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DIY lighting: easy home updates without an electrician

As we’re all spending a little more time at home these days, now’s your chance to get those nagging DIY jobs done.

Whether you’re redecorating the bedroom, finally hanging those shelves up, or just moving some furniture around – there’s no denying that a good DIY job is the perfect way to fill your time productively.

If you’re looking to spruce up your space without too much effort, updating your lighting is a great place to start. A new wall light, lamp or ceiling light can make a huge difference to your space without requiring too much elbow grease.

You might not be able to get an electrician round at the moment, but we’ve got plenty of lighting options up our sleeves that you can easily install yourselves.

 

Plug-in wall lights

A common misconception about wall lights is that they’re tricky to install. This can be true, but we’ve got a variety of plug-in options that are easy to fit and don’t involve any complicated wiring.

If you’re working from home at the moment, installing a simple reading light could help to turn your space into a tranquil work area. This will help you to focus during work hours, while still allowing you to switch off in the evenings.

Plug in reading lights

 

Floor and table lamps

Lamps are a quick and easy way to freshen up your bedroom or living room. Just plug in and go.

While you’re spending more time at home, consider adding a cosy floor lamp to your favourite reading corner so you can unwind with ease.

Stylish plug-in floor lamp

If you want to add a touch of interest to a cabinet or a side table, a unique table lamp can completely transforming the room with just a flick of a switch.

Exposed bulb table lamp

 

Solar lights

If you’ve been meaning to install a security light outside for a while – now is your chance!

Powered only by the sun, solar lights are an easy way to add lighting to your garden without any electrical knowledge or understanding.

A simple wall fixture in brushed stainless steel is a beautiful way to frame your doorway. As long as it’s placed somewhere with access to direct sunlight, you’ll be fixed up and ready to go in no time.

Solar outdoor wall light

Now you can tick that job off your list.

 

Party lights

With spring around the corner and the sun finally showing its face, it’s a great time to start embracing our gardens.

Mow the lawn, tidy the flower beds and drag your outdoor furniture out from the back of the shed. Now let’s start thinking about the finishing touches.

A string of weatherproof festoon lights adds a touch of sparkle to the garden, so you can enjoy a relaxing glass of wine outside as the sun goes down.

Weatherproof festoons

You might not be hosting any parties at the moment, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy a little glimmer of light during these uncertain times.

 

Plug and play garden lights

Another simple and fun way to install stylish lights into your garden is with plug and play lights.

As the name suggests – you just need to choose your lights, connect them up and plug them in. They’re low voltage, so there’s no need to faff around burying cables either.

These garden spotlights are ideal for illuminating flower beds or lighting up pathways, so you can sit back and admire your beautiful garden after a long day of working from home.

Connectable garden lights

At Lighting Direct, we’ve got plenty of plug-in, battery operated, or connectable lights to help you with your DIY projects. As we all adapt to new lifestyle changes, we completely understand how important it is to have a calm and relaxing space to work and unwind during these uncertain times.

For more inspiration both for indoors and out, take a look at our collection of DIY lighting.

 

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Sarah Nunn

I’m Sarah, a writer and content creator with a big passion for interior design. Having recently bought my first home, the world of renovations and home décor has taken over my life in a way I never imagined. My house is full of mid-century furniture and colourful eccentricities – but my fascination with new season trends spans from Scandi minimalism to Art Deco extravagance.

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Use Easy Fit Ceiling Shades To Update Your Lighting Without An Electrician

We all like to update our home decor now again. Whether you pick out a new piece of artwork, upholster an old armchair, or switch out the curtains – you don’t need to redecorate the whole house to give your home a fresh perspective.

One of our favourite ways to give any room a small but effective transformation is by updating your ceiling light with a new shade. They can add drama or class to a room, they can amplify your chosen style, and they’re an easy addition to complement your furniture and wall colours.

Sometimes people shy away from updating their lighting because they don’t want to deal with the effort of calling out an electrician – instead, browse through our selection of easy fit shades and upgrade your home decor today.

Industrial styles

If you’re a fan of weathered wood, concrete and metallic materials in your home – you’re probably no stranger to the industrial home decor trend.

We think the perfect accompaniment to this raw and masculine style is a beautiful filament bulb. Our Edit Guard ceiling pendant shade in matt black is an easy fit option that shows off the intricate detail of the bulb perfectly – making it a great addition to your industrial home.

Edit Guard Easy Fit Ceiling Pendant Shade - Matt Black from Lighting Direct

Alternatively, our Edit Basin Glass ceiling shade is another simple but effective, easy fit ceiling shade. The slight champagne tint gives a soft, warm glow and lets the filament bulb do all the talking.

Edit Basin Glass Easy Fit Ceiling Pendant Shade - Champagne from Lighting Direct

For an even more minimal look, the Edit Qualle lamp holder in brass is a flexible option that is supplied with wall and ceiling fittings to suit your individual home. It doesn’t require a shade at all – giving it a relaxed and ‘undone’ feel.

Edit Qualle Lamp Holder - Brass from Lighting Direct

Unique patterns

Weird and wonderful patterns have seen a big return to the interior design scene in recent years.

Whether you’re a fan of floral, animal or tropical prints – choosing a lampshade that reflects your unique personality is an easy way to add a touch of interest to your home, with no need for an electrician.

This Edit Floral pendant shade is dark and sultry. It would suit an equally moody bedroom, with rich purple walls and dark wooden furniture. Simply take your old one off and swap it for this one to finish off the room perfectly.

Edit Floral Easy Fit Ceiling Pendant Shade - Black from Lighting Direct

If you’ve got jungle fever, embrace it with this Dar Bamboo tropical lampshade. The green leafy print goes perfectly in an eclectic living room – so pair it with a rich orange sofa and mid-century coffee table for a bold retro vibe.

Dar Bamboo Ceiling Pendant Shade - Green Print from Lighting Direct

For an even more unique take – consider our Edit Animal Portrait pendant shade for a really eccentric look. We think this looks great paired with antique furniture and vintage-inspired accents. Keep things simple though and let the lampshade speak for itself.

Edit Animal Portrait Easy Fit Ceiling Pendant Shade from Lighting Direct

Boutique chandeliers

A glass chandelier is the ultimate style centrepiece, however, these can be expensive and require plenty of space to install. Instead, we offer a few choices to get the chandelier look with an easy to fit shade. Keep it low-key with our Dar Large Tobin pendant shade, or opt for ultimate glamour with the Dar Cybil Crystal shade.

Dar Large Tobin Ceiling Pendant Shade - Clear from Lighting Direct

Dar Cybil Crystal Ceiling Pendant Shade - Clear from Lighting Direct

Whichever you choose, these options makes it simple to update your lighting at home – so you can wow your dining guests with your new boutique style, serving up some sparkling champagne and letting the crystal beads do all the talking.

Make sure you pair your extravagant new ceiling light with muted coloured walls and some shimmering home accessories for a classy and sophisticated look.

Children’s lampshades

Of course, it’s not just us grown-ups that like to update our rooms every now and again. As your children get older, their tastes and hobbies change too. Simply updating the lampshade in their bedroom could make all the difference to ensuring their room reflects their personalities perfectly.

Whether they choose stars, bears, trucks or unicorns – the easy fit style makes it a quick and straight-forward update to your child’s room, leaving you all more time to focus on playing!

We hope you’ve found a little inspiration for your next home update. As you can see, switching up the lighting in your home doesn’t have to be complicated – our easy fit styles put the power back in your hands to make your own changes with no electrician in sight.

Take a look at our complete range of easy fit lights and start planning your simple home update today.

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Sarah Nunn

I’m Sarah, a writer and content creator with a big passion for interior design. Having recently bought my first home, the world of renovations and home décor has taken over my life in a way I never imagined. My house is full of mid-century furniture and colourful eccentricities – but my fascination with new season trends spans from Scandi minimalism to Art Deco extravagance.

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It’s Time To Stop Settling For Boring Table Lamps

We really believe that table lamps are a simple way to make a big impact in your home. They can be the star of the show, or a subtle nod to your overall design – but either way, they make the world of difference.

There are some people who think that table lamps only have one function: practicality. They’re often used specifically for task lighting, and they’re not always considered for their style or design. This can sadly result in the purchase of a boring table lamp – and we think that’s a real shame.

Here at Lighting Direct, the choice for table lamps is (pretty much) endless – whether you opt for a statement, industrial, or minimal style, there are plenty of options to suit your home décor – and there’s really no reason you should have to settle for anything boring.

It’s not always just about looking good, though. While enhancing the style of the room, well-designed table lamps also play a big part in setting the lighting ambiance in your home. In fact, there are some people in the world who frequently choose to forgo the use of The Big Light entirely, in favour of several well-positioned table lamps.

So, if you’re a fan of cosy evenings in front of the TV, romantic dinners with your partner, or casual get-togethers with wine, cheese and great music – we think you sound like a table lamp kind of person. If you still need a little convincing, we’ve hand-picked a few of our favourite pieces at Lighting Direct to help inspire you – and you can rest assured they’re anything but boring.

Statement Table Lamps
Vintage Table Lamps
Gold Table Lamps
Industrial Table Lamps
Novelty Table Lamps
Minimalist Table Lamps
Touch Table Lamps

 

The Statement Table Lamp

If you like to go bold in your home with bright colours and eclectic furniture choices, we think a statement table lamp could be right for you.

Much like a piece of jewellery, a statement table lamp is the ultimate accessory for your home. No room is quite finished without it, so let’s bring the wow factor up a notch.

For the eccentric side of you, consider this Edit Zebra Ceramic table lamp. With a warm orange finish, beautiful zebra design and brass hardware – this piece would work effortlessly in an atmospheric bedroom with dark charcoal walls.

Zebra Table Lamp

Pair the lamp with a jet black shade for added drama, and surround it with brass accessories, rust-toned cushions and vibrant house plants to finish off the look.

For a softer take on the statement trend, try our Lucide Wiro table lamp in copper. The cage-effect wire frame creates a show-stopping piece for the living room. Keep the colours of the room neutral and place the lamp on a simple stand, letting it do all the talking.

Copper Table Lamp

If those aren’t really your style, try making the statement with the light pattern instead or the lamp itself, with our Lucide Paolo table lamp. This laser cut metal lamp with a white finish creates a beautiful pattern of light against the surfaces surrounding it.

Laser Cut Metal Lamp

For the biggest impact, place the lamp near a dark wall in a particularly cosy corner – stand back and let the light scatter across the room.

 

The Vintage Table Lamp

If your home is inspired by times gone by, consider a vintage-style table lamp to add the perfect finishing touch.

Whether you prefer the flower power of the 1960s or the glitz and glamour of the 1920s, a well-chosen table lamp can help to bring your style together and ensure a completeness to the theme of your home décor.

This simple Sober table lamp is finished with a polished gold base and a smoked glass shade. With an art deco vibe, this piece is ideal for adding a soft glow to the dining room. The perfect accompaniment to an extravagant cocktail cart, this table lamp will see you through party season and beyond.

Another table lamp that would work in a 1920s-inspired home is this Edit Gatsby ceramic lamp. The bold stripes make a strong statement, and would look beautiful paired with a tasselled shade.

Striped ceramic table lamp

For a more masculine take, this Edit Ornate Bankers table lamp is the perfect vintage-inspired piece for your desk. With the antique brass finish, this lamp works best paired with dark furniture and atmospheric colours – a great way to add a touch of vintage to your office space.

Ornate bankers lamp

 

The Gold Table Lamp

Are you a bit of a magpie with a penchant for metallic? We think the gold home décor trend will be right up your street for 2020.

A gold table lamp could be the perfect way to nail the trend with ease – either adding a subtle hint of glimmer or a bold statement depending on your style.

For a pretty addition, try the Edit Lane lamp in gold. With its frosted white spherical diffuser captured within a twisted gold frame, it’s a lovely piece for your sideboard. Combine it with soft colours and textures to create a mellow vibe, or pop it next to a metallic vase for a glimmering display.

Gold lamp with opal diffuser

If you prefer to make more of a statement, have a look at our large Edit Gerry lamp in pale gold. Paired with a large shade of equal extravagance, this piece becomes a real show-stopper. We think this lamp looks great in living rooms – but place it on a side table with minimal distractions to let it do all the talking.

Another great option is the Edit Milla glass table lamp. With its shimmering gold finish and green glass sphere shade, it reminds us slightly of a fortune-teller’s crystal ball. Of course, we’ve already seen your future – and it definitely involves incorporating this table lamp into your home décor.

 

The Industrial Table Lamp

The industrial home décor trend has been on the rise for several years now. Popular everywhere from warehouse apartments and trendy loft spaces to your local coffee shops and hipster restaurants – there’s no doubt that the style isn’t going anywhere.

Give your home an industrial vibe with this Edit Wharf table lamp with a black finish and polished gold lamp holders. Designed to show off decorative filament bulbs, this piece works perfectly against exposed brickwork and repurposed wooden furniture.

Black and Gold Table Lamp

Or, if your home is quite soft and cosy, this lamp can help give it that rough-and-ready feel synonymous with the trend.

If you’re looking for something a little more unique for your industrial property, try this Lucide Mopedd table lamp. With a rust-brown finish and opal glass diffuser, this lamp would look right at home alongside a vintage chesterfield sofa and some antique books. It can be tilted vertically, making it a practical piece as well as a design statement.

Metal Table Lamp

Perhaps simplicity is more your style. If so, let the beautiful filament bulb do all the talking with the Lucide Pukki table lamp in black. This piece looks great on a lighter wood surface, and helps to bring an element of the industrial to any room.

Black Lamp holder table lamp

 

The Novelty Table Lamp

At Lighting Direct, we try not to take ourselves too seriously. We think the occasional addition of a novelty or quirky piece of lighting can really help to brighten up a home and make it a fun place to spend time.

Turn a somewhat lacklustre room into a fun and inspiring space again with the Lucide Sansevieria table lamp. A ceramic lamp shaped like a potted plant, this piece is sure to get your guests talking. It works in every room, but it’s especially fun as a desk accessory in your home office. It certainly helps to brighten up a dull day of reports – that’s for sure.

Green Plant Lamp

Alternatively, why not try one of our Edit neon lamps? With fun shapes and different colours available, they make a great statement piece to wow your friends.

While the star shape lamp is perfect for a child’s room, it can also work well in grown-up rooms too. Try them in the dining area as an interesting party piece, or consider adding them to your music set-up. Nothing says rock and roll like a record player, your favourite LPs and a touch of neon.

neon star lamp

For a slightly more sophisticated form of novelty – you could consider one of our statement animal lamps instead. The Edit Birdie and the Edit Norma are a perfect pairing, working beautifully together on a windowsill or a shelf. Style them with fun and colourful lampshades for an interesting display, or keep the shades minimal and let the bases speak for themselves.

bird table lampmonkey table lamp

 

The Minimal Table Lamp

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a minimal home. White walls, muted tones, and natural materials can make for a really relaxing space. That’s why we’re big fans of the Scandinavian style home décor, and more recently the Japandi trend for 2020.

If you’re partial to a neutral colour palette and a clutter-free space as well, we have a selection of minimal table lamps to suit you.

This Lucide Len table lamp is a simple piece that adds a touch of interest to a minimal space. The grey metal base and white glass shade are a timeless combination, but the shape of the lamp makes it unique. It really suits a neutral aesthetic, and would look perfect next to light coloured wooden furniture and muted, natural soft furnishings.

touch table lamp

For a touch of luxury, the Lucide Tycho table lamp is a great option. The satin brass finish with smoky grey glass is simple but beautiful – making it a great addition to a minimal home. Pair it with ashy grey walls and a fluffy cream rug for the ultimate luxury minimalism.

gold table lamp

Our Deco table lamp is a slightly more elegant take on minimalism. A simple polished gold base paired with a spherical opal bulb – this lamp is truly stunning. We love it placed on a dark cabinet, styled with a few books against clean white walls.

gold touch table lamp

 

The Touch Table Lamp

Our final collection of table lamps is possibly the most practical of all – the touch table lamp. With the ability to generate a warm glow of light with just the touch of a finger, they certainly make it a little easier to switch on your lamp in the middle of the night, when you’re fumbling around for your phone.

Not only are they stylish and practical, but they’re so easy to use. Just touch the base of the lamps to turn them on or off for the perfect ambience in your room without having to leave the comfort of your bed or chair.

We’ve mentioned a couple already, but one of our favourite touch lamps includes this Dar Jot lamp in chrome. A compact lamp with a polished chrome base and an opal glass shade, we think it looks right at home in a more feminine designed bedroom. Pop one on each side of the bed, and finish off the room with soft blush pink and sage green bedding.

touch table lamp

For a more vintage look, the Dar Glouchester touch lamps are ideal. The antique brass finish with alabaster glass shades are elegant and stylish, bringing a warm diffused glow to your home when placed on a bedside or living room table.

touch table lamps set of 2

So, if you were one of those people who thought that table lamps were boring, practical objects used only for finding your glasses in the middle of the night – we hope we’ve managed to change your mind a little.

One of the great things about table lamps, is that they don’t require any technical installation knowledge. They’re an easy and efficient way of incorporating a new trend or adding a touch of style to your room with very little effort. Just plug in and you’re good to go.

There’s really nothing stopping you going out and finding your perfect table lamp style now. Whether you opt for a show-stopping piece or a subtle design – it’s time to stop settling for boring table lamps.

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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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Lighting the way to exam success: tips for studying at home

Exam season is a stressful time. There’s coursework to be finalised, tests to prepare for, and revision notes to be written up. The pressure is on to get the best grades possible so you can head off to your favourite college or university, or even land your dream job.

Having a study space at home that is designed to improve your concentration and increase your productivity is the first step towards exam success. You’ll probably be needing a suitable desk, a chair that supports your back, and some storage to keep your notebooks and equipment organised.
The next thing you’ll want to think about is getting the lighting sorted. We’ve got some ideas on how to make the most of your study space, and how a few small tweaks could be the key to helping you knuckle down and get the results you want.

Choosing the right coloured light bulbs

The first change you can make to your study space is an easy one – change the light bulbs!
Daylight bulbs are known to encourage alertness and improve performance. This is why many offices use them in meeting rooms, to help ensure their staff are working as productively as possible.

So, whether it’s your main ceiling light or a desk lamp, switching out the bulbs could be a great way to make sure you’re getting the most out of your work space.

At Lighting Direct, we have a couple of options for you. Our wide range of LED daylight bulbs are perfect for work spaces that are used solely for studying. However, if you want the option to change the lighting when you’re not using the room for study, you might want to consider our selection of Smart White Changing bulbs.

The Smart bulbs give you the option to control the bulb from a remote on your phone, so you can choose daylight for your study sessions but still create warmer glows for relaxing after your work is done.

Utilising the right lights for the right tasks

Studying for exams or working on coursework can often involve a variety of different tasks. Whether you’re typing up an essay for your English class, drawing up graphs for Maths, or creating a collage for art – you’ll want your lighting to reflect your needs.

For the note-taker:
It’s no good just having the main light on if you’re facing the other way and creating shadows over your textbook. If you’re a note-taker who does a lot of reading and writing, you might want to consider a traditional desk lamp like our House lamps in black or white – just remember to pair them with a daylight bulb for maximum productivity.

Desk Lamp

For the visual learner:
If you’re more of a visual person who likes to cover your desk in flashcards, pictures and other revision aids – you might find yourself a little short for space. Our Ross LED clip-on lamp could free up some room on your desk while also helping to create light focus on whatever it is you’re working on.

Clip on Desk lamp

For the creative teen:
If desk space is really a premium, you could consider removing lamps from the desk completely and utilising the wall space to generate light instead.

These modern looking spotlights are independently adjustable, giving you the flexibility to choose where to point the light, while freeing up space on your desk for your sketchbooks, paint pots, empty crisp packets, and anything else that helps you release your creativity.

Spotlight wall

Good luck!

We know you’ll have already been told what food to eat on exam day, what tools to invest in for revision, and what areas you need to focus on. But getting the lighting right in your study space can be just as important for ensuring your study time is effective and your exams go smoothly.

Hopefully you’ve learned a few easy ways to make sure your lights are working properly for your needs. Now go out and smash those exams – good luck!

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Sarah Nunn

I’m Sarah, a writer and content creator with a big passion for interior design. Having recently bought my first home, the world of renovations and home décor has taken over my life in a way I never imagined. My house is full of mid-century furniture and colourful eccentricities – but my fascination with new season trends spans from Scandi minimalism to Art Deco extravagance.

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In The Spotlight: Our Bestselling Lights Of 2019

Happy New Year!

2019 was a great time for us at Lighting Direct. We enjoyed another year of brightening your mornings, illuminating your homes, and lighting up your parties.

From the everyday ceiling lights to the atmospheric lamps – and everything in between – today we’re putting the spotlight on what turned out to be your favourite lights last year.

#1 – Eglo Riga Twin LED Outdoor Wall Light (29926)

Riga Outdoor Wall Light

First up, we have the Riga LED Wall Light.

A set of galvanised steel twin lights with a stunning anthracite finish – they emit an up-and-down pattern of light that is ideal for enhancing the entrance to your home, or for framing doorways.

It’s easy to see why the Riga has been our top seller for two years running, as the simple style and great price makes it a must-have piece for every home. Complete with PIR sensor for energy saving, this product is also available in stainless steel, for a timeless finish.

 

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#2 – Lucide Claire Half Lantern Outdoor Wall Light (41930)

The die-cast aluminium wall light is a stylish outdoor piece, with an anthracite finish and clear glass panes.

A gorgeous looking light, the Lucide Claire Half Lantern comes with a built-in PIR sensor – so you can position it perfectly at the front of your home as a warm welcome for any guests.

Alternatively, the lantern is a stunning option for the back garden too. Pop it near your patio seating area to light up your summer parties.

 

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#3 – Astro Milo and Amalfi Ceramic Wall Lights (28494 and 28706)

Up and Down Wall Light

Both the Milo and the Amalfi ceramic wall lights were popular last year. With their smart and classic style, neutral colours and ambient up-and-down light patterns – they’re perfect for any interior.

The neutral ceramic finish acts as a blank canvas, so these wall lights can be painted if preferred. Whether you match them to your wall colour, or brighten them up with an artistic design, these ceramic lights are wonderfully versatile.

We have a wide range of up-and-down wall lights available. View the full selection here.

 

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#4 – Eterna Eco Batten (61053)

Eco LED Batten

The next entry into our bestsellers list is this Economy LED, weatherproof polycarbonate batten. Pre-wired with a 1.5 metre cable, these products give off a cool white colour and have an average life expectancy of 30,000 hours.

While commercial lighting isn’t what we’re usually known for here at Lighting Direct – this product is great value and perfect for garages, sheds, lofts and sheltered areas. So we can see why it’s popular.

With a high energy rating, long life expectancy and guarantee – these Eterna Eco Battens are the perfect alternative to fluorescent tubes. Offering the same bright, even light, but without the excess energy use. They can even be recycled at the end of their (very long) lifetime.

 

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#5 – SLV Spotlight (29066)

Ceiling spotlight

Ideal for modern living spaces where smart illumination is required, the Spot 79 Spotlight in black is always near the top of our bestselling list.

With a stylish and modern feel, these spotlights are perfect for kitchens or illuminating gallery walls.

Made from aluminium, these spotlights are adjustable with 350° rotation and 180° tilt, so you can point the light to focus on a particular area – whether it’s food preparation stations, artwork on the walls or anything else.

Combining flexibility, durability and style – this spotlight enhances any contemporary setting.

 

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#6 – Trimless Downlight (28432)

Recessed Downlight

The Trimless Fire Rated Downlights are perfect for seamless contemporary lighting in your home. With a white finish and a glass diffuser, these downlights are set into the ceiling and are plastered over for a seamless finish.

Perfect for bathrooms and kitchens alike, it’s no surprise these lights have made the bestselling list for 2019.

If you’re looking for a similar product for your home – our new, exclusive and amazing value downlight alternative comes with a 5 year guarantee and quick connectors for easy installation.

 

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Bring on 2020

We love reflecting on our bestselling lights each year, and we can’t wait to find out what your favourites are in 2020.

Keep an eye on our website for new ranges launching throughout the year, and make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about our special offers and new products.

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Sarah Nunn

I’m Sarah, a writer and content creator with a big passion for interior design. Having recently bought my first home, the world of renovations and home décor has taken over my life in a way I never imagined. My house is full of mid-century furniture and colourful eccentricities – but my fascination with new season trends spans from Scandi minimalism to Art Deco extravagance.

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Interior Design Trends For 2020

The best part about styling our homes is filling them with all the things we love. They’re individual, they’re eclectic, they’re us.

In the same way that new season fashion trends emerge each year – so do new home décor trends. It can be tempting to change up our homes entirely when we fall in love with a new trend – but we think picking out a handful of new pieces can be a great way to incorporate a new style in with your old favourites.

There are a lot of exciting trends on the horizon for 2020, so we’ve done the hard work for you and listed a handful of our personal favourites below.

Gold Décor

Gold Decor Lighting

2020 is the year for layering on the bling. Whether you choose a subtle hint of glimmer or lashings of metallic – adding a touch of gold to your home décor this season is the perfect way to make a statement.

Pairing indulgent gold accessories with striking jewel tones such as ruby red and amethyst purple gives you the ultimate Midas touch effect.

Any room that craves some extra glamour needs a statement ceiling pendant or art deco style chandelier. Both options make perfect accompaniments to a glitzy cocktail cart or a statement patterned wallpaper.

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Whatever you decide, make like a magpie this season and let your interiors gleam in gold.

Japandi

A fascinating trend for 2020, Japandi is a beautiful combination of Japanese minimalism and Scandinavian simplicity.

Japanese/Scandi Lighting

When we think of Japanese interiors, we think of rich silk fabrics and oriental bird prints – whereas Scandinavian design brings more natural, muted colours and rustic details to mind.

The fusion of these two styles is a perfect pairing. There has long been a connection between the two cultures – both thriving on simplicity, quality craftsmanship and practicality.

This season, add a touch of Japandi to your home by removing excess clutter and introducing a little nature. Keep your walls a soft shade of pink, grey or green – but add some elegant splashes of emerald or midnight blue to your soft furnishings.

These matte ceiling pendants are a beautifully simple take on the trend, while this statement floor lamp adds a hint of origami to the room. For a useful addition to your office, this adjustable spotlight bar is a subtle nod to Japandi minimalism and practicality.

Woven & natural materials

Natural Woven LightingThe woven and natural materials trend has been slowly building up over the past few months and is set to really explode for 2020.

Focusing on tactile materials such as rattan, bamboo and cork – the natural materials trend is a great way to add interesting texture to your home.

The earthy colours fit in seamlessly next to a wide range of interior styles. So, whether you’re a neutral minimalist or a colourful eclectic, we think this trend will work well in your home.

For a more decadent take, complement a white marble table with a set of bamboo chairs for a revamp in the dining room. Finish off the look with a low hanging statement ceiling pendant to really nail the trend.

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Whichever interior design trends you fall in love with this season, we’ve got you covered at Lighting Direct. Take a look at our Edit Collections for inspiration on all the latest trends and sign up to our newsletter for 10% off your first order.

 

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Sarah Nunn

I’m Sarah, a writer and content creator with a big passion for interior design. Having recently bought my first home, the world of renovations and home décor has taken over my life in a way I never imagined. My house is full of mid-century furniture and colourful eccentricities – but my fascination with new season trends spans from Scandi minimalism to Art Deco extravagance.

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What To Look For When Choosing Downlights For Your Home

Downlights that are set in to the ceiling (recessed) are a great choice if you want contemporary, unobtrusive lighting. Because of the way they are installed, downlights are perfect for rooms with low ceilings. Thanks to the great many types available, they work well in just about any area of your home from the bathroom to the study. LED downlights will ensure you are choosing some of the most energy efficient lighting on the market and they last for many years. Used with dimmers, they will add superb ambience to your home and smart lighting systems let you control lights from your mobile device. Modern downlights look exceptionally stylish and chic, many featuring no surround whatsoever giving the appearance of twinkling lights set within your ceiling.

Plaster in

Plaster-In means that you install the downlights, then skim (plaster) the ceiling so they appear to be built in. This type of downlight doesn’t have a metal or plastic bezel or trim to detract from the light and helps it create a discreet, neat appearance with a smooth profile for the ceiling.

This superb trimless plaster-light has been selected by us as a great option for appearance and has fast-fix connectors for easy installation. These downlights come in a handy multipack of 10, so are a great choice if you are planning on installing downlights in your home.

Decorative Downlights

There is a wealth of choice when it comes to downlights in a variety of finishes, shapes and colours. If you want a chic, minimal appearance plaster-in or white downlights are a good option. Chrome and square shaped downlights may suit more industrial, masculine style of interior. For a touch of glamour, you could opt for a downlight with a clear glass or brass surround, the options really are vast.

Smart Downlights

The range of downlights available is always expanding thanks to new technologies. Smart downlights allow you to control the lights individually or in groups via a free app on your mobile device, including colour changing and dimmable. The ultimate in ambience, smart lighting will help you create mood lighting or get the party started. Dimmable downlights will let you adjust the mood around your home, giving you bright light for food prep in the kitchen then dimmer light for relaxing later on.

If you have any questions on downlights or would like recommendations please feel free to give our team a call on 0345 646 1133.

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How To Choose Conservatory Lighting

As daylight fades, the right conservatory lighting can create a relaxed, warm and inviting space to carry you through into the evening. Whether you use your conservatory as a second living room filled with comforting furnishings or as a place to dine, we will show you the best lighting techniques.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular lighting options for this particular space.

Some Good Ideas

Wire Lighting

With no reflective surfaces to cast the light back into the room, a good choice for conservatory lighting is spot lighting on a wire system. We stock a range of wire light systems that have adjustable spotlights that can be positioned to highlight areas in your conservatory whilst avoiding glare from light hitting windows. It’s perfect for uneven ceilings too.

If your conservatory has an even ceiling then it may be worth considering spotlight bars with adjustable heads. These can offer a more modern lighting solution and come in a number of different finishes and styles.

Recessed Spotlights

If you like to star-gaze at night, it is probably best to avoid uplighters in your conservatory. To create real drama why not install recessed spotlights along your ceiling beams. Try a directional spotlight such as the Directional Downlight – White and add striking emphasis to interesting features such as potted plants and ornaments.

Low Level Lighting

To create a cosy ambience in your conservatory keep the lighting low both in terms of height in the room and brightness. A stylish table lamp positioned on a smart oak coffee table or window ledge will add an extra layer of light and texture to the room whilst doubling up as a reading light.

For a beautiful piece of lighting with a cream linen shade, well suited to conservatory lighting, take a look at the Edit Cross Table Lamp. Mix and match with scatter cushions in co-ordinating fabrics and even a vintage record player to make your conservatory feel like your own private getaway.

Floor Lamps

A couple of soft armchairs with a smart floor lamp would be a great option if you are looking for ambient mood lighting in the evenings. A stylish, and contemporary lamp such as the Edit Floor Lamp would be an ideal choice.

Chandeliers

Use statement lighting to create a centre piece. If you use your conservatory for dining, what better way to bring an elegant twist to your space than with a stunning chandelier positioned above your table. An ornate piece such as the Nina 5 Light Chandelier will bring glamour and sophistication to your conservatory lighting.

Pendant Lighting

Whether you want a traditional setting or a more contemporary vibe, pendant lighting will work well in a conservatory suspended from the ceiling. The Edit Rondure Large Ceiling Pendant will cast a wide beam of light, reflecting against the textured gold inner.

Picture Lighting

Whether it’s family photos or exquisite watercolours; attractive pictures are guaranteed to enhance your conservatory décor. Illuminate them without the need for costly wiring with the Medium Slimline Battery Operated LED Picture Light. We have a wide range of picture lights in traditional and contemporary style here.

 

Outdoor Lighting

You can almost be at one with your garden when sitting in your conservatory during the day. At night time the vast expanses of black glass can feel oppressive so a good trick is to install some outdoor lighting to draw your eye to the end of your garden. Dot garden stake lights in flower beds or use a tile light positioned in your brick work. The Searchlight Messina Rectangular LED Ground Light will add a wash of light to your outside space.

 

You really can take your pick of conservatory lighting to reflect your own personal style but don’t forget to consider the size and function of the room. From vintage glamour to minimalist styling we have the lights for you.

For more inspiration see 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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The Best Track Lights for Your Kitchen, Bedroom and More. 

If you’re fond of the look of spotlights but don’t want endless wiring and holes in the ceiling, then track lighting just might be the perfect solution. Track lights are easy to install, often using the existing wiring from your old lights, and each of the heads attach to a central track which can be pointed and adjusted wherever you like. So if you have a favourite painting, collection of framed photos on the wall or a display cabinet you want to feature, you can use your track lighting to help them take centre stage. Use energy-saving LEDs with your track lighting, and you can rest assured that it will be years before you have to worry about changing a bulb. They will also use a tiny fraction of electricity that the equivalent halogen bulb would which will save you money on your energy bills. Opt for wire lighting, which is a slightly more delicate, refined type of track lighting for a stunning modern lighting display.

We’ve hand picked some of our favourite track lighting systems in terms of style, price and features to get you started. Many of them are available as kits that can be expanded at a later date, should you change your mind about how many lights you want in the room – it really is that easy.

1. Robus Acorn Track Lighting Kit

The Robus Acorn range is one of our best-selling track lighting kits. Available in clean white or glamorous satin chrome, each of the three cone-shaped light fittings can be individually angled for precise directional lighting. The kit contains everything you will need for installation and is ideal for a wide range of settings from your home office to the open plan kitchen. This is a high quality choice of track light for a budget friendly price which can be extended and customised to suit your home.

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2. Edit Store 3 Light Track Kits

This is a great choice is you’re on a budget but not willing to sacrifice on quality. Taken from our very own brand Edit available exclusively from Lighting Direct. Available in a range of different wattages, depending on where you plan to use them, these versatile lighting kits contain everything you need to get started. The heads feature a sleek modern design in a traditional spotlight shape and you can choose from black or white aluminium finish depending on the look you’re going for.

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4. Markslojd Expand

Markslojd are stylish, contemporary Scandinavian brand known for producing lighting that is distinctive and always on trend. The Expand track light range is available with a range of unusual, stylish heads and finishes that will feature front and centre wherever you decide to put them in your home. The tracks can be plugged in or wired into mains directly and be used on walls, ceilings in just about every room in your home. This highly customisable range of track lighting allows you to choose the style of head, bulb, length of track and colour so you can create lighting that reflects your individual style.

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Wire lights are perfect if you like the look of track lighting but want something a little more delicate and refined. The thin wire gives these a more sophisticated appearance than traditional track lighting and they are also more flexible in terms of shape and coverage. Wire lights are typically much simpler to install, so if you have uneven ceilings, curved rooms, or beams, wire lighting can be fixed on top. If you’re interested in wire lights and want to know more, why not check out the Lyco Salt Wire Light Kit.

These are just the highlights, we have many more track lighting options available individually or as kits, designed to save you time and money. If you need lighting advice or have questions about any of our products, why not call our experienced customer care team on 0345 646 1139 who are on hand to answer even the trickiest lighting questions.