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lighting buying guide

There's nothing quite like lighting to transform your home, whether it's adding a touch of glamour or just brightening up those dark corners. Since every home is different, every lighting solution is unique.

So try combining different lighting types until you get the perfect look. It's worth taking your time, because once you get it right, you'll have all the lighting you need morning, noon and night.

You'll find a great choice of lighting in our George Home collection. From statement shades and ceiling lights to designer string lights and stylish lamps, we've bright ideas for every home whether it's classic, contemporary or retro.

Here are a few top tips to help you choose the right lighting for your home.

lighting buying guide

Table, Floor and Task Lighting
Table, floor and task lamps come in a wide choice of trend-led styles, so as well as providing light they can also become a decorative centrepiece for your room. Incorporating these kinds of lamps into your home is a quick and easy way to introduce accent lighting to create a contemporary feel and make any room feel welcoming.

Truly affordable, shades are an ideal way to bring light to your home whilst adding a splash of colour. Shades can be fitted directly onto existing light bulb fittings, and you can do this yourself without the need for an electrician. However, ensure your current bulb is compatible with your shade by checking the details on the packaging.

lighting buying guide

Pendant lighting
Available in many different materials, pendant lights are great for creating a dramatic focal point in any room. Again, you can fit this type of lighting yourself without the need for an electrician. Fit your pendant with an 80cm cable which can be adjusted to suit your needs.

Fitted lighting
Available with either flush fittings, non-adjustable stems such as chandeliers or with a variety of drops, ceiling fitted lights come in a wide choice of styles and are a great option whatever the height of your room. These lights make a real statement. Most of our hanging lights come with an 80cm flex cord which can be adapted to suit your needs. Please remember - fitted lighting should always be installed and adapted by a qualified electrician.

lighting buying guide

Traditional Incandescent light bulbs
Incandescent bulbs have now been phased out by European law due to the amount of energy they consumed and the short life span of approximately a year..

Halogen LIGHT bulbs
Halogen light bulbs have become popular in recent years and new developments in the technology have resulted in more efficient halogen lamps on the market that can save up to 30% over conventional halogen.

Their benefits are the colour of the light, longer life and better efficiency over incandescent lamps although they still run at a high temperature. There are also halogen versions of the traditional shaped GLS and candle lamps which employ the new efficient technology and yet look almost identical to the conventional lamps we have come to know.

Compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) light bulbs
Typically fluorescent bulbs use around 80% less energy than conventional incandescent bulbs and will last up to 10 times longer.

They now come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes from traditional shapes and candles to spirals and stick shapes. Some fluorescent light bulbs will not operate on a dimming switch so it is important to ask for one that does if you intend to dim your lighting. Because fluorescent bulbs contain mercury they must be disposed of safely.

Light Emitting Diode (LED) light bulbs
These rely on a completely different technology to produce light and are more akin to solid state electronics than traditional light sources.

The pace of change in this new type of lighting is rapid and already LEDs even better than fluorescent technology in terms of light output and efficiency. Currently this comes at a price but when the longer life (up to 20,000 hours) is considered, they become a viable alternative.

lighting buying guide

Lumens, unlike watts, are a direct measure of light output. Therefore, a larger lumen count means a brighter bulb. A traditional 40W light bulb would give about 460 Lumens. Multiply the traditional light bulb wattage by 10 to provide the lumens (light output) you expect from any of the other types of light bulb.

lighting buying guide

If necessary, consult a qualified electrician for advice on any lighting you would like to install before making your purchase. Always follow the product's fitting instructions, and remember – all lighting must meet IEE wiring regulations and building regulations.

Never connect any of our lighting to a timer or a standard dimmer switch when using energy saving light bulbs.