Alternatives To Pendant/Ceiling Lights?

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  1. Incocknito

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    Well I just tried taking down the shade and bulb that were here when we moved in.

    I succeeded but I pulled all the wiring out in the process. So now there are loose wires hanging from the ceiling.

    Suppose I didn't want to get it rewired or wondered what the alternatives were (it never gave off that much light and created a glare on the TV) - what are the alternatives?

    Or does everyone have these "pendant" lights hanging from the ceiling?
     
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    You're preposterous.
     
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    I'm just wondering if there's an alternative. The only thing I've found is table or wall mounted lamps. I might get a flush light fitting installed.

    Although they look like bathroom only.
     
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    Torchieres are a good alternative if you have a light-colored ceiling. You may want to try plain floor lamps as well. I think Sweden did a study that said every room should have at least six light sources to make it happy and livable. Multiple small light sources generally are more friendly and soothing than one big light source which tends to make people and things look harsh.
     
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    As far as I'm concerned, the only good chandelier in a private room is one that uses candles.
     
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    Thanks Jason!

    I found this article:

    Table Lamps Instead of Recessed Ceiling Lights

    Which shows that desk/table lamps aren't that much worse at illuminating a room as ceiling lights, if at all.

    The only problem is I only have two working electrical sockets so there might be an issue with cables all over the place.

    Although maybe I could Feng Shuei my room around and hide the cables. I probably will do that since I am in the middle of redecorating.

    Floor lamps and torchieries look cool too. I'll have to have a think about placement.

    Might break out the Autocad and plan the room out :smile:

    Thanks again.
     
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    There are different types of light fitting you could get - for a modern lad's room, you could get a spotlight strip...kinda 4 little spots on a chrome strip. They'll have 'em at Homebase/B&Q/Argos... Get an electrician to fit it tho. And if for some reason you decided to do it yerself, switch the electricity off first. :p

    Recessed socket lights are cool too - but u need several, and are harder to put in.

    Check out the lighting section @ B&Q...especially the spotlights/downlights bit.
     
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    You haven't mentioned what room or its main use. If you're not interested in pendants and need ambient light, a low voltage monorail or Kable light system might work for you. Check this site for more details:

    Tech Lighting
     
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    That sounds like the Ikea philosophy of buying as many lamps as possible... I like it, though :smile:
     
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    Torchieres? We call 'em uplighters over here. They're great, but get more than one so you can vary the mood. With all that indirect light you will probably want a reading lamp too.

    I've kept my central pendant light, but call it "the hoovering light" and rarely use it unless I'm cleaning the room in the evening.
     
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    You're welcome!

    I cheat and use power strips with extension cables if necessary. So long as everything on the strip is low-voltage it doesn't matter much.

    Try to use daylight-spectrum bulbs as well. Is this for your living room?

    This was before Ikea. I think it's the philosophy of, how do we get enough light in winter so Swedes stop killing themselves?
     
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    Candles in a chandelier?!?!? :eek: In the 21st century? :confused: Now that is preposterous! :tongue:
     
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    It's not preposterous. Nothing beats candles for proper lighting. EVERYONE looks great in candlelight. Somebody's buying these things.

    Watch Barry Lyndon if you haven't. It's a dull movie in my opinion but the lighting and cinematography are outstanding. No electric lighting was used at all during production, even during the night scenes. It gives us an idea of just how amazing those baroque interiors looked when fully lit by candlelight.
     
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    Just to clarify, this is for my bedroom.

    I've cut the electrical cable that the old pendant light as connected to as it looked awful and I didn't want to have it hanging over my bed.

    So now I am looking into floor lights/lamps/uplighters/torchieries.

    I don't really want fitted lights as I'll be moving out of here in a year or two and I also think it would be expensive to get them fitted. Also there's a problem with the fitted lights up here.

    I was thinking of having at least two floor lights in two corners of my room. But the problem is I have too much furniture (or is that not enough space?).

    Thanks for the tips people.
     
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    I hope you capped the wires and didnt leave them open ended...

    Just put a cheap fixture up there if your moving.
     
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