When you shop for lighting, there's more to think about than you might think. So many people don’t think about their lighting until last minute and actually it’s the one thing that has the capability of changing a room.
You need to consider your lighting design from all angles to ensure that you make the best choices. There are some technical terms you might want to understand, and various styles and purposes you should consider. You need your lighting to be practical while adding to your decor at the same time. If you're finding it an overwhelming choice, a handy checklist can help you check off what's important. Consider these essential elements when you make your next lighting choices.
The most important consideration to start with is what you need to use your lighting for. The lights you choose for your bathroom are likely to be very different to those you select for your living room. You need to think about the practicality of the lights you look at and whether they're suitable for the purpose you need them to meet. Do you need lights for brightness, ambiance, accenting, or functionality?
There are various lighting types you might consider. They all have different benefits regarding both practicality and style. For example, there are lights you might wire into your ceiling or walls, from maxi pendants to mounted lamps. You can also look at task lighting, which might go on the floor or sit on other surfaces. If you’re really brave you might even consider one of our oversized lights like the Type 75™ Giant floor lamp, designed by Sir Kenneth Grange.
Of course, style is an essential thing to think about when you choose lighting. You need to like the look of the lighting, and it should match your current decor or your vision for a new room design. The style you select will be a matter of personal taste, but it's important to get it right in the context of the room too. The Yellow Ochre, Saxon Blue and Seagrass colorway options in our collaboration with Margaret Howell are the perfect accent colors and sit well in both a domestic and working interior. There are so many options across our ranges to choose from whether that be in a minimalist white or something louder like Edition Three of our Paul Smith Type 75™ Desk Lamp.
You need to think about where to position your lighting and which types work best for functionality and decor purposes. This is why it is so essential to plan your room schemes beforehand, with lighting at the forefront of your mind. Consider where your natural light is coming from and how you’re going to create ambience within the room. For example, for your kitchen lighting, you may want to consider pendant lighting above an island as well as wall lights to accentuate any features.
THE PRACTICAL ELEMENTS
Safety, bulb type and energy efficiency are all important things to consider when selecting lighting. For example, if you’re looking for an outdoor lighting solution our Original 1227™ Outdoor Giant floor lamp features marine-grade stainless steel fittings and knurled bespoke adjuster wheels, sealed light unit and durable silicone rubber cable, making it perfect for encountering all weather types with no risk.
You should also understand what types of bulb you can select for your lighting. Some lighting types will limit the bulbs you can use if they require specific shapes or types. Some lights have screw bases for bulbs, while others use bayonet types, GU10 settings, or other fixtures. You should also think about how bright the bulb is, which is measured in lumens.
Energy efficiency is something you should take into account when selecting lighting and bulbs. You can look at the wattage of a light fitting, as well as consider energy ratings. The right selection can help you save money on your energy bills and save the planet at the same time.