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BHS Lighting - The Legacy Lives On!

There aren’t many of us past a certain age who don’t remember BHS. Once a high street titan among department stores, in latter years it was a comforting familiarity — something of a dependable British institution, alongside fellow contemporaries Woolworths and Marks and Spencer.

Opening its first store in Brixton in 1928, British Home Stores — as its name would suggest — offered household goods and groceries. By 1929, the store was selling home furnishings, a department for which it would become well-loved.

Complete Garden Lighting Guide

Your garden deserves to be enjoyed at any time of the day or night, so make sure you light it right with beautiful garden lighting. With so...

Where to use bollard lights

When it comes to outdoor lighting, few fittings are as versatile as the humble bollard light. These sturdy fittings are typically made with...

​Decking lights - everything you need to know

Decks are there to be enjoyed, and with good deck lighting you can keep on using your deck even after dark. Done right, decking lights can...

5 funky floor lamps

When it comes to cutting edge lighting, your first thought might not be of the humble floor lamp - but think again. This staple of home...

Flush Ceiling Lights Guide

Many of us dream of filling our homes with waterfall pendant lights and elaborate chandeliers, but we probably don’t have the high ceilings...

Lighting Trends: Copper

Copper lighting is a design trend that isn’t going away any time soon, and for good reason - this gorgeous metal is sophisticated, without...

Guide To Double Insulated Lighting

Q: What are double insulated lights? Double insulated lights are lights that do not require an earth wire. These are typically required in...

IP Rating Guide

An IP rating determines the level of protection that a product has been designed to withstand in terms of protection against physical...

Technical Corner: Bathroom Lighting and IP Ratings

As safety regulations have developed over the years to help keep us safe and sound in our homes, so to has the variety of light fittings...
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