Lighting Advice


13 Nov, 2017 3:56:07 PM

Often referred to as ‘the heart of the home’ the kitchen is a place of comfort but also productivity, which often makes the area complex to light. If you take into account all of the activities that happen in the kitchen; family meals, dinner parties with friends and also, perhaps less exciting, cooking and cleaning. There needs to be plenty of lighting provided that is carefully positioned to avoid looking cluttered and over the top. Provide an even and generous spread of light by having sources at different levels of height.

Whether you’re working on a new residential project or refurbishing an existing property, lights can provide the necessary refresh and ensure you are making the most of your kitchen space.

Here are our 5 top tips:

  • Add a large ceiling light to the centre of the kitchen as your first source of ambient lighting. This sets the tone for the room and provides a welcoming and relaxing space.
  • Consider the elements within your kitchen: do you have a breakfast or kitchen island? If so, use a cluster of single pendants above the island or breakfast bar. This provides an even distribution of light and looks stylish. Ensure the pendants are matching to avoid clashing.
  • Recessed ceiling lights look fantastic above a kitchen table. These slot in discreetly to ceilings and can be dotted around to provide a general spread of light.
  • The beauty of LED items is that they are extremely efficient and also good value for money. Searchlight’s LED lights all have a guaranteed 3 years of use; the low labour aspect is appealing.
  • Take into account different finishes and styles and how well they will work within your own kitchen. 


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14 Aug, 2017 4:26:45 PM

With September just around the corner, perhaps your child’s return to school or university is looming. To coincide with the new academic year it might be time to update their area of study and consider different options with desk lamps. Alternatively, if you work from home you will find yourself spending a great deal of time based at a desk.

Particularly for studying, providing the correct methods of lighting is essential to avoid headaches or straining your eyes when reading in poorly lit areas.

A desk lamp is a functional task method of lighting, they fulfil a purpose and provide an additional source of lighting to brighten the room of your choice. For study purposes, it is useful to have a concentrated light that is both directional and highlighting.  

When purchasing a desk lamp, one thing to take into account is the décor of the chosen location and how it can be complimented. Depending on whether you require a desk lamp with a minimal look or a featuring a traditional design, Searchlight have over 20 options for you to choose between. 

Here’s our pick of the top 5 desk lamps:

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How To Use The Zeus

11 Aug, 2017 4:16:09 PM

If you were asked to consider times when you have walked into a room and felt impressed with the lighting on offer, you may struggle to recall these instances. This is due to poor, or lack of, blending and use of the different lighting methods: ambient, task and feature. Lighting that is too cool will appear harsh, whereas too bright will create an unwelcoming atmosphere.

In order to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, you need to invest in useful sources of light that complement and enhance the natural light available in your desired setting. If you are seeking to light a residential setting, you will be wanting to replicate the effects of natural daylight.

At Searchlight Electric, with the release of our Project Collection catalogue, we have launched a new product – Zeus. Though simple in appearance, the real beauty of the Zeus collection is that it is fit for use anywhere in a residential setting.

Zeus key elements:

  • Fire rated – Tested in 30, 60 and 90 minute fire rated ceilings.  
  • IP65 – Zeus is splash proof; therefore suitable for use in a bathroom.
  • Anti-glare –Source of light is situated behind the face of the fitting.
  • 20 degree tilt – Fix or adjust the direction of the light dependent on your preference.

The Zeus is available in 3 variations: 3000k universal downlight, sunset universal downlight and GU10 universal downlight.

With a maximum colour temperature of 2800k for task lighting, Zeus Sunset transitions through the CCT spectrum to a romantic 2000k, emitting a glow comparable to warm candlelight. We offer a 3 year warranty, and as the LED module is replaceable you can be assured that your fittings will never become obsolete.

Contact our sales team on or 0161 203 3300.

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11 Aug, 2017 1:56:59 PM

As we head further into August, we want to ensure we are making the most of the summer season. During summer, we look forward to sunny day time BBQs proceeding to evenings spent socialising with friends in the garden. Having already been lucky enough to enjoy several bright and warm days, we are very much hopeful for more. If you want to enjoy any of these al fresco activities then you may wish to invest in several different options of outdoor lighting; also taking into account the size and design of your garden.

Additionally, outdoor lighting is not exclusive just to summer, it is important to light your outdoor areas to suit the jobs you complete. For example, if you regularly have to walk to the bottom of your garden after dark; you will want to brighten the route.

Consider outdoor settings and any factors you may need to account for; do you need lighting for brightening porches or to insert into your decking? As an example, recessed lighting is great for discretely lighting decking, garden walkways, paths or grass.

The Project Collection is a helpful source of information to guide specifiers through lighting gardens and exteriors.  Within the catalogue you will find a wide variety of outdoor fittings, perfect for a range of settings. Useful lifestyle images and instructive advice guides help to illustrate how best the products can be used.

Of course, lighting outdoor areas is different to indoor but you still need to take into consideration the three methods: ambient, task and feature, and how they can be blended together.

Insert Plot Light into garden patios, decking or walk ways. The recessed LED light has an IP rating of 67, you can fit and forget. It is a round stainless steel item with an aluminium body, light shines through 4 sections of the fitting and then it slots discretely into the location of your choice. Delivering 90 lumens from 3 watts, it is a cost effective way of guiding your guests through your garden.

Add a functional wall light to brighten as the evening draws in. The Sapporo range are discrete downward pointing wall lights providing unobtrusive low level lighting. The simple dark grey designs are 3000k, bathing your walls in warm light. 

Try the in ground lights for picking out specific features. Paddington, Piccadilly and Euston offer a range of beam angles from 15 to 30 degrees with lumen outputs ranging from 90 to 470. With high grade aluminium bodies and Grade 316 Stainless Steel covers. These robust fittings offer versatility and durability.

For more ambient lighting you should refer to the coastal range. Position Tokyo next to either a front or back door and let the two sources of light add brightness. Yokohama is a downlight which has been designed to illuminate signage and for positions. Whilst Kobe and Kyoto offer a range of sizes of clean round and square designs, suitable for multiple applications.

For guidance on how to best combine different fittings that connect to just one mains power supply, see the plug and play advice guide. Information on how to update your lighting throughout the seasons and the various accessories available: drivers, connectors and extension cables.

Please email or alternatively, visit our website: where you will be need a trade number in order to make a purchase. 

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Lighting in student accommodation has recently undergone an update; moving away from incandescent and fluorescent fittings in favour of LED lighting, which is evidently a far better option for saving energy and is cost effective. LED lights will last for 30,000 hours, in comparison to the 1000 - 2000 hours guaranteed by incandescent light sources.

With the cost of living in university halls ever rising it is becoming increasingly clear that student satisfaction has to be considered. Lighting needs to be simple but also has to meet a student’s requirements such as; studying, getting sufficient amounts of sleep – severely affected by using the wrong sources of light - and safety. As well as this, maintenance teams and university electrical teams are under pressure to be more energy efficient and cost effective.

Lighting a halls of residence is not just for one room, you need to consider it as providing light for a whole home; including a range of indoor and outdoor features. The light provided needs to be simple in appearance to suit the student halls setting but also highly functional.

You will be hard pushed to find a chandelier in a halls of accommodation kitchen but what you will more than likely see is items like ceiling flush fittings and ceiling bar strip lights, similar to that of our own Project Collection catalogue. For example, items like the Janus 20w (page 37) are surface mounted ceiling fittings with integrated LED technology, and are ideal for brightening hallways or bedroom ceilings.

The amenity range is also another useful option to consider such as the Vulcan 2ft with LED (page 119) which is a slim line ceiling bar light and great for applications with restricted ceiling height. Luna (page 116) can be used either on bedroom walls or bathrooms as they have a rating of IP44, meaning that it is splash proof. Both are great sources of ambient light.

Desk lamps are also an essential part of lighting in a student bedroom. They provide a directional source of lighting, which is incredibly useful for studying. Find detailed information on desk lamps within the Searchlight Decorative Catalogue or on the website:

Aside from desk lights mentioned above, all of the items listed can be found within the Project Collection catalogue. Please contact a member of our sales team on to order a catalogue. 

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SEARCHLIGHT have recently created a Project Collection catalogue with purposeful lighting at the forefront of its mind. With this focus, we have carefully considered the various types of lighting and how we can encompass them into our catalogue. You should think of the Project Collection catalogue as a toolkit for lighting residential areas.

When you consider lighting, you need to think of it as flexible and in need of varying layers. To put it bluntly, you wouldn’t have a room lit by solely task lighting. The catalogue provides detailed explanations of how to best combine and use different lighting methods for particular rooms or areas of your home.

Throughout the Project Collection catalogue, we have focused on the three main lighting types which are: ambient, task and feature. We have also provided detailed lifestyle images exemplifying the different types of lighting and how they can best be blended together in unison.

Ambient lighting provides a general wash of light that will brighten a room without being overpowering or garish, like a flush fitting. Any room can benefit from this type of lighting and we should think of ambient lighting as a starting point for any residential setting.

You could then add task lighting in order to provide a strong source of directional light; ideal for study areas, desks and kitchen work surfaces. This could be a recessed ceiling light or a spotlight.

Make your third addition feature lighting, which is used to light and draw attention to a specific feature within a room. This could be a statement pendant or strip lighting in a kitchen. It is perfect for boasting a particular interior feature.

Once you have chosen each individual item you will need to mix them together as this allows for a variety of moods to be created.


Please follow this link for further details and order information:


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The importance of lighting in care homes can no longer be ignored. Although, it may not be a person’s first thought when considering key elements for a successful care home; lighting actually plays an intrinsic role. Poor lighting can result in patient falls, depression and low staff productivity. However, all of these problems can be avoided using the correct lighting source and temperature.

The ideal lighting is daylight, which contains a natural blue/white light, has not always been correctly mimicked. Harsh lighting from the likes of phones, computers and fluorescent lights can lead to poor sleeping patterns and a host of other problems. Other important aspects to consider are using the appropriate source of lighting and Kelvin temperature. Using an ambient source will provide a gentle wash of brightness which is not harsh or over powering. For a residential setting such as a care home, the optimal lighting temperature is 3000K as it allows for optimum natural daylight imitation.

When it comes to care homes, the lighting used needs to be specifier specific and so any pre-existing medical conditions need to be taken into account. For example, dementia can be severely aggravated and effected by harsh and incorrect lighting. Researchers have found that using the correct lighting in the bedrooms of dementia patients was successful in regulating their sleeping pattern and providing a more calming setting. There has also been recognised and increased interaction from residents with Alzheimer’s who have been exposed to the appropriate blue/white lighting.



Searchlight have recently developed a Project Collection, which revolves around toolkit lighting; providing users with purposeful sources of light. The lights featured are perfect for placement in a care home as we offer a wide range of energy saving LED fittings, and lights using the optimal Kelvin temperature of 3000K. This catalogue would prove extremely useful for anyone looking to complete a project, particularly Architects, Interior Designers or Electricians. 

Please contact a member of our sales team on to order a catalogue. 

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What is LED Lighting

10 Jun, 2015 10:51:49 AM

what is led lighting

An LED – or ‘Light Emitting Diode’ – is a semi-conductor device that converts electricity into light, providing an efficient source of lighting. And modern LED Lighting uses the latest cutting-edge technology to add style and brightness to your home. LED lights provide a high level of light output for a very low energy output, which helps to preserve the environment and cut down on your electricity bills.

LED lights have a life of up to 30,000 hours, which is up to 20 times longer than the equivalent incandescent lamps. Saving up to 85% energy and still producing the same lumens output compared to incandescent lights, LED bulbs are an ideal and cost effective, direct replacement for existing lights.

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Children’s Bedroom Lighting

10 Jun, 2015 10:43:06 AM

Childrens bedroom lighting

The appearance and functionality of a child’s bedroom will vary massively depending on the age and sex of the child. For young children the lighting needs to be fun and colourful. And for older children the lighting is often focused more on a study area. Bedroom lighting should illuminate their world in a wonderful way, and a well-designed lighting scheme will grow with the child.

Children's bedroom lighting should be glowing with amazing solutions to suit their sense of style. So we’ve listed some helpful tips and ideas for different lighting options, ranging from the practical to the more decorative and fun.

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How to Light a Room

10 Jun, 2015 10:36:09 AM

how to light a room

Lighting can dramatically affect the appearance of a home, both inside and out, making it look and feel stylish. The right lighting can add drama, set the tone and transform any space. And, with careful planning, light can make a small room look open and airy or a large room appear cosy and inviting. For it to be most effective, lighting should be as carefully planned as any other element of interior design, especially when decorating a new house or apartment.

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How to make the most of garden lighting

10 Jun, 2015 10:31:14 AM

how to make the most of garden lighting

With the correct outdoor lighting to complement the different plants, flowers and landscaping, your garden can be transformed into an ideal area for many purposes, such as garden parties or your own private retreat. However, lighting the exterior of a property often requires more planning and creativity than lighting an inside room.

Searchlight offer everything from decking and pathway lights, to wall lights, bollards, post lights and porch lights, with a versatile range and endless lighting options for around the garden. With an extensive range of lighting choices and so many different styles of gardens, knowing where to start can be a little confusing. So we’ve listed some helpful ideas and tips for you to consider for making the most of your garden lighting

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Selecting The Perfect Chandelier

10 Jun, 2015 10:25:57 AM

selecting the perfect chandelier

For centuries, wooden and wrought iron chandeliers have provided light for all kinds of interior spaces and, in more recent times, chandeliers have provided that special decorative element and bit of sparkle for many home interiors.

Chandeliers can illuminate the entire room and are an excellent way to show off your style. Stunning crystal chandeliers capture and reflect the light and add luxury to any home, providing practical lighting as well as an elegant ambience.

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