Trends

Are you thinking smart? by Madeleine Roff

First things first, what actually is smart lighting? It is lighting that can be controlled by an app, via Wi-Fi, usually on a smartphone or tablet.

Smart lighting is a fairly new system, and one that has lots of benefits which we’ll look into below…

What are the benefits of smart lighting?

1)    Fewer wires

All the lighting is connected to one place and controlled via an app; so just a couple of buttons and not lots of switches!

2)    Reducing costs

Although there is an initial cost, as there is with any electrical work, in the long run smart lighting could actually save you money. It’s an efficient system that allows you to turn your lights on and off so simply, even when you’re not in the house, it could reduce your electrical consumption.

3)    Homeowner safety

Lots of people leave lights on when they’re away or out for the evening as a safety precaution. However, with smart lighting you can turn the lights on and off as much as you like and at times that reflect the time of day.

4)    Eco-friendly

By allowing such precise control over the lighting in the home, you can see which lights you’ve left on just by looking at your phone, and you can turn them off with the hit of a button. This makes smart lighting a great choice for homeowners who want to be eco-friendly.

5)    Complete control

Not only do you have complete control of which rooms have lights on, you also have control over the colours of the lights – you’re able to create different moods in different rooms.

Hopefully this blog has explained the basics of smart lighting… there’s a lot more to it though! If you’d like to find out more about smart lighting and if it’s the right option for you, get in touch and we can help advise and give you some more information. 

2018 international lighting trends  by Madeleine Roff

Seeing as founder of BPL, Ben, and his wife Steph have just embarked on the trip of a lifetime travelling around Australasia for 6 weeks, we thought it seemed appropriate to take a look at international lighting design trends of 2018!

First up, we take a trip across the Atlantic ocean to see what Americans are excited about in the lighting design world…

America

In 2018, it looks as though Americans are loving vintage lighting fixtures! More specifically, aged copper pendant lights which look absolutely stunning when hung low in a kitchen or perhaps in a mix and match design which we spoke about in our previous blog. In the UK, copper and rose gold were definitely colour trends for interior design in 2017 so this 2018 trend is no real surprise. Saying that, we still love this look and have no complaints that it’s coming into 2018 with us!

Next we go north to Scandinavia…

Scandinavia

A very different trend to America indeed – giant paper lanterns! They have an Asian inspiration to them but keeping the colours neutral gives the design their own differentiated look. To nail this trend, we’d suggest they’re used in large spaces otherwise they may overcrowd the room. This design gives off a calm, open and relaxed vibe and it looks great when there’s more than one latern used as the photo shows.

Going East, we’re off to India…

India

The colours of Indian interior design are bold, colourful… and just stunning. Their latest trend definitely complements their traditional look – it’s oil lamps! Specifically, copper oil lamps, which follows the colour trend of America. This is a very unique design which is best suited to a room full of colour or a room which is Asian inspired to complete the look. Also, the lamps are a great feature as they give a completely different mood at night once they’re lit, a magical piece that has two different looks by day and night!

Moving further afield we now take a look at the land down under…

Australia

Pendant lights are the way forward for the Aussies this year, but more precisely with the aim of creating a mood or atmosphere. Pendant lights are a great way to add warmth to a room as well and creating a strong focal point and feel of a room. Designer Bandiera takes this look to a next level by suggesting you should “choose lighting that compliments your hardware in either hand blown glass, matte black, chrome or brass finishes” – and we totally agree! When BPL design lights we take a look at the room as a whole, considering hardware, surfaces, natural lighting (and many more elements), to ensure your new lighting design matches and enhances the feel of the room.

Finally, we visit the South American country, Brazil!

Brazil

It’s very interesting that Brazil’s 2018 trend is around Smart lighting. We expected this to have been more prominent with some of the other countries we’ve spoken about, but it appears Brazil is leading the way. We’ll actually be creating our own blog about Smart lighting next month, but for those who have no idea what it is, it’s basically lighting that can be controlled via the Internet. The reason Brazilians love it, is that you can reduce your electricity consumption by adjusting it when you’re out the house, simply by using your smartphone. Not only is it better for the environment, but some designs allow for you to change the colour of the lights depending on the room – such a clever and easy way to create mood lighting! 

So there you go, there’s 5 lighting trends around the globe in 2018, and what a variety there is! Comment and let us know which one your favourites are and get in touch if you’d like us to help you achieve any of these in your home.