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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Latest Trends in Lighting


From industrial chic to sumptuous chandeliers, the latest trends in lighting can be summed up with the words: "Whatever suits your fancy." Even if energy conservation is your top priority, you can find the right lighting for every room of the house and even outdoors, without having to make energy compromises. Here are some of the latest trends in lighting we've been hearing about lately.

Kitchen Lighting Trends

For a long time, recessed ceiling lighting was not just a trend; it was almost obligatory in the kitchen. Whilst recessed lighting hasn't gone away, chandeliers and other hanging lighting above kitchen islands is a distinct trend today. Functional and stylish, having a low hanging light to illuminate your kitchen island is a trend that is likely to stay with us for a long time.


Cool burning, versatile and highly energy efficient, LED lighting is perfect in places in the kitchen where having sufficient light used to be a problem. The compact size and cool temperature of LED light makes it the right choice for your display cabinets or to illuminate areas under your overhead cabinets. Get your electrician to install these with separate dimmer switches and customise the look and feel of your kitchen simply by highlighting different features or dimming the lights to suit the occasion. 



The latest thing in splashbacks is the LED glass splashback. If you haven't seen or heard of these before, check out our article, What is an LED Splashback? and then head down to your nearest splashbacks showroom to see them for yourself. 


Living Room Lighting Trends

More than any other room in the house, the living room needs a variety of lighting options. For those times when you want the room uniformly illuminated, recessed lights are always great. Now that we have new lighting options like halogen, LED and compact fluorescent lights, we have even greater options in recessed living room lighting. The twinkling glow that comes from rows of compact recessed LED or halogen lights is one current trend.


In contrast to concealed ceiling lighting, trendsetters looking for the loft look are going retro with old-fashioned track lighting systems fitted with compact fluorescent lights. Unlike in the past, when track lighting was usually in a colour that matched the ceiling, matt black against a white ceiling is "tres chic" or for a little more subtley, you can choose grey or natural aluminium. 



Latest Trends in Lighting



Other trends in living room lighting include:



·   Sculptural pendant lights in classic or ultra-modern designs.
· Chandeliers are back in vogue, both in traditional settings and as a       strikingly bold statement in an otherwise minimalist interior.
·  The loft look is represented in floor lamps on stainless steel tripod stands and table lamps with articulated arms reminiscent of office desk lamps of the sixties and seventies.

Outdoor Lighting Trends


Thanks to LED lights, long-lasting batteries and cleverly designed solar-recharging lights, the biggest trend in outdoor lighting is the garden light. Garden lights can be installed anywhere without the necessity of wiring. Since they can be installed anywhere, they are installed anywhere they can illuminate a path, highlight a garden feature or create ambiance outdoors. 



There are so many ways to use outdoor lighting today, it has led to the establishment of a new profession. Just as a kitchen companies have kitchen designers on their staffs, many lighting suppliers now employ outdoor lighting designers to help their customers create just the right look. 



For some bright lighting ideas, contact a lighting design consultant in your area. They know all the products and all the latest trends in lighting. With their help, you can light up your life with a coordinated, energy efficient lighting solution for your home.



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