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Where to Shop: Aesthetic and Functional Lighting for ANY Home

Give your home the glow-up it deserves.

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Galerie 5 by Sol Luminaire (left) and Shiok Lighting showroom (right) | Photography by Human + Space (left)

You might’ve heard this before, but we’ll say it again: with the flip of a switch, lighting can transform the whole vibe of your home.

That said, making the magic happen can get tricky with all the options out there, so we’ve rounded up the best places to shop for lighting fixtures that aren’t just aesthetic, but also get the job done.

They’re sure to tick your boxes, ranging from smart lighting to customised luminaires (and more!).

Lighting 101: Basic types of lighting

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Before you whizz past, we’ll briefly take you through three basic types of lighting to know, each of which has a different purpose.

Ambient/mood lighting provides the general lighting for a room and comes in various forms, like cove lights, wall-mounted fixtures and floor lamps.

Task lighting provides focused lighting that reduces eye strain and helps with tasks like cooking, reading or sewing. Under-cabinet lighting and track lights are two such types.

Accent lighting meanwhile is a more decorative type of light that can be used to spotlight objects or special features (a feature wall or drapery, for example). Downlights/recessed lighting and wall sconces are typically used for this purpose.

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Sol Luminaire | Innovative and sustainable lighting

We know designer lighting can get real pricey, but don’t be too quick to dismiss it! You’ll probably regret overlooking Sol Luminaire and their in-house brand, AEON, which offers modern lighting for your indoor and outdoor needs. And not only are these architectural fixtures well-designed, but they are also fitted with sustainable chip-on-board (COB) LEDs to maximise light output, as well as energy efficiency (for a longer lifespan).

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At the core of Sol Luminaire’s work is innovation, like the Gypsum Globe that puts a twist – or should we say curve – to the usual recessed lights with its concave facade, and the 50mm Isa V3 Mini that is subtle yet robust in lighting up a room. Both have dim-to-warm functions – from 3000K to 1800K – for a cosy sunset ambiance with friends and family.

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Gypsum Globe (left) and Isa V3 Mini (right) | Photography by Human + Space (right)

Want lighting with more pizzazz? They’ve also got decorative luminaires like pendant, floor and table lamps from their brand partners/designers from Spain, Ukraine, Belgium and beyond.

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Book a gallery appointment for a first-hand look at what Sol Luminaire has to offer and find out more via the link below.

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Near | Smart lights for the perfect ambience

Officially trademarked in 2019, Near is a local smart lighting company where every product strikes a balance between lighting performance, functionalities and aesthetics. What you get, then, are high quality lights that are easy to use, customisable to your specific needs (think brightness-adjustment, colour-changing and more) and elevate the look and feel of your interior – even when switched off.

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Near’s showroom demonstrating how you can transform the same space at home for work (left) and play (right) with the use of smart lights

The Module, for example, is a thoughtfully engineered LED downlight that’s only 5cm tall, which can fit into even the thinnest false ceiling. In addition to choosing from a variety of frames to match your interior, you’ll also be able to switch it from warm-white to daylight (depending on the mood you’re looking to set) with just a tap of your smartphone.

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Should you prefer strip or track lights, they’ve also got a comprehensive selection in their Linear and Magnetic Track System product lines. Simply put, there’ll definitely be something you’re looking for!

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If you’re keen on setting up a smart home but don’t know what one could look like, the Smart Living Gallery’s the place to be at. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call it a ‘one-stop shop’: the 4,000 sqft experiential gallery features smart home products from various brands, saving you the time (and trouble) spent rushing from one end of the island to the other.

Besides seeking inspiration, you can look forward to unbiased expert advice if you have no clue where to start. Here’s also where you’ll find the widest range of Yeelight Professional Smart lightings that’ll fit with any interior style or theme you’re planning.

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A look at the smart Skylight

Pick from a vast range of downlights to recreate a luxurious hotel vibe, set up RGB lighting for your gaming room or even bring a piece of the sky to your home! With colour and brightness settings that you can easily adjust, you can transform a bright space into a cosy and dark atmosphere for movie night with the press of a button or a simple voice command.

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To view all these smart lights in action and check out how they work with remote control and app/voice commands, drop by the Smart Living Gallery in Tai Seng.

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Light Makers | Unique customised lighting

A lighting fixture that’s made from scratch, just for you? Sounds like wishful thinking… but not for the homegrown Light Makers team! You’d be hard-pressed to find a service like theirs elsewhere – a customised lighting service to help you bring your lighting ideas to life, no matter what design your heart is set on.

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The brand has extensive experience working with decorated and world-renowned interior designers on different projects for three decades, so you know you can leave your requests in their trusty hands, right from the reference/sketch to the final product. If you’re looking to break the mould and give your home a unique signature, you’ve come to the right place.

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Of course, you can also browse their regular collection of LED lighting that ranges from decorative lighting to ceiling fans and even smart magnetic lighting; the latter involves installing flexible magnetic tracks into which you can plug and slide track lights as you please.

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Magnetic tracklights in action

To find out more, you can drop by the Light Makers showroom at Jalan Besar or visit the online store via the link below.

Qanvast-exclusive promo*: 10% off a minimum spend of $1,000 before GST – applicable for regular-priced items only. Valid until June 2023.

Qanvast Trust Programme-exclusive promo*: receive a free table lamp of your choice (under $200) with a minimum spend of $3,000 before GST. Valid until June 2023.

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*An appointment must be made in advance and voucher presented prior to purchase; Not valid for use with other promotions, discounts or vouchers (except Qanvast vouchers); Not valid for payment with instalment plans, smart lights & ceiling fans; Light Makers reserves the right to change the promotion without prior notice; Other T&Cs may apply

Shiok Lighting | Practical and low-maintenance lighting

Centred on balancing aesthetics and practicality, Shiok Lighting’s lighting solutions are easy on the eyes and easy to maintain.

The variety of luminaires you find can be partially dismantled to easily replace bulbs, so you don’t have to go through the hassle of changing the entire fixture – or hiring an electrician. They also come with a variety of functional features such as dimmable options, and adjustability to provide accent lighting for any particular area in the room.

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Halo Spotlight (left) via @andre.interior | Eclipse Ceiling Lamp (right) via @tanglinhalf

Play with the soft glow of the Demi Ceiling Lamp, keep your lighting near-invisible with the stylish and trimless Halo Spotlight (pictured above), or try out the Atom Magnetic Track for a small yet powerful fixture in your space. These are just a few of the available products that illuminate the spaces they’re installed in and create a sense of cohesiveness.

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Based entirely on the latest LED chip technology that ensures lower energy consumption and reduces costs in the long term, Shiok Lighting’s diverse portfolio is sure to satisfy your general lighting needs.

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Northstar Lighting | No-frills lighting and dedicated customer service

Northstar Lighting keeps things simple with lighting that’s directly imported from the manufacturer, so you can expect savings on their extensive collection of ceiling and wall lighting, and even the fancier ones like pendant lights and chandeliers.

Try a no-frills set-up with this track light flushed close to the track, or experiment with shapes; check out this curvy 7-lamp pendant light or this rectangular one if you’re one for right angles (both pictured below).

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Hollow Rectangle Pendant Light (left) and DNA Globe 7 Lamp Pendant Light (right)

If your heart is set on a design that isn’t available at Northstar Lighting’s showroom or on their product page, you can even make a request for them to bring it in if their supplier can provide it. They’re also contactable daily via Whatsapp for any issues you encounter with your purchases, and provide onsite warranty for eligible products.

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For any enquiries, or to set up an appointment for a consultation, get in touch with the team via Whatsapp.

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