Under the Spotlight

Under the Spotlight

Find the finishing touch to your home or office space with the right lighting

Indoor lighting is a fundamental element when designing your home as it plays a key role when setting the mood and atmosphere of your home, yet it can often be overlooked. Whether you're refreshing your kitchen, bathroom, living area, or work space; by using a combination of ambient, accent, and task lighting, you can add an aesthetic layer to any room. Check out our guide below to find the perfect indoor lighting for your home.

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Kitchen Lighting

The lighting in your kitchen plays a pivotal role in defining your home. As the kitchen is often the heart of many homes, it is important to use a lighting scheme that sets the mood for family time, cooking, eating, and entertaining guests. Be sure to accentuate key areas with a range of under cabinet lights, spotlights and downlights to transform your kitchen into a bigger, brighter and more welcoming area. Similar to bathroom lights, it is important to consider the IP rating when shopping for kitchen lights.

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Bathroom Lighting

As bathrooms can often be the busiest room in a home, it is important to ensure that it is bright and clear. Whether you're preparing for the day ahead or relaxing in the bath after a hard day's work; recessed bathroom ceiling lights will help create the perfect atmosphere and ambience, whilst task lighting such as LED bathroom mirror lights will provide total coverage to help with everyday routines. Be sure to follow the bathroom zones and IP rating guidelines to avoid water damage as lights vary in water resistance.

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Living Room Lighting

The living room is the most versatile room in many homes as it can be used in many different ways. From reading to relaxing; to socialising and watching movies, the living room can be transformed for different occasions when the correct lighting is used. Consider defining certain areas with different styles of lighting to create different ambiences. LED light strips can help you create a focal point in the room, whilst pendant lights are a great feature for over the dining table to make it a comfortable and enjoyable place to socialise.

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Hallway Lighting

Although the hallway is not an area we spend a lot of time in, it plays a key role in creating a good first impression and sets the tone for the rest of the house. To create a memorable entrance to your home that your guests won't forget, install recessed wall lights to your hallway and stairs to create a welcoming flow from room to room, without compromising space. Alternatively, installing a pendant light in your hallway or stairs can add boldness and will provide a practical and concentrated light.

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Industrial Lighting

A well-lit work area is one of the most important aspects of any office as it has a profound effect on the workforce. Choosing the right lighting scheme for your office can improve employee health, elevate the mood, and increase productivity. It can also help reduce energy bills and maintenance costs. Whatever your profession may be, ensuring your office has the correct lighting scheme, through a combination of strip lighting and task lighting, will allow you to create a bright work space that will aid concentration and help organisation.

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In a room where darkness is the main priority, it is important to create a lighting scheme that caters for both night and day as a bedroom is much more than a place for just sleeping. A bedroom should be comfortable, tranquil, yet functional; with a lighting scheme to match. A calm ambient ceiling light will help with everyday tasks but when it comes to relaxing, reading, or watching TV, task lighting such as wall lights and bedside lamps, will help create a relaxing and cosy atmosphere.

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Some interesting questions…

As the LED bulb produces very little heat, it is able to last much longer than its incandescent and halogen counterparts, as the LED light deteriorates at a much slower rate. Make sure you check out the product information on specific products for estimated lifetimes.

An IP rating is used to define the level of sealing effectiveness against dust/dirt and water. In terms of lighting, especially in the bathroom, the effectiveness of the light against water is most important. IP67 is recommended in any area where the light may be temporarily immersed in water but a much lower rating of IP44 would be acceptable in areas where there will be minimal contact with water, through condensation or light splashes.

Due to the increase in energy saving LED bulbs, the wattage of a bulb no longer indicates how bright a bulb is. The wattage only measures the power the lightbulb needs to produce the light, whereas lumens indicate how bright the bulb is and its light output. The higher the lumen value, the brighter the light output.

Due to water and condensation, precautions need to be taken when selecting your bathroom lights. Bathrooms are split up into 4 zones; zone 0, zone 1, zone 2 and outside zones.

Zone 0 - lights are positioned inside the bath or shower. Lights that are fitted in this area must be low voltage and have a rating of at least IP67.

Zone 1 - the area directly above the bath or shower. The zone is 2.25 metres from the floor, and lights in this area must have a rating of IP45 or above, plus residual current device (RCD) protection if the fitting is 240V.

Zone 2 - the area 0.6m away from the bath, shower, or wash basin. The minimum IP rating is IP44.

Outside zones – All areas that fall outside the scope of zones 0, 1 and 2 and are far away from any contact with water.