Lighting

Lighting Buying Guide

It is important to make lighting an integral part of your interior design. Different rooms within your home will require much different lighting requirements so it's important to find the right balance between functionality, practicality and comfort.

To help you achieve this we have put together this buying guide.

Lighting Schemes

There are 3 main types of light, using a good combination of all 3 will complete and complement the look of your home:

  • Ambient

    - General lighting that replaces natural daylight.

  • Task

    - Lighting targeted at specific jobs, for example reading.

  • Accent

    - to add interest into any room through texture, focus and shape.

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Lighting By Room/Area

Hallway/Reception Area

This area will require some general light to make the area feel warm and welcoming.

For high large hallways a statement piece can really add a sense of character such as a chandelier. If space it at a premium wall lights, down lighters or a small pendant may be more suitable. Consider using energy saving light bulbs in this area.

Staircase/Landing

For safety reason staircases should always be well light. The hanging of a bright pendant is probably the simplest way of providing enough light to ensure the stair edges are defined. Consider using energy saving light bulbs in this area.

Bedrooms

Some form of task lighting will be required if you like to read in bed, table lamps are a good solution or perhaps consider a swing arm bracket lamp or spot lights. Spot lights are also useful near wardrobes to help the selection of clothes. A chandelier could add a touch of glamour.

Children's Bedrooms

There are a number of considerations when choosing lighting for children's rooms; it needs to be safe, bright and colourful preferably. Using wall and ceiling lights will provide ample general lighting and will be safe for little fingers. If task lighting is required for children doing homework then lamps are the answer.

Living Rooms

Typically the main focal point of the whole house and where a number of different activities take place therefore lighting has to be practical, versatile and atmospheric. This means a combination of ceiling and wall lights, complemented with floor and table lamps is required. For TV viewing a soft ambient light is preferable to help relaxation. To highlight painting and pictures accent lighting is essential, up lighters are excellent at this.

Dining Room

This is an ideal room for that special centre piece such as an oversized chandelier or decorative pendant. Hung directly over a table will provide light and focus on the table. Consider the use of wall lights to create an ambient atmosphere.

The Kitchen

The main consideration in selecting lighting for the kitchen area is focusing on the work areas i.e. work surfaces. Light must be directed towards these areas as this is where it is most needed. Directional halogen spotlights are ideal as they provide high levels of illumination. Avoid all forms of portable lighting as this may prove hazardous.

Bathroom

The over riding factor when selecting bathroom lighting is safety. All light fittings are given IP (Ingress Progression) ratings. This rating relates to the products ability to resist water penetration. In addition bathrooms are split into Zones. Only lights suitable for each zone should be fitted in those areas.

  • Zone 0 (IP68 Submersible to 9 metres) - Extremely water tight light fittings suitable for under water use, in steam rooms and saunas.

  • Zone 1 (IP65 Jetproof) - Only a light fitting graded Zone 1 should be fitted in areas where it could be subjected to a jet of water e.g. from a shower head.

  • Zone 2 (IP44 Splashproof) - This type of light fitting should be fitted wherever it may be splashed with water. Glass or ceramic light types are ideal for the humid conditions associated with bathrooms.

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Bulb Types

It is important that you fit the correct bulb type within you light fitting. The characteristics of different bulb types means making a good selection will ensure you get the most out of your light fittings.

Tungsten (Incandescent)

The light emitted from these bulbs is considered to best replicate natural daylight, are good value, have a life cycle of around 1000 hours but are inefficient. There are various size, shapes, wattages and colours available.

Halogen

The light emitted from these bulbs is brighter and whiter than that of a Tungsten bulb. However they are generally more expensive but last much longer and are more energy efficient than equivalent Tungsten bulbs. There are various size, shapes, wattages and colours available.

Energy Saving

The light emitted from these bulbs is brighter and whiter than that of a Tungsten bulb. However they are generally more expensive but last much longer and are more energy efficient than equivalent Tungsten bulbs. There are various size, shapes, wattages and colours available.

Energy Saving vs. Standard
7w = 40w
11w = 60w
20w = 100w

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Bulb Cap Types

There are 4 main cap types:

  • BC (Bayonet Cap) - B22

  • SBC (Small Bayonet Cap) - B15

  • ES (Edison Screw) - E27

  • SES (Small Edison Screw) - E14

Bayonet caps are those that require pushing into place before turning to secure

Edison Screw caps are simply screwed in to place.

The cap type will be indicated within the product description.

Please note:

Following a government review, all incandescent light bulbs will be removed from the UK market.

From January 2008, every incandescent light bulb of over 100 watts will have been removed from sale. These will be replaced by compact fluorescent (cfl) (energy saving) lights bulbs offering just 18 or 20 lumens per watt. By January 2009, all 100w bulbs will have disappeared, and the following January 20010 will see the removal of all 60w bulbs, including golfball and candle shape bulbs.

All other remaining incandescent bulbs will become unavailable to UK consumers from January 2011.

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