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Why choose Low-Voltage Lighting?

One of the main benefits of installing low-voltage lighting is safety. When choosing light fittings for the home we often turn our attention to colour and style, but should we give more thought to safety?

One of the best ways of reducing the risk of injury when using electrical equipment is to reduce the voltage. With low-voltage lighting the power comes from a transformer, which converts 240V mains supply into a much lower 12V. Mains-voltage electricity can potentially deliver a fatal shock to humans, whereas low-voltage cannot.

Outside the home

Easy Installation

Low-voltage lighting for your outdoor space is quick and easy to install. Thanks to the safety benefits, cabling does not have to be buried as deep beneath the ground. The transformer connects to a cable that can distribute low-voltage electricity to several lighting devices.

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The Arigo Garden Spotlight is a great choice for dotting along your garden beds to highlight the flowers. It is also incredibly durable and because it carries an IP68 rating can be completely submerged underwater.

With no risk of electric shock you can safely install low-voltage lights yourself. Moving the cabling around is completely hazard free, so you can reposition your garden lighting whenever you want.

Safety First

When tending to your borders it will not be life-threatening if your spade damages the cabling. Low-voltage lighting is also a safe option if you have children or pets playing in the garden. If you do have an accident with a low-voltage cable it is usually much easier to fix.

Inside the home

You don’t have to compromise on style of fitting when choosing low-voltage lighting. In fact, the design can be even more creative when the voltage used is safer.

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Bathroom

The Crystal Bathroom 4 Light Plate comes with G4 low voltage capsules and an integrated transformer. Completely safe for bathroom use, this fitting gives you the best of both worlds with its glamorous design. Don’t forget, though, that mains-voltage fittings are safe for bathroom use providing they have a high enough IP rating. This indicates the level of protection against hazardous water and dust.

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Hallway

Make a statement with the Galileo 20 Light Pendant – 2 Metre Drop. Supplied complete with G4 low-voltage halogen capsules, this magnificent ceiling pendant will add the wow factor to any grand hallway.

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Kitchen

Another advantage of low-voltage spotlighting is that it often emits less heat. The Venice Directional Downlight – White is a smart and practical low-voltage fitting ideal for the kitchen.

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For an alternative look, choose the Sunbeam Wire Light System. A modern take on the traditional spotlight, this low-voltage fitting with transformer, cabling, and movable spotlights, is perfect for a stylish kitchen.

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Living Room

A crisp white light is achieved when displaying paintings with the Litho Picture Light – Antique Brass. This stylish picture light has a built-in transformer and comes with two 12V halogen capsules. Low-voltage halogen bulbs produce a noticeably crisper light than 240V equivalents. Coupled with their superb colour rendering, this makes them ideal for showing off your artwork.

It’s worth keeping low voltage fittings in mind when choosing the lighting for in and around your home. They are an excellent safety feature and as you can see from above you don’t have to compromise on style.

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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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 Vega 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 Aries 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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Top 10 traditional lights

Traditional Lighting is always popular in the field of interior design. Actually the category covers quite a broad spectrum of styles that all have traditional elements.

Our traditional fittings manage to capture the elegance of many different bygone eras. Each piece has the poise and distinction appropriate for a more traditional way of life. We have so many strikingly beautiful lights in this category that it’s almost impossible to give you the top 10 rundown, but we’re going to try anyway.

Ten of the best

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Traditional Indoor Lights

Looking first at indoors lights lets start with the Woburn 1 light fitting in antique brass , which is a traditional hanging lantern style pendant light. This beautiful fitting would not look out of place hanging at the entrance to a royal palace. It has an antiquated charm and is extremely well make to stand the test of time with dignity.

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Number two on our top ten list is the Gainsborough Picture Light in polished brass. Perfect for illuminating family pictures, portraits and paintings. It will work well in many different types of traditional settings from small country cottages to stately homes. This neat little light will complement the finest artworks.

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Next is the Garda Opal Low Energy Ceramic Uplighter. As the name implies it shines its light upwards and has a beautifully simple ceramic design with an opal glass diffuser. This fitting produces a wash of soft comforting light that will perfectly complement an elegant traditional décor. The ceramic material is unglazed so that, whilst it is stunning as it is, you can also paint it to suit your home.

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Number four in our top ten traditional lights, is a pair of Gloucester touch lights in antique brass. From their exquisite bell shaped alabaster glass shades to their beautifully crafted antique brass bases these lamps make a statement of stylish antiquity. However they conceal modern technology in the form of touch illumination.

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The last of the indoor lights on our list has incredible traditional character. Our Station Lamp Pendant in Cotswold Cream is hand crafted in the UK. It would be really well suited to a building that has been converted from an industrial premises to a domestic home. It’s easy to imagine this light hanging in a Victorian railway station.

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Traditional Outdoor Lights

Moving on number 6 the Coach PIR Lantern, again combines traditional style with modern technology. Despite its Dickensian appearance it is a contemporary security light. It’s made from polycarbonate so it is very robust and vandal resistant. A passive infra red movement detector is incorporated and it has a simple connection system, which makes installation really quick and easy. This light will add haunting charm to the entrance of your home.

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Another wolf in sheep’s clothing is the Luxembourg Wall Light in Galvanised steel with a PIR. This is a very attractive industrial looking wall light that has a naturally strong and dependable appearance. It’s a security light too, so it can be set to come on only when it detects movement. This is a reliable light that will watch over your home.

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Moving on to number eight the Swinford Porch Lantern has a beautifully simple traditional design that is reminiscent of the Victorian era. This porch light would work perfectly next to a large oak door entrance to a traditional home, perhaps slightly hidden by overhanging vines.

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Our penultimate traditional light in our top ten is the Turin Grande Post Lantern. It has the look and character of a traditional flame lamppost. However it is, of course, made to the highest standard of modern quality from die-cast aluminium, and elegantly finished in black with clear polycarbonate panes. It would be the perfect way to give a Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe feel to your garden. Can you imagine how romantic it would look in your garden covered in snow?

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Finally, number ten in our list is the Brass Swan Neck Sign Light. Made from polished solid brass this is the perfect lamp for illuminating notices or similar displays. Ideal for a church or vicarage notice board or a Bed and Breakfast establishment that is traditional in style.

Well that’s our top ten traditional lights but this is only a small sample of the fittings we have in this category. Please feel free to browse our full range of traditional lighting to find your perfect traditional piece.

Looking for more inspiration? Try our Lighting Ideas section.

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Five ‘must-have’ outdoor lights for 2014

Modern outdoor lighting just keeps getting better. Exterior lighting now ticks all the boxes for sophistication, fashion and aesthetics as well as being both practical and easy to install. Choose from our extensive range here at Lighting Direct for smart and stylish outside illumination and make your garden an extension of your indoor space.

Below are a few contenders for 2014. So take a look at our top five and find the perfect one (or two!) for your home.

Five of the best

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Lucca Exterior Floor Light – Black

This gorgeous outdoor floor lamp is a modern take on the traditional indoor floor lamp and would make a great statement in any garden. It’s IP44 rated, so is protected against splashing rain water; the concrete base and metal finish make it a hardy light, able to cope with the elements. It also comes with an alternative ground stake base for mounting in turf and is available in a variety of finishes and colours. Why not team it with a nice outdoor armchair and create a cosy corner for reading and relaxing in your garden?

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Barton Spotlight

This excellent outdoor light is a sturdy spotlight that can be used for a range of different purposes. Perfect as a hardwearing every day garden light for flowerbeds, garden features or for pond/water feature lighting thanks to its IP44 Rating, which means it’s splash proof.

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Topaz Wall Light – Black

Also available in anthracite, this contemporary wall light is stylish and understated. Its smart black metal painted finish will fit nicely with almost any kind of outdoor theme. It’s IP44 rated meaning it is protected against rainwater. This fitting comes with a 28W low energy GU10 bulb, which allows you to enjoy all the illumination a standard GU10 bulb brings at a much lower running cost.

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Sheldon Wall Light – Verdigris

This beautiful light has all the class of a traditional outdoor light, with the added bonus of modern, robust manufacturing. Its unusual and eye-catching Verdigris finish will make it a great statement in any home, but also means it’s perfect for placement in gardens near to coastal locations. It is a very robust outside light that will be able to withstand the harsh elements a seaside location can bring. The Sheldon is also available in a range of finishes and has a selection of cage accessories to suit.

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LED PIR Twin Floodlight – Black

Last but by no means least is one of our best-selling outdoor lights. It comes with a dual function sensor built-in. In default mode it offers a security conscious PIR function, which sees the light activated when movement is sensed. To add extra functionality the sensor can be manually switched to Dusk ‘til Dawn, meaning the light activates once it gets dark and switches off when the sunlight returns.

The 16W LED lights are equivalent to 200W halogen with only ten percent of the running costs, making them an excellent economical investment as well as being kinder to the environment. Each floodlight head can be individually adjusted so you can direct the light anywhere you want or need at any given time.

So there you have it – Lighting Direct’s five ‘must-have’ outdoor lights for 2014!

If these aren’t quite what you are looking for why not take a look through our full range of outdoor lights.

For more inspiration try our Lighting Ideas area.

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Security lighting – looking good, protecting your home

Many homes in the UK use security lighting as one part of their overall home protection plan. Thieves don’t want to be seen, so they generally commit their crimes at night. If nobody sees them, they can’t get caught.

Of course, the main reason to install security lights is to protect your home but they can also add a stylish touch to your property. When correctly positioned to complement the exterior design features they will add so much emphasis and character to your home.

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Protect your home and make it look great

Norfolk Wall Up Lantern – PIR

This traditionally stylish light with a black finish and hand-leaded glass panes ensures the outside of your house will look smart and inviting. It is reminiscent in style of a Victorian era wall lamp so will work well with a property with period features. This wall light has a PIR sensor, which means if anyone steps within 5M and 110° of the light, it will switch on – so energy isn’t wasted unnecessarily.

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Vejers PIR wall lamp – galvanised steel

With a slightly quirky and abstract design, this wall lamp is an attractive way of brightening up the front or back of your home. Galvanised steel and a glass dome diffuser gives the light a slightly retro look, and it’s available in stainless steel, black and white too. The PIR movement sensor kicks in as soon as anyone steps within 8M and 110° of the light.

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Tin PIR Twin Wall Light – stainless steel

If you want a security light that’s minimal, powerful and modern, look no further. The Tin PIR Twin has a slender and sleek design. Featuring a single vertical stainless steel light, with glass diffusers at either end. The Tin PIR Twin attaches to your wall, looks great and gives you peace of mind that your home is protected. The light is activated when its 8M and 110° perimeter is breached.

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Luxembourg PIR Wall Light – galvanised steel

There’s a classic style to this wall light, which hides the fact that it’s a security feature. It’s another compact option, with a vintage design and a glass diffuser that hangs down at a slight angle. Galvanised steel helps to complete its inviting and homely look. This hardwearing material also makes it ideal for coastal locations. The Luxembourg is backed up with a 15-year guarantee against corrosion.

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Horizon Bulkhead – Low Energy

Take a different approach to styling the exterior of your house, with this neo art deco circular security light. As well as having a unique shape, it’s made from polycarbonate to give it robust strength. This modern security light uses low energy bulbs, which are more efficient and last longer than standard bulbs.

Want to see more…

Why not take a look at our full range of security lights and floodlights?

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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Patio lights for hot summer garden parties

What better way to embrace summer living than to light up the bbq and invite friends, family and neighbours over to enjoy a garden party. With sunny days and long balmy evenings, there’s something magical about spilling outside for some al fresco entertaining. As the air fills with laughter and the fun begins, kick off your shoes, relax and create some happy summer memories.

The right light

However informal your gathering, it’s still worth a little bit of advance preparation to ensure the party gets into full swing. It’s likely that your fridge is well stocked with cold drinks and that the food for the occasion has been chosen but have you thought about the ambience you want to create for your outdoor party? Maybe you have already selected your music but now is the time to turn your attention to outdoor lighting and the importance it can play when setting the mood. We take a look at how the right lighting can enhance an exterior setting and give you tips on how to create the party atmosphere.

Party Lights

Ambience is paramount when hosting a party. If you get the lighting right you can create something special whether it’s in a large garden or on a roof terrace. As the sun goes down, clever lighting will help you party on into the small hours. Line lights and festoons are particularly effective if you want to give any outdoor space a summer party feel.

Take the Everbright Solar Fairy Lights – Warm White – 300 LED for example these solar powered LED lights have no running costs and there is no need to plug them in. You simply have to choose where to position them. Try weaving them around a garden parasol pole or around a gazebo to create an attractive display. As the party gets going these LED lights will help to set the scene.

Decking Lights

If you have been thinking about illuminating your decking area, then why not have a look at some of the choices available to you here at Lighting Direct. Good decking lights can bring your garden to life and create a special area for your friends and family to gather whilst enjoying good food and company. If you want to highlight the edges of your decking in a twinkly white light or soft blue hue, do consider the LED Walkover Lights.

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Spotlights

Turn the spotlight on interesting garden features to create different levels of light and add depth to your outside space. Perhaps you have an attractive tree, a water feature or some interesting brickwork on a patio area that could be highlighted? the GL7 LED Ground Spotlight would work well in these areas. It can be used to illuminate pathways or driveways too, guiding guests to the entrance to your home. This light can also be immersed in water up to 1m so can be used for water features and ponds. For our full range of garden spotlights click here.

Statement Lighting

For that special occasion in outdoor entertaining, add the ‘wow’ factor with some statement lighting. From small contemporary pieces to large illuminated cubes, the right statement lighting can be the perfect backdrop to your summer party. Take indoor lighting outside with the impressive Lucca Exterior Floor Lamp range. Contemporary in style, these striking lights come in a smart blue or green, a bold black or hot orange and look incredible as a one off piece on your patio or dotted around your garden to highlight seating areas. These metal floor lights come complete with a concrete base and ground spike so can be used on all outdoor flooring and work equally well on turf.

They say first impressions count, so why not try some statement lighting at the front of your home too. Choose contemporary or more traditionally styled outdoor lighting to work with your setting. A clever way to both illuminate your property and to display plants is with an attractive Assisi LED Planter. Position either side of your front door to welcome guests to your party or dot them along your pathway. With a crisp white light this LED planter will work particularly well on your decking or patio area to create a feature or perhaps highlight the bbq area.

Functional Lighting

Stylish lighting is a must for setting the scene for your garden party but it is important to think of functionality too. As the sun sets you want to make sure the party goers can be guided around your outdoor space safely. Illuminate pathways and side entrances by spacing Quarter Solar Stake Lights in flower beds and borders. There are also co-ordinating lanterns for this product that can be hung from trees. Alternatively why not take a look at pedestal lights for a different look and feel.

Style and Finish

From classic to contemporary, galvanised steel to die-cast aluminium, we have the style and finish of lighting for all your outdoor needs. Liven up your garden with the very latest that lighting has to offer and throw a party that’s talked about for many summers to come.

Why not take a look at our full range of Outdoor 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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Garden lights comparison

The UK is, without doubt, a land of keen gardeners. Whenever weather permits, many of us can be found ‘pottering about’ or relaxing in our gardens, and yet, come dusk, we are often willing to surrender this precious space to the will of the moon.

If you recognise this scenario, you might like to acquaint yourself with some of the many garden lights that are available nowadays, increased in number by the vast design potential of LED.

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Garden lights to consider

Spotlights

To create drama in your garden you can use ‘uplighting’ (upward lighting), with a fitting such as the Searchlight Barton Spotlight. This is a great light for highlighting trees, shrubs, and statues. The Barton is priced attractively, and takes a commonly used and easily replaceable GU10 reflector bulb.

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You can be sure that all garden lights are weatherproof, but the GL7 LED Spotlight – Warm White is ideal for positioning close to water features with a particularly impressive IP65 Ingress Protection rating. This is a dedicated LED fitting that requires no bulbs, and offers years of low-cost, maintenance-free use. To view more garden spotlights click here.

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Feature Lights

You can get creative with the Everbright Solar Fairy Lights – White – 300 LED by wrapping them around garden features such as handrails, trellises, and parasols. Their frugal use of power means they are driven purely by solar and have a built-in rechargeable battery. After your initial investment this means years of free lighting.

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Swedish decorative lighting experts, Konstsmide, make the Assisi LED Planter, which offers a ready-made means of showing off plants and lighting a path or doorway. The planters are completely rain-proof, and come with a 6-metre cable and transformer.

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Deck Lights & Ground Lights

Deck lights and ground lights are unfailingly tough, and depending on which model you choose can be walked over, driven over, jet-cleaned, rained upon, and even fitted underwater. An indicator of this is their IP (Ingress Protection) rating, which signifies its level of defense against dust and water.

 

Posts and Bollards

‘Post lights’ and ‘bollards’ are interchangeable terms used to describe the same type of light, which measure in height from about 30cm to over 1-metre. Such lights are perfect for lighting paths or driveways, making your garden safer to navigate whilst also adding visual interest. They offer the added advantage of rising above garden debris such as fallen leaves.

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The Saturn Post Light from Searchlight takes a standard screw-fit bulb, and comes with a reassuring 3-year guarantee. Its frosted polycarbonate diffuser softens light output and minimises glare, whilst also being shatterproof.

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A taller option is the Searchlight Stainless Steel Post, with the height being extra-useful when placed among tall plants or shrubbery. This light uses a diffuser to protect your eyes from the glare of the bulb whilst still allowing sideward and downward illumination.

Small & large gardens

If you have a small garden you’ll want to avoid over-lighting it. A few, well-placed lights will make the best of your space. LED lights are great for this type of purpose; they’re easy to install and often very compact, so you can dot them around unobtrusively where required. To create an illusion of space, using lights to emphasise perspective works well, e.g. placing lights along a line of vision, perhaps between trees or shrubs, with a strong light and feature placed at the furthest point.

A larger garden is a larger canvas, so you can build it up as you wish, creating areas of light and dark for increased mood, and highlighting paths for purposes of safety and intrigue. If you have big trees in your garden you can position downlights in their branches, casting a broad light across the lawn, or leisure area. Equally, you can cast light up a tree for dramatic effect.

To enjoy your garden at any hour, reclaim it from the night with these great lighting solutions!

For more garden light options take a look at our full range of outdoor lighting.

Looking for more ideas? Check out our Lighting Ideas section.

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Top 10 unusual lights – lighting that turns heads

At its most basic, lighting only has one job to do: provide illumination. But once you’ve got that part covered, why not step beyond the tried and tested and dare to be different?

From floor-standing lounge lamps you put outside to designer shades made from recycled cardboard, there’s a whole array of unusual lighting options out there. Some are clever, some are fun and some are just strange, but they’re all unique and allow you to make a statement about who you are.

So join us as we showcase 10 of the more unusual lighting products in the Lighting Direct range, from the weird to the wonderful, and everything in between.

Ten of the best

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Antler 5 Light Pendant

Multi-light pendants make for great centrepieces, but for a real attention-grabber how about the rustic charm of this Antler five-light pendant? The hand-painted resin antlers look just like the real thing, and each bespoke unit is hand-made to order here in the UK.

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Neo Pendant Fitting

Taking its design cues from the incandescent bulb itself, the Neo Pendant is a fun alternative to your standard ceiling pendant that’s ideal for stairwells and hallways. The bold combination of clear and mirrored glass is sure to draw admiring glances, while the chrome finish adds a touch of contemporary class.

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Drop 18 Pendant

Unusual lighting products are all about making a statement, and in the case of the Drop 18 Pendant that statement is an environmentally friendly one. It’s hand made from recycled corrugated cardboard yet its bold and dramatic design means it still delivers as a statement lighting centrepiece. If you’re looking for contemporary elegance with a conscience, this is the light for you. Check out the whole range.

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Aperture 48 Shade

If cardboard doesn’t quite fit the mark, how about paper? The Aperture 48 origami paper shade is about as striking as it gets, but it’s not just about looks. The clever design allows you to twist the origami shapes to adjust overall brightness, and the simple cable grip inside attaches to your existing cable for hassle-free installation.

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Urban Renewal Pendant

Pendant lights are a great way to add character to a room, and the Urban Renewal Pendant delivers this and more. This particular pendant has a well defined strong and industrial character perfect for a striking urban style. The bronze cage that houses the light bulb is what gives this piece its unusual personality. This pendant has the potential to be a dominant feature, so it needs to be installed where it is perfectly suited to the decor.

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Pineapple Table Light

A table light shaped like a pineapple? It may sound bizarre but the Pineapple Table Light manages to combine just the right levels of eccentricity and opulence to make it work. The contrast between the gold finish and the black faux silk shade is classy and sophisticated, and the ‘pineapple’ base is subtle enough to look fun rather than just odd.

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Lily Floor Lamp

If you are looking for something that will definitely grow on you (pardon the pun) then the Lily 3 Light Floor Lamp could be the type of unusual lighting for you. It looks enchanting: the stems are antique brass with clear and amber glass flower heads. Simple and inspired by nature this beautiful lamp will work perfectly with a floral/contemporary look and feel.

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Luther 3 Light Floor Lamp

Visually striking the Luther 3 Light Floor Lamp is a blend of crystal glass and polished chrome. A piece of art in its own right this floor lamp finds itself under the ‘unusual’ classification because of its unique interpretation of a standing lamp. A worthy talking piece in its own right, the Luther 3 Light Floor Lamp will add an unusual twist to any modern setting.

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Lucca Exterior Floor Light. Black

At first glance it may look like your standard interior floor lamp, but the Lucca Exterior Floor Light has a little secret: it’s actually designed to be used outside. Its concrete base and ground spike make it suited to any external location, and if the black doesn’t grab you it also comes in blue, green and orange.

So there you have it… ten unusual lights to provide you with some inspiration. If you’re still thirsty for more ideas, why not 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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Solar lights – low cost outdoor lighting

The garden is an area that’s often overlooked when it comes to lighting your property, usually due to the complexity and expense. However, there is an affordable way of bringing light to your garden, illuminating plants, trees, and garden ornaments – solar-powered lights. In this article we take a look at the best ways to brighten up your garden without having to add to your electricity bill.

Thea Solar Garden Spotlight

This powerful spotlight is proof that you don’t need electricity or buy a heap of disposable batteries to bask your garden in light. The Thea Solar Garden Spotlight comfortably lights up 15m of outdoor area, simply by using the sun’s energy. Its adjustable solar panel charges up during the day and the light automatically turns on at night, making it a great lighting option for bringing out your garden’s best features or brightening up garden treetops.

Solar PIR Utility Light

Aesthetically, lights enhance your garden, but they also have use as a security feature. The Solar PIR Utility Light detects movement and illuminates subjects between 2-6.5m away for up to 25 seconds using 15 built-in, super-bright LEDs.

This security light operates off three AAA batteries, which once fully charged lasts up to 16 hours. The Solar PIR Utility Light can also be used inside a shed, lighting up the area whenever you’re moving around inside it.

Tamara Solar Security Light

If you’re after something more subtle and discreet, the Tamara Solar Security Light is a good choice. It provides dusk till dawn lighting, powered by three solar-powered rechargeable batteries. The light affixes to the side of your house and keeps track of any outside movement within an 8m range using a 180° PIR (passive infrared detector). Once something moves within its field of detection, the subject is basked in bright light from the built-in super-bright LED. To check out more security lights click here.

Selene Solar Landscape Spotlight

These compact solar-powered spotlights pack a real punch. They have a range of up to 20m, so you can bask large areas in light, really bringing your garden to life and enabling you to enjoy pleasant evenings outside even when it’s dark.

The package includes two Selene Solar Landscape Spotlights, each featuring six powerful LEDs. Once fully charged, the lights can be used continuously for up to ten hours. Furthermore, the spotlights can be used up to five metres away from the solar panel, giving you some flexibility when it comes to lighting up different areas of your garden.

Durham Solar LED Post Light

Solar paneled lightening can give your garden, and other outside areas, that real wow-factor. The Durham Solar LED Post Light adds a slice of contemporary style to entrances, drives and pathways, while making them easier to navigate in low light.

The Durham Solar LED Post Light stands 80cm tall and is made from high-quality stainless steel that can withstand the harsh British’ winters. During the day the solar panel stores energy from the sun’s light (it doesn’t necessarily need to be sunny, just light), and then uses that energy to power its two ultra-bright LEDs during the evening for up to 10 hours.

The Durham Solar LED Post Light can be installed quickly and easily, without the help of an electrician, giving you a stylish addition to the exterior of your house.

Astron Solar PIR LED Floodlight

If you’re looking for a great security light option that powers itself then look no further than the Astron Solar PIR LED Floodlight. Boasting 64 built-in LEDs, it’s capable of delivering up to 100 activations of one minute once fully charged. The unit charges by day and is on-duty throughout the night, delivering light when needed – either to illuminate your path or to deter unwanted guests. This bracket mounted light is activated via its PIR sensor, which has a 90º beam angle.

Needless to say the solar panel is designed to work in British’ weather conditions, storing light and converting it into light to brighten up your garden as and when required through the night.

Terraluna Lit Globe

If it’s chic design you’re after, rather than raw power, you can’t go wrong with the Terraluna Lit Globe low-energy light. They come in three sizes: standard, large and extra-large, and give your garden a really modern, design-led, look.

The Terraluna Lit Globe attaches to turf using hidden ground spikes. A 20W Low Energy Screw Bulb provides the light inside the globe, while a 4m cable gives you some scope to place the globe away from the power point.

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