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Why Choose LED Lighting for Your Bathroom Upgrade

Technology is a wonderful thing in most aspects and it’s sure been a game changer when it comes to the lighting industry. Since 2015, homeowners have spent millions of pounds on upgrading their more traditional lighting to LED lighting and they’re reaping the rewards of doing so.

Your bathroom is a hugely important space within your home; it’s a sanctuary where you can wash off the hard work of the day, relax in the bathtub and pamper yourself. It’s also somewhere that you groom and get freshened up; ready to face everything you have to like a champ.

That’s why it’s so imperative to have the right lighting in your bathroom. A lot of bathrooms have poor lighting that doesn’t cast enough light on mirrors to be effective, or the lighting is simply wrong for the overall style of the bathroom.

If you are remodelling your entire bathroom or you simply want to upgrade the lighting to suit your modern fixtures, then LED lighting is the way to go.

 

Here’s why our first choice for bathroom lights are LED:

 

Prices are much better

The LED lighting market has seen a massive growth in popularity, which has resulted in more affordable prices for both bulbs and fixtures. It now costs a whole lot less to upgrade your lighting to LED than ever before.

Whether you are simply looking to swap out your bulbs to LED or you want to upgrade the entire system and go for the sleeker looking new LED fixtures and strips – then you can do so without the hefty price tag that used to accompany it.

 

A whole range of new styles

When people hear the term “LED lighting” they often think that they are going to end up with bare fixtures that cast some sort of fluorescent glow all over their homes. The truth of the matter is that the LED lighting market is now one of the most stylish and modern within the industry.

You can now get LED lighting for your bathroom in a huge range of styles to suit the décor of your bathroom, whether that’s contemporary, rustic or traditional. LED lights are cool, stylish and will add that little bit extra to bring your bathroom décor together.

 

An improved quality of light

We are well aware that the early attempts at LED lighting often produced the sterile white or blue light that you’d find in an office or a hospital and it wasn’t particularly stylish or flattering. However, the LED lighting industry has advanced so rapidly that you can hardly tell the difference between LED and incandescent lighting nowadays. LED lights are also dimmable, which makes them the perfect addition to any bathroom, as they can be as bright as they need to be for your grooming but put down low when you want to relax in the bath with some candles.

 

Smart lighting

One of the most wonderful things about LED lighting is its potential for connectivity; LED lighting can be controlled from your smartphone or tablet through an app. This means that you don’t have to get out of bed when you realise you’ve forgotten to turn the bathroom light off.

Smart lighting is also an important feature when it comes to the safety of your home, as you can turn lights on even when you are not there and deter anyone that thinks you are out.

 

Save energy

We are all becoming more and more conscious of the impact that we are having on the planet and one of the main problems is our energy consumption of fossil fuels and other non-renewable sources. LED lighting was developed due to the need for more energy efficient lighting solutions. LED bulbs use dramatically less energy than older bulbs; they use less energy and save you money on your monthly bills. We think that’s a win-win!

If you’d like to know more about our lighting range or you have a question about interior design in general, we would love to hear from you today so please do get in touch.

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.

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.

 

Why Choose LED Lighting for Your Bathroom Upgrade

Technology is a wonderful thing in most aspects and it’s sure been a game changer when it comes to the lighting industry. Since 2015, homeowners have spent millions of pounds on upgrading their more traditional lighting to LED lighting and they’re reaping the rewards of doing so.

Your bathroom is a hugely important space within your home; it’s a sanctuary where you can wash off the hard work of the day, relax in the bathtub and pamper yourself. It’s also somewhere that you groom and get freshened up; ready to face everything you have to like a champ.

 

That’s why it’s so imperative to have the right lighting in your bathroom. A lot of bathrooms have poor lighting that doesn’t cast enough light on mirrors to be effective, or the lighting is simply wrong for the overall style of the bathroom.

If you are remodelling your entire bathroom or you simply want to upgrade the lighting to suit your modern fixtures, then LED lighting is the way to go.

 

Here’s why our first choice for bathroom lights are LED:

Prices are much better

The LED lighting market has seen a massive growth in popularity, which has resulted in more affordable prices for both bulbs and fixtures. It now costs a whole lot less to upgrade your lighting to LED than ever before.

Whether you are simply looking to swap out your bulbs to LED or you want to upgrade the entire system and go for the sleeker looking new LED fixtures and strips – then you can do so without the hefty price tag that used to accompany it.

 

A whole range of new styles

When people hear the term “LED lighting” they often think that they are going to end up with bare fixtures that cast some sort of fluorescent glow all over their homes. The truth of the matter is that the LED lighting market is now one of the most stylish and modern within the industry.

You can now get LED lighting for your bathroom in a huge range of styles to suit the décor of your bathroom, whether that’s contemporary, rustic or traditional. LED lights are cool, stylish and will add that little bit extra to bring your bathroom décor together.

 

An improved quality of light

We are well aware that the early attempts at LED lighting often produced the sterile white or blue light that you’d find in an office or a hospital and it wasn’t particularly stylish or flattering. However, the LED lighting industry has advanced so rapidly that you can hardly tell the difference between LED and incandescent lighting nowadays. LED lights are also dimmable, which makes them the perfect addition to any bathroom, as they can be as bright as they need to be for your grooming but put down low when you want to relax in the bath with some candles.

 

Smart lighting

One of the most wonderful things about LED lighting is its potential for connectivity; LED lighting can be controlled from your smartphone or tablet through an app. This means that you don’t have to get out of bed when you realise you’ve forgotten to turn the bathroom light off.

Smart lighting is also an important feature when it comes to the safety of your home, as you can turn lights on even when you are not there and deter anyone that thinks you are out.

 

Save energy

We are all becoming more and more conscious of the impact that we are having on the planet and one of the main problems is our energy consumption of fossil fuels and other non-renewable sources. LED lighting was developed due to the need for more energy efficient lighting solutions. LED bulbs use dramatically less energy than older bulbs; they use less energy and save you money on your monthly bills. We think that’s a win-win!

If you’d like to know more about our lighting range or you have a question about interior design in general, we would love to hear from you today so please do get in touch.