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Lighting Fittings Styles For 2011

February 10th, 2012 · No Comments

Today’s lighting trends guide consumers to designs with neat, simple lines that contain the use of metallic, organic, or environment friendly materials. Here is an overview of the trends recently underway.

Flexible or Cable Tract Lighting: Rigid Tract lighting together with recessed lighting is “out” – and low voltage Flexible and also Cable Track lighting is “in”. Whereas the Rigid Track system uses one transformer for every fixture, the Flexible Track systems apply one transformer for the complete fixture and distributes low-voltage electrical power through the route. A straight, stiff tract is not necessary. This makes for a sleeker-looking system, because the track can be curved and the fixtures have no need for a built-in transformer. The Cable Track is also a type of system which has already been very popular over the years – and still persists. There are two cables that run matching to one another. The fittings are located between the two cables which also provide the energy. Typically, the track extends wall-to-wall and is not more than 20ft long.

Environmentally-friendly Lighting fixtures: Environmentally-friendly fixtures are “in” – together with energy-saving dimmer knobs and automated lighting control. Two of the most well known lighting fittings are the Compact Florescent Light (CFL) and the Light Emitting Diodes (LED). The most functional and cost effective bulb at this time is CFL. The LED is a tiny yet powerful light source. It is more energy efficient that the CFL. A 60 watt bulb is costly and one bulb can cost about $75. However, on the positive side, certain LED models can last up to 30-35 years, energy consumption is cut down by about 87%, and the light quality is very superior.

Metallic Lamp Bases: Metallics are in all places – not just in lamps and lights. This material is good for adding sparkle and polish to a dull room. The brushed metals are good at blending with a multi-toned interior furnishing. Softer metals, similar to brushed nickel, brushed copper, steel, and pewter are now some of the favorite metal finish alternatives and are competing with brass as the top finishing choice. Expect to see this material in textiles and household furniture for years to come.

Glass and Mirror Lamps: While the ornate and embellished are “out” in both fashion and home decorating, very simple, yet elegant, interiors with a bit of flicker or sheen are certainly “in”. Whether colored, translucent, or transparent – glass bulb fixtures and other household units such as jars and bowls are hot these days. Likewise, mirrored lamps and table tops also are in fashion. These materials give off light and sunshine.

Organic Materials: Corresponding with greater interest in more energy efficient and environmentally-friendly lighting, look to see more organic and natural materials such as bamboo and wood veneer table lamp bases.

Serpentine Curves: Also hot is the simple stylishness of the serpentine bowed line – in furnishings as well as lighting. The use of the serpentine cable has been around for hundreds of years. This revival may be stimulated by the growing interest in all natural materials and styles.

Today’s market trends in lamps, lighting, and decor mirror a style that is more Contemporary or Modern that we have observed over the last 30 years. These trends also manifest the desire to be environmentally conscious and perhaps less materialistic by making use of less ornate and embellished household furniture, organic materials, and serpentine designs.

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