04 Dec 2017

Let there be light

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Whether you’re transforming the aesthetics of a run-down period property or self-building a contemporary majestic design of your own, each and every project deserves a well-designed lighting scheme.

Lighting can truly transform the outer aesthetics of a residence, bringing a home that, perhaps, was once lurking in the shadows into full brilliance. Barn conversions and agricultural buildings, in particular, are generally in demand of external lighting solutions more so than those in built-up residential areas; mostly due to their darkened, vacant location.

It’s worth considering how a house will look upon your approach. Front doors and porches provide great potential for external lighting; from traditional hanging lanterns featuring either side of a grand front door to downlights in the soffit of a porch or a portico.

A well-illuminated home won’t only provide glorious aesthetics, but will also supply you with much-needed light when searching for keys and making your way into the house itself. There's an assortment of designs, finishes and materials on the market for every self-builder and home renovator. Here are a few of our favourites.

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Garden Trading

Founded in 1994, Garden Trading came into the world when Founder Jon Holloway noticed a gap in the market for products that were well-designed and practical, but not overly contemporary. With this goal in mind, Garden Trading’s ever-growing range of homeware came into existence, extending from garden essentials to lighting, kitchen accessories and more. Everything the company sells is intended to last a lifetime with both timeless designs and a reliance on responsibly-sourced materials.

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St Ives up and down light – hot dipped galvanised, £40

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Troika plaster double wall lamp, £60

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Finsbury Wall Light in Charcoal - Steel, £45

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Arched swan neck - charcoal, £65

Spherical shapes

There’s an abundance of external lighting options on the market, of all shapes and sizes. Globular designs or bulbs come in a variety of styles; from the more industrial look to the minimal contemporary look. Adding a rounded bulb, form or candle lantern to your external lighting scheme will add a softer touch to the aesthetics of your illumination.

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Shipyard wall light galvanised, clear glass 7222 GA CL, Davey Lighting, POA

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Garden Trading Aldgate PIR outdoor wall light, £130

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Globe lantern, small, Annabel James, £76.95

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Sedgewick 1 light lantern bronze down-facing, dar lighting group, £54

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