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10 of the best lighting fixtures… that won’t break the bank!

A decision I agonised over for a long time when building our house (and am still deciding on now as I look into floor and table lamps) is lighting!

It was a massive help to have a lighting expert come and design my lighting plan but then deciding on what fixtures to use was a whole other challenge.

I seriously think the biggest trouble these days is too much choice. And perhaps also a saturation of drool-worthy interior images by people with limitless-budgets… and then realising you have champagne taste on a passion pop budget and can’t afford any of the lighting you fall in love with!

Lighting can make or break a room so I’ve curated 10 of the best best lighting fixtures I’m loving right now that won’t break the bank!

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1. Architectural track lighting

Black or white track lighting is always a winner in my book! Suiting a wide range of interiors, including minimalist and modern, track lighting is an understated, sleek and design-forward way of lighting your space.

One of the great features of track lighting is that you can adjust the direction of the heads so you can direct light exactly where you want it — illuminating your kitchen bench or perhaps a statement piece of art on the wall.

While these can often cost a fortune, there are more affordable versions available now, like this range from JD Lighting.

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Black track lighting

2. Plaster pendant light

Trust Etsy to have some totally unique, handcrafted lighting options!

My latest discovery is the Plaster Studio, a Lithuanian-based artist who makes a stunning range of sculptural pendant lights by hand using plaster.

Starting at just over $100, the cylindrical and cannoli shapes are my faves!

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Plaster pendant
Cannoli light

3. Plaster wall light

Keeping with the plaster theme, my new favourite wall light is this minimalist light that’s finished in a matte white plaster for a crisp clean look. Alternatively, you can paint it any colour to suit your interior so it’s completely discreet.

I love these to brighten a hallway, bedroom, or a dining room. Looooove.

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Wall light

4. Xenon table lamp

Perfect for a coastal or Hamptons style home, or those who love subtle pops of blue, this table lamp is a fave with that tactile grid texture. And can you believe it’s only $40!

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Coastal lamp

5. Large rattan floor lamp

There’s no denying the growing trend of warmer and earthy spaces. Many people are looking for ways to bring natural materials into the home and this rattan floor lamp is an ideal piece.

So often floor lamps are too small or just darn ugly!

But this large metal and rattan floor lamp from Temple & Webster gets it right and would look fab in a coastal, boho or modern style space.

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Woven floor lamp
Lamp via Temple & Webster

6. Black pendant light

Architectural design with organic finish, this pendant is as sleek as it is sexy.

Use a single pendant as a bedside light or in a desk nook, or cluster several to make a statement over a dining table or staircase.

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Black pendant light
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7. Black LED floor lamp

Not at all like a typical floor lamp, this minimalist black LED lamp with black marble base emits a beautiful vertical glow — and it’s even dimmable.

Perfect for lighting a corner of the room, I love this lamp for a bit of mood lighting and for adding design-edge to a space.

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Black LED floor lamp best lighting fixtures

8. Round wall sconce

Curves are having a big moment in interiors, from curved cabinetry to curved furniture and of course, more rounded lighting too.

This wall sconce is too cute not to share, and it’s available in matte black, beige or brown. So you can definitely find a colour to suit your space!

From mid-century modern to hotel luxe style interiors, this light is a fab choice that is getting 5/5 star reviews online.

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9. Basket pendant light

The hottest style of pendant lights right now are basket pendants! Made from wicker, rattan, rope or even metal, the delicate details and texture they bring to a space is too stunning to resist. We recently round up the best places to shop for basket pendant lights online and below is an example of one of our faves!

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Pendant light

10. Counterbalance pendant light

I just love glass ball feature lights — so much so that we recently rounded up 7 of our favourites.

One of the best lighting fixtures that incorporates a glass ball is this counterbalance pendant. Just imagine the beautiful yet understated impact it would have over a dining table?!

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Glass ball best lighting fixtures

If you’re looking into lighting for your home, it’s also worth reading James’ tips on creating a lighting plan (this guy has a degree in Illumination Science for goodness sake and knows everything there is about creating a well-considered lighting plan!), his top tips to lighting a bathroom, as well as my lighting and electrical things to consider when building.

Did you find any lighting fixtures to love on the list? I’d love to know if you decide to buy one of these or have you found any other stylish yet affordable lighting? Please link to them in the comments below so we can all check them out!

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