Lights, camera, action: film set lighting

Create an award-winning and ultra-glamorous atmosphere at home with sweeping, strong, directional lighting, put on a glamorous outfit, strike a pose and wait for the applause.
Create an award-winning and ultra-glamorous atmosphere at home with sweeping, strong, directional lighting, put on a glamorous outfit, strike a pose and wait for the applause.

The latest floor and table lights take inspiration from the lighting on film sets and in photographers' studios, where function combines with flair. So get a piece of the action yourself by snapping up one of these sleek, stylish designs. Most have adjustable shades, allowing you to direct the light where you need it (much better than fixed-position standard floor lamps). Despite their retro look, they take the latest energy-efficient bulbs, too.

Just remember that strong light shows up every single flaw and piece of fluff, so it is a good reason to make sure the rest of your interiors are suitably dressed for their starring role — why not rise to an Oscar-winning design makeover to do your new lighting justice?

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Left: the Cutter Tripod Searchlight floor lamp, £2,500, from Ralph Lauren Home (020 7535 4600; www.ralphlaurenhome.com)

Right: the Bradie task floor lamp in cream, £150 from Laura Ashley (0871 983 5999; www.lauraashley.com)
Left: Montauk Search table lamp, £1,000, Ralph Lauren Home (020 7535 4600; www.ralphlaurenhome.com)

Right: the Neobaba steel floor light, with ceramic-covered fibreglass shade, £1,902, from Roche Bobois (020 8874 9818; www.roche-bobois.com)
Left: the Skytracker floor lamp, £545, from Andrew Martin (020 7225 5100; www.andrewmartin.co.uk)

Right: Backstage light with adjustable flap-type shade, by designer Raphael Charles, is currently in development (www.raphaelcharles.com)
Left: Iris tripod light, designed by Fredrikson Stallard, made to order for Swarovski Crystal Palace, price on request (020 7255 8458; www.fredriksonstallard.com)

Right: BTC Stirrup floor uplighter, £350, from John Lewis (08456 049049; www.johnlewis.com)

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