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Lighting Buying Guide

The world of lighting is complex and plentiful making an informed decision difficult when it comes to sizing up a light fitting for your room whilst ensuring its 4 corners are adequately lit for purpose. What do you want your lights to offer? Ambience – Creating moods in a room with warm colours and bold statements Brightness – Effective working light for home offices, reading and desk work Accent – Lighting dark corners, pictures and focal points Function – Enhanced focused lighting directed in an area requiring extra light (Kitchen,... Read More

How to place Kitchen Island Pendants

We often get asked, how many kitchen pendant lights do you need for an island and how should i space them and height fix them. This handy infograph is the perfect answer: In summary, always raise the bottom of the pendant above the line of sight for the average standing height of a person. Groups of 2-3 pendants are ideal with spacing between 12-18″ so not to allow shadows and also allow the eye to travel past. The shape of a pendant will affect the spacing, i.e. thin pendants like... Read More


Top 3 LED Security Floodlights of 2016

We all want piece of mind in security of our homes especially when it protects our most important worldly assets, that’s why its important to implement effective low cost solutions to protect your home. Floodlighting can be used in many applications not just restricted to residential premises with security options in the form of motion detectors. To accurately compare floodlights we need a scoring scale which includes; Light Output (1-5), Size (1 = Big, 2 = Medium, 3 = Small), Versatility (1-5) and Compatibility (1-5). The aim is to maximize... Read More


How much should i pay for a light?

Great first question! We always get asked ‘whats a normal spend’ when looking for home and garden lighting, and thankfully we have a great answer to help you work out its worth. Answer these questions to calculate your budget for light fixtures: How long will you have this lighting  (in days)? – use the table below if your stuck How much will the light cost? Now do the maths: My light costs £200 and it will go in my Kitchen meaning i should have it for 10 years or 3650... Read More


Top Tips for choosing a Breakfast Bar Light

Adequate and effective Kitchen lighting is critical.. its the difference between finely chopping those crunchy onions and coarsely chopping off a digit! So what should you look for when choosing a Pendant light for over a breakfast island? Styling that will match your decor – fancy the modern look? Maybe the traditional look? A material composition suitable for a busy Kitchen – Cloth material isn’t recommended with moisture in the air so stick with Metal and Chunky Glass Sufficiently sized to span the length of the breakfast Bar and Hang... Read More


UK Regulations for Fire Rated Downlights

When choosing fire rated downlights make sure you know all the facts. Here is our handy blog on fire rated downlights explained and the meaning of fire rated downlights.   A fire rated downlight is a recessed light that protects the ceiling from fire after a hole has been cut to hold a new light fitting.   Installing fire rated downlights is only necessary when they are recessed or semi-recessed, rather than surface mounted.  This is because it is the hole that is cut for recessed downlights that compromises the... Read More


Launch of ideas4lighting 2.0

Check out our latest video promoting the launch of our new ecommerce website. At ideas4lighting were getting very excited to show you the latest innovations and trends in lighting and we can’t wait to hear what you think! See this video on Youtube – Light Pendants Online at


Lighting Trends for 2016: LED Lighting

When it comes to choosing lighting for your house, there are no set rules. Every single person will have different ideas about what they want, and how to go about implementing these ideas inside the home. What a lot of people don’t realise is that lighting design can be extremely creative, with a lot of different options to choose between. Here at ideas4lighting, we think there is nothing that brilliant lighting can’t do to brighten up a room, and make it that much more special. Every year, there are specific... Read More


How to Make a Windowless Room Wonderful

We all love natural light; there’s something intrinsically beautiful about a big window with lots of sunshine streaming in. It makes a room feel fresh, bright and welcoming. However, not every room gets the natural light you might wish it did, and some may have no natural light at all. So what can you do with such rooms to stop them feeling like dark, dingy caves? Choose Colours Carefully Colour choices are always important, but when your room has little or no natural light, it’s even more important. Sticking to... Read More

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How to Decorate a Small Bathroom

If you have a bathroom where space is at a premium, it can be difficult to decorate it effectively without it looking cluttered. As with any small space that you’re decorating, it’s all in the details. In this blog, we’ll look at how you can maximise the space you have. Clear Out Your Clutter No matter how big or small your bathroom might be, it is always going to function better if it’s well-organised. Find another place to store the non-essentials.  A small bathroom doesn’t need too many decorations; your... Read More