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Light up your wedding day with these inspiring tips

There are very few events in your life as momentous as your wedding. When planning for the big day, chances are that you’ll spend countless hours ensuring every small detail is perfect – the invites, the flowers, the table decorations and so on – not to mention the more significant elements such as the venue, the cake, and the entertainment. In addition to all of this, one element that should not be overlooked is the lighting.

Just how much of a consideration lighting needs to be will depend on a number of factors and what the wedding venue will provide in terms of lighting on the big day. However, even when lighting is included as part of a wedding package, there are still plenty of opportunities to inject some personality and originality into a venue, in the form of decorative lighting features.

For example, using letter lights to spell out names or initials adds an element of personalisation, whilst strategically placed feature lights can help draw attention to key areas of the venue, such as the wedding cake or bar area. When it comes to table decorations, LED candles provide a safe and reliable alternative to their wax equivalents – ideal when children are present – whilst warm string lights interwoven with flowers add that extra bit of magic to any centrepiece.

 

 

For those working with a blank canvas and decorating their own venue from the ground up, lighting becomes an essential component and needs more careful consideration. Looking past the primary objective of illumination, lighting should complement the venue and theme, whilst providing the flexibility to cater for both day-time and evening usage. This is where it pays to utilise a number of different lighting components that can be used at different times throughout the day.

If you are planning a summer wedding, and the English weather is kind to you, festoons and fairy lights are a great way to subtly add light to any outdoor space. Weaving festoons or fairy lights through trees and bushes will create a relaxed, laid back atmosphere in the venue grounds, as well as help to guide guests along paths and walkways.

 


When planning the lighting for your wedding, it can be easy to get sucked into the trap of sticking with traditional white bulbs. There’s nothing wrong with this approach, but to inject a bit of personality to the occasion why not consider adding a splash of colour? Multi coloured festoons are a great way to bring a venue to life in the evening once the party gets started!

 

 

There’s so much to consider when planning a wedding and lighting plays a big part of that process. Before making any decisions about where to invest your hard earned budget, it’s worth doing research into the different solutions that could work for you, and also speaking to our lighting experts who can help you plan for the big day.

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Using lighting to create a perfect ‘enchanted forest’ wedding theme à la Pippa Middleton

So you’ve scrutinised every inch of press coverage for the inside scoop on the Middleton-Matthews wedding, looking to introduce some elements of their big day into yours. The rather large glass structure provided the backdrop to what has been described as an ‘enchanted forest’ theme, filled with a plethora of pink-blossomed trees decked out with purple lights.

Your budget might not stretch to the glass marquee and you may not be in a position to project images of yourself and your other half onto the outside of the venue, but you probably can afford to use lighting to enhance your wedding reception. In fact, if you get it right, you can probably spend less on other types of decor as the illuminations will create more of an impact than flowers or favours, and will certainly provide the backdrop to some stunning photographs.

Enchanted Forest

If you’ve been stopped in your wedding-planning tracks by the ‘enchanted forest’ theme then look no further than these dual power multi coloured festoon lights. They can either be solar or battery powered, so are suitable for indoor or outdoor use at any time of year to illuminate a whimsical woodland setting.

0 LED Dual Power Solar Festoon Lights - Multi Coloured

Candles were reportedly a key feature of Pippa’s wedding but not all venues allow naked flames: if yours doesn’t, then consider an LED, battery-powered candle such as these almond wax candles.

Sirius Sara Battery Operated LED Almond Wax Candle 250mm

If you’re looking for a subtle but twinkly backdrop that isn’t a feature in itself, then this multi-coloured solar string might fit the bill:

50 Outdoor Multi Colour LED Solar String Lights

And if you are hiring any plants as Pippa did, you might consider lighting them from the base rather than in the branches – or both. These LED planters are both stunning and innovative – and can be grouped together for maximum impact.

Assisi LED Planter

If you’re just starting to plan the lighting elements of your wedding, here are our ten top tips for getting it just right:

  1. If your budget can stretch to it, use the services of an independent wedding planner or your contact at the wedding venue, who will have seen various lighting solutions and can advise you about what works best.
  2. Assess what lighting is already available at the venue and ask what you are allowed to bring in – for example, some venues have a policy of no naked flames, so as above, battery operated candles could be a good solution.
  3. Consider whether you want a different vibe in individual rooms or whether you want to maximise the budget in one area – e.g. creating a real ‘wow’ factor as guests arrive.
  4. Ensure you visit the venue at the time of year that you are planning to get married (or if you can’t, then ask for photographs) so you can judge how different rooms will look drenched in sunlight or on a grey winter’s day.
  5. Additionally, think through how the light will change during the course of the day and whether guests are likely to be outside on a warm evening.
  6. Speak to your wedding photographer about lighting plans – they may bring specific kit to capture your day in all its glory.
  7. Do you want to highlight certain areas – such as a beautiful cake or the area where speeches will be made?
  8. Are you planning to incorporate lighting into your table decorations? If so, you need to brief your florist accordingly.
  9. If you are decorating the venue yourself, double or even triple the time you think it will take to install lighting – it always takes far longer than you might expect!
  10. Get your guests involved – glow sticks, sparklers and floating lanterns can all make the day more magical.<l/i>

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Three out of four women apply makeup in poor lighting – are you one of them?

We recently carried out some research amongst our customers to find out more about their makeup habits, and how lighting affects their daily routines. Below is an overview of the key findings, and some top tips for utilising light to help ensure that your makeup looks great, and doesn’t end in disaster, like it has done for many of our customers.

Before carrying out this research we knew that makeup was a big deal for the majority of the country’s women, as previous studies have shown the lengths that we’ll go to in order to achieve facial perfection. Research undertaken by Hairtrade.com earlier this year found that the average woman will spend almost £22k on makeup products in their lifetime, and, according to a study by Makeupbrushes.com, they’ll spend almost two years of their lifetime applying it – the equivalent of nine days per year!

These statistics considered, we were very surprised to discover how few women have adequate lighting in the room where they most regularly apply their makeup. In fact, three quarters of the women we surveyed said that they do not have the ideal lighting set-up for applying their makeup, and the majority (77%) said they would like a better solution.

Bedroom or bathroom?

The bedroom is the most popular room for applying makeup (45%), closely followed by the bathroom at 42%. Whilst the bedroom was somewhat expected, we were surprised to find that so many women do their makeup in the bathroom; aside from the obvious issue of having to contend with steamy mirrors, heat, and humidity, most bathrooms tend to have very harsh lighting that is not good for makeup application.

How do I look?

Our survey revealed that 86% of women consider getting their makeup right important, which won’t come as a huge shock considering the statistics above. What we weren’t anticipating however, was just how many women check their makeup in another room or mirror to ensure they’ve achieved the perfect result (71%). Additionally, one in ten respondents confess to asking someone else to check their makeup for them, and an interesting trend amongst younger makeup wearers is to take a selfie to check their makeup.

When disaster strikes

When asked about makeup disasters, the most common occurrence was poorly applied foundation – either being too orange, over applied, or badly blended – and all due to being applied in rooms with poor lighting.

Getting lighting right

So what can be done to get the most out of your makeup, and avoid a potential disaster? Here are our five tips for achieving the ideal makeup lighting in your home. You may wish to try one or all of these methods, but collectively they will help you to achieve a flawless finish.

  1. Lumens, lumens, lumens – you need bright lighting to see the detail when applying makeup. Choose a lightbulb with around 1350lm (lumens) to provide enough brightness.
  2. Step into the daylight – natural light is the best light for applying makeup, so choose bulbs that closely mimic daylight.
  3. Use dimmers – if you’re applying makeup for a night out, then using a dimmer helps to ensure that your makeup will look great in a range of different lights.
  4. Avoid downlights – downwards directional lights highlight wrinkles, bags, and skin issues making you look – and feel – instantly older, leading to inevitable makeup overcompensation.
  5. Side to side – installing lights either side of where you apply your makeup, 90-100cm away from each other, with the radiance focused at eye level, will maximise the absence of shadows.

You don’t have to spend big to achieve better lighting. Whilst we’d all love to change our fixtures and fittings to suit our specific makeup needs, even replacing a bulb can make a huge difference. If you need some help choosing a lighting solution, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Further details of the survey results can be seen in the infographic below. Please feel free to download and share!

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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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Garden lighting trends for summer ’17

With warm days and long summer nights just around the corner (hopefully), it’s time to look ahead towards some of the key outdoor lighting trends that we think will shine through this year.

Eco-friendly garden lighting

In recent years, the push to reduce carbon emissions has led to homeowners seeking eco-friendly lighting solutions to use around the home. The garden is one of the best places to slash energy consumption throughout the summer months, with numerous energy-efficient lighting solutions available to suit almost every requirement.

Solar lighting has taken huge strides forwards in recent years, both in terms of the technology and the sheer range of products available on the market. Solar lights work by harnessing the sun’s energy, which makes them free to run, and they are also easy to install due to the fact that there’s no need to connect them to the mains power.

Outdoor multi-glow gem LED solar string lights. Buy them here.

LED outdoor lights are another reliable and energy-efficient lighting option for the garden, but unlike solar lights they will need to be connected to the mains, which makes them more suited to year-round use. Energy efficiency doesn’t mean that LEDs are limited in anyway; LEDs are ideal for a wide range of functions, from lighting large spaces with powerful floodlighting, through to adding subtle character to an outdoor dining space by using fairy lights or festoons, for example.

Smart garden lighting

Smart lighting is becoming increasingly popular, as more and more people realise the benefits of being able to transform the look and feel of a room with just the press of a button or the swipe of a finger. But it’s not just inside the home where smart lighting can shine, it’s transforming gardens and outdoor spaces as well.

Smart garden lighting gives homeowners full control over their garden illuminations, enabling them to set the mood for any occasion from the comfort of their chair. From functional colour-changing spotlights, through to fun ground lights, it’s never been easier to transform a garden into a smart garden.

Feature lighting

There was a time when garden lighting was purely functional, whether it was for security, safety, or lighting a path to the garden shed. However, outdoor feature lighting has grown in popularity over recent years as people look to add a touch of flair to their outdoor space. LED light-up planters, floor lamps, and solar-powered light-up tables are all great examples of feature lights that can add a touch of ‘wow-factor’ to any space.

Considering upgrading your garden lighting setup this summer? Shop with us today or get in touch for more information about any of the trends or products featured within this article.

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Rethink your lighting this Earth Day

April 22 marks Earth Day, an annual event that aims to broaden the global environmental movement. The main aim of Earth Day is to build a healthy and sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations. One of the key ideas behind Earth Day is to get everyone to make small changes in their life, so with this day just around the corner we’ve highlighted some of the best ways you can do your bit to help combat climate change this year, whilst also making some savings along the way.

LED Conversion

When looking to reduce your household energy consumption, switching to LED lighting is one of the most effective things that you can do. LEDs use up to 90% less energy in comparison to incandescent lighting, and 60% less than traditional fluorescent lighting, so converting the lights around your home to LEDs will help reduce your energy consumption, in turn reducing your energy bill. Not only are LEDs more energy efficient, but they have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours, 50 times more than an incandescent bulb, meaning you’ll need to buy a lot fewer light bulbs.

Lighting accounts for 18% of a typical household’s electricity bill, so finding a more efficient solution with a longer lifespan will help you reduce this total cost. Although, the initial cost of LEDs is higher than traditional bulbs, the investment is more than repaid in long term savings.

Solar Lights

Another great way to reduce your overall energy consumption is by using solar powered lights throughout your garden. By using the sun’s energy, you have access to an endless supply of power for your lights (British weather permitting), which makes solar lighting the most environmentally friendly lighting solution available.

Additionally, solar lights are the cheapest type of lights to run, as once you have purchased your product there are no additional running costs. Solar lights are now available in a huge range of styles and can fulfil a number of practical requirements, so if you’re looking for a lighting solution for your outdoor space, there is most probably a solar powered alternative available.

Easy lighting wins

So, if you’re looking to do your part this Earth Day, but you’re not quite ready to replace your lighting, there are still plenty of easy ways to reduce your energy usage at home, including:

  • switching off lights in rooms that aren’t being used – after all, why would they need to be lit if no one is in there?
  • using a sensor or timer on external lights to ensure that they’re only in operation when needed.
  • making sure that you’re only using the light you need – consider turning off the main lights and switching on a lower-powered lamp instead.

Earth Day provides the perfect opportunity to review your current lighting set-up, inside and out. Contact us today, to find out how you can reduce your environmental impact and save money by switching to LED and solar powered lights.

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Recessed Downlights – Top Tips For The Perfect Layout

Recessed Downlights are a modern and unobtrusive way to illuminate your home. If you are a fan of clean lines and a simple lighting scheme, this fuss-free, space saving option is a great choice. Well-placed recessed downlights are excellent for general ambient lighting as well as for more focused task lighting.

Looking to buy recessed downlights?

Some things to consider…

A few ‘prep’ Questions:

Before you tackle the question of the number of downlights and their positioning ask yourself the following:

  • How large is the room?
  • How high is the ceiling?
  • Is it one room or an open plan space?
  • How will you use the room?
  • Are there any areas within the room which require special focus?

Armed with this information you can then follow some simple steps:

How many downlights do I require?

The general consensus for selecting the number of downlights required is as follows:

  • Step 1 – Measure the square footage of the room by multiplying its width by its depth.
  • Step 2 – Multiply this square footage by 1.5. This will give you a guideline for the total wattage required to light the space. By way of an example, if your kitchen is 16ft x 17 ft, the total square footage is 272. Multiply this figure by 1.5 and the total wattage to light your room will be 408 .
  • Step 3 – Select the bulb and wattage you want to use. Divide the total wattage figure previously calculated, 408 in our example, by the bulb wattage you intend to use and this will give you the number of fixtures required.

Please note that this is a rough guide and an experienced electrician should be able to give you further guidelines when completing the installation. The layout of your lighting may also vary in relation to your personal preference and the tone you want to create in the room.

If your room is open plan, divide each area up into ‘separate’ spaces to make your calculations. If you choose LED downlights check on the packaging for their equivalent wattage.
Recessed lighting Layout

Ceiling Height

Light from your recessed fitting is thrown in a downward direction in the shape of a cone. The cones of light normally cross at least 30 inches from the floor. From a taller ceiling, the light will intersect at a higher level so you won’t require more downlights, just a brighter wattage.

Spacing

Position your recessed downlights approximately 2 feet away from the edge of your walls onto your ceilings as a starting point. Try to avoid creating any shadows. Then space your downlights evenly across the room for a balanced look. As a rule of thumb, we suggest you divide your ceiling height by 2 to give you the space required between each downlight. For example if your ceiling is 8 foot high, then position your lights 4 feet apart. Again, this is only a guideline and you will get a feel for what works best in your individual space.

Dimming

Choosing downlights that can be dimmed is always a smart move. You can then play with the light to set the mood. If you have an open-plan space, use dimmer switches to control the different zones to give additional flexibility.

Task Lighting

For focused task lighting, for example above a kitchen work surface where food preparation takes place, use a downlight with a narrower beam angle. You can mix and match your beam angles for ambient and task lighting.

If you are using downlights in an area in which they could come in contact with water, don’t forget to choose an IP rated option.

We hope this article will give you a few handy tips for positioning your downlights. Room shape, style and finish and whether you want a cool white or a warm white light will also need to be factored in when making your choice. Why not have a look at our full range of recessed downlights, including fire-rated options.

For more useful information check out our Lighting Ideas section.

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Choosing the perfect pendant light for your kitchen

Getting the right lighting is essential in any kitchen; from illuminating the areas in which you work most frequently, through to setting the ambiance and mood, there’s a lot to consider beyond just the design. And due to their attractive yet practical qualities, pendant lights are an increasingly popular kitchen lighting solution, especially when installed above an island or dining table, and available in a wide range of diverse styles.

But before diving into the wide range of pendant lighting, you should take some time to consider your specific lighting needs; for example, do you need to light an entire room, or just one specific area? By asking yourself this type of question, you can start to narrow down your search to find the perfect pendant light that’s right for your kitchen.

Installing pendant lighting in your kitchen

Once you’ve found the ideal pendant light fitting for your kitchen, the next thing to consider is its installation. As a general rule of thumb, pendant lighting should be hung around 28 to 34 inches above worktops or islands; this height allows for adequate lighting to the area underneath, without obscuring the view across the kitchen. However, this will naturally vary depending on the size and layout of each individual kitchen, as well as the height of worktops, islands and ceilings. This height allows adequate lighting to the area underneath, without obscuring the view across the kitchen.

Many kitchens have rise and fall lighting installed, a type of pendant lighting which, as the name suggests, can be adjusted to different height levels. The versatility of rise and fall pendant lighting will suit those who regularly needs to adjust the lighting of their kitchen workspace, or who want full control over the ambiance of their room.

Original BTC Codie Rise & Fall Ceiling Pendant Light, shown above a dining table

Striking the perfect balance

When choosing pendant lighting, it is important to consider the size and style of the room in which it will be used – too big and it could be intrusive; too small and it may not provide enough light. You also need to decide whether the lights are going to be a standout component on their own, or subtly add ambiance to the whole kitchen.

When fitting pendant lights above an island, the ‘rule of three’ is often a good place to start. The ‘rule of three’ centres around repeating a design element three times, which can help provide balance and consistency. Having three pendant lights over a large island provides ideal lighting for the majority of tasks, while maintaining a balance within the kitchen.

At Lighting Direct, we supply a wide range of pendant lighting in many styles and from many market leading designers and brands. If you have questions around pendant lighting and would like to chat through the best option for your home, our team of experts are on hand to help you make a decision – contact us today to find out more.

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Bathroom vanity lighting

Bathroom vanity lighting needs careful consideration whether you are the sort of person who simply slicks on a bit of lipstick and rushes out the door or someone who has a dedicated grooming regime. Click here for bathroom lighting.

Positioning of light

The positioning of the light source is paramount. To avoid unwanted shadows the light needs to hit the mirror and reflect back to your face. This can be achieved by installing a directional spotlight in line with the edge of your basin. Don’t try to
create this effect with a ceiling light in front or behind where you stand to look in the mirror as this will give you more shadow than light.

Light layering tip…

Soft layering of light can create a more relaxing ambience in your bathroom. To do this try adding wall mounted spotlights on either side of your mirror. This will give you directional control
to alter the ambience as you please.

Light Source

The type of light source is also an important factor to consider when choosing bathroom vanity lighting. For make up application, shaving or eyebrow plucking a fluorescent light may be the answer, as they are long lasting and perfect task lighting. An
incandescent bulb or energy saving LED alternative can offer a high quality of light output. They are more appropriate for creating a soothing atmosphere perfect for the morning or last thing at night.

Colour temperature

Different colour temperatures can be selected when choosing your light source from cool whites (5000 Kelvin or more) to warmer whites (3000 Kelvin or less). However please note
that halogen is generally only available in its natural warm white.

Bathroom safety issues

When lighting a bathroom, the fittings must meet certain safety standards. Click here for more information.

Finding the right bathroom vanity lighting

Flexible Lighting

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Take the  Edit Beauty Illuminated Swing Arm Magnifying Mirror. This versatile option allows you to fully adjust and angle the illuminated mirror as required.
This smart double mirror is magnified on one side and conventional on the other. When choosing your lighting, don’t forget to consider the style of the room. This magnifying mirror is classic in style with a contemporary polished chrome finish,
and therefore will work well in both a modern or traditionally styled bathroom. With an IP44 rating it is resistant to splashes of water so can be positioned near the basin. This illuminated swing arm magnifying mirror is also another independent
light source that can help you with layering and atmosphere.

Something more traditional?

For a more traditional take on your bathroom lighting have a look at the Roma Wall Light. A sleek and smart polished chrome finish teamed with a neutral opal glass shade, this wall
light will add another dimension to your bathroom lighting.

Dual Purpose lighting

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Functionality also plays a part when selecting bathroom vanity lighting. If space is tight then how about considering the dual purpose Zeus Illuminated Mirror Cabinet.
This neat streamlined cabinet has an illuminated mirror coupled with a storage area for all your bathroom accessories. This fitting will be perfect if you are looking for contemporary styling. The integrated shaver socket makes it the ideal solution
for male grooming.

Male Grooming

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A simple shaving light above the bathroom mirror is always a good solution for male grooming. The classically styled Coronation Shaver Light gives you the
best of both worlds as it has a shaver socket, shaving light as well as a toothbrush charger. It is supplied with a low energy bulb too for cost efficiency.

Energy Saving

 

The Philips Vitalise Wall Light ticks all the boxes for energy efficiency coupled with smart modern styling. This sophisticated light fitting comes with a 13W miniature T5 tube that lasts five times longer
than a standard filament bulb.

Glamour

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If you want the glamorous touch when applying your make-up or styling your hair in your bathroom mirror, then the Cabaret Mirror Light will add some show
biz style. Position this set of lights either vertically or horizontally around your mirror to make a theatrical statement and have fun with your bathroom vanity lighting. The sleek polished chrome finish on the Cabaret Mirror will look smart
in any setting. From simple to striking, contemporary to traditional, we have a style of bathroom vanity lighting to suit your every need. Why not take a look at our full range of Bathroom Lights. Alternatively 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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Hall, Stairs & Landing – How To Light Adjoining Spaces

When decorating your home, don’t forget to pay attention to the spaces that connect each room together, namely the hall, stairs and landing. Choose paints, wallpaper, flooring and lighting that will complement the adjoining areas and will provide a seamless path between the two. Make sure there is some harmony between the levels of light between each area so that your eyes can adjust naturally when passing from room to room.

Some Design Ideas For The Hall, Stairs and Landing.

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The Hall

The hallway is the entrance to your home and offers the first glimpse of your style and personality. As it is a walk-through area you can afford to have some fun with the décor. Hallways often don’t have an abundance of natural light, so add some colour and warmth with patterned wallpaper or a feature wall. If you want to play it safe with a neutral colour palette, make a statement with a bright rug. Decorate the hall, stairs and landing in the same tone as the adjoining rooms and simply change the floor covering in each room to differentiate. Add family photos to the walls to bring your home to life and, if space allows, a small table.

Lighting for the hallway needs to be inviting. Consider the dimensions of the area before choosing your fitting. For a long narrow space try recessed downlights to guide you down the hallway. If your ceiling height is low a flush ceiling fitting will work well and won’t cause an obstruction. For high ceilings make a dramatic statement with a stunning chandelier. If you have a table, consider a smart table lamp to create the perfect cosy ambience. Use mirrors to bounce the light around the hall and create a feeling of space.

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The Landing

Your landing may be less visible than your hallway but still deserves to be beautifully decorated. As with the hallway, you need to take into consideration the dimensions and whether the space lends itself to a bright and bold make-over or a more subtle approach. Again recessed lights will work well. If you have younger children you may want to consider choosing lights that can be fully dimmed at night time. Floor washers can look effective when used on a landing and will add interest when illuminating the area. Wall Lights can add softness to the upstairs décor and can be used in the adjoining bedrooms for a unified look.

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The Stairway

Linking upstairs with downstairs, the stairway needs to tie in with both the hall and landing décor. Choose paints in the same hue or in complementing colours and consider stair runners for a stylish effect. There is probably not a lot of natural light in this area so choose your stair lighting wisely. Dimmable stair lights allow full illumination for walking up and down safely and a more subtle background light when not in use. Wall Lights can make a stylish statement as can a cascading pendant light at the top of the stairs. Recessed Stair Lights set into the steps themselves or lined along the wall next to the stairs can give a modern and seamless finish and a warm wash of light.

Whether you have a contemporary apartment or a period property, stylish lighting in these three main areas will create a smart and polished look to your home décor.

For more inspiration 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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Traditional Lighting – Standing The Test Of Time

Traditional design transcends time. It is not at the mercy of fashion and short-lived trends and it is not about following the crowds. Traditional styling allows you to choose time-honoured designs for your furniture and décor creating a classic, sophisticated, yet fresh look for your home.

When choosing lighting, steer away from fads and trust your own personal taste. Traditional lighting takes the style from a bygone era and combines it with modern materials and energy efficient technology to get the best of both worlds.

From aged brass chandeliers to Tiffany style lamps we show you a selection of beautiful traditional lights for illuminating your home.

Period Style Ceiling Lights

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Hallway

If you have a period property, make sure the entrance to your house is in keeping with the style. Choose a traditional pendant light for your hallway such as the Timba Pendant – Antique Brass. For a lower ceiling, take a look at a semi-flush fitting such as the Old Park Semi Flush in antique brass. If you choose a ceiling light in keeping with your property it will work well with any future change in décor.

Chandeliers look dramatic in a hallway and work well if you have a ceiling over 8Ft. Ensure it is positioned at least 7Ft from the floor for free passage underneath.

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Kitchen

You can mix traditional lighting with modern pieces too. The kitchen/diner may have a contemporary look with a traditional ceiling light introduced to ‘ground’ the space. A traditional ‘fisherman’ styled pendant light such as the Fisherman Baby Pendant – Satin Silver can be positioned over a dining table, island or free standing unit.

The Traditional Lamp

Living Room

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Often in traditionally styled rooms, objects are placed in balanced symmetry. There is order to the décor and pieces match. Rich mahogany and cherry wood furniture are a popular choice and are arranged in a formal manner. Lamps are displayed in pairs and the shades are usually quite plain, in ivory or white. For a paired option take a look at the traditionally styled Gloucester Touch Lamps – Polished Brass – Set of 2.

If you do prefer to add some colour, choose a Tiffany styled lamp with a coloured glass shade as seen with the Tiffany Style Vineyard Table Lamp.

Study

A formal study with open book cases and a solid wooden desk lends itself to a traditionally styled desk lamp to match. To add a bit of gravitas to the room add a lamp with authority such as the Bankers Desk Lamp – Opal.

Traditionally styled wall sconces and picture lights are also a smart option for illuminating a period property. The real beauty of selecting traditional lighting for your home is that it will outlive any short-term trends. Why not have a look at our full range of traditional lighting.

For more inspirational ideas see our Lighting Ideas section.