Choosing the right interior light

The right choice of interior lighting can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your space. Whether you want to add warmth and ambience, make a bold statement, accent a particular feature or light up a work area, there are plenty of options.

Pendant lights

Pendants lights are a fantastic way to add style and create a mood and atmosphere in your room. You can choose to make a big statement or go for a subtle approach depending on the size of your space and the function of the room. The latest designs come in a range of materials from concrete and metal to natural materials to transform the feel of the room.

Learn how to hang pendant lights in any space.

Downlights

Whether you need general lighting or task lighting, there are a number of things to consider when choosing the right downlights. Generally, these are a versatile option for illuminating any room, from the hallway to the kitchen. The key is to work out how many lights you need for a given space and how to position them correctly.

Downlights can either be set flush to the ceiling or recessed for a sloping ceiling which allows you to adjust the angle of the light. If you want to install them over a bathroom mirror, make sure you position the downlight over the basin to avoid casting shadows. You can also install dimmers on certain downlights to change the mood.

Downlights can be a cost-effective way to light your home. If you currently have halogen downlights installed, making the switch to LED can be a great cost and energy saver over the long term. You can also save energy by installing downlights on separate switches to limit the amount of lights you switch on at one time.

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Lamps

Table or floor lamps are an easy and affordable way to set the tone in your home. Placing a floor lamp next to a sofa or armchair can make a room feel cosy and relaxing. Floor lamps with an adjustable angled head allow you to change the direction of the light for a different effect. The right bedside lamp can give your bedroom a fresh new look. There are plenty of different styles from the vintage look to the contemporary.

Decorative spotlights

A good alternative to recessed downlights, decorative spotlights can be used to highlight special features ina room. Whether you set these up individually or group a few together, decorative spotlights can lend a stylish look to the space and can be adjusted to change the mood of the room. Pointing them towards the ceiling will create a softer, more subdued lighting effect or you can use them to draw the eye to specific features like artworks or furniture.

Wall lights

Wall lights come in a range of styles to suit any space and are a great way to create accent lighting around the home or line your hallway. You can use these as bedside lights to add a luxurious hotel feel to your bedroom or add warm, ambient light to your living or dining rooms.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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