Scotlight awards: Scotlight nominated for Business Awards

Scotlight is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted in two categories for the the prestigious Herald Family Business Awards 2016 – for Rural Family Business of the Year and Customer Service Excellence.

At Scotlight, awards success is not unusual. It is the second time that the Innerleithen-based company has been recognised at the national awards, after making the shortlist twice in 2014, while it was also on the shortlist for the 2015 Select Awards.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow in December.

Scotlight Awards

 

The Herald Family Business Awards, in association with Business Gateway Scotland, recognises family businesses from all sectors and of all sizes, right across Scotland.

Previous winners include Glenrath Farms, who Scotlight has worked with closely in the past.

Scotlight Awards

The first category that Scotlight is nominated in is for customer service. We are proud of all our staff, especially the diligent and professional way that they support our customers.

This category will recognise a company which has excelled in the provision of customer service as an integral part of their business. Judges will be looking for evidence of how this has been achieved and contributed to the success and development of the organisation (Newsquest Scotland).

Scotlight Awards

 

Scotlight is also nominated in the Rural Business of the Year (small / medium) category. Our headquarters are in the small Borders town of Innerleithen, which has a population of just 2500, and we remain rooted in the local community, despite now expanding to serve the whole of the UK.

Businesses in rural areas play a vital role in providing employment and wealth in the communities in which they operate. This category recognises family businesses in rural Scotland with 100 employees or less, from any sector, which have made a real difference (Newsquest Scotland).

The news is great timing, as Scotlight has just celebrated its 20th birthday. The Scotlight awards success is further recognition for our amazing employees who make the business what it is.

To find out more about the company, read about Scotlight Direct here.

Buy lights online today from the Scotlight Direct online superstore.

Scotlight celebrates 20 years in business!

Scotlight is celebrating 20 years in business this October and to celebrate we are giving you the chance to win your order for free!

Scotland’s favourite lighting specialist has seen huge growth since it was first established by Tom Fraser in the Scottish Borders town of Innerleithen in 1996.

 

Scotlight 20 years

 

The company was set up as a lighting design company and has since evolved to offer supply and installation of a huge range of world-beating light fittings, as well employing tradespeople from electricians to plumbers.

The business is still based in the same High Street location that it was founded on 20 years ago, but the building which was originally just a shop is now a state of the art lighting showroom incorporating office space, meeting rooms and warehouse facilities.

 

The online superstore Scotlight Direct launched in 2006 and is celebrating its tenth year of being the go-to destination when shopping for lights online.

Our Price Promise, where we will match or even beat the price of any light fitting if you find the same one cheaper elsewhere online, is just one of the great incentives we use to reward customers for choosing to shop with us.

Scotlight is marking its 20th birthday in various ways. As a thank you to all our customers, old and new, we are offering everyone who shops with us online in the month of October the chance to be entered into a prize draw to win your order for free!

Simply make a purchase from the website and you will automatically be entered into the prize draw. The winner will have their order refunded in full!

As well as that, we have been visited by reporters from the local press including The Peeblesshire News who featured a story about our big birthday prominently in their newspaper.

Scotlight 20th birthday

Scotlight also held a party for its staff, suppliers, friends and clients in the Merkat View cafe in Peebles which featured entertainment from local band The Dirty Beggars.

The company could never have got to where it is today without the brilliant staff that we employ and without our loyal customers who continue to place their trust in us to design, supply and install lighting in domestic and commercial properties across the UK.

From everyone at Scotlight, we’d like to say a huge thank you! And here’s to another 20 years!

For a chance to win your order for free, shop online with Scotlight Direct before the end of October.

To find out more about Scotlight Direct and our history in the lighting industry, read our About Us page.

Use lights to make your house a home

There are many ways to make your house a home but using lights is one of the simplest and most effective.

How to make your house a home

Make your house a home

What makes the perfect home? While everyone is likely to have their own definition, there are definitely features that most of us can agree on.

Most people would aim for a home that is bright during daylight hours and warm and cosy at night time.

One way to ensure your house gets plenty of natural light is to have a building with large windows that are south-facing, letting in as much sunlight as possible. But what if you aren’t lucky enough to have that with your house?

At Scotlight Direct we have a team of lighting experts with decades of experience in the lighting industry. They are brimming with ideas and tips on how to make your house a home by using lights.

They are happy to discuss all your lighting needs with you. You can contact us using the form provided and we will get back to you with solutions to your queries.

Make your house a home

Choosing the right lights for each room in your home is very important. The height of the ceiling, the size of the room, the design features, the colour scheme and the function of the room all play a part when deciding what lights are best for you.

For example, you can make your rooms feel warmer by using warm-coloured lighting. Reds, yellows, oranges and browns all add depth and warmth to your home.

If your home lacks natural light you can invest in bright lights that simulate daylight.

It might also help to buy dimmable lights so that you can change the brightness and intensity of the lights to suit the occasion, the season, the weather or the time of day.

You might even be able to find LEDs that change colour, meaning you can have a different ambience depending on your mood at the time.

For more ideas on how to use lights to make your house a home, read our comprehensive series of free lighting guides which give you useful hints and tips on how to light individual rooms in your home, from your kitchen and bathroom to your dining room and garden.

To browse our full range of lighting options visit the Scotlight Direct online superstore.

Ceiling pendants: From traditional to ultra modern

Ceiling lights come in all shapes and sizes but among the most popular and fashionable styles at the moment are ceiling pendants.

Ceiling pendants from Scotlight Direct

Ceiling pendants are suspended from the ceiling and hang downwards. They are often circular or oval in shape, although there are a whole host of different designs available including triangular, multi-armed and chandeliers.

Ceiling pendants

 

A small selection of them are pictured in this article, but you can see the full size and scope of the selection by visiting the Scotlight Direct homepage and searching for ‘pendant’ in the search bar at the top of the page.

Ceiling pendants are great for most rooms in your home but they also great for businesses, offices, shops, restaurants, bars and hotels.

The style pictured below, for example, is typical of the sort of design you might find in a classic American diner, but it would work just as well as the centrepiece of a child’s bedroom or hanging above the bar in a trendy pub, for example.

 

Ceiling pendants

 

Ceiling pendants are just one of the many ceiling lights that you can find at Scotlight Direct. In our extensive online superstore you will also find:

  • Ceiling downlighters
  • Ceiling spotlights
  • Chandeliers
  • Bedroom ceiling lights
  • Bathroom ceiling lights
  • Kitchen ceiling lights
  • Non-electric ceiling lights
  • Flush ceiling lights

Ceiling pendants work best in rooms with high ceilings. This is because they are suspended from the roof and hang down several feet, so if you have low ceilings you might find that you bang your head on them!

If you would like to find out more about the suitability of ceiling pendants for your own home or business, contact our team of experts.

With decades of experience in the lighting industry between them, including everything from design and installation to sales and customer service, our team are perfectly equipped to advise you on any query you might have.

You can also find out more about how to use different types of lights in each individual room in your home by reading our fantastic free series of lighting guides, which give you hints and tips on how to light your home.

You can buy ceiling pendants online today by visiting the Scotlight Direct online superstore.

Autumn lights: Bring Autumn into your home

Autumn is one of the best times of the year if you like colours and atmosphere. As the leaves on the trees begin to fall, the world is showered in vibrant reds, oranges, yellows and browns.

For interior designers, whether they are professional or simply amateurs like yourself, these colours provide great inspiration for an autumn lights makeover.

Autumn is also the time of year when the darker nights start to creep in. Street lights come on sooner and people start to think about lighting candles in their homes, for example.

Autumn lights

At  Scotlight Direct we have a great range of lights that reflect autumn and all of its colours.

By installing lights that mirror the amazing colours you are seeing outside, you can help create a warm autumnal feel in your own home.

LED candles are a safe and odourless way of recreating firelight in your home. Real candle can often be a fire hazard, and they are also not always suitable if you have young children or animals in the house. LED candles do not burn a real flame and are not hot, so they give the impression of a real flame but without the danger.

Autumn lights

 

They also don’t burn out like a normal candle, making them super-efficient and great value for money.

Orange, red, brown and yellow are great colours for creating warmth, which is ideal for the autumn when the temperature starts to drop and winter approaches.

The  search option on the Scotlight Direct eCommerce site allows you to filter our lights by colours, meaning that you can type “yellow”, “red”, “brown” or “orange” into the search bar and be presented with a selection of light fittings to suit your tastes and requirements.

If you would like to find out more about how you can use autumn lights to give your home a makeover, check out our series of lighting guides that we have produced to help talk you through the specific requirements of each room in your home or office.

Shop for autumn lights online in the Scotlight Direct online superstore.

Have you caught the lighting bug yet?

Lighting is often something that you don’t notice but once you have caught the lighting bug there is no going back!

In sport, they say that a good referee is one that you don’t notice. This can sometimes be the case with lighting too.

Lighting bug

It  is true that bad lighting will instantly catch your eye, but if the lighting is perfect it can do its job without you even realising.

If you know what to look for, though, it is really easy to catch the lighting bug!

Good lighting can transform your home, office, garden or natural environment. It can accentuate features, create an atmosphere, highlight items, allow you to perform tasks properly, contribute to an interior design or act as a work of art in its own right.

Once you have seen what lighting can do you will definitely catch the lighting bug yourself!

Lighting bug

As  lighting technology continues to improve it opens up whole new possibilities of what can be achieved. Lights are now cheaper and more environmentally friendly to operate, and they come in more styles, designs, shapes and sizes than ever before.

The fittings can be small enough to be almost totally obscured from view, or large enough to make them major design features in the room.

We have created a series of lighting guides to help demonstrate how lights can transform each room in your home, from your kitchen to your bathroom, your living room to your bedroom, and your garden to your office.

At Scotlight Direct we want to encourage you to catch the lighting bug, so we offer a Price Promise whereby we agree to try to match or even beat the price of any product you buy from us if you can find it cheaper anywhere else online.

Visit the Scotlight Direct online superstore today and browse our full range of lighting products from some of the world’s leading brands.

Shop local this Christmas

Scotlight Direct is proud of its local connection and community roots

As we officially move out of summer in the UK, our thoughts begin to turn to Christmas again. Can you believe it is nearly that time of year again already?

Why not shop local this Christmas? Scotlight Direct has always valued its role in the local community, and while we are now successful national business we have never forgotten our roots in the heart of the community from which we started.

Shop local this Christmas

Our headquarters is still on the same high-street site that we started out in more than 20 years ago.

We employ and train staff from the local community, and we have worked with a number of local businesses including Glenrath Farms and Stobo Castle Health Spa to design and install bespoke lighting solutions for their successful businesses.

So why not shop local this Christmas and help invest in the talented and committed people up and down the country who make local businesses work all year round?

Shop local this Christmas at Scotlight Direct

At Scotlight Direct we stock a wide variety of Christmas lights, including:

  • Christmas tree lights
  • Christmas garden lights
  • LED candles
  • Ornamental lighting
  • Fairy lights
Christmas fairy lights
Multicoloured Christmas fairy lights

We  deliver across the UK and work with a number of suppliers who may be local to you, including lighting designers and manufacturers throughout Scotland and England.

Not only will you be helping to support local business, you will also get the best deals on the market! At Scotlight Direct our Price Promise means that we will try to match or even beat the price of any light fitting if you are able to find it cheaper somewhere else online.

So it really does pay off to shop local this Christmas!

To find out more about Christmas lights, read our blog post Christmas Fairy Lights.

To shop local this Christmas at Scotlight Direct, visit us in store or browse our online superstore.

Domestic lighting solutions for your home

Take DIY to the next level with domestic lighting solutions for your home

Many of us love redecorating our homes but domestic lighting is often something which we overlook.

We all know how to use wallpaper, paint and furniture, for example, to make our homes look better, but lighting is one of the most important parts of all interior designs yet it is often the most neglected.

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Amazing ceiling lights

Nowadays there are so many amazing domestic lighting options that can totally transform your home. They come in all different shapes, sizes, designs, and colours, and can emit a huge variety of different shades and styles of illumination.

At Scotlight Direct we are specialists in lighting solutions for your home.

Our online lighting superstore stocks thousands of fittings from the world’s top lighting designers, including floor lights, wall lights, table lamps, ceiling lights, garden lights, candle lights, LEDs, bathroom lights, kitchen lights, cabinet lights, mirror lights, picture lights, and light bulbs.

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Select Awards 2015

The domestic lighting solutions provided by Scotlight can either complement an existing interior design, or help create an entirely new one.

As well as selling lights, our expert team of electricians is available to help with installations, designs and safety issues. If you would like to discuss any aspect of domestic lighting contact us today and one of our experienced professionals will get back to you.

You can also check out our great free series of helpful lighting guides, which include information on using domestic lighting in all of the different rooms in your home.

Visit the Scotlight Direct online superstore today and check out our full range of domestic lighting solutions.

If you would like to find out more about lighting solutions for your business or commercial property, read Stobo Castle gets a makeover from Scotlight Direct!

Copper ceiling lights

Copper ceiling lights are one of 2016’s hottest lighting trends. Their rustic, retro feel and industrial appearance make them ideal for creating fashionable and in-vogue designs in your home or business.

Copper ceiling lights from Scotlight Direct

Copper ceiling lights

Copper ceiling lights are being used more and more in bars and restaurants, by designers looking to appeal to young, trendy customers.

They work especially well in rooms containing rustic features like exposed bricks, wooden beams, or stone flooring, for example, but they are also adaptable and versatile and can be used in most designs, with a little care and thought.

Similarly, domestic interior designs in homes are also reflecting the popularity of copper ceiling lights within the young and hip communities across the country.

At Scotlight Direct, copper ceiling lights are a key part of our world-class lighting collection.

You will find fittings to suit most budgets and most tastes, whether you are a business owner looking to renovate a pub or hotel, or a home owner looking to stamp your own mark on your property.

Copper ceiling lights

We have hundreds of copper lights available to browse and buy in our online superstore. You can view all our copper ceiling lights here, or simply type “copper ceiling lights” into the search bar at the top of the Scotlight Direct e-commerce site.

Alternatively, you can use your favourite search engine to search for “Scotlight Direct copper ceiling lights”.

Our team of experts can advise you on everything from design to safety and installation. Not only do we sell lights, but we also fit them as well, meaning that we can help you out at every stage of your makeover process.

At Scotlight Direct, we have decades of experience in the lighting industry and we love sharing this with our valued customers. To speak to one of our customer service team, use the contact us option on our website.

To find out more about how you can use copper ceiling lights in your home or business, read our helpful series of free online lighting guides, containing useful hints and tips on how to light different rooms or gardens.

Find out more about copper ceiling lights by regularly checking in on our blog and reading some of our other articles about them.

Copper lighting for industrial designs

Copper lighting is a great way to create an industrial interior design in your home.

Industrial interiors are highly fashionable in restaurants, hotels, and bars. They are becoming increasingly popular in homes and businesses too.

Copper lighting for homes and businesses!

Copper lighting
Copper lighting for industrial designs

At Scotlight Direct we have a variety of stunning copper lights in our online superstore.

They work beautifully alongside exposed brickwork, rustic beams, stone or wooden floors, visible pipes, and other industrial interior design features.

On our website we describe copper lights as “sleek, modern and elegant” and we aren’t kidding!

While copper might not immediately strike you as a modern and elegant material, it is bang in fashion and guaranteed to be the envy of any self-respecting hipster!

Copper lighting

Copper lighting from Scotlight Direct comes in various different shapes, sizes and styles:

  • Table lamps
  • Floor lamps
  • Ceiling lamps
  • Garden lights
  • Wall lamps

At Scotlight Direct we don’t just sell copper lighting, we also design and install lights in homes and businesses across the country.

Our expert team of designers and electricians have helped design and fit lights at businesses such as Glenrath Farms and Stobo Castle Health Spa. We could help design and fit your lights in your home or business too.

We have chosen a few of the best lights to feature in this article, but our range is constantly evolving and being refreshed, so be sure to check the website to see the most up-to-date lighting options available at the time.

Alternatively, contact us and speak to our expert team of electricians, lighting specialists and salespeople, who can talk you through your own individual requirements.

You can view the full range of copper lighting options in the Scotlight Direct online superstore.

To find out some useful hits and tips on how you can best utilise copper lights in your home or business, check out our great free lighting guides.