Let Taobao Light Up Your World
- August 29, 2018
In our previous article, we taught you guys how to Taobao your furniture. This week, we will go more in depth on finding quality lighting equipment (from standing lamps to ceiling lighting) from the treasure trove, Taobao.
Taobao is great if you are looking for unique pieces or affordable ones as there are multiple retailers dedicated to selling lighting alone and at relatively reasonable prices. Do take note of shipping though! Check with the seller whether they ship before carting out. Not every retailer ships their lights over to Singapore due to the fragile nature of the bulbs or the equipment.
The different kinds of lighting
To create a well-lit room, there should be 3 different types of lighting (ambient, task and accent) used in appropriate proportions.
Also known as general lighting, ambient light sets the general mood of a room. Fixtures that could be used for ambient lighting include: chandeliers, ceiling or wall lighting, track lights, recessed lighting or lantern style fixtures.
Project by: Icon Interior
To create a glamorous interior, try chandeliers: they add flair to any space. Heavy, bulky looking crystal chandeliers are passé now. Instead, modern chandeliers now have more structure and geometry. This chandelier (pictured above) creates focus with iglass bulbs and black aluminium. It is available in warm and white lighting and complements industrial or loft style interiors.
Pro tip – Match your chandelier with your sofa or table colour to create style and cohesiveness.
From MEKOBEKA 美克北家灯饰馆
(¥1615 – 6230, SGD 23 – 1247)
(¥1998 – 5200, SGD400 – 1041)
Project by: Versaform
Highly popular for industrial style homes nowadays, track lights are actually a cluster of spot lights on a pole or track that provides directional lighting. When paired with the right power and colour, it can light up a whole room.
As the name states, task lighting is what you should use when working on a task. It is meant to come in handy when you need brighter, finer light for let’s say – studying, sewing or cooking.
Project by: Briey Interior
Floor lamps also work great for reading or typing away on your laptop while lounging in your sofa.
From DOZZER 灯的艺术与设计
(¥316 – 536, SGD63 – 107)
(¥496 – 756, SGD99 – 151)
This desk lamp is highly versatile and goes well with the usual modern, Nordic or minimalistic styles of homes. You can even adjust the lamp to direct the light.
Accent lighting is meant to draw visual attention to a particular detail of your interior. It also adds drama and framing to your home – illuminating the spots you want to highlight and the dull spots you want to hide. Use it to highlight your art, book(cases) or unique spots in your home.
Project by: Versaform
Project by: KDOT Associate
Bring it all together
Project by: Fuse Concept
Combine your ambient, task and accent lighting to create a warm atmosphere like this open concept design above. The designer used candle chandelier (middle) to bring sophistication to the space, while lighting the kitchen worktable with stylish, modern pendant lights (left). Attention is also brought to the structure and architecture of the bookshelf with the track lights (right).
With that, we have come to the end of our guide to shopping lighting. There are actually a lot more lighting options as well as wisdom regarding even the bulbs. But we will leave that for another day. Meanwhile, happy shopping on Taobao!