Top Tips for Buying & Setting Up Designer Lighting

Top Tips for Buying & Setting Up Designer Lighting


From living room to bedroom, the lighting you choose can have a huge impact on the way your home looks, feels and the overall function of your space.

If you're searching for the perfect designer lighting for your space, there's an endless sea of incredible options to choose from, so where do you start?

Well, we’ve created an in-depth guide that will help you make the right design decisions when selecting the perfect designer lighting fixture. With our five helpful tips creating a truly breath-taking interior couldn’t be easier

1. Think About the Purpose of Your Lighting

Before you choose that gorgeous pendant light, you should consider what purpose it will serve in your home. When it comes to interior lighting, there are three main types and each one performs a specific task.

Ambient lighting fills the room and gives you plenty of light to see everything. You can think of most ambient lighting as track lighting, recessed lights, or wall-mounted lights like sconces.

Accent lighting will put the "spotlight" on a particular part of the room. This style of lighting is used to showcase a work of art or it may be in the form of track lighting that can be adjusted to different angles. Most ambient lighting includes a dimmer switch to help you set the mood or change the focus.

And finally, task lighting is used to help you get things done, such as read a book or work on your computer. You can use task lighting in any room, and it's typically a floor or desk lamp, or a pendant light you'd hang over your kitchen island.

When you look for your new designer lighting, think about how you want it to function in your space. This will help you select lighting that fulfils not just a beautiful look, but also your unique needs.

Each light you install, or purchase will bring a sense of ambience to your home. Put the focus on style as well as functionality to ensure you're getting the perfect balance of design and practicality.

2. Choose Designer Lighting by Room

Of course, you're free to choose whatever style lighting you prefer, but each room typically uses a specific style. For example, if your home has an entryway, a chandelier or stylish pendant light is a good way to illuminate this space without taking up too much room.

For the living area, floor lamps are an excellent choice to place directly next to the sofa for relaxing evenings reading and watching TV. A contemporary table lamp is another great option to place on top of a stylish end table.

To enhance your dining room, hang a shimmering chandelier or bright pendant light directly above your dining table. In the kitchen, you can also hang chandeliers and pendant lights to help you see as you prep and cook. Recessed lighting adds a touch of brightness, while the pendants can be hung over your island, sink, or stove.

Your bedroom will usually have one main overhead source of light, but you can add some extra style by purchasing some decorative lamps for your end tables. A unique vanity light over your mirror will look incredible in the bathroom, and you can add some recessed lighting over your tub to illuminate your soak sessions.

If you have a home office, try a floor lamp or table lamp to give you additional light while you work. All of this lighting is flexible in terms of style, so have some fun when choosing materials, finishes, and shades.

3. Elevate Your Home with Lighting

Now that you know more about the types of lighting and their purpose, it's time to consider the design of your new designer lighting. For floor and table lamps, you can select something with a glass base, one made of metal, or a lamp that features a sculptural base for added style.

Elements like wood, metal, and glass will bring colour and texture to your lamps. Top it off with a stylish shade featured in a variety of shapes including drum, tapered, and square. The shade can be made of fabric like silk or linen, or it may be crafted of woven material. We have a stunning range of designer lampshades available for you to choose from, but if you can’t see what you’re looking for, Heathfield & Co provide a bespoke service catering to your exact design needs.

When selecting shades for your lighting, make sure that they aren't too dark to ensure you get the perfect amount of light output you need. Glass shades are a fun option for kitchen pendant lights and come in an endless array of colours and shapes.

Choosing the correct chandelier can really make an impact in any room. Your chandelier can be crafted with shimmering metal shades in a modern shape or it can feature rows of hanging crystals for a luxe look, just like our selection of Hudson Valley designs.

If you adore the contemporary look, try designer lighting with smooth, curvy lines and metal components. Modern lighting is usually sleek and simple without excess accents like crystals or cut glass. Look to Dutch designer lighting brand, It’s About RoMi for illuminating inspiration and cool, contemporary designs.

For true visual impact, a designer chandelier will transform the look of your home in an instant. Chandeliers come in a range of styles from industrial-inspired motifs to mid-century modern sunburst designs. Look for something that will make a real style statement featuring bright metallic finishes and sculptural shapes. For designer drama, consider a stylish chandelier by Eichholtz for an ultra-glamorous aesthetic.

4. Implement Your Design

Once you've chosen the style of lighting you prefer, it's time to put everything in its place. Before you begin, draw the layout of each room and include the location of furniture so you know exactly where your lighting will go.

Sketch out the lighting and determine where you will install sconces, chandeliers, and recessed lights. This will give you a better idea of how it will look once it's installed and will help you ensure that you're getting the illumination you need.

Remember, table and floor lamps can easily be moved whenever you need to change things up. Look at your home's current electrical plan to find out if you need to hire a professional electrician.

In addition to the way the new designer lighting will be displayed you'll need to determine the type of bulbs you prefer. Bulbs play a big role in brightness levels, energy efficiency, and lifespan.

With some planning in advance, you can create the perfect layout for your new designer lighting. Once installed, your entire home will look and feel fresh with an added sense of style and vibrancy.

5. Use the Ideal Lightbulb

All lighting uses a specific type of bulb, so it's important that you check with the manufacturer before you buy your lighting in case you have a preference. Let's break down some examples of bulbs to help you decide what will work for you.

Incandescent bulbs are the standard light bulb and are lit up using a tungsten filament. These lights are fully dimmable and last approximately 1,500 hours.

For a warm, energy-efficient light, halogen bulbs are an excellent choice. These bulbs are more efficient than standard incandescent bulbs and last around 1,000 hours. If you want something similar without the heat, try Xenon bulbs which are similar to halogen but work better in smaller-sized or enclosed fixtures.

Fluorescent bulbs are another great energy-efficient choice that comes in a wide range of styles to suit your light fixture. These bulbs make everything in the room look natural, and they last an impressive 8,000 hours. It's important to note that not all fluorescent bulbs are dimmable so find out before you purchase.

The latest trend in bulbs are the bright and long-lasting LED bulbs, which are known for their impressive level of energy efficiency and cool output. LED bulbs are usually available in dimmable formats, and they produce an incredible average lifespan of 25,000 hours or even more!

Read the manufacturer specs for the designer lighting you're interested in to find out what kind of bulbs are recommended. They should also indicate if the light comes with a dimmable option if that's what you prefer.

Explore our range of contemporary and vintage inspired light bulbs and create a warm and inviting glow in your home.

Transform Any Room with Stylish Lighting

Whether you're planning a full remodel or just want to elevate your current decor, designer lighting will transform your home. Consider the purpose of the lighting as well as the material, finish, and design to ensure you get the perfect look.

When it comes to efficiency, think about the placement of your lighting as well as the type of bulbs it will use. Combine all of these factors with a well-thought-out plan, and you can easily update your home in no time.

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