Conservatories are a fantastic addition to any home and provide extra space for so many different things. However, most homeowners will not get a lot of use out of them in the winter and many will stop using them as soon as the sun begins to fade. With some clever lighting though you can make your conservatory a highly practical room that can be used at all times of the day throughout the year. Here are some lighting styles that can be used to create a functional conservatory.
You can get fantastic light fittings that have an attached fan. This means that your lights are not only practical in dark evenings but you will be using this fitting all year long in order to generate some much needed cool air on those hot summer days. Fan lights like the one pictured provide a good amount of light that is quite centrally focused. This one also oozes modern style and would complement any style of décor.
Little down-lights or uplighters are a perfect solution for any conservatory. They provide a huge amount of light that you can focus on key areas to create a feature. They are also quite soft so can be used to create a cosy mood within your conservatory. Instead of using halogens you could use LED lighting to create this effect and it would be a huge saving in long term running costs.
If you are planning on using your conservatory as an entertaining space this is a wonderful idea that will intrigue your guests. Using something like a chandelier or a retro pendant light will create a talking point, which eases conversation. You could place it above your dining table to create a restaurant style design or simply hang from the centre of the space. Pendant lighting in particular is currently very much on trend in interior design circles.
Every option so far has been fixed in place and provides no real freedom to change the look and feel of the lighting design once in situ. Introducing low level lamps that plug into the mains is a more flexible option, providing you with a near infinite choice on style, finish and power. Having lamps rather than static overhead fixtures is an easy way to keep the space current, and means different styles can be used at different time of the year. This kind of low level fixture is also an excellent way to create mood lighting for entertaining guests.