Lighting Trends for 2016

Happy New Year!  We hope you had a relaxing holiday season and are ready to jump into the new year.  So what can you expect in lighting trends this year?  Lets take a look at the top trends.

While it isn’t a NEW trend, LED lighting continues to be the hot topic in the lighting world.  Currently, LED fixtures comprise of 30% of the market but that number is expected to skyrocket to 70% in the next 4 years.  For both interior and exterior lighting, we can expect to see a larger variety of products utilizing LED technology.

Indoors

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  1. Well lit cabinetry – low voltage lighting is being used to lite up cabinetry in the kitchen.  Lights are placed below cabinetry for task lighting, above and inside cabinetry for a design effect, and even below counter top overhangs.  LED lighting has made cabinetry lighting affordable and easy.
  2. Pendant lighting will continue to be popular this year with different shapes emerging and the variety of metal color options.
  3. Filament Lighting – This is also referred to as the Edison bulb, antique lighting or vintage.  A lot of the new fixtures on the market are utilizing these bulbs.  The lamps are not only trendy but the offer a rich and warm feeling to a room.  They now offer these types of lamps in an LED version as well.
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Outdoors

  1. Over sized fixtures used especially on larger homes to make a statement.
  2. Hidden safety and security – While safety and security are always top of mind, you don’t want the harsh lighting that is glaring you in the eyes or the ugly flood lights. You can get a better look and all the security with smaller fixtures that are hidden.  Popular places are on the stairs, inside columns and staggered along walkways.
  3. Easy to Control – We will continue to see more lighting systems that are automated and easy to control and change using a smartphone or tablet.

What lighting trends would you like to see in 2016?  We’d love to hear from you!

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