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Patio Lighting – Top Tips For Success

If you are planning a lighting scheme for your patio or decking area, stop for a moment or two and consider how you use this space. Does it feature an outdoor table complete with chairs and a parasol for your al fresco dining? Does it have a barbeque area for your summer entertaining? However you use your patio, choosing the right lighting will bring it to life after dark.

Which lighting will work best?

A combination of both functional and ambient lighting will give you the best results. Follow the same principles for indoor lighting and layer your light.

Functional Lighting

BBQ

Put the spotlight on your barbeque to ensure that you can cook your sausages to perfection. Choose an energy efficient LED option such as the GL7 LED Garden Spotlight. This spotlight can be wall mounted or secured in the ground to get the beam of light at just the right angle for preparing your culinary delights.

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Don’t forget to choose patio lighting with a suitable IP rating for outdoor use.

Steps

If you have steps leading up to your patio or decking area, ensure they are adequately lit. Illuminate the way with Simpson LED Walkover Lights which mimic daylight for a safe walkway to your outdoor area.

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Borders

Highlight the edges of your patio or decking area to carve out the space and add another level of illumination. Use stake lights such as the Quarter Solar Stake Light for a decorative contemporary look. If you prefer a more robust fitting in a traditional style then take a look at the Milano Pedestal in an antique black finish.

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If you have a low level wall around your patio, consider brick lights. Smart and unobtrusive they will add a sophisticated light to this outdoor setting. Take a look at the Fresco Low Energy Brick Light – Black for a sleek low energy option.

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Ambient Lighting

As well as functional lighting you will want to create the right mood for your outdoor space. Wall lights can provide both functional and ambient lighting. If you choose a fitting that illuminates up and down your wall you can highlight your patio area or steps below as well as adding layers of light above the area. A stylish option can be seen in the Riga Wall Light – Twin – Anthracite.

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Let’s Party

For a twinkly party ambience wrap fairy lights such as Everbright Solar Fairy Lights – Warm White- 300 LED around your garden parasol, fencing or gazebo.

Make a statement on your patio with the use of decorative outdoor lamps or illuminated cubes which will create impact when entertaining friends and family during summer evenings. Check out the Lucca Exterior Floor Lamp – Orange for a vibrant splash of orange. It has a concrete base for positioning directly onto your patio. For a completely different look check out the Dett Floor Light which will add a funky vibe to any party.

Create a magic space outside your home with a bit of clever lighting. For some of the best ideas on the market take a look at our full range of outdoor lighting.

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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The Beauty Of Outdoor Tree Lights

Are you looking for something different to illuminate your garden after dark? For an ethereal glow as the sun goes down it’s worth considering outdoor tree lights. From festoons draped through branches to fairy lights wrapped around tree trunks, lighting up your Oaks, Maples or Beeches can make a dramatic impression.

Let’s take a look at how to make your garden an enchanting space with the right choice of tree lighting.

Branching Out Your Garden Lighting

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Spotlighting

Add drama to your garden by putting the spotlight on your trees. Highlight attractive bark and foliage with ground spotlights positioned away from the trunk such as the GL7 LED Spotlight aimed in an upward direction for a magical effect. With a narrow 30 degree beam you can focus the light for maximum impact. Think about illuminating trees with distinctive barks such as the Silver Birch and consider which trees will look attractive lit up regardless of season.

Position spotlights close to the trunk when highlighting a narrow tree. When highlighting tree foliage don’t forget to illuminate the trunk or the foliage will appear to be floating in mid-air.

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Silhouetting

For a different approach to lighting your garden, why not try the technique of silhouetting. If you have a wall directly behind your tree, illuminate the wall so that your tree features as a dark silhouette against it. The lighter the wall the more powerful the effect so try using a floodlight that mimics daylight such as the Shatter Resistant 50W LED Floodlight.

 

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Fairy Lights and Lanterns

Fairy lights are an all-year-round option for illuminating your garden. Strung from branch to branch they can add a twinkling light to your summer garden parties or al fresco dining. If you choose a solar option such as the  Solar Fairy Lights – you can position on trees all around the garden with no need for a mains power supply. Try adding fairy lights to a Weeping Willow for a dramatic centre piece to your garden.

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Accent your trees with pretty lanterns such as the Assiso Solar LED Garden Lantern position evenly next to trees. Always remember to choose fittings which are IP rated for outdoor use.

For a spectacular display why not illuminate a tree next to a pond to create gorgeous reflections adding depth and interest to your exterior setting.

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Smaller Spaces

If you have a small garden, balcony or simply want to pot up some small trees for a decorative display on your patio, then consider illuminated plant pots. The Assisi LED Planter will add impact to your garden or the entrance to your home while housing your favourite plants.

 

Are you looking for a subtle moon-lit effect for your garden lighting? Or are you looking to create impact with an illuminated tree-lined walkway? However you choose to use outdoor tree lights we have a great range here for you at Lighting Direct.

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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Bollard, Post & Pedestal Lighting – What’s the difference?

When searching for outdoor lights you may well have come across the terms Post, Bollard and Pedestal lighting. You can be forgiven for finding these references confusing as Post and Bollard lighting in particular are often used interchangeably.

Let’s take a look at each type of lighting in turn.

What Are The Differences

Bollard Lighting

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As a rule of thumb, a bollard light will be thicker in structure than a post light which ties in nicely with the suggested origin of the name ‘bole’ meaning tree trunk.

Carve out areas by placing bollards such as the IP44 Louvred Bollard along pathways to guide you after dark. Alternatively separate your exterior space by placing bollards between your patio and lawn area. This particular model of bollard has a louvred diffuser so will emit a subtle light and won’t over illuminate your garden or walkway which can spoil the effect. Standing at a height of 1100mm this bollard won’t obscure any garden views either.

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Much smaller in height, standing at just 160mm, is the Botanic LED Mini Bollard. This mini bollard will work well marking out the edges of your decking, patio areas or for low level pathway light. Unlike the Louvred Bollard it is low voltage and is part of the Easyfit connectable lighting range which makes installation very quick and straightforward. Using LED technology, it is very energy efficient too.

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Post Lighting

Post lights tend to be more slimline in structure than bollards. They can be used to highlight borders, driveways or be positioned outside a summer house for smart illumination.

The Edit Inox Post Light has a PIR motion sensor so the light will be activated when it senses movement within a certain detection range. This makes it ideal for illuminating paths or perimeter borders.

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At the furthest end of the height spectrum come the post lanterns and lamp posts. They are designed to make a statement and work well at both the front and rear of larger properties. Their height ensures, in most instances, that the light is not obscured by plants and bushes. The Turin Grande Post Lantern – Black is height adjustable and stands proud at between 1910mm and 2790mm. It is suitable for use in coastal locations.

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Pedestal Lighting

Another option for outdoor lighting comes in the form of pedestal lighting. A pedestal is a base on which something is supported; in this case lighting. These fittings tend to be shorter in height so that they can be perched on top of walls at the entrance to your home or at the side of steps.

Pedestal lighting comes in a variety of styles from modern to traditional, simple to decorative, giving you maximum flexibility of choice. If you are looking for a high quality piece of traditional lighting then the Turin Pedestal Lantern – Black is a strong contender. It will be a smart addition to your outdoor lighting perfect for guiding you into your driveway after nightfall.

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For a modern twist on pedestal lighting choose a model such as the Stockholm Exterior Pedestal – Galvanised. It is IP54 rated so suitable for outdoor use and has an impressive 15 year anti-corrosion guarantee.

 

We hope that you now have a clearer picture of the differences between bollard, post and pedestal lighting. For a full range of what we have to offer go to our Posts and Bollards section.

For more interesting tips and guidance 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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Home Office Lighting – Buying Guide

There were 4.2 million UK home workers in the first quarter of 2014 according to the Office for National Statistics which equates to 13.9% of the workforce. This growing trend of working from home has seen a greater need for the dedicated home office.

A clean, organised and ergonomically sound space is vital but don’t underestimate the importance of home office lighting.

Why is lighting so important in a home office?

Good lighting improves productivity by enhancing energy levels and boosting your mood. Poor lighting can not only be energy sapping but can lead to eye strain and headaches.

Lighting must provide adequate illumination for computer work without creating excessive glare. There must also be enough light to read hand written or printed documents away from the screen.

What lighting do I need?

The answer is a combination. Too much light overexposes and irritates the eyes, whilst too little causes eye strain. Layered light is the best solution.

Assess the amount of natural daylight in your room. If you have a window, place your desk to the side of it to avoid unwanted glare. If you have a window with a view you can position your desk facing it but not too close. You will still need ambient lighting.

Ambient Light

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Avoid overhead fluorescent lighting and opt for a recessed downlight such as the Fireguard LED6 Tilt Dimmable Downlight. It can be rotated through 360 degrees and has a 20 degree tilt. Producing a warm white light it will not be too harsh on your eyes. If you are working on a spreadsheet with complex data, brighter illumination in the room will be required. Control light levels by dimming.

Adjustable spotlights on a track system also work well in this environment as seen with the Acorn LED 3 Light and Track Kit – White. For uneven ceilings a good suggestion would be wire lighting such as the Scope Wire Light System which will add a modern twist to your décor. This system has 5 adjustable spotlights however it is not dimmable like the downlights .

A pendant light works less well for office ceiling lighting. If you do decide to go down this route remember to choose a simple fuss-free shade.

Task Lighting

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Desk Lamps

Whether you are an accountant, proof reader or graphic designer you will need clear, even and bright task lighting to aid concentration. A fully adjustable office light is needed such as the Provence Desk Lamp. Alternatively choose a clip on desk lamp such as the Flex Clip On Desk Lamp – Black.

Position the desk lamp opposite your writing hand to avoid shadows whilst working. Ensure the beam of light falls on to your working space and does not reflect onto your computer screen.

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Wall Lights

Choose a light which mimics daylight and can be rotated and tilted on your wall to focus on your work area when compiling reports or analysing figures. An energy efficient option such as the Stix LED Spotlight – Daylight offers a compact and contemporary solution.

 

Careful consideration should be given to your home office lighting to ensure that you have a comfortable and inspiring space in which to work. For more inspiration see 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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Guide To Bathroom Lighting Zones

Water and electricity are a dangerous combination so when choosing bathroom lights it is essential that you familiarise yourself with two terms; Bathroom Zones and IP Ratings. When purchasing bathroom lights you need to ensure that the fitting you choose has the relevant IP rating for the Zone in which it is to be placed. So what are IP Ratings and Bathroom Zones?

Understanding Your Bathroom

IP Ratings

Light fittings are given an IP rating which dictates their suitability for a particular environment either inside or outside the home. The IP stands for ‘ingress protection’ and is followed by a 2 digit number which rates its level of protection against intrusion by objects eg, dust (digit 1) and level of waterproofing (digit 2). For further information take a look at our guide to IP ratings.

Bathroom Zones

When selecting lighting you need to establish in which area of your bathroom it will be placed and how exposed it will be to water. Electrical safety regulations break down the bathroom area into clear zones to help you select the right fitting with the appropriate IP rating for the level of protection required.

The diagram below illustrates Bathroom Zones 0,1,2 as well as the areas outside the zones.

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Lights for Bathroom Zone 0

Zone 0 covers the areas inside the bath or shower tray. If you decide to illuminate this area the fittings must be low voltage and must have a minimum rating of IP67 making them immersion proof.

The Adelpha Submersible Ground Light is an ideal choice for this area as it can be completely submersed under water to a depth of up to 1M. If you have a wet room why not dot these lights across the floor as they are not only waterproof but ‘walkover’ proof too. For a beautiful blue hue take a look at the Garland SMD LED Walkover Lights – Set of 10 – Blue which can be used to dramatic effect both under water and under-foot. Using energy efficient LED technology they will be virtually maintenance free too.

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Lights for Bathroom Zone 1

Zone 1 incorporates the area directly above the bath or shower tray to a height of 2.25m from the floor. A light with a minimum IP44 rating is required for this area. An IP44 rating ensures the fitting is protected against any water spray from any direction. If the light uses a 240V supply, a 30ma RCD (residual current device) must be used to protect the circuit in this zone.

For a contemporary vibe in your bathroom take a look at the Mashiko Classic 360 Wall Light – Polished Chrome. This sleek fitting combines chrome and frosted glass and can be positioned either horizontally or vertically to work with your space. With an IP44 rating it is suitable for bathroom zones 1, 2 and outside zones. The Eternity Mirror Light is a dual purpose fitting that is also suitable for zone 1 and above. It will provide soft ambient lighting whilst you soak in the bath.

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Lights for Bathroom Zone 2

Zone 2 covers the area 0.6M outside the bath’s perimeter and to a height of 2.25M from the floor. As with Zone 1, a minimum IP44 rating is required for this area.

Position the Bloc LED Wall Light – Polished Chrome on outer walls for a stylish modern bathroom or place either side of a mirror. Alternatively if you fancy a mirror, light and bathroom cabinet all rolled into one then the Zeus Illuminated Mirror Cabinet is a strong choice and will work well positioned above your basin. An IP44 rated shaver light is multi-functional and a handy fitting for any bathroom – check out the Coronation Shaver Light.

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Outside Zones

Outside zones cover areas which fall outside of zones 0,1 and 2 and are well away from any contact with water. No IP ratings are required for light fittings in this area.

Recessed downlights can create an even spread of light across your bathroom and can be teamed with other light fittings for a layering effect. The fire-rated Fireguard LED6 Spotlight will bathe your room in a warm white light. For a more decorative piece of lighting take a look at the scallop shaped Cafe Semi Flush.

Lighting Direct always recommends that you use an electrician for the installation of your bathroom lighting. For more ideas on ways in which to illuminate your bathroom click here.

For all of our other great tips and advice see 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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A Guide To The Best Stair Lighting

Stair lighting is often overlooked when designing an interior décor. You may have beautiful lighting in your hallway and on your landing but are you missing a trick by not focusing on the stairway itself? Stairwell lighting needs to be primarily functional but if done well can add instant impact to the core of your home.

Give careful consideration to the size and shape of your staircase to achieve the very best look when lighting this area.

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What options are available?

Feature Lights

If you have a spiral staircase and high ceilings a beautiful pendant light cascading through the centre of your stairwell will add the ‘wow’ factor. The Galileo 12 Light Pendant in polished chrome and crystal will illuminate this dark space bringing instant glamour to the hallway.

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Discreet Lighting

If you want effective stair lighting but prefer a more subtle approach consider under tread lighting. The 5M LED Flexi Strip – Warm White can be installed under the stairs to provide a warm glow on each step. It can be cut to length to fit with the size and shape of your stairs. The LED flexi strip can also be dimmed to create the perfect ambient lighting. For a splash of colour there is the option of mesmerising blue 5M LED Flexi Strip – Blue. If your stairway is set very slightly away from the wall, lights can be embedded into the staircase itself to produce a glowing line along the trim of your stairs.

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Runway Effect

If you have wooden steps, regardless of depth, recessed stair lighting on the stairs themselves will guide you up and down your stairway. Unlike the Flexi Strips these lights will be visible to the eye but can be as subtle or bold as you like. The Metro LED Walkover Lights – Set of 10 – White, as their name suggests, can be walked upon and will be an attractive feature. Recessed lights can also be positioned along skirting boards up the stairs.

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Forward Facing

Don’t just think indoors for stairways. If your property has a sweeping set of steps leading to the entrance to your front door then consider forward facing illuminated tiles set into the brickwork. They combine the subtle glow of the flexi strip with more visibility than the recessed light. The Croxley Exterior LED Tile Light – White is a good choice for this area and unlike the other options is IP65 rated for outdoor use.

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Wall Lights

If you have a very narrow staircase you may prefer not to install lights in or around the treads at all. Wall Lights are then a good option. Choose a style to match the décor in your home. The Kyo Ceramic Wall Light is a flush fitting so will sit well against the wall and as it provides both up and down light will illuminate the stairs whilst providing ambient lighting.

 

Stair lighting shouldn’t be a neglected area in a stylish home and we hope we have given you some food for thought when putting your ideas together. Personal taste and style will play an important part in your decision making but don’t forget simple fun ideas too such as wrapping festive fairy lights around the banisters.

For further inspiration visit 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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Outdoor Sensor Lights – Buying Guide

Surprisingly there is a huge variety of outdoor sensor lights AKA PIR movement detector fittings available today. From contemporary decorative lights, floodlights and even solar lights we are going to take a look at your options.

The PIR (passive infrared) sensor works by detecting the difference in temperature of a warm body passing against a cooler background.

Recommendations

Consider placing one above your garage or garden shed where you may keep expensive bikes or tools. Mount the light at least 2.5M off the ground and angle it slightly downwards making sure it cannot be triggered by passers-by. Avoid positioning it near the flue from your boiler as this can activate the sensor.

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Product comparison

Spotlights for Larger Properties

The Night Eye 150W PIR Security Spotlight will work well if you have a larger home with a wide expanse of outdoor space thanks to its 12M, 200 degree detection range. It is robust and carries a 5 year guarantee making it suitable for both the home or small business premises. The light can be set to stay on for between 5 seconds and 18 minutes making it ideal if illuminating a shed or outside office at the bottom of the garden.

If you are a frequent traveller simply switch the Night Eye to ‘holiday mode’ which allows a specified ‘on’ time between 1-8 hours to be manually set for the duration of your absence.

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Modern Lighting for Urban living

If you want a contemporary option with a PIR movement sensor then the Luxembourg PIR Wall Light – Galvanised Steel will serve you well. It has a smaller detection range than the Night Eye, 8M and 100 degree range, so is ideal for town houses or modern homes. As the light only activates within this range it will not be a nuisance to neighbours and only remains on initially for 90 seconds. Even though the Luxembourg delivers on style it is also very hardwearing which is backed up by its 15 year anti-corrosion guarantee making it suitable for coastal locations. It even has an over-ride switch so you can keep the light on continuously for an evening barbeque.

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Post Lighting

Many people don’t realise that PIR sensors come with lots of different types of fittings, so you may not have considered a Victorian style post light. For the parameters of your property why not choose the Milano PIR Post. With a wider detection range than the Luxembourg it stands up to its competition.

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Solar Lighting

Have you thought of solar lighting as an option? With advanced technology they rival their counterparts and can be placed anywhere outdoors. The Tamara Solar LED Security Light has exactly the same detection range as the Luxembourg Wall Light. A key feature is its vandal resistant polycarbonate casing which is robust enough for any situation.

We hope that we have given you a flavour of some of the options available to you when selecting your outdoor sensors lights. To find a fitting with a PIR sensor visit our outdoor lighting section and use the left-hand side filters and select PIR in the feature column.

Alternatively for more inspiration check out more of our Lighting Ideas.

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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Reading lights – How To Find The One For You

A high quality reading light is so important if you’re the kind of person who loves to get settled down with a good book. A strong clear source of light is essential as reading in poor light can be uncomfortable, cause headaches and can even damage eyesight in the long run.

When you’re choosing your reading light you need to consider where you’re going to position it. Think about where you do most of your reading? You’ll need the light to come from behind and illuminate the page, without casting shadows.

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It’s all about comfort

A tall order

Tall floor standing lamps are a good place to start. Their height means they offer a good coverage of light to read under. The Soprana Bow SL-1 Floor Lamp, has a simple slider that allows it to be positioned directly over your book without casting shadows. This floor lamp has a subtle elegance that is smart and dignified making it suitable for many different types of décor.

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For something quirky try the Arvin overhang floor light. With its eye catching shape it’s easy to imagine this lamp in either a colourful 1960’s flat or an ultra-modern contemporary apartment. This light would look stunning next to a large black leather chair that you can sink into. Then all you have to do is sit back, relax and get sucked into your latest captivating novel.

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Do you want to chill in soft ambient lighting and read without damaging your eyes? Well the Montana Floor Lamp is a stylish uplighter and a reading light all in one. If you love reading you will appreciate the importance of comforting surroundings. The Montana’s uplighter will create a cosy environment, but the light by itself would not be sufficient for reading. This is why it has an independent task light so you can enjoy a cosy ambiance and read without having to strain your eyes.

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Check out every angle

If you are particularly fussy about the position of light when reading you need an adjustable arm lamp. The Provence Desk Lamp is an old faithful when it comes to practical lighting. It is a great accessory for almost any room in the house and its adjustable arm lets you angle the light perfectly every time, no matter what position you like to read in.

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Tired of bad lighting

A standard bedside lamp can sometimes fail to provide appropriate reading light. However the Kloster Reading Light combines a charmingly elegant bedside lamp and an extremely practical snake light because as we all know, what is the point of reading in bed if you can’t get comfortable?

So, there you are… a wealth of options to help you maximise your reading pleasure. Why not take a look at out full range of Reading Lights.

Looking for more inspiration? Try our Lighting Ideas section.

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How To Choose Outdoor Wall Lights

The breadth of choice of outdoor wall lights is huge so to make things easier when making your selection use a simple checklist. Firstly consider the size of the space that requires lighting; do you have a small porch area or a large patio to illuminate. Secondly think about the style and size of the outdoor wall light and how it will suit your setting. Finally think about the function of the light; is it a decorative fitting you are after or a more robust security light. Follow these 3 initial steps to start off your search.

Let’s take a look at some of the options out there – looking at both form and function.

Outdoor Wall Light Inspiration

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Security Lighting

If you have a larger space to illuminate and are looking for a practical and robust wall light with an integrated PIR motion sensor then the  Wall Light is a strong contender, perfect for the front or rear of your property. The light activates when movement is sensed within a 12M, 180 degrees range; ideal for deterring intruders from a large deep garden.

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Contemporary Style

A carefully chosen outdoor wall light will enhance any exterior setting and will create a stylish impression if positioned strategically around your home.

If a contemporary light fitting appeals then why not take a look at the Edit Disk Wall Downlight. This galvanised steel wall washer is designed to be positioned facing downwards and thanks to its polycarbonate diffuser provides an even distribution of light. It is, however, only IP23 rated so it needs to be installed in a sheltered area outdoors.

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Traditional Style

For an elegant and traditional outdoor wall light the Searchlight Wall Light will not disappoint. Part of a ‘classic’ collection, this handsome exterior light teams stainless steel with bevelled clear glass for an authentic look.

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Smaller Spaces

However small your outdoor area, don’t shy away from installing a wall light. Choose a compact streamlined fitting such as the Eglo Riga Wall Light for a sleek look. Alternatively, select a recessed piece of lighting such as the energy efficient Callisto Small Wall Light – 18 White LEDs which will take up very little room.

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Coastal Locations

The Geneve Up and Down Light – 40W – Graphite is a smart choice if you are looking for a striking designer light for positioning outside a property in close proximity to the sea. When selecting your exterior wall light always consider whether the outdoor space is sheltered or fully exposed to the elements. If the latter is the case then look for an outdoor wall light with a high IP rating for protection against harsh weather. In the case of coastal locations look for a fitting that is suitable for that climate. The Geneve carries an IP54 rating coupled with a 25 year anti-corrosion guarantee making it ideal.

 

Good outdoor wall lights, whether used to make a design statement outside your home or used as a multi-purpose security light need to be chosen carefully so they suit the area which needs illuminating. Ensure where possible that you select an energy efficient option.

Why not check out our full range of outdoor wall lights.

Or for more inspiration take a look at the 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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Designer Table Lamps – A Cut Above The Rest

If you want to go the extra mile with your interior décor then invest in designer table lamps. Visually stunning they will bring instant style to your indoor space. Good lighting should be seamless so team your designer table and floor lamps with ceiling pendants to create the perfect layering of light.

Let’s take a look at some of the exquisite pieces from leading designers that can take your interior lighting to a completely new level.

Lamps That Form Part of the Décor

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Green Credentials

Functionality is important but a good designer table lamp should work as a piece of art in its own right when displayed in a stylish setting. Take the Cone Table Lamp for example, designed by architects at graypants. A talking point and striking addition to any room, this lamp’s shade is handmade from recycled corrugated cardboard to prove its ‘green’ credentials. Position this truly unique piece on a side table next to a sofa making sure the bottom of the shade is no higher than eye level.

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Statement Pieces

You can base the whole design of your room around a carefully chosen piece of lighting that creates a dramatic effect. Take the Antler Table Lamp, striking and eclectic in style, this handmade lamp by renowned UK designers David Hunt Lighting will take centre stage in any stylish home. This eye-catching piece of lighting is produced in resin and features an authentic looking pair of antlers hand-painted in Highland Rustic colours. Team with wooden floors, decorative rugs and traditional leather sofas to complete the look.

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Unique Shapes

When choosing a designer table lamp you should expect a beautifully crafted piece of lighting and something a little bit different to add an interesting dimension to your interior décor. Harlequin, a lifestyle brand internationally recognised for its statement wallpapers and stunning designer fabrics have produced the Contour Platinum Table Lamp – Sensei Pearl Shade. Unique in shape with a platinum glazed ceramic base and handmade fabric shade, this elegant table lamp will work beautifully in a contemporary setting. Use Harlequin wallpaper as the backdrop to this striking modern piece.

 

Whether you have a minimalist contemporary décor or a more traditionally styled home, a well-chosen designer table lamp can bring your space to life. If you are searching for something unique and distinctive then take a look at our complete range of designer lighting.

For more inspiration check out our Lighting Ideas section.