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Bedside Lighting- It's time to get creative

Bedside Lighting- It's time to get creative

Bedroom lighting is something that can easily be overlooked and yet it can have such an impact on the room in which we start and end each and every day. At the end of a long day, the bedroom is the place where many of us get comfy and escape with a Kindle, snuggle up and watch a film and on occasion, have to prop ourselves up to finish that last bit of work before tomorrows deadline. As we try to squeeze that little bit more into our already hectic 24 hours, the room where the magic happens is becoming a far more utilised area than ever before.

Our bedrooms have become extensions of our living space, so creating the right atmosphere and lighting levels has never been more important. A bedroom should have multiple light sources, used to build layers of light and create ambience. Most bedrooms have a central light source in the form of a pendant or pendants, to which a dimmer switch is great way to control the light levels to suit your mood. Thus in turn allows for additional lamps to be used to create areas of interest or focus around the room. Cue the humble bedside lamp.

 

When you think of a bedside lamp, you wouldn’t be alone if the first thing you picture is a boring wooden table lamp base with an ‘oh so’ dull shade. Thankfully, bedside lighting now come in such a variety of different shape and sizes, that they no longer have the sole purpose of just being a convenient bedside light source. Instead, bedside lighting has become playful, experimental and most importantly flexible. Whilst maintaining their functionality, bedside lighting can now be found in the form of sculptural ‘objets d'art’, pendants, or simply a bare bulb suspended in place by a beautiful length of fabric coated flex.

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When space is a premium, pendants or suspended lights are the perfect solution, as they free up all-important space on your bedside table, especially for that first cup of coffee (or tea) in the morning. With the use of a small hook from your local hardware shop, a pendant can be positioned and suspended over a bedside table or dressing table to create sleek and stylish look to your room.

Wrapping lamps around brackets or coat hooks to secure your lamp into position is also another way to keep the lamp off of your bedside table. Again, this way saves that essential space on your beside table but also allows for the height of the lamp to be adjusted with ease.

If you want to avoid the hassle of wiring any lights directly into the mains, lamps with a plug and an in-line switch make for the most convenient and fool proof option out there. However, it is always worth checking that there is enough cable to allow you to reposition the lamp to suit what you are doing. Too little cable and you’ll be restricted to where you can position the lamp, too much cable… well, it could be worse!

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That Lighting Shop is Going Green

That Lighting Shop is Going Green

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At That Lighting Shop we are aware of the cost and effects of our carbon footprint, so we are doing what we can to work towards a greener way of working and living.

Where possible we recycle any cardboard boxes and bubblewrap that come our way, so if on occasion you receive your order but its not in a pristine outer box, please know that its been purposely and lovingly recycled.

All of our plastic delivery bags are made of recycled rPET (recycled polyethylene terephtalate) or PET. Made from recycled plastic drinks bottles, our delivery bags are super strong and durable and can also be recycled many times over, so we hope that you will do your part too.

Due to the delicate nature of a lot of our lighting products, our priority is getting your order to you safely and in one piece. If we are not recycling bubblewrap, you may find that your order will been protected by one of our favourite cushioning materials... Popcorn. Not only is popcorn highly sustainable, but it also reduces the weight of our boxes, thus helping to reduce our carbon footprint even further. However, please do not be tempted to eat any of this popcorn, it wont be salted.

That Lighting Shop at Home

That Lighting Shop at Home

A couple of months ago I was asked by Style at Home magazine if they could come and visit me at my home to chat about That Lighting Shop and have a sneak peak at my newly renovated flat.

After hours of talking light bulbs, lumens and LED's, conversation turned to the challenges of getting onto the property ladder and finally, what do you do when you’ve spent every penny on buying your first place, how do you afford to do the place up! The answer for us was that we had no choice other than to get out hands dirty. Our evenings were spent watching YouTube videos on how to lay solid oak flooring, how to hang doors, basic plumbing… you name it, we’ve probably watched it.

It took us close to two years for us to finally finish all of the work. Two years of hard work, late nights, tears (on my part) and countless paint samples. But slowly the property was coming together, which gave us the motivation to get the work done so that we could finally sit back and enjoy it… And in the end, we made it!

Before launching www.thatlightingshop.co.uk I was a Buyer for Heal’s in London, which was where my love of lighting began. Seeing the impact lighting could have on the home really made me appreciate how small updates such as the addition of a beautiful table lamp, subtle up-lighters or even simply using different types of light bulbs could completely transform a space and also the way that we use that space on a day to day basis. So naturally, lighting was on my mind when it came to decorating our lovely new flat, but so was our budget. One of the perks of working in retail was the fabulous staff discount and occasional sample sale, which I of course made good use of. However, when I was searching online for affordable but stylish lighting solutions, I struggled to find what I wanted. I had a perfectly clear picture in my head of what I wanted (and knew what I was prepared to pay for it) but just couldn’t find it. So with a little push from by boyfriend, I decided to take the plunge, and do it myself…

Cue That Lighting Shop. (www.thatlightingshop.co.uk)

That Lighting Shop is about bringing you on-trend lighting without the scary price tags. We offer simple design solutions that are flexible, affordable, but most importantly, beautiful. 

So after all this chatting, copious amounts of tea and probably one too many eccles cakes, I was persuaded to stand ‘naturally’ and smile for the camera against the backdrop of our beautiful (well lit) flat. For anyone who knows me, posing for the camera is not one of my favourite things to do, but for the sake of interior design, I did it.

So here is it, That Lighting Shop at Home.