Johannesburg - We’ve come a long way since the days of illuminating rooms with an incandescent pendant light fitted in the middle of the ceiling. Lighting in modern homes is subtly layered, with spotlights on features worthy of display, which sometimes includes the light itself.
Bold “statement” lights are often used to catch the eye in large rooms in modern houses, up-lighting is common practice in endowing a space with warmth and ambience, and thanks to LED (light emitting diode) technology, you can put lighting on walls, or insert them into shelving and cupboards.
And never has there been such a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours in light fitting designs.
“You can do any number of things with lighting to create the atmosphere you want. The trend internationally is a preference for warm light as opposed to cool, white light, and LED lights are able to provide plenty of options. Think strip lighting around bathroom mirrors, or wall lights that change colours,” says Collin Pillay of Philips.
The style of your house dictates lighting, adds Paul Pamboukian of Lighting Design, a company that works with architects at the planning stage.
“In modern homes you find nice mixtures of lighting, a more articulated feel with a good colour rendering. And you’re getting very creative, exciting designs,” he says.
Some of the most elegant lighting designs can be found at Glo Lighting in Parkhurst, Johannesburg, which sells imported lights from top manufacturers like Hudson Valley, Luceplan, LZF, Pablo, Eurolux, David Trubridge and South Africa’s Willowlamp, which produces magnificent chandeliers made out of many columns of ball chain attached to steel frames. They are available on order.
Among the most popular lights for the home, says David Kerem of Glo Lighting, are the “classic, industrial-style lights, reminiscent of old movie theatres”.
And there’s also a move to lights made from recycled materials, like those produced from cardboard by US manufacturer Graypants, he says.
Lighting Warehouse, which has stores all over Johannesburg, stocks everything from old favourites – pendants, crystal lights and brass table lights – to cutting-edge pieces like chrome standing lamps or polar lights with contemporary design angles.
In other words, think out of the box and mix up your lighting a little. - The Star
* Lighting Warehouse – Visit www.lightingwarehouse.co.za to see retailers closest to you.
* Philips Lighting – Visit www.lighting.philips.co.za
* Glo Lighting – Visit www.glolighting.co.za