Ikea will start phasing out the sale of traditional incandescent bulbs starting August 1, and they plan to stop selling incandescent bulbs by the end of the year. This announcement signals changes ahead in lighting design.
The top 10 hot kitchen and bath design trends for this year were published after the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s 2010 design competition. Jill Valeri, president of The Welcome Home, said the way to inject your personality into your space is through paint color, hardware, and lighting.
The Butler Institute of American Art is installing LED lighting in its galleries to save energy and illuminate the paintings more effectively. Because LEDs give off much less heat and do not emit UV rays, they better preserve artwork.
LED technology is also making a sparkle in the jewelry industry. Retailers find that LED display case lighting provides an optimal setting for diamonds.
How much energy can you save? The Light Now blog published an article that calculates what percentage energy savings various buildings can achieve if they adhere to the ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guides and the DOE Commercial Lighting Solutions program.
The Country Living 2010 House of the year was airlifted into Manhattan amidst the skyscrapers to demonstrate what a high-end, well-built green home could look like.
In lighting tips…
If you’re planning a lighting retrofit, this article is a must-read. Buildings.com published a guide of 17 common lighting mistakes to avoid in an energy-efficient lighting retrofit.
For the interior-designers-at-heart, designer Sara Noble writes about her strategy for lighting a room. She recommends going bold and using interesting shapes and color to add a pop of the unexpected.
Outdoor lighting has become an art form. This article outlines current trends in outdoor lighting.
How do you create a relaxing, spacious ambiance in a bathroom that’s too small? Check out Small Bathroom Designs – Advice from Top Industry Professions (and see our section on Lighting Tips and Tricks)!
Other cool sites…
Check out these LED light paintings – they’re incredible, and they were created naturally without manipulation in Photoshop.