It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy (and hopefully this means outdoor living, too!). Outdoor living areas are top priority in the housing market as more people seek to use these spaces as a way to unwind, disconnect and recharge. When it comes to designing your outdoor living space, lighting plays a huge role, and even has the ability to make or break the atmosphere of your exterior rooms.
Read on to learn the trends that are all the rage in outdoor lighting. Which do you plan to incorporate into your next remodel?
Green design isn’t just a trend in the outdoor-lighting market – it’s mainstream. As a result, manufacturers like Progress Lighting have created outdoor lighting fixtures that are largely comprised of sustainable and/or recycled materials.
For example, Progress Lighting’s new Rush collection uses recycled bamboo wood for the fixture’s wall mount – making this an easy purchasing decision for the environmentally conscious consumer.
With larger homes, there is a demand for over-sized outdoor lighting options. Homes with a two-story foyer dictate a larger façade, which has led to the introduction of large-scale lanterns.
Outdoor spaces adorned with fixtures that feature a shade within a shade are popular for 2014. This layered lighting design is displayed in the Compel collection, a modern lantern collection by Progress Lighting introduced in June of 2014.
Advancements in energy efficient technology
Another new trend is the introduction of fixtures that are both Energy Star rated and compliant with California’s Energy Efficiency standards (known as Title 24) – a difficult to reach certification. Title 24 seeks to aggressively conserve electricity and natural gas.
Title 24 requires sources to have a minimum 90 CRI (color rendering index), which causes the lumens to drop – while, Energy Star mandates at least 65 lumens per watt.