American Lighting Association

Issue No. 73, January 2017

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LEDs fuse with fixtures
Fans find new ways to inspire
Your questions answered

Lighten Up with LED-infused Fixtures

Update your home environment with state-of-the-art, style-forward lighting that has LEDs built right into the fixture.

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RIGHT LIGHT: New technology fuses light sources with fixtures.

One of the most significant current home design trends is the use of integrated LED fixtures where the LED light source is a permanent part of the fixture. The fixture does not use a bulb in the traditional sense. While this concept may sound futuristic or even frivolous, in reality it is efficient and conducive to unique design capabilities.

With a life-span of 25,000-100,000 hours, an LED bulb will provide decades of illumination in a traditional home setting. The small physical size of LEDs allows fixture designers to become more artistic and bring seemingly unrealistic designs to reality. With integrated LEDs, anything goes when it comes to creating beautiful and distinctive fixtures that would not have been functional in the past.

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TECH SAVVY: Ceiling fans find new ways to inspire.

LED technology has changed the game when it comes to ceiling fan designs. The compactness of LEDs makes them ideal for integration into ceiling fan designs. With LEDs, it is possible to have sleek, low-profile fans that provide exceptional light quality and quantity to fill any space.

Monte Carlo Ceiling Fan Company shares tips for consumers. When shopping for ceiling fans, focus on three main things:

  • Air movement – Will the fan move the right amount of air through your space?
  • Performance of the LED – Does it light your room sufficiently, and is that light dimmable?
  • Design – Is the fixture’s design appropriate and complementary to your home?

To learn more about how new LED technology can enhance your home, view a new video from Monte Carlo.

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EXPERT ADVICE: Want more ideas? Ask a lighting professional.

What is color tuning?

Color tuning is the technique of adjusting of the color of electric lighting in a space. More complex than dimming, color tuning further enhances the ability of lighting to dramatically change the look of a lighted space. While dimming simply results in more or less light, color tuning actually changes the appearance and "feel" of color. Used together, dimming and color tuning proide a way to greatly expand lighting's role in a person's visual and emotional experience.

According to Lutron Electronics Company, as LEDs (or solid-state lighting – SSL) becomes more advanced, new technologies allow LED color to be adjusted almost infinitely to deliver the perfect light. Color tuning can be warm dimming, tunable white or full-color tuning. More information about color tuning is available on Lutron’s website.

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