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Lighting Design Trends: Organic Layouts

Lighting Design Trends: Organic Layouts

The LED lighting industry is rapidly evolving and breaking through barriers once set by fluorescent lighting. The advancements in LED technology have dropped overall fixture costs, reduced energy consumption and allowed for more creative fixture designs. It’s true that LEDs are non-toxic (unlike the mercury in fluorescent lighting), but the term “organic” here refers to the layout patterns of lighting, not the material. The fixture of choice here is LED linear lighting, on walls and ceilings, suspended and recessed.

Organic Design Layouts

As architectural designs have digressed from symmetrical and parallel mirroring patterns that align with vaulted ceilings, grid axis, and more; linear lighting allows architects to highlight asymmetrical architectural features and lines (which is where the term “architectural lighting” comes from).  The lighting design pattern of 2019 is no design pattern.

Lighting designers are slowly straying away from specifying the standard parallel rows of 4 ft. & 8 ft. fixtures and are now specifying commercial linear pendants of 2 ft., 3 ft., 5 ft. and 6 ft. with no particular design pattern. “The beauty of lighting design right now is in breaking rules,” says Perris Webber, one of Alcon Lighting’s Lighting Specialists.

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Perris goes on to say that, “we’re seeing our custom-length commercial linear fixtures, which can be suspended or recessed on ceilings or walls – get spec’d as zigzags, snake-like patterns, and designs asymmetrically linking wall to ceiling to floor. When architects come to us with imaginative ideas, in addition to a challenge, we get so giddy and excited at the opportunity to execute their unique design layouts.”


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Freddie Portillo

What do you see replacing LED Lighting in the next 20 years?