House of Fraser offers a wide selection of lighting, from contemporary to traditional designs. However, choosing the right light can prove to be tricky with so many options. So we’ve compiled a guide to help you understand how to plan your lighting and where to use it for the best effects.

Buying Guide Lighting Affects your room

A room is rarely used for just one function, so creating different atmospheres with your lighting is a must. Overhead lights, whilst an easy fix, give a harsher overall light for your space. See how the right light projects warmth into the room, perfect for cold winter nights.

Layering the light creates an interesting, ambient space and can enlarge the room.

The two main styles of Lighting are ‘task’ and ‘mood’. These will bring very different outcomes to your lighting scheme so we thought we’d break it down making it easier to decide what’s right for your room.

Task lighting

Some jobs just need a little more focus, and that’s where task lighting comes in. This functional style is perfect if you enjoy reading at night, cooking, applying make-up – basically anything that requires concentration. Look out for lights that aren’t completely shaded and have adjustable arms so you can reposition the light to where you need it most. Task lighting is perfect for:

  • Reading
  • Cooking
  • Applying make-up

Mood lighting

When you want your lights to be a part of the décor, then mood or accent lighting is the way to go. This is all about the atmosphere where low-level lighting is desired to highlight interior design elements. Think coloured shades that complement your décor and lower wattage bulbs to create a chilled-out vibe in your home. Mood lighting is perfect for:

  • Chilling out
  • Showing off your statement wall
  • Added decoration
Buying Guide Lighting Different Shades


As the name suggests, this type of fitting is the easiest of the bunch, as no electrician is required. Simply remove the screw cap and slot your new light inside, then reattach the cap.


We recommend that all electrical pendants be fitted by an electrician in line with current UK Regulations to avoid any accidents!

Buying Guide LLighting Bulbs and Caps

  • Appear similar to natural daylight
  • Lifetime of 10-25,000 hours
  • Up to 90% more energy efficient than tungsten bulbs

Halogen bulbs
  • Bright light to resemble sunlight
  • Most commonly used for spotlights and flood lights
  • Lifetime of up to 2,000 hours

Energy saving
  • Gives a warm, white light
  • Lifetime of up to 10,000 hours
  • Up to 80% more energy efficient than tungsten bulbs

Consider using energy saving bulbs for hallways and corridors where the lights are in use the most.

Cap types
  • Bayonet cap
  • Edison screw
  • Twist-lock
Buying Guide Lighting Energy

  • When purchasing new lighting, switch to LED or energy-saving bulbs where possible.
  • Clean your bulbs, shades and fixtures regularly to get rid of dust and dirt that accumulates and absorbs light.
  • Don’t wait to replace your bulbs if they’ve darkened, they may still work but they use the same amount of power as a new bulb, just with less light.
  • Try to avoid using a higher wattage bulb than necessary – this can make a massive difference to your electricity bill!
  • Always avoid using high watt bulbs in confined areas or for fixtures that require low watt bulbs, this is an extreme fire hazard. Always contact the manufacturer for additional information