Twice a year at the Dallas Market Center, people from all over flock to the “International Home of Lighting” to discover all of the new product collections that are being released, and they often take notes on the top trends circulating about. This popular and large event is known as "Lightovation", or the Dallas International Lighting Show. We have compiled a Lightovation 2018 report which explains the top 5 trends found at Lightovation this June, and some of our favorites which are coming soon. Our list was put together based on the feedback circulating from our brands CEOs, and Directors, as well as the showroom walkthroughs and other articles which have been released about these popular trends! So, while we certainly think that these trends are very unique and eye-catching on many featured products, we can also see that they are truly universal throughout all of our top brands' newest products.
The first trend noted by many at Lightovation 2018 was the presence of LED lighting, perhaps because of its efficiency and longer lifespan, but also for its look. According to Lux Research, LED lighting fixtures are expected to be grossing around $25 billion in 2023, compared to 2014’s income of $2 billion. This supports our belief that LED lighting, and designs which incorporate LED lighting, will continue to grow.
Exposed bulbs, and even highlighted bulbs, is a look which has continued to grow every year. The exposed bulb not only continues to be popular, but it is often paired with rustic looks to create a more traditional feel. Alternatively, it is paired with modern designs to show a more innovative and industrial composition. The Gala Pendant by Quoizel pairs exposed lighting with curved bows of steel in a vino breeze finish. The exposed bulb and rich finish embraces a warm and nostalgic ambiance. In an article entitled “Hot Home Trend: Edison Bulb” Melissa Dittmann Tracey of REALTOR® Magazine says Edison Bulbs are a good answer to update home listings: “Edison bulbs may be the answer. They have a nostalgic-like appearance and let out a nice warm glow. They can make your lighting stand out.”
As technology grows and becomes smarter, so are the fixtures in our home. While some lights can change color via phone control, others allow you to turn your fan or lights off from the touch of a button on your cellular device or tablet. In addition to its 6-speeds and dimmable lighting, the Aya by Casablanca is also a Wi-Fi certified ceiling fan. So not only is the Aya a sleek fan, but it also helps wifi coverage to extend throughout your home.
Last year, black and brass was a trend widely noted across many lighting brands. Similarly, this year matte black and gold was seen across many of the fixtures featured in the showrooms at Lightovation. In an article by Erica Reitman with HGTV, Reitman has pulled several examples from Pinterest on the growing and latest trend of matte black. You can see a lot of ways that matte black has been brought into the home, and has often included a gold element or two to increase the “drama” and give a more contrasted look. The Division Pendant by Quoizel is a beautiful piece of steel, finished with an “Earth” or Matte Black and Gold. The Division Pendant is not only an image of geometric design, but of simplicity as well. The Division is also ETL approved for damp locations.
They say that “everything is bigger in Texas,” but product designs and Lightovation has shown us that, in terms of lighting and fans, larger statement pieces are a “big” trend that is ongoing across the board. With ceiling fans 62” and larger, as well as lighting fixtures over 40”, you can be sure to find a statement piece that is perfect for your home. The Metropolitan Fusano Chandelier is 38.75” wide and weighs almost 34 pounds. Not only is this a larger piece, but the Fusano also features delicately cut bobeches and fluted Eidolon Krystal shades around 9 lights. A perfect statement piece and focal point.
In addition to these top trends that were noted throughout Lightovation 2018, Del Mar Fans and Lighting found some newly released products that we are very excited for!
- The Difference is in the Design: Contemporary and Modern Lighting
- Chanderlier Styles: Crystal, Glass, Candle & Shaded
- Modern Lighting Madness
- Dallas Market Center: Lightovation
- HGTV: Kitchen + Bath Design Alert: Matte Black is Trending
- Hot Home Trend: Edison Bulb
Which Lightovation trend of 2018 are you most excited to include in your home? Or are you already ahead of the times? Comment and share pictures!