Lighting introductions at Dallas Market Center’s recent Lightovation continue to push the envelope in terms of design, thanks to LED. Brass and black were popular finishes, as were natural materials and forms.
In addition, several companies now offer the ability to set a particular color temperature at the time of installation, instead of just offering one standard temperature.
New brand launches included Schonbek Beyond, a new LED luxury lighting division from WAC Lighting brand Schonbek, which signals Schonbek’s first real push into LED. The nearly three dozen product debuts can be set to 3000K, 3500K or 4000K at the time of installation, said Dirk Wald, co-CEO of WAC Lighting. In addition, Marquis, a linear rack track fixture, allows the homeowner to adjust the color temperature from 1800K to 5000K (warm to cool light) during use. Other items included the foliage-inspired Secret Garden collection, with circular canopy fixtures and sconces using crystal and available in several finishes; and the adjustable sphere Atomic fixture with leather detailing, as well as ADA-compliant flush mounts, single pendants and more.
Designer launches included one from Mat Sanders, who became the second designer in Studio M’s new designer collection (after Nina Magon). “I love vintage lighting,” Sanders says, and he brought his vintage modern aesthetic to the new collection, which he called “elegant and playful.” The 1970s played a hand in inspiration, and he used traditional forms with a transitional vibe to “reach as many people as possible.” Materials throughout the collection include perforated metals, ribbed glass and leather accents.
Designer Jeffrey Alan Marks expanded into the outdoor category through his new collection for Progress Lighting with a group that mimics ribbed metal roofs. With several styles of wall lanterns and pendants, finishes include matte black, oil-rubbed bronze and galvanized silver.
Kitchen designer Mick de Giulio debuted his minimalist collection with Tech Lighting, which included the I-Beam linear fixture, in 48- and 72-inch sizes, as well as the linear Stagger wall sconce, available in 25.1-, 37- and 45-inch lengths and in brass, black and polished nickel finishes.
Also at Tech Lighting was the statement fixture called Collier, in long strands of faceted crystal. The integrated LED strands allow for tremendous flexibility in placement, and come in polished nickel and brass finishes.
Crystal continues to be shown in more modern shapes. The Trevi fixture from Fine Art Lamps uses arched crystal in a shape reminiscent of Rome’s Trevi Fountain, available in three finishes. At Fredrick Ramond, the Nala chandelier features circular, multi-faceted lenses around the frame in brass or black finishes, while Cecily offers a bold glam look with faceted crystal rods and integrated LED in brass. Crystal bath options at Quoizel included the glam Gibson, in a beveled crystal shade.
Glass was also another popular material, from clear to cloudy. Capital Lighting debuted Dena in a diamond embossed glass pendant and Nyla, in a fluted glass shape. Hudson Valley Lighting showed the large Palermo pendants, in stacked clear glass shapes and either brass or black finishes. And Quoizel’s new bath options included Boyton, which had a flask-shaped clear glass shade with a brass finish.
Sonneman’s introductions included Constellation Galaxy Matrix, a group of mesh-like fixtures using double-sided LED hubs in round, rectangle or arrow shapes. The company is also allowing the color temperature to be set at the time of installation; fixtures were previously only available in 3000K.
Sonneman was also introducing more brass, due to requests. Sistema Staccato, for example, which features rectilinear bars, was offered in brass as well as satin black and bright satin aluminum finishes.
Natural materials and inspiration abounded. The White Plains fixture at Hudson Valley Lighting, for example, used natural rattan wrapping, while the base of the Fenton table lamp mimicked a stack of rounded stones, in blue and gray options. The Asscher fixtures from Hammerton Studio features adjustable cast glass shapes that look like pebbles, available in double tier, linear and waterfall configurations. Arteriors’ Johanna pendant makes a big statement at 34 inches and is woven in raffia in a high/low look.
Capital Lighting had a few natural introductions, including Tallulah, in both white and brown finishes and three sizes, made of water hyacinth with a mango wood accent; and Hala, in a geometric drum shape in brass with wrapped bleached natural jute accents. At ELK Home, natural materials included rope, caning and wood looks. The Cape May pendant was shown in a light wood look with a white cage and Coastal Breeze was in a drum shape with caning and a white finish.
One lighting category that’s getting a lot of attention is sconces. Designer Libby Langdon attributes the rise of sconces to another item in the home: flatscreen TVs. “People used to be hesitant to put holes in their walls,” she said. But now with flatscreen TVs, “they don’t think about it anymore.”
People are looking to light different corners of the home and sconces are ideal, said Sarah Chandler Miller, director of channel marketing, Progress Lighting, not just for function but to add a decorative element. “We’re really seeing it in the bathroom.”
And pendants are going beyond the kitchen island, Miller added, being used in bathrooms, bedrooms and hallways, as well as clustered to make a statement or add a fun element.
In terms of finishes, black and brass were popular options at market, whether separately or together. Among the new black-and-brass bath options at ELK Home included Hamy, in wavy glass shades, and Villette, in clear glass ones.
Black and bronze still dominate, said Quoizel’s Alan Kath, although white is appearing on the coasts. But brass is making a comeback, he added –but it’s a burnished brass.
Bulbrite added bulbs that had longer filaments, now in 7.5- and 15-inch versions. And in string lights, it debuted a smart version, so the user can change colors. String bulbs are also now plastic rather than glass for safety.
LeGrand showed the latest additions to its outlet line, including a Netatmo outlet that doesn’t need wiring but runs off of a battery and can be placed anywhere, and an outlet with a USB port that can detect what type of device is plugged in for optimal charging and an indicator light that turns green at 90%.