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Selections Solar Powered 100 LED String, Bright White
Selections Solar Powered 100 LED String, Bright Whiteby Garden Selection
These 100 LED Bright White Decorative Garden Solar Fairy String Lights can be used indoors but are particularly good for the outdoor lighting of garden features, bushes and trees, especially for parties, weddings and Christmas celebrations. They have two function modes so can be set to either flash or constant. These string lights are solar powered and do not require cables, extension leads, or electrical sockets. Easy to use, they charge up by day, turn on automatically at night and off again at dawn. The Ultra bright LED bulbs are placed at 10cm intervals and there is a long length of cable (2.4m) from the solar panel to the first light to help with positioning of the solar panel for maximum charge. Tips for Winter performance: As stated in the instructions, the performance of solar lights will alter with the amount of direct sunlight received during the day. During the summer with lots of bright daylight, solar lights will last for approximately 6-8 hours on average. During the winter they will last for approximately 1-2 hours on average. Setting up for optimum performance: To optimise the performance of your lights, ensure the panel is facing south and in direct sunlight where possible. Try to ensure that they are not obstructed by trees or in the shadow of a house or wall. To boost performance: 1. Having the lights on flashing rather than continually will increase the performance time. 2. Give the lights a double charge. Turn them off at night and let them charge through the day for 2 days in a row. This should increase the performance to 2-4 hours. 3. Take the lights inside and give them a full charge under artificial lights for 12 hours. 4. Remove the back of the solar panel, take the AA battery out and charge it in a battery charger. 5. Remove the back of the solar panel and replace the battery with a Duracell or other make of AA battery to make it last through the night for 4-8 days depending on the battery brand. Replace with the rechargeable battery when the charge has been exhausted.Read More

What types of contemporary lighting are available?

There are loads of different types of lights to choose from, but they mostly fall into three categories; ceiling lights, wall lights and lamps. Here’s a breakdown of the types of lighting that fall under these categories:

Ceiling Lighting

A ceiling light is a light that is fitted in or suspended from the ceiling. They cast the most even light across the whole room compared to other lighting types. Here are some of the most popular types of ceiling lights:

  • Pendant Lighting: A popular contemporary design choice. Form and function meet in these ceiling lights, that can be as understated or as dramatic as you choose them to be, depending on placement and your chosen shades.

  • Chandeliers: These are hard to beat for adding opulence and drama to a room. The style has evolved from the traditional crystal version to include chic, contemporary and even whimsical designs. As well as being a stunning statement lighting piece, a chandelier is also excellent for casting even light so is a great choice if you want a well-lit room.

  • Spotlights and Downlights: These are either fitted to a central ceiling mount or are recessed into the ceiling. They are subtle installations, provide direct light and some can be adjusted to point in a number of directions.

Wall Lighting

As the name suggests, wall lights are lights that are fixed to the wall. They are ideal for a softer feel and for highlighting features on the wall. Here’s a few different types of wall lights:

  • Wall Sconces: A sconce is a light that is fixed to the wall and uses only the wall for support. They can shine light in an upwards direction to make a room feel larger, in a downwards direction to make a room feel smaller and cosier, or in both directions to bring balance to a room.

  • Reading Wall Lights: These lights shine light in a downwards direction and usually have an adjustable arm, to ensure you get the best light when you’re reading.

  • Bathroom Wall Lights: These wall lights make fantastic task lights, and can help illuminate the areas in the bathroom that require the best visibility, such as the basin or mirror.


Serving both practical and decorative functions in the home, table and floor lamps offer the perfect finishing touch to any rooms lighting design, and can either be used as the sole lighting source in the room or as an addition to ceiling or wall lights. They offer versatility in every aspect – they can be moved around if required, and lampshades can be changed to match updates to your interior decor.

  • Floor Lamps: These lamps can drive the shadows from a dark corner to create a warm and isolated sense of light. They come in various different styles (such as arc, tripod and uplighter), and can add visual interest to a room.

  • Table Lamps: They can be used to illuminate your room, set a mood or create an ambience, and accentuate your decor. They are usually decorative and work well as task lighting too.

  • Desk Lamps: These lamps are a form of task lighting. They add extra lighting to your desk or table and are especially useful for tasks that require precision. They are usually adjustable (similar to reading lamps) so that you can direct the light where you need it.

What is the best contemporary lighting for my home?

This varies by room and the tasks you carry out in each of those rooms. Generally there are three types of lighting; general, task and accent. General lighting is your main lighting in a room, perhaps a central pendant or spotlighting. Task lighting is the lighting you use to carry out a specific task, such as a reading light or desk lamp, and accent lighting is the lighting you use to create a mood, such as floor lamps or table lamps. Each room will require a different selection of these lights. We’ve broken this down by room:

  • Which contemporary lighting is best for living rooms?

    Most people will want to include all three types of lighting in their living room. A central pendant light or chandelier looks fantastic as ceiling lighting, or consider spotlights to illuminate a larger living room. Consider a reading light or arc floor lamp as task lighting, to ensure you have enough light when reading the newspaper or a book. For accent lighting table lamps and floor lamps can be used to create an atmosphere and set the room. The best living room lighting design is likely to combine ceiling lights or wall lights with strategically placed table lamps and floor lamps.

Before making a decision, be sure to give permanent light fittings careful consideration. Unlike pendant lights or chandeliers which can be more easily replaced, built-in options such as recessed lighting won't be easy to remove and will likely require an electrician's assistance – not to mention a decorator's touch to fill in all those holes!

Whether you’re looking for kitchen lighting ideas, installing some new wall lights or ceiling lights, or simply looking for floor lamps and table lamps to add a bit more ambience to your home, Houzz is bound to have the perfect contemporary lighting for your home.
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