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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 Oleana  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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Bathroom Lights – relax and pamper

Getting the right lighting for your bathroom is vitally important because this room is used for so many purposes. First thing in the morning, you may need bright lights above the wash basin to help you shave, whereas when you come home from work you may want to relax in the bath with a good book and a glass of wine.

We’ve got all sorts of bathroom lighting available to help turn your bathroom into a place where you can get ready for work, spruce yourself up for a big night out or have an evening in pampering yourself.

Relax

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The main source of light

When it comes to the main source of lighting it really depends on how you want your bathroom to feel and what will suit the décor. For example recessed downlights will provide crisp pinpointed illumination which will help to cultivate a clean and modern image. However for a really relaxing feel a flush fitting with a large diffuser is the perfect way to bathe yourself in soft and comforting illumination. You can achieve this effect with the Carina 28 Watt Polished Chrome Flush Fitting. This type of lighting is great for when you are unwinding in a long hot bath.

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Wall lights

Wall lights are a wonderful way to add relaxing mood lighting to your bathroom. Wall lighting is generally softer and less oppressive than ceiling illumination. It also offers a greater tonal quality and the abundance of shadowing creates an elegant ambiance. The Togo Wall Light is the perfect fitting for creating the feel of a glamorously styled room. A simple and effective way to give your bathroom charm and make relaxing a decedent pleasure.

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Pamper

Mirror Lights

There is nothing wrong with wanting to look your best be it for work or going out on the town. There is also nothing wrong with enjoying the pampering process and taking that extra time to make yourself look immaculate. Mirror lighting removes all the shadowing and gives you a clear and even illumination for perfect pampering. The Eternity Mirror Light is not only exactly what you need from a practical point of view but the fitting itself will also give your bathroom an extra touch of contemporary style.

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Shaver Lights

Whether you’re going for a clean-shaven look or you’re just tidying up your designer stubble, shaving your face requires bright, shadow-free light, so you don’t accidentally miss a bit or nick your face. The Eterna Horizon Shaver Light has classic style and a built in socket so you can charge your electric shaver or toothbrush. The socket and the light work independently so you can leave things charging over night.

 

IP Ratings

IP stands for Ingress Protection. Each rating has a number after it, which indicates the light’s level of protection, and where it can be situated within the bathroom. It’s important to know about Ingress Protection before buying any bathroom lights. We go into more detail on IP Ratings in our Bathroom light safety feature.

Looking for more inspiration? Take a look in our Lighting Ideas Section.

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Lights for your Dream Kitchen

The right lighting will play a big part in helping you to realise your vision of your dream kitchen. In order to find the perfect lighting you need to consider the specifics of your ideal kitchen. Do you love to cook and require the perfect conditions to create your culinary masterpieces?

Perhaps you dream of a kitchen that is the heart of your home where family and friends can socialise. Once you’ve established your personal requirements you can begin the process of finding kitchen lighting that will help you to achieve your vision.

Finding the right lighting

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Practical lighting

If you are an enthusiastic amateur chef then you’re going to need extra task lighting to aid food preparation. As I’m sure you know, it’s far too easy to make a mistake or cut a finger when working in shadow. The Set of Four Surface Mounted LED Downlights are easy to install and as well as adding practical task lighting right where you need it they also add charming accent lighting when the main lights are off. They are LED lights so produce little or no heat, just the job for the hot working environment of the kitchen.

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However if you need something that can fit into a much narrower space you may want to consider LED Strip Lights. These are again perfect for under cabinet task lighting.

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Adaptable Kitchen Lighting

The kitchen is probably the most versatile room in the house that serves a number of different functions such as cooking, eating, socialising, playing with the kids etc. If your kitchen is abuzz with many different activities during the day then adaptable lighting may be just what you need. The Polka Rise and Fall Pendant Fitting in Antique Brass can be adjusted to suit any situation. Leave it up high for a broad distribution of light or lower it down to create a cosy ambience in the evening, perfect for entertaining or romantic dinners.

If antique brass isn’t your thing don’t fear as it’s also available in cream and antique nickel, which makes it easy for you to find the right one for you and your home.

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Gorgeous Kitchen Lighting

Let’s put function and practicalities aside for a moment and concentrate solely on the appearance of your kitchen. To find the right lighting for your dream kitchen you need to consider, what is the overall theme or style you are trying to achieve? For example the Lucide Cream Pendant has bags of classic character with an old-fashioned elegance and charm. It should work well with most retro or vintage styles of décor.

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For a subtler look, how about the Café flush fitting light. This elegant kitchen light is ideal if you have a smaller space, or simply if you want to create a warm atmosphere with fittings that are flush to the ceiling.

These are just a sample of the kitchen lights available here at Lighting Direct. In this modern world it’s important to have your piece of space and serenity. Your kitchen should be the warm and glowing heart of your home. So switch on and take a look through our Kitchen Lighting range and wait for that lightbulb moment!

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Top 10 kitchen lights

The kitchen/diner is often the focal point for family life and the key to a well-presented kitchen is effective lighting. Kitchen lights need to reflect and complement the range of activities that take place there – food preparation, cooking, socialising and dining.

A properly lit kitchen will help to differentiate the various areas within the space. Try using more than one light source, combine different fittings to create task, ambient and decorative lighting.

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TEN OF THE BEST

Fireguard LED6 Spotlight

This smart contemporary spotlight will work well in a modern setting. Its 38 degree beam angle will create focused task lighting, perfect for illuminating the food preparation areas. Using advanced energy efficient LED technology it is a very cost effective way to light this space.

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Station Lamp – Baby – Copper

If you want a traditionally styled ceiling light for your kitchen with a retro twist then you must take a look at this bespoke Station Lamp from British designers David Hunt Lighting. This beautiful hand finished baby pendant light has a sleek copper finish.

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Kasko LED Ceiling Fitting

This pendant light combines clear glass with satin chrome to create a striking piece of contemporary lighting for your kitchen/diner. The long lasting energy efficient Kasko is height adjustable at the point of installation. This eye-catching fitting will be perfect for your decorative lighting.

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Sunbeam Wire Light System

For a contemporary take on the traditional spotlight, why not consider this unique lighting system. Housing 5 fully adjustable spotlights you can choose where to direct the light for maximum effect. It can either be wall or ceiling mounted according to your preference and is a strong choice if you have uneven ceilings.

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Tukon 4 Light Bar

If you are looking for an ultra-modern and streamlined spotlight bar then the Tukon fitting is the answer. Constructed from stainless steel with a matt nickel finish it will be a smart addition to your kitchen lighting scheme. Each of the 4 spotlights is individually adjustable for directional lighting.

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Dynamo Triple Pendant – Antique Chrome

Smart decorative lighting will enhance your kitchen space and this retro pendant light will work well positioned over a work surface or a dining area. For a different design effect why not choose a decorative filament bulb to complement the fitting.

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Fisherman Large Pendant – Satin Silver

Taking its design influence from the traditional ‘Fisherman’ style pendant, this sleek kitchen light will be an attractive feature positioned over your table or work surface adding layers of light to your room.

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Polka Rise and Fall Pendant – Antique Brass

Inspired by the French designs of the mid 1900s where the Rise and Fall System was used to illuminate kitchens, cafes and bistros, this antique brass pendant light can be lowered or raised as and when required. It is ideal for creating a warm ambience in the dining area where your family gathers to eat.

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American Diner Pendant

If you favour a traditional style then this unique designer pendant light made to reflect an American style will appeal. Finished in antique brass with a striking corrugated glass shade makes it an elegant feature for a kitchen/diner.

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Dome Spun Pendant – Standard

If a simple minimalist style is the look you want to achieve for your kitchen light then this sleek pendant fitting in a polished aluminium finish is a good choice.

Looking for more inspiration and guidance? Go to 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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Ceiling lights – room size matters

Of all the things that can really tie a room together – comfy sofas, great paintings, or even that perfect rug – perhaps the most important is the ceiling light. Not only is it likely to be a centrepiece in its own right, but the type of fitting you choose will dictate the ambiance of the room.

It’s not always easy to find the perfect ceiling light for a particular room. However it is definitely a good idea to let the size of the room be a guide to which type of fitting you choose.

Height matters

The best choice of lighting generally depends on the size of the room – especially the height of the ceiling – and shape, and what you hope to achieve in terms of décor. Do you want your lighting to be literally just that – appearing almost from nowhere for a minimalist design? Or do you want the fitting itself to be a bold and striking part of the décor? The perfect fitting can be an amazing talking point, but so can a badly chosen fitting (just ask a tall guest who has hit their head on a badly placed pendant light for the tenth time).

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If you do live somewhere with low ceilings, and wall-mounted lights don’t entirely fit your lighting needs – living in a large open plan basement flat, for example – flush-fitting ceiling lights are ideal for casting the maximum amount of light into the room, without getting in the way. It used to be the case that you couldn’t use higher wattage bulbs in flush fittings due to the heat given off. However cooler modern energy saving bulbs mean that you can have exactly the brightness you desire.

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Direct your lighting

If you want more directional lighting, but like the idea of keeping it flush to the ceiling, spotlights may be the ideal solution. Spotlights are wonderful for creating interesting lighting effects, and also for focused lighting in specific areas. This makes them perfect for illuminating kitchen worktops or the home office. They are also great for lighting up your favourite pictures and ornaments.

For a medium sized room you may want a light fitting that makes more of a statement, but without getting in the way. In this case, a Semi-flush fitting may be just what you’re looking for. Semi-flush fittings have only a small amount of drop to allow them to remain relatively close to the ceiling. You will find these fitting included in our flush light range. Some semi-flush lights have individual fixtures that can be directed where you want, giving you the versatility of a spotlight.

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Pendant pleasure

If space is no object there are many pendant lights to choose from, to suit every type of décor, from traditional to modern, colourful to minimalist. Ideal for rooms with medium to high ceilings, pendant lights allow you to create a more intimate feeling, even in larger rooms. This style of lighting is perfect for defining a relaxed and homely environment by deploying both light and shadow.

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Thinking big

Finally, if you have a more traditional room and you want to make a bold statement, you may be looking for a chandelier or two. A chandelier creates an instant dramatic effect, even when not switched on. They also work well with larger items of furniture, such as big dining tables, to make a room feel balanced. If you are lucky enough to have large rooms with high ceilings in your home then why not fill them out and show them off with a magnificent and inspiring chandelier.

Why not take a look at our full range of Ceiling Lights.

Looking for more inspiration and guidance? Go to 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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Wall lights: maximise your interior space

Wall lights are becoming increasingly important in home décor as more and more people are giving greater consideration to how they use lighting. Wall lights, spot lights, flush lights and uplighters can all introduce different tones and colours, as well as different levels of brightness into a room, creating atmosphere and character.

Making the most of your lights

You need to consider both style and functionality when it comes to getting the best from your wall lights. Accent lighting, for example, from a spotlight or picture light can be used to display paintings or show off objects of interest. Remember the lighting needs to work perfectly with the furnishings.

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Wall brackets

Single bracket wall lights are a good place to start to explore the options available and the effects they can create. The Rectory Single Wall Light for instance can be used in conjunction with a ceiling fitting or on its own for a soft tonal lighting effect.

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Double wall brackets will, of course, offer greater illumination. The Lily Twin Wall Light is a sleek and elegant fitting with a floral quality to its design.

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If you want something more striking and dominant then the Luther Twin Wall Light could be the one for you with its satin chrome finish and crystal style glass shades this is a profoundly eye-catching piece of lighting.

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Spotlights

Spotlights are the simplest way of drawing the eye to an object or feature directly with the full intensity of directional light. With imagination and clever placement though they can also be used to reflect light in many interesting ways. If you want to get creative with your lighting you can bounce it off objects, walls, ceilings or even mirrors. The Davida is a great example of a single spotlight fitting that is perfect for highlighting your spaces’ notable features.

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Uplighters

Uplighters are another great source of ambient lighting that can provide both light and shade, the kind of contrast that gives depth and character to a room. Uplighters can be floor lights or wall lights, like our range of Otis Ceramic Wall Lights.

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If you’re on more of a budget you can still achieve some dramatic effects with our extremely popular and great value Polo Wall Light. These can be painted to fit in with your overall decor while still providing warm, rich ambient light.

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Flush lighting

Flush lighting offers the same effect as an uplighter with the added bonus of providing downward light too. The Hove range like the Polo is made of ceramic so can be painted to slip unobtrusively into your overall décor.

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The Swirl Flush Wall Light is again subtle with an understated charm. It produces soft homely diffused light perfect for creating a relaxing living space.

The wall lights mentioned above are just a few ‘well chosen examples’ taken from our extensive range. Feel free to take a look at our full range of wall lights and browse at your leisure.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for more inspiration try our Lighting Ideas section.

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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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Top 10 dining room lights

This quick rundown of the top 10 dining room lights will take you through some of our most interesting and dynamic fittings. Each one is suited to a variety of different dining environments. Finding the right dining room lighting is essential for creating the right ambiance to enjoy food with friends and family.

Ten of the best

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Axton Wall Light

The Axton Wall Light, available in large or small, has a matt ceramic white finish and provides an attractive up and down light for a dual wall-washing effect. It will create a homely and inviting ambience in your dining room.

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Preston Easy Fit Pendant Shade

Available in black or white high gloss finishes, the stylish Preston Easy Fit Pendant Shade will suit a minimalist style. This modern-looking ceramic lamp shade is intended for use with a 60W max bulb. The included reducer makes it compatible with either a 29mm or 42mm lamp holder.

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Dillon Smoked Glass Table Lamp

Ideal as complementary lighting, this tall and elegant Dillon Glass Table Lamp is available in a variety of matching coloured glass stems and shades. This lamp is a quick and easy way to add elegant and homely character to your dining room.

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Harmony Wall Light

The geometrically designed triple-tiered Harmony Wall Light is an ideal choice for any contemporary setting. What’s more it uses low-energy bulbs (included) so it’s easier on the household energy bills! Robustly constructed from metal it emits a relaxing and comforting light.

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Polka Rise and Fall Pendant Fitting

A little bit of French chic can be yours with the Polka Rise and Fall Pendant Fitting. With a design dating right back to early 20th Century France the simple but ingenious rise and fall system allows you to easily adjust the height of the light to suit your needs. For more Rise and Fall Pendants click here.

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Wheel 3 Light Fitting

This fitting is perfect for the dinner table with its bright and soft illumination. The simple and elegant Wheel 3 Light Fitting is good-looking too with its taupe ribbon-wrapped shade, opal glass diffuser, and polished chrome fixings.

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Phantom 7 Light Fitting

Curvaceous, elegant and contemporary in appearance, the Phantom 7 Light Fitting is an ideal centre-piece for many different types of dining room. The shades soften and diffuse the light creating a relaxing dining environment.

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Station Lamp 2 Light Pendant

This fitting is reminiscent of old style railway platform lighting. The David Hunt Station Lamp 2-Light Pendant is lovingly made in the Costwolds. These lights look great in any traditional dining room or living room setting.

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Sassari Semi Flush

For a spectacular light that doesn’t take up too much space, consider the beautiful Sassari Semi Flush. Five candle bulbs provide the illumination, which reflect, diffract, and sparkle amid the glass design. This amazing light drops just 60cm from the ceiling, inclusive of its own height, making it perfect for lower ceilings.

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Dynamo Triple Pendant

If you are looking for something that will add strength and dynamic character to your dining room them the incredible Dynamo Triple Pendant should do the job nicely. This is a versatile fitting that will work well with a number of different styles. However it does make a bold impression so it needs to be well suited to its surroundings.

Looking for more inspiration? Try our Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

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

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Floor Lamps – style and function

Floor lamps are a simple and effective way to add distinction to a room. There are floor lamps to suit all types of décor, from traditional lamps that match a warm and cosy feel, to others that work well with innovative and modern interiors.

However, floor lamps do much more than just give a room an aesthetic edge. They also brighten up dark corners and create a cosy ambiance.

There are various types of floor lamps

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Standard floor lamps

If you’re trying to create a warm and welcoming feel in your front room, a standard floor light is an excellent choice. We are all familiar with the well loved classic standing lamp look, a great example of this is the Blenheim Floor Lamp featuring an antique brass finish.

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However there are alternatives to the traditional design, for example the Kennedy 3 Light Floor Lamp is a beautifully contemporary piece. It challenges the established idea of what a floor lamp should look like.

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Alternatively if you love the classic look and style of a standing lamp but want it with a modern twist then the Balance Copper Floor Lamp may be right up your street. This versatile lamp will work well with many different décors.

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Overhanging floor lights

As the name suggests these lamps overhang directing light downwards. This makes them a great choice for practical task lighting. The numerous functional applications are only overshadowed by its aesthetic presence. The Lucide Overhang Floor Light is a real statement piece and comes with an interchangeable chrome and white glass shade. It oozes cool, retro, style and creates a real focal point in any room – perfect for cool and quirky spaces.

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Uplighting floor lamps

Uplighters direct light towards the ceiling creating a soft and comforting ambient effect perfect for unwinding and relaxing but maybe not suitable as task lighting. We’ve got a large range of uplighting floor lamps, but for something with a twist, take a look at our Toronto Corner Uplighter. With its angled design, it will fit smoothly into a contemporary environment.

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Mother and child lamps

Mother and child lamps are basically two lamps for the price of one. There is the main uplighter that shines on the ceiling and also a reading light attached to the central column providing dedicated task lighting. Our Montana Uplighter Floor Light is an eye-catching piece. It has independent switches for the uplighter and the task light, making this Lamp as clever as it is good looking.

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Exterior floor lamps

On warm summer’s evenings you can enjoy the outdoors for longer, even once the sun has set, thanks to our exterior floor lamps. The Lucca Exterior Floor Lamp has a concrete base and floor spike suitable for all types of ground, including turf. The floor lamp is so iconic it shouldn’t be restricted to the inside of the home. It has so much to offer when it comes to cool garden lighting.

Take a look at our full range of Floor Lamps.

Need more inspiration? Try our Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

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

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Top 10 living room lights

It is not easy to put together a list of the top ten living room lights as there are so many beautiful and interesting pieces, suited to a variety of styles and room sizes. Whether you are curling up on the sofa with a good book, watching television or entertaining friends, the living room needs to have a warm and welcoming ambience.

It’s good to consider your room’s size, layout, style, ceiling height and the position of the furniture when choosing living room lighting.

Ten of the best

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1. The Zaragoza 3 Light Pendant

If you favour an elegant décor, then a stylish pendant light will add a touch of sophistication to the centre of your room. Take the Zaragoza 3 Light Pendant it will contrast with a neutral colour scheme or enhance a bolder palette.

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2. The Wheel 3 Light Pendant

On the other side of the colour spectrum is the Wheel 3 Light Pendant in a neutral taupe. Equally elegant and ribbon wrapped, this attractive light fitting will add interest and a hint of classic charm to your living room space.

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3. The Kennedy 3 Light Semi-Flush

Semi-flush ceiling lights are well suited to lower ceilings. The Kennedy 3 Light Semi-Flush will fit the bill if you are looking for modernity. Finished in sleek polished chrome and combined with square acid glass shades it will complement most colour schemes.

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4. The Pluto 3 Light Flush Fitting

Don’t feel you have to avoid glamorous fittings if you have a very low ceiling. Simply select a flush ceiling light such as the Pluto 3 Light Flush Fitting and add instant sparkle to your living room lighting. The combination of polished chrome and crystal glass droplets will create an impressive and welcoming ambience.

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5. The Moon 10 Pendant

Are you looking for a living room light that is a work of art in its own right? Impress your friends with the Moon 10 Pendant. Striking and contemporary, this pendant light has ‘green’ credentials and is created using recycled cardboard and then hand assembled.

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6. The Dillon Glass Table Lamp

As well as adding layers of light to your room, table lamps can also be used to make a statement. To add a splash of colour to your living room lighting take a look at the Dillon Glass Table Lamp – Purple. Bold and contemporary with eclectic style, this table lamp will certainly be an impressive feature in your room.

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7. The Yeats Pendant

Maybe your décor is more traditional in style and if that’s the case the Yeats Pendant should be a contender. Beautifully crafted in the UK by designer David Hunt Lighting it combines ridged satin glass with pewter to create a period look. You can choose the height of this pendant light to work with your room’s dimensions.

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8. The Opus Uplighter Floor lamp

A simply styled floor based uplighter can be used in the living room to provide a visual focus whilst eliminating darker corners. Take a look at the Opus Uplighter Floor lamp – Antique Brass. This understated uplighter provides discreet dimmable lighting.

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9. The Nexus 10 Pendant

As we become increasingly conscious of diminishing resources it is worth turning our attention to energy saving lighting. Advanced LED technology delivers energy efficiency for the home with no compromise on quality or style. The Nexus 10 Pendant – Brushed Steel has a fabulously cost effective integrated LED light source.

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10. The Otis Ceramic Wall Uplighter

Equally effective for illuminating darker corners in your living room is a wall mounted uplighter. The Otis Ceramic Uplighter is discreet, traditionally styled and can be painted if you choose to. It also provides subtle down lighting as well.

The living room is the heart of the home and furnishing it with good lighting is important. Take a look at our full range of Living Room Lights.

Looking for more inspiration? Try 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.