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Looking for inspiration ? Struggling to find the right lighting solution ?

Confused by all the rooms to be lit ? Electrician arriving Monday ?

Look no further, simply book an appointment with our designer for a visit to your home for a consultation. We will review each room and recommend lighting solutions and options. Back in the store we will guide you through the numerous suppliers to find the right designs for you. We aim to take the stress out of selecting your lighting and ensuring you achieve a result which you will be delighted.

There is a fee for this personalised service which is normally redeemable against purchase of your light fittings.
Please ask a member of staff or phone 01823 618641 for more details

A home consultation normally takes an hour and includes up to a further 2 hours of designers time. If your project needs more time then we will advise you of any additional charges following the first consultation. Please note we are domestic lighting specialists able to advise and guide you in your selections. We are not electrical contractors or architects and we therefore do not replace the services they offer. The design service fee applies to projects within a 30 mile radius of any one of our stores. For projects located outside of this area please call 01823 618641 to discuss.


Are Looking at a new build ? an extension ? or even a re-design ?

We are happy to work from your plans and will provide you with a lighting specification sufficient for your electrician to design his wiring layout.

If time allows, sorting out the lighting well before first fix is scheduled will give maximum flexibility to propose the options available.
If time is more limited then we will give you our best advice based on the positions you have already determined for your lighting.

There are always alternative ways of lighting a room and during the consultation we will do our best to understand your needs and preferences so we propose the best lighting match.

If there are special features such as exposed beams, fireplaces, pictures, vaulted celings then we will normally try to bring these features to the fore of the lighting solution.

Some prople need the lighting to be simply ambient whilst others require something more functional. Some are seeking a statement piece to express a design idea while others may prefer something that blends into the background.


Fitting

There are vast numbers of suppliers and design solutions to every lighting need. Our job is to understand your needs sufficiently so we can guide you through the options availabe.
A good starting point is the light fitting finish and how will it integrate with other furnishings in the room. Have you decided on the colour of light switches and plug sockets ? Are you planning to have framed pictures in the room ? What about your selection of door furniture ? All these can have an impact on your selection of light fittings.


Lighting your living & dining room

There are ordinarily several options as to how to light a room and the final arrangement will need to take into account the function of the room and how it is used.

The living room has many lighting options such as centre lights, wall lights or surface spot lights, flush lights and free standing lamps. Light fittings can be used singularly such as just centre lights or just wall lights. Alternatively, they can be used together such as wall lights with centre lights, centre wits with free standing lamps and such.

Ceiling height will be a factor to determine whether centre lights are appropriate and if so whether they will be suspended on chain or direct mounting onto the ceiling. For rooms with particularly low ceilings there are many flush fittings now available ensuring sufficient headroom is retained.

Width of a room (rather than length) is a dominant factor in determining the physical size of a centre light fitting. As we providing sufficient light i.e., 3 | 5 I 8 I 12 or more lamps the fitting needs to be physically proportionate to the width and height of the room. Once a room is over 10ft wide the chances are a larger fitting will be required i.e. 5 light instead of 3 light.

Length of a room will have an impact on the number of light fittings required to ensure an even distribution of light through the room. For example, it is common to have 2 centre lights in a room over 18lt long. This helps ensure the light source is physically spread out thus avoiding dark areas. in some cases, centre lights might be supplemented by wall lights to help in the even distribution of Edit through the room.

The dining room normally has a fixed position for the dining table and thus it is possible and preferable to have the lighting fitting coming lower over the table than would otherwise be the case where interrupted thoroughfare is required.
Invariably we seek to have light coming down from above the table. lighting what is on the table but at the same time avoiding and glare to the occupants. If it is a larger dining room, then often additional wall lights will provide supplementary light Mulch if dimmer controlled will help create the required ambience.

Pictures in a room can be used as part of the overall lighting solution. Using either traditional overhead picture lights or directional halogen spots the picture will stand out once lit and will reflect soft light into the room.

Free standing lamps can either be 'in addition to' or part of the overall lighting solution.
Where fixed lighting opportunities may be very restricted (where there is low ceiling height for example), then free slanting lamps can be positioned so as to supplement the fixed lighting and thus even-out the light distribution.
Combination lamps such as the 'mother and child' configuration can be used to solve a number of lighting deficiencies in a room.


Kitchen Lighting

Halogen capsules
The halogen G9 capsules has become the standard of the industry and is again mains powered and readily dimmable. The distinct difference when compared with the halogen spot is the capsule offers diffused light providing for a much more even overall lighting effect. For this reason, the capsule is ideally suited to the central lighting requirement of a kitchen giving bright white light evenly diffused.
The halogen capsule is thus our recommended solution for most kitchen applications. There is a huge range of designs available providing great choice of colours and styles.

Under Cupboard Lighting
If you are having overhead cupboards, then we recommend you consider fitting under cupboard lighting. When you stand at the worktop the chances are that you will be screening the light originating from the ceiling light source and thus you will create a shadow on the work surface. This is especially the case if you select halogen spots for the main ceiling lighting.
Under cupboard lighting provides you with uninterrupted light where you need it most. The selection of light source is similar to that for the central lighting for example fluorescent, tungsten and halogen. Fluorescent is probably the most widely used for under cupboard albeit that it does not give the best quality light. Other factors such as cost and compactness mean it is very popular. Tungsten is rarely used these days and halogen offers excellent light quality and many designs are available again with a view to making a feature of the light fittings.

Dining and Island Lighting
Creating a feature of the lighting for the dining area or over an island is an opportunity to make a design statement to compliment the rest of the kitchen design. In these areas it is quite normal to have lighting which is suspended lower than for other areas where people need to wait under. Multi head suspended lighting is fashion- able.
Each kitchen is different and every individual has differing priorities therefor the above notes are for general guidance only.
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Bathroom Lighting

There are now strict regulations governing the design of fittings suitable for installation in the bathroom.
Bathroom lighting can be categorised into three areas; ambient, functional and decorative.

Ambient Lighting
Ordinarily the main ambient lighting is ceiling mounted with options being; inset halogen spots down lighters, surface spots, surface halogen capsules or flush Edits.
Halogen in a bathroom helps highlight features, accentuates contrasts and creates atmosphere. so it is often the preferred choice. Inset spots are popular, but surface spots slow you to direct the light at specific features.
A Flush light are another option which. in some cases, gives a low energy option. Generally, the light from such fittings is softer and has less impact and can be considered as more functional.
More options are coming available all the time and new bathroom rated chandeliers and pendants are available.

Mirror Lighting
Effective lighting at the mirror is for many an essential feature of a well-appointed bathroom. Preferably the light should be aimed back towards the user ensuring they have an even distribution of unglaring light and hence they are able to use the mirror to best effect.
Mirrors are now available with integral halogen, fluorescent or LED lights, giving light exactly where it is needed. Care needs to be taken in selecting the right version of such mirrors as some are more or less glaring than others. Some mirrors otter integral shaver (tooth brush) power points.
Alternatively wall lights either side or above the mirror with glass diffusing the intensity of the light are a popular solution.

Decorative Lighting
The bathroom is an ideal location for special hi-tech reflects and LED is proving popular. Fittings are available to the higher lP ratings and thus there is a wide choice available. Fittings inset into the floor, up lighting the walls or inset into a mirror we! are some of the options to consider.
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