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3 Lighting Trends In 2021 / 2022

By Lights&Co. Team
on November 13, 2021

Since the onset of the COVID-19 situation which has limited us in terms of the ability to travel and made working from home almost a default for most of us, many have went on to buy their first homes or upgraded to larger houses. Homeowners have also taken their space more seriously as they stay at home more for work and go out less often to stay safe. Here are some lighting designs that we see trending for the rest of 2021 and in 2022. 

1. Metal and Glass

Instead of the common polished chrome finish for kitchen faucets and bath fixtures, matt black and brass gold finishes are popular to achieve a contrast especially against darker colour wall tiles or paint colour. However it is better not to use more than 2 different colour tones with your other metal furnishings as it would overcomplicate the entire decor. We would recommend that you match the colour of your lighting fixture to the other furnitures you want to complement such as the wall lamp and the metal frame below which complements each other and stands out against the dark navy blue wall.


Our CAVER Classic Wall Lamp (as pictured below) provides a single globe or double globe option with a brass gold metal body. 

 

2. Balcony / Patio Lighting

Homes with outdoor spaces became the rage overnight last year as it allowed home dwellers to take in the views and soak in the weather outside. If you love to have al fresco dinners or chill over a glass of wine, a good book in your outdoor space, the lighting in your balcony / patio is essential even if it is simply for ambience. This space is where you can be more creative, for example you can model it after your favourite hangout cafe, bistro or decorate into a lush garden.

                                              Image Credit: Qanvast

Our recommendations for this space are the BRIVAAR Ceiling Light and the FIKNA Funnel Wall Light for their modern yet classic black and gold combination which work well for most decor themes.

 

3. Task Lighting

This is definitely one important aspect when most of us work or study from home more during this pandemic. Suffice to say there has to be adequate lighting when it comes to poring over documents and textbooks. If your focal lighting point is not bright enough to illuminate your work space, you can enhance it with table lamps or floor lamps. But if you limited work space, consider using track lighting which is versatile enough to target and illuminate areas in your room. 

If you use a pendant light like the above ARCLINEA Glass Pendant Lamp, do ensure the glass covers are not tinted and select LED bulbs with higher lumens to ensure maximum brightness.

Add on cob lighting to enhance the brightness if needed as the cob lights can be easily adjusted to shine on your work space.                         

How to Fix My Faulty LED Lighting? How Do I Change The Bulb For My LED Lighting?

By Lights&Co. Team
on March 27, 2021

LED lighting is up to 90% more efficient than incandescent light bulbs and is now widely used in homes, commercial and public places. LED lights come in mainly two variants; one is the LED light bulb and the other comprises a LED plate and LED driver.

How do I replace the spoilt LED light?

Firstly, we have to determine the type of LED lighting that is used. For example, if it is a light bulb, you have to replace in its entirety. If it is a LED downlight, it depends on whether the LED light source and driver are integrated. 

LED Downlight with External Driver

Image: LED Downlight with External Driver

You can try to replace the external driver if the light source for the downlight can't be turned on. If the downlight is dim or flickering, it is due to the degradation of the LED itself and in this case, you have to replace the main downlight.

LED Downlight with Integrated Driver

Image: LED Downlight with Integrated Driver

LED Light Bulb

Image: LED Light Bulb

For a LED downlight with integrated driver or a LED light bulb, the driver is integrated in the bulb and downlight and you would need to replace the fixture in its entirety.

Top Lighting Inspirations For Your Japanese Style Decor Theme

By Lights&Co. Team
on July 23, 2020

When we think of Japanese homes, most of in Singapore would immediately relate it to MUJI for the simplicity, quality and clean looks with some nature incorporated into the designs or manufacture.

One important element to infuse the Japanese concept is to add wood or bamboo into your interior design. The living space is relatively free of large furniture and the lightings are mainly inconspicuous. Now let's take a look at some home decor and lighting inspirations you can use for your home. 

Modern meets traditional Japanese home                                         Image credit to respective owner

This Japanese home exudes zen by combining the traditional rice paper shade pendant lights with modern furniture. It just has all the right components - wood, the right lightings and plants, of course a bonsai plant would be perfect.

 Lavien Pendant Light                          Lighting Idea - LAVIEN Scandinavian Hanging Light Set

If you prefer to go all modern, this hanging light fixture will complement your home without any fuss. It has the white and wood tones that the basic Japanese home concept requires. 

Japanese Lighting Inspiration                                      Image credit to respective owner 

This modern Japanese home in mainly white and wooden tones uses simple recessed lights and a small white shade table lamp. It's all about keep the space free of clutter with ample room to access the space. 

TANUKI Ceiling Light                                  Lighting Idea - TANUKI Ultra Slim Ceiling Light

Not many of us like to do a boxed-up false ceiling specially for downlights as it can make the area look smaller and impose unnecessary height restrictions. Hence a good way to balance this is to use the TANUKI Ultra Slim Ceiling Light. The light fixture is made up of a wooden exterior and a white frosted shade cover which complements the modern Japanese home.

The Best Lighting To Use For Work From Home Setting

By Lights&Co. Team
on May 26, 2020

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy as we are in unprecedented times. Work from home by telecommute has become the new norm of late as countries worldwide implement a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

With more people working from home and this may be still be the case even after a vaccine is discovered as companies realise they can save on expensive office rents while protecting their employees.

Work from home

If your company makes it mandatory to work from home, you would need to create a work space that is comfortable for you to work in. This is why we saw long queues to IKEA as many were scrambling to buy suitable furniture before the stay at home measures took effect.

Long queues at IKEA

We will not make your life difficult by introducing the entire range of lights for working from home. You are most likely to have recessed lighting, pendant light or a ceiling light in your study / office space. Even with the smaller bedrooms these days, a ceiling light is not sufficient if you need to do serious reading or work. 

Hence our recommendation is to use track lights, which are bright, can be directed on a specific area, easily adjustable for brightness levels and easy to replace. Track lights have evolved from just the black and white to fancy rose gold and gold colours making it easy to complement a variety of decors. More importantly, you can also decide whether a daylight white or warm white light setting is better for you. 

Track Lights

What is a hanging light or pendant light?

By Lights&Co. Team
on November 13, 2019

A hanging light can also be referred to a pendant light (aka pendant lamp) or a chandelier. A pendant light is suspended by an electrical cord and it can be used as a single lighting fixture in a small space or hung in multiples across a larger space (ie: office or restaurant). It can also be used as a set of 3 in a straight line using a rectangular panel or in a circular form using a round panel. A pendant light can range from a simple design to an intricate fancy design. 

            Photo: A simple pendant light design - ANDENON Cement Pendant Light

ASCENT Futuristic Pendant Light

Photo: An intricate pendant light design - ASCENT Futuristic Pendant Light

SOUTHPORT Pendant Light in Pastel Colours

Photo: SOUTHPORT Pendant Lights in Pastel Colours used with a Rectangular Panel

ARCLINEA Glass Pendant Light in Metallic

 

A chandelier on the other hand is typically a large ornate centrepiece used in a mansion, a hotel lobby or an event ballroom. Originating from the medieval age, the light source used back then was candles and later progressed to gas lights to the current electric light bulbs. Often made out of glass, it can be adorned with crystals to exude luxury and elegance. 

Intricate Chandelier

Photo: An intricate Chandelier

Lighting Review - SOUTHPORT Pendant Light installed at The Quartz Singapore

By Lights&Co. Team
on November 01, 2019

The lovely Southport Pendant Lights in Pastel Colours are installed in a trio over the dining area. It gives your home a pop of scandinavian country home feeling.

Lighting Singapore - Southport Pendant Light Review

Lighting Singapore - Southport Pendant Light Review 2

Lighting Review - FICCAS Modern Pendant Light installed at The Echelon, Singapore

By Lights&Co. Team
on October 15, 2019

Our FICCAS Modern Pendant Light is used to accentuate this minimalist bay window space in a condominium. Chosen for its gold frame and unique rippled glass shade, this piece adds a subtle touch of class to your space.

Lighting Singapore - FICCAS Modern Pendant Light

Buy Lightings in Singapore

By Lights&Co. Team
on October 09, 2019

Shop designer pendant lighting, wall lights, track lights, ceiling lights, light bulbs and more online in Singapore.

These days, stylish lightings are as important as the tens of thousands in renovation works. The perfect lightings accentuate the decor and they can be the centrepieces of your home. Take a look at how our satisfied clients use our lamps to light up their homes. A retail lighting shop in Singapore is more commonly found in areas like Balestier, Jalan Besar and Geylang. Such brick-and-mortar shops can only display limited designs due to the space constraints and have higher costs from rent and staff. 

Lights&Co. is an online lighting shop in Singapore that focusses on offering the latest and widest range of lightings available to you while keeping prices affordable and transparent. We also do our best to check every lighting fixture for visible defects and allow our customers to conduct the same at delivery. 

Types of Lightings
Pendant Lamps - Those crystal chandeliers are not in vogue now as they are replaced by pendant lightings that come in different styles to fit your decor. Pendant lamps can be in a single light source or you can have a statement piece with multiple light sources for a large space.

Wall Lights - Seldom used in the past, wall lamps are now trending in the modern home thanks to new classy pieces especially those with gold frames. It is nifty and doesn't take up floor space. Many interior designers are recommending wall lights as decorative pieces to liven up an empty walkway, bay window areas, bedside areas or staircases. Don't limit your imagination and keep your ideas flowing.

Table / Bedside Lamps - Many think of table lamps as those used for intense studying and for work use. Its definitely essential as you require optimal light for reading. With the lower costs in LED lighting, you can now have your stylish table lamp and pair it with an energy efficient LED light source. Now you can have your cake and eat it! 

Floor Lamps - Standing floor lamps can be used to fill up a void area in your space especially for larger homes. They are more often used for ambient and decorative lighting. 

Track Lights - We would say that track lighting is versatile as it offers you the flexibility to switch to task lighting if you require the room to be brighter simply by adding on more track lights or switching to higher wattage LED track lights. Conversely, you can adjust the track lights to refocus on another area or remove them if you want the space a little dimmer.

Ceiling Lights - The most common form of lighting used 10 to 20 years ago and it still is popular today. It could be the most affordable option as a surface LED panel provides sufficient light for a bedroom. However, there are many variations of ceiling lights for children to the modern pieces in different shapes and sizes. Most importantly, get the one that is able to light up your space sufficiently. 

 

We hope you have a better appreciation of how the many variations of lighting fixtures can complement the decor theme of your space. Have fun while you are at it too!

Lighting Review - ARCLINEA Glass Pendant Light installed at Clementi, Singapore

By Lights&Co. Team
on September 10, 2019

Featuring our ARCLINEA Glass Pendant Light in vintage gold colour sitting chic against the white tiled backsplash. 

Lightings Singapore -ARCLINEA Pendant Light

Lighting Review - VILLEA Classic Glass Wall Lamp installed at Principal Garden, Singapore

By Lights&Co. Team
on July 25, 2019

The client chose a classic gold wall lamp, VILLEA Classic Glass Wall Lamp, to complement the overall modern decor in the house. The slim gold fixture gives it a timeless and classy look and doesn't take up much space at all.

Lighting Singapore - VILLEA Classic Glass Wall Lamp

 

Lighting Singapore - VILLEA Classic Glass Wall Lamp 2

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