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What is The Next in Lighting Design?

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From cosy crafted luminaires to visually luminous light installations, today’s lighting is even brighter, more innovative, and surprisingly artistic than ever before. If you are gunning to light up your home or place of work in a stylish manner, there are now multiple ways to do it and it is guaranteed that it’s all worth every penny spent.

LED lights used to be the newest lighting a decade ago, but thanks to their sensible features, energy-efficient lighting has become the standard of lighting. Today, novel lighting designs have gone beyond sustainability, and just like fresh from a science-fiction movie, these awe-inspiring designs are prepared to cater to the needs of future generations of users.

Biodynamic Lighting

When we think of artificial lights, these can be simply dismissed as nothing more than devices that help us see in the dark, but, in 2001, a discovery was made by G. C. Brainard concerning the effects of light on the human body. The study shows that the quality of light affects our biological clock, smartly termed as circadian rhythm. Light helps regulate our melatonin and cortisone levels, important in our physical and mental well-being.

With Biodynamic Lighting, we can now fine-tune the quality and amount of light being used in a particular setting: the linchpin of this device is primarily the ability to mimic natural light. Since light quality shifts throughout the day, you can imagine the colour spectrum starting from ultraviolet and gradually moving towards the reddish portion as the day goes on. In fact, ultraviolet is most detectable at dawn. Ideally, by the time the sun sets, our bodies should be ready for bed. Your typical artificial light does not adjust but rather it supplies a constant colour temperature. But thanks to biodynamic lighting, the sun, and all its glory, can be simulated indoors.

ORI: Your Everyday Light Photo credit: Neeraj R Jawale and Samriti
ORI: Your Everyday Light
Photo credit: Neeraj R Jawale and Samriti

3D Printed Luminaires

Personalized lighting is a rising trend among homeowners, and there are many means to obtain this new style of lighting. Anyone equipped with a 3D printer and the knowledge to operate such a device can easily print out a custom design that will allow them to light up their homes in a decorative manner.

Fortunately, there are also dedicated services online that allow users to upload their 3D models and the service will print them. The beauty of using such services is that the models are printed by qualified staff who have the proper equipment for the job. On the side of the client, there is no need to fumble around with 3D printer settings to get the right result. Since these are electronic devices, there’s no need to mess with them, which is very useful for people who don’t know anything about tech or don’t want to mess around with high voltage.

Finally, this concept allows for the use of decorative luminaries, from something modern to something more sophisticated. The design allows for a more expressive approach when it comes to lighting up the home or place of work.

Sculptural and Statement Luminaires

With improvements in the manufacturing process and the availability of advanced equipment, impossible designs can now be created. Even intricate designs such as feather-like luminaires that almost float seamlessly through the air are now popular centrepieces in many luxury establishments.

The main gist of this is artistic expression. Since lights are placed at the centre of a room or location, it makes more sense for them to double as a decorative piece meant to evoke a certain theme or message or idea for friends and family to talk about during social gatherings.

Fleur de Velours Crédit photo : Karel Chladek
Fleur de Velours
Photo credit: Karel Chladek

Smartly Controlled Lighting

WI-FI is becoming ubiquitous in homes and commercial settings, having led the simple LED bulb to eventually be baptized by wireless technology. Like any other smart device, it is expected to be capable of doing multiple tasks such as turning on appliances in the room when it detects the presence of a person entering or the ability to turn the lights on and off remotely via an accompanying smartphone app.

Some smartly controlled lights are also capable of sensing the humidity in the room and making appropriate adjustments by taking control of heating and cooling devices. In a way, it acts like an electronic butler.

Touch-Sensitive Lights

Here’s something cool: do you fancy the ability to decorate your walls with lights? Just lay out artistic patterns on the wall by combining hexagon-shaped lighting modules to create the designs you want. You can create patterns that can serve as backgrounds for videos or photoshoots with lights that can be turned on or off by simply touching the surface. These are easy to install with almost no wiring needed for each module, as electric power is transmitted via magnetic contacts. Each piece is attached magnetically from the main body until the pattern is formed.

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