Living room lighting buying guide
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The living room is often the focal point of the home. Whether you are working, resting or socialising, you will need different types of lighting.
How to choose your living room lighting
There are three main lighting styles you’ll need to consider when planning a lighting scheme. Just think about what you use your room for and then pick from the styles below.
This is a way of lighting your room so it feels as close to day light as possible. It’s great for when you’re socialising or playing games as it gives you a bright space the whole family can enjoy. Ceiling lights are the best way to achieve this, as they spread light down and around a room.
This is the ideal lighting for specific jobs such as reading, hobbies or doing any other type of close up work. You can create pools of light that enable one person to clearly see what they’re doing without disturbing anyone else. Both floor and table lamps work for this as they can be easily placed exactly where you need them.
If you have any standout features, recesses or interesting art you can use directed light to create a focal point which adds an artistic finishing touch to any room. Wall lights and spot lights can help you achieve this look as they can focus light into a specific point.
Types of Living room lighting
Once you’ve determined the style of lighting you’d like, you need to think about the type of lighting you need. We've highlighted pendant lights, floor lamps, table lamps and wall lights as being the most practical for your living room.
From crystal chandeliers to a simple shade, a pendant can make a real statement. We’ve got designs to enhance every home and most of our pendants would work really well in a living room.
Vertical floor lamps work well in corners to create a cosy feel, while angled ones should overhang chairs and tables to help you do your tasks. Browse all of of our floor lamps that would work great in a living room.
Can be easy to move and placed on any piece of furniture. With our huge ranges of sizes, shapes and shades, you’ll be sure to find the perfect one to complement your design scheme.
Good for creating subtle lighting effects and enhancing key features in your room, like paintings. Uplighters are another way of creating a soft ambience in a room. Take a look at our wall lights that would work great in a living room:
Save energy & money
Energy efficient light bulbs
There are two main types of energy efficient light bulbs available:
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL)
CFL are cost-effective and ideal for general lighting. Replacing a traditional light bulb with a CFL of the same brightness will save you money.
Light Emitting Diodes (LED)
LED are good for replacing spotlights and dimmable lights. They are more expensive to buy yet they are more efficient than CFL so they will save you money in the long term. By replacing all halogen bulbs with LED alternatives, you could save on your electricity bills.
Less efficient light bulbs
Traditional light bulbs
Traditional light bulbs, also known as tungsten filament, incandescent or GLS (General Lighting Service) bulbs were invented more than 100 years ago. Only about 5 per cent of the electricity they use is converted into visible light so they are extremely inefficient and also, they don’t last long because the filament gradually evaporates.
Halogen light bulbs
Halogen light bulbs use filament technology but they are slightly more efficient than traditional light bulbs. They are mainly used in spotlight fittings but as they’re often used in large quantities, the electricity used to light a room is greater. LEDs are an excellent energy efficient alternative.
Energy saving tips
It’s simple to save energy and money by making a few simple changes around the home:
- Always turn the lights out when you leave a room, even if you’re just leaving the room very briefly
- Be conscious about how many lights you use and whether you need them all on
- Try to arrange light switches so that it’s convenient to turn them off, for example: place switches at the top and bottom of stairs, at each end of a hallway and by the door to a room
- Use a sensor and timer on outdoor lights so they are only in use when there’s someone outside
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