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Your guide to buying lighting

Creating a lighting scheme

Three main types of lighting help you in different ways, depending what you're doing and where you are in your home.


General lighting that takes the place of daylight.


Lighting for specific jobs such as reading, preparing food, putting on make-up or shaving.


Lends texture, focus and shape to a room's special features or adds interest to specific areas.

Ceiling lights

Ceiling lights are a key feature of every lighting scheme. Choose from:

Central ceiling fixtures

These give good levels of ambient light for almost any room. When choosing your fixture, think how much light will be diffused into the room. And always allow enough space for people to walk underneath it!

Pendant fixtures

They're sleek and so now. Pendants works really well above a dining table because they give out focused light. Choose from clear or frosted glass, painted metal, chrome and antique brass finishes.


If you want drama, a chandelier says it all. Perfect for the period look, and a brilliant focal point for the living room, bedroom or hallway.


Spotlights are ideal for task and accent lighting as you can angle them to exactly where you need the light.

A plate or bar with a cluster of spotlights means you have just a single, unobtrusive fitting that gives you a number of light sources.

Adjustable, flexible bar designs are useful in the kitchen, where light needs to be focused on worktops, and for long narrow spaces such as hallways.

Flush lights

Flush lights are ideal for ambient lighting in rooms with low ceilings or where height is a problem.

They come in a range of classic or contemporary designs in clear or frosted glass with chrome, brushed chrome and antique-effect trims.

Recessed lights/down lights

Discreet, unobtrusive and affordable, recessed lighting offers high levels of illumination. And adjustable, rotating eyeball-style fittings give you greater flexibility.

When you're in the kitchen, recessed systems will flood worktops with light - brilliant when you're preparing food. But they can also generate mellow light that won't cast glare or reflection on the screen when you're at your PC.

Our fire rated down lights are designed to support the integrity of ceilings and load-bearing floors for a minimum of 90 minutes in the event of a fire.

When down lights are being fitted beneath load-bearing floors in multi-floor extensions or new-build properties, they may need to be fire rated models. If you're not sure, check Part B of the Building Regulations or contact your local authority's building regulations department.


You can be so creative with uplighters! They project light onto the ceiling, creating a calm, intimate mood.

And use floor-standing uplighters to bounce light across walls - this generates shadow effects and atmospheric patterns of radiance.

Wall lights

So versatile, wall lights offer soft, restful illumination and add intriguing variety to your lighting scheme. Whether partnered with a central ceiling light or on their own, they'll give you real atmosphere.

Wall lights look good too. Use to decorative effect in alcoves or chimney breasts or to highlight features such as paintings. By the way, we also sell matching ceiling lights in selected ranges.

Desk lamps

Helping you stay focused, desk lamps are perfect for your home office. Here's how to make the best of them.

Get the position just right. Place your desk lamp so it gives you enough light to read documents and see your keyboard, but without directing the light at your eyes or computer screen. That'll reduce glare around the screen and prevent eye strain.

Look for sturdy lamps with desk clamps or a weighted base. Right-angle arms allow greater movement for effective positioning.

Table and floor lamps

Decorative designs make excellent accent lamps, dotted at key areas around the room to provide pools of light.

And when you need focus, choose lamps with flexible arms for task lighting.

Create a complementary lighting scheme with our co-ordinated ranges, featuring table lamps and floor lamps, ceiling lights and wall lights in matching styles.

It may seem obvious, but if you're going for a number of lamps in one room, check you've got enough sockets!

Children's bedroom lighting

When buying lights for children's rooms, you want the little ones to be safe. So you'll be pleased to know all Homebase lighting conforms to the latest UK and European safety standards for children's lights.

All our children's table lamps are fitted with low-voltage low-energy bulbs. These lights use very little power and never get hot. That makes them totally safe for kids' bedrooms.

And they're fun and fabulous-looking. Choose from a range of designs featuring bright colours, cartoon characters, hearts and stars. Co-ordinate table lamps with a matching ceiling light to complete the look.

Kids will be delighted by our wall lights too. They'll love the ones shaped like footballs or hearts.

And for older children we have plenty of desk lamps - just the job for reading and homework. For more great designs, see our range of children's lighting.

Choosing bulbs

For advice on choosing the right light bulbs for your light fittings, see out buying guide to light bulbs.

Safety advice for kitchen and bathroom lighting

Obviously water and electricity don't mix, so safety is vital for lighting in these areas. To make it simple to choose the correct and safest type for you, lighting for kitchens and bathrooms is sorted into these categories:

Energy-saving lighting

Here's a way to save cash. Use energy-efficient lighting in areas that are lit for long periods - kitchens, living rooms, hallways and stairs.

Homebase buyer's tip

Get a handy combination of an ambient uplight and focused task lighting with a 'father and child' floor lamp. These stylish free-standing uplighters feature a separate directional spotlight - ideal for reading.

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