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Brighten winter days with bold lighting

Clever use of lighting can help to create a relaxed mood in your home and by choosing warm colours for the shades you can make a room more inviting for the winter months.

For many years the standard lighting option for new homes and renovations was downlights. Pendant lights have now become more desirable, particularly over island benches and hung low over dining tables.

According to Beacon Lighting General Manager – Merchandise, Glen Robinson, there are huge benefits for using pendants rather than downlights such as installation costs and energy efficiency. “Another great benefit is that if you want to update your room down the track then you can easily replace the light with an up-to-date pendant, which is usually quite affordable,” said Glen.

Homeowners are becoming much more creative with the placement of lights. There has been a definite shift to having clean lines in the home and statement pieces, such as oversized drum shades or a highly decorative chandelier, to add interest and colour.

Pendants can also be hung in the corner of a room rather than using a floor lamp or even used in bathrooms. You can even try hanging a group of pendants together at different heights for a more artistic effect.

The Australian-owned and operated Beacon Lighting has some great pendants styled on the latest trends from fashion and homewares shows in Europe. The Espresso 1 Light pendant series is dressed in dark coffee and gold, and shaped in sleek flat, cone and drop designs. The Sky 1 Light pendant with a brushed-chrome canopy and red glass provides a warm accent to any room.

A highlight is Beacon’s Inside 3/4 and 1/2 Dome pendants in a range of contrasting white, orange, green and black combinations for just under one hundred dollars.

Beacon lightingThe Australian-owned and operated Beacon Lighting has some great pendant styled on the latest trends from fashion and homewares shows in Europe.

Ceiling fans

The role of ceiling fans in the winter months is often overlooked. By running your ceiling fan in the reverse mode, it pushes warm air up against the ceiling and then down the walls, gently re-circulating warm air through the room. This technique has been proven to lower heating costs by as much as 10 per cent, and costs about 1 cent per hour to run.

“With people better appreciating the energy efficiency of ceiling fans, we are seeing an increased popularity in the use of ceiling fans in kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms,” said Glen.

In a major innovation for ceiling fan design, Beacon Lighting has worked with an Australian engineer to develop a retractable-blade ceiling fan with an energy efficient T5 light. The Evo 1 Prevail from Fanaway is an advanced ceiling fan with unique aesthetics and energy efficient design. It is finished in chrome, brushed-chrome or white and has clear acrylic blades.

When switched off the traditionally intrusive fan-blades automatically retract and conceal, and visually the unit transforms into a slim, modern light pendant. Turning the fan on creates a centrifugal force that deploys the blades to circulate air within the room.

“Fanaway creates open space in the room environment, accumulates less dust, and visually integrates into most building interiors,” said Glen.