THE ULTIMATE LUXURY LIGHTING GUIDE
Modern & Traditional Ceiling, Suspended, Flush and Semi Flush Lighting
Lighting styles offers an impresive range of ceiling lights to compliment a wide variety of room settings from the traditional to the contemporary. To make it easier to find the right ceiling light for your home we have divided our range of ceiling lighting into a number of categories.
Below you should find the right ceiling light to suit your needs from downlights for your corridors, pendants for higher ceilings or rise and fall fittings to go over your table. Ceiling lights for the living room, ceiling lights for the dining room, bedrooms or kitchen - all categories have tips and advice to help you choose your lighting. At the end you can also find an easy formula for determining the amount of light needed in a room.
1. Ceiling Pendant Lights
They come in many different types and textures. Whatever it is you are looking for - a living room or perhaps a rise and fall pendant for installation over your dining table or maybe a group of single pendants grouped together over a breakfast bar - we are confident you will find something suitable...
Hanging a lighting from the ceiling in the middle of the space will give a good distribution of light in the room.
With regards to dining rooms or kitchens, depending on size of the table and the fixture style, you might opt for two or even three lamps. If your choosen fixture is a little too small for the room, just pair it with another one. This concept seems to be rather trendy at the moment...
When hanging a fixture over a table, it’s important for it to hang low enough over the table, but not too low - the best position will be about 30-32″ (76-81cm) from the bottom of the fixture to the table surface. Adjusting it a few inches either way may be needed to work with the table size and the overall scale of the space.
2. Cluster lights
Larger spaces can need something a little dramatic to catch the eye and these cluster pendant lights certainly do that! The majority of these lights have the ability to change the height of individual suspensions to suit the space and the desired look.
3. Suspended Ceiling Lights
Light fixtures and luminaires featured in this category are typified by their suspension i.e. they focus on fixtures that tend to be larger or longer and are typically suspended by fine braided cables or flex to the ceiling.
Obviously these types of light fixtures are going to work well in spaces with high ceilings, double height areas and of course vaulted ceilings with exposed roofing trusses.
Lastly if you have a curved, helical or even a staircase with a half landing or a gallery you can make the most of long drop light fixtures to make an impression on the space and compliment the design.
Being able to hang more than one pendant from a single electrical connection has always been popular. These long ceiling fixed bars support two or more pendants and are a great solution for use over dining room tables, kitchen breakfast bars or wherever you want more light from a drop suspension.
4. Flush and Semi Flush Drum Light Fixtures
Large pendants work great if you have a high ceiling but lower ceilings may require a flush fitted pendant to avoid head banging, interference with the television screen or the requirement walk around. These flush and semi-flush pendants look great as well as being practical.
Chandeliers are heavier than any other ceiling light fixture and some of them might require special attachments to the ceiling or may not require any support and can directly be plugged to an electrical box. Chandeliers make a beautiful feature in your living space, dining room or bedroom. Many of these fittings will add softness to your room and ambiant lighting - after all you do not want a harsh overhead light in your cosy room!
There are many decorative and ornate chandeliers available in various finishes, some more ornate than others but each equally beautiful in their own right! Remember when purchasing a chandelier to consider the size of the chandelier.
What size chandelier is right for the space?
Add together the length and width of the room. The result will equal the approximate inch diameter of the chandelier you’ll want for the space. F.ex.: A dining room 8 x 10' will need: 8′ + 10′ = 18'' diameter.
Make a statement with your fixture…add something with interest or a pop of color. Below we are presenting different varieties of chandeliers, such as : shabby chic, countryside, candle style, oversized as well as shaded chandeliers.
Unshaded/candle style chandeliers are great for many rooms within the home, ideal if you want something ornate but prefer something a little simpler and less likely to hang on to dust! Also if you use interesting lamps the fitting will look even grandier.
Wrought iron and rustic finish chandeliers are elegant and make unparalleled additions to any room. They can command attention like no other furnishing especially the largest of the wrought-iron fittings. Great for installation in large barn conversions either living space or kitchen. There are many different varieties to choose from, some less rustic than others, however they are all excellent quality and design.
6. Breakfast Bar Lights & Kitchen Pendant Lighting
A breakfast bar light is ideal for a kitchen as it creates a task light for eating or reading at a breakfast bar and it also provides focal interest. This is a selection of the smaller pendants from our range and are ideal for installation above a kitchen island, kitchen counter or breakfast bar.
How much light is needed?
This quick and easy formula will help you to determine the amount of light needed in a room. Length of room x Width of room x 1.5 = Wattage needed for the space.
For example: For a dining room 8 x 10 ' : 8′ x 10′ x 1.5 = 120 watts is needed for adequate lighting in the space. This calculation can be used for all rooms, not only the dining room area, and the total wattage can come from numerous sources.
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