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Next Metro 3 Light Wall Light

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Brand: Next / Type: Wall Lamp

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      08.12.2008 17:23
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      There are much better wall lights available.

      When I last updated the decor in my living room I also changed my brass wall lights for three of these chrome finish lights. Each light consists of a circular base fitted to the wall. A thin cylinder protrudes from the centre of the base to hold three stems of varying lengths, each culminating in a frosted cylindrical shade. The shades are lit by a 10w G4 halogen bulb. In total each light fitting measures 50cm in height is 14cm wide and stands 18cm from the wall (depth).


      My experience of these lights:

      My previous lights ran on a standard dimmer switch but as these are halogen lights I had to replace this. Initially I replaced it with a flat base chrome dimmer, but when the electrician fitted it the box for the electrics was too deep for the wall and the switch protruded dangerously and unattractively from the wall, so I had to change the fitting for a standard on/off flat base chrome switch. My switch is designed for halogen lights but I find that they buzz constantly when switched on. I probably need to change the switch for a dimmer (but not a flat base one) but this will require another electrician visit so will have to wait until less crunchy times.

      The halogen bulbs give off very little light. I doubt I would actually 'dim' them. I do not have a centre light in my living room (there was never one fitted in the house) so I have to supplement these lights with a floor light if I want full lighting in the room. Generally however, we just have the floor light on as that is dimmable and the buzzing from the wall lights drives me crackers.

      The bulbs do not last very long. We have replaced all 9 bulbs from the three lights three times in the 19 months since the wall lights were fitted. This could be caused by using an on/off switch rather than a dimmer, but I doubt it, since the halogen bulbs in my kitchen and hall lights are equally short-lived. Replacement bulbs from Next (available elsewhere too though) cost £4 for 10 and are said to last 1000 hrs each. I'm sure none of ours has lasted this long.

      The light bulbs are tiny and fiddly to fit. It can take two people to change them! One to manouvre the bulb in and the other to say "to the right a bit"!!

      The shades are very delicate, which looks nice, but means delicate cleaning. Thankfully replacements are available costing £4 for 5, which I actually think is quite reasonable.

      The light fittings themselves cost £30 each and need to be fitted by a qualified electrician so you will need to factor this into your budget.

      I doubt I would buy these again. They do look nice, but they stick out quite a distance from the wall and are a pain to dust. The buzzing is irritating (think tinitus) and they give off too little light to use alone.

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    • Product Details

      Chrome finish with frosted glass shade.