Top 6 Architectural Lighting Brands for the Modern Home

With the Dallas Market Center’s International Lighting Show just wrapping up (June 23-26, 2011), architectural lighting has obviously become the latest trend in home design. Modern dcor calls for illumination that is energy efficient (LED, fluorescent, low voltage fixtures) and effective (Dark Sky and Energy Star rated lights). But contemporary lighting also requires a sense of play, adventure, and comfort. Leading brands represented at the Dallas lighting show will include CSL, Bruck, Tech Lighting, LBL, and Liton Lighting. All of these manufacturers are well educated when it comes to the latest technology in green homes and employ industrious artisans to develop the next brilliant masterpiece.

Commercial architects often choose CSL Lighting for their industrial, minimalist style which is geared towards the high end consumer. Many of CSL’s fixtures are compatible with high-output LED and Xenon bulbs, which are great for the environment. Because they consume less energy, such fixtures are often chosen to create a green image for sustainable businesses. These lights feature chrome, brushed steel, and aluminum as finishes because they produce a clean, professional appearance with shapes embraced by modern designers. CSL Lighting blends the impressive with the practical; many of their fixtures are suitable for damp / wet locations (perfect for tropical or rainy climates).

Bruck Lighting is known for their variety of track lighting style monorail lighting with unique color, glass, and finish options. Recognized internationally for their energy efficient mono and dual rail systems, this brand is dedicated to creating energy-saving halogen and LED fixtures. German engineering and creativity knows no bounds when it comes to Bruck’s pendants, spot fixtures, display track light fixtures, and self-contained monorail kits. They incorporate their unique art glass into every design and the colors are breathtaking. Bruck is often the first choice for artistic professionals, because they merge unusual (sometimes even bizarre) structures with easy-to-assemble systems in a fluid composition. Their latest line of architectural lighting fixtures is the LEDRA Chroma which is changing the industry standard’s approach to color consistency of LED. They use patented cold remote phosphor technology by Xicato to achieve the best fixture-to-fixture consistency in the industry.

Tech Lighting is an industry leader when it comes to low voltage home lighting systems. This brand is the winner of the 2011 Lightfair Innovation Awards, specifically for their “Element Envision LED Head” whose lighting module, efficient power supply, and versatile optic options make it an excellent choice for home architectural lighting. Precision engineering and innovative designs are channeled into Tech’s collection. Known for monorail and cable light systems, Tech caters to both home and commercial decorators as their fixtures have a futuristic and industrial feel. Tech was also the first to develop flexible track light systems which are malleable, so even the novice interior decorator can create custom curves of light. This versatile track system is available for line and low voltage pendant lights, with architectural head and glass lamp shade options as well. Tech’s imaginative flair is best reflected in their hi-tech pendants, wall sconces, bathroom fixtures, and ceiling lights.

From their beginnings as a family business in 1971, Ronald Stone’s LBL Lighting has morphed into a recognized architectural manufacturer. Prolific in their creations, LBL has published 47 catalogs to date. LBL’s new Mini Rock Candy pendant series illustrates the brand’s creative use of glass and texture. The Mini Rock Candy low-voltage pendants are mouth-blown, transparent glass rolled in clear crystal frit, flash heated for a compelling pebbled texture. LBL has embraced a more playful and elementary quality compared to the more sterile and minimalist styles of CSL and Tech. A leading designer of LED lights, LBL is committed to innovation in commercial illumination, proving that businesses can develop a style unique to their brand without sacrificing a commitment to energy efficiency. LBL is often the first company consulted by new high end restaurants, bars, nightclubs, art galleries, and retail showrooms, because they produce creative, but approachable, fixtures for modern interiors.

The recipient of the 2010 Best Interior Product Award in Las Vegas, Liton Lighting is the company to consult when deciding to “go green”. Liton was given the award for their new LRLD6 Adjustable Gimbal 6″ Trim Downlight, for its versatility as a retrofit and its exceptional color value. Focused on the needs of environmental architectural designers, Liton has produced a huge collection of recessed light fixtures. Specializing in high tech minimalist recessed lights, Liton is known for their miniature low voltage lights, under cabinet lights, and LED task lights. Recessed lights are versatile when it comes to architecture, because they can be installed as down lights, up lights, pool lights, kitchen lights, and step and deck lights. Liton is the expert when it comes to easy-to-install, environmentally friendly, modern layouts. Liton Lighting is a favorite among DIYers and novice interior designers.

Relatively new on the architectural scene, The Modern Fan Company was founded by Ron Rezek in 1986. Using a fresh approach, Rezek incorporated unusual geometric and contemporary forms into the fan styles. Modern Fan Company has sped to success in the commercial, office, and retail arena. Modern Fan Company has also shown a commitment to the environment and has developed a partnership with Energy Star and the Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to promote energy conservation in architecture. Modern Fan Company’s fans highlight the beauty of clean lines and sleek finishes with their style. The Modern Fan Company coined a coy catch phrase-“consciously cool”-and each of their contemporary fans certainly live up to that motto.

All of these leading lighting brands were well represented at this year’s International Lighting Show in Dallas. Architectural lighting has finally found its niche in the interior design field. Their unique styles and ceaselessly creative artisans, combined with the ever-evolving world of energy efficient technology, are sure to keep inspiring new trends in home contemporary lighting industries.