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LED Lighting: The Future Never Looked So Good

2010 August 11

If the lighting industry had a word of the year, it would likely be those three little letters: LED. These bright, energy-efficient, last-just-about-forever diodes are everywhere, and it’s clear that LED lighting is working there way into the mainstream. Habitat for Humanity even broke ground this week on a home that would only have LED fixtures, sponsored by Cree Lighting.

A great article in the San Francisco Chronicle last month brought some perhaps much-needed attention to the idea that energy-efficient lighting need not sacrifice good design. With the future of lighting well on its way to being energy efficient, we couldn’t agree more. If you’re ready to start the switch, here are a few good ways to show off your LEDs:

Raimond by Moooi contemporary LED lighting

Raimond by Moooi

Dutch mathematics professor Raimond Puts designed this brilliant sphere of lights for Moooi, although its creation sounds more like a science project. The Moooi Raimond is built of two triangular geometric layers that conduct electricity, with up to 252 LED lights shining from in between (depending on the size). With LEDs sparkling around the polished stainless “spring” steel, it would be the prettiest science project I’d ever seen.

Pele Linear Chandelier contemporary LED lighting

Pele Linear Chandelier by Tech Lighting

LED, I hardly knew you. These frosted globes come with an LED lamping option, and create glowing light that appears to be floating effortlessly in space. While contemporary, the Tech Pele Linear Chandelier is a versatile fixture that lets a little LED into lots of different decors.

Circle Suspension by Swarovski LED lighting

Circle Suspension by Swarovski

LEDs sure clean up nice in the ultra-elegant Circle Suspension by Swarovski. This light reminds me of a bracelet I’d just have to have if I ever found myself strutting down a red carpet. As if that super shine wasn’t magical enough, the fixture hangs from wire-thin cords to look like it’s hovering in the air on its own. The Circle Suspension also lets you take advantage of another great LED feature—choosing your light color. This one comes in daylight white an neutral white.

Link by Pablo LED task lighting

Link by Pablo

You can really take LED to task with the Link Lamp by Pablo, which comes in a task light, floor task light, wall-mount and clamp-mount task light. The Peter Stathis-designed Link modernizes the classic pantograph task lamp, designed with a dual-purpose shade/handle and adjustable arm. Plus it comes in several punchy colors. Our customer reviews say it looks like a million bucks and at just 7.5 watts is very bright.

Do you think LED lighting is where all our fixtures are headed? Do fixtures like these make the switch a little easier? Let us know!

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