Lighting

Lighting A-Z glossary of terms

March 4, 2019

A Accent lamp Eludes bright warm light and creates visual interest in a room. Antique Finish Wiping dark pigment over the surface of timber or metal to create the appearance of being aged, used or antique. To tone, distress or give the surface a patina, a crackled varnish or a tinted wash. Ambient lighting General…

Intro and general tips

March 3, 2019

Lighting has significant impacts on the mood and success of your interior. We advise not leaving your lighting decision to the end of a redecoration or renovation. No matter how wonderful your interior design is, if it is poorly lit or over lit it can be a major downfall. Lighting design can be a make…

Lighting styles

Farmhouse The rustic farmhouse style can be found in both regional France and Tuscany. It is recognised for stone wall details, wooden beams, terracotta floors, lime-washed walls, and country furniture in both rich timber finishes and painted in antique white with colourful trims. The types of lights that would work well with this style are…

Lighting by room

Bedroom Lighting to relax Your bedroom needs to be a relaxing and rejuvenating place where you can retreat and recharge at the end of each day. When designing your bedroom lighting, think about creating ambience, atmosphere and mood. The bedroom needs to have a soft and soothing light scheme to prepare you for sleep at…

Types of lights

March 2, 2019

Chandeliers Chandeliers are ornamental lighting fixtures often made from glass, crystal or brass. They are decorative lights that hang from the ceiling by chain or wire and have multiple curved arms or ornate branches. They are often highly decorative lights that embellish a room. They come in a variety of styles from traditional or French…

Lumens and watts

Lumen is the Latin word for ‘light’. Lumens measure the amount of light produced by a light bulb – in other words, lumens measure the brightness of a bulb. The more lumens in a light bulb the brighter the light bulb will be; the less lumens the dimmer the bulb. A standard 60-watt bulb produces…

Light bulbs

Tips to choosing the right bulb Choose the type of bulb Choose the right fitting Choose the appropriate brightness Decide on the colour temperature Aim for the highest colour rendition Bulb types</strong > Incandescent light bulbs Incandescent bulbs were those that we all traditionally used until the development of energy-saving lightbulbs. However, these have since been…

IP ratings

This refers to the Ingress Protection or International Protection ratings which are an international standard. These standards define the levels of sealing effectiveness of electrical enclosures against intrusion from foreign bodies such as dirt and water. The rating consists the letters IP followed by 2 digits. The first digit stands for the level of protection…

Colour temperature and colour rendition

Colour temperature The colour temperature of light can greatly affect the ambience of a room. It can also affect our moods. Getting the colour temperature right is key to making your home relaxing and homely. The wrong colour temperature can affect our mood, wellbeing, sleep patterns, health and productiveness. An understanding of colour temperature can…