How to make a trumpet table lamp

Lamps and Lights’ customer Mike Wyn Davies, proprietor of Unique Trophies from Wales sent us this fab story of his journey recycling an old battered brass trumpet, found lying around in his attic for years, into a stunningly unique table lamp. Here’s Mike’s story…

“The plan was to mount the trumpet vertically on a hardwood base, this meant that 3 core cable had to be fed through the trumpet from the bell, through the three valves, around the pipes and up through the pipe holding the mouthpiece.
Feeding the three core cable though the trumpet was the biggest challenge as cable is flexible and it just kept doubling up on itself inside the trumpet.

A fine steel wire was used to feed through the trumpet, but the three valves still posed a problem. This was solved by removing and cutting them down, so that the wire did not have to go through them.

After successfully feeding the steel wire through the trumpet, the three core cable was warmed up in an oven to 70°C for 30 minutes and then secured to the end of the wire. Silicone spray was used down the pipes and on the cable to lubricate it.
It took some effort to pull the cable through, but it was completed successfully.

The photo shows the cable running through the three valve housings.

The base was cut from a hardwood kitchen worktop off cut using a band saw, and a router was used to give a bevel edge. The base was sanded and stained using a solvent based walnut stain, and finished with four coats of acrylic varnish.(Alternatively you could use a Lamps and Lights’ ready-turned and sanded hardwood Pattress).

A cork was used to seal inside the battered bell of the trumpet. Silicone spray was used as a mould release. This end was then filled with a fast setting modelling plaster. When set, it was removed and then this was used as a template and former to produce a close fitting wood cone on a lathe to fit into the trumpet bell to attach it to the hardwood base. The cone was screwed and glued to the wood base and drilled to take the three core electric flex. The trumpet was then secured to the cone using a silicone adhesive.
I used a Brass BC Lamp Holder with shade Rings (
Ref: LHbrass04-BC) and Brass Reducer (Ref: BBbrass01:1) I modified the reducer and soldered into the end of the trumpet where the mouthpiece fits.

The photo on the right shows what lies hidden underneath the shade ;
the brass lamp holder with shade rings, shade carrier, light bulb and lampshade.

This lamp looks very effective and has proved to be quite a conversation piece. Using a very battered old trumpet that was going to be thrown out has now been recycled. With a matching shade, I think you’ll agree it makes a unique and attractive table lamp.

Spotted at an Antiques Flea Market, this is another take on using a brass instrument converted into an unusual lamp. Musical instruments can form the basis of very unique and high quality lighting and lamp projects”.
Mike Wyn Davies

Thank you Mike, this shows there’s so much you can upcycle to create a stunning lamp!

How to hang a rimmed lightshade

We often get asked how to use our products so one of our videos shows you just how easy it is to hang a lampshade with a rim …

For hanging a rimmed lampshade, you will need one of each of the following:
Lamp Shade
Light Bulb
Light Gallery
Lamp Holder
Lighting Flex

Firstly choose your lampshade
The size of your shade’s entry hole dictates the size of gallery required.
Also choose your bulb at this stage to ensure it fits inside your chosen shade. Decide if your chosen bulb is to be an Edison Screw fitting or Bayonet Cap as this dictates the top hole entry size of your light gallery and also the bulbholder fitting required.

We used our own antique lampshade along with an aged brass bayonet cord-grip threaded bulbholder wired up using 3 core braided sage green light flex and a matching antique brass bayonet fitting 2¼ inch light gallery.

The first step is to wire up your lampholder with your chosen flex.

Next attach the gallery to the lampholder:
1. Unscrew and remove the shade ring from your lampholder
2. Place your lampholder through the top hole of your light gallery
3. Screw the shade ring back onto your lampholder, firmly securing the gallery.

Place the light gallery complete with lampholder over the rim of your light shade and tighten using the gallery’s small screws that come attached.

Hey Presto! Your lampshade is now ready to hang.

All that’s left to do is to select whether to choose a cord grip ceiling plate or hooked ceiling rose with chain to suspend your shade from the ceiling.You can find loads of helpful product tips & more on our website’s
Useful Information pages 
with further videos on our You Tube Channel

What’s coming in 2017

The New Year is upon us and as ever we are sourcing our next new product lines.

Due to regular customer requests we intend to extend our range of bottle bungs, the larger the better you say,
so watch this space!!

What would you like to see in 2017?
Our stunning coloured decorative fabric covered lighting cable has always been popular and adding MORE NEW FLEX COLOURS is on our agenda for this year, but what colours to choose??? Have your say!

Please take part in our Survey to vote for your favourite new flex colour.
Answering just 6 quick questions will really help tell us what you would like to see added to our regular product range for the coming year.

To house all these lovely new products intended for 2017 we are busy making space on the shelves.

Our fantastic new range of filament LED bulbs have knocked the old styles off the shelf,  you can find our last remaining stock of the early generation bulbs at fantastic discounted prices!

Check out our Special Offers page for great deals.

The gold halogen crown top bulb is now only £3.75! a bargain so what are you waiting for? Go on and pick one up today.

Remember once they’re gone …
… they’re gone for good!

Lighting your way into Winter

Getting festive? So what’s your style this Christmas?
Are you fancying nostalgia with a hint of rustic charm or are you going all out to make a bold statement with a punchy zing?

Wall lights really are the way to go for the vintage touch, creating evocative moods and intimate spaces. Cosying up, reading a good book by the subtle light of a traditional lamp, by a roaring winter fire as the twinkling Norway spruce emits a heady scent, who could want for more in a festive scene.the-stove-ceiling-pendant-02

home-made-simpe-bulb-flex-pendantMaybe Victorian charm is not your cup of tea?
(or even a glass of mulled wine 🙂 )

Perhaps a more contemporary look is your seasonal inspiration. Add a shimmering prismatic glass lamp shade in front of a brightly painted chimney breast and watch the lights dance. Hanging pendant bulbs on our stunningly bright coloured fabric light flex against a funky wall will add charm to the gloomiest of dark winter days.


Upcycled standard lamps add a touch of modernity for that shabby chic characteristic.

Lighting can completely lead the way to setting the scene and evoking differing moods.

hg-lighting-made-simpleHomes and Gardens‘ recent Lighting Made Simple feature focuses on the latest trends, inspiration and shopping advice; with a lighting design masterclass from the wonderful Sally Storey and ‘How to introduce decorative flair through carefully selected lighting.’


From pendants and wall lights to floor and table lamps their gallery of great schemes is packed full of classic and contemporary bright ideas …

Plus our very own Director of Lamps and Lights Denise Hatherly is featured, in very good company alongside some of the top leading interior and lighting designers, to help shine some light on the new world of LED bulbs and the mystery of light rating myths; brightness comparisons; what colour temperature bulb to buy and how to make them work for you.

Buying your LED bulb – How to make the right choice

Unsure what is the right choice when buying your new LED bulb?
Here at Lamps and Lights we have been busy working on collating all the information required for how to choose the right LED lamp bulb. When Homes and Gardens magazine requested our contribution to their Lighting Feature Special to help answer all those LED queries we decided to help make your life easier too, here’s all the info.

With the latest additions in the new dimmable filament LED range now available from our Webshop it is a good time to consider switching from your old incandescent bulb to these cost effective, seriously stylish LED bulbs. With a lifespan ranging from 15,000 hours to a whopping 25,000 hours and an average of 4 Watts energy consumption, they truly are an ultra-low energy bulb.

You no longer need to compromise on design as with many of the CFL bulbs; the pleasingly warm glow from an incandescent filament is now fully replicated in these new filament LEDs and nearly all are now fully dimmable

So what do you need to know before choosing your LED comparison?

Well it’s all about the Lumens, not Watts. Previously you chose your bulb brightness by the level of Watts i.e a 40, 60 or 100 watt bulb.
But, wattage is not actually the measure of a bulb’s brightness, but is its energy usage. There is then, a direct correlation between watts and the bulb’s brightness in incandescent bulbs but not with an ultra low consumption 4 Watt LED bulb.

LEDs work differently and so the way in which we measure the brightness is completely different. As LEDs use far less energy, the amount of watts used is no longer an indicator as to the brightness of the bulb.

Sadly there is no exact conversion from Watts to LEDs for example, a traditional 60 watt incandescent bulb can compare to anywhere between 2 and 12 watts in a LED bulb, but don’t panic, it’s just a case of knowing your required Lumen rating.

bulb-brightness-comparisonLumens are the ‘brightness’ measurement provided by a light bulb, and this is what you need to look for when choosing your new LED.
Our comparison guide is an approximation of Watts to Lumens for our bulbs. An old 40 watt bulb would on average be between 300 to 500 Lumens. (Remember, with new technology being regularly released, energy efficiency is constantly improving, so we will maintain the current information on our  Lamps and Lights’ Information Pages on our website).

bulb-colour-tempSo, now we know where previously we looked at a 40 watt incandescent bulb we may now choose perhaps a 4 watt LED, we may also want to choose our bulb based on the colour emitted.

This is referred to as ‘colour temperature’ and is measured in Kelvins – with the higher the number, the whiter and cooler the light given off i.e. anything under 4000K tends to produce a warmer, more gently light and anything over produces a cooler, brighter white light mostly used for task areas such as kitchens and work areas.
The average of an old style incandescent was between 2,700 and 3,500 Kelvin. So if colour rendering is your deciding factor then choose your LED bulb by its Kelvin rating.

bulb-led-watts-conversion-infoSo what happens when you have a multi-ceiling plate with a collection of new dimmable LED bulbs?

Dimmer switches have a minimum and maximum rating (measured in Watts). LED loading cannot however be calculated in the same way as a traditional incandescent or halogen bulb.led-giant-trio-stairwell-02
A good rule of thumb to apply, (one that is used by most manufacturers) is to take the maximum rating of the dimmer switch and divide it by 10. For example, a dimmer switch which has a maximum rating of 200W if you apply the rule of thumb this translates to 20W in LEDs and therefore will run x5 of our 4W dimmable vintage LED light bulbs.

bulb-sizing-fitting-imageSo now you know all you need to about the specs, so next choose your style, size and fitting. Our range is growing fast from mini globes and candles, standard sized traditional bulbs to medium globes, vintage squirrels and large globes ALL available in the new stylish dimmable filament LEDs PLUS now are our fantastic new enormous GIANT LED BULBS, just perfect for that statement piece, but be warned, there’s no subtley here!!!

So, whether you’re designing your lighting for a large venue, office space or in the home, you can be sure we will have something for you!


Our guide to Lampholders

With our lovely new ceramic additions we now have 90 Lampholders available, choosing the right bulbholder can be daunting, so here’s a little help …lampholdersWhat is your source wiring; Three core cable or Two core cable ?
Class I: is 3-core which has an earth connection and any type of lampholder can be used.
Class II: does not have an earth connection so use non-metal lampholders only with our 2-core flex .

multi-cordgrip-hook-kit-aged#01How is your lamp holder going to be fixed ?kits-ceiling-pendant-chain-brass-lightshade-globe-white-gold-flex

Pendant Cord Griplampholder-china-black-ceiling-plate-bulb-jewel-led-flex-ironstyle
Pendant Hooked
Screwed Table lamp
Batten Table lamp
Switched lampholder
Without a shade (plain holder)
With a shade (shade ring holder)table-lamp-kits-02

lampholder-chrome-closeupWhat is your design theme and/or colour scheme ?
We currently have 7 different lampholder finishes:

  1. Brass
  2. Antique (aged brass)
  3. Chrome (chromed brass)
  4. White Ceramic (glossy glaze)
  5. Linen Ceramic (matt cream)
  6. Black Ceramic (glossy glaze)
  7. Black Plastic (Bakelite look)finishes… and with matching ceiling plates to complete the look, what more could you need?ceramic-white-ceiling-plate-lampholder-teal-flex

Which type of fitting do you need?
We have five different sizes/style of bulb fitting to choose from:






GES Giant Edison Screw or E40 has a 40mm diameter.
ES Edison Screw or E27 has a 27mm diameter.
BC Bayonet Cap or B22d has a 22mm diameter.
SES Small Edison Screw or E14 has a 14mm diameter.
SBC Small Bayonet Cap or B15d has a 15mm diameter.


On the lampholders webpage you will find our online lampholder selector tool – handy to help you choose the right one!

We have a bulb selector tool too, for helping you to select the right lamp bulbs!


lightbulb-selectorSo what bulb do you choose?
Bulbs are no longer an after thought. Our vast array of light bulbs, with the majority now available in the latest stylish filament LED and being dimmable, are a popular design statement in their own right!bulb-group-mix-cal



All of our lampholders have been tested and certified to the current British (BS) and European (EN) standards. A range of our certification sheets can be found on our  Information pages.

Basics in Lighting Design

Ever wondered how to use lighting correctly?
Here at Lamps and Lights, we feel it is essential to first work out a room’s function, then section off its needs into 5 different categories:

  1. natural lighting
  2. ambient light
  3. task lighting
  4. accent lights
  5. occasion lighting

aged-lampholders-wire-basketNatural lighting is the light that comes in through our doors and windows. This obviously varies drastically depending on the time of day, year and even the weather.

impact lightingAmbient light (or general lighting) refers to the lighting of the room as a whole.

office lightingTask lighting (or localised lighting) is an area where you need to intensity and direct the amount of light required for functions such as for reading, working, sewing, cooking, crafts etc.

Accent lights are for ornamental purpose, directed to show off a specific piece of art, sculpture or even a particular area of a room.

ambiant light

Occasion lighting is used for mood enhancing certain activities such as dining, movies, relaxed reading etc.

bedroom mood lighting

So firstly you need to analyse your daily activities and where you prefer to do them, working out your needs means you can then work out your wants.

Initially try narrowing down to just two perspectives; function and aesthetic.

Functionality is key, these lights serve a purpose, so ensure there will be enough light in the correct areas at the correct strength to fulfill that purpose. When these areas are decided then comes into play the aesthetical perspective, creating an atmosphere; illuminate walls with a discreet floor light or ushadow effect lightingtilise shadows with decorative lamp shades. reading light

task lightingAngle wall-arm lights so directed at your focal point, site overhead down lights for reading, up-lighters under cupboards for subtle mood,reading lamps

or hang dramatic pendants or chandeliers over a dining table or breakfast bar. dining lightingdining lighting 2a

kitchen lightingCreativity in illumination can be daunting, but don’t let it put you off trying something different; up-cycle your retro items into lamps by adding vintage fittings, go contemporary with shiny chrome and black or mix it up with combining an array of vibrant colours.stylish lampbulbs hangingDon’t forget, lighting can also alter the visual dimension of a room, creating space or cosiness depending on your mood or need. dining lighting 2

But, most of all – enjoy your lighting!

And remember when making your lighting components purchases 🙂

Light Art with Jessica Gill

jessica-gillBritish artist, Jessica Gill, has found the perfect marriage between sustainability and creativity. Beach combing for materials, she draws on nautical and floral themes to create her own brand entitled Light Art and provide as she claims ‘a positive means of making a creative difference in the world’. man of war II

Treasures can be found in nature, at carboots, charity shops and the internet, finding their way into my work. Humour and irreverence are strong themes and my playful approach to sculptural lighting attracts all ages”.

beach lamp

I work at East Beach Studios in one of the 12 converted beach huts where artists work and sell their ‘creations by the sea’ in Worthing”, a stones throw from where Oscar Wilde wrote ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.

tripod lamp

All of my work is made to a high specification, is up to British safety standards code.

Everything electrical is new and Lamps & Lights are a great source of these components. Most of my work is commission based but I always have a small selection of pieces that are available to buy ready made. Feel free to pop down to the huts and see for yourself.

crab chandelierOne of my most favourite pieces that I’ve made is Herbert, the crab chandelier. A local restaurant, The Crab Shack, commissioned me to make a statement on their ceiling. Inspiration came from the book The Time Machine by H(erbert) G Wells where the hero fast forwards to the end of time on earth and he discovers that all remains are giant crabs and screeching white butterflies.

The base is an old brass chandelier which was rewired to present day standards. Next I collected hundreds of crab shells from the beach opposite my hut and after cleaning and soaking them in bleach, painted them gold. Old chandelier crystals decorate the body of the giant crab made up from the multitude of shells found on the beach and green sea glass was used for their eyes. Finally, two oil lantern glass funnels were used to become the main claws of the giant crab and a giant white butterfly hovers just above. Everything has a story 🙂

chandelier 02There’s seriousness to my work in its sustainability – everything is naturally sourced or recycled – but is also a reminder to take a light-hearted look at the world.

Art for me is about fun; if I can literally light up someone’s world, even better”.violin lamp

We are honoured to be Jessica’s choice of lighting parts supplier. We receive great praise from so many of our designer customers, who continue to be pleased with our growing range and quality of products, delivery and our service.

Light Art by Jessica Gill.
Studio 43, East Beach Studios,
Beach Parade, Worthing, BN11 2FG.


GO GREEN with our stunning NEW filament LED Bulbs

old style energy saving lamp bulbs

Incandescent (left) versus LED filament (right)

Following the recent tightened legislation for incandescent lamps there has been a definite need to create the antique look of the squirrel filament, whilst still conserving energy within lighting.
Energy Saving & LED bulbs have until now generally looked fairly unconventional or even a little futuristic.

Incandescent bulbs however were deeply missed, because of the warm glow they emitted and the intricately twisted filament that was intentionally visible, they were a truly beautiful decorative feature.
            But no longer …..
purple led filamentThe latest LED Filament bulbs look just like the traditional incandescent of old (the above photograph shows an Incandescent wire filament on the left with a LED filament lamp on the right). Thanks to new technology we now have a lamp bulb that looks virtually identical to a filament incandescent.
Coming in all shapes, sizes and colours, recreating the look of your classic filament is now possible. The majority of our lines are also dimmable, previously a rare feature for LED decorative bulbs. Their look is so versatile, from traditional vintage, stylishly elegant to bold and brassy, often a style piece in their own right. There will be something to suit your design whether it be in a restaurant, retail store, television set or just in your own home.led lamps

Filament LED bulbs provide the perfect combination of benefits;
Style – with its visible filament in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Colour options – from a soft warm white light through to a cooler daylight.
Environmentally friendly – unlike compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), no toxic or hazardous materials are used in these LED bulbs.
Energy efficient – a whopping 10,000 up to 40,000 hour lamp life.
Compare that to a traditional incandescent which would last up to a maximum of 3000 hours at best. Plus as with all LEDs they use very little electricity, a 60 watt equivalent filament bulb now only uses a mere 6 to 12 watts with many being just 2 or 3 watts.
The average reduction in energy consumption and lighting cost can be around 90%.

Some new designs now available emit an extra warm light with colour temperatures between 2100 -2700 Kelvins such as our gold coated glass lamps.
vintage-jewel-led-filament-bc-calAnd if bling is your thing;
Try our NEW Vintage Squirrel Jewel lamp with a warm colour temperature of 2100 kelvins with an incredible 47 separate mini LEDs, yet only uses 2 Watts of energy with an energy rating of A++.

Plus we’ve more styles in the pipeline including the BIG BOY … Who could ask for more? LB01-LED-ES-1-Edit-3


2016 inspiration for your home

neutral tonesAs we enter the second month of 2016, although clearly still a chilly windy winter, the signs of Spring ahead cannot be ignored with the sight of early blossom, crocus and daffodils.
So what does 2016 have in store for us colour wise?

Pantone seem to think subtlety is the way to go, their new colours for 2016 are soft muted pinks and steely blues, with Rose Quartz and Serenity.
Fashion dictates we’ll be sporting coffees, iced teas and silver lilacs with echoes of beautiful
So, what’s happening with home decor?
Classical and relaxing with pale wood, Spring lilacs and lavender quartz….So our lilac, silver, grey and natural linens lamp cables tie in beautifully.

dulex coloursDulux concurs with the muted look, although are favouring their new rustic feel Cherished Gold and Copper Blush range. How clever of us then to introduce our new gold and bronze coloured lamp bulbs plus our new muted gold plugs to compliment our new and old brass and antique metal lamp parts!2016 rustic productsBeautiful HomesWe were delighted to hear from Lamps and Lights’ customer, Sarah Heaton who informed us her newly designed home is featured in this months 25 Beautiful Homes. A Grade II listed Napoleonic prison is not your average dwelling and Sarah, along with her partner Graeme Reed, have successfully created an architectural gem enhancing the building’s nostalgia.

rustic tonesMixing and matching both our contemporary and vintage style light fittings Sarah has created a look that works beautifully within the framework of the raw brick walls and exposed steel joists, a nod to the beauty of the recently restored Wilton’s Music Hall.

If you want to emulate Sarah’s wonderful design for your own home try adding in a few touches from our new range coupled with a few of the old favourites.

The current trend of combining rustic with natural – you can’t go wrong