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The Light NOVEMBER 2015
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Bring a seasonal feel
An Industrial Revolution
Take inspiration from hospitality
A change is as good as a rest!
BE A SHADE braver
ALL ABOUT Autumn
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WELCOME To our very latest Autumn Edition of “INTO The Light”.
RENTING your home doesn’t mean your abode can’t feel homely. Our guide to cost effective lighting that can move with you.
INDUSTRIAL style is a stunning revolution. Take a look at our latest collection of lights that fit this trend.
HOSPITALITY In the Spotlight. We look at
how the hospitality industry is using lighting to great effect.
INFOGRAPHIC A quick one page look
at all the lighting stats from the Hospitality Industry and how to save the £’s!
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STEP UP Our advice on the best lights and the best way to light your stairways.
ELLIE D: Ellie is back with some money and energy saving advice.
BE A SHADE BRAVER: Don’t be
stuck with the same old look, be brave and make the change.
10 of THE BEST: We count down our favourite task and reading lights.
GIFT GUIDE: We all have someone that is
impossible to buy for . . . .or so your thing. We have a few great ideas.
More in this issue : AUTUMN COMFORT Hibernate in happiness!
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A WARM WELCOME Create the feel with copper PAGE
Find the right reading light
Ellie D sets the questions
TRUE OR FALSE
a time for making your home all cosy
“We love and we love bringing it to you”
e hope that you enjoyed our first edition of INTO The Light and have started to think a little more about the lighting in the your own “castle”. To follow up our first edition, we are ploughing straight into our Autumn special. A roaring log fire, the tapestry of fallen leaves, kids playing with conkers (before health and safety required them to wear protective goggles!) whatever conjures images of Autumn for you there is no doubt it is a lovely time of year.
That bridge between a warm Summertime and a crisp Winter brings the darkness sooner in our day and makes our lighting even more important in the feel of our home. Autumn is also a great time to want to cosy up next to a warm log fire and enjoy the time in your home with those closest to you. In this edition, we have a huge amount of content, from advice and ideas for those of us in rented accommodation, through to inspiration from the hospitality sector in order to create your own luxurious boutique bedroom. We always love to hear from you and we would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone that dropped us an email to say they enjoyed the October issue of the magazine.
We have already taken some of your feedback on board as this issue has bigger buttons making it easier for those of you using mobile devices! If you have any feedback or anything you would like us to cover in the magazine drop us an email at : INTOthelight@lightingcompany.co.uk So sit back with that hot chocolate and get your latest fix of our inspiring magazine. Enjoy.
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AUTUMNAL FALLS Autumn is a delightful time of the year. The outdoors becomes a rich tapestry of russet, gold and copper. The wind catching leaves and twirling them into the greying skies. Who can fail to be in awe at the splendour of the changing seasons. If is was just a bit warmer, drier and lighter it may well be the most perfect time of the year!
THE SEASONS TURN, TURN, TURN . . . . . Whilst Autumnal colours make a pretty picture, I’d prefer to cosy up in doors with a bowl of soup and a blanket over my knees. I guess it’s a kind of semi hibernation. I dream of a cosy log cabin, roaring log fire and nearly always there’s a nice lamp, good book and a glass of something room temperature and red. It’s not always possible to achieve the dream but we can all bring a touch of the outdoors in by adding seasonal touches. Lets face it, a new look lounge at the start of every season would be wonderful as we all get a bit bored of looking at the same four walls. I guess that’s what’s so good about old UK we do have seasons and change is good! Fancy introducing a new look to your lounge without it costing a fortune? We have some tips:
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Autumnal Antler This Antler range of lighting looks magnificent in a country house or period home especially when mixed with leather sofaâ€™s, luxurious cream throws and deep redâ€™s but they can be perfect in any home.
Consider teaming this look with a wonderful hare table lamp crafted by British Artisans from a cast bronzed resin.
Copper has a marvellous warm feeling to it, like an open fire it brings a sense of a glow to your home. Team with dark navy and a classic deep green wall colour to accent your room with a stylish warm feeling.
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MAKING A RENTED HOUSE:
Renting a home has benefits as landlords must ensure the property meets all current standards and baring a few unscrupulous landlords the majority of rented homes are well cared for, freshly painted neutral and in good order. What’s not to love!
Many homeowners will struggle for years to get their homes to this stage, however privately rented homes can sometimes be devoid of personality. The landlords role is not that of an interior designer, they go for plain, durable, easy to replace fixtures and fittings and they expect them to be the same when tenants leave. If not your deposit could be lost. This prevents some tenants from doing very much in the way of interior decoration, although there are some really easy ways to create a stylish trendy home without too much trouble. If you are not adverse to painting and the landlord permits, paint one feature wall a strong colour and have a few well chosen accessories, an odd cushion or vase in the same colour. Strong colours have the greatest impact as an accent. If you are restricted or DIY and painting is not your forte. Simply hang a large canvas. Making good could be as simple as painting a wall back to the original colour and filling in a couple of holes left by picture hooks. Pot plants are great to give an instant settled look to a room, but be sure to keep them watered as a dead houseplant is a sad sight.
If you think you are sure to forget, perhaps invest in faux plants, nowadays many are very realistic.
Lastly lighting. Although doing electrical work in a rented home is ruled out you can have great lighting with the addition of some well chosen lamps and ceiling shades.
ABOVE: Try tasteful table lamps and non-electric shades that can easily be removed and come to a new home should you move from your rented home TO SEE MORE LIGHTS FOR BEDROOM, LIVING ROOM, HALLWAY AND KITCHEN STYLE LIGHTS. DIVE IN TO WWW.LIGHTINGCOMPANY.CO.UK
Table lamps and lampshades really do help to cosy up a home and bring in your much needed personality. The simplest room can look stunning with a good ceiling light. The Lighting Company has a great range of ‘on trend’ easy to fit lampshades for ceilings. Copper Geometric designs are the latest addition to the range but my word there is a lot of choice. PAGE
Get some chic
Shades and Table Lamps
Perfect for the Rented Home, they can move with you to your own home! A. NEEDLE Pendant £69.00 A wire frame non-electric pendant shade. It’s copper finish is spot on trend and would be great in any room in your home. They can look great in groups of 3.
B. EDDIE Table Lamp £71.40 A perfect accompaniment to the Needle Pendant with it’s copper wire frame base and contemporary black faux silk shade. Also available in polished chrome with a grey shade.
C. EXPLORER Pendant £35.40 This simple yet elegant shade fits onto a standard wire lamp holder. It has a cream shade and a drum shaped inner section. The smaller 30cm diameter version is shown but it is also available in a 50cm diameter. D. JODI Pendant £52.20 This chandelier style pendant also fits to a standard suspension. It’s classic antique brass wire frame supports a mix of multi- coloured transparent beads and droppers in blue, green, purple and black.
E. DIRECTORS Table Lamp £48.00 A punchy little table lamp drawing inspiration from old Hollywood film sets, with it’s tripod style design in lovely complimentary colours. Also available in a sandy cream colour. F. DIRECTORS Floor Lamp £96.00 This colourful retro vintage film set styled floor lamp goes perfectly with it’s accompanying table lamp, Available in the mint blue (shown) and neutral sandy cream.
MORE NON ELECTRIC AND EASY FIT PENDANTS FOR YOUR RENTED HOME CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE. SIMPLY CLICK HERE TO BE TAKEN TO OUR LATEST SELECTION
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TALKING ABOUT AN
INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION W e are pleased as punch to celebrate the industrial revolution by introducing a delightful heritage style range called â€˜Edisonâ€™. This is our playful slant on the fact most of the innovative techniques first introduced in Great Britain were then adopted and adapted across the world.
ontrary to popular belief, the light bulb was first invented by Sir Humphry Davy in 1800, Davy a British scientist, who used carbon, hooked up to battery power making the carbon glow. Later Joseph Wilson Swan improved this by using carbon paper. Thomas Edison was the one who made the light bulb relatively long lasting by the standards of the day 40 hours!!!
Of course light bulbs have now become much longer lasting. The choice of light bulbs available today can be quiet baffling, but we all still love the classic timeless appeal of filament light bulbs. They are so beautiful ,our Edison Lighting Range comes complete with a range of filament bulbs.
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uality light fittings in simple eclectic designs that are based around the old fashioned Thomas Edison filament light bulbs. Urban, SteamPunk and Industrial style lights, hand crafted and finished in the UK from solid brass and available in both antique brass or nickel finishes. These characterful lights are functional too.
TOMMY DOUBLE WALL OR CEILING LIGHT
LARGE ENGINEER WALL LANTERN
£170.54 (Free UK Delivery)
£172.80 (Free UK Delivery)
For an authentic industrial look there’s the charming ‘Tommy’ twin wall light which can be installed vertically or horizontally on walls or ceilings.
This box style vintage wall lantern features a vintage test tube style filament bulb. This is the kind of light that any engineer or an engineer at heart would die for.
Made from solid brass and hand finished to give a rich warm aged patina. It comes complete with vintage filament light bulbs. Best used as an ambient light source.
Could be mounted both horizontally or vertically to give two completely different looks. Perfect in any period home.
MAP ROOM FLUSH
MAP ROOM 5 LIGHT
£91.44 (Free UK Delivery)
£691.56 (Free UK Delivery)
hese lamps exude a real warmth as well as making a distinctive style statement. Just perfect for lighting around the home and for hospitality lighting in bars, cafes and restaurants. All our Edison Lighting fittings are supplied complete with the vintage bulbs so you can achieve the same urban chic theme too. Quality of materials is essential to the brand. Made from beautiful solid brass and craftsman hand finished. We simply love the industrial designed pendant lights with vintage twisted cable and Edison style light bulbs. All the bulbs ares supplied with the range so you’ll be all set to create your own industrial look.
MAP ROOM Single Adjustable Wall Light £102.24 (Free UK Delivery)
A vintage design super quality light made in solid brass and finished in a traditional aged brass finish. The fitting is supplied complete with long lasting, very low energy, dimmable LED spotlight bulb with a maximum light output roughly equivalent to a 50 watt halogen spotlight bulb). This flush fit ceiling light would be ideal for rustic settings and would be great for those with lower ceilings.
This statement piece from the Map Room range would look wonderful over kitchen islands or as a feature light over a table. As with all our Edison collection it is available in the Antique Brass (as shown) and a more contemporary polished nickel finish.
A vintage and functional style wall light perfect for hospitality lighting in pubs, bars and restaurants as well as lighting around the home. It is made in solid brass and finished in an antique brass patina. The wall light is adjustable allowing it to be angled accordingly. Wonderful in rustic kitchens and over work tops.
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MANY TRAVELLERS COMPLAINED ABOUT DIM, BAD AND SPARSE LIGHTING “Hotels in London were subjected to nearly 10,000 reviews specifically on lighting, with many travellers complaining about dim, bad and sparse lighting in their rooms. European hotels were not spared criticism with visitors comparing lighting in a Copenhagen hotel to that of a waiting room in a railway station and others complaining that they found working in their room impossible because of poor lighting” states a recent survey from OSRAM Lighting I’m sure many will agree with that statement. Be it budget or luxury hotels, the standard of hotel guest bedrooms is one of the most important factors to guests.
I guess we are all a little critical as we’re away from our creature comforts. Lighting can be a difficult area for hoteliers, striking the balance between cosy and dim. Some of us like brightly lit rooms and others prefer a duller glow. It is near impossible to get everything completely right. Having multiple lights in a room helps guests as they can switch on all the lights or just one as per their preference, but some hotels even seem to have none of the light bulbs working. Some hotels have great Lighting, they choose the right lights for the right application. Those that don’t are all likelt to want to! Opticians recognise that eyesight deteriorates after the age of 40 and that better lighting is needed for tasks. Many people are actually working whilst staying at hotels. Whilst some simply relax with a book, others just use the hotel room as a base but they to will all likely need to
in the spotlight
shave or apply make up, or perhaps both! A good level of light is needed in all these situations. It’s time that hoteliers catered for what will become the majority older guests! Review websites are easily accessed and can be valuable to guests when they are considering where to stay. Often a bad review in isolation can simply be a disgruntled guest having a rant but if the comments are repeated it has the potential to ruin a reputation. To hotel guests we’d say: If your room is badly lit speak to reception I’m sure they’ll do what they can to resolve the problem there and then to make your stay better. To hotels we’d say: Heed the comments of review sites, they can be one of the best sources of market research. Also read your competitors reviews and if your lighting scores highly maybe your marketing team would like to show off about that?
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The standard of Hotel and Hospitality Lighting can have a significant direct impact on repeat bookings.
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Just a few simple changes can improve Hotel & Guest house profitability, super Used in energy in the quick. Simply swapping halogen or hospitality sector in the incandescent for LED bulbs will bring a fast UK per year* return on investment. Estimated potential savings It’s amazing the saving that can be made: through lighting controls and efficient lighting* Without regular maintenance light levels can fall by up to this amount in GUEST BOUTIQUE CITY CORPORATE 2-3 years* HOUSE HOTEL HOTEL HOTEL
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Check that all Guest Room bulbs are in working ROOMS order.
When replacing bulbs opt for LED. 90% cheaper than incandescent.
Choose stylish and memorable lighting, that £67,517.86 will set you apart from your competitors
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Have at least one ultra low wattage light in case guests need a night light.
* Estimated savings per year based on the following conservative assumptions in guest rooms only: communal space. 8 bulbs per room on for 4 hours per day, electricity cost at £9.39 per kWh, used for 280 days per year. Further savings can easily be made in communal and corridor areas. Contact Bespoke Lights
for Emergency light options
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Create your own Beautiful Boutique Bedroom You don’t have to go away for the night or take an annual holiday just to get the latest bedroom boutique feel in your bedroom. Our special handpicked selection of lights will help bring a boutique hotel bedroom feel to any home.
TATTON WALL LIGHT Tailor made for using over a bed with it’s flexible LED reading arm. Each light is separately switched to be used independently or both together. £106.80 (Free UK Delivery)
AMALFI TABLE LAMP Simply a brilliant table and task / reading light. Individually switched light between the main light and the flexible LED reading light. £172.00 (Free UK Delivery)
PHOENIX FLUSH CEILING LIGHT A neutral flush ceiling light also available in a natural cream. Gives a lovely soft light from it’s diffused base, adding a touch of chic to your ceiling. £70.80 (Free UK Delivery)
MODENA WALL LIGHT A nice change from the typical chrome and polished nickel finishes in this style of light. This hotel style wall lamp is finished in a modern bronze die cast creating a wonderful contrast with it’s Natural shade. £146.40 (Free UK Delivery)
TADLEY FLEXI WALL LIGHT A simple yet elegant switched, flexible arm goose necked, wall light with a low energy, money saving LED light. Perfect for late night readers! £45.00 PAGE
RAVELLO FLOOR LAMP Part of a simple yet modern classic range of wall, table and floor lamps available in matt nickel, bronze and polished chrome (as shown) £465.73 (Free UK Delivery)
Lighting your Stair Well!
Choose a traditional chandelier or consider a new cool contemporary classic PAGE
Luxurious Lighting for stunning
modern stairwells taking it . . . one step . . . at a time
Large statement pendant lights or cascading lights are ideal in such spaces. Match with wall lights for the ultimate MAKE look SURE YOUR
LIGHT CHOICE LOOKS GOOD FROM ALL ANGLES!
It’s important to have light on the stairs for safety reasons of course, but give your staircase a wow too!
Even in homes with lower ceiling heights the stairwell can often have tall dramatic ceiling heights.
DON’T WASTE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A SHOW STOPPING LIGHT FITTING
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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR UNLOVED SPACE
Your stairwell’s often have the room to place a stunning statement light yet these areas are often forgotten, neglected and can become dark un-loved areas of your home.
There is real opportunity to create a great focal point as well as effectively lighting the space. As we have mentioned most homes have space for a dramatic feature light, particularly so if you have a double height ceiling. One special consideration in stairwells, is that light fittings will be seen from above as well as below so any light will need to look great from close up and below.
If you have a very large stairwell and struggled in the past to find suitable lights then check out the great selection of high ceiling lights available at The Lighting Company. It doesn’t Take the opportunity to fit your stairwell with a have to cost the earth either as we have some great ideas on beautiful long drop light and make the most of your space. the next page. PAGE
“The Lighting Company will provide lots of off the shelf lighting options along with the option of a bespoke service for that extra special light fitting”
If you simply cannot have more electrical points for lighting choose some lovely super bespoke shades and fit them to a SPYDER suspension. This fabulous unique light fitting allows 5 shades to be fitted.
THE QUICK WIN for a complete architectural look:
Start by choosing a lower cost pendant light, such as a long drop light fitting.
5 of any style as long as they have 42mm holes. Mix the shapes, colours and sizes to create a oneoff unique lighting installation.
Buy a few and install them at various heights for a visual treat. This may involve a little extra electrical work but the effect looks superb and at a cheaper price than a large statement piece installation.
ò As fewer people have such large spaces not many lighting suppliers have lights to ‘fill the void’ but worry not lucky people, The Lighting Company have lights for all situations. We have a large selection for every budget. after all and fining that unique light fitting for a unique space is the aim. I’m not sure if it’s a criminal offence not to have good lights in a large open plan space, but if it was up to me I’d make it one. Anyone who has the home we all dream of in a lottery win, should be duty bound to make it beautiful. PAGE
Commercial businesses often require a lighting installation and just like the rest of us, even big businesses have their own budget constraints. Our Bespoke Lights division can assist with contract installations and work with a number of lighting installation specialists allowing us to be the one stop shop for all lighting requirements for both home and business. After all finding that special light fitting for your unique space is our aim. We also know a few tricks of the trade to help you achieve the perfect unique lighting installation in your own home.
aving the planet can also help with saving your bank balance, this month Ellie has some useful advice for saving energy in your home and business. . . . . . .
SWITCHING ON TO LED’S We really do get turned on by lighting, but by far the biggest development in lighting is the growth of LED the best energy saving bulbs. We have introduced lots of new LED light fittings into the range but there are also retro fit light bulbs too. This means you can keep the lights you have and in most cases fit them with LED light bulbs. LED uses roughly 90% less energy than that of a standard old fashioned light bulb.
Say you have halogen recessed lights GU10 they look like this • • • •
Lots of us look around for new energy suppliers to save money on our energy bills. But simply swapping your light bulbs can save a fortune.
They’re rated 50 watts. That means 50 watts of energy is used to power it per hour of use. The light you’ll get is somewhere in the region of 400 Lumens. NEW LED GU10 bulbs give the same 400 lumens of light but at just 4.5 watts to power it. How much could you save?
KITCHEN LIGHT SPOTLIGHTS: EST. RUNNING COSTS PER YEAR
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So whatever you pay for your electricity - switch! When we did the maths, nearly our entire team switched!
IS IT TIME YOU SWITCHED? We can help explain any of our products, we are always happy to help you. PAGE
BUYING EXTERIOR MAINTAIN YOUR OUTDOOR LIGHTS LIGHTS If you were outside every day through all weathers you’d need a bit of tender loving care too. Wouldn’t you? So do your exterior lights. You’ll do jobs in the spring like paint the front door, stain the decking and so on, but all too often exterior lights are neglected. Most people don’t know this but exterior lights if looked after will look better for longer. Worry not, it’s not too late to start. Just few basic jobs to help keep your lights looking good for longer. When you have new outside lights fitted or when you change the bulb next time make a note of what type of light bulb is needed.
Every year undo the fastenings and put little WD40 or grease on the screws and fastenings to protect them from rusting. It also makes it a little easier to undo the fastenings when you do come to change the bulb. WD40 ( we don’t sell it) is good as a protection on metals. Rub a small amount over stainless steel lights it helps them to last longer, especially useful if you live near the coast. Salt in the air breaks down metals and shortens the life of your outside lights. Not much can totally stop sea air degrading lights but protecting them a little will help. Use WD40 or similar on aluminium and stainless steel fittings. Keep painted lanterns fresh with metal paints, taking care not to paint over any sensors or screws. If you live near the coast you could buy lower cost lights and expect to replace them regularly, however our Chester Collection Kinsale range of outdoor lights are guaranteed against corrosion for 15 years and are great value. Check them out on CLICK TO Bespoke Lights.
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If glass panels are broken replace the light as it will no longer be weatherproof. Unless you can get exactly the same fit you may need to buy a new one. PAGE
Don’t be tempted to put a higher wattage light bulb than the ones that are recommended as too much heat build up can damage the glass and bulb holder parts of the light. Whilst on the subject of light bulbs if your outside light has a sensor or is fitted onto a timer you may not be able to use fluorescent long life light bulbs. The reason is both sensors and bulbs have electronics inside that dislike each other and don’t work well together. Instead use a good quality LED light bulb in lights with sensors or where timers are fitted.
In the future when the light bulb needs changing it’ll be easier to buy the bulb saving you from going up the ladder getting the bulb out and going back up the ladder again to fit the replacement bulb. One trip up the ladder is enough.
Be a Shade Braver Find your own individual style
Easy Does It Often Lighting seems to be complicated, it’s not, it’s really very easy . . . . . . . easy peasy. Ellie, our lighting geek, has handy ‘How 2’ guides on most lighting related subjects. Keep an eye out for future issues and more of Ellie’s How 2 guides. If you decide to be a shade braver but need some help contact us as everyone at The Lighting Company is happy to help shed some light! Excuse the pun!
Often our customers don’t change the lighting when they decorate, which to be honest is a real shame as lighting can often make or break the whole decor. With confidence and relevant ease, paint, wallpaper and fabrics are selected, but lighting all to often is simply not considered! It’s like getting all dressed up for a wedding and wearing trainers! An expensive outfit can look cheapened by not completing the ensemble. The same is true of home decor, if you are giving your home a makeover consider new lighting too! It’s easy to do and makes a good interior an amazing interior.
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After many years in the industry we’ve had lots of feedback as to why people have resisted changing their lighting and here’s a few reasons (excuses) why they don’t.
Firstly Most folks simply worry about getting it wrong. Not knowing what is trendy, or expected. Hey, we understand that, after all you don’t buy lighting everyday. Finding a style to suit your decor prevents many people too. If you’ve put up with the same look for years, often decades, simply thinking of something different is seen as daunting.
CLICK FOR NEXT COMMON MYTH: You’ll never see a hotel that hasn’t included lighting in the design, it’s unthinkable to designers to leave a light fitting in place if it doesn’t add to the look of the design. But some folks are just not sure about lighting. Fearing there is something complex to it, they avoid doing anything. Come on guys, be a shade braver!
We hope some of the images you’ll find here in INTO The Light will give you inspiration, and there are lots of other house and interiors magazines too! There are blogs, pin boards and a multitude of other home interest sites to scan and draw inspiration from. Don’t forget our websites! It’s free to look! Why not start a wish list? There are thousands of lights to choose from. We’ll help you with inspiration. If you have questions specific to your home, speak to us. We know all there is to know about lighting. We’ve been told many times our team is very helpful. Just see some of our customers comments on the last page. PAGE
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Find the right reading light PLEASE DON’T BE DIM AND PUT STRAIN ON YOUR EYES! Reading or task lamps come in all shapes and sizes, lots and lots of choice! This can only be a good thing, surely? Well no, a wide choice can sometime cause confusion, which results in people struggling with unsuitable lighting for the task. Reading is one of the tasks or hobbies that requires a good level of light, but there are other tasks such as sewing, painting, jewellery making too. For the sake of not going through a huge list of hobbies I’ve picked the one I like best ‘reading’ and hence forth we’ll just say reading lights if that’s OK with you? One of the most common questions is will I be able to read with this lamp? Tommy Cooper, comedian/ magician famed for his quick witted one liners - said that after breaking his arm he asked the doctors if he’d be able to play the piano? The doctor, said “Yes”. Tommy replies “That’s funny I couldn’t play it before!” Tempting as it is to joke and reply “could you read before?’ we know all to well, that poor lighting is no laughing matter. It can spoil the pleasure of a good book if you are straining your eyes or worse still, twisting and turning your neck to try and lean your book into the light it literally is a pain in the neck. If you are a serious reader you’ll need a good reading light. If you have an e-reader you’ll possibly think you are catered for, but what about the times you pick up a glossy magazine or need to read the tiny writing on food labels. A magnifying glass placed in the kitchen drawer and standing under the big light may be ok but there is a better way.
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“ALL READING LIGHTS SHOULD OFFER YOU ADDITIONAL LIGHT LOCAL TO WHERE THE TASK IS BEING PERFORMED LIGHTS THAT OFFER A GOOD DEGREE OF FLEXIBILITY ARE BEST”
If it’s switched you need not get out of bed to turn out the light. In a lounge you may benefit from some additional lighting for social tasks too, like jig saw puzzles, maybe that’s where homework is done, of one partner watches TV and the other reads.
These allow you to move position and direct the light to suit the new position. Choose an angled or balanced lamp. Your favoured reading location will dictate the sort the light fitting you can have and the functionality you need.
If this is how your lounge is used a mother and child lamp may be best.
For example if you read in bed a light with a goose neck is a great choice. It allows you to point the light over your shoulder onto the page. This keeps the light local to where it’s needed most and not illuminating the room, which can disturb your partner.
If the room is north facing and the lamp is used for long periods of time an LED version is best. If you need a good reading light and décor and style is important to you there are some fabulously stylish floor lamps such as the large oversized retro styled lamps.
This is one of the best selling
lamps for a lounge as this offers a great deal of flexibility. The reading arm can be angled to suit the readers whilst the uplighter greatly lifts the overall light level in the room or can be dimmed to provide an ambient light for watching TV or for relaxing. The serious hobbyist may require a magnifying light. These are best suited to desks or workbench areas, in short a dedicated work space. If you dip in and out of your hobby or you have limited space you may set up a temporary work space and pack away when you’ve done. PAGE
If this is the case a little clip on light may be just the job for you. Often these lights are used on bunk beds but do so with care as cables left trailing can pose risks and bulbs can become hot. Make sure reading lamps for children are safe and securely fitted.
Here we’ve made a shortlist to spotlight some of the best reading and task lamps available, in our opinion, however with a little more knowledge you maybe more inclined to see a few more alternatives. Dive into www.lightingcompany.co.uk and look at more than 850. If this prompts a question one of our highly trained staff will be happy to help you.
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Best Traditional DESK LAMP BANKERS LAMP £222.52* (Free UK Delivery)
A solid aged brass traditional design manufactured in the UK. A quality table lamp in sold brass which has a natural tarnish that has been hand waxed and buffed to replicate a restored antique.
Best Modern DESK LAMP QUINCY LED TABLE LAMP £54.00* (Free UK Delivery)
This modern design table lamp has a minimalist design with the single adjustable spot light on a clean central shaft. It’s LED uses just 2.4 watts but provides 210 lumens or about 25 standard watts.
Looks great in a period setting.
Best Traditional FLOOR LAMP LIGHTING FLOOR LAMP £80.40* (Free UK Delivery)
A traditional antique brass floor lamp standing on a sturdy circular base. It’s swan neck style head and white marble effect shade give a degree of flexibility to effectively direct the light. This lamp is switched by an in-line floor switch.
Best Traditional retro FOR SHEER GOOD LOOKS EXTEND FLOOR LAMP £784.80* (Free UK Delivery)
This retro feel dimmable floor lamp has an interesting contrast between it’s painted brown base and arm with its thin polished chrome structure that holds the shade. This can also be tilted and extended for use over a table or seating area where situating the base of the lamp is tricky.
Best Traditional FASHION READING LAMP BEAU READING LAMP £58.80* (Free UK Delivery)
MONTANA FLOOR LAMP £82.20* (Free UK Delivery)
This popular Mother and Child style floor lamp has both a 230W halogen uplighter and a 40W fully adjustable reading arm. Supported by 2 sleek satin chrome stems standing on a dome shaped base. Both lights have separate dimmers to have the ultimate in control.
Best Modern retro FOR SHEER GOOD LOOKS OSAKA POLISHED CHROME £179.40* (Free UK Delivery)
With visions of the famous Pixar lamp, this timeless in polished chrome floor lamp is ideal for reading and task lighting. Individually switched with a foot switch and double insulated for safe use without an earth wire.
A 48cm antique brass reading light that has the control to place the light just where you need it and at the angle you need it.
Best Modern FASHION READING LAMP GIZZERA TABLE LAMP £52.80* (Free UK Delivery)
A contemporary wooden table lamp with a contrasting black shade and black and white textile cable.
Adjustable not only on the arm but on the angle of the shade too.
Best Unique FLOOR LAMP JAMES FLOOR LAMP £695.00* (Free UK Delivery)
Best Modern FLOOR LAMP
A great look for any modern home, also available in white.
A unique table lamp complete with it’s own occasional table. Perfect for putting your coffee down on!
Best Modern VALUE FLOOR LAMP MIKO LED FLOOR LAMP £102.00* (Free UK Delivery) A low energy LED floor lamp which is switched by an integrated toggle switch.
The table height is adjustable to fit your room.
It uses 5 watts but provides around 350 lumens or the equivalent of around 40 standard watts.
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A: FOR: Grandparents that have everything . . . . . . These classical HADLEY table lights save the scramble down the back of a table to find the switch as they are touch lamps. Why not get a pair one for Granny and one for Grandad!!
B: FOR: The new homeowner . . . . This stylish MARRAKECH rustic wood and patina white table lamp would be a great in any home but would bring a stylish look to a new home. It is also double insulated so it is safe for use in a home without an earth wire.
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C: FOR: The Kids bedroom . . . . . . This VIKI wall light is decorative with a floral theme. It’s low energy design minimises heat produced. Perfect for kids of all ages.
E E: FOR: Treating yourself . . . . . . Available in this seasonal Red and also Gold, this LOVELL mosaic table lamp oozes appeal with it’s dual light source. One in the lamp holder and one in the base giving a wonderful glow.
D: FOR: That special someone. . . One of our favourite addition’s to this years range of products, the ENSA table lamp is made with unique dynamic firing to make each one extra special.
We also have boy and girl themed colour changing lamps! Ask us.
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