How to style vintage fluorescent lighting

How to style vintage fluorescent lighting

The days of associating fluorescent lighting with flickering and buzzing strip lights at school have thankfully gone. Enter, a new wave of smart fluorescent lights now converted for contemporary use.

Whether making a statement over a kitchen island unit, or getting clever with wall-mounted dimmable versions in the bedroom, there’s no end to the imaginative ways you can style vintage fluorescent lighting at home or in commercial settings.

Eastern Bloc industrial raw light fitting

Eastern Bloc LED lighting (V5) wall-mounted vertically in the kitchen, above.

Fluros for modern-day use

Like the entire skinflint collection, our new collection of vintage fluorescent lighting for AW18 has been meticulously restored and re-wired for modern-day technologies, with many now taking advantage of LED lamps. The lights in the collection have all the usual LED benefits of lamp life, lower power consumption and modern-day dimming, with colour temperature a near match too.

All of this means you can re-think where fluorescent lights are suited to. One of our favourite examples of styling is this fully dimmable wall-mounted fluorescent light in the bedroom, allowing you to easily find the right ambiance to suit your mood and the time of day. This sleek 1960s industrial fluro light was salvaged from the Eastern Bloc, adding a touch of industrial chic to this feminine domestic setting.

Eastern Bloc linear light in bedroom

Eastern Bloc LED lighting (V1), above.

On the wall, floor or ceiling

Many of the lights in the skinflint fluorescent lighting collection have the option to be mounted directly to the wall or ceiling, like we’ve done here in the kitchen - a striking feature light, especially good if you’re short on space at home. Alternatively, try mounting it directly to the wall to illuminate a kitchen island unit or bedside table. Some are even suitable as free-standing versions, like this stunning floor light by Heyes of Wigan [link when live], salvaged from a manufacturing complex in the Midlands, UK.

fluorescent light by Heyes of Wigan

Industrial lighting by Heyes, above.

Domestic vs commercial settings

We’ve seen above how fluorescent lights can be used in a variety of domestic settings, but over the years we’ve seen clients use our vintage fluorescent lights in a myriad of creative commercial settings too. From illuminating worktop counters in shops, to bars and workspaces in restaurants, fluorescent lighting provides ideal statement task lighting.

Explore our collection of vintage fluorescent lights.

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