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Pond Lights – What Do You Need To Consider?

As the sun goes down, pond lights can bring a magical ambience to your outside space. Highlighting a water feature or foliage around the pond as well as illuminating the pond from within can bring your garden to life with enchanting effect.
Let’s take a look at what to consider when choosing fresh water pond lights.

Make Sure You’ve Got The Right IP Rating

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Underwater

Water and high voltage electricity can be a dangerous combination so when choosing lighting for in and around your pond area you need to look out for the product’s IP rating. An IP67 or IP68 rating is required for submerging lights under water. The Stone Light Garden Light with its stone effect design will blend seamlessly with its surroundings and with an IP68 rating is suitable for creating an underwater glow. As it is low voltage it is a very safe option for your outdoor lighting. For a striking display why not dot these stone garden lights in amongst your shrubs too.

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Alternatively mesmerizing pools of light can be created with the Albany Submersible Ground Light which is suitable for submersion up to a depth of 1M.

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Highlighting the area surrounding your pond can also have dramatic impact. If you want lighting right up to the water’s edge try the Adelpha Submersible Ground Light. This fitting is suitable for walking over and it carries an IP67 rating so can also be installed underwater.

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Around The Pond (Not Underwater)

Illuminating flower beds and foliage set back from the pond can be done in contemporary style with the IP44 rated Olympus LED garden light. This striking light with an anthracite finish uses energy efficient LED technology so won’t cost the earth whilst bringing a warm glow to your garden. It’s part of the Plug ‘n’ Play range so can be linked to other Plug ‘n’ Play fittings for versatile garden lighting.

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Feature Lighting

For a spellbinding display try spotlighting a small cascading waterfall or other water feature with the Thames Low Voltage Stake Light. It is built for outdoor use with its IP65 rating and has an adjustable head so you can find the perfect angles to create something spectacular.

 

Light Output

Don’t forget that the deeper the pond, the stronger the light output will have to be so it can be seen through the water. Check out the wattage or lumens for your chosen bulbs.

We hope we have given you some food for thought so you can create a night time feature with your pond lights. Whether you are looking for soft subtle lighting or a more dramatic display simply take a look at the wide range of outdoor lighting options here at Lighting Direct.

For more inspiration take a look at our Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

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

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Top 10 Modern Ceiling Lights

Your choice of modern ceiling lights is a key factor when creating a stylish contemporary home. Whether you prefer a minimalist look with a neutral colour palette or a more striking décor with vibrant splashes of colour we have something to suit.

Why not take a look at our top 10 compilation of some of the best in this category.

Ten Of The Best

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The Hemisphere Telescopic Pendant

Exuding modernity, this attractive polished chrome and glass pendant light will bring a touch of sophisticated styling to any contemporary setting. Position it over a white high gloss kitchen island or a modern dining table for both ambient and task lighting.

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The Disc 20 Pendant

If you want to make a statement with your modern ceiling lights then this designer light will not disappoint. Crafted using recycled cardboard, this modern piece of art will work beautifully teamed with oak wood flooring and soft brown leather sofas. Add a couple of table lamps or a floor lamp into the mix to layer the light in your room.

 

The Enola Pendant – White

Clean lines and simple styling are the key components for a minimalist décor. This modern ceiling light is effortlessly stylish and will be perfect for a monochrome kitchen/diner set against sleek granite work surfaces and black gloss units. Alternatively position it over a table for streamlined lighting.

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The Ripasso 9 Pendant – Green

Bring a contemporary vibe to your home with the use of vivid colours. This ceiling light will bring a splash of colour to any modern living space and will work well in a hallway to create a warm and inviting environment. It would also be an instant hit in a child’s bedroom helping to create a fun space.

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The Cube Wire Light System

Designed with a blend of glass and polished chrome, this contemporary fitting gives a modern take on the traditional spotlight and is ideal for a kitchen/diner with an uneven ceiling. It will work well with simple white plastered walls or a more decorative feature wall.

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The Fireguard LED3 Downlight – Polished Chrome – Cool White

Recessed lighting is a modern way to illuminate any room and can be a good choice if you have low ceilings in your home. This sleek and simple downlight is not only fire rated but uses advanced energy efficient LED technology to provide cost effective long-lasting illumination.

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The Mashiko 200 Flush Fitting – Bronze

Modern ceiling lights comes in all shapes and sizes and this striking square flush fitting will be perfect in a simply styled bathroom in neutral tones. Position it on the ceiling for a warm, relaxing and diffused light.

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Sassari 5 Light Semi-Flush

Modern lighting can inject glamour into your interior space and this striking semi-flush fitting will bring a dazzling sparkle into your bedroom, living room or dining area. Team with sophisticated furnishings and brightly coloured rugs and cushions for modern elegance.

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The Frame Low Energy Flush Fitting

This flush fitting combines modern styling and smart low energy technology. Designed for contemporary living spaces it will work well with a minimalist décor thanks to its simple clean lines.

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The Galileo 20 Light Pendant – 2 Metre Drop

If you are looking for modern ceiling lights of distinction then what better way to illuminate a stylish hallway than with this sensational cascading light. Its faceted crystal glass shades will bring an exquisite sparkle to your home and can be mixed with simple furnishings allowing it to take centre stage.

 

As you can see there is a wide range of different styles to choose from. We hope our top 10 rundown has given you some ideas or maybe even helped you to find something amazing for your home.

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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Top 10 Outdoor Lighting Ideas

This top 10 outdoor lighting ideas rundown should hopefully give you some inspiration and offer some fresh ideas for illuminating your outside space during the spring and summer months. This list covers such a variety of lighting options that it’s not possible to say one is better than the other. It’s better to think of this as a cross section of some of the most fun, interesting and practical outdoor lighting solutions.

Ten Of The Best

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Timeless Elegance

OK to kick us off we have the Livoni Wall Light – Stainless Steel. This fitting is the perfect marriage of contemporary and traditional. Its smooth steel body gives it a sharp modern look. A pair of these installed on an exterior wall would create a dramatic atmosphere.

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Rusty Charm

The next on our list is the Rusty Cone 70 Post. This is an excellent outdoor lighting idea if you are looking for something with unique character and eye-catching appeal. Because of the distinctiveness of this fitting it will work well with a wide range of garden styles.

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Practical And Stylish

Brick lights like the Mono LED Brick Light are a great way to add atmospheric style to your garden when the sun goes down. From a practical point of view brick lights also make steps and patio areas safer at night.

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Simple Traditional Character

Outdoor pedestal lamps such as the Turin Grande Pedestal Lantern – Verdigris are a great way to add a sense of smart Victorian charm to your garden. They are wonderful garden features that offer so much in the way of ornamental value.

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Stick Them Anywhere

When it comes to outdoor lighting ideas a versatile option can be very useful. Take the Alder LED Spotlights – Set of 3, this type of stake light is an easy way to illuminate flowerbeds but if you need to you can quickly reposition them for a garden party or social event.

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Spot On Illumination

If you want precise illumination for specific areas and features of your garden then you may want to consider the Nemesis Twin Garden Spotlight. This is a very clear and practical source of lighting suitable for many outdoor applications. You could use them to add dramatic lighting to areas of interest such as trees and water features.

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Subtle Illumination

Deck and ground lights are a subtle way to add a contemporary feel to your garden. A fitting like the Felix IP68 7W Recessed Ground Light with Colour Filters is not only great for decking and pathways but also for marking out the edges of your garden.

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Unique And Cost Effective

A list of the top 10 outdoor lighting ideas would not be complete without something really unique and interesting. The Quarter Solar Stake Light is a fun little feature light perfect for decorative garden illumination. You could for example spot a few of these around a tree to make it a bit more noticeable.

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Just For Fun

When it comes to purely decorative and fun lighting you can’t beat the Everbright Solar Fairy Lights – White – 300 LED. You can hang them anywhere you like. They will work particularly well when wrapped around smaller trees and bushes.

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Party Lighting

We know we couldn’t have a top 10 outdoor lighting ideas rundown without something especially for summer garden parties. The Weatherproof Lighting Festoons – 50 Bulb Holders is just the thing for family gatherings, birthday parties or any other garden event.

Well there you have it, a quick selection of ideas to hopefully get your imagination going and give you some inspiration for new ways to decorate your garden this year. This, however, is only the tip of the iceberg we have tons of other garden fittings for you to choose from here at Lighting Direct.

For more inspiration check out our Lighting Ideas section.

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Affordable Lighting For The Home

If you are looking for affordable lighting for your home, don’t think that you have to compromise on either style or quality. Light fittings that work beautifully with your furnishings don’t have to cost the earth.

Whether you are a first time buyer, redecorating your home on a budget or simply love a bargain, we will show you how affordable light fittings can enhance your décor.

Chic Economy

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First Impressions Count

It’s easy to spend hours thinking about your interior design but don’t forget the importance of first impressions. The lighting at the entrance to your home needs to be functional but reflect your own personal style. The Coach Wall Up Lantern is an elegant fitting and when teamed with outdoor planters in terracotta or cobalt blue will create a stylish look that doesn’t cost the earth.

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The Power Of The Lamp

Style and creative flair are the secret ingredients for pulling together a smart home interior; it’s not all about the money. Textured rugs and scatter cushions in vibrant tones can add to the look. Don’t forget about lamps when you are searching for affordable lighting as they create layering of light in a room. Take the classically designed Blenheim Floor Lamp – Antique Brass for example. It has understated style and will be perfect positioned next to a comfy armchair on seagrass or solid oak flooring.

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A simple yet striking table lamp can also bring a new dimension to a tired room. Take a look at the Oporto Table Lamp – Polished Chrome which will complement both a neutral or more vibrant colour palette and can be placed next to plumped up sofas covered with bright throws.

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Eye-Catching Pendants

Affordable lighting doesn’t equal bland fittings. Being bold with your colour choice can result in something spectacular and can change a soulless interior into an inspiring space. Vivid colours can be striking as seen in the Soho Pendant – Red. This distinctive fitting in hot red will work with simple white walls or set against a black backdrop for dramatic effect.

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For effortless style, why not choose a simple fitting such as the Sky Ceiling Pendant teamed with a decorative filament bulb for a strikingly simple design statement. Whichever room you are remodeling, be it the kitchen/diner or hallway, this contemporary ceiling light will be a smart addition.

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Modern Living

Clean lines and a minimalist design can be effective when restyling your home décor. Choose carefully and you can create a contemporary look at an affordable price. The Riga Up & Down Wall Light delivers on modernity and will bring a fresh look to your interior.

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Heart Of The Home

Remember that the kitchen is central to everyday life and affordable lighting combined with functionality is what’s needed for this space. An Aluminium Directional Downlight – Satin Chrome can be used in groups to illuminate your kitchen and can be directed to highlight work surfaces.

As you can see you don’t have to spend a fortune to get beautiful lighting for your home. A small budget used wisely can lead to wonderful things.

For even 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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What type of garage lighting?

There are huge benefits to finding the right garage lighting. With property and living space at a premium many of us are not using our garages for their original purpose.

There are many different reasons to install lighting in or around your garage from the basic necessity of safety when getting out of your car to security lighting to protect your vehicle. Let’s take a look at some of the options available.

On the outside

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Security Lighting

When you arrive home after dark and pull up in your driveway, a light that activates automatically outside your garage can be extremely helpful allowing you to see clearly when opening your garage doors. A bulkhead such as the Night Eye LED Bulkhead – PIR has a 7 metre and 140 degree detection range and can stay illuminated for up to ten minutes giving you ample time to park the car. The PIR sensor can act as an added deterrent against intruders.

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If you have a top of the range car that is your pride and joy parked in your garage or driveway then you may well require an even higher level of security. Check out the Guard-Cam LED Security Floodlight an all-in-one PIR floodlight, camera, speaker and DVR security system for added protection.

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Decorative Lighting

First impressions count and the garage lighting at the entrance to your property can reflect the style of your home. Decorative outdoor wall lights can be an attractive feature and if you choose one which uses the latest in energy saving LED technology, such as the Lucide LED Wall Light they won’t cost too much to run. This wall light with its smart matt black finish will bring contemporary style to your exterior space whilst providing added security outside your garage.

On the inside

DIY Workshop

Many garages aren’t used for the car at all and almost become an additional room to the home. Perhaps you enjoy spending time tinkering in the garage on DIY projects surrounded by nuts and bolts, or maybe you use your garage for storage?

Whatever its use, garage lighting needs to be bright and sharp as you are likely to have minimal or no natural daylight in this area. Today’s fluorescent lighting is flicker free and starts instantly. Take the T8 Weatherproof Fluorescent Fitting as a great example of a robust light which can be used indoors or outdoors and has a superior light output ideal for use in your garage. As the garage can be subject to moisture, remember to always choose garage lighting with an IP rating suitable for outdoor use.

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Outside Den

Turning a garage into an outside den can be a smart move if you have teenagers in the house who all crave extra space. Setting up a games room with a pool table or installing a drum kit for a budding young musician can be a big hit. For the perfect garage lighting why not try an IP44 rated contemporary spotlight bar such as the polished chrome Edit 4 Light Bar with fully adjustable spotlight heads which can be independently positioned.

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You may also choose to keep your white goods in the garage to free up space in your kitchen. Waterproof sockets such as the Outdoor 1 Gang 13 Amp Socket – IP55 are a completely safe way to supply power to a garage which could potentially have a lot of moisture in the atmosphere.

 

To get the optimum use from your garage don’t underestimate the importance of the right lighting.

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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Wall Lights Guide

Wall lights can add that perfect finishing touch to a room; whether you’re re-designing your bathroom, redecorating your kitchen or giving your living-room a quick revamp, they can completely change the look and feel of your home. You can use wall lights to illuminate dark corners or features that are usually swallowed up by shadows. ‘They can even be used as your room’s main light source.

Here at Lighting Direct, there are wall fittings for every room and occasion; from picture lights that highlight works of art to subtle recessed lighting. Whatever type of light you want we are bound to have the right one for you.

What would look good on your wall?

To flush or not to flush?

Flush wall lights can make a massive difference to the appearance of a room. The light is generally either diffused or dispersed up the wall creating a soft and comforting tone of illumination. They are generally suited to living or bedrooms but would also fit perfectly in a dining room. Flush lighting is also more discreet than other styles of fittings. They are still beautifully designed but are more about function rather than making an impact. There is also a lot of crossover with flush wall lights and uplighters.

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Define the room

Wall lights are not just for illumination they are also very much for decoration as well. You can use them to signify your chosen style in a particular room. For example the Brightwell 1 Light Wall Light will instantly endow the appropriate room with modern grandeur.

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The Zaragoza Wall Light on the other hand could sit perfectly in a 1970s cigar-club themed room. These two examples show that well chosen wall lights can play a big part in defining a room’s character.

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Spot or hide

Spot lighting is perfect for open plan areas and spacious kitchens. Ideal for highlighting features or perhaps even hiding the areas you don’t like. Why not show off that new range cooker with our Comet 5 light plate? Spot lighting is always a wonderfully crisp and clear source of light. However when wall mounted it is easier to redirect them if you want to quickly change the ambiance of the room. To create a soft and romantic mood you could simply twist the heads so the light is cast up the wall for the perfect uplighter effect.

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look into the light

Mirror wall lights are a beautiful marriage of modern style and functionality. Not only are they indispensable when it comes to male or female personal grooming but they are also a great way to add a really contemporary feel to your bathroom. The Zodiac Mirror Light, complete with shaver socket, is such an attractive fitting you won’t be able to stop looking in the mirror.

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Ready for a change

With ceramic wall lights you can buy them plain and in the case of the unglazed models paint them to match your furnishings or use a signature colour to make them into a feature of their own. This is very useful if you are re-designing and want the wall lights to match the decor but haven’t chosen a colour scheme yet. Simply install and paint them later once you’ve picked your colours! The Amalfi Ceramic Wall Light is the perfect example for this type of light. It has a beautiful three tiered curved body that is ready to paint.

 

So don’t feel like you have your back against the wall when it comes to choosing the right lights for your home. Take a longer look at our range of Wall Lights and add the finishing touches to your home.

Looking for more lighting 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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How to find the perfect bedside lamps?

The right bedside lamps can really help to create a comforting and relaxing atmosphere. Subtle lighting is a key factor when it comes to bedroom ambience and the perfect bedside lamps can make all the difference. Here are some things to consider when choosing bedside lighting.

What to consider?

Room Size

A bedside lamp must be in keeping with your room’s dimensions; a small lamp will look lost in a large room and a larger lamp will overpower a more compact space. The same is true when looking at the size of your actual bedside table.

The look

The style of lamp you choose will need to complement its surroundings. Consider the textures and materials of your bedroom furnishings before making your choice.

Ambience

Ambience is paramount when selecting a bedside lamp. Choose a warm white light source for a cosy atmosphere or a cooler white light for task/reading lighting.

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Let’s take a look at some of the options available to you here at Lighting Direct

Lamps

A stylish pair of lamps will frame the bed and bring together the whole décor of the room. Take a look at the Colliers Touch Lamps set of 2. These contemporary bedside lamps have 3-stage light level touch control giving you convenient modern functionality.

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For a more traditional style, the Gloucester Touch Lamps are a strong contender. These bedside lamps in an antique brass finish have alabaster glass shades and also come in a set of 2.

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Reading lights

Often we take ourselves off to bed early to enjoy a good book and this is when we need a good quality reading light. The Fuse LED Reading Light – Polished Chrome ticks all the boxes for flexible modern bedroom lighting. This compact fitting provides precision directional lighting.

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If you want flexible lighting for your bedtime read then consider the Vail LED Reading Light – Chrome. With its adjustable slim-line neck you can angle the light perfectly no matter what position you are reading in.

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If you can’t decide between a table lamp or reading light then the Arosa Reading Light – Polished Chrome combines both. Either part of this fitting can be independently lit giving you a multi-functional light source for your bedroom.

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Wall lights

For a combination of classic style and flexibility take a look at the Halva Swing Arm Wall Light. Simply adjust the arm to angle the light according to your needs.

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Spotlighting is a simple yet effective option for bedside lighting. For a modern take on the spotlight see the Loft Single Spotlight in satin chrome. Its fully adjustable head makes it perfect for reading under or simply for flexible accent lighting.

Bedside lamps are a great way to add extra character and distinction to your home. At Lighting Direct we aim to stock only the most elegant and charming light fittings.

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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Ceiling Lights – 10 Essential Buying Tips

Updating your ceiling lights used to consist of simply buying new lampshades that match the new décor and that was that. Now we have an enormous choice of ceiling lights in various styles and designs. We have come to appreciate the benefits of choosing the right lighting for a particular room. A light fitting can either make or break the overall impact of the décor.

Things to consider

When buying ceiling lights there are a number of aspects you should consider, but the most basic rule to remember is: Don’t fall into the trap of buying a ceiling light fitting you like and then trying to work out which room it might suit. Do it the other way round. First look at the room and then look for ceiling lights that will enhance it.

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Size of room

First you need to consider the width. Long, narrow rooms are awkward to light effectively. Instead of a centrally mounted pendant ceiling light you may want to go for track lighting. Several spotlights are mounted on a track to provide a more versatile distribution of light. A fine example of this is the Robus Acorn 3 Light and Track Kit. This one is particularly well suited to a kitchen or dining area. You can add additional track and spotlights of up to thirty metres.

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Height is crucial

Pendant lights and chandeliers work great with higher ceilings but if you have low ceilings, as in many modern homes, flush and semi-flush fittings may be better. The example here is the Luther 4 Light Semi-Flush ceiling light with crystal glass shades and a polished chrome finish. It’s a truly elegant addition to any living or dining room.

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The easy way to update

For a quick and easy way to revamp your home lighting décor you can’t beat simply replacing the shades on your existing ceiling lights. There’s nothing wrong with going for the lazy option as long as you get the style just right, for example the Funk 27 transparent shade will instantly give a room a modern and stylish feel.

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Keep it simple and you won’t go far wrong

At Lighting Direct we have lots of products that make a bold statement on their own. However if you are not 100% sure about what works stylistically in a particular room there is nothing wrong with playing it safe with a simple neutral ceiling light. Have a look at the Dar Zaragoza 3 Light Cream Pendant for example.

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Lighting for wet rooms

In the Bathroom you need to consider IP rating as well as size and style. If you are not familiar with IP ratings, consult Lighting Direct’s excellent “Guide to IP Ratings” and all will become clear. Briefly the IP rating measures how well the fitting is protected against ingress of dust and water. As an example, if you take a look at the Mantra Semi-Flush Fitting, you’ll see that it is IP44 Rated, which means it is suitable for the bathroom.

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Childproof

In rooms predominantly used by children you’ll want everything to be child friendly. Lighting Direct has a range of fittings specifically designed for children. The Speedy Flush for example delicately diffuses the light for a soft illumination perfect for the little ones who want to fall asleep with the lights on.

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The amount of illumination

You should also consider how much light you want and/or need for a particular room. Larger rooms, obviously, need larger fittings to light them appropriately. The Minster 6 Light Dual Mount in Ivory/Gold is an elegant fitting perfect for a larger room. Alternatively you may want to use a number of smaller fittings. It all depends on the lighting style you are trying to achieve.

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Efficiency is key

LED or dedicated low energy fittings are well worth considering for their long life and cost efficiency. The Kasko LED Ceiling Fitting gives you all the benefits of LED lighting. You will generally have to pay a little bit more for the initial layout for LED fittings but don’t let that put you off as the return will be well worth it.

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To co-ordinate or not?

Ceiling lights that are part of a co-ordinated range can be really helpful to develop a complementary décor throughout your home. Take the Kennedy 3 Light Semi-Flush Fitting in Antique Brass for example. It is part of a range that encompasses a selection of wall lights, table lights and floor lights as well as ceiling lights.

Is it you?

Your ceiling lights, along with your general décor, should reflect your tastes and personality. Lighting Direct offers fittings in a whole range of different styles from traditional and retro right through to the most contemporary designs. Browse them all to find the style that best reflects who you are.

It is a good idea to keep these ten tips in mind whenever you are looking for ceiling lights. They should help you make the right choices. If you are still not sure about anything, Lighting Direct’s experts are here to help, you only need to get in touch.

Now you know what to bear in mind when looking for ceiling lights, why not take a look at our full range of ceiling 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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Light bulb types

There are various light bulb types available on the market today. Advances in technology coupled with changes in legislation make the choice of light bulb increasingly complex. From incandescent to LEDs we will guide you through the pros and cons of each, so that you can make an informed choice.

The pros and cons of each type of light bulb

Incandescent

Let’s start with the incandescent bulb. It is one of the most commonly used in the home today and thanks to its soft warm light it has always been a popular choice. The incandescent bulb produces light with a filament wire heated by an electrical current until it glows. It is available in a range of wattages, bulb shapes, sizes and cap styles.

This light bulb type is the least energy efficient, and the majority of the power it consumes is emitted as heat (80 – 90%). Although relatively cheap to buy, it has a shorter lifespan than the alternatives averaging between 750 to 2500 hours.

Halogen

The Halogen light bulb type is similar to incandescent as it also uses a tungsten filament. However halogen gas is used as opposed to argon gas in the standard incandescent, which allows the filament to last a lot longer making it more cost effective.

Light bulb types halogenHalogen bulbs produce an attractive bright white light and use 30% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb to deliver the same light output. They also provide excellent colour rendition, meaning they bring out the best in the colours on display.

The strong bright light they emit is perfect for reading under. They are also particularly well suited to floodlighting outside the home.
Although the Halogen bulb costs slightly more than the incandescent bulb it has a longer lifespan. Halogen also gets far hotter than the incandescent, and therefore only suited to light fittings that can withstand higher temperatures.

It’s worth considering energy saving halogen bulbs as they use 30% less electricity than a standard halogen.

Fluorescent Bulbs

If we mention the word ‘fluorescent lighting’, you may think of a stark white light which would be most unattractive in the home. However, today, compact fluorescents (CFLs) are available in a variety of colours including warm whites which are suited to comforting home lighting.

Light bulb types fluorescentFluorescent bulbs are increasing in popularity as we strive to use more energy efficient lighting in our homes. CFLs and fluorescent tubes are around 75% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and only emit approximately 30% of their energy as heat.

CFLs use a different type of technology to incandescent bulbs. A gas inside the glass tube is charged up and in turn glows. Previous disadvantages of the CFL were its inability to light up instantly and occasional flickering, but these issues have now been resolved. The CFL produces far less heat than its halogen equivalent.

LED bulbs

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) consist of small capsules in which tiny chips are placed on heat-conducting material. This means they do not get hot and therefore do not burn out giving them a distinct advantage over conventional lighting. Energy savings of up to 80% can be made by installing LEDs in the home, and with a lifespan of up to 50 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb they will rarely need replacing.

Light bulb types LEDLED lighting is very durable and shock resistant. It’s able to withstand tough conditions making it ideal for outdoor lighting. It is also free of toxic chemicals.

The main disadvantage of LED lighting is the initial outlay cost, but you will quickly see a return on your investment due to the energy efficiency and lifespan (up to 50,000 hours) of this light bulb type.

Energy Saving Options

As well as energy efficient bulbs such as Compact Fluorescents and LEDs there are standard energy-saving bulbs. They were created as a direct replacement for the incandescent bulb and use both IRC (infrared coating) and xenon gas to save energy.

Therefore less heat is lost and the energy consumed is used to create the light. They produce a warm light which is similar to a standard incandescent bulb.

Why not take a look at our full range of Light bulb types.

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Buyers Guides

Kitchen island lighting – how to get the best look

The benefits of a kitchen island are many. They give you extra space to cook, and they’re a place to relax with the family. They provide a focal point in any home, but if you really want to enjoy your new surface, good lighting is vital. Please read on for some expert kitchen island lighting tip, or click here to jump straight to the kitchen fittings.

Evaluating your lighting needs

One thing you can rely on in the UK is that the sun will often desert you, so don’t allow for natural light when thinking of kitchen island lighting. Look at your kitchen after dark to identify its weak points and needs.

More than any other room in the home, the tasks you carry out in a kitchen are hazardous. So lighting needs to be bright, and it needs to be brighter the older we get.

Even if you already have lighting in your kitchen, you’ll want to make sure your kitchen island is well lit. Perhaps you’re opting for a complete revamp? The ideas that follow cater for all needs…

Dimming

One thing that will give you a head-start over the British weather is dimmable control. With dimmer switches you can dictate light levels and make changes according to daylight intensity. Dimming can also create mood, whether for a romantic meal or family events.

Kitchen island lights: what to consider

Think about the size and shape of your kitchen island, and choose light fittings that are proportional to its dimensions. As we’re about to learn, you can choose one type of lighting for your island, or you can mix and match to create a more unique effect.

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Downlights

Recessed downlights are a modern solution often positioned in the ceiling around a kitchen island rather than directly overhead. This avoids any harsh, direct reflections on metal or stone surfaces.

The Fireguard LED6 Dimmable Spotlight is a fine choice of kitchen downlight, not least because it is fire-rated. This allows vital escape time for upstairs occupants during a fire. The Fireguard has an IP65 rating, too, so it is well-sealed against water and steam.

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One benefit of downlights is that they are low-key and don’t need to be fitted right above your kitchen island, so they allow a more decorative light to be installed as well.

Set into the ceiling, the Trimless Fire-Rated Dimmable Downlight is ideal as an ‘invisible’ light source that will not compete for attention with decorative fittings. They’re also a great choice on their own if you’re going for a minimalist look.

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Spotlights

Easier to install than downlights, spotlights can provide overall lighting or accent lighting. They’re versatile too. Available in many types of fitting, you should have no trouble finding a spotlighting solution that suits the size of your kitchen island.

The beautiful Hyssa 3-Light Plate in glossy white finish makes a fine choice of light over a square-shaped kitchen island. Each of its three light heads is adjustable, so you can direct light exactly where you need it.

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Suitable for a longer kitchen island, the Davida 4-Light Spotlight Bar can be installed over the centre or edges of your island. The latter is especially useful with shiny work surfaces, as the extra angle helps avoid light bouncing straight into your eyes. This fitting comes with four 5W LED spotlights, for years of reliable service.

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Pendants

Pendants are a popular choice of decorative light for kitchen islands. You should allow a space of 30-36 inches above work surfaces when installing, depending on the height of family members. Install two or three pendants together if space permits, or more if the fittings are compact.

For traditional appeal, the Polka Rise and Fall Pendant will look great above a kitchen island. Inspired by mid-19th century French lights, its counterweight design allows easy height adjustment as required.

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A striking light for your kitchen island is the handcrafted Station 3-Light bar Pendant from century-old British company, David Hunt Lighting. This fitting is ideal for longer islands and a showpiece for any kitchen. Single and twin-light versions are also available.

 

A warm or cool island

Something to ponder when lighting your kitchen island is whether to use warm or cool white lights. They have different purposes:

  • Use cool white lights of 4000K-6500K to stimulate alertness and energy, and to reduce eyestrain in task lighting. Such lighting is popular in kitchens.
  • Warm white lights of around 2700K-3200K are widely used for creating a relaxing ambience.

Bear in mind that you’re not limited to one colour temperature. For example, you could install cool white downlights for task lighting and warm pendants for ambience on different switches.
If you’re marooned on an island with the perfect lighting, cooking will never be dull again.

Why not take a look at our full range of Kitchen 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.