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Adhesive LED strip lights offer tremendous versatility in creative home lighting. The strip may be cut to size, with different lumens (brightness) and colours available as desired. Creative ways to use LED strip lights in your home include.

  • Uplighting – e.g. cornice
  • Downlighting – e.g. kitchen cabinets
  • Splashback lighting – e.g. TV/mirror/picture frame
LED Strip Lights – Creative Home Lighting

LED strip lights provide a multitude of home lighting options. Creative use of LED strip lighting could include imaginative ideas such as under-parasol lighting in the garden and stair tread lighting in the home (both ideal for an evening party feel). Here are some common creative ideas on how to enhance the visual appeal in your home and garden using LED strip lighting.

  • TV Screen – LED strip lighting can be used to great effect in creating splashback lighting. Apply the LED strip to the rear of the TV and place the TV near to a wall to achieve a backlit glow.
  • Picture Frames – LED bulbs do not emit harmful UV rays or excessive heat, meaning closeup use with décor is possible. Apply LED strips to the rear of picture frames for stand out displays.
  • Stairways (handrails) – LED strip lighting can be used along the underside of handrails to create a soft downlit ambience on stairways. This is both aesthetically pleasing and practical.
  • Mirrors (bathroom/hallway) – Applying LED lighting strips to the rear edges of a mirror can help to create ideal shadow-reducing splashback lighting levels (less harsh than a front lit vanity mirror).
  • Under Cabinets (& toe kicks) – LED strip lighting provides ideal ‘task lighting’ solutions. Illuminate kitchen worktops, bathroom cabinets, and other home cabinets with view-enhancing downlights.
  • Room Cornice (uplight/downlight) – Decorative cornices above doors or around the edge of rooms often have a recess suitable for housing LED strip lighting – create ambient uplighting/downlighting with ease.
Waterproof LED Strip Lights – Water Features & Wet Zones
  • Decking – Plan the layout of any garden decking to include a slight overhang. Accent this overhang and frame the outline of the decking area with subtle down lighting using LED strip lights.
  • Bushes/Trees – LED strip lighting can be used to add gentle backlit luminosity to any garden foliage. Attach the strip lighting to the trunk/stem of small trees and bushes for best results.
  • Garden Water Feature – Add a soft glow to water features such as ponds and plumbed fountains using water and impact resistant LED strip lighting (the power supply must be housed safely).
  • Aquarium LED Lighting – Indoor aquariums typically come with minimal lighting solutions. Add water resistant LED strip lighting to the interior or exterior of the aquarium for additional accented lighting.

There are many creative routes that may be taken when considering methods of home lighting using LED strip lights. Remember, LED strip lights are powered via a transformer (a small electrical box) that connects the strip of lights to mains power. Adequate space in which to place the transformer must be taken into account when choosing where to place the LED strip.

Considerations – Power Supply & ‘IP’ Rating

LED strip lighting may be used in the home or garden. Put simply, a safe power supply and a surface on which to adhere the strip is all that is required. However, there are many other considerations over the proper installation of LED strip lights in the home or garden, such as where to house the power supply and which IP rating is required:

  • Power Supply – LED strip lights are powered via a transformer. Be sure to select the correct transformer in fitting with the product information supplied with the LED strip. The transformer ensures the strip is not overloaded by reducing the voltage of UK mains (around 230 V) to the voltage required (for a single strip this is usually around 12 V).
  • IP Rating – Where LED strip lights are likely to come into contact with water (e.g. garden, water feature, bathroom), products with the appropriate water resistant properties should be installed. The ‘IP’ rating system highlights which electrical products are suitable for use in or around water, with IP67 and IP68 offering reliable splash and dust resistance.
Can I Cut LED Strip Lights to Size?

Yes. LED strip lighting allows for truly creative lighting solutions as the strip may be shortened in length to suit any space. Depending on the length of the LED strip, designated cut points may be found at regular intervals ranging from every 2.5cm to to every 10cm (higher voltage products may result in an increase in the space between cut point intervals).

Creating Ambience – What are Lumens and the Kelvin Scale?

Unlike the outdated Wattage system (which measures the amount of power needed to light the bulb, regardless of the bulb’s brightness when lit), lumens gives a direct indication of the amount of light produced by a bulb. For example, a standard 40W-60W bulb is equivalent to a 6W-9W LED bulb, as both produce around 400-800 lumens. Stronger bulbs are not advised for creating ambiance. But what about the type of light given off? This is measured by the Kelvin scale.

The Kelvin scale begins at 1,000 Kelvin and ranges up to 10,000 Kelvin. The product information accompanying LED products will indicate the Kelvin reading for that product, with a middle reading of around 5,000 Kelvin equalling daylight. Lower readings create softer orange and yellow hues, and upper readings show that the bulb will create clinical brightness. Therefore a bulb in the 0 – 5,000 Kelvin range is ideal for creating ambiance.

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Wiring a Light Switch

To wire a light switch, consider whether the circuit is ‘single-switch’ or ‘multi-switch’. Here is an overview of how to wire a light switch in a single-switch circuit:

● Neutral Wire connects to L1 port
● Live Wire connects to Common port
● Earth Wire connects to switch plate/back box Earth ports

(Multi-switch circuits require further consideration)

How to wire a light switch (one-way)

First, we must learn to identify a one-way switch. A one-way switch is the only switch used to control the lights in a room. Therefore, if you are aware that a light may be controlled from two locations (e.g. one light switch located at the foot of a stairwell and another located at the top of the stairs) the circuit can be immediately discounted as a single switch circuit.

Prep Work

If a switch has failed, the switch must be replaced and rewired. Modern switches typically come in two varieties. There are switches in which wiring must be held in place by a screw, and there are ‘plug-in’ style switches where wiring is held in place by a sprung push-button release mechanism. For increased reliability, we recommend using the screw variety of switch plate.

STEP 1 – Turn off the Power

Turn off the power at the mains. In larger premises such as office blocks or schools where the temporary loss of mains power is likely to inconvenience many people, you may choose to identify and switch off the correct fuse at the fuse panel. For added safety, use a voltage tester to ensure that the circuit is not live and there is no power to the switch.

STEP 2 – Remove the Existing Switch Plate

Unscrew the switch plate and pull it towards you. (Tip: the plate will be attached to up to three wires. If you are aware that the light switch was functioning correctly prior to replacing the switch plate, simply note the layout of the wires and copy the wiring layout in the replacement switch plate.)

STEP 3 – Identify Wires and Wires Ports

Assuming that that there is no existing light switch from which the wiring layout may be copied, we must understand which wire fits into which port based on the colour of the wires and the labels located next to each wire port on the reverse of the switch plate. First, let’s recap the colours used to identify the Live wire, the Neutral wire, and the Earth wire:

WIRE TYPE OLD COLOUR NEW COLOUR
Live Red Brown
Neutral Black Blue
Earth Green & Yellow Green & Yellow

If the wires in the back box are new, they may not be stripped. Using a wire stripper, remove up to ½ inch of the wiring insulation, exposing the wire beneath.

STEP 4 – Wiring the Switch Plate

Next, look at the reverse of the the new/replacement switch plate and identify the wire terminals labelled ‘Common’ and ‘L1’ (an additional L2 port may be found next to the L1 port on some units intended to be used as a single switch – the L2 port is used in wiring double switch circuits and may be ignored when wiring a single switch circuit).

● Connect the Neutral wire (blue) to the port labelled L1
● Connect the Live wire (brown) to the port labelled Common
● Connect the Earth wire to Earth terminals present in both the back box and switch plate*

*Earth terminals are only present in metal switch plates and metal back boxes (i.e. Earth terminals are not found on plastic switch plates and plastic back boxes). When dealing with both a plastic switch plate and plastic back box, the Earth wire may be terminated inside the wire’s protective insulation sleeve and folded over. If the back box or the switch plate is made of metal, connect the Earth wire to the Earth wire terminal. Where BOTH the back box and the switch plate are metal, first connect the Earth wire to the Earth terminal in the metal back box, and use a separate piece of wire to connect the Earth terminal on the metal switch plate to the Earth terminal on the metal back box.

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What are Bathroom Lighting Zones?

There are three bathroom lighting zones highlighted in ‘BS 7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations’: Zone 0, Zone 1, and Zone 2. The purpose of each zone is to establish definitive safety ratings (referencing the IP rating system) that must be observed regarding electrical installations (e.g. lights, power sockets).

What is an IP Rating?

In order to fully understand bathroom lighting zones and lighting regulations, we must first understand the IP rating system. IP (Ingress Protection) ratings are given as two single digits (e.g. IP 67), where the first number is used to classify an electrical enclosure’s resistance against intrusion from solid foreign bodies, and the second number denotes water resistance.

First Number (protection level against solid foreign bodies):
Level Protection Description
1 Objects larger than 50mm Offers protection against contact with body parts such as the palm of the hand or the feet
2 Objects larger than 12.5mm Offers protection against body parts such as fingers or similar sized objects/tools
3 Objects larger than 2.5mm Offers protection against average sized tools and other slimline objects such as wires
4 Objects larger than 1mm Offers protection against most wires, slim screws/nails, and most insects
5 Dust Some dust ingress is possible without risking component failure
6 Dust Tight Tight The electrical component is vacuum sealed (complete protection against dust)
Second Number (protection level against water):
Level Protection is Offered Against:
1 Dripping water
2 Dripping water (angled electrical installation)
3 Water spray
4 Water splash
5 & 6 Water Jets (varying power)
7 Up to 1m depth
8 More than 1m depth
9 Water jets (high power/temp’)
Bathroom Lighting Zones Explained

With the exception of Zone 0 (which describes the area inside the bathtub and the shower tray), all other zones are defined by distance from a water source (i.e. bath/shower/sink). The perimeter of each zone takes into account both the likelihood of contact with water and the likelihood of physical contact with people or objects.

Bathroom lighting zones:

● Zone 0
Zone 0 specifically covers the shower tray and the area inside of the bathtub. Zone 0 is therefore considered the area most likely to be submerged and to experience frequent contact with solid objects of all sizes (e.g. dust, fingers, tools, etc.). Bathroom lighting installed within Zone 0 must be rated as at least IPX7 (the X denotes that resistance to all forms of physical contact is a given, as the ‘7’ rating indicates submersion up to 1m – all bathroom lighting suitable for Zone 0 is typically rated as IP67).

● Zone 1
Zone 1 covers any walled areas directly above the sink/bath/shower tray to a height of 2.25m from the bathroom floor. These areas require any installed bathroom lighting to possess adequate resistance against ingress from physical objects and water spray/splashing. Bathroom lighting installed in Zone 1 must be rated as at least IP44 – this rating denotes protection against solid objects larger than 1mm and splash resistance.

● Zone 2
Zone 2 can be seen as a 0.6m extension to any areas considered to be Zone 1. This means that the area in question is less likely to experience contact with physical objects and water but is still at some risk. Zone 2 also covers a 0.6m radius around any wash-basin faucets. Bathroom lighting installed in Zone 2 must be rated as at least IPX4 (the X denotes that resistance to any form of physical contact is not a priority, whereas the ‘4’ indicates splash resistance is required).

● Outside of the zones
Beyond the boundary of Zone 2, mains sockets become the most likely type of electrical installation. However, installations such as mains sockets are not immediately permitted beyond the perimeter of zone 2. A safe distance of three metres from the boundary of Zone 1 must be observed. This distance effectively rules out the option of installing mains sockets in most bathrooms.

Speak to the Bathroom Lighting Experts

If you wish to upgrade your bathroom lighting, but you are unsure about installing certain lighting units within different bathroom zones, we can help. Our dedicated staff will answer all of your queries on IP ratings, installation considerations, and much more. Visit LEDHut online today and find out how we could help you to improve the look and feel of your bathroom.

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Recessed Lighting – Planning Your Downlight Layout

There are several considerations that should be addressed when planning a recessed lighting (or downlight) layout:

● Room size
● Ceiling height
● Bulb luminosity & angle of beam
● Desired effect (relaxed/ambient or ‘task’ lighting)

When planning to install open plan recessed downlighting, divide the floor space into areas of 250 sq ft (average room size) for manageability.

Recessed Lighting Layout – Room Size

First, we must gain an accurate calculation of the size of the room in which you intend to install recessed downlighting. Room size is an important starting point because the likely number of bulbs required for adequate lighting in a given space can be calculated and used as a baseline on which later considerations can be made. In order to calculate the size of a floor space, multiply the width of the room by the length of the room.

● 5,000 lumens is the suggested optimum lighting level per 250 sq ft
● Eight 10 Watt LED bulbs will provide 5,000 lumens per 250 sq ft

Working from an average of eight 10 Watt LED bulbs per 250 sq ft allows us to make further considerations about the downlight layout, specifically regarding ceiling height and the desired lighting effect relevant to the function of the room.

Downlight Spacing Guide

As a guideline, divide the height of room by two and use that number as the measurement for the distance between downlights. For example, where a room is eight feet in height, average spacing of around four feet should be observed when installing recessed downlights.

TIP: If you are unsure about downlight spacing, adopt the above average spacing strategy and install a dimmer switch. This can help to control lighting levels as necessary, without relying on spacing to create a desired lighting level.

Downlights – Ceiling Height Considerations

If we now know that a floor area of 250 sq ft can be illuminated to an adequate lighting level using eight 10 Watt LED bulbs, why do we need to consider the ceiling height? Ceiling height is relevant because the light beams of the bulbs must cross at around 30 inches above the ground – this will help to light the entire floor space while avoiding darkened corners.

If we take average room height to be around 8 ft, a beam angle of 35-45 degrees should be sufficient in providing adequate blending between the light beams (this will help to avoid a situation in which individual beams create a circular spotlight effect on the ground).

Downlighting Effect – Clinical vs. Ambient

A final consideration when planning the layout of your recessed downlighting project is whether you wish to achieve a clinical lighting effect or an an ambient lighting effect. This is because the purpose of the lighting is a major factor that can increase or decrease the average recommended downlight spacing.

For example, you may wish to decrease the spacing between the downlights so as to allow for a greater number of bulbs in situations such as lighting a garage in which you plan to carry out technical mechanical work. Alternatively, lighting an average sized room that is intended to be used as a snug or relaxation area may require slightly wider spacing.

The Kelvin Colour Scale… The Kelvin Colour Scale is used to highlight whether a bulb will produce cool or warm light. Bulbs in the region of 1,000 – 4,000 Kelvin produce warm glows on a gradient towards daylight conditions at 5,000 Kelvin. For cooler clinical lighting that is ideal for use in kitchens, hallways, and other practical areas, select bulbs in the region of 6,000 to 10,000 Kelvin.

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The global LED lighting market is likely to be worth more than £40 Billion by the end of 2022, according to a new report published by Zion Market Research.

The report, titled “LED Lighting Market for Residential, Architectural and Outdoor Applications: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2016-2022”, put the LED lighting market at just over £20 Billion in 2016, and forecasts an annual growth rate of almost 13% until the end of 2022.

Why is the LED lighting market growing so quickly?

According to Zion Market Research analysts, the growth of LED lighting is mainly due to the advantages LED lighting provides over traditional light sources.

We’ve been saying for years that the increased efficiency and longer lifespan of LED lighting should make switching to LED a no-brainer, and this is being proven in the growth of the market, as both businesses and homeowners take advantage of the cost-saving benefits of LED lighting.

Another major factor in the European market is the recent ban on halogen light bulbs, which was specifically designed to push consumers and businesses into using the more environmentally friendly LEDs, and if the US follows suit (as they did with the incandescent ban) then the market will grow further still.

Will this benefit the consumer?

The real question, of course, is will this rapid increase in LED adoption be beneficial for consumers? We believe the answer is a resounding yes!

The current market conditions and the political pressure to reduce carbon emissions have led manufacturers of LED lighting to invest more and more in improving the technology. This, along with the increased competition in the marketplace, has reduced the retail price of LED lighting by as much as 90%.

In addition to the reduced costs to buy the products, LED lights are now much more efficient than their early predecessors, so you get the same amount of lumens at a lower wattage, reducing the running costs even more.

When you combine lower up-front costs, lower running costs, increased efficiency and more competition for customers’ business, consumers of LED lighting win. They get more choice, increased quality and better value for money; not to mention saving up to 90% on their lighting costs!

If you’re ready to make the switch to LED, start here.

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Deciding to take on the challenge of carrying out home renovations yourself can be an incredibly rewarding and cost-saving solution for updating your property. However, the key to pulling off a seamless home makeover is all in the planning and preparation – and we’re here to show you how.

In today’s post, we’re on hand to share our insights on successfully navigating your way through a smooth-running DIY project with an essentials checklist. Read on as we tell you everything you need to know to get the job done right from start to finish. From budgets and design plans to essential tools and finishing touches, we’ve got you covered.

Calculate your budget

Regardless of the size of your DIY do-over, the first thing to do is set yourself a realistic budget for completing the project. This isn’t just a vague outline of what you have to spend or an estimated pricing, but a detailed breakdown of each stage and how much it will cost.

From building materials and tools to delivery costs and finishing touches, without accurate calculations project costs can easily get out of control – with the end result costing you far more than you anticipated.

Research prices of materials, deliveries and any specialist equipment you may need ahead of time, shopping around to find the best possible prices. This will ensure you have precise costings to manage your budget more effectively. It also pays to create a buffer within your budget that can soak up any unexpected outlays that could potentially arise during your renovation.

Create a plan of action

This may sound like an obvious point, but all too often DIY novices fall foul of poor project planning. Whether you’re simply giving your lounge a new lick of paint or installing a whole new bathroom, be sure to figure out any necessary pre-renovation prep beforehand with a clear outline of project goals that should be prioritised accordingly. This could be anything from clearing the room to prepping walls ahead of laying new tiles.

Setting yourself mini project goals will not only improve your work ethic and make you more organised and logical, but also it should make the workload more manageable during the whole process as you can easily evaluate the progress made.

Get the right tools

Even the most basic of DIY jobs will require some tools, but if you’re embarking on something a little more challenging, think ahead to which tools you’ll need to get the job done quickly and effectively.

A little online research into the type of job you’re doing will alert you to any specialist tools and equipment you may need to buy or hire. Giving the contents of your tool box a little TLC and organisation won’t hurt either, giving you peace of mind that you have everything on hand and won’t experience needless delays and stress searching for the right piece of kit in the midst of your project.

Dress for the occasion

As part of your pre-update prep you should also consider dressing both yourself and the area for the event appropriately – after all, DIY can be a messy business! Dressing yourself in some sturdy workwear like durable men’s jeans or overalls and some hard-wearing boots will ensure you’re well-protected when working; while dust sheets, tarpaulins and packing boxes will provide essential coverage for immovable items, valuables, floors and more.

Factor in finishing touches

It’s easy to allow yourself to get bogged down in the gruelling stages of a DIY home update and lose sight of the end goal, but to help you stay motivated and focused factor in your finishing touches right from the off.

Whether you’re renovating your garden, bathroom or bedroom, continually visualising the space at the end of the project will ensure your finished design doesn’t disappoint.

From the beginning of your renovation, start getting excited about the finishing touches that will truly bring the space to life. From choosing stunning LED light fittings and high-tech features, to colour schemes and soft furnishings, all these decorative elements play a crucial role in delivering a functional and fashionable space for you to enjoy – not least because you created it with your own hands.

Whatever home DIY adventure you decide to take on, keep these essential considerations in mind and you’re sure to have a smooth-running home update from beginning to end. Combine these with the right blend of creativity, hard work and determination and we’re confident you’ll pull off a successful renovation with ease.

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Eco-friendliness doesn’t just stop at your home life – there are a lot of things that you can do to help the environment in the realm of office design. In this post, courtesy of the experts at Kendon Packaging, we’ll seek to explain exactly what you can do to achieve a green office in harmony with the environment.

Opt for upcycled furniture

While the temptation might be there to wow your clients with brand new furniture fresh from a bespoke collection, this isn’t as sustainable as opting for upcycled and re-used furniture. Having a table made of reclaimed wood, such as the one in the image above, will communicate all the right things to clients and customers – it’ll show that you’re eco-conscious as a business and make a more subliminal point that you approach things in an innovative way.

Thrift shop deals and upcycled statement pieces can also add up to a significant saving when kitting out an office – money you can re-invest in other areas of your business.

Revolutionise your lighting

A frequent source of ire amongst environmental campaigners is the amount of energy expended by office buildings having their lights left on all night. While it makes for a pretty skyline, it’s wasted energy if the cleaners aren’t in and nobody’s working the night shift.

Switching to LEDs is the eco-friendly option, and there are several options out there. There’s a wide range of LED ceiling lights right here at LED Hut, with recessed and surface mounted options both available. These lights will slash energy bills for any business, and especially 24/7 offices, helping the environment in the process.

Maintain the temperature with style

A large amount of energy is wasted each time an office turns the heating on as large-scale heating and cooling systems tend to be inefficient. Among the strategies you can employ to reduce the need to turn on the heating or the air conditioning include harnessing and blocking out natural light where it suits.

Investing in some high-quality blinds to pair with energy-efficient windows will keep things toasty in the winter months, while maintaining summertime ventilation. There’s a range of exciting startups in this field, such as SolarGaps, that combines solar panels with exterior blinds to generate energy for the property in a carbon-neutral manner.

Decorate naturally

Everyone likes to see a little greenery, and your office should invest in a little plant life wherever possible. If you own your own building and your budget stretches quite far, you could opt for a grass roof that’ll help insulate in winter and provide a useful habitat for pollinators in the summer.

Your foyer area should also be brimming with plant life, to reflect eco-friendly brand values in a very obvious way, which will then be complemented by efficient LED lighting and upcycled furniture. These elements will combine to create an office in harmony with the environment that’ll communicate an eco-friendly ethos with aplomb.

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We may be in the depths of winter but that doesn’t stop us thinking about where we might go on holiday for sunnier climes.

Many of us may well opine on some days that we are “too hot” but the UK climate has nothing on some of the places you could spend the summer months. Our infographic below uncovers the top 10 hottest places on Earth…just what you need to warm you on these cold winter days & nights!

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Undoubtedly the most vibrant room in your home, the kitchen is a place where mess is made and conversation created around food and drink. So, whatever you’re cooking up in your kitchen, selecting a worktop surface that will still shine after years of family dinners and lighting that brings out the best of your space during gatherings will make all the difference to your home’s aesthetic.

In today’s post, we’re exploring a variety of different types of worktop and the effect that the right type of lighting can have on your kitchen. From presenting your modern appliances in the best possible light to making your kitchen island glow under warm fluorescence, carefully curating your choice of worktops and lighting is key to creating a stunning interior.

Natural and warm family tones

For rustic interiors that bring a down-to-earth feel to your family kitchen, opt for the unique patterns found in a granite worktop. Covering a diverse range of neutral tones and colours – from speckled whites and spotted golds to bold emerald blacks – this sturdy, natural-looking stone will become the perfect worktop to complement your kitchen.

When picking the right lighting for your natural-toned worktop, we’d recommend trying copper and gold fittings to contrast against the darker shades in your worktop. Using a gold suspended ceiling fitting, for example, will create warmer tones in your kitchen as the metallic hue fuses with the light.

Bright white elegance

For those looking to keep their communal kitchen area as crisp and sleek as possible, an all-white interior will, of course, add a natural lightness and contemporary shine to the space. While a totally white space has the potential to look bold and bare, by installing a solid quartz worktop and warmer lighting choices, your elegant kitchen can become a vibrant and homely space.

Try using a natural wood and brushed steel light fixture in your kitchen to ensure that your ice-white room has a touch of minimalist colour, without deflecting the attention away from your other fittings. To take this to the next level, why not choose a marble-effect surface and wooden ornaments? Not only does this look good, but it will leave your busy kitchen feeling less like a showroom and more like the dream home you intended it to be.

Bold black contrast

Alternatively, if a bright white space fills you with a fear of stains and spillages, then you might be tempted to choose a dark kitchen worktop instead. Using either a matt surface with glimmering appliances on top of it or an already shiny granite worktop, a dark kitchen look is the epitome of contemporary style and will, therefore, keep your room looking fresh for years to come. The noir theme can be carried over from your worktops onto your cabinets and floors, or you can create a bold contrast by making them white – or you could even switch the colour scheme around and install white worktops and black cabinets and floors instead.

Don’t be afraid to run with a night-sky theme when it comes to your lighting by highlighting your bold black kitchen with complementary white spotlights. Either dotted on top of your ceiling in a unique arrangement or aligned perfectly to reach all parts of your room, a crisp white light will make your black kitchen both beautiful and elegant – perfect for important social gatherings over the festive season to come.

Your kitchen is the heart and soul of your home. It’s the place you turn to for a warm home-cooked meal after a long day at work and where your whole family gathers during the ‘rush hour’ of the morning. The lights and type of worktop you choose to use in your kitchen are among the first things you’ll notice when walking into the room – therefore, when looking to redecorate your space, consider these first to ensure your most used space is a room you cherish.

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The humble light bulb has been a driving force behind technological innovation throughout modern history. Despite this, its role in our day-to-day lives – particularly in our homes – is often taken for granted.

In this report we aim to lift the lid on the nation’s understanding of the importance of lighting in everyday life, and understand how a seemingly ordinary piece of equipment can positively impact the quality of daily life (in a number of ways).

The report explores the important role that lighting plays in the home, from allowing us to utilise and enjoy the available space to looking at how it makes us feel protected. We’ll also look at how lighting can positively impact wellbeing.

We surveyed 1,000 UK men and women aged 18 to 65. We asked respondents to consider their home lighting and answer questions on their choices, noting the impact of the types of lighting they had chosen, with some interesting findings.

According to the research, it’s clear that lighting plays a subtle but hugely integral role in our lives, from making us feel more protected….

To positively impacting our wellbeing….

The infographic below summarises our findings, and you can download the full pdf report here.

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