RIGHT LIGHT: New Technology Fuses Light Sources With Fixtures
One of the most significant current home design trends is the use of integrated LED fixtures where the LED light source is a permanent part of the fixture. The fixture does not use a bulb in the traditional sense. While this concept may sound futuristic or even frivolous, in reality it is efficient and conducive to unique design capabilities.
With a life-span of 25,000-100,000 hours, an LED bulb will provide decades of illumination in a traditional home setting. The small physical size of LEDs allows fixture designers to become more artistic and bring seemingly unrealistic designs to reality. With integrated LEDs, anything goes when it comes to creating beautiful and distinctive fixtures that would not have been functional in the past.
TECH SAVVY: Ceiling Fans Find New Ways To Inspire
LED technology has changed the game when it comes to ceiling fan designs. The compactness of LEDs makes them ideal for integration into ceiling fan designs. With LEDs, it is possible to have sleek, low-profile fans that provide exceptional light quality and quantity to fill any space.
Kichler Ceiling Fan Company shares tips for consumers. When shopping for ceiling fans, focus on three main things:
• Air movement – Will the fan move the right amount of air through your space?
• Performance of the LED – Does it light your room sufficiently, and is that light dimmable?
• Design – Is the fixture’s design appropriate and complementary to your home?
EXPERT ADVICE: Want More Ideas? Ask a Lighting Professional
What is color tuning?
Color tuning is the technique of adjusting of the color of electric lighting in a space. More complex than dimming, color tuning further enhances the ability of lighting to dramatically change the look of a lighted space. While dimming simply results in more or less light, color tuning actually changes the appearance and “feel” of color. Used together, dimming and color tuning proide a way to greatly expand lighting’s role in a person’s visual and emotional experience.
According to Lutron Electronics Company, as LEDs (or solid-state lighting – SSL) becomes more advanced, new technologies allow LED color to be adjusted almost infinitely to deliver the perfect light. Color tuning can be warm dimming, tunable white or full-color tuning.