ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Sourcebook | Lighting -

Bri­tish designer Se­bas­tian Wrong calls 2016 a ‘very ex­cit­ing mo­ment in light­ing,’ be­cause this year has de­liv­ered plenty of ground­break­ing in­no­va­tions to take ad­van­tage of. Here are our high­lights

New LEDS ‘LED light­ing is de­liv­er­ing much bet­ter qual­ity il­lu­mi­na­tion at much lower cost, so there’s no rea­son not to use it in your home,’ says Bruce Weil of The Light­ing De­sign Stu­dio. ‘ What’s avail­able now is tried and tested, so we can con­fi­dently de­sign light­ing with in­te­grated LEDS,’ adds Wrong. LEDS are long-last­ing, en­ergy-ef­fi­cient, cool to the touch and vi­bra­tion- and shock-proof. They are now be­ing used for ev­ery­thing from ‘vir­tual skies’ (faux rooflights that mimic nat­u­ral light) to LED dec­o­rated wall­pa­per – a unique way to il­lu­mi­nate your walls. OLEDS (or­ganic LEDS) These are a rel­a­tively new tech­nol­ogy pro­vid­ing a uni­form spread of light, rather than sin­gle light points. They come in sheet form and can be used to brighten whole sur­faces with­out the need for shades or dif­fusers. They pro­duce very lit­tle heat, and with low glare and shadow, can re­duce eye fa­tigue. Rein­vented light­bulbs Plu­men, the pi­o­neer of beau­ti­fully de­signed, en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient light­bulbs, has just launched the ‘Plu­men 003’ (£150; uk­shop.plu­, which has a faceted gold de­tail on the in­side, while the sculp­tural ‘URI’ laseretched acrylic LED bulb from Hong Kong brand NAP (£40; in­ casts spec­tac­u­lar shad­ows. Vin­tage-style fil­a­ment bulbs are also en­joy­ing a re­vival, now fit­ted with en­ergy-ef­fi­cient LEDS.

Re­search shows that light can af­fect ev­ery­thing from sleep to pro­duc­tiv­ity, so wire­lessly con­nected bulbs like the ‘Ac­tive Light’ by Hive (from £89 for a starter pack; hive­ that are able to mimic sun­rise and sun­set, can have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on peo­ple’s lives. High-tech con­trols Along­side wire­less smart­phone- and tablet-con­trolled sys­tems, light­ing will soon be in­tel­li­gently man­aged in the same way that adap­tive ther­mostats, such as Nest, learn your be­hav­iour to ad­just room tem­per­a­ture. This means, for ex­am­ple, that the lights could grad­u­ally brighten at the time you usu­ally get up, with­out you hav­ing to pre-pro­gramme them to do so. Light­ing that learns from you – it’s the fu­ture.

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