15% off Selected Brabantia Clothes Airers at Robert Dyas
10% off selected The Waterside dinner sets at Robert Dyas
Never miss a Lighting discount code!
Get exclusive offers straight to your inbox
Enter For a Chance to Win a Ramos Bedframe at Furniture Village
10% off Mercia Garden Buildings at Robert Dyas
£30 off Lifestyle Stainless Steel 50L Electric Drinks Cooler at Robert Dyas
Up to 50% off Clearance + Extra 10% off at Furniture Village
Great Value Stock Offers at Furniture Village
25% off all G Plan at Furniture Village
NEW Layered Cement Planter – Was £20.00 Now Only £10.00 at Cox and Cox
Save on the Velvet Piped Square Pouffe – Grey – Was £125.00 Now Only £62.50 at Cox and Cox
20% off selected Le Creuset at Robert Dyas
25% off Nutribullet 600 Series Starter Kit at Robert Dyas
Up to 50% Off Sale Items at Cox and Cox
Extendable Vintage Style Bulb String Lights- Was £45.00 Now Only £22.50 at Cox and Cox
Three Textured Blue Vases – Was £35.00 Now Only £17.50 at Cox and Cox
Faux Potted Banana Plant – Medium – Was £95.00 Now Only £47.50 at Cox and Cox
20% off all Parker Knoll at Furniture Village
Lighting Voucher Codes
Every time you step into a room or outside space, one of the first things you will notice is the ambience and atmosphere that has been created. Whether it is a space of warmth, of vibrance, of romance or of cool practicality, much of the appearance and feel of a space is drawn from the way it is lit and the way that lighting is used to cast various areas and features into darkness or bring them to the forefront under a spotlight.
Unarguably one of the most successful industries in the world, the lighting industry is one which is quite literally used everywhere – ensuring that we can still carry on with our activities and our responsibilities long after the sun has gone down. Of course, there are some trends and evolutionary inventions across the industry which are more practically useful than others – for example the creation of handheld torches and battery powered lights which allows consumers to have a source of light with them on the go, and the subsequent inclusion of torches within the design of modern smartphones – both of which are far more useful than the creation of various fairy lights which are designed and sold as part of an aesthetic trend rather than a functional or practical need.
What these various product developments show, however, is that the lighting industry is as much heralded for its aesthetic value and appearances as it is for its practicality – creating demand across various areas of the retail world which range from the survival down to the decorative and allowing a variety of different retail areas to capitalise on the consistent demand for lighting solutions across all levels of the industry.
The history of lighting
Once upon a time, light either came from the sun or from a naturally lit fire – there was no switch which could turn on an LED or electric bulb, and battery powered torches didn’t exist. Fire pits became refined with the creation of the candle – a product still popular now, though for much more aesthetic and decorative reasons than the former reliance on candles for light – and oil lamps were burned for a more controlled source of light.
From there, the next great step in the lighting industry didn’t occur until the invention of the electric light bulb – though that didn’t come about for a while!
Before this, fire and oil lamps, combined with the natural light from the moon and the stars, provided enough visibility that individuals could go about their business – however, the main concern regarding the use of an open flame for lighting was of course in relation to the safety of such products. In the 1800’s, oil lamps and candles were gradually replaced with gas lighting solutions which not only cost less but were also more effective and produced a safer and more consistent source of light. Gas was so popular that by the 1850’s most of the Western world was lit with gas lamps, reducing crime, and having a huge impact on the productivity of communities.
And then came the invention of electricity – and with it, the dawn of a new era during which the light bulb made its debut – and the world never looked back. 1802 was the year when electric lighting was first created, by passing a wave of current through a platinum strip. The light didn’t last long, but what it proved was that light could be generated and created artificially with enough electrical power. The rest of the 1800’s passed with various innovations and inventions so that by the 1900’s, the lighting industry had its answer to artificial light – the light bulb.
Even today in the 2000’s, manufacturers and scientists are still making changes and alterations to the ways in which the modern consumer uses light – coming up with new ways of conserving electricity, formulating lighting solutions which benefit the environment, and using different colours and streams of light to communicate varying messages and outputs. In fact, one of the modern world’s most effective inventions has been the LED lightbulb which not only cuts mercury out of the light bulb composition, but also cuts down energy consumption exponentially – operating at a rate which is 300% more energy efficient that regular fluorescent lights.
Top products in the lighting industry
It is very easy to consider the lighting industry and see only lamps and ceiling lights in the home and across commercial properties. However, light has expanded across modern society in ways that we can’t even imagine until we draw our attention towards them – altering and impacting our lives in a whole range of different ways which we could barely function without. A great example here is the huge influence that light has in regulating our sleep and daily patterns. Without light, both natural and artificial, our days and nights would have little distinction and life as we know it would be a completely different experience. Food formation and growth is also hugely reliant on light, with largescale factories often using artificial light as a valuable input in expanding the growth potential of certain crops under very controlled conditions – primarily to meet demand of the growing population figures. Light is also integral as a source of modern electrical energy, and while this is mainly reliant on natural light as opposed to the manmade industry around lighting, it proves just how important light as a concept is to the rest of our existence.
And so, to look at the top products in the lighting industry, it is important to recognise the huge and wide variety of places in which we experience and use lighting without even really acknowledging it.
Some of the top products which rely on lighting, both in a private and public setting include:
- Traffic lights which employ coloured lighting as safety signals
- Streetlights which guide and highlight pedestrians in the dark
- Bike lights
- Car lights
- Ceiling lights in the home
- Strip lighting in offices
- Billboard lighting on large advertisements
- Photographic lighting stands which change the mood and tone of images
- Fairy lights which are both festive and decorative
- Nightlights which support sleeping children
The list of lights and lighting industry products that we come into contact with on a daily basis is endless, with many creating not just aesthetic value but also increasing and ensuring safety as well as productivity.
Another sector of the lighting industry which has developed alongside the trend for mood lighting and atmospheric lighting, is the rise in dimmer switches and bulbs which can be adjusted. Gone are the days when lights were purely switched on and off – today, consumers can invest in specialist light fittings which can be intensified or dimmed down for an optimum effect.
Top retailers in the lighting industry
One of the major influences and sectors of the lighting industry link intrinsically with the electrician profession – a career service which is crucial for the upkeep and maintenance of lighting, with electricians providing important services which ensure that consumers can continue to use lights both safely and effectively. And this lighting industry service doesn’t end at electricians. Every service role which deals with the running of train lines, highways and motorways, superstores and commercial properties, and all manner of other touchpoints where lighting is used, is important to ensuring the safe running of lights for effective use. This means that as well as the retailers associated with the lighting industry, there are also a wide variety of companies and service providers deeply entwined in the industry as well.
In terms of retailers, the best retail option for consumers is largely dependent on the product they are looking for and its purpose or use. For the most functional lights both inside and outside the home, we tend to recommend lighting specialists and DIY stores as some of the best options. While high street stores and in store experiences are still important for consumers seeking support and guidance with their purchase, the lighting industry has seen a great influx of new ecommerce businesses popping up which specialise in and offer different kinds of lights; new designs based on various home styling concepts, and different innovative lighting solutions for various rooms in the home. Some of the best lighting and DIY stores for the industry include:
- Lighting Store Direct
From there, we then have the retailers which deal with those light’s consumer deem to be aesthetic and high in value due to their appearance as much as their effectiveness. These are the lighting solutions and light accessories which you would expect to find across homeware and home design stores, with some of the best retail solutions including:
- John Lewis and other department stores
And then we have the retailers which focus on lights outside of the home – the wholesalers responsible for commercial lights, the council’s and manufacturers who create and provide the outdoor lighting in community spaces and along street pavements, and the other retail industries which create lighting solutions for activities such as driving, cycling and outdoor sports.
Halfords is an example of a retailer which specialises in providing consumers with a reliable and effective car and bike service, not only guiding consumers towards the best purchases for their makes and models, but also providing a service which supports consumers in the upkeep of their vehicles.
Trends in the lighting industry
By far one of the most important trends in the lighting industry, and one which has been present within the industry ever since its conception centuries ago, is the use of light as both a functional and an aesthetic element – and the idea that lighting can be used as a means of creating atmospheres and improving spaces through both warmth and colour. The return of old fashioned bulbs across many mainstream retailers shows just how on-trend antique fashions have become, with modern homes often juxtaposing their clean lines and neutral colours with old style accessories to breathe life into their two dimension empty spaces. And alongside this focus on old fashioned lighting as part of the aesthetic lighting trend, we also have the hugely innovative light styles which compliment those old bulbs. Strip lighting which sits under cabinets and inside drawer; concealed through all but the glow they create, is one of the overriding trends taking hold of modern kitchen spaces, while automatic lighting and solar lighting is making waves in the outdoor lighting sector as homeowners and consumers look for new ways of adding energy efficient light.
Another great trend in the lighting sector and one which is responsible for the rise in many decorative lighting solutions is festive lights and the idea of bringing coloured lights into the home to create specific themes and appearances. Christmas lights and fairy lights play a big part in festive decorating, with consumers all over the world stringing coloured bulbs onto trees and around their walls to bring festive spirit into the home. This is often combined with the more natural light from candles; a hugely popular method of adding extra mood lighting even in today’s modern market.
And then we have the trend which looks to technology and which seeks to provide consumers with safer home lighting options which replicate and reflect some of the growing home trends but in safer ways using electricity and smart lighting. One great example of this is electric fireplaces which no longer rely on real fire but instead feature smart lighting to create the effect of a real fire – delivering the aesthetics without any of the risk. Technology has also helped develop the modern head torch which joins the wearable technology market for the safety of those working or training in the dark, and is responsible for the rise in automatic and motion sensor lighting which many consumers use as part of their own home security.
With the lighting industry expanding across so many retail sectors and influencing so many areas of daily life, it seems as though consumer interaction with the industry is never ending. While consumers may not actively purchase products directly from the lighting industry, our reliance on the industry as a whole is all encompassing – with various deals and vouchers always creating new ways for us to bring new and innovative lighting solutions into our homes and lives.