Lighting design can be more creative than you probably ever imagined. The possibilities have never been more evident than now — when looking at the top lighting trends for 2015.
Lighting designers have given us an overwhelming array of choices to consider. Some are futuristic in style, and others are inspired by the past. Even styles reminiscent of the past are being shaped by visions of what lies ahead for the future. Stylish new sustainable and energy-efficient options are becoming increasingly important for contemporary environments, even when decorating retro-inspired homes.
Let’s explore 7 major lighting trends for 2015 and beyond:
1. LED Lighting
LED lighting is one of the top trends for 2015. This is a trend that, by all appearances, is still in its infancy. Based on projections posted by the US Department of Energy, we’re confident in predicting that the LED lighting trend is one that has staying power; we expect it to gain traction in 2015 and remain relevant well into the coming decades. The US Department of Energy forecasts that LED lighting will comprise 75% of all lighting sales by the year 2030.
This is one of those trends that makes perfect sense. When total energy costs are considered over the long term, LED lighting is both more affordable and more practical than other alternatives. While the upfront costs for LED lighting do tend to be higher, the overall energy costs associated with LED lighting are considerably lower when calculated over an entire lifespan of use.
According to the US Department of Energy website,
“Today’s LED lighting is six or seven times more efficient than conventional lighting and can last up to 25 times longer.”
“Switching entirely to LED lights over the next two decades could save the U.S. $250 billion in energy costs, reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly 50 percent and avoid 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions.”
If you’re a homeowner, you can get in on this trend by evaluating and budgeting for a switch to LED lighting in your home. This is one of those tangible investments that you can both enjoy now and profit from in the long term — which explains why so many homeowners are jumping on the trend.
If you’re an industry professional, you’ll likely find it rewarding to educate your customers about the benefits of LED lighting, because it’s a win-win solution for everyone.
Residential architects have reported an upswing in demand for LED lighting, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom. LED cabinet lighting is in especially strong demand.
There’s also significant interest in outdoor LED lighting. As consumers embrace the trend towards outdoor living, many are revamping their patios, porches, driveways and garden areas with additional lighting.
LED strip lighting is also trending upwards.
2. Pendant Lighting
Pendant lighting is a hot item at the moment. We’re seeing an upward surge in demand for pendant lights as we head into 2015.
Some in-demand pendant lighting draws inspiration from the past, while other styles are uniquely contemporary in design.
Bowl pendants and drum pendants are both important silhouettes.
Multi-light pendants are another important category, with many trend-setters choosing to incorporate several fixtures into their interior designs.
Chandeliers are in strong demand heading into 2015. In this category, there are a couple of clear trends emerging.
First, there’s significant demand for value-priced contemporary chandeliers that don’t compromise on style. Mini chandeliers fit into this category, with dazzling small-sized options being just right for limited-size spaces such as studio apartments, attic bedrooms and small mother-in-law suites.
Second, there’s the segment of the market that wants dramatic, upscale, extravagant chandeliers. These consumers indicate that they’re willing to spend more if they can find exactly the look, style and quality chandelier they want. There’s strong demand for eye-catching traditional crystal chandeliers.
Chandeliers aren’t just for dining rooms any more. We’re seeing them surface just about everywhere, from kitchens and baths to laundry rooms.
4. Lighting inside Drawers and Cabinets
Don’t you hate it when your cabinets or drawers are so dark that you can’t see the contents, and you can’t find what you need? Tired of using a flashlight when you need to venture into a dimly-lit space? Well, trendsetters these days have found elegant solutions to that problem: they’re adding lighting inside those formerly-dark spaces.
In many cases, when you open a drawer or cabinet, the light inside is triggered to instantly turn on.
5. Lighting in the Shower
Shower lights have been popular in the bathroom, and they continue to remain relevant as we head into 2015.
6. Wireless Lighting and Security Control Systems
There’s strong current demand for functional lighting design that’s incorporated into the home security system. These systems are increasingly going wireless, and incorporating either outdoor or indoor lighting (sometimes both.)
7. Copper-Colored Light Fixtures
Warm metals are trendy for 2015, and they’re making appearances in many places throughout the home. Many lighting purveyors are getting in on the trend, offering a variety of lovely copper-colored pendant lights and various copper sconces and lamps.
So that’s the inside scoop on lighting trends for 2015. Now that you’re updated, you can use this information to ensure that you choose lighting that’s both on trend right now and also suitable for your family’s style and preferences. We wish you a brightly-illuminated, dazzling and prosperous 2015. Happy decorating!
- At the US Department of Energy Website: Top 8 Things You Didn’t Know About LEDs; Energy Department Announces New Investments to Drive Cost-Competitive Next Generation Efficient Lighting
- National Kitchen & Bath Association Design Trends Survey Forecasts More Spa-Like and Accessible Bathrooms.
- At the American Institute of Architects: Kitchens and Bathrooms Go Upscale. Article is by Kermit Baker, AIA Chief Economist.
- Homeowners Ramp-Up Spending on Kitchen and Bathroom Design, posted at the American Institute of Architects Website.
- At the American Institute of Architects: With Upturn, Homes Are More Specialized and Technologically Savvy. Article is by Kermit Baker, AIA Chief Economist.
- Lighting Trends for Kitchens and Baths. This article is by Mark L. Johnson, posted at the Residential Lighting website.
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