In the coming months we are going to see a mix of lighting trends influenced by the ongoing eco revolution and a return to the classic, grandiose light fittings of days gone by.
Chandeliers, with their sparkling playfulness, are set to come back in a big way. However, you don’t necessarily have to have a big room to pull it off. Small chandeliers made from small glass beads can add a touch of class to the smallest of rooms, when used in a subtle way. Natural materials are also back. Lamp stands and light fixtures in bamboo, reclaimed wood and metal are appearing in many lighting shows.
And it’s not just the materials that are eco-friendly. Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs are everywhere, demonstrating the industry’s commitment to sustainability. LED units also use relatively little power and are useful in many situations. And watch this space for the rise and rise of Organic Light Emitting Diodes. OLED lights can be made so flexible that they can behave like a fabric, opening up a whole new world of sustainable lighting possibilities.
Solar lighting, a feature of many gardens for years is now making its way inside too. It’s still in its infancy but in time it will become one of the most energy efficient ways to light your home. Dimmer switches are also having resurgence, as are light systems that automatically switch on & off.
Multi-dimensional solutions will continue to grow in popularity. Task-orientated lighting like ambient, decorative, work, etc will take over the one-size-fits-all solution that many of us have used in the past.