Ceiling fixtures and downlights often provide the main source of ambient light in the home, distributing bright and wide light. However, what they provide in general illumination they can lack in ambience.
Layering pendant lighting, wall-mounted designs and free-standing units to complement your ceiling fixtures, can transform the atmosphere of a room. Add wall lights alongside table and floor lamps with decorative coloured shades, to a bedroom or living room for a warm and cosy glow that’s perfect for reading and relaxing. Or try installing low hanging pendants, to zones spaces such as a dining table, desk or entertainment area.
LEDs and downlights are a fantastic addition to a kitchen, illuminating your worktops for food preparation and adding an ambient glow to your cabinet plinths. However, they are also equally as effective in your living spaces. Draw attention to a mantelpiece and favourite artwork or accent and silhouette your shelves with flexible strip lighting.
A great first step towards creating a smart connected home is replacing your existing bulbs with smart lights. Designed for convenience, they allow you to control them from your phone, tablet or compatible smart device, including voice assistants. Great for changing the mood when you’re watching a film, handsfree help when you’re otherwise occupied and ultimate flexibility without leaving the comfort of your sofa. With options including Sengled and Hive, some smart bulbs even offer dimmable and colour changing settings for unique moods and ambient white lighting.
Welcoming your guests and increasing your kerb appeal, a well-lit front door, porch and pathway is an easy and effective way to create a safely illuminated and inviting approach to your home.
Solar lights are a fantastic way to line paths and driveways, increasing late light visibility, contrasting borders and welcoming you home. Bringing your outdoor spaces to life, the options are endless with all manner of designs including lanterns, spikes, recessed fixtures and post lights.
To frame your entrance for increasing visibility and security, consider installing wall lights either side of the front door. Add a timer switch or WiFi accessible bulbs for a smart, handsfree welcome home. Or illuminate your front door porch with a traditional garden lantern or security light, in a finish to contrast or complement the style of your home.
Floodlights up light the exterior of your home, highlighting interesting architectural features, casting a theatrical glow and amplifying the atmosphere. A great way to add a little wow statement lighting to your exterior spaces, find slimline and eco options from Luceco and Lutec.
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