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What are your customers thinking?

Surely if we all knew what our customers wanted and had a ready solution – we’d be a lot more successful!? So what are the most commonly asked questions or statements regarding lighting? We’ve taken a poll here at Orange Lighting from friends, family and from customers – the results may not be very surprising but nevertheless they are not to be ignored. After all, the solutions that we provide, offer a real opportunity to improve people’s living spaces.No.1 – What can I do about reducing my energy bill with lighting?

On more occasions than not – when I tell people that I am involved with lighting design and supply – they will relate it to their home … and to their bills. They ask, because they are increasingly bewildered by energy saving alternatives. Having fully accepted the adoption of compact fluorescents (and not been entirely happy) they have been confronted by LED lighting, a technology that defines itself in a totally different language.We genuinely have the greatest energy saving solution with LED lighting – it’s ready and waiting to be adopted but how do you explain the benefits?

No.2 – Help … where do I start?
It’s time we streamlined our message so our clients will comprehend the opportunity! Tell them to opt for LED lighting in a managed way – trialling a selection of lamps and dedicated fittings.  It’s a long term investment so start with one area of the home.

LED lamps are changing price constantly and outputs are still improving continually – keep in close touch with Orange Lighting as your supplier and together we can bring about the change that customers will be delighted by.

No.3 in reality – I have to leave lights on during the day!

It’s a sad fact in the UK that even in the summer we find we need for artificial lights to supplement our meagre daylight. I would argue that much of this could be improved by better design. The lighting – even in new homes is still a single pendant in the middle of the room but there is a better approach.

The question should be WHAT lights should I leave on during the day? So when designing your lighting scheme – add a layer of light that lifts the daylight feel in a room. For instance up-light a colder light hidden on top of a cupboard or a shelf. Alternatively use wall up-lights with the main purpose of adding to the daylight penetrating the space – these can (of course) be switch off at night so as not conflict with an evening scheme. Naturally these fittings need to be as energy efficient as possible, as they will be on for long periods.

As a design professional you live in interesting times for lighting. You have great opportunity to deliver solutions to some or all of these burning questions. Now is the time to realise the potential of LED lighting.

Call us if you have any questions regarding your next lighting project – especially if you are seeking an LED alternative.

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All the World’s a (Lighting) Stage

tragedycomedyw3Lighting can have a range of moods and personalities. It can also play a whole cast of characters within an interior space. If the lights in a room were actors some would be demure shy and retiring and others loud and attention seeking show-offs.

Recently, wonderful new opportunities have arrived to conceal and embed fittings into the fabric of a building – allowing the light itself to become centre stage.

glint_situHowever, with the introduction of these new fixtures, I have not witnessed a trend to retreat back into the minimalistic style so prevalent in the 1990’s. This time we seem to be enthusiastically blending the highly decorative with a restrained play of light.

Often, there remains a need for a focal point – the star of the show – the chandelier or decorative pendant. In fact a chandelier’s impact is heightened when accompanied by a supporting cast of restrained wall lights, up-lights and down-lights.

On many occasions I have likened a lit interior to a painting. A good painter deliberately chooses a focal point, catches the viewers eye with a colour or the darkest point in the composition. As ‘lighting’ painters, we too need a focal point – a highlight or a low light that will draw the attention. A beautifully enduring technique is to use the decorative chandelier or pendant; it remains as relevant to our interiors now as it did in 17th century.

Solaris_Twin_situSo I call on you to be brave and keep embracing the chandelier, create wildly enigmatic focal points and yet consider a subtle palette of supporting light, so easily adopted now with the use of miniaturised LED.

Looking for inspiration on a focal point for your next project? Call us and we will be able to guide you through the alternatives that fit your requirements.