Do you remember when it was reported in the news that the manufacture of ‘normal’ incandescent bulbs was to be terminated? There was a stampede of frenzied shoppers at DIY outlets stockpiling 60 & 100 watters as if Armageddon had arrived!
LED (or light-emitting diode) lighting was declared the future and few wanted to be part of it. Well, the panic has died down and future is here. LED bulbs may be more expensive than the old fashioned ones, but they have a much longer lifespan, use 90% less energy, are more compact and ‘have fewer environmental concerns linked to their disposal’. Well worth the initial outlay.
There’s an ever-growing range of attractive LED floor lamps available on the market – perfect for armchair reading or a spot of knitting, crochet or – in my case – button replacement. Here are three of our favourites that we’ve found.
- Nexus 142cm floor lamp
- LED arc lamp Florestan with built-in dimmer
- Flos Captain Flint LED floor lamp, brass
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We often write about industrial lighting of the vintage variety; task lamps that have been rescued from the mills, factories and workshops of the North of England. Not everyone likes vintage – some people are happier with new versions that have the look, and are in mint condition and spotless. We were contacted by PIB to review one such item – their industrial duty hand lamp.
Sometimes you can view items online and they look great, but then when they arrive you’re disappointed by the quality. Definitely not the case with this item. It’s got weight and solidity to it, with nice detailing and an excellent finish. It’s a good large size too, measuring 45cm in length.
The bulb cage is made of silver-plated brass with a stained wooden handle.
We’re big fans of this type of lamp as they’re both functional and attractive, adding a touch of vintage industrial style to any space.
They’re also very flexible when it comes to use.
There’s the practical task lamp facility to start with – a lamp that can easily be moved around the house, garage or workshop for bright, directional light.
And when it comes to decorative use their are a host of options. They can be hung from the long flex and attached to the ceiling, they can hang from wall mounts and hooks – or they can simply lie flat on shelves and tables. There’s no risk of fire or damage as the cage protects surfaces from the direct heat of the bulb.
We’ve been trying it out in various sites this week and have become very fond of it already.
We’ve got lots of dark corners in our house, so it’s going to come in useful. It also works well with other industrial look pieces that we have.
It’s most definitely a keeper!!
We’ve had lots of these classic Herbert Terry Anglepoise lamps over the years, but we’ve never had a box fresh example before. In fact, we’ve never seen an original box until now.
The earlier, stepped-base Anglepoise lamps have firm followers, but this early 1970s version also has devoted fans… and, along with the very similar 1960s Model 75, it’s probably our favourite shape. This site will show you the various Terry-designed Anglepoise lamps available to hunt out – or help you date your own vintage Anglepoise.
This Model 90 is available in a variety of colourways. As you can see from the packaging, it’s mushroom grey in this case.
Some people like their vintage homewares with a bit of wear & tear – others prefer to search out pristine examples.
If you’re the latter, this could be the lamp for you… fully working, and hidden away for 40 years. We can’t guarantee it’s unused, but it certainly looks it!
If some of the rooms in your home are on the dark side and could do with brightening up, there are lots of different tricks you can use to bring sunlight indoors.
Installing a skylight or Velux-type window has one of the most dramatic effects possible, allowing sunlight to flood in from the open sky above. They really can transform a space from dark & dingy to light & airy. There are lots of attractive blinds on the market specifically for this type of window from manufacturers such as Roofwindows.co.uk.
Mirrors are a great, inexpensive way of increasing the amount of sunlight coming into your home. Placed strategically opposite a window, they bounce and reflect light around a space. They work especially well on dark stairways and bathrooms.
Various companies have developed interior wall paints which contain light-reflective particles. It’s a subtle, clever way to maximise natural light entering the property.
Glazed doors (both exterior and interior) can make a real difference to the amount of light entering a house and dispersing it throughout the rooms contained within. B&Q have a huge range of glazed doors – traditional, folding and sliding. Similarly, glazed wall panels can divide up larger open plan spaces – creating defined zones for living without blocking light. They’ll need to be made of toughened glass if safety considerations demand it of course – small children or boisterous pets running round, for example.
If you have a room that is windowless and at the centre of the house, you can easily fake natural sunlight these days. There are now specialist bulbs on the market that mimic sunlight, illuminating your room with a sunny glow.
Remove unnecessary partition walls
If it’s not load-bearing, removing a wall won’t require the installation of an RSJ – and should be relatively inexpensive. If it’s made of plasterboard rather than solid stone or concrete it’s even easier! Removing walls between kitchen and dining rooms has become common practice. One of the major benefits of this is to allow light to flow between the front and back of the house. Other common areas where this can have a dramatic ‘opening up’ effect is the hallway, landing and larder areas.
Can you think of any other great ways to bring sunlight indoors? We’d really love to hear your thoughts.
We picked up this lovely lady yesterday!
She’s a vintage 1950s Duron chalkware or plaster lamp… and the best example we’ve ever come across. Not only the design, but condition too – they’re often chipped and a bit tatty. The painted decoration is all original. It has twin bulb fittings and works perfectly.
We tend to steer away from what’s termed as ‘kitsch’, but the occasional example sometimes takes our fancy. We like the classic Tretchikoff girl prints… and this Japanese geisha has a similar vibe going on.
The lamp can either stand on a horizontal surface or can be hung on a wall.
Here’s a view of the maker’s mark for collectors.
We’ll be a bit sorry to see her go actually, but go she must. The lamp is heading to our antiques centre space tomorrow. Sayonara lovely lady!
Hello! September is here, so that means we have an all new competition starting for you to enter. This month, our long-time homewares friend, Hunkydory Home has provided a table lamp for one of our readers.
Hunkydory Home is based up in Northumberland (we will visit that neck of the woods one day, the landscape looks stunning!) and has been making eye-catching lampshades and cushion covers for over a decade.
Each one is handmade using bright, colourful, mid-century inspired fabrics that will enhance any room in your home.
They have a large range of colours and patterns from which to choose – some are exclusive to Hunkydory Home – so you won’t find them anywhere else!
To be in with a chance of winning, visit the Hunkydory Home webshop and tell us which lamp you’d like to own and where in your home you’d put it.
Hunkydory Home table lamp
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