violet, and antimony oxide for white. Glass is also coloured or decorated with paint.

Coloured glass styles

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Traditional style

Coloured glass and artificial lighting were spectacularly wedded at the end of the 19th century, when the first Tiffany lamp was produced. The stained glass Tiffany lamp soon symbolised the Art Nouveau period. Nature was the main source of inspiration, with flowers, dragonflies, butterflies, and peacock feathers all well represented by the Tiffany Studios.

So iconic was the Tiffany lamp that modern copies are still known as ‘Tiffany style’ lamps. These beautiful items are ideal for the traditional or eclectic style of home.

The Searchlight Tiffany Style Dragonfly Pendant is inspired by an especially famous Tiffany design, which had a series of dragonflies with delicately patterned wings lining the edge of the shade. The original was created by Tiffany’s head designer, Clara Driscoll, between the years 1900 and 1906.

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Classic style

Classic style is defined by timelessness and co-ordinates well with modern or traditional décors. The stunning Swirl range of Italian-glass ceiling lights fits into this category and comes from English manufacturer, David Hunt Lighting. This 100-year-old company is a master of lighting design and supplies its beautiful hand-finished luminaires to order.

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Contemporary style

A contemporary light fitting is made noticeable by bold use of colour, texture and form. Blown glass can be fashioned into beautifully elegant shapes and imbued with rich colours, as exampled in the Nordlux Ripasso ranges. These eye-catching luminaires with polished chrome fixings are effortlessly stylish and certain to enliven a modern home. Choose a colour to match your décor!

Minimalistic designs are another hallmark of contemporary lighting; this is true of the Dillon range of table lamps from Dar Lighting. Here, the graceful coloured glass bases are given centre stage by the subtlety of classic fabric shades.

Ceiling pendants with low-hanging shades are a trendy choice in modern dining rooms and kitchens. An example is the Soho 3 Light Pendant, which is ideal for use above a dining table, kitchen island, or breakfast bar. The strong downward flow of light from the shades helps define personal space and create an intimate ambience for mealtimes.

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Colour effects

Even the chicest luminaire has a particular lighting effect. A dark glass shade emphasises the warm glow of a bulb and creates a soothing mood, while a paler glass allows greater transmission of light.

The inside of a glass shade also affects output. The white interior of the Flut Pendant reflects and gathers light and projects it downwards. Consequentially, it is extra efficient in lighting kitchen or dining surfaces, as shown in the link.

Coloured glass shades without a reflective interior allow a stronger passage of outward light. This emphasises their hue, as it does with the Nordlux Chardonnay Pendant.

You might ponder these virtues while choosing a fabulous light fitting from our 2015 Trend: Coloured Glass collection!

For more interesting information check out our Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Brighten Up Your Home With Winter Outdoor Lighting

In the northern hemisphere, the Winter Solstice on the 21st December marks the shortest day of the year and is the official beginning of winter. As the days are now getting shorter and the hours of daylight are diminishing, you may find yourself both leaving for work and returning in the dark. Now is the time to think about brightening up the outside of your home with some new stylish lighting to banish the darkness.

Whilst the early mornings and evenings get chillier and the outdoor landscape looks bleak, it doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom. We are going to take a look at some outdoor lighting to cheer up your outside space.

6 Of The Best – New Outdoor Lights For Winter

When illuminating the exterior of your home, you need to look for high quality lighting that won’t let you down whatever the weather. Concentrate on good lighting for the front and rear of your property, for paths and driveways as well as for the borders to your home.

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Homefield Half Lantern – PIR – Black – Frosted

The beauty of outdoor lighting with a PIR sensor is that it will switch on automatically when it senses movement. This will ensure your approach is well illuminated when returning home after dark. The lux levels are adjustable on this fitting so you can determine how dark it needs to be for the light to activate. An attractive half lantern design will bring a classic style and elegance to the front of your property.

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Vejers 2M Lamp Post – Galvanised Steel

To add some contemporary style to your outside plot during the winter months, install an elegant lamp post at the front or back of your property. This will brighten up your outdoor area and illuminate your home to full effect. It will be a welcome site as you return home on a cold dark night. The Vejers is IP54 rated which guarantees its protection against the outdoor elements.

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Pan Ground Light

Illuminating your path or driveway can look extremely stylish and aids visibility when parking the car and entering your home. The Pan Ground Light will fit the bill nicely as it is IP67 rated so fully protected against the rain and jet washing. It is suitable for both driving over and walking over so can be freely positioned along your path and driveway.

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Aluminium Bollard – Black

Bollards positioned around the perimeters of your home will look modern and stylish. They will create a smart first impression when guests visit your home and will make it easier to navigate your way in at nightfall. This bollard has a louvred reflector to reduce glare.

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Reef Pedestal Lantern – Bronze

An alternative lighting solution for brightening up the winter months is a pedestal lantern. Positioned on an outside wall or on a set of steps it can be a very attractive, as well as practical, exterior feature. The Reef Pedestal Lantern is finished in Victorian Bronze so lends itself to a period property.

 

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Luxembourg Wall Light – Copper

With the lack of outside foliage and colour during the winter months, why not choose a copper light to add some warmth to the exterior of your home. The Luxembourg combines quality and style and is robust enough to position outside a property in a coastal location.

 

Embrace the winter months with all that they have to offer; cosy evenings in, log fires, mugs of hot chocolate and bracing outdoor walks. However, prepare for any gloomy days by installing beautifully designed outdoor lights to accentuate your home until Spring time and beyond.

For more inspiration check out our Lighting Ideas section.