CRUSHING ON BRASS

August 2018

Everywhere we turn we are seeing moody hues and brass. It’s just beautiful! Sofas are in luxurious fabrics, walls are dark, and light fittings are sophisticated.

At Urban, we are loving this interior vibe. Bathrooms are more glamorous, lighting choices are more decorative and colours are more adventurous. We feel like we may have stepped back to the 1930’s.

Urban Lighting has an extensive range of brass light fittings to match your interior mood. If the 30’s isn’t quite your thing tho, pairing industrial or vintage interiors with brass lighting is heavenly also.

 

August 03, 2018 by Rosalie x

Exterior Lighting

July 2018

Happily the days of sitting on the back veranda being blinded by the 200W floodlight are over.

We are using our outdoor spaces more than ever thanks to an explosion of design interest extending into our gardens, possibly because of the plethora of TV makeover shows, or maybe we’ve finally worked out we have the climate for it?

Many of the same principles apply to lighting outdoors as indoors – it should be practical and safe, but sometimes it’s just to show off the best features.  Subtle lighting across pathways and stairs ensures no-one tumbles, but it also creates a beautiful mood.  Washing light up or down a stone feature wall can look spectacular also!

And now that we’re no longer blinding our guests, we can shoot those powerful lights up into trees and highlight the super models in our yards. Beautiful! Or create a magical wonderland with whimsical fairy lights. The possibilities are endless.

 

July 10, 2018 by Britt Ruja

Hamptons Darling!

May 2018

Our love affair with The Hamptons doesn’t look like ending any time soon. Who didn’t want to move into Meryl Streep’s house in It’s Complicated and whip up something delicious? Or even date Jack Nicholson in Something’s Gotta Give if it meant having Diane Keaton’s fabulous house? It’s not hard to see why this look is so appealing - it speaks of relaxed, family living. Nothing too precious, and effortless in style.

Lanterns, simple chandeliers and wall lights all work beautifully to create this look. There is generally a hub in these style of homes which is part of their charm – an island bench with lanterns over it, a big farmhouse style table with a signature chandelier, or both if you’re lucky.   Try and steer clear of downlights as this is the opposite of what the Hamptons is about. Think decorative wall lights in the bathroom, beautiful lamps in the bedrooms, and lamps and pendant lights in the living rooms.

Wallpaper works very well in Hamptons-style homes and at Urban we are able to incorporate your fabrics and wallpapers into your lighting fixtures with our custom made shades. You can use this service for pendant lights, table and floor lamps, or even wall lights.

Oh, and install dimmers wherever possible so your lighting can match your mood.

May 18, 2018 by Rosalie x

Bathroom Lighting

April 2018

Let’s talk about bathrooms.  Whereas once they were utilitarian rooms of the house (or sometimes the whole street) we now see bathrooms in a very different light.  They need to be beautiful spaces to look at, practical, and maybe even a little glamorous.  Rather than places we rush in and out of, we now like to linger there; we enjoy being there, and we want their aesthetic to reflect this.

Lighting is an important aspect of any room where we are trying to strike the balance between practical and beautiful.  Of course, once you add water to the equation, like a bathroom or kitchen, this equation becomes a little more complicated.

You will often hear the term IP rating when discussing bathroom lighting.  Simply, an IP (or Ingress Protection) rating gives you a guide on how dust proof or water proof your light is.  The higher the numbers, the more protection provided.  The first number relates to solids (or dust) and goes to a maximum rating of 6.  The second figure relates to water and moisture and goes as high as 8, meaning the fitting can be immersed in water.

In Australia and New Zealand, there are strict regulations as to where you can install lights in bathrooms and kitchens, and what voltage and IP ratings you must use.  Pinterest might have you pining for a fabulous pendant light over the bath and although a 240V pendant light without an IP rating cannot be hung over a bath, many lights can be converted to meet the Australian Standards for this application.

Lighting around the mirror is practical and also looks great.  The wrong type of light or awkward positioning can leave your face in shadow (and an ensuing awkward makeup or shaving result).  An easy rule of thumb is to position wall lights about 90cm from each other and a little above eye level, and avoid spotlights as these create glare on the mirror.  Concealing LED strip around the mirror is another great option as it provides indirect lighting onto faces, and also creates a relaxing mood for those long, lovely baths in winter.

Putting your bathroom lighting on a dimmer is also becoming more popular as our desire to make the bathroom a place to luxuriate is considered essential.

This is of course is only a general guide to lighting your bathroom.  Chat to the Urban staff for more tailored solutions for your particular design.

 

 

 

April 06, 2018 by Rosalie x

2018!

Welcome to the new year everybody!  We all had a fantastic break and wish our customers a relaxing start to 2018.

Our big news to start the year is the shipment of our own range of LED task lighting.  It has arrived, and is now available to purchase.  The range includes floor lamps, desk lamps, and wall lamps in a gorgeous range of colours including metallics, and of course classic black.

We have hand chosen this range because of the attention to detail in design and manufacture.  Please come in and have a look and let us know what you think!

PS ... Lizzy had a baby girl!

January 05, 2018 by Rosalie x

New Team Members

16 November 2017

We have farewelled Kimberley and we are now welcoming Nic and Jade.  Nic is our newest showroom team member who has a background in retail and a keen eye for design.  Come in and say hi! 

Jade is starting out in the back office as Lizzy leaves us to start her maternity leave (stay tuned for baby news!)  Jade will be helping out with accounts, website and social media.

November 16, 2017 by Belinda Cameron

It's Goodbye!

21 October 2017

In sad news, our very lovely Kimberley has left the building.  She has been snapped up by the hospitality industry once again (and why wouldn't they?)

We are going to miss her terribly and so are our customers (we can't yet bring ourselves to take her picture off the team page).  She has been a sparkly, super-valuable team member over the last three years and will be very hard to replace, but we of course wish her all the very best with her new gig!  And this now means we are on the look out for a new team member with lighting experience ... if you know of anyone!

October 21, 2017 by Rosalie x

Thank you!

31 August 2017

We have just had our best month ever at Urban Lighting!  We are so thrilled with how our little lighting business has grown over the last three years and we have our wonderful customers to thank.  So thank you one and all for supporting us! We hope you are as happy with us as we are with you.

August 31, 2017 by Rosalie x

Fluorescent Recycling

We are very pleased to now offer fluorescent tube and compact lamp recycling as part of our commitment to a more sustainable world. 
Lighting is moving towards long life LED fittings which are more energy efficient and do not contain the contaminants found in fluorescent tubes.
Fluorescent lights contain glass and mercury which can both be recycled.  And of course, putting mercury into landfill is just not a good idea for the planet or for our health.  So any tubes you have lying around wondering what to do with, drop them into us!
May 31, 2017 by Rosalie x

Website Update

14 March 2017

We are always trying to make our website more user friendly, and so, have adjusted our categories to reflect the design you're going for rather than what the light is manufactured from.  For instance: Classic | Traditional, Industrial | Rustic.

We have also made our lamps section easier to find and navigate around.

Let us know what you think, and of course, if there's anything else you'd like to see on our website, or if you have any suggestions to make navigation easier, feel free to drop us a line.

March 14, 2017 by Belinda Cameron