I love the idea of a cluster light. In a modern home where a chandelier might be too much of a cliche – and too much of a price, the idea of a group of lamps at differing heights is both unusual and pretty. The lights do have to be at different heights though, otherwise they’re just bumping into each other and looking like they’re jostling for position which is not relaxing. I want my lights to look effortlessly beautiful not like they’re spoiling for a fight.
This one, from John Lewis, has a “dusting” of clear and amber beads filling each elegantly shaped bulb to add interest and to hide the bulb from below. I like the fact that each drop is shaped like a bulb already. It makes the whole thing a little more playful.
And then I saw this:
And suddenly, for me, the whole thing is ruined by the ugly chrome ceiling rose. And this is so often the case with these cluster lights. This one costs £290, which is not cheap and yet the fitting has completely ruined it for me.
Now my husband will tell you that I definitely have something of the Heath Robinson about me. I love to customise things so I asked my friend Sian Astley (better known to many by her twitter handle @moregeous) if it would be possible to simply bury the fitting into the ceiling. Anyone who has been following the lighting stories this week, will be recognising a theme here.
Anyway, she said no. Apparently the transformer will get too hot and, even if that wasn’t problem, you would have to disconnect each light and then reconnect them, so it’s a non starter.
But then she suggested spraying the chrome to match the ceiling. Which is a completely genius idea. So now I love this light all over again.
What do you think?