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A Guide to Home Lighting Ideas

The Lighting Company has a wealth of experience in home lighting. If you need help with home lighting or ideas for lighting your home or business the Lighting Company has loads of knowledge and expertise that they are happy to share with you.

The Lighting Company understand it can be a little daunting when you are lighting a room and even more scary when it’s a whole house. 

The first thing to know is that there are no set rules. Everyone has a different idea about what type of lights they like and the level of light that is pleasing to them. Some people like pockets of light for a homely feel and others a bright and airy feel. Whatever you prefer it’s worth building a degree of flexibility into your design so you can change the feel and ambience of the room if, and when you want to. 

Don’t be fooled into thinking that home lighting is difficult, it isn't! A few hints, tips and trade secrets will have your lighting design looking good.

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Size Is Everything.....

Consider the size of the room before doing anything. This may sound silly, but lots of people just don’t. Perhaps because we all remember the days when you just had a light bulb hanging in the middle of the room and that was that.

Some say a bare hanging bulb seemed to do the job. The bulb was probably a much brighter bulb than we have today. It may have been as much as a 150 watt bulb (now banned). Did it really do the job anyway?  We expect a little more from our lighting these days. The light fitting has become part of the decoration in the room and is not there just there to give light. Having said that, it is part of a light fitting's job description to provide light -  so what job do you want it to provide for you.? How much light is need in the room? Here is a little formula to give you a good starting point.

For example a room 4 meters by 3 meters will be 12 square meters

 4 x 3 = 12 meters square

12 x 25 = 300 watts (3000 lumens)

Don’t forget to measure your ceiling height as not all ceiling heights are the same. You don’t want to fit a light that hangs too low or a light that is so high that you need to hire scaffolding, or buy a big ladder to change a bulb. At The Lighting Company we have Lights for High Ceilings and Lights for Low Ceilings but it's worth working out the minimum and maximum height at which your light fitting can hang.

Add Table lamps to provide a little extra light.

Dare to be different!

If the ceiling is very high consider increasing the light level. A light fitting with more bulbs or extra table lamps will help. If the room is to be painted in dark colours you will also need to increase your light level as dark colours absorb light, whilst lighter colours help to reflect light.

Consider how the room will be used and what function should each light perform?

Open plan living and multi functional rooms will need special consideration.

For example, you may need different types of light for specific functions. A kitchen/diner will need brighter lights, such as spotlights, for the food preparation area. You don’t want to be chopping the veg, in a dimly lit room, ouch!On the other hand you may want to incorporate a dimmer for a more atmospheric light for that romantic dinner.  

In all lighting designs it is recommended that you have layers of light. This will also provide you with the flexibility to control your light and create a different ambience and feel in the room.

Layers of light

So what is meant by layers of light? This is simply a good general light level plus mood lights for areas of interest and task lighting for reading, homework, cleaning and cooking where a good strong light is needed.

General light - sometimes described as ambient lighting. This is typically a central light but not always. Some period properties have mainly wall lights as their general light. A general light is the light that you switch on to give you enough light to see when you are in the room.

Mood lighting - this may be table lamps, wall lights or picture lights that give added interest and highlight interesting objects or features within the room. This level of light is the most creative and allows you to put some depth, charm and personality into the room. This is the bit that is the most fun and also the bit most people worry about. It may be worth wandering around the room with a lamp and trying it in different places. Hold it in close to the wall, at lower levels, next to your favourite object and feature in the room and if you like the effect try to replicate it with either fixed wall lights or table lamps. It may be worth talking to us if you are looking for a particular lighting effect as we may have other suggestions or know of new products that could help you achieve the look you want.

Finally task lights - this is a brighter light where you need it and when you need it. The most common use of task lighting is as a reading light. This could be a floor lamp next to the arm chair, a desk light or a bedside table lamp. And don’t forget the kitchen - maybe some under cupboard lighting to give lots of light on the worktops or a good strong light above the sink or cooker, so you are not working in shadows.

It’s easy to design your lighting with just a little thought before you buy your lights... if you are a little unsure speak to The Lighting Company as we are always happy to help - we have done this lots of times before. We also have helpful FAQ pages for general lighting questions.


If you wish to buy lighting from The Lighting Company, we are happy to discuss your specific requirements. The service is free of charge and done via email or telephone. The service is for home lighting, hotels, guest houses public houses, churches, interior designers and architects.

Lighting for Kids - this is FUN Lighting. Whether it's trendy lights, practical lighting, cartoon lights for babies room, lights for the young, colourful and bright lights 4 cool kids, the list goes on.....Plenty of words to describe the types of lights for your child’s room but what is the best type of light for kids? 

A lighting scheme that will grow with the child or one to help with the bedtime routine? Many parents are unsure what type of lighting is best for their children's room. For instance a light for a babies nursery isn’t the perfect light for your trendy teenager, or is it? The Lighting Company give some clever tips to help you plan lights from birth to the teenage years. The secret is to avoid the latest film release - if you must have ‘Sponge Bob’ or ‘Pepper Pig’ perhaps buy the duvet cover, or a picture as it’s easier to change those.

The most important thing is safety. The lights must comply with current EU regulations for safety. Ensure, where possible, that your child’s lights are fitted with low energy lamps which have either fluorescent or LED bulbs. These bulbs are cooler to the touch and cheaper to run - lets face it, kids are not famous for switching their lights off! 

Babies Room....Every parent wants the very best for their new baby. Their world should be filled with colourful fun things to stimulate them. A colourful light can act much as a mobile does by attracting and entertaining the child. The Lighting Company has a super range of children’s lights to choose from. Top tip - choose a light that looks toy like for the ceiling and make it part of the bedtime routine. Saying “nighty nighty to Mr. Light” can help the very young if they know that the light also goes to sleep. Many of the children’s lights to buy from The Lighting Company have names.  ‘Ruby’ is a lovely little caterpillar light or how about ‘Drakey’ who is a fun loving little dragon. Some parents prefer to have a dim light so they can peep in and check on their baby during the night. Also some children want, or need, the security of a dim light. If this is the case fit a dimmer switch on the wall and dim the light down low when it’s time for sleep. Alternatively invest in a small dimly lit lamp. Please take great care that it isn’t positioned near the cot or bed as any trailing cables can be dangerous. 

Room to Grow.......You may prefer to have a lighting scheme that is suitable for both younger and older children. The basics of this type of lighting is getting a core scheme that is suitable for small children and will still appeal to the older child - we call it giving them ‘room to grow’. Lighting for a child’s room isn’t too difficult when you think about it. We all want a light that can be switched on as you walk into the room and this will generally be a centre light. We want a good reading light and some mood lighting for relaxing. The key is to opt for sensible ceiling lights which can either be fun coloured spotlights or a brightly coloured shade. Both of these types of light will be colourful enough for the young and can work well with the ‘Barbie' bedding’ or the boutique hotel bedroom or alternatively ‘Bob the Builder’ or Body Builder! We recommend fun and functional but not too tied to an age group. Team the ceiling light with a bedside wall light in a matching style ensuring that it is cool to the touch. If you can have a wall light that switches on and off from the fitting, it will give you the opportunity to reduce the light level if needed. It may also a good idea if this type of light can be mounted on the wall above a desk or table to be used as a study light when the child gets a little older. Any free standing table lamps should be out of reach of toddlers.

We've grouped together some lighting products suitable for different rooms, we hope this makes shopping for lighting for your lounge, kitchen and so on, a little easier. If you have a specific problem area or have a question related to lighting your home- why not email us we are happy to help.

LIGHTING A KITCHEN? Ideal Lights for Kitchens and utility. Some lovely pendants for above kitchen islands too.

LIGHTING A BATHROOM (wet room or shower room)? A selection of bathroom rated, IP44 lights sealed & safe for bathrooms.

STAIRWELL Lighting for rooms with high ceiling and long drops The Lighting Company have lots of choice we are experts at lighting high ceilings. 

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