At Jeremy Electrical, we like to stay on top of new trends in lighting. Lighting is a big part of the services we provide for our customers and whether it’s residential or commercial lighting, we like to know what’s new and what’s changing so we can keep our projects up to date and make our customers happy with our services. We thought we’d take a quick moment to share some of the latest trends in lighting for the year ahead just to keep you up to date too. We hope this post inspires you to update or upgrade your Kansas City home or business and if you need help installing anything electrical, including lights, give Jeremy Electrical a call.
LED lighting has many advantages over traditional incandescent lights and it’s starting to show in its growing popularity. Probably the biggest advantage is how long LED bulbs last. LED bulbs have an operational life expectancy of 100,000 hours. Imagine if you used your light for eight hours a day. That bulb will last for about 20 years! Now let’s talk energy efficiency. LED bulbs are 80% – 90% efficient. Incandescent bulbs are only about 20% efficient with most of their energy lost as heat instead of light. Throw on the fact that LED lights light instantly (no annoying delay or warm-up period) and they are durable which makes them perfect for outdoor lighting, it’s no wonder they are becoming the number one choice of consumers. From kitchens and baths to outdoor to strip lighting, LED is it!
Related Read: Everything KC Homeowners Need to Know About LED Lighting
Pendant lighting, whether in contemporary or throwback styles, is popular in kitchens right now. Pendant lights are available in so many styles, materials and colors that they can add to the ambiance of a room with little effort. Multi-light or clustered pendants are a go-to look as well. Pendant lights can also serve as an alternative to floor lamps with the added benefit of taking up no floor space.
Once considered only for elegant or opulent settings, chandeliers are making a comeback as well. And they’re turning up in the most charming spaces including bathrooms, kids rooms and even laundry rooms. Mini chandeliers add a bit of whimsy to any size space yet dramatic larger chandeliers are also finding a home in upscale environments. Look for traditional crystal chandeliers with modern twists to pop up in both residential and commercial spaces.
Let There Be Light inside Drawers & Cabinets
Besides being practical, lighting your drawers and cabinets just looks cool. Added to a glass-front cabinet, curio or china cabinet, it serves as an elegant way to display your dishes and stemware. Many of these designs are wired to turn on instantly when the door or drawer is opened creating a bit of an unexpected reaction for unsuspecting visitors with this element of surprise. We think it’s absolutely brilliant.
Lighting in the Shower
Why limit creative lighting to typical areas? Homeowners have discovered that shower lights add a certain ambiance and mood enhancement to the typical boring shower enclosure. With the spa experience becoming more and more desired in bathroom remodels, shower lights are becoming more popular as well. Expect to see more creative lighting in the bathroom overall.
Wireless and Remote Control Lighting
With today’s advanced technology, many homeowners are enjoying the convenience of lights (and other electrical items) that they can control remotely through their smart phones. This includes security lights outdoor as well as indoor lamps.
Copper, Eco-Friendly, and Natural Are All in Style
Warm metals, especially copper, are hot, hot, hot for 2015. From pendants to lamps to wall sconces you’ll see this touch of class popping up everywhere. But don’t forget natural materials like stone, metal, bamboo, and fabric. These back-to-nature elements will definitely be incorporated by designers this year in every room. Look for them in lighting, furniture, accessories and more.
No matter what kind of lighting you want in your home, whether you’re updating or completely remodeling, call the lighting professionals at Jeremy Electrical at 913-375-0070 to make sure your lighting is installed professionally and safely. And don’t be surprised if one of our electricians comes up with a bright idea you’ll love!