Lighting can play a key role in the perceived value of your home. When shopping for lighting, it’s important to consider popular home decor trends, while also accounting for your unique personal style. Today, as we wrap up our series with Ferguson, we unpack the top trends in lighting, with a special look at the fast-moving transition to LED sources.
What is your advice for shopping the trends, while also taking into consideration style choices that will last for years to come?
Trends always come and go. Lighting is no different than furniture or even clothing trends. A style that was popular 20 years ago may cycle back around into today’s design. Light fixtures with Edison bulbs are popular right now. Modern and contemporary fixtures are gaining popularity due to the advancement of LED. Fixtures are smaller with very clean lines because LEDs occupy minimal space but still provide an exceptional quality of light. Some other trends include:
Gold is back – the resurgence of metallic tones to add aesthetic warmth
- LED revolution – from light performance to conveying emotion, technological varieties provide wider breath of uses and unique applications
- Imaginative shapes – moving from functional to fanciful designs for illumination
As LEDs continue to grow in popularity, where is the technology today compared to 5 and 10 years ago?
There has been “Light Years” of change in LED lamp and fixture technology over the last few years! The quality and appearance of the LED replacement lamp has gone from non-acceptable by the consumer to one that looks very much like a standard incandescent light bulb. When LED replacement light bulbs first came on the market, they cost as much as $30.00 compared to about $10.00 in many retail stores now. As the technology and availability improves, the cost goes down dramatically. In 2010 the percentage of LED lighting used in residential applications was only about 6%. It is estimated by 2016 it will be 49% and by 2020 71%.
LED today is smaller and the components required to use LEDs in decorative fixtures, such as the driver or transformer and the heat-sink for cooling the LED, are shrinking so that fixtures can be designed to use them in a more fashionable manner.
The quality of the light has become similar to standard incandescent light instead of the blue tones initially marketed. This has made it more appealing to the designer and homeowner that prefers the warmer look of an incandescent light.
Lighting Manager Bernadette Campbell participated in our “Shopping for Lighting” Q+A on behalf of Ferguson. If you missed our previous “Shopping for Lighting” features, check out our previous articles on the most important things to consider before shopping, and how to prepare for a successful lighting remodel. Thanks for following along this week!