6 Must-Try Lighting Trends for a Brighter, More Beautiful Home in 2021

November 23, 2021 by No Comments

Lighting is an important component of any room’s design. It can influence how it feels, looks, and functions throughout the day. It’s becoming more important as we spend more time in our homes. The American Lighting Association has provided us with some insight from their experts to help us understand what lighting will look like in 2021. These are the top lighting trends for the next year, with the latest technology and styles.

1. Oversized light fixtures

Many homeowners desired lighting that blended in or disappeared completely. However, the current trend is towards larger fixtures. Greg Martin, Kichler’s creative director, believes that this is due to high ceilings and open floorplans. A little chandelier won’t work if you have a big farmhouse table or live in an old warehouse. He says that lighting is becoming more common. “Eighteen years ago, a five-light chandelier’s average diameter was 24 inches. It is now closer to 28 inches, and it is not unusual for it to reach 30 or more inches.

Quoizel’s creative director Tom Patterson says that outdoor spaces are a great place to find scaled-down pieces. Martin says that people are less inclined to take a chance than with indoor options.

2. Smart Bulbs

Smart bulbs come with new functions, so homeowners are replacing their regular bulbs to make way for smart home tech. Bulbrite’s director of brand management Kareen Stephens said that smart lighting allows for the adjustment of the actual color temperature. You can only select one color temperature if you purchase a regular bulb.

This new function is crucial as more people live in their homes and rooms can be used for multiple purposes. Bright, cool-white lighting will help you stay focused and alert. To give the room a different feeling at dinnertime, dim the lights and turn the heat up. It can be heated up to simulate the sunset and help you wind down at night. Smart bulbs also offer remote on/off and scheduling capabilities. Most cases, it is easy to just plug in the bulbs and then set them up using a smartphone app.

3. Black and brass finishes

Lauren Lovett is Hinkley’s product director and says that black and modern brass are the best choices for lighting finishes. Combining rich dark with metallic shine creates elegant, striking fixtures. This contrast works well with the industrial and farmhouse styles that have been popular for the last few years. Martin said, “We are witnessing them evolve and become more luxe and refined with their detailing and finishes.”

4. Statement Bulbs

We have seen that bulbs can be more than just functional thanks to the Edison bulb’s sexy, bare filament. Nuvo. A clear globe or an Edison lightbulb will give your home a vintage look. Mix and match classic fixtures with modern, round bulb shapes. Colleen Visage (VP of Marketing, Progress Lighting) says, “Or use tubular bulbs for a candelabra, to give it an edge,” Clear, seeded or milky glasses are good choices for bright or diffuse light. She says, “Customize your lights and create your own,”

5. Dimmable Fixtures

It is hard to overstate the importance of dimmers in modern homes. Joe Rey-Barreau (AIA, IES), is an architect and ALA training consultant. He says, “Everything should have a dimmer.” A dimmer can change the brightness of a light bulb, save energy and reduce glare. A dimmer can transform any light into a nightlight, creating a welcoming atmosphere on dark nights. Color-changing LEDs can change the color temperature of the light, so it will automatically warm when the light dims. Dave Gatto (Director of QC/Compliance at Westinghouse Lighting) says that dimmable LEDs can be used to achieve the best results. An ALA member showroom can help you choose the right dimmer.

6. Antiviral Lighting

COVID-19 has brought a renewed focus to light’s ability eliminate bacteria and viruses. Terry McGowan FIES, LC is the director of engineering technology and safety for the American Lighting Association. Safety is about making sure that no skin or eyes, either humans’ or pets’, are exposed to ultraviolet-C light (UVC). McGowan states that UVC light is invisible so it’s impossible to know if you are being exposed. Effectiveness can be described as a combination between intensity (brightness), and time. He says, “You need to irradiate a surface or air with UVC at the right intensity for a sufficient time to cause the virus to be killed so that it cannot reproduce again.”

McGowan states that germicidal lighting is safe and effective when used in the right circumstances. However, it is not a new technology. It has been around for a long time. Isaac Newton knew about it. He says that LEDs emit UVC light and are a recent development. “This is much more effective than what we were able achieve with older fluorescent UVC technology.” Many new products include UVC-emitting LEDs that clean indoor air in residential and commercial settings.

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