The Definitive Guide to Avoiding the Frequent Mistakes of Lighting

Lighting can make or break good interior designs. Bad lighting can make even the cleverest room design appear dull and lacklustre, just as good lighting can make a room come alive, like a brilliant cut diamond, sparkling to capture the interest of the beautiful setting.

So, how can you light your room to the best effect?

How to implement an effective lighting plan:

Planning the lighting needs to be a primary focus at the very start of every successful interior design. When you’re at the consideration stage of implementing an exemplary plan for lighting your home, apply the saying ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ – it’s this important.

To address this, we return to the old adage; learn from your mistakes, except we’re bending the rules for you a little bit and can teach you how you can learn from others’ mistakes before you lose time, effort and money on the wrong lights.

Below, we’ve listed the common pitfalls of lighting and how you can avoid lighting errors:

Don’t:

Don’t Eliminate Natural Light

Don’t Eliminate Natural Light

One of the most engaging effects lighting can have is the ability to change with an array of effects. None is more compelling than the change of effect from day to night, so encouraging natural daylight in a room is key. Using light materials in the window (not in rooms used for sleeping) and light reflecting mirrors is a great way to bounce natural light around the room. It helps a room feel bigger and brighter, altogether more welcoming.

Using reflective or metallic features in the room will also help to reflect the natural light further and give a chic, contemporary look to the room. However, much natural light you have by day does not mean you’re set, quite the reverse, as the sun goes down, you’ll need to replicate the level of light with artificial lights as you will be accustomed to light filled rooms. A dark evening light may prove to be too much of a contrast for light lovers.

Don’t use only one light source

Don’t use only one light source

When we think of scary scenes in films, many are filmed in shadows, or harsh interviews conducted in a room with just one bare bulb in it… Why would we want to replicate this look in our homes?

Using one light in a room leaves the corners in the shadows which cuts off a vast majority of the room, making it appear much smaller. In order for a lone light to be bright enough to light a room, it would have to be very bright, making a harsh lighting effect that is in no way relaxing.

Don’t rely on spotlights and recessed ceiling lights

Don’t rely on spotlights and recessed ceiling lights

Recessed ceiling spots have their benefits; they rose to popularity when minimalism was key. However, whilst they create a sleek design that we still enjoy in our kitchens and bathrooms, there are some major drawbacks to them.

Firstly, they can be difficult to install. As they are recessed into the ceiling, you will need to cut holes to accommodate them. You’ll also need to connect the wiring through the joists in the ceiling, which may lead to further holes that need re-plastering when you’re finished.

If you decide to move on, you can’t take them with you, so they are an expense, much the same as a bathroom or kitchen installation. Effectively, you’ll have to write off this cost when you relocate, except that they add no additional value to your home.

If you don’t make use of LED technology which generate far less heat then their more traditional forebearers, then you need to play close attention when insulating around them. Without any insulation, you’ll lose a lot of heat from your home out of your recessed spots.

For use in bathrooms, moisture has been known to enter the ceiling behind the light which can in turn cause mould issues. Incidentally where does all the mould go? You are also cutting holes in your ceiling, so do think carefully about what’s above and opt for fire rated recessed lights. These protect the integrity of fire rated ceilings. This is incredibly important where rooms above are occupied, even if this is a spare room hardly used, you’d still wish to protect occupants from fire. 

Recessed lights are safe when correctly installed but will require careful consideration. Also consider the acoustic rating of the recessed lights you choose, cutting holes in the ceiling also allows sound to travel.

Most recessed lights are not able to be angled, so unless you want the light pointing directly downwards, make sure that you can angle them.

Don’t forget to consider different layers of light

Don’t forget to consider different layers of light

Layering the lights in a room is also an important consideration. Firstly, it helps to add a flexibility and variety to the ambience that you can create, but more importantly, it creates a balance of light that means you can also select which lights that are put on to best suit the task in hand.

The first to consider is the ambient light, sometimes called general lighting. This is the most basic level of lighting that we will all automatically think about. This is the ‘centre light’, the lights that bring a wide spread of illumination which lights up the most used parts of the room. An example would be a central ceiling pendant or a pair of well positioned wall lights.

The next layer to think about is the task lighting. This is the layer of light that makes your life all together more convenient, with light on hand to help you complete favourite activities in the space, such as reading or playing board games. A good example of this would be a table lamp, or a mother and child floor lamp next to a favourite reading nook.

Next for its turn in the limelight, is accent lighting. This is where you choose objects, artwork or architectural features and highlight them with light. This is more to do with the effect you create with the light rather than the fixture itself, therefore you can use focused ceiling pendants or picture lights to achieve this layer with ease. This final layer of light is decorative, bringing ambience (often called mood lighting). It’s all about the light being art, bringing its own beauty rather than simply a function. Examples of this would be an oversized filament LED bulb, or a punched hole light that paints a pretty pattern on the walls.

Don’t Dismiss Dimmers

Don’t Dismiss Dimmers

Dimmers are a huge benefit to your lighting plan as it gives you an increased flexibility about not only which lights you turn on, but how bright they are. Living rooms are a great case in point for the dimmer, as when you’re playing with the kids, you want bright lights with good illumination to enable them to play. However, when you get your moment of peace, the last thing you need is to try and relax in harsh lighting. Being able to dim the lights means that you can keep all the layers of lights active but create a relaxing ambience at the same time.

Most wired lights are compatible with dimmer switches but pay close attention to the light bulbs you use – not all are dimmer compatible. When choosing LEDs unless they clearly state that they are dimmable, they are not. There are a number of dimmable LED bulbs on the market now, so make sure you choose one of these when you want to dim the lights.

Some more contemporary lighting designs now come with integral LEDs, and care must be taken when choosing these as many cannot be dimmable. However, we are seeing an increasing number of lights featuring an integral LED that are now dimmable, due to something called DALI. This ‘Digital Addressable Lighting Interface’ marks another technique in lighting that will see us be able to talk to lights in the future for chosen commands. For now, this features an integral LED driver which enables you to adjust the intensity of the output from the light – thus being able to dim it.

When we think of dimmers, we generally all think of wall mounted dimmer dials which control hard wired lights, but there are some other valuable additions to dimmable options.

Types of dimmer on table lamps, wall lights and floor lamps:

Don’t forget about shadows

Don’t forget about shadows

Shadows can plague a good lighting design, despite having good layers of light. Generally, the places that shadows will cause us a problem are on kitchen work-surfaces and in bathrooms. This is far from ideal as in the bathroom, as you’ll create shadows on your face. As well as the necessary ceiling light, you can try wall lights or washers either side of the mirror, or an over mirror light which will solve the problem.

In the kitchen, you’ll struggle to be able to work and prep food out of your own shadow whilst relying solely on an overhead light. Consider wall lights or under cabinet lighting for your favourite preparation and eating areas.

Don’t forget that safety is key; IP44 and Class 2 lights

Don’t forget that safety is key; IP44 and Class 2 lights

Electricity misused is a dangerous thing. We need to ensure the safety in our homes, so a couple of key points which will form one of the key considerations to your lighting designs will optimise our protection.

Ingress Protection Rating

For bathrooms, en-suites, cloakrooms and other rooms where there are prominent levels of moisture (such as utility rooms), we need to use light fittings that protect any dampness from reaching the wires.

An industry rating called ingress protection (shortened to IP) is used to detail the level of protection a light fitting offers. The IP is followed by two numbers;

  • The first number ranges from 0 – 6 and relates to solid particle protection and dust
    • The lower the number, the lower the protection so;
      • 0 is no protection
      • 6 is completely sealed against dust protection
  • The second number ranges from 0 – 8 and relates to protection against water and damp
    • The lower the number, the lower the protection, so;
      • 0 is no protection
      • 8 is suitable for immersion over 1m

For most bathrooms, we won’t require submersible lights, so unless you have water jets pointing at your lighting, we recommend that you use an IP44 rated fittings in bathrooms, wet rooms and outside lighting. There are some charts below which will show you a little more science behind the ratings but rest assured that if you have an IP44 rated light, this will be perfectly safe used in any standard light fitting locations in a bathroom, providing of course, it is installed correctly to the current electrical wiring editions by a competent electrical contractor.

Class 2 or Double Insulated Lighting

The chances are that you will not know if you require this type of light fixture unless your electrician informs you. Simplified, if you have a home which does not have an earth cable, then you will need a double insulated light. They are also referred to as Class 2, or sometimes Class II and are identified with the following symbol:

In homes built before 1970, there was no legislation which required them to have an earth cable, so a proportion of UK homes built before this date do not have one. Unless you want to go to the expense of having your home rewired, then you will need to utilise one of the many hundreds of double insulated light fitments that are available.

The double insulated light works as a barrier between the live cable making contact with the main part of the light. This prevents the light fixture becoming ‘live’ and allowing the current to potentially flow to the switch, or any other touch point on the circuit, making you the earth to bring the flow of the current back to the floor. This would give you a nasty electric shock or worse! Class 2 lights can also be used in homes with an earth cable, so if in doubt, consider one of these for the ultimate peace of mind.

Don’t use an isolated style of light

Don’t use an isolated style of light

Lights can be a fantastic way to unify an interior design but be careful that when they are to be used as a statement that does not tie in with the room. For example, choosing a light that works with the age and architecture of your home is a sure-fire win, but not when you have decided to go for an uber-contemporary look in a period home; the furnishing and lights may also need to be modern.

Tying in your lighting with the colour scheme, or the era of the design will ensure that you create a cohesive look that will stand the test of time instead of being a flash-in-the-pan statement.

Don’t Neglect light switches (and their location)

Don’t Neglect light switches (and their location)

The key to a peaceful and harmonious lifestyle is convenience. Whilst it’s good to challenge yourself physically and mentally outside of the home, when we are relaxing, the last thing we want to do is to leave our comfortable seats to put the light on.

It’s ultra-convenient if we can simply control our lighting from the comfort of our seat, or bed and there is no easier solution for this than a humble switch located on the light. There are a number of assorted styles of light switch, so make sure you use the one that’s best suited to you.

  • In-Line Rocker Switch
    • An on/off rocking style switch that’s located on a table lamp, most used on table lamps and wall lights with plugs
In-line Rocker Switched Lights
  • Rocker Switch
    • An on/off rocking style switch that’s located on the lamp itself, generally used on floor lamps
Rocker Switch
  • Toggle Switch
    • An on/off joystick style switch that’s located on the light, most often used on wall lights
Toggle Switch
  • Rotary Dimmer Switch
    • A dimmer switch that’s circular that is situated on the light itself, that allows you to select the right brightness for your needs. This is generally used on wall lights.
  • 3 Stage Touch Dimmer Switch
    • A clever staged dimmer switch which works from the touch of your hand. Most often used on table lamps, this has 3 stages of brightness that you can operate by touching anywhere on the lamp base.
  • Touch Dimmer Switch
    • A touch dimmer switch is very similar to the 3 stage touch dimmer, except it offers gradual dimming and brightening rather than just 3 settings. This is fairly recent technology teamed with LEDs and we have seen it used with table and floor lamps.
Touch Lamps | Lamps for Bedrooms and Living Rooms
  • Foot Switch
    • An on/off style switch with a big, robust push button operation, designed to be operated with a foot applying gentle pressure. These are used on floor lamps.
Foot Switch
  • Push Button Switch
    • An on/off switch that is push button operated. These are generally found on wall lights or table lamps.
Push Button Switch
  • Push Bar Switch
    • An on/off switch that is located at the base of the lampholder which slides through. This is quite old technology now, but we still see this used on traditionally styled table lamps for authenticity.
Push Bar Switch
  • Pull Cord Switch
    • An on/off switch that is operated via a pull cord on the light fitting itself. Generally seen on wall lights, you can choose whether to install the fitting with the cord or hard-wired to a main light switch, depending on whether you require it to work independently from the other lights on the circuit. This is also the main switch that you will see used on bathroom wall lights as they maintain the best protection from steam and moisture.
Pull Cord Switch

Don’t forget about lumens

Don’t forget about lumens

What are lumens? Lumens are simply a measurement of light output. Historically, we have used wattage for describing the amount of light, but wattage is actually the amount of electricity that the light is using. With halogen bulbs no longer in production, LED’s are now the choice of the moment, so a 7 watt LED bulb could actually produce the same amount of light as an old 60 watt halogen bulb.

Lumens (sometimes shortened to lm) have therefore become a more reliable source of measurement and one of the common mistakes of lighting a room is not having the right brightness for your needs. Having lights with dimmers will largely correct this, however, you will still need to have the right number of lumens to enable you to use your room to its full capacity year-round.

We have an easy to use guide to use as an approximation but would recommend that you spread this total across a number of different light fittings. It would be good to have one of them as a minimum being dimmable so that you can tweak the ambience by selecting the number of lights you use or by using the dimmable light.

Lumens Calculator

Don’t disregard energy consumption

Don’t disregard energy consumption

As we’ve said before, LEDs are the modern bulb of choice. These generally offer much brighter light levels versus the wattage used, but it’s still worth investigating as they can vary from bulb to bulb.

It’s especially important in rooms that you use most as you can save up to 90% on your electricity bill that is attributable to lighting, so taking the time to understand which rooms you have the lights on in most will pay dividends.

If you work at home, this will be the place to start, if not, the next rooms are kitchens and living rooms. Consider what lights you’d need and roughly how long for in an average week and it will become clear where you can start swapping your bulbs. Whilst LED’s are more expensive to buy, they are much cheaper to run and last much, much longer.

Have a look at our short, informative video that explains LEDs.

Don’t use a light fitting that’s too small, or too big

Don’t use a light fitting that’s too small, or too big

This is mainly about aesthetics and whilst there is a bit of science to it, a lot will be down to your personal preference and the effect you’re looking to create.

Below, we have another handy guide that will show you roughly how big a ceiling light will need to be for your size of room.

Table lamps can also vary hugely in size, so if you have a cosy bedroom, do not opt for stately table lamps as these will dwarf it and make it look much smaller. Equally, if you have a large living room, especially when teamed with high ceilings, anything but a large and impressive table lamp would look lost.

Don’t put lights at the wrong height

Don’t put lights at the wrong height

This would seem a fairly obvious one as you don’t want to bang your head on a ceiling pendant! However, this rule does affect more than one type of light fitting and we have a guide to these below.

  • For clearance over dining tables, we’d suggest a clearance height of between 60 – 90 cm
  • Wall lights and wall washers
    • In hallways and living rooms, we’d recommend siting your wall lights between 165 – 170 cm above the floor height
  • If you have a mantelpiece, wall lights look best situated around 40 – 45 cm above this
  • In bedrooms, wall lights are at their most effective when they are positioned around 50 cm higher than the top of the mattress
  • Table lamps and floor standing lamps
    • A floor lamp will average about 145 – 162 cm high
    • Table lamps are ideally suited to be at the same height when placed on a sideboard or table. That said, everyone is different, so we would recommend measuring your own specific layout and try to get the base of the table lampshade at around eye level for the optimum level.

Don’t underestimate the impact the wall colours have

Don’t underestimate the impact the wall colours have

Interior design trends can be fickle, what is the hot style of today can be outdated within weeks. By understanding the impact your interior design colours have on your lighting design, you can amend the bulbs or dimmers to better illuminate the space.

Dark colours will absorb the light, especially if they are in a matte finish. You will need to have more lumens and options in a room with these deeper tones to ensure that you have enough light when the dark nights set in.

Light colours are the opposite and you have to be careful not to create a clinical look. Choosing warm coloured bulbs and introducing warmth and texture, you can still have the pastel effect without making it appear harsh.

Our top tip is to experiment with tester pots before you dive straight in. Take the time to really look at the effect throughout the day and evenings and shine a torch to replicate the colour being in direct light. Also experiment with matte and satin finishes as this has quite an impact and may save you settling for your second favourite colour.

Don’t ignore materials used in lighting and their effects

Don’t ignore materials used in lighting and their effects

When it comes to lighting, materials matter. All available in a wide variety of styles, we’ve listed a few of the most popular materials and the effects they have when they’re lit.

Glass Lights

Glass has been a favourite material through centuries, being both a functional and decorative material. It’s therefore a look that is guaranteed to perfectly suit all eras of light. They will allow for the light to shine through and can vary in thickness and effect so you’re sure to get a glass light that perfectly suits your needs.

Transparent glass lights are great to showcase a decorative LED filament bulb, along with tinted glass for a subtle injection of colour. Opaque, frosted and acid glass prevent glare from the bulb and will offer a softer, more glowing lighting effect. Seeded glass features little bubbles within, which catch the light for a little understated sparkle.

Metal Lights

Metal is another classic material that is renowned for strength and versatility. It is strong and resilient and comes in a vast array of finishes which sees it complement all settings. This material is easy to work with, so is often seen in many different forms.

Cool metals such as nickel and chrome offer a really sophisticated sheen for contemporary interiors and the antiqued finishes, such as bronzes or silvers offer out a warmer, cosier glow.

China and Marble Lights

These materials, or excellent man-made interpretations of them, are excellent for bringing a wide spread of softly diffused light. The lightweight nature means that light can pass through for a glow whilst protecting glare from the eyes and they can take on interesting and detailed forms.

Ceramic, Cement, Terrazzo and Plaster Lights

Cement lights have become popular of late, but we have been firing clay for thousands of years, so it’s no wonder that these materials are still a sought-after choice today. They effortlessly span the eras from country estate style luxury ceramic table lamps to funky, rustic ceiling pendants that look at home in an industrial setting. Generally, the light does not come through the material, with the exception of ceramic ceiling pendants, but if you get a glazed ceramic, it will reflect the light with a lustrous sheen.

Fabric Lighting

Fabrics comes in all colours and styles, making it a versatile look for the home. It’s easy to tie ceiling lights with bedding, cushions and tablecloths, so is ideal for a systematic look in the home. The effect the light has through the fabric is softly diffused and it looks at home on a traditional chandelier as it does on a modern ceiling pendant.

Acrylic Lights

Acrylic and polycarbonate lights are fairly new to the market. A lightweight, easy to mould and precise material, this has revolutionised the way lighting designers approach lighting design. This material is favoured for creating a diffuser for integral LEDs.

Don’t forget to consider diffusers

Don’t forget to consider diffusers

We have all looked a bit too close to the sun and regretted it and our lighting can have a similar effect. It’s not the most relaxing sensation to have light burning in your eyes, so you must consider whether you need to use materials that diffuse the light yet still maintain the correct level of illumination.

There are many options for diffusing the light, whether you have a diffuser at the base of a shade or have this as part of the actual shade.

Frosted Glass

Frosted glass is distress treated on one side by sandblasting. This adds a white finish to the glass which allows the light to pass through but blurs the image which restricts glare on the eye.

Prismatic Glass

Prismatic glass is clear and features deep ribbed detailing on one side of the glass, which refracts (alters the path of) the light transmission. This means that the light does not enter your eye square on, thus softening the impact on the eye.

Ribbed Glass

Ribbed glass acts in an analogous way to prismatic glass, except the ribbed detailing is pressed through to both sides of the glass.

Opal Glass

Opal glass is coloured before it is blown and features a smooth, milky white finish. The finish can vary significantly depending on how much colour is added and some artisans like to leave a subtle marbled effect on the glass to ensure each piece is unique.

Acid Glass

Acid glass is similar to frosted glass, but instead of being sandblasted, the glass is fully formed before being immersed in acid, which creates a milky matte finish. This technique is also used for decorative designs.

Etched Glass

The etching of glass is a similar process to acid glass but is created with a caustic solution and predominantly used by hand painting decorations on Victorian and Edwardian lights. It is now popular for creating a diffuser in industrial styled lights.

Holophane

Holophane glass was designed in the late 19th Century with the requirement to withstand excessive heat associated with lighting. When the glass is blown, prism shaped ridges are created which allows the light to freely pass up and down. This looks great in authentic vintage designs.

Acrylic

Acrylic is a modern material that is excellent at diffusing contemporary integral LED lights.

Fabric

Many fabric pendants and ceiling shades come complete with a diffuser, however, if they don’t, you can invest in a ‘baffle’ which hides bulbs from view and helps to diffuse the light.

Don’t panic; if wiring is not in the right place, there are loads of options

Don’t panic; if wiring is not in the right place, there are loads of options

One of the most annoying things about lighting a home, is when the wires are in the wrong place. You plan your room with the furniture in the right place to make your lifestyle convenient and then your lighting ends up over one half of the dining table.

Fortunately, there are many different options that you can explore to offset off centre ceiling roses and wall wires which are in the wrong place.

As a general rule of thumb, the main ceiling light(s) in the room should be central with the focal point in the room, be this the fireplace, the dining table or the window. In an open plan or L shaped room, you will need more than one main light, so select a main light for each zone and line it up with your architectural strength.

If your ceiling rose is off centre to this, then you can choose one of the following options:

  • A ceiling hook.
    • Make sure that you get one that is built to support your weight of light
    • Ensure that you leave enough excess cable when you install your light to reach your desired location
  • Consider a ceiling pendant bar.
    • Many will feature the wiring at one end, meaning that you can spread the light further than the room
    • This is a great look over a dining table or kitchen island
  • Consider a ceiling pendant cluster with multiple ceiling hooks
    • This is really effective to maximise the spread of light in a larger room, along with disguising that your ceiling rose is not in the optimal position

Don’t forget to consider that different rooms need different light levels depending on their use

Don’t forget to consider that different rooms need different light levels depending on their use

This is one that seems obvious, but again, it’s well worth remembering when you’re planning your lighting. Keep bright lights to areas that need them, such as bathrooms and kitchens and have more relaxing lights through the rest of the home.

As mentioned before, a good lighting plan is reliant on convenience, so for multi-functional rooms, the light levels are vital. If we take a family dining room for example, this can have multiple uses from a bright office or homework space and low-lit dinner parties. For a workspace, you will need a bright light that fills the room as well as a task light nearby the workstation which you can choose to use depending on the outside light levels. For family dinners, you can turn off the task light and have just ambient light. For the dinner party, if you’ve installed your dimmer switch, then you can dim the light for a magical, intimate ambience.

The rule of this point is more is more – give yourself flexibility over what lights you use and how bright they need to shine.

Don’t disregard Kelvins

Don’t disregard Kelvins

Another bit of lighting industry jargon that you don’t need to be frightened of, is Kelvins. Kelvins, much the same as lumens, is simply a name for a unit of measurement. This time, it is to do with the colour of the bulb. It’s not something that we automatically consider, but we really should, as this can have a huge effect on the effect that your lighting has on the ambience, mood and functionality of the overall design of your room.

Natural light has its own natural brightness, sometimes daylight makes you squint it’s so bright yet other days it’s dull. With Kelvins it puts, a number to the variance of colours of light from candlelight to a bright, sunshine lit daylight. Electric lighting follows this same pattern and when we imagine the difference between a yellow candlelight to a bright blue day, with the effect that both of these would have in our finished interior design, you automatically understand Kelvins.

The range of Kelvins describes the hue of the light source which ranges from around 2500 Kelvin (K for short), to around 5250K. The lower the number, the closer to the warm hues of a candle flame, and the higher, the cooler, blue-white tones creep in. It is entirely down to your personal preference which hue you select to highlight your rooms, but generally, we see the cooler tones in rooms where we work or need to see clearly, such as offices, bathrooms and kitchens and keep the warmer tones for the spaces where we choose to relax.

Why not experiment with different Kelvin rated bulbs? If it’s not right for one light, it will be right for another.

Have a look at our video for a clear expectation of Kelvins.

Don’t dismiss all types of lighting

Don’t dismiss all types of lighting

Light fixtures come in numerous shapes and sizes designed for both the aesthetic and functional desires of the user. Understandably, you will have a preference; you may naturally gravitate to modern or love the traditional styling of a chandelier but understanding that lights also need to perform functionally is vital. There are lights that give direct illumination and lights that provide light indirectly; some offer a focused light and some diffuse and refract light.

Another consideration to mention, is that light fixtures are being continually improved to meet environmental aspirations. They need to last longer to avoid landfill and use less energy to save fossil fuels etc. To this end; lights are improving. Technologically and functionally, light fittings have been enhanced. Explore what’s new before defaulting to what you’ve had in the past, you’ll be surprised what comes as standard now. Some lights do not even require light bulbs anymore! Some lights can charge your phone, some you can switch off with your voice. Functions you cannot imagine are within reach – the future is bright; be enlightened!

Don’t forget that light is not simply functional

Don’t forget that light is not simply functional

Whilst lighting your room is a requirement for practical reasons, it also brings a decorative element to your interior designs. A well-chosen lamp can elevate a room, bringing style and personality to your home. Of course, you’ll want it to light the space but also it needs to coexist harmoniously with the decor. Unsurprisingly, lighting seems to sit in two architectural disciplines; one fraction looking purely at the functional, whilst other loves the creative styling. The balance between form and function is what transforms good lighting design into an art form.

Choosing the right light for the period of your home or going off in a quirky direction with your style choice takes confidence. Not everyone has the creative touch or confidence, so if you need help finding your lighting style, there’s a plentiful array of help at LightingCompany.co.uk.

Or you can do our quick and easy lighting style quiz! It’s surprisingly accurate…

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Don’t fail to appreciate that we need more light as we get older; future proof your home

Don’t fail to appreciate that we need more light as we get older; future proof your home

We have mentioned about layers of light and having the option of different types of light to help achieve a balanced look that is ultimately convenient in your home. We understand that you won’t want to change your lighting with every cushion cover, so it’s important that we think of future proofing your home.

When you have a lighting design that works synonymously with your lifestyle, you are set for life as long as you don’t have any major layout changes. Of course, you will want to update your light fittings on occasion, but they will be in the right place, so it’s a breeze.

One of the major changes as we age, is our eyesight.  It happens gradually but will evidently have an impact on the amount of light we need to carry out the same tasks. Having flexibility within our lighting plan will play dividends as our need for additional light accumulates.

The aging of the eye that impacts how much light we need is the muscles becoming weaker around our pupil which makes it smaller and therefore requiring more ambient light. Did you know that over the course of forty years, you will need 3 times the light to read than you did in your twenties?

Don’t rule out innovative technology just because you don’t understand it

Don’t rule out innovative technology just because you don’t understand it

Throughout history, there have been many innovations and inventions that we thought would never catch on. The lightbulb in itself was one, whereby Henry Morton (President of the Stevens Institute of Technology), famously called Edison’s invention a “conspicuous failure”. Bicycles and cars were also regarded as a ‘fad’.

We live in a fast-paced world which is gaining an economic conscience for the environment. If there is a better way to maintain the convenience of our lives which has a benefit to the eco-system, we are standing behind it.

Electric cars are a case in point, 10 years ago we thought such claims of a fuel-less car was absurd, yet sales now contribute to nearly 4% of all new car sales and this is set to rise again now that they have been tested and proved.

LED’s are now widely accepted as bulbs as they have reached the point in their advancements where we feel confident to put our trust in them. However, the truly contemporary designs that integral LEDs have permitted, remain a step too far for some. For peace of mind, these light fittings are designed to last between 15 and 30 years; would you still have a light fitting that is that old in your home today?

Don’t worry; help is on hand at the Lighting Company for advice

Don’t worry; help is on hand at the Lighting Company for advice

The Lighting Company has over 30 years’ experience of lighting homes and hospitality venues across the UK. We have dedicated account managers who can work with your specifications and requirements to bring you the best lighting solutions.

With access to tens of thousands of lights across the nations established and revered manufacturers, with a service and after sales experience to match.

We’re just a phone call, email or on-line chat away to help pair you with your perfect lighting, or we have a showroom and shop in West Somerset if you fancy a more hands-on shopping approach. Get Enlightened!