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4 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Floor Lamp

Floor lamps these days are a designer’s best friend; they are sleek, modern, unique and energy efficient. As such, it’s little wonder that homeowners and interior decorators can’t wait to get their hands on floor lamps when designing the room of their dreams.

 

 

The only thing is, given the large number of styles to choose from, it’s easy to buy something that doesn’t really suit your home and many buyers struggle to determine what it is they should be looking for in a floor lamp to get their perfect match.

Well, that’s what we are here for.

Here are our 3 top tips on choosing the perfect floor lamp for your home:

 

First, decide on the purpose of your floor lamp

The purpose of your floor lamp is going to have a massive impact on the design, type and wattage of the lamp that you choose. For example, if you are simply looking for a floor lamp that is aesthetically pleasing and casts a warm glow over your room, then an upward facing lamp with a warm orange/yellow glow and a low wattage is going to be best for providing the ambience you are looking for.

However, if you are looking for a more practical floor lamp for reading, then you are going to want to get a lamp that casts a good light and that is flexible for movement into the best reading positions.

 

The eye level rule

The height of your floor lamp is essential in where it fits in and you should always measure a space and consider the eye level rule before investing in your floor lamp.

If your lamp is going to be located in a passage way or a kitchen or somewhere that people are going to be standing, then it can be a taller lamp; simply measure from the floor to an average adults eye level and the bottom of the lamp shade or lamp should meet up with it.

A small floor lamp in a room with high ceilings is going to get lost, so it’s important to consider the height, size and space where you are putting your lamp.

 

Make a statement

One of our favourite things about modern floor lamps is that there are so many options for signature lights that make a statement; from hanging lights over the kitchen table to sculptural masterpieces that will simply be the centre of attention to your room.

Remember your décor

It’s always important to keep the rest of your house décor in mind when you are buying a floor lamp. This ensures that your floor lamp will stand out but not clash.

If you live in an old country manor, for example, then you probably shouldn’t invest in a modern, sleek floor lamp that wouldn’t look out of place in a city centre deluxe apartment. If you have a minimalistic, modern household with black marble tops and straight geometric lines, then it’s worth looking into something more slick and stylish.

These are just some of the aspects to keep in mind when you are looking for the perfect floor lamp. We’ve got an exquisite selection of floor lamps to suit any household, simply have a look at our range and contact us if you’d like to know any more about these and our other stylish lights.

 

9 Reasons Why London is Such a Great City to Live In

London is one of the most popular cities to live in in the world, and given what’s on offer, that should hardly come as a surprise. It’s no secret that the city has a massive amount of attractions for people to come to live and work in it for.

 

So, if you’re thinking about relocating to London, we’ve put together 10 reasons why you will absolutely love living in this spectacular city.

 

  1. Work opportunities

London is the world’s epicentre of business and it is home to thousands of global companies and brands that make working in the city truly exciting.  From Dove and Barclays to Lipton and Sky there is no end to the opportunities that lie in wait for those that are looking for a new venture.

In fact, London was recently voted as the world’s most desired place to work, according to the Boston Consulting Group. The city beat competitors such as New York and Paris to claim this coveted titles.

 

  1. Great earning potential

We often hear the tales of how hard it is to survive in a big city and London is notorious for its high prices, especially when it comes to property. Sure, it’s not the cheapest city to live in, but there is also the potential for massive earnings at some of the world’s most coveted workplaces.

The high prices in London are, more often than not, put off by the higher salaries that the city’s residents earn so that’s something to keep in mind.

 

  1. Shopping

If there’s one thing that there really is no shortage of in London, it is world-class shopping. We’re not just talking about shopping centres or malls here either – of which there are hundreds to choose from – but also the weekend and seasonal markets, high-end department stores like Harrods, unique boutique shops and affordable second-hand stores.

No matter what your style is or what your budget is capped at, there is a shopping experience in London for you.

 

  1. A melting pot of cultures

One of our favourite things about London is how multicultural it is. There are over 300 languages spoken in London alone and you’ll find everything from China Town and Little Korea to British Pubs and Senegalese neighbourhoods.

 

  1. A neighbourhood for everyone’s needs

There is a plethora of different neighbourhoods to choose from within London’s bounds. From Wimbledon to Camden and Notting Hill to Croydon, there’s something for everyone. You can find a laid-back hippie neighbourhood, a high-class celebrity-filled street and places for families – all you have to do is do your research and you’ll find something to fit in with your lifestyle and budget.

 

  1. Transport

There’s absolutely no need to own a car in London; the tubes, buses, taxis and other well kept public transport options make it easy to get around London on your own.

 

  1. You’ll always have something to do

The thing about London is that there is always something on, whether it’s sports events such as Wimbledon or the Lion King playing at West End – there is always lots of options for those that like to keep busy.

 

  1. Food, food, glorious food

London is home to some of the world’s best restaurants and many of the globe’s most renowned chefs choose to settle here. From Middle Eastern kebab shops and British fish and chips to fast food chains and fancy gastro dining, there’s not much more than a foodie could ask for in this city.

 

  1. Designers dream

If you’ve got an eye for detail and live for fashion then there simply isn’t a better place to settle than London. Top designers from all over the globe chose to create their base in the city and this doesn’t just refer to clothes, but to interior designers, architects and lighting designers such as our own Christopher Wray too.

 

5 Creative Ways to Use Lighting at Your Boutique Hotel

A light becomes more than a simple light when it’s placed in the right place and illuminates exactly what you need it to.

Lighting at your boutique hotel will have a massive effect on the overall atmosphere and feeling of your place and will enhance the experience for your guests. You want to create a space that gives guests a special feeling when they enter; you want it to be warm, unique and inviting and that stays away from a cold, sterile feel.

Here is how you can use lighting in creative ways in your boutique hotel to make it all the more magical for your guests.

 

  1.        Use more than one kind of lighting fixture in your rooms

Guests come to your property for different reasons and have different agendas while they are there – they could be on a business trip and will be reading documents and papers into the early morning or simply having a romantic weekend away with their significant other.

 

You need to cater to the different needs of your guests that will be staying in the room. Ensure that you have overhead lighting fixtures that can brighten up the whole room, but also provide lamps and other lighting that allow guests to customise their experience and dim where needed.

 

  1.        Light up the nooks and crannies

Many hotel owners make the mistake of overlooking the dark corners and small spaces in their establishment and fail to light them properly. Not only will lighting up these areas make the space look bigger and brighter, but it also ensures that guests won’t trip over in any dark places they might not see.

 

  1.        Natural lighting does wonder

While it’s great to use lighting fixtures and lamps to give your property that extra edge of sophistication, don’t overlook the importance that natural light plays in creating a welcoming environment.

Try and use large windows and overhead glass panels to create a bright environment, particularly in places like the lounge or dining room where people gather to socialise.

 

  1.        Signature lighting

There are most likely parts of your hotel that you particularly love and would love to give a little more attention to. You can use lighting techniques such as up-lighting to highlight the details that you really want your guests to marvel at.

This could be something as large as a spiral staircase or a wonderful piece of art that you are particularly fond of. Use signature lighting to help your favourite bits to pop out to guests when they enter.

 

  1.        A focal point

Not every hotel needs one or can pull it off, but getting a unique and awe-inspiring chandelier or lamp is sure to catch your guests’ attention. Take some time to browse the different kinds of styles and finishes until you find something that will create the most perfect focal point in your space.

London's Christmas Lights 2018: When Are They Switched On And Where To See Them

Nothing quite heralds the arrival of the festive season like the switching on of London’s famous Christmas lights. London is a remarkable place to be year-round, but there’s something incredibly magical about the annual Christmas light period.

Little light bulbs glowing, Michael Buble songs blaring throughout the city’s speakers and the warmth of festivity that spread throughout simply cannot be beaten.

Whether you're attending the switching on of the lights themselves, shopping around town for Christmas gifts, or you are just out and about with your friends – it’s well worth the effort to stop and take some time to check out these wondrous lights.

Here’s our guide to some of the city’s hotspots for Christmas lights; where to see them and when they are getting switched on.

Seven Dials Christmas Lights

On Thursday the 15th of November 2018 the Seven Dials Christmas lights will be turned on. Take your time and stroll along the quaint cobbled streets, have a look at the variety of different shops and stop to enjoy a meal at the menagerie of world-class restaurants whilst marvelling at the incredible Christmas light display.

The switch-on itself will take place at 6.30 in the evening and simply shouldn’t be missed. From 5 pm until 9 pm the roads are closed and the area is traffic-free too, which makes the experience all the more awe-inspiring, as well as safe for the little ones.

Traditional Christmas gifts will be on display and come with some really great discounts; you can pick up some free mulled wine, complimentary food or simply enjoy the entertainment provided by the wonderful choir that really amplifies the Christmas cheer.

There’s also a ton of free workshops and classes to take part in too.

Kingston Christmas Lights

One of the City’s most prominent light switching is happening on Thursday the 15th of November at Kingston. The traditional Christmas market that opens on the same day makes the event even more memorable.

The whole of the town centre is set to turn into a winter wonderland with a wonderful Christmas spirit. The market stalls are all charmingly set up in small wooden cabins that encapsulate the feeling of the festive season. Get involved in this family-friendly event and enjoy craft workshops, mulled wine and traditional Christmas fare.

Sloan Square, Chelsea Christmas Lights

As you can imagine, the festive season in Chelsea is quite an elaborate affair and the festivities are centred from Sloane Square right across to the Duke of York Square.

At 2 pm on Saturday the 17th of November, the carol singers and other entertainers will start to get the cheer going as the groups of people begin to arrive for the main event. The kiddies can look forward to a Father Christmas and actual reindeer in the Duke of York Square.

The main switching on event takes place at 5 pm in Sloane Square and simply shouldn’t be missed.

Royal Exchange Christmas Lights

The Royal Exchange has created quite a stir around its 25ft Christmas tree and lighting event over the last couple of years and we can look forward to this treat on Wednesday the 21st of November this year.

The luxury shopping centre offers hot chocolate, mulled wine and mince pies to attendees, along with some excellent carolling and other special entertainments. The event begins at 6 pm with the lights getting switched on at 6:45 pm.

The Shard Christmas Lights

As has become standard over the last few years, The Shard will illuminate the top twenty floors of the building throughout December. The lights will be turned on from the 3rd of December from 4 pm to 1 am every night and they illuminate London’s night skies in a spectacular manner.

Christmas is one of the best times to visit London and get your fill of festive cheer so fill up your cup and head on down to some of the best lighting events throughout the city this year.

Lighting Options: Subtle Versus Statement Makers

Lighting plays an important role in interior design. Not only is lighting practical, in that it can eliminate darkness so you can see, but it can also be used to give a certain mood or look to a room or space.

Knowing how you want to design a space is the first step in determining what sort of lighting the space needs. This is because the way lighting is used in a room can either be subtle or it can make a statement. Both of these lighting types are important in design, both individually and together, for several reasons.

Using a balance of both lighting types is a good idea because subtle and statement lighting offer different things and they can be layered for optimal effect. To understand how they work together, you need to know how they work individually.

 

Subtle Lighting

Simple yet refined, subtle lighting is the type of lighting you are likely to find away from the centre of the room. It is lighting that blends in with the wall or ceiling it is attached to, or the floor space it is set on. It is lighting that is focussed on emphasising or complementing other aspects in the room, such as furnishings, wall coverings, and even structural components of the house’s design.

Subtle lighting can include sconces, table and floor lamps, and even lights set into bookshelves or other furniture or items.

Our Volume bookshelf and wine rack is shaped like an elegant teardrop and has a light positioned at the tip to illuminate items placed on the shelves or rack. The lighting here is subtle, meant to draw attention to the beautiful craftsmanship of the piece but not overpower the room.

Likewise, our desk lamps—including the modern Datchet with its LED lighting, chrome metal detailing, and VA screen with clock and other features—are intended to illuminate a smaller, specific area to make working in a dark room a thing of the past.

In the end, subtle lighting is all about creating atmosphere in a quiet and background sort of way.

 

Statement Makers

Statement makers do just that: make statements. That doesn’t mean that they are the only lighting in a room, but they are intended to draw attention and give viewers a sense of awe. Statement makers are about being decorative as much as they are about lighting up a space.

Statement makers are usually central to a room. One of the main places you may see a statement maker—like a chandelier or one or more hanging shades—is suspended or hanging over a dining table. At the top of a staircase is another prominent area one may be positioned.

Hanging shades like Chime, which consists of one, three, five, or six slim glass tubes with partial satin matt finish to hide the light source, can be suspended from the ceiling. Corbel has four differently-sized domes that can also be hung from the ceiling. The domes come in a variety of elegant shades and finishes to best complement the space.

These lighting options are made with the intent to stand out, while also providing a light source.

 

Combing Subtle and Statement Lighting

As you have probably presumed by now, pairing subtle lighting with a statement maker can result in a well-lit room that looks great. The statement maker grabs attention and the subtle lighting fills out the less noticeable areas to make sure all that needs to be illuminated is.

With careful selection of different lighting options—and with careful placement of lights and furnishings—different moods and looks can be created.

London Is Lit Up With Huge Harry Potter Wands To Shed Light on JK Rowland's Charity

In June 1997 the world was introduced to, and fell in love with, a young orphan that lived in a small cupboard under the stairs. Almost immediately the Harry Potter books took the world by storm; children and adults all over the world queued for hours to get their hands on the Harry Potter books for years to come.

We all know the story: Mistreated by his family, Harry was whisked away to the wonderful wizarding world of Hogwarts and we were captivated by the delights and devastation that he encountered during his epic feud with “He who shall not be named”. During the books, Harry lost loved ones but most importantly found a family and friends that he would never have had the opportunity to if his circumstances had not changed.

Unfortunately, not all orphans get to experience the love that Harry found and it’s only through these books that many parentless children learned to escape their dire circumstances all over the world.

J.K Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, become deeply involved in charities and orphanages all over the world in order to try and improve their lives.

Lumos is a charity that she founded to set about the change in finding every child a loving home by 2050. The name Lumos is actually a light-giving spell in the Harry Potter books and Rowling used the name to shed light on the plight of orphans in institutions all over.

From October the 18th walkway between Millennium Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral, Peter’s Hill, will be given a “Wizarding World makeover” when nine massive wands are installed to increase publicity to the charity that is so close to Rowling’s heart.

Each wand will be 15ft, or over 4 metres tall, and will illuminate the walkway a month before the release of the eagerly anticipated second installation of the Fantastic Beasts movies. The wands belong to Newt Scamander and the bevvy of much-loved characters found in the movies and London residents can look forward to a little bit of magic making waves on their streets soon.

The installation, called Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Supports London, has been developed and created between Lumos as part of the famous City of London Arts Initiative for public art.

Josh Berger, president and managing director of Warner Bros Entertainment UK, Eire & Spain, and president of Harry Potter global franchise development, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Lumos on this landmark installation, which is sure to delight fans and the tens of thousands of commuters and tourists passing through Peter’s Hill each day.

London has played a huge role in the on-screen legacy of the Wizarding World, from King’s Cross Station to Millennium Bridge, not to mention the nearby Warner Bros Studios Leavesden – which has housed countless iconic sets across all 10 films and nearly two decades – providing a major boost to the UK film industry.”

Mr Berger added that the initiative “is emblematic of this unique relationship, celebrating the magic of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts here in London while raising awareness for the vital work being done by Lumos on behalf of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.”

This beautiful tribute is something that people all over the UK will flock to and is an amazing accolade to the books that have captured our imaginations for the past two decades.

More importantly, however, it highlights the struggles and injustices that orphans all over the world are facing and it gives them the hope that they too will be swept up into a world of magic, love, friendship and family.

The Science of How Temperature and Lighting Impact Our Productivity

Many people don’t think about temperature and lighting when they think about what affects their productivity levels, but both can have a considerable impact.

Consider what it’s like to sit down in an environment where the temperature is too hot or too cold, and the lighting is too intense or too dull. It’s not comfortable, is it? And when you’re not comfortable, focussing on anything much can be difficult.

These are just some of the ways that productivity levels can be negated;

 

Temperature and Productivity

If you had to choose between a cold and warm working environment, which would you go with? If your answer is “cold”, you might be hindering your productivity levels.

While cold environments can seem far more pleasant and even comfortable to many people, and may seem the obvious choice with offices everywhere running air conditioning constantly throughout the workday, your body requires more energy expenditure to keep warm in such environments. This can take away from the energy you can use for work. Without this energy, it can be harder to concentrate and be inspired enough to work to your full potential.

When it comes to warm—but not hot, which can be as draining as the cold—working environments, this isn’t a problem. In fact, it has been proven that physical and psychological warmth are often connected in the brain, meaning that being in a warm environment can increase productivity, job satisfaction, and even happiness levels.

 

Lighting and Productivity

When it comes to lighting, there is artificial lighting and natural lighting. Typically, offices have more artificial than natural lighting or a combination of both. But have you ever wondered what is best for productivity levels?

Light and circadian rhythms are linked. Circadian rhythms are the biological processes that function as an internal clock for sleep, alertness, and relaxation, as impacted by cortisol production.

Natural lighting is the far better option for productivity, simply because it can stabilise your body’s cortisol levels and keep them in balance. This means that natural lighting can improve your overall health and well-being, such as mood, energy levels, alertness, and levels of productivity.

Poor or artificial lighting in a workplace doesn’t have these benefits and can lead to more stress and less energy and focus. The result of this is feeling sleepier by the evening than would be the case with natural lighting.

Of course, working in natural lighting may not be an option all the time. When this is the case, it’s a good idea to spend time outside in the mornings and during breaks. You can also change the setup of your workspace to include more natural light.

For your office setup, you may wish to maximise the natural light that filters in through windows and pair this with artificial lighting. Choose large windows and glass furniture like the Lincoln desk to open up your space and let light spread further.

Contemporary modular shelving options like the  Yet bookshelf add subtle lighting to complement the natural light entering your space, while also providing storage.

The addition of desk or floor lamps can ensure that anywhere natural light can’t access can still be well-lit. The Kelvin desk lamp and the Articulo floor lamp are flexible and adjustable, so they can be angled to light up dark spaces while also adding a modern look to your office.

Be creative and brighten up your space with light and beautiful furnishings and decor.

 

Conclusion

Knowing what the ideal temperature and lighting is for you to stay focused, and making sure your workspace fits those needs, can ensure that your future work or study sessions will be more productive than any before.

5 Autumn Décor and Lighting Trends to Give Your Home A Cosy Glow

In Denmark, they have a special word dedicated the joys of “acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.”

Hyggae (pronounced hue-guh) is a word unique to the Danish language that is simply dedicated to the warmth of both a psychological and physical feeling of comfort, enjoyment and cosiness that is experienced at times through life.

 

 

Given that the average temperature in Denmark is 7.7 degrees Celsius, we’re going to believe that they know a thing or two about being snug in some pretty cold winters, which are normally freezing or below. Hyggae is a word that has been making waves through the interior decorating world, with homes all over the globe trying to replicate the feeling of utter contentment and bliss in cold temperatures.

Autumn is upon us and the days are becoming shorter, the nights colder and the trees are in the midst of bidding farewell to their leaves for the winter season. However, getting our homes winter-ready can always be a bit of a tough one, especially if you have no idea where to start.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of our favourite ways to give your home a cosy glow this autumn that will make you never want to go outdoors in winter.

Here are our 5 autumn décor and lighting trends to give your home a cosy glow:

 

  1. Supersized knits

There is just something about knitted textures that oozes cosiness. It brings to mind a picture of our grandmothers sitting by a warm fire and knitting together childhood blankets that saw us through the coldest of winter nights. To make your home extra snug this winter, invest in some oversized, chunky knitted blankets, throws and pillows that will give your home an extra feeling of warmth this autumn.

 

  1. Warm metal lighting fixtures

Lighting fixtures have come a long way in the last couple of years and there’s now a plethora of unique and exciting designs and material to choose from. Lanterns, in particular, can give you the warm glow that you are looking for.

Try and go with warm metal fixtures such as brass that will give you the extra glow to your room that will make your home seem like the perfect spot to spend the cold evenings. These lights aren’t simply for seeing but can make an amazing aesthetic signature piece that brings the whole room together.

 

  1. Deep wall tones

If you’re thinking about going the whole hog in updating your home into a winter wonderland, then think about painting your walls deep tones like winter blues, forest greens or warming dark reds. These kinds of colours will make the room feel even cosier and the rich brass or other metal lighting fixtures mentioned above simply pop out with these kinds of backgrounds.

 

  1. Update your furniture colour scheme

Updating the colour scheme on your furniture doesn’t mean that you have to completely recover your couches and chairs, but that you should simply invest in some richly coloured accessories that will give your room that extra Hyggae feeling.

Think about rustic fireside reds and tartan hues in the form of pillows, blankets and throws that will make you feel like you are perched by a fireside in a cosy cabin in the middle of the woods.

 

  1. A reading nook

We don’t know about you, but autumn and winter to us mean evenings spent by the fire watching TV or reading a good book. Take your autumn décor to the next level with a richly decorated reading nook in which you can snuggle into and lose yourself into your favourite books with a steaming cup of cocoa.

These are just some of the ideas that you can use to transform your home into a cosy autumn escape. If you have anything else you think can add an extra layer of warmth to your décor please leave a comment, as we’d love to hear from you.

4 Expert Lighting Tips for Apartments

The right lighting in your apartment can make or break the balance between having a spacious well-lit abode or a dark and dreary space that has a massive effect on how much you enjoy your home.

Apartments in the UK, in general, can be quite tight for space and are known to come with a particular lack of natural light because of small windows and high rise buildings blocking out the light.

Luckily, there is a whole lot that you can do with the lighting in your apartment that will help to make it look more spacious.

If you want your apartment to contradict its actual size and feel warm and inviting, then you have to ensure you know what you’re doing with the lighting.

Here are our expert tips on how to get the lighting for your apartment just right.

 

  1.        Utilise natural light

Before we get into the amazing lighting fixtures that you can add to your apartment, the first thing you should do is consider the natural light that you have available.

Natural light can be pretty limited in small apartments, so it’s imperative to take advantage of as much as you can. Natural light is one of the best ways to make an apartment feel a bit bigger, and it eliminates dark shadows that can make your space feel more claustrophobic.

Make use of mirrors to play with the natural light that you do have and reflect it into areas that it might not reach; this will amplify the space and make it seem much bigger than it really is.

 

  1.        Use ceiling fixtures

If there’s one kind of light that will really help your apartment to seem more spacious, it’s the use of ceiling fixtures. This style of lighting fixture directs the attention of your space upwards to make a room seem more open; they also add a bit of drama and flair that can deceive the eye into thinking it’s much bigger than it really is.

However, don’t only use ceiling lights, and ensure that you have other fixtures to compliment your chosen fixture(s). A single ceiling fixture can detract from your room and make it seem smaller, so remember to pair it with something else.

 

  1.        Task lighting

When selecting lighting for your apartment it’s also really important to consider what you are going to be using each room for. The brightness and position of your lights should be determined by the activities that are taking place in each room in question.

For example, the kitchen is going to be used for chopping and cooking and therefore it’s important to have bright lights that allow enough illumination for what you’re going to be doing.

Whereas the dining room might need a little less brightness and a little more warmth to create the kind of ambience that you are looking for over mealtimes and socialising.

 

  1.        Dimmers

Don’t shy away from incorporating dimmers in the lighting design of your apartment, as they offer a kind of flexibility that allows a room to have multiple uses.

For example, your dining room may be used by your children to do homework, or for you to read, and this requires bright lighting. However, you can use a dimmer to turn down the stark white light and turn it into something a little more ambient when you have people over for dinner or drinks.

These are just some of our top tips on lighting for your apartment. Feel free to contact us if you need more advice and we will be more than happy to help you find the best light for your home.

How to Light Artwork in your Home

There’s nothing quite like getting your new favourite piece of artwork mounted on your wall. However, many homeowners struggle to find the right fixture to light their new art in a way that accentuates the piece without detracting from the décor of the rest of the room.

Ensuring that you get the right picture lighting for your home’s artwork comes down to fine planning on how you are going to get it looking as good on your wall as it did in the gallery.

 

The following guide is to help you get the basics right when it comes to ensuring the artwork on your wall is seen in the best light.

 

LED lighting

Most of the world’s most famous art galleries and other institutions are making the move over to LED lighting, which isn’t just incredibly effective and advanced, but also uses less energy and emits less heat than a normal bulb.

The wonderful thing about LED lighting is that it’s so modern and advanced that its features allow you to do almost exactly as you wish to the artwork and also adjust it for different situations. For example, you could set the light to adjust for the number of people that are in a room or to match the exact quality of natural light that should be coming in at a specific time of day.

LED lighting is innovative and exciting and if are serious about displaying your artwork in the best light, then LED is certainly the way to go.

 

Picture lights

If you really want your visitors to gravitate towards a piece of artwork in your home, then you should definitely consider investing in some high quality picture lights. The lights are mounted on the wall incredibly close to a painting and it tends to magnify the intimacy and magnificence of the artwork.

The great thing is that picture lights are also decorative fixtures, which means that while they illuminate and magnify the focus on your artwork, they themselves add to the general décor and ambience of your home.

Picture lights are also incredibly practical for people who are renting homes or apartments and are not allowed to put fittings onto the walls.

 

Keep the surface and type of light in mind

Firstly, remember that if you have framed your artwork and its located behind class, then it is going to react to light and flare in some spots. This means you will have to adjust your lights in such a way that it doesn’t create problems in the glass; another big pitfall to avoid with artwork behind glass is using natural light as your source.

Glass has an even bigger propensity to reflect and bounce light off from natural window light than artificial light.

It’s also imperative to remember that some lights can harm your artwork and you should position your lights with this in mind. If you leave a halogen light in one spot on your artwork, it is essentially going to burn it away over time and make it more faded than the rest of the artwork.

Remember to always adjust the angles of your lights and ensure that they are at a distance that is far enough away to prevent damage.

Whether you’re looking to light up a friend’s piece that you bought at their recent exhibition or you have spent hundreds of thousands on a particularly popular artwork at the gallery – all artwork deserves to be appreciated.

Contact us if you have any more questions on the best way to light artwork in your home.