NEWS & BLOG
DATE: 21 SEPTEMBER 2017
Decorex was even better than usual this year – here are a few displays that we found particularly inspiring. It's absolutely essential for us to stay completely on trend, to ensure our lighting designs perfectly complement our clients' interiors. It was great to network with other trades too, including AV companies, decorative lighting suppliers, and interior designers.
DATE: 18 SEPTEMBER 2017
We visited this superbly designed home last week, to discuss the clients' brief for the lighting scenes. We've now designed the scenes and are liaising with the AV contractor who will program the system. It's a terrific property, and will be even better once the Lutron has been thoughtfully and creatively set up! We'll be adding photos of this property to our portfolio very soon.
DATE: 14 SEPTEMBER 2017
A couple of snaps from a project which is nearly finished... a novelty log cabin. Check out our portfolio in a couple of months time for a full collection of images. It's looking awesome and the client is extremely pleased. We haven't been there at night yet, but the client says that the lighting is gorgeous. The lighting is predominantly indirect, creating a very glare-free and soft ambience.
DATE: 29 AUGUST 2017
A few 3D visuals from a striking concept design we presented to our clients last week. The atmosphere created with the different layers of light and different techniques will be terrific!
We incorporated several of the clients' own ideas and visions into the concept, and they were very pleased with the result. We're now progressing to detailed design.
DATE: 17 AUGUST 2017
A few work in progress photos from a site visit yesterday. This fantastic property has superb views over Southampton Water. The lighting is looking absolutely fantastic, even in daylight, and works perfectly with the highly contemporary style of the property. Further photos to follow once the project is finished!
DATE: 7 JULY 2017
A highly unique solution for a 6.5m stairwell with a multi-faceted ceiling in the apex above it – this bespoke design consists of 3 vertical rods from floor to ceiling, with multiple sculptures on each rod. Light is softly emitted from between the sculptures.
The sculptures are named 'River Stone' and are made by a French company, Art et Floritude. The organic shape harmonises perfectly with the interior design.
Currently awaiting client feedback.
Original 3Ds courtesy of Lauren Matthews Interior Design.
DATE: 22 JUNE 2017
The owners of this beautiful mansion are using our services to help with the lighting for a garden room extension to their home. We are proposing an effective solution including discreet LED strip in the underside of the windowcill to create a beautifully pleasant feel, especially at dusk.
DATE: 15 JUNE 2017
One of our favourite suppliers has recently launched this very useful coving, pre-formed with a ledge to house LED strip in a miniature profile. We're looking forward to using it - it will be a very 'site-friendly' method of creating a cove, when we need to achieve a soft LED upwash effect.
DATE: 7 JUNE 2017
A sneak preview of a modern new build, now nearly completed! Full portfolio case study to be released soon with professional photography. We took these quick snaps after we programmed the Lutron Grafik Eye system installed in the open plan area. The whole house is tangibly pleasant to be in, with indirect and soft lighting creating an exceptionally nice ambience – these photos certainly don't do it justice. The clients are delighted.
Check out our post dated 8 September 2016 to see how similar the end result is to the concept.
DATE: 16 MAY 2017
We discovered these gorgeous fittings at a recent suppliers day. They are the smallest ceiling downlight we've ever seen – only 30mm diameter, but up to 3W. A black baffle ensures there is no glare, and added to that it's also available in a variety of different beam angles, finishes, colour temperatures etc.
A definite winner! We've already specified it on one project – between the slats of a bespoke dividing wall. The 10 degree version was perfect for this application, minimising glare at the top of the slats.
DATE: 8 MAY 2017
This classic style house is well on the way to completion – the client is moving in in July. We'll be visiting site around that time to finetune the lighting scenes, in conjunction with Rob Redpath of Redpath Installs, who has installed the Loxone system.
The client sent us this picture – low level lights looking very attractive in the entrance hall. Watch this space for more...
DATE: 5 MAY 2017
A few 3D visuals from a Hampshire project which we were commissioned on a few weeks ago. The clients 'Londonesque' tastes combined with the classic nature of the property will result in a beautiful and stylish design.
We are currently finalising the lighting for the main house; the lighting design for the leisure complex and extensive parkland-style grounds will follow on as Phase 2, as the project progresses.
DATE: 28 APRIL 2017
This Hampshire barn is one of the oldest in the country – it's in the top five! It's being converted into a modern home, with a contemporary/slightly industrial feel.
The tremendously high ceiling and giant antique timbers create a cathedral-like atmosphere, with a colossal amount of character. The modern lighting and interiors will work very effectively with the historic backdrop.
DATE: 6 MARCH 2017
A few site photos from a lovely project which is now nearing completion. Professional photography to follow once the job is completely finished.
DATE: 10 FEBRUARY 2017
We are delighted to have been awarded a double win in the Home Builder Awards 2017!
> Best Lighting Design Consultancy - South England
> Best UK Residential Lighting Project: Basement Leisure Complex!
Copy and paste this link into your browse to view our award-winning project: http://www.hampshirelight.net/portfolio-detail.php/Basement-leisure-complex-54/
DATE: 5 FEBRUARY 2017
A few 3D visuals from a superb lighting concept which we presented to our clients last week. The design included many specialist 'designer' touches, from miniature spikelights in the indoor herb garden, to a specialist wallgrazing extrusion for the master headboard and a stunning circular coffer accentuating the helical staircase.
The lighting design has an unmistakable sense of flow and rhythm, blended with the interior and architectural design (note the progressive circles in the main open-plan area, for example) and works as 'one whole' to achieve a holistic and harmonious ambience.
We're now starting work on finalising the many technical details involved in a project of this nature, in time for first fix electrical in a few months time.
DATE: 30 JANUARY 2017
For the second year running, we've won a Best of Houzz Design award!
DATE: 18 JANUARY 2017
This client has an eclectic retro taste, with many unique ideas very effectively combined into an intensely personal space. Our innovative lighting suits the areas perfectly, adding extra vibrancy and depth to the ambience.
DATE: 12 JANUARY 2017
We presented this concept lighting design to the clients yesterday. It's for a beautiful modern barn conversion near Winchester set in 2 acres of land with a 25 mile view - on a clear day they will be able to see ships coming into Southampton Water.
Our key principles when creating the concepts were to make the large main area cosy, and emphasise the zones while at the same time bringing the area together. The lighting design certainly looks fantastic, adding flow and warmth to the areas as well highlighting the interesting architectural design.
Our clients were absolutely delighted with every aspect of our lighting design, and were very excited to see their new home in 3D for the first time! They can't wait to live there!
DATE: 11 JANUARY 2017
The Kitchen, whether it a traditional kitchen, or a contemporary minimal design is without doubt is the central gathering point in every house. While the study has its place, and the cinema room, the dining room, the bedroom all feature an important part of our everyday lives, the kitchen is the point that everyone comes back to. Visit your family, and that's where you'll end up. Go to a party, that's where everyone congregates.
The lighting in the kitchen is just as crucial as the units and the appliances. In fact, you could say that without good lighting the other components will not realise their full potential. A kitchen is designed to be useful and pleasing to the eye – if is it inadequately lit, then neither of those two objectives are going to be reached. When we are asked to design the lighting for a kitchen, the first question is always – "tell us how you are going to use the space. Where will you cook, where are the food preparation areas, where will you sit with a coffee? Will the table be used for other things apart from eating? What is the focus of the kitchen?" Without a detailed knowledge of the use of the space a lighting designer cannot give the client the full benefit of their kitchen.
It is also important to understand how the kitchen space relates to other spaces nearby. Is the kitchen part of a kitchen/diner? Or will there be a seating area? Does it open up into the garden? The conclusion drawn after these questions are answered is often that the kitchen is a multi-use area. It is not just a room for cooking, but has a whole host of other functions – and these other functions require a different approach to lighting.
The light levels needed for food preparation are far higher than needed for enjoying a coffee with a friend while sitting at the island unit less than a metre away from the prep area. A table may double up as the place to do homework and the setting for a relaxing evening meal. Every scenario in the kitchen needs a different lighting effect.We tackle this by introducing different circuits and different types of lighting. Downlights are split up to enable different combinations to be used for different lighting levels; spacing is varied over the island unit compared to the table. Pendants are used to demarcate and accent a lower light area such as breakfast bar.
The lighting in the units is very important as well. Concealed LED strip in glazed units creates a very warm effect and is an important element of the lighting scenes. Under unit lighting has a very important role to play – not only providing a decorative effect but also crucial to ensuring that task level lighting is provided on working areas. To all these add dimming and suddenly your kitchen has been provided with a flexible, practical, beautiful lighting scheme that not any enhances your new kitchen but will actually add value and most importantly, enjoyment to everyone who gathers at the heart of the home.
DATE: 16 DECEMBER 2016
December 2016 marks the end of another highly successful year for us here at Hampshire Light. It's certainly been a year of rapid growth and development.
As ever, our success is built on our key strengths:
> Creative yet practical lighting designs.
> Friendly and helpful approach to all parties involved in a project.
The images show some of the inspiring additions to our project portfolio this year.
Thank you all very much for your custom and referrals, and we look forward to working with you in 2017 and beyond!
DATE: 11 DECEMBER 2016
When designing the lighting for a bathroom or a shower room, the designer must first assess what the lighting needs to provide. There are two main scenarios – the 'practical' use where good levels of light are needed, and then the more relaxing scene which requires lower light levels to create a peaceful atmosphere. This can easily be combined with the accent lighting to emphasis any features or textures. Whether the bathroom is an ensuite or provided for general family use is also a practical consideration.
Mirrors need to be carefully lit to provide a flattering light, and task lighting levels are usually required in this area for make-up or shaving purposes. An illuminated mirror is a very popular means of achieving this.
The designer also needs to ensure that all light fittings are specified to the correct IP rating to provide a safe environment for all users.
There are many techniques that can be used to enhance and bring the bathroom to life without detracting from its practicality. The obvious starting point is to use downlights to provide a good level of light in showers, over the bath and near basins. The use of downlights can be further amplified by using narrow beam angles to accent items such as towel rails, architectural features or textures. It is good to spend time considering the location of downlights - this can be crucial to the success of a design in a smaller room – too often a lighting design can be spoiled by unwanted reflections from shower heads or mirrors and tiles.
IP rated LED strip can also be used very effectively in concealed ceiling profiles to provide significant light levels, in some cases removing the need for downlights all together. This type of lighting provides a good base level of lighting and coupled with accent lighting works very successfully. Introducing LED strip in a step or bath plinth adds an interesting effect.
Wall lights are useful for providing mirror lighting and can contribute towards building a lower light level scene.
Floor uplights are an exciting element to introduce, creating back lit effects to free standing baths and highlighting alcoves and pillars. A wide beam uplight against a textured wall gives a very dramatic effect. We often incorporate a PIR control for low level lights to provide a very practical nightlight solution for the times when it is not appropriate to turn on a lot of lights. Low level floorwashers can also be very effectively used to add drama for an atmospheric bath scene.
Fibre Optic lights have a great place in bathroom lighting – used to create a starry night sky effect, or twinkling points of light, these lights are totally safe to use in the bathroom as the light source can be placed in a roof space or cupboard outside of the bathroom environment.
DATE: 2 DECEMBER 2016
A few weeks ago we were commissioned as lighting designers for a large project near Romsey. With 13 acres of land this project includes a woodland driveway, a modern pool complex, separate guest annexe converted from some old stables, and a thoughtfully designed luxury house with bar, spiral wine cellar, hi-tech cinema room, a beautiful walnut kitchen, curving feature walls, and a stunning spiral staircase.
The clients' style is understated and clean, with a very personal design blend, mixing old with new – organic and natural, homely and warm, modern and streamlined yet with rustic and barn-style elements to sympathise with the rural surroundings.
We will be presenting a Masterplan to the clients soon, providing broadbrush lighting concepts for the property as a whole.
DATE: 18 NOVEMBER 2016
This extremely useful profile provides an exceptionally neat finish and is very easy to install.
It fits in the depth of standard 12.5mm plasterboard, thereby avoiding any issue with joist positioning.
The profile is screwed to the ceiling joists. The installers then skim up to the 3mm ledge, creating a sharp and straight line with a minimum of effort. Decorating tape is provided to cover any joins. The profile is then painted over (it's supplied ready primed.)
We also provide a magnetic tape, which the LED strip adheres to. It then only takes seconds to pop the tape inside the profile (it can be positioned on different planes depending on the desired effect). The magnetic tape makes perfect contact with the zinc profile along the length of the run, creating an even and consistent lighting effect.
The curved reflector bounces the light around the room, achieving an excellent light output.
We're using this profile on several jobs at the moment, and the installers love it. (And so do the clients!)
DATE: 31 OCTOBER 2016
Some of the projects which our team have been working on over the last few weeks.
DATE: 7 OCTOBER 2016
Considering for any bats roosting on site is often a key aspect when planning external lighting, particularly on many rural projects.
All lighting designers need to take a responsible attitude to this; all bat species in the UK have sadly seen a reduction in numbers in the past century.
Bats avoid light; but their main prey (insects) are attracted to light – so the presence of lighting near bats has an immediate detrimental effect on their feeding habits. So it's essential to only install external lighting where it's absolutely necessary for safety reasons, and also to avoid bat flight paths, as well as switching the lights off during peak bat activity times. Light fittings need to be carefully selected to ensure they are free from glare - hooded or 'down-only' fittings are best.
DATE: 8 SEPTEMBER 2016
A few 3D visuals from a design we presented to our clients yesterday, showing our harmonious and atmospheric lighting design.
The brief was to create a comfortable and pleasant feel, with lighting which was interesting but not too obtrusive. The lighting we designed does a fantastic job of enhancing the areas, and bringing the whole home to life. The clients were extremely pleased with our concepts and how we have met their brief, and we are now progressing to detailed design.
DATE: 12 AUGUST 2016
These images show a few projects which our Hourly Rate Consultancy team have been involved in over the last few weeks.
As ever, this service is hugely popular. It is the perfect cost-effective solution for many different scenarios including:
- Smaller projects, which our Fixed Fee Package would be over-specified for
- Key rooms in larger projects (eg perhaps the kitchen area only)
- Projects of all sizes which only require a lighter touch, eg specifying products for a lighting design which has already been drafted
- Fast-track projects which don't have the time to commission our Fixed Fee services
- Architects and interior designers who require specialist input in a flexible way
DATE: 7 JULY 2016
We discovered this superb profile at one of our recent supplier days.
It is completely flexible (on the horizontal plane) with the LED strip installed inside on the vertical edge.
The diffuser is also completely flexible; it's made from silicone. It is opal, resulting in a homogenous line of glare-free light.
We've already specified this on one of our projects – we're creating a sleek curve of light recessed into a ceiling. The ceiling itself has a curved edge, and the linear light will follow the curve.
DATE: 27 JUNE 2016
These two concept presentations both took place last week.
The two projects are completely different to each other – one a historic cottage with thatched roof and antique oak beams, the other a modern property with a contemporary curved mezzanine and a minimalist feel. One is near Winchester, the other in Gosport.
Both clients were equally delighted with their concepts.
DATE: 1 JUNE 2016
Work is progressing excellently well on this luxury development – a deconsecrated church is being refurbished to create nine unique apartments.
The carefully designed lighting enhances the historic features in a superb way.
We attended a very successful open evening last week, held by the client to reveal Apartments 6 and 9 to hundreds of amazed viewers!
DATE: 20 MAY 2016
Our clients, a professional couple from Winchester, are refurbishing this 3-storey property to a high standard.
The tailored lighting design consists of a large variety of hand-picked fittings, to create a pleasant and sympathetic lighting scheme throughout the property.
The interior design is predominantly Edwardian in style, but the house has a modern extension at the rear to create a spacious open-plan living area.
We are currently in the process of liaising with an AV specialist to integrate the lighting design with a whole-house control system.
DATE: 19 APRIL 2016
For one of our current projects, our team have been researching ways to install picture lights into historic properties without chasing into the fabric of the building.
The images above show two particularly good options for retro-fit applications or listed buildings.
DATE: 17 APRIL 2016
Last week we held a Suppliers Day in our conference room – these are arranged regularly to ensure we keep up to date with the latest and greatest.
These images show a few of the exciting products we discussed.
DATE: 24 MARCH 2016
A contingent from our team spent an inspiring 3 days at Light+Build in Frankfurt last week, and discovered a huge quantity of superb products.
'Superior products' is part of our mission, and we are continually researching new manufacturers to ensure we can offer up-to-the-minute products in all our designs.
The attached images show a few of the 1000's of products displayed at the exhibition.
DATE: 9 FEBRUARY 2016
This Winchester project is now coming to fruition, although there is still work left to do on site. The lighting looks stunning and the client is delighted!
More images to follow once the project is completed.
DATE: 19 JANUARY 2016
Hampshire Light has been voted by the Houzz community as a winner of the Best of Houzz 2016 awards.
Copy http://www.houzz.com/pro/hampshire64 into your browser to see our Houzz profile, reviews and followers.
DATE: 23 DECEMBER 2015
Hampshire Light has been commissioned to create a modern lighting design using indirect lighting, for a luxury log cabin holiday home.
Construction restrictions will mean the use of wireless switching technology being used.
DATE: 10 DECEMBER 2015
Hampshire Light has been commissioned to work with a client who is refurbishing a Georgian mansion, restoring the property to reflect the original design and interior decoration.
Lighting specification is crucial to maintain this brief, and we are currently working to create a sympathetic and pleasant lighting design which is also fully practical.
DATE: 20 NOVEMBER 2015
Hampshire Light has been commissioned to update the lighting for this magnificent historic property, in a manner that is sympathetic with the character of the building.
DATE: 3 NOVEMBER 2015
Hampshire Light are working closely with contractors as this exciting project moves into the electrical first fix stage on the first four of nine units.
Technical installation issues are being met and overcome as construction details become clarified on site. A beautiful altar has been uncovered and will become the centre piece of the largest unit, requiring sensitive lighting to highlight this dramatic piece.
DATE: 15 OCTOBER 2015
Hampshire Light has been commissioned to create a sympathetic lighting design for a cottage conversion and extension.
First fix is currently underway; we have been working closely with the electrical contractors to ensure a perfect lighting solution
DATE: 5 AUGUST 2015
Hampshire Light is creating an exciting lighting design package for the development of nine luxury flats in a deconsecrated church. The vaulted areas and inspiring architecture is demanding a lighting design that both complements the building and blends in with the surroundings.
DATE: 28 APRIL 2015
Our working drawings include detailed diagrams showing construction details such as coffers and cove lighting, and the positioning of the LED strip within them.
This attention to detail not only ensures that the lighting is installed correctly, but makes the project easier for the contractors on site.
DATE: 25 MARCH 2015
The owner of this luxury basement and garden project required an inspirational and stimulating lighting design to uplift the new areas.
We are planning a combination of different lighting effects as shown on the 3D visuals (above).
In the garden, amongst other lighting techniques, we are planning a stunning 'floating patio' effect, by installing LED strip in a specialist profile under the edge of the patio.
DATE: 18 FEBRUARY 2015
Our design team are using a Gobo projector on a current project, to create an exciting bespoke effect in the children's playroom.
Gobo projectors are extremely versatile, and can project virtually any type of image – a pattern, a name, photo, landscape, icon, badge, etc.
A sharp and focused image can be achieved, even if the projector is situated several metres away from the projected image.
DATE: 27 JANUARY 2015
At Hampshire Light we continually search for new products to include in our designs.
This includes both architectural and decorative lighting, as well as techniques and concepts.
The image shown portrays a pendant system we are planning for a large house in Cobham which has a multi-sloped vaulted ceiling in the kitchen. The pendants are to be suspended over the working area, whilst the canopies are situated on a flat section of ceiling further back in the room.
As well as being a practical solution, this system is also a design feature in its own right.
DATE: 24 DECEMBER 2014
As we expand, our prime focus is to maintain our superbly high level of creativity, technical input and support. This is something we are irrevocably committed to.
We would like to thank all our clients for their custom, and look forward to a successful 2015!
The images show a few of the residential projects we have been commissioned on over the last few weeks.
DATE: 21 NOVEMBER 2014
A brochure dedicated to our Residential sector is now available, outlining our comprehensive package.
This includes a superb collection of images, portraying different lighting concepts and effects.
Please contact us to request a copy! Further copies are readily available if required – perfect for handing out to clients.
DATE: 8 OCTOBER 2014
The Hampshire Light design team are currently working on a full lighting design for a premium riverside home. The property is set in 12 acres of woodland and gardens, and has its own private slipway and two tidal moorings.
A creative, inspiring and co-ordinated lighting design is required, for the interior, exterior and grounds, as well as the guest house and pool house.
DATE: 5 SEPTEMBER 2014
Hampshire Light's residential design team have been working on a number of Scandia-Hus projects recently.
Our bespoke lighting design service completes the facility for Scandia-Hus owners to have a totally personalised new home! Whether it is a chalet, contemporary residence, Tudor-style executive home or a barn-style build, our designers are highly capable of creating a lighting design to enhance the entire property, and realise the visions and practical needs of the owner.
We have also worked with Potton homes and other new-build packages of this nature.
DATE: 15 AUGUST 2014
Hampshire Light's Commercial Division is surging forward this year, expanding its nationwide electrical installation team.
Qualified electricians employed by Hampshire Light are based around the country for deployment on large ongoing contracts.
DATE: 7 JULY 2014
Hampshire Light designers are working with an electrical firm to specify light fittings which are compatible with the Loxone system. The lighting design for this project had previously been done but the client wasn't happy with the specification. Our brief was to specify suitable fittings which would not only blend with the luxurious ambience of the area, but also work with the specialist control system.
The pool house also includes ancillary rooms such as a gym and changing areas, and is part of a large private estate.
DATE: 16 APRIL 2014
This beautiful historic property is undergoing a major renovation to suit the tastes of its current owners.
Many of the non-original features are going to be removed, and replaced with highly modern fixtures and fittings to create a clever and striking mix of past and present.
The Hampshire Light design team are liaising closely with the client to achieve the desired lighting effects, whilst caring for the listed areas of the building.
DATE: 28 MARCH 2014
Nearing completion, this luxury property has an inspirational lighting scheme.
The basement cinema room, accessed via a spiral staircase, has specialist fittings for use in acoustic ceilings. A multi-circuit scheme on a Lutron Grafik Eye gives the owners the option for several different moods.
In the study, we used artwork spotlights on the 'Invisible' mounting plate to highlight a display of collectables.
DATE: 11 MARCH 2014
Over the past year, Hampshire Light's commercial division have managed the lighting and electricals for over 60 refurbishment projects, as part of an ongoing contract with a nationwide chain of estate agents.
Once the design for each project is completed, our expert teams co-ordinate electricians and manage the installation, working with teams of contractors across the country.
DATE: 27 FEBRUARY 2014
This project is situated in a scenic location at the edge of a millpond. The client was keen to highlight the superb oak frame, clearly visible through the full height glazing at the front of the property. It is lit with dramatic tight beam angles to emphasise the height of the structure, and create a stunning effect from both inside and outside.
The lighting for the main open-plan living area needed to be flexible and cohesive. The Hampshire Light designers achieved this with 5 different scenes, controlled by a Lutron system, and based on different family activities.
The lighting was integrated with the whole-house control system, with the Hampshire Light team liaising closely with the AV firm.
DATE: 3 FEBRUARY 2014
Our designers are currently completing a lighting scheme for Loddon School. This school, a charity, is based just outside Basingstoke, and is both home and school to 28 children who can no longer live at home due to their exceptional support needs and complex learning difficulties.
Lighting requirements were specific and precise, to comply with the disability regulations for lighting, as well as Part L. Glare factor and lux levels were very important, to achieve the correct Unified Glare Rating (UGR).
Our designers specified anti-glare fittings and carefully calculated the lux levels, in order to fulfil the criteria and create a safe and pleasant scheme for the children and staff.
DATE: 7 JANUARY 2014
The design team at Hampshire Light have been working closely with an interior designer on the refurbishment of this attractive property in Wiltshire.
In the media room, lighting was concealed in the ceiling to mirror the shape of a central table. The screen was given a soft halo.
The lighting in the main living room has 8 scenes, blending three areas together and providing flexibility for normal family life.
Throughout the property, downlights had to be carefully positioned to work round existing exposed beams.
The next stage on this project is the pool house, which has a movable floor to turn the area into a party, dancing or sports area.
DATE: 5 DECEMBER 2013
Designers at Hampshire Light are currently working on an exterior project in Golders Green – a former Carmelite monastery. As part of the re-development of the estate, the exterior lighting needed re-doing to fully enhance the historic building and grounds.
After our presentation of three different design options, the client selected our ‘Sensational’ proposal. This is a concept with extensive accenting, highlighting pathways and other features, with layering techniques and possibly some colour.
The scheme, whilst dramatic, will still be in sympathy with the surroundings. The design is now underway.