Buying guide Lighting for your home
Finding the right type of lighting for your home is not only a practical decision, but can transform the mood of every room. Our buying guide will introduce you to the different types of lighting, light bulbs, lighting moods and considerations to make when buying lights for your home.Find your nearest lighting showroom
We offer a wide variety of ceiling lights, from ornate chandeliers to modern pendant lights, which will perfectly suit your interior style. If you want to install a ceiling light without an electrician, our EasyFit range means you can fit decorative ceiling lights by yourself without the need to disturb the electricity supply. Remember to measure your ceiling height before you buy a ceiling light to gauge where the light will hang down to.
Floor lamps provide a standalone source of light which will easily fit into any room in your home. Create a design feature with striking floor lamps or use an uplighter to brighten cosy reading corners.
Table lamps offer excellent versatility and can be placed strategically throughout your home to bring light to every area. From practical desk lights to bedside lamps, our range includes a variety of styles and sizes to suit your needs.
Wall & spotlights
Wall lights are perfect for adding ambience to your décor or can be used to make an area, such as a hallway or stairway, look much longer. Spotlights can be used to highlight a painting or ornament or can be installed to offer ideal task lighting for kitchens or bathrooms.
Lighting should not just be a functional purchase, but also a chance to dramatically update your home. When purchasing a light you should think about the type of mood you want to create- think about the below:
Ambient lighting is functional, everyday lighting and is important in every room in your home. You could consider using a dimmer to create a softer mood in rooms such as living rooms and dining areas.
Task lighting offers a concentrated light which provides the best visibility for tasks that require concentration. Desk lamps offer a direct and intense light which is perfect for reading, while kitchens or cooking areas are best lit with spot or wall lights to provide a focused beam of light.
Accent lighting can be used to highlight key features of a room, such as a painting or ornament. This type of lighting adds depth and drama to your space and is generally used in addition to ambient lighting.
Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs have excellent energy saving capabilities. This type of bulb run cool to the touch and lasts 8x longer than a halogen bulb.
Energy rating: A+ - A++
Halogen light bulbs contain a small amount of halogen gas and produce instant, crisp bright light. They are 30% more energy efficient compared to traditional incandescent bulbs.
Energy Rating: B - D
Since 2009, incandescent bulbs have been phased out by the EU in favour of more environmentally friendly and energy efficient bulbs. Incandescent bulbs are now seen as inefficient and expensive to run.
Energy Rating: E - G
Use of bulbs with dimmers
Dimmer switchers alter the brightness of the light and are a good way to create different atmospheres in a room.
All ceiling and wall products that don't have transformers can be used with dimmer switches. Not all bulbs can be used with a dimmer switch either, so make sure to check the bulb packaging before you purchase.
Wattage and lumens are both units of measurement. Wattage refers to the amount of power needed to light a bulb and lumens refers to the level of brightness that the bulb produces.
Kelvins refers to the colour of the light and the warmth of the light output from the bulb. The lower the kelvin the warmer the light. The majority of our bulbs are between 2700-2800 kelvins which would be classed as warm light.
Our chart below will give you an approximate idea of the wattage vs. lumen equivalent.
The energy rating label refers
to how energy efficient the
bulb is that can be used with the
light. All our product
comes with an energy rating
label to ensure you are aware
of how energy efficient it is.
A++ in dark green means the
bulb has high energy efficiency
and an E in red shows the bulb
has low energy efficiency.
All lights fall under 3 different classifications to ensure products are suitably wired. These are:
If this symbol is on a product, it means that the product must be connected to an electrical earth. If there is a problem with the electrical supply that causes the live wire to touch the casing, it will cause a current to flow to the earth wire and the product will switch off.
This symbol shows that the product is double insulated and doesn't need to be wired to an electrical earth.
Products classified with this symbol mean they are supplied with extra low voltage (SELV) transformer or power source.
Bathrooms require light fittings that have been created for safe use in these rooms due to the high level of moisture present. Areas in bathrooms are classified into safety zones.
Each zone requires a fitting which has a certain Ingress Protection (IP) rating. IP ratings offer an indication of how waterproof a light fitting is which then directs where it can be used within a bathroom. For bathrooms, a rating of IP44 is required in zone 1 and 2.
Zone 0 is inside the bath or shower itself. Any fitting used in this zone must be low voltage (max 12V) and be rated at least IP67 which provides complete protection when immersed in water.
Zone 1 sits above the bath or shower to a height of 2.25 meters from the floor. A light fitting with a minimum IP rating of IP44 is required.
Zone 2 is an area stretching 0.6m outside the perimeter of the bath and to a height of 2.25m from the floor. Zone 2 also includes the area above the sink in a radius of 0.6 metres from the taps and the location above Zone 1 (over the bath or shower) up to a ceiling height of 3m. In this zone, an IP rating of at least IP44 Is needed.
Zone 3 sits anywhere outside zone 0, 1 and 2 and where no water jet is likely to be used. There is not a specific IP number required for this area.