When you say the words ‘basement flat’, most people probably imagine the same thing: a dark, damp, musty room with lurid artificial lighting and the upstairs property’s bin bags right outside your window. But, in actual fact, basement flats can be comfortable, stylish and spacious, if they are cleverly decorated and lit. While you’re never going to get the flow of sunlight that you would in a normal flat, there are ways to use lighting to brighten up the space in a way that feels natural – creating a cosy, open and breathable living space. So, with that in mind, here are some tips on choosing the best lights for your basement flat. (more…)
An outdoor swimming pool is a luxurious addition to the home, and one that can utterly transform the character of the garden. The simple effect of the water reflecting the lights, colours and shapes of a property makes the whole space look instantly larger and more appealing, which is why an outdoor swimming pool can add significant value to your home.
Whether you like to take a refreshing dip in the morning or prefer a calming night-time bathe, choosing the best lights for your pool is important for ensuring that you and your family are completely safe, and that your outdoor pool looks as beautiful as possible.
Here are some considerations to keep in mind when choosing lights for your outdoor swimming pool. (more…)
Christmas: the only time of year when it’s normal to have strings and strings of multi-coloured LED bulbs draped along your home’s guttering, a moving Santa Claus ‘Ho-ho-hoing’ in the front garden, and a pine tree hung with sparkly fairy lights in the lounge. While we know that making the home look bright and festive is a big part of Christmas (and we wouldn’t have it any other way), it’s important to be sensible with electricity this festive period so that you and your family can enjoy a happy, safe and stress-free Christmas.
During the day, there’s nothing better than enjoying the natural light that floods into your extension through large windows, making it look bright, airy and homely. When the sunlight begins to fade, keeping your extension looking attractive, warm and ambient can be easily achieved with clever lighting that enhances the structure and style of the room.
Different spaces require different lights, so it’s essential to think about brightness, intensity and colour, as well as shape, so that your lights complement the extension you’re working on perfectly. The great thing about lighting is that you can tailor it entirely to fit around your property – if your extension features a skylight that covers your ceiling, for example, then you can use floor lights or wall lights to make the most of the available space. (more…)
The lighting in your home is a critical consideration when setting the mood and ensuring comfort. After all, we’ve all struggled with rooms that are dimly or inappropriately lit. But in addition to providing a functional purpose, you can use light in very creative ways. In essence, the light can act as an art form and provide decoration and focal points.
Creative and artful lighting has become much more affordable in the last couple of years. We often blog about LED lighting, and we strongly believe that all homes should use it. Not only is LED lighting very efficient, but it can also create some stunning effects that enhance a property and give it new appeal. (more…)
Lighting a domestic property is something of a fine art. There are many interior designers who specialise in the precise placement of lights. When you think about the myriad bulbs and fittings on offer, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by your options.
Adequate lighting is critical to make your home comfortable, safe and secure, while ensuring the wellbeing of your family and avoiding eyestrain or interrupted sleep. This is a huge topic, but we’ve put together a few tips. (more…)
If you’re looking replacing recessed downlights, or fitting new lighting in your home or office, you may be wondering whether you have to buy fire rated hardware, or whether you could possibly cut corners and go for cheaper alternatives.
As with most electrical work, it comes down to safety, both as a homeowner looking after your family or an employer taking care of your staff.
So it won’t be any great surprise that you should always choose fire rated downlights – and these are the reasons why. (more…)
With the right lighting, your outdoor space will extend and enhance your home. Whether you have a tiny yard or a large landscaped garden, lights are key to making the space feel welcoming, and they can make a big impression you’re your dinner guests arrive.
Ideally, lighting should be planned along with the layout of the garden, but that isn’t practical in every case. If you’re improving existing lighting, or starting afresh, here are a few things to think about.
What Are Your Lighting Needs?
Lighting in the garden or yard serves three main purposes: security, mood lighting, or feature lighting. It’s advisable to plan your scheme as a complete system, since a badly placed security light could interfere with the overall effect. (more…)
Energy companies are under scrutiny due to the high profits they make, yet prices seem to keep on rising regardless. The average UK home now pays £1,200 a year on fuel, yet by the time your Direct Debit’s been taken (and your bills potentially estimated), you might be parting with a fair bit more.
Now more than ever, it pays to economise on your use of gas and electricity. Here are three simple ways to bring those bills back down. (more…)
Ceiling lights usually come with a pendant type fitting, letting them cast light over a broad area in a room. We often assume that each room needs one light in the centre, but the reality is quite different. In fact, large rooms may need more.
While ceiling lighting is inexpensive and a great way to improve illumination, it’s important to do the job properly. That means spacing the lights apart correctly so that your light fittings have the best impact.
Ordinarily, ceiling lights should be spaced 90 to 120 cm apart. This is the optimal amount for even light throughout a domestic property. Kitchens and bathrooms require more concentrated light, while you can space lights further apart in your hallway.
The quality of light will also be changed by the type of bulbs you are using. Energy efficiency is critical; you’ll find a range of shapes and sizes in stores, all more efficient than old-fashioned bulbs.
Modern LED bulbs use a tiny amount of electricity, and they are suitable for any room or fitting. Beware of cheap LED bulbs that may fall apart or crack, since live connections in light fittings are extremely dangerous. Also, check the colour frequency; you need a good quality warm white bulb, rather than a cool white or a bulb that gives off a pinkish hue.
Overall, choosing good quality, branded bulbs is the right way to go. If you need any assistance with LED technology, we’d be happy to talk you through it.
Tricks With Light
Initially, some customers are disappointed that they need more lights than they expected, and they feel that this may make the room look unbalanced. However, this is where lighting can actually be used to make the room more functional.
If you need two lights in your dining kitchen, why not position one over the dining table or island? This can help to zone the kitchen and create an additional work space. In a long living room, place one light over a comfortable chair or kids’ play area, or split the room and have a table at one end.
If your ceilings are low, spotlights may be a better option than ceiling lights, because pendants often get in the way. Unless you have a very short cord (which doesn’t always look nice), the pendant might get bumped by tall people (or their arms or legs).
Spotlights are no longer expensive to run, in the advent of LED bulbs, and we can install them in any ceiling providing the insulation above allows space. In your living room, consider wall lights, which can light a room evenly without getting in the way.
Lighting should be considered as part of a home decoration project, both in terms of the positioning of the lights and the overall feel of the home. Whether you need a couple of new lights or a complete rethink and renovation, we’d be pleased to help you achieve the look you crave. Contact us for a spotlight installation quotation.