10 of the best... lighting buys for under £100

H&M table lamp

We invested in several pieces of designer lighting for our old house but many of them just don’t really work in our new home and I’ve ended up consigning a few of them to ebay. When you are renovating an entire house it’s surprising how many pieces of lighting you actually need. With each room typically needing multiple different light sources - ceiling spotlights, pendant lights and wall lights as well as floor and table lamps - costs can quickly add up.

Most of our budget is committed to the kitchen extension at the moment so rather than buying expensive lighting I’ve been exploring more budget friendly options, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with what I’ve discovered.

Until quite recently if you were looking for lighting your options were either high street buys, which were cheap but often dull and uninspiring, or high end design classics with a hefty price tag. Over the past few years things have changed though, and as the market has shifted away from lighting showrooms towards the online space, newer online retailers with more trend led offerings have appeared and designers and manufacturers have also been able to sell their products direct to the customer much more easily, cutting out the middle man and so reducing costs.

As a result there are now many more well designed pieces available at an affordable price point. Here are 10 that come in at under £100.

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Muuto e27 pendant lamp

Wonderfully simple, this Muuto pendant light comes in lots of different colours but it’s this soft nude shade that’s caught my eye.

Amara - £65


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Large black and gold metal table lamp

My love of H&M Home is well documented. They nail the trends and styling every single time, and this table lamp is no exception.

H&M Home - £79.99


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3.

Matte black industrial style pendant light

I can think of no end of places where the simple styling of this industrial style pendant would fit right in. Personally I’d hang it over a huge marble kitchen island (if I had one obviously), but it would work just as well in an office or workplace setting, or above a dining table.

A by Amara - £32


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4.

Oak touch lamp by Tala

Tala are a young British brand who offer the latest in energy efficient LED technology without compromising on aesthetic design. This touch operated table lamp is available in either an oak or walnut finish.

Heal’s - £85


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5.

Pure ceiling light by Nordlux Design For The People

The walnut top adds to the understated Scandi elegance of this simple minimalist design.

John Lewis - £80


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Tadasana pendant light

I love that Dowsing and Reynolds have named some of their lights after yoga poses. I bought the Trikonasana light from the same range for our living room.

Dowsing and Reynolds - £49.99


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House by John Lewis Brandon Floor lamp

When I see products at this price my first reaction is to ask how they do it. I mean when you consider everything that goes into designing, manufacturing and retailing a light it seems wrong right? But if you’re after a stylish minimalist floor lamp on a tight budget this definitely fits the bill.

John Lewis - £25


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Lightyears by Republic of Fritz Hansen Night Owl table lamp

Soft, organic and sculptural, this one wouldn’t normally come in at under £100 but it’s currently on sale with a generous discount at 40% off.

Houseology - £79.20


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9.

Murguma pendant light

I love the opaque matt finish and soft green colourway. It’s available in grey white or black too.

Urbanara - £79


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10.

Faye wall light

The warm brass tones would look great against a dark wall and would be ideal next to the bed or in a reading nook.

Swoon Editions - £79


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