Cool Ideas For Loft Conversion Lighting
Loft conversions can be tricky spaces to light, but with the right planning you can illuminate your room perfectly giving you a practical, bright and stylish loft conversion. Whether your new loft conversion will be a bedroom, attic office, bathroom or lofty living room the lighting should be one of the most important considerations.
Whatever the practical use of the loft conversion the theory of lighting is the same. Wherever possible it’s a good idea to have a mix of light for maximum practicality. A good lighting scheme consists of a combination of task lighting, ambient lighting which includes natural light and feature lighting.
Low ceilings, lack of light and odd angles are some of the issues that might arise with a loft conversion making lighting the space difficult. So what’s the best kind of lighting for a loft conversion?
Ceiling lighting for a loft conversion
Ceiling lighting generally provides the overall ambient room lighting. If you have space for ceiling lights in your loft conversion it can be a great opportunity to add character and style with feature light fixtures. Perhaps you have a large space to light up and you can go big! Opening a loft space to include with the room below creates a large vaulted or pitched roof ceiling. Make sure you add enough light fixtures to spread light through the entire space.
Read about how much light you need per square meter in our article “Which Light Bulb to Choose?”. If you have low ceilings then use flush light fixtures. All of our bulkhead lights can be used on the ceiling or walls and provide a flush lighting option.
Our range of vintage & industrial style ceiling lighting are available in a variety of sizes, styles and materials and are fantastic feature lights for creating authentic style.
Creating ambience with wall lighting
If ceiling lighting is not an option because of a pitched roof then carefully consider wall lighting options as the main source of ambient light. Adding multiples can provide the additional lighting levels you need.
Using different styles of wall lighting will help make the most out of the space. Cantilever lighting is good to use for tasks such as working on a laptop or reading where directional lighting is required. Cantilever lights sometimes have extendable arms fixtures which mean the lamp can be pulled out or pushed back, making this an incredibly useful lamp to have where space is limited and you want to be able to move light around. Wall mounted cantilever lamps or 90 degree wall lamps are a good option for bedside wall lighting, especially if there’s no space for bedside table lamps. Check out our range of cantilever lamps.
Ivory Cantilever Wall Lamp, £290 This beautiful ivory lamp has a ball joint which means the lamps shade can be rotated in all directions. A fantastic directional light source which can be painted any colour.
Flush wall sconces or bulkhead wall lights don’t take up much space and are great for spreading light, especially useful when there is no option for ceiling lighting.
When wall lighting is in addition to ceiling lights, consider positioning the wall fixtures so that darker corners are illuminated which will help make the space feel larger. We have a wide range of wall lighting options, large and small to cover every eventuality.
Vintage style floor and table lamps for authentic loft conversions
Adding floor and table lamps are flexible lighting options that can be moved around your space wherever there is a plug socket. Always useful! And a great option for adding low level lighting when you want to relax. If you are lucky enough to have a large space to fill then consider adding a large feature floor lamp. Check out our bespoke floor lamps and reclaimed table lamps which can all be fitted with LED light bulbs.
Turn Lighting Practicalities into Features
With any light fixture, including a dimmer switch if you can is a great idea. This will give you an extra layer of lighting options for different occasions.
Installing electrical cables behind the walls might not be an option. If walls have already been plastered or because of budget constraints consider adding metal conduit to run electrical cable along the surface of walls in a safe way. Why not make the conduit into an industrial style feature. You can use galvanised conduit or copper conduit depending on your colour preference. Use industrial style light fixtures to complete the look.
To view our full range of vintage and industrial style lighting for your loft conversion project please visit our shop and get in touch with any questions.