What types of lighting are there?
There are a number of ways to light your home, find out which one is best for you.
-Include pendant lights, flush lights, spotlights, chandeliers.
-Spread light down and around for daily activity.
- Include uplighters, picture lights.
- Ideal for highlighting key features and decorative elements.
- Provide softer lighting for a warm, homely glow.
- Great for adding height to a room.
- Illuminate dark corners and provide accent lighting.
- Portable, so can be placed anywhere.
- Light source for reading, writing and hobbies.
- Focus the light on a specific area with adjustable arms.
Lighting room by room
Think about what you'll be using that space for and base your lighting around this.
Living room lighting
Lighting hallways, landings and staircases
Dining room lighting
Children's bedroom lighting
How do I choose the right type of light bulb?
Before buying a new bulb, you'll need to know the right size and type your light needs.
Light bulb technology
Compare bulb types
|LED||CFL (energy saving)||Halogen bulbs|
|Colour rendition||Warm, white light||Warm, white light||Bright, white light|
|Life span||Average 20,000 hours||Average 10,000 hours||Average 2,000 hours|
|Energy efficiency||Use 90% less energy than halogen bulbs||Use 60% - 80% less energy than halogen bulbs||Average 50W power consumption|
|Most suited to||Spotlights, children's lights, nightlights||Fabric shades, table and floor lamps, dimmers||Dimemrs, touch lamps, chandeliers and glass ceiling lights|
Light bulbs - understanding the specs
Bulb Cap Fittings
Any new light should state which cap fittings are suitable. Here are some of the most common cap fittings.
Table, floor and pendant lights usually require a lamp shade and this is where you can experiment with colour, pattern or texture.
Smart light bulbs let you control your lighting from your phone. Colour, brightness and shade can be automated by you.
Switches and dimmers
Switch plate finishes include chrome-effect and brushed steel. Dimmers control the brightness, either by touch, a switch, or through a smart phone.