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Lighting the House of the Future

Last Updated Dec 21, 2011 · Written by Craig Gibson

Lighting has come a long way since the advent of the incandescent bulb. So much so that you will soon be hard pressed to find one installed anywhere today. This technological revolution has happened in tandem with the role lighting now plays in our homes – transforming interiors, creating atmosphere and evolving to become substantially more sustainable.

Michael Downie, Philips General Manager – Lighting, gave hipages a taste of what lighting trends we can expect to see and what will define the house of the future.

What key trends are defining lighting for the home?

“LED lighting is arguably the most profound change the industry has witnessed since the invention of electric light itself. LEDs are transforming the nature of lighting by opening up new possibilities for how artificial light is used to enhance the human experience and transform living spaces within the home.”

What is the basic technology behind LED?

“LED stands for 'Light Emitting Diode' which are tiny semiconductors encapsulated in plastic that protects the components and helps to focus the light.”

What are LEDs' most attractive features?

“LEDs provide many advantages over traditional lighting options. Some of the benefits include:
  • Long-lasting - LED bulbs last up to ten times longer than compact fluorescents, and far longer than typical incandescent bulbs.

  • Energy-efficient - Electricity costs can be reduced by 80 per cent or more when traditional light bulbs are replaced with LED light solutions.

  • Reduced maintenance cost – Because LEDs are both efficient and durable, they need to be replaced less often.

  • Greater design capabilities - LED technology offers design possibilities that cannot be achieved with conventional lighting. LED solutions are ideal for creating an ambient atmosphere and enhancing the visual impact of a living space.

  • Wellbeing - LED lighting solutions also offer comfortable, low-glare light for the functional needs of a room.”

Will LED eventually displace all other forms of lighting in the home?

“LED lighting is slated to be the dominant light source for homes within the next decade, replacing standard incandescent and compact fluorescent lighting. We expect at least 50 per cent LED penetration in the market by as early as 2015, and 75 per cent by the end of this decade.”

How will all this technology change the way we live?

“There is a growing consciousness to switch to energy-efficient solutions, as well as a desire to transform the ambience of the home for different occasions.  LED meets both of these needs by changing the way people use light. Increasingly, home owners are using light to create their personal style and a unique ambience at home. At the same time, they are looking for higher quality and products which deliver a long-term return on investment. LED lights open up endless possibilities to transform and enhance home spaces while only using one fifth of the power of incandescent bulbs.”

How will lighting look and function in the house of the future?

“New LED lighting solutions transform home lighting from a functional afterthought to a core element in home design and décor and a reflection of the home owner's style. Our home LED portfolio allows home owners to use light as a design feature and create ambience in different rooms while saving energy.”

How is lighting used in the house of the future?

“Modern lighting solutions show home owners that design opportunities are limitless when using LED. We have a range of LivingColors LED lights which is a sleek lamp with a colour-change control that offers 16 million different colour options to light a room. The lamp can instantly change the mood of any room in the house.”
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