Great lighting can make all the difference to your home. It’s the perfect way to illuminate dark corners, create an ambiance and add warmth. However, since every home interior is different, it’s important you consider which lighting is right for your space.
There are three types of lighting for the home: ambient, task and decorative. From pendants to table lamps and ceiling lights in classic, contemporary and retro styles, our lighting guide has a range of bright ideas.
So, whether you want to know how to choose a ceiling light shade, how to choose light bulbs or tips for lighting, let our lighting guide illuminate the way…
Table, Floor and Task Lighting
Table, floor and task lamps come in a wide choice of trend-led styles, so as well as providing lighting for the home they can also become a decorative centrepiece for your room. Incorporating these kinds of lamps into your home is a quick and easy way to introduce accent lighting to create a contemporary feel and make any room feel welcoming.
Truly affordable, shades are an ideal way to add a splash of colour and lighting for the home. Shades can be fitted directly onto existing light bulb fittings, and you can do this yourself without the need for an electrician. However, ensure your current bulb is compatible with your shade by checking the details on the packaging.
Available in many different materials, pendant lights are great for creating a dramatic focal point in any room. Again, you can fit this type of lighting yourself without the need for an electrician. Fit your pendant with an 80cm cable which can be adjusted to suit your needs.
Available with either flush fittings, non-adjustable stems such as chandeliers or with a variety of drops, ceiling fitted lights come in a wide choice of styles and are the best type of lighting for the home. These lights make a real statement. Most of our hanging lights come with an 80cm flex cord which can be adapted to suit your needs. Please remember – fitted lighting should always be installed and adapted by a qualified electrician.
Not sure which bulb to choose? Let our handy light bulb guide help you.
Traditional Incandescent Light Bulbs
Incandescent bulbs have now been phased out by European law due to the amount of energy they consumed and the short life span of approximately a year.
Halogen Light Bulbs
In recent years, halogen light bulbs have become a popular choice of lighting for the home, with some more efficient halogen lamps saving up to 30% over conventional halogen.
Their benefits are the colour of the light, longer life and better efficiency over incandescent lamps. There are also halogen versions of the traditional shaped GLS and candle lamps that employ newer, more efficient technology yet look almost identical to the conventional lamps we have come to know.
Compact Fluorescent Lamp
(CFL) Light Bulbs
Typically fluorescent bulbs use around 80% less energy than conventional incandescent bulbs and will last up to 10 times longer.
They now come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes from traditional shapes and candles to spirals and stick shapes. Some fluorescent light bulbs will not operate on a dimming switch so it is important to ask for one that does if you intend to dim your lighting. Because fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, they must be disposed of safely.
Light Emitting Diode (LED) Light Bulbs
These rely on a completely different technology to produce light and are more akin to solid state electronics than traditional light sources.
The pace of change in this new type of lighting is rapid and already LEDs are even better than fluorescent technology in terms of light output and efficiency. Currently this comes at a price but when the longer life (up to 20,000 hours) is considered, they become a viable alternative.
A cap (or base) provides an electrical connection to the light bulb, while keeping it firmly held in position. It’s important that you know the cap type of your fitting before buying a light bulb for it.
Caps come in the following formats:
(Edison Screw) 27mm
Edison Screw) 22mm
Did you know…
Lumens, unlike watts, are a direct measure of light output. Therefore, a larger lumen count means a brighter bulb. A traditional 40W bulb would give about 460 Lumens. Multiply the traditional light bulb wattage by 10 to provide the lumens (light output) you expect from any of the other types of light bulb.
How to choose
your energy saving bulb
Take a look at our light bulb guide to help you find your new energy saving bulb.
|Old Light Bulb||100W||75W||60W||40W||25W|
(how much light)
|1300 – 1000||900 – 700||700 – 500||500 – 300||300 – 200|
Now I have chosen my new light bulb, what style and functions does it come with?
If necessary, consult a qualified electrician for advice on any lighting you would like to install before making your purchase. Always follow the product’s fitting instructions, and remember – all lighting must meet IEE wiring and building regulations.
Never connect any of our lighting to a timer or standard dimmer switch when using energy saving light bulbs.