We've uncovered five easy ways to describe how light behaves in a room. These five effect descriptions can be applied to any light fitting, and they form the core of the language we use to describe how light should behave in a room to craft the "right light"Read More
Getting your head around what colour means in light can be tricky. It's even more confusing with LED lighting than any previous technologies because the choices now are so diverse! Unfortunately, even though there is a lot of good information available, it can be difficult to work out who's telling the right story. Sadly, there are still some people who are experts in their field making blanket comments about the quality of light from energy efficient LED based on poor colour selection that can be very off putting when you're trying to figure out what the right light is for you.Read More
Perhaps you’ve heard the term ‘Layered Lighting’?? Maybe it made you think of Wedding Cakes, or Winter clothing, but with light? Confusing for sure, how on earth do you “layer” light??.
Before we explain, let’s just suggest, that a perfectly lit room should have the 3 basic layers to make for beautiful, functional and sustainable lighting in your home.
Lighting for artworks requires a little more attention that simply putting a downlight, or even a gimble downlight near it in the ceiling.
There is no one-size fits all solution – that said, we have a few nifty tricks to share with you that will work in 90% of situations – and we can leave the last 10% for art galleries who have both the budget and the reason to go the extra mile.Read More
It might be the smallest room in the house – but it’s one of the most vital to our comfort. It’s also a room that everyone goes to every day – usually many times!
Truly, in such a small room, regardless of colour and anything else going on, you really don’t need much light at all – so you can really go wild – let your freak flag fly!Read More
The temptation when designing a dining room (or more often these days, a dining zone within your open living space) is to make the lighting pendant the feature of the space, for your WOW piece - that amazing pendant that makes your heart sing! We're all for that of course - but the greater question is how to bring the flexibility in - without losing the delight of the dramatic.Read More
Building light into joinery can also create a levitating effect, and really lift the feel of a room. Especially rooms with limited natural light. A smaller room can be visually expanded by having light hidden away into joinery and behind mirrors. A large room can actually be lit effectively by hiding light into the architecture and using the room as a luminaire. Completely hidden source, but brilliant bright room. Clever stuff indeed.Read More
The questions when lighting a "living breathing" feature like a fire, are - do we light the fire surround? Add decorative features above the fire? create drama with texture? or allow the fire to take centre stage and hide all of the general lighting in the room away into the architecture?Read More
Oversize pendants are fantastic for creating a human scale in a large space, and usually, industrial style is used in large spaces to break them up and give them personality. So think BIG when choosing your pendants - and with all those hard surfaces, think fabric too - it'll help control the noise levels in your exposed brick/concrete room.Read More
Probably the biggest benefit to professional advice - which is strongly based in the science and mathematics behind light, is understanding that light isn't just downlights - and that you can create bright, dynamic spaces without pockmarking your ceiling.Read More
At the other end of the spectrum we find these magnificent light art installations, sometimes created for a special event, and in some commercial projects, fibreoptics are used to create amazing, dramatic interactive experiences for people.
Share your opinion below - and if you're not sure what you think...read on and let's explore it together.Read More
Installing light inside your cupboards is fantastic for functionality, and also means you need less light in the room overall because any “detail work” you do is task lit. Brilliant! If you plan for this early enough in your project, it’s also a very cheap, simple solution. Forget to plan for it however, and you might find it costs a bit more to get the cables to the right place. Never lose that favourite pair of shoes, or tin of soup again!Read More