Lighting buying guide
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Our range of lamps, lights and shades are sure to light up your life. Discover the latest trends, types of lighting we offer, and which are best for each room. And if you're struggling with the jargon or in need of inspiration, we've got plenty of helpful hints and styling tips too.
Accent, task and ambient lighting explained
Lighting by room
These lights add personality to your parlour and retro feels to your retreat. A great option for the kids', the relaxing changing colours and movements can help them drift off to sleep. Plus, they're a bit of fun, so why not?
What does LED mean?
LED stands for ‘light-emitting diode’. Basically, it’s a technology which means that LED bulbs use up to 80% less energy than incandescent and halogen bulbs. Their lifespan is approx. 50,000 hours and lasts twice as long as fluorescent bulbs, and more than 50 times longer than incandescent.
Not sure watt's what? Find the light bulb you need with our helpful guide.
We don't expect anyone to be a bright spark when it comes to lighting. So we thought we'd shed some light on what some of the terms you'd expect to come across actually mean. You're welcome.
- CFL or, 'compact fluorescent light bulbs' are energy-saving and designed to replace incandescent bulbs.
- Lumens measure light. Basically, the more lumens, the brighter the light.
- Kelvin is the bulb's colour temp. The lower the kelvin the warmer the light, and vice versa.
- LED or, 'light-emitting diode'. Up to 80% more efficient than incandescent bulbs and lasts up to 6 times longer!
- Colour rendering index (CRI) is measured on a scale of 0-100 and indicates how well a light reflects colour. The higher the CRI, the more accurately colours are reproduced. 80% or higher is ideal for home everyday use.
- Wattage tells you how much power a bulb uses. More watts mean more power – not more brightness – for that you need to look at the lumens.
Switches and dimmers
Switches are self-explanatory. They turn the light on, and off, and come in a variety of finishes to match your décor. Dimmers control the brightness, either by touch, a switch, or through a smart phone. Great for children’s bedrooms and hallways.
Lampshades - it's all in the accessories
- Keep it consistent with matching wall and ceiling shades or opt for statement lighting that’ll pop!
- Play with materials and shapes. Brushed metals give raw and industrial feels, while wood’s simplicity creates a stripped back Scandi vibe.
- Geometric shapes become a feature creating shadow patterns when lit, and origami designs add an abstract and cultural influence.
Need more inspo to light up your life?
For more tips, tricks and trends, check out our inspiration page.