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Ingo Schaer

 

The small light-emitting diodes are advancing slowly but steadily in the private sector. Meanwhile, there is a large selection of beautiful and high quality LED lights available.

Colibri LED

Colibri LED

 

A bright LED point. This LED lamp is a shapely reading lamp and looks like it was created from one cast.

 

Small energy saving miracles

 

Almost as flat as a sheet of glass and graceful like a delicate plant: the point-shaped, tiny LEDs offer designers completely new options when designing their lights – as well as for your home. Due to their small size LEDs are often used where conventional light sources might have a problem, such as wall niches, furniture, stairs, or tiles, and even paving stones.

So far LED lamps were used in desk lamps, in the form of light ribbons, Christmas lights or for controlling color light. Nowadays designer LEDs can be seen in consumer homes as well: they hang over the dining room table, in the corner of the living room or serve as a reading lamp. So far, the LED market for consumers was dominated by a few and well known manufacturers. Those are increasingly joined by smaller companies or young designers – there is hardly any manufacturer any more, which has not at least one LED light in his portfolio. And it is expected that these lights will become more affordable, because technological development is progressing rapidly. However, especially with LED lights, you should choose quality products, which can, of course, have their price.

Dione LED

Dione LED


 

 

 

This lamp is in redesign with innovative LED technology. A moving light object for splendid rooms.

 

There are LEDs inside

 

As of September 2010, when the 60-watt bulb will slowly disappear from store shelves, one has to worry about new energy-saving light bulbs. Of course, the bulb can be replaced by a LED in many old lamps – because many LED bulbs have the same thread, look like a “light bulb” and compete with warm white light color. LEDs with integrated small light-emitting diodes in the lamp head can be seen in a different light. In this case, the exchange is not possible easily any longer. In some models the LED chip, if it no longer works, can be changed out without any effort like the SIM card of a mobile phone. But many models need to be sent back completely if the LEDs are broken. But in this case – at least in the long run – is extremely unlikely, because LEDs are very durable. Their lifespan is between 15,000 and 25,000 hours. This means: with an average burn time of three hours a day the lamps must be changed out after about 15 years. And you should consider quality products in this case as well.

 

 

Mantis LED

Mantis LED

The discreet LED light is infinitely variable and adjustable. Material: Ash or Maple.

 

The luminosity of the LEDs is enormous, considering the low wattage and thus lower energy consumption. Therefore, a tiny light strip can brighten up an entire room. Another advantage of the LED is the ability to shine in a variety of colors. You can adjust the desired color setting remotely, according to your mood.

 

Ingo Schaer

 

The traditional light bulb is gradually being displaced by new, more efficient light devices. However, the shape of the bulb remains the same.

 

Bulb by Ingo Maurer

Bulb by Ingo Maurer

 

Ingo Maurer’s tribute to the good old light bulb. Designed in 1966, the lamp is currently more popular than ever.
 

Beautiful bulbs

 

Lights in the shape of traditional light bulbs are actually nothing new, but becoming the focus due to the current discussion of designers and manufacturers about the abolition of the traditional light bulb. “Now more than ever”, some lighting designers might say and consciously design their lamps in “pear shapes”. In the past, designers tried to hide the unsightly “bulb” usually behind the light housing. However, a few lighting designers demonstratively showed the light bulb in their designs. The light bulb as a design element appears repeatedly in some lamps by Ingo Maurer. With the rise of smaller Halogen lamps and tiny LEDs, now almost all narrow and smallest forms are possible in lighting design. But due to the EU-wide regulation of the light bulb, one can recognize a harking back to the good old light bulb and its pear shape.

Birdie's bush by Ingo Maurer

Birdie’s bush by Ingo Maurer

 

 

These light bulbs take off: This is the youngest member of the bird’s family, with wings made of goose feathers.

 

Therefore new and interesting pendant, floor or table lamps are being created in the classic light bulb shape or with visible, usually oversized incandescent light bulbs.

 

Looks like a light bulb, but isn’t a light bulb

 

Some of these lights still have a “real” light bulb inside – since they are not all abolished yet. But soon you need to look for alternative light sources, in order to replace them. However, consumers don’t need to worry. By now, there are lamps that look like the traditional light bulb, with halogen lamps or many LEDs inside; this is especially evident in clear glass lamps. You also don’t have to forgo the common E27-thread. These lamps can be easily screwed into all lamps with an E27 socket. And energy saving lights are already available in the form of light bulbs. Tubular or spiral energy saving lights should only be used if they don’t visibly change the appearance of the luminaire.

 

Lightworm by Tecnolumen

Lightworm by Tecnolumen

 

 

This light winds upwards like an earthworm. The metal arm is flexible.

 

The advantage of energy saving or LED lamps is that they don’t get as hot as the traditional light bulb. But the new replacement lights still don’t produce the warm light we were used to.

 

Quo vadis, light bulb?

 

As of September 1 we have to say farewell to the 60 Watt light bulbs. This will now affect most consumers and households that usually use this kind of wattage. But of course the shelves of hardware stores and drugstores won’t be empty as of September first, because bulbs in stocks can be sold until they run out. Panic buying is likely to accelerate the sale. And for some time, you can now buy so called “heat balls” which are not considered a lamp, but a heating element. There will certainly some more ideas arising to circumvent the regulation. Because as of September 1 all clear incandescent and halogen lamps must belong to the energy-efficiency class C. Since no traditional light bulb meets this requirement, they will therefore be completely abolished beginning in September. Until then there will certainly be many discussions. And maybe you might be able to admire this piece of heritage soon in museums only. Light bulb or not, the shape of the “pear” will remain in any case – even if something else is insight!

 

 

 

 

La Plic

La Plic

Ingo Schaer

Not only vain people fret when the light level in front of the mirror is too dark or renders colors in an unattractive way. The right light in front of the mirror helps us to get a good start in the day.

Asis by Emco

Asis by Emco

 

Stylish light strips adorn the mirror. The lighting is pleasant and not blinding, perfect for the morning.

 

A look in the mirror says it all…

 

A typical morning, as one knows and loves it: the alarm goes off, you turn briefly around again, but then the drill is: to get up. The walk to the bathroom is tedious, where you start with your daily rituals: taking a shower, brushing your teeth, putting on make-up or shaving are on the program. With tired, small eyes and uncombed hair, you enter the bathroom and turn on the light. Then you stand in front of the mirror: you might not like what you see right off the bat, but this can also be contributed to inappropriate mirror lighting, because that can be a real “beauty killer”. For a good start in the day the right light in the bathroom and especially around the mirror is essential. Here are some rules to be considered:

Bella Vista by Keuco

Bella Vista by Keuco

 

 

 

 

 

Two identical lights left and right of the mirror you should ensure a good, uniform, shadow-free illumination of parts of your face. If the mirror is very large, it is also advisable to install an additional light at the top of the mirror. A light strip around the mirror is ideal. You are most likely familiar with the mirrors in dressing rooms of theater artists and ballet dancer, which are lined with light bulbs. Many lighting and bathroom manufacturers offer mirrors with built-in light strips.

 

Light without shadows

 

Small makeup mirrors with built-in light are useful as well. They are suitable for “details” such as shaving and eyebrow plucking. Illuminated mirror cabinets, that not only illuminate the mirror surface, but also the sink and the cabinets, are very practical as well. In any case, you should avoid glare, because it unnecessarily tires the eyes. Therefore, spotlights are not the best choice.

 

Ketho by Duravit

Ketho by Duravit

 

A bathroom furniture that creates a good feeling. The integrated mirror lighting ensures pleasant, glare-free light.

 

Light behind the mirror

 

Soft, indirect lighting behind the mirror is especially pleasing to the eye. This can let the mirror “float” and can light up in different colors. Indirect lighting should only be chosen in combination with the actual mirror lighting. The same applies to colored light, which only supports the ambiance and does not take over the actual function of mirror lighting.

 

However, colored light can strongly influence body and spirit. Therefore, cold, bluish light is better suited in the morning, because it signals your body hormones that it is daytime. In the evening, however, warm, reddish yellow light is preferable, which calms the body. At that time the sleep hormone melatonin is released, which makes you tired. But another crucial point is still missing: the so-called color reproduction. This value indicates how naturally a light source reflects colors.

Therefore, the color rendering index RA should be at least 80. A RA value from 90 to 100 is ideal, which can be reached with halogen lamps. Depending on the set-up of the bathroom, you might need more or less intense lights, since dark tiles or dark bathroom furniture will absorb more light than light tiles/furniture. It is also irrelevant where your mirror is placed; whether in the hallway or in the bedroom, the same lighting rules always apply. Mounted luminaires or integrated light in wardrobe mirrors tend to be very useful as well. If those are missing, the light situation should be supported by the actual room light.

Multibox by Duravit

Multibox by Duravit

 

Vertical lights left and right of the mirror provide light. Operation via touch-LED with night light function.

 

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Diffused light

 

Advertising photographers like to use diffused light, because it hides the unevenness of skin. Whether this is desired with regards to the lighting of the bathroom mirror or not is up to you.

 

 

 

Ingo Schaer

Harmonious lighting in the living room is especially important, because in no other room so many different activities take place – which creates a high demand on the lighting set-up.

Aero by Lucente

Aero by Lucente

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This lamp made out of glass creates fresh spring fever feelings.

 

Bring more momentum into your living room by creating a new lighting situation. You’ll be amazed at how much the room can change.

 

In your living room, you welcome guests, eat at the big table, or relax with a glass of wine. Here you watch TV, listen to relaxing music or have a party. Children often play in the largest room of the house, therefore the lighting should be adjustable to different situations. Although illuminated rooms are taken for granted and we have become accustomed to the convenience of electric light, it is still not self-evident that all possibilities are being optimally deployed.

 

Especially in the living room, aesthetics play a major role, because the living room is usually the “most public” room in your home. At the same time, it should be practical and representative. Therefore, relaxed, representative and functional light is needed. It is impossible to meet all these needs with a single lamp.

 

A multifunctional room

 

The formerly common central ceiling lamps in the middle of the living room are, fortunately, not all that popular in today’s living rooms, because a space is especially well lit when many different light sources are available and can be used depending on the situation. A light fixture that can be dimmed is ideal, as it is universally suitable. A lighting alternative is useful for many activities that take place in the living room. It increases comfort and can exactly illuminate the areas which should be in the foreground at a certain time.

Lighting Living Room Interior Ideas

Lighting Living Room Interior Ideas

The right light for every occasion

 

Even in small rooms, a feeling of spaciousness can be created when you set your mind to it. Details such as stucco ceilings and the most beautiful furniture, pictures and decorations should be placed into the right light. General brightness can be achieved through up-lights, light rails or even a chandelier. If atmospheric light like candles or a fireplace are important to you, it should be possible so dim the room light accordingly, so you can enjoy these beautiful primeval forms of illumination at their best. One of the most important principles of room illumination is the avoidance of bright light, glare and very dark areas. At dinner, a pendant light over the table is very pleasant, because it emits most of the light down and causes no glare. Soft, diffused light is ideal for relaxing on the couch.

 

Watching TV or reading?

 

For watching TV, a variable light should be available, that illuminates the wall behind the screen in a diffused light of low brightness. If the contrast is too big – if you look at the screen against a dark background – your eyes will strain faster. The same is also true for reading. An individual reading light, which only projects light on the book and leaves the rest of the room in the dark, is unfavorable. Relaxing reading light is always a combination of indirect lighting of the room and the actual reading lamp. Reading lamps with dim functions can be used to precisely adjust the desired brightness to your needs and are particularly useful. Dim light in different colors is ideal for parties. And to put your images, paintings and art objects on the spot, a few LED or halogen spots on the ceiling will suffice.

Table lamps in living room

Table lamps in living room

Especially for pictures, halogen lighting cannot be beat, because its color rendering properties are the best. Decorative lights, placed on a sideboard or table, which can be perceived as an object, are best suited to visualize your favorite piece of furniture. For best results, you should immerse the scene with some small LED or halogen spots on the ceiling to create a colorfast light.

 

Magic with the right light

 

You can make your ceilings look higher with up-lights. The necessary condition, however, is that the walls are not painted in dark colors. Even low ceilings can visually stand out through appropriate, bright lighting. However, if you live in a building which has particularly high ceilings, you can take advantage of the reverse effect: keep the walls slightly brighter than the ceiling, and the room gets a different proportion. Colored light changes a room visually as well: warm colors on the narrow sides visually shorten your room, while cool colors set the walls back.

Main by Boconcept

Main by Boconcept

 

Interesting play of light and shadow

 

The first steps

 

The first questions with regards to lighting design in the living room are as follows: Should the room be bright and inviting? How does it get affected by daylight? Should certain zones be highlighted? It is important that lighting has a calming effect and that the brightness can be adjusted. If you want to be less in charge, a time control can be installed, which controls the artificial lighting via daylight sensors. Try it with a light plugged in to an extension cable, to find out how you can realize your ideas in practice. You can improvise lighting alternatives with different lampshades and light bulbs. Light in your house is very diverse – if you use it skillfully you can evoke emotions. And because nearly everyone likes good lighting, lighting design is a charming adventure.

 

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Play of light and shadow

 

An evenly illuminated living room is boring. Only the combination of lighter and darker areas creates tension and lets items appear virtually three-dimensional. Combinations of diffused and direct light, for example through down lights or spots, are ideal.

Noframe

Noframe

This frameless recessed luminaires optimally adapt to any interior and provide a pleasant light.

 

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The light color of a lamp says something about what color the light has. The warm white of a light bulb is below 3300 Kelvin (K). Neutral white lies between 3300 and 5300 K and the almost bluish daylight white is above 5300 K. Light colors in the warm white range are soothing and comfortable.

 

 

 

Ingo Schaer

Round and cute – these lamps are to cherish and to love! Spherical lamps adapt to every room and ambiance with their round, harmonious shape.

Bubble

Bubble

 

This “push me” lamp can be turned on and off by simply pressing it, since it is made out of silicone.

Spherical lamps look good everywhere: whether on the floor or on a table, as a pendant or floor lamp or outdoors.

The globe is a perfect form. It is harmonious and balanced and nice to look at, and invites us to touch it. Spherical and round lights are very popular. You can place them everywhere, whether on the ground, in a corner or on a table. They look good as floor or pendant lamps as well.

Small spherical pendant lamps arranged in groups, for example over the dining table, are especially pretty. So-called “Moon lights”, which look like the moon and spread a gentle “moonlight feeling”, create a beautiful ambiance. Some of these moon lights are made out of a translucent material like Japanese paper, enabling the light to shine through mysteriously.

Moon by Davide Groppi

Moon by Davide Groppi

 

A wistful look to the moon. This lamp invites to dream. The light shines softly through and fills the room with a pleasant atmosphere.

Shapes and colors

There is a large selection with regards to material for round light fixtures; particularly for high-quality impact globe lamps made of glass or ceramic. Of course hand-blown lamps made out of Murano glass are very special and very classy. The color white is often used, because it resembles the globe: pure, perfect and clean. Although the round shape is an invitation to be touched, caution is advised, because lights with incandescent or halogen lamps can be very hot! This is especially inconvenient, since spherical floor or table lamps usually have no stand or handle, where you could pick them up with.

Gambo

Gambo

You can conjure different light and shade patterns with 15 motif plates.

LEDs or CFLs are a different thing altogether – these lamps provide low heat generation and save power at the same time. It doesn’t always have to be the complete globe shape; hemispheres or other roundish forms are frequently being used in light fixture as well. Pendant lamps often have a semicircular shape and open downwards with their light emission.

Globo

Globo

Globe shapes in your garden

These spherical lights give your garden a fantastic light ambiance.

Globe shape lights are a beautiful eye-catcher outdoors as well – whether as bordering, on the terrace, or as floating lamps. Many manufacturers offer lights with a stone look design as well, which almost looks like real stones during the day. Outdoor lighting is equipped with energy-saving bulbs or LEDs most of the time. Solar-powered lights soaking up the sun during the day and providing a soft light shine at night are especially environmentally friendly. When purchasing outdoor lights, you should ensure that they are expressly suitable for outdoor use. Lamps, which become hot quickly, should not be placed next to plants, but rather kept in a certain safe distance.

Due to their low heat development and good energy efficiency, LED lights can stay lit all night – even unattended. A built-in timer is convenient, because this way you can automatically control the LED light and let it glow in many different rainbow colors.

TIP: OUTDOOR USE

When purchasing outdoor light fixtures, you should ensure that they are suitable for outdoor use – even if the balcony or patio is covered, they are subjected to constant weather conditions.

 

 

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