Read this before you buy lighting online

December 18, 2018

Read this before you buy lighting online

Whether you're a professional working for a client or renovating your own home, purchasing lighting online can be a daunting task...

Installation usually requires professional help involving time and money and with so many options to choose from, it can often feel overwhelming. Here at Fat Shack Vintage we understand this so we've put together our top 5 tips for a purchasing lighting online.

Start your research early

Lighting tends to be one of the last items thought about when designing a room. It may not be as exciting as choosing a wall colour or furniture, but it does make a huge difference to the feel of a room. Start researching the styles of lighting that you like, types of light bulbs and whether they will compliment the other pieces of furniture in the room. It is also important to consider lighting early as certain wiring needs to be made available in order to place lights in a room. Also remember you outdoor lighting needs. An interior designer or lighting consultant will be able to help ensure your lighting is accounted for in your building or renovation. If you are working directly with a builder, let them know your lighting plans so they can account for it when building. 

Lighting Plan

Image via Love Lake Living

Measure and visualise

We like to put as many measurements as we can on our product listings to ensure you know exactly what you are ordering. As well as measuring the light fitting itself, you should also measure the room including any furniture that may impact the positioning of the light. 

As you can see above, the general rule for dining tables is that any pendant light of chandelier should sit at least 750mm above the table. This ensures that the light will not be in the way of people when sitting down at the table. This rule can be changed depending on the lighting design and your preferences. One rule that cannot be changed for safety reasons is bathroom lighting position. Lights sitting above a vanity need to be above the splash zone of the sink. Your electrician should be able to help you find the safest place for your lights. Stay tuned for an upcoming guide for bathroom lighting placement.

If you are unsure of how your product will look in your room, try sketching out on a large piece of paper using our measurements, cut it out, and get someone to hold it in place so you can see the scale of the light compared to your room.

Know your timeline

 As said before, lighting is often the last fittings to go into a house and if you're not careful you can find yourself stuck for time. Ordering your lights well before the completion date ensures that you will receive the lights in time and can change them if they don't suit the space. We also recommend not booking an electrician until you have received your lights in case of other issues with suppliers or delivery. If you want to check stock levels, lead times or postage times feel free to contact us with your inquiries - we are here to help!

Check your lights

Like with any delivery, you should always check your lights as soon as they arrive. Some lights are very delicate and can get damaged in transit. Give all of your lights a good check over once received and give us a call straight away if you have any issues. Remember that a qualified electrician should always install lights that require wiring.

If you follow these tips, you'll be sure to have an easy and enjoyable experience when buying lighting for your project. As you can see from the projects below, when it is all done and dusted, the results can be amazing.

Georgie Shepherd used our Brasserie Two Arm Swing Wall Lamp in this stylish country style kitchen

The House On Beach Road featuring the Smokehouse Pendant Light

Shaynna Blaze used our vintage style Schoolhouse Double Arm Pulley Light for this kitchen renovation on Deadline Design.

Do you need extra help with buying your lighting? Contact us: (03) 9585 6836



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