Feb 1, 2019

Lighting Design

Well designed lighting makes every space more beautiful. Light is a fundamental design element that brings depth to indoor and outdoor spaces. The right lighting maximizes a room's natural light and has a purposeful style that is as gorgeous as it is functional. Lighting design should NEVER be an afterthought. The intersection of healthy living and being good for the environment has opened the door for LED fixtures and bulbs.  

With low wattage LED bulbs, the design of fixtures has been opened up. You CAN have great design, reduce your carbon footprint, and save money on utility bills. The flexibility in designing light fixtures using LED technology means you can completely hide housings, can run many fixtures on lower wattage, and customize every aspect of lighting and lighting controls.

Designs that were once impossible are now being made thanks to LED technology. Sometimes a light fixture needs to do its job without being visually invasive. Other times, a beautiful statement fixture sets the tone for the personality of the homeowner and the design a of space. An amazing array of fixture shapes and styles are available with customized color rendering and light output.  LED technology enables manufacturers to mold unique shapes out of acrylic, glass and paper and use them safely. Automating lighting has become easier and new lamping enables us to mimic natural daylight. 

Light plays a role in your well-being;  Studies show that lighting directly affects mood. Warm output LED bulbs (2500-3000 Kelvin) have helped us move away from incandescent and halogen bulbs and save money in the process. People love natural light and 5000 Kelvin LED bulbs enable a natural daylight effect. Vibrant white light energizes us in the morning and warm candle light relaxes us in the evening. 

An improved ability to control light and adapt the type of output has been wildly successful. Automated fixtures, bulbs and systems can be purchased online and installed in minutes. Outdoor lighting is more flexible without formal power sources - many are solar powered - and artistic fixtures can be made to withstand the elements.

So what is the future of lighting? We are still moving towards improved technology, more elaborate designs and unique features. As manufacturing techniques and more  accurate calibration advances,  we will see fixtures that gives a specific quality of light.  As more people accept the impact lighting can have on health, they will demand more natural looking light.  "Smart lights" will be intelligent and intuitive; they will slowly brighten in the morning and dim in the evening without the flip of a switch. As those concepts advance, so too will flexibility and customization in lighting. You'll be able to create a lighting experience the same way you use music to set a mood.