Are Light Fixtures Art?

Are Light Fixtures Art?

Historically, to make light seem artistic, particularly in a hotel you’d be talking about over the top, magnificent chandeliers in the great room of the hotel. With more modern, sleek styling with lots of smooth surfaces, lighting now has moved into the role of a sports official or a referee. By letting everything else shine (pun intended) and being barely noticeable, many new light fixtures seem to enhance the architecture and interior design of many buildings.

In particular I’ve found that LED recessed lighting can fit almost seamlessly into ceilings high or low, take up a very small footprint but are still able to deliver the lighting power needed to provide the right type of lighting for any given room in a hotel. Even better, what LED fixtures also have been able to do in recent years is mimic a wide variety of bulkier, louder, less efficient lighting like compact fluorescent and metal halide. The dimming features on some of these lights also allow for a huge amount of flexibility. I’ve been in some hotels recently where a room is a well lit conference hall during the day but in the evening the existing light fixtures are able to accommodate a lighting color and intensity for a formal dinner. I’ve inquired with a few managers when I first saw this type of lighting and the controls are so standard they may as well be in your home.

Call me crazy if you want, but I’m on the commercial lighting technology train. All aboard!

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