Take it out­side

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - Cover Story -

Bored of the bare bulb? While in­dus­trial-style fit­tings have dom­i­nated light­ing over the past five years, they might be on the wane. “We banned the us­age of ex­posed fil­a­ment bulbs some time ago in the of­fice,” says Ed Go­drich, cre­ative di­rec­tor of Go­drich In­te­ri­ors. “I’m all for a tra­di­tional bulb, but they need to go back un­der­cover.”

As well as a back­lash against naked bulbs, many of to­day’s light­ing trends re­flect ad­vances in LED technology: an in­creased range of colour tem­per­a­tures from cold to warm, and more dimmable op­tions. Their low en­ergy de­mand means that por­ta­ble, recharge­able prod­ucts are now com­ing to the mar­ket, while flex­i­ble LED strips can high­light ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures dra­mat­i­cally and in­ex­pen­sively.

Here are a few ideas for giv­ing your light­ing a lift – with hardly a bare bulb in sight. Free your light­ing from pesky wires with the new breed of charge­able, por­ta­ble lights, an­other pos­i­tive ef­fect of the rise of LEDs.

The Bon Jour Un­plugged ta­ble lamp from Flos charges in three hours via a mi­cro-USB con­nec­tor (giv­ing six hours of il­lu­mi­na­tion).

Por­ta­ble lights make great ta­ble cen­tre­pieces with­out the clut­ter of ca­bles, but they are also great for the garden – just pick them up and plonk them down where you need them.

More gen­er­ally, garden light­ing is up­ping its game as the trend gath­ers pace for a us­able “out­door room”. Make your ter­race as chic as an Ibizan five-star ho­tel with an out­door floor lamp such as In­dian Ocean’s 3D light, or pep­per your lawn with glow­ing orbs.

Rushes: Reeds light­ing by Artemide, left; the Los An­ge­les Ath­letic Club’s Blue Room by Ti­mothy Oul­ton, cover

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