HOW TO LIGHT A HOME OFFICE

Put your home office in the best possible light with some help from Bespoke Lights. In these challenging times many of us now find ourselves working from home, often for the first time. Working from home is great – you can start late, finish early and no one will know if you stay in your dressing gown all day! To help you stay focused and motivated, and perhaps avoid these bad habits, we have put together some clever lighting hints and tips.

TOP TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE PERFECT STANDARD LAMP

The brilliant thing about standard lamps is that they can be placed anywhere you have a little spare floor space. Floor standing lamps can be practical, versatile and decorative additions to a room. They have a unique role to play when it comes to lighting as they can provide both ambient, task and accent lighting, something that few other light fittings can do. But before you rush off and explore Bespoke Lights collection of standard lamps, take a look at our top tips to help you make the right choice

EDWARDIAN LIGHTING

The hugely popular ‘Downton Abbey’ TV series ran from 2010 to 2015. Viewers eagerly tuned in to watch the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants unfold in Edwardian and post Edwardian Britain. This era also saw great advances in the world of lighting with the introduction of new electric lighting. Homes gradually moved away from oil lamps and gas lighting to embrace this new, cleaner electric light. However, at the time, not everyone was initially convinced by electric lighting. This wonderful quote from Downton Abbey’s Dowager Duchess, played so brilliantly by Dame Maggie Smith, shows there were some misgivings – ‘I couldn’t have electricity in the house. I wouldn’t sleep a wink. All those vapours floating about.’

A LITTLE LIGHT READING

To celebrate World Book Day, this blog takes a look at how to provide the right lighting for reading at home.World Book Day is marked in over 100 countries around the world and is a celebration of books and reading. Its mission is to install a love of reading in young people which will hopefully last a lifetime. In the UK children are given book tokens which they can exchange for a book of their choice. Schools have special events often with the children dressing up as a character from their favourite book. Now in its 22nd year, World Book Day this year falls on 7 March 2019.

ORIENTAL GINGER JAR TABLE LAMPS

Oriental ginger jar and temple jar table lamps are instantly recognisable with their distinctive shape and beautiful patterns depicted on glazed ceramic or porcelain. They make an attractive feature in a room and are often seen in traditional settings.

BANKERS LAMPS

When we visualise bankers lamps, most of us would probably think of dimly lit offices in Victorian and Edwardian times. Picture, if you will, a clerk bent over, dipping his pen into his ink bottle and scribing into a large leather-bound ledger using only the light of a candle or oil lamp. It is not hard to see why there was such a need for better lighting and, with the introduction of electric light in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the bankers lamp was born.

JENNY WORRALL TABLE LAMPS

Are these beautiful Jenny Worrall table lamps the ‘antiques of the future’? Here at Bespoke Lights we certainly think they could be and we are delighted to be authorised stockists of the full range of current designs. Many of Jenny Worrall’s earlier lamps are already collector’s items, so if these quintessentially English table lamps appeal to you why not take the plunge – not only will you be able to enjoy having the delightful lamp in your home but you could also be investing in something that could potentially increase in value over the years.

DIWALI – FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Diwali or Deepavali is the 5 day Festival of Lights which is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. It is a seen as a new spiritual beginning, a celebration of good over evil and light over darkness and is illustrated by various stories from ancient literature and mythology. The festival happens in October or November every year – the date varies according to the lunar calendar. In 2017 Diwali takes place between 18 October and 22 October.

Home Lighting – How to Get the Perfect Results Every Time

DON’T OVERLOOK THE LIGHTING! Lighting is often overlooked when people are considering the interior design of their homes. This is a great pity as with a little careful thought and planning lighting can make a real impact. A well planned lighting scheme will enhance your home, provide warmth and atmosphere and identify the different areas