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Inspiration from Lightovation: Shape & Form

Let's explore LED innovation at Dallas Market Center's Lightovation.


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The Lighting Doctor, LED Lighting, Perpetual Pendant
The Perpetual Pendant from ET2 is a good representation of modern LED capabilities.

I was lucky enough to return to Lightovation at the Dallas Market in January. So many incredible strides have been taken in the development of light fixtures with LED components. I was impressed by the warm colors and the dimmability, but I was really blown away by the ways these lighting manufacturers and their designers were using LEDs as a decorative element.

There was so much to take in that I’m going to divide my report into two sections. This for section will be on inventiveness. Next month I’m going to concentrate on light and texture.

Akoya Pendant, Alora Lighting, The Lighting Doctor
Beautiful luminous pearls undulate across the ceiling.

One of the most eye-catching fixtures in the show was the Akoya by Alora Lighting (shown above). It looked like an enormous luminous strand of pearls with an alluring undulation. It is flexible and can be shaped into different configurations. It is available in 79-inch and a 98-inch lengths. The color temperature is 3000K with a CRI of 90. 

Chips Pendant, Maxim Lighting, Matt Sanders, Randall Whitehead
It seems like mid-century inspired designs continue to trend.

Chips (shown above) a pendant fixture, designed by Matt Sanders for Studio M (Maxim Lighting), has a decidedly mid-century modern feel. And for good reason, the designs of the 1960s and early 1970s have staying power. They continue to influence contemporary designs. 

I really love the asymmetry of this fixture as well as the scale. I like a big fixture and I cannot lie. There is also a horizontal version, along with coordinated wall sconces. This is the white version, and it is also available in natural aged brass, neutral taupe, gray, dark slate, sage green and dusty blush. By the way, Dusty Blush would be a great drag name.  

kuzco, Magellan Pendant, The Lighting Doctor, Lightovation
Notice how evenly the white reflectors are illuminated.

This is the Magellan pendant by Kuzco (shown above), available in a black and a gold finish. The color temperature is 3000° Kelvin. It comes in two sizes, 18.5 inches in diameter and 23 inches in diameter; and is dimmable. This too has a Jetsons' feel. It is both modern and retro at the same time. I didn’t notice any individual diodes. The illumination is perfectly smooth. It would be cool if they offered it in a warm/dim version.

Perpetual Pendant, ET2
This elegant pendant fixture appears to float and swirl in midair.

The is the Perpetual Pendant by ET2.  A shape like this would not have been possible before the introduction of LED components. Well yes, it could have been done with neon but there would have been no elegance and it would have buzzed really loudly. I love how the pendant swoops and wraps around itself, like a bow being tied.

Rinkle, ET2, The lighting Doctor
This fixture is truly sculptural.

Here we have the Rinkle by ET2 (shown above). It is made of patterned acrylic. There is a strip of LED linear lighting that runs along the top of each piece. The sections are formed by hand so each completed fixture is unique. Sometimes I see a figure walking and other times I see stylized potato chips pouring in slow motion out of a bag located high in the sky.

Hudson Valley Lighting Group, Banks Pendant, Lightovation
Gold and bronze finishes produce a warm inviting illumination.

Here we have the Banks Linear chandelier by Hudson Valley Lighting. I was particularly drawn to this fixture because of the luscious warm light it produced. It felt like the color of dimmed incandescent or candlelight. This fixture uses screw-in bulbs so you can pick a color temperature that suits your particular taste. I would choose a frosted 25-watt equivalent 2400K dimmable LED bulb. 

Next month I want to you want to introduce the interesting materials that a being incorporated into the newest LED fixtures. 

Randall Whitehead headshot

Randall Whitehead is an educator and author on the subject of lighting design. His work has been featured in many magazines, including Architectural Digest, Home & Garden and Esquire. He has appeared as a guest expert on HGTV, Discovery, CNN and Martha Stewart Living Radio.

His Latest book Beautiful Light outlines how to create successful and subtly beautiful LED lighting designs for homes and gardens. Available through Amazon and Rutledge Books.

You can see his entertaining 1-minute instructional videos at furniturelightingdecor.com. And you can follow him on Instagram:  @randall.whitehead


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