The right lighting is everything. It is key to creating the perfect atmosphere in your home, with the look and feel of a room being easily changed with carefully positioned lights.

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The best lighting is achieved by remembering one key golden rule – that the ceiling is not the only place to put a light! Good lighting is about creating layers of different lighting effects to achieve variation, texture and atmosphere. Tailor the lighting in each room, by applying the appropriate mix of ambient lighting, task lighting for close-up work and accent lighting to highlight special features.  Consider combining lighting at ceiling level, mid-level and low level and where you can, control these different layers separately. 

Lighting can also help you create zones within an open-plan room. For example use a statement pendant light above a table or kitchen counter to help create a "dining area" or partition a room by placing lights on a table behind a sofa to provide a visual break.

Colour can help inject a wow factor, particularly if the source of the light is hidden - such as lightstrips above the kitchen units or underneath bookshelves. Using coloured lighting allows you to tap into the tones and hues that suit you/your home the best. To warm up a space use reds, pinks and oranges while blues and greens will cool down a room.

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With the development of LED technology, the humble light bulb is now doing much more than turning on and off, it’s impacting our mood, the way we express ourselves and our general sense of well-being. LED technology has resulted in incredibly flexible lighting, enabling the creation of light settings that are unique to you.

Being able to control your lighting gives you amazing flexibility and by embracing technology and incorporating lighting that can be personalised via your smart phone or tablet it can be really easy. Connected lighting truly unlocks the possibilities of light in the home, from simply turning on and off to creating an atmosphere, enhancing a space or highlighting features in a home instantly, just using a smart device or wearable.

For an open plan living and kitchen space, you can use connected lighting to subtly divide the space by opting for a crisp white light effect in the kitchen area and a warm white light in the living room area. You can change the ambience of a hallway from a practical and functional feel to welcoming when guests arrive instantly through a subtle change in the shade or colour of the light.

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A great deal of apps have been developed that work with Philips Hue making it possible to experiment with light in new and innovative ways. From washing the walls with the dominant colours on screen as you watch a movie, to creating the ultimate immersive gaming experience where lights react to real time game play, to changing colour with the beat of a song, or even syncing to a fitness wristband so light can tell you when a personal goal has been reached.

During the dark winter months, connecting lighting can wake you up gently, as well as being valuable from a security point of view by giving you the ability to control your lighting remotely via your smart device, as well as using location services to ensure that your porch or hallway lights switch on automatically as you approach your home.

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