“ Manufacturer: B&Q / Light Accessories „
The previous owners of our house left quite a few things as they were moving quite far away - some things were not to our liking, but other things were perfectly good, including this B&Q Virgo Chrome Plated Effect 3 Semi Flush Light which was hanging in one of the reception rooms. THe original box was left for us for this lamp so I knew it was a B&Q lamp, but what I didn't realise until I looked it up, was that this lamp only costs £9.98, which to be honest, I would not have thought just by looking at it.
The three lights are enclosed in 3 white frosted looking shades, and against the chrome, the lights actually look quite elegant, and most importantly give very good light within the room, although this particular reception room isn't huge. If you need more light, there is also a five light option in the same style. It is worth pointing out that this is quite a wide light fitting so be sure that it will look right in a small room.
This fitting takes a maximum 60 watt bulb and can be used with a dimmer switch, something my husband plans to do in the future in this particular room. This light fitting has curved arms which help with the style of the light as well, and add to the style and elegance.
What I really look for in a light fitting is whether or not it is easy to fit, and secondly, does it give out enough light. I cannot comment on how easy it was to fit, as it was already in this house, however in terms of light, as I have already mentioned, I find that for the size of the reception room that this light fitting is in, it is the perfect amount of light with the three lights. A bigger room would definitely require the five light fittings.
I have no plans at present to change this fitting as it looks good, and it gives out the light that the room requires, and I really was quite surprised at the price of this fitting as it definitely looks like it costs a lot more than a tenner!
This is a review of B&Q's Virgo 3 Light Semi Flush Chrome Plated Effect ceiling lights. Recently we had some trouble with the lights in the house we used to live in but now rent out. Both ceiling lights in the living room had broken at the same time (we think a power surge or something caused them to break) so, after consulting with an electrician, we were told to install new lights.
New lights needed urgently!
We were disappointed that this had happened as we had spent a lot of money on the lighting only five years ago and the ceiling lights matched the wall lights, but the wall lights were still fine so we needed to buy something in keeping with these so they didn't look odd. Bearing in mind that we don't live there, whilst I wanted it to look nice, my main aim was to spend as little as possible to make the lights good (think like a landlord!).
I hustled my Mum to take me to B&Q on the nearest available Wednesday so that we could take advantage of her OAP discount card. I didn't have a budget in mind but I knew I wanted something chrome that took lightbulbs that were easy to find.
To my delight, lighting was in a buy one get one half price offer when we arrived at B&Q which was perfect. I suppose a lot of rooms only need one ceiling light but ours has two for some reason. I immediately spotted the Virgo trio light as all the lighting was on display and numbered so you can see if they are in stock. I grabbed two and put them in our trolley and then headed to the lightbulb section to buy a supply to keep our tenants going for a while.
These lights were £9.98 each, then with the second half price and the OAP discount (thanks Mum!) I managed to buy the lights and bulbs for under £20. What a bargain! They were a lot cheaper than the originals and also looked nice when installed.
The eco bulbs also fit in these lights but to buy enough bulbs for the two lights (6 bulbs) would have cost more than the lighting cost in the first place which is just ridiculous. Not so bad if you are replacing them one at a time but a hefty wedge for a house you don't even live in.
I liked these lights but my husband thought they looked cheap. He admitted they looked better once up though. The tenants were happy with them and there were no complaints. I would be happy to have these lights in our house too should we need to buy replacements. I think my Hubby only thought they were cheap because he knew what they cost. I just don't see the point in spending a fortune on a lighting feature when you are not there to enjoy it. I wouldn't have installed lighting that I didn't like but I am not going to throw away money.
These lights were a bargain before I got the discount and offer price. I think they are quite elegant and throw plenty of light on a room with their three bulbs. Sometimes people use lamps etc to create mood lighting in a room and don't rely on the ceiling lights all the time so as long as they look OK in the room I don't see why others wouldn't go for this style of light. I would probably not put this type of light in a bedroom given the choice, but I do prefer something a little more decorative in the bedroom.