LED, solar, cylinder, pendant, high ceiling fixtures, switches… what’s to be expected in the 2019 world of lighting? Zara Horner finds out.

New, bright ways of thinking about light are predicted for next year with companies such as Modular Lighting Instruments – a subsidiary of Philips – heralding new technology that offers a “wide array of advantages.”

Controlling the ‘experience’ of light has become a big thing in the last few years with designers, manufacturers and installation agents all wanting to enhance their customers’ lighting usage in a whole new way.

lighting-smartphone“For example, Modular Connected marks the end of the light switch era,” according to Anthony Ng, key account and export sales manager. “With one tap on a smartphone clients can now control all lighting solutions.”

Switching lights on or off, dimming or creating different atmospheres are just a few of the possibilities that are now literally in the hand “anywhere, any time.”

Italian company Axolight has been designing lighting products for more than two decades.

Using lighting to “personalise space” is at the heart of their creations.

When asked what the big design trend in lighting will be in 2019, Hillary Menegazzi, marketing and communication director does not hesitate: “Pendant lights.”

Made of recycled ABS that embraces an aluminium conical shape containing the LED light source, Axolight’s pendant light range Jewel is available in several finishes and four versions: one, three, four and 10 lights.

“The lamps can play as a single piece, for more punctual lighting, or in combination to create a more diffused beam,” Menegazzi says.

Efficiency

With best-selling ranges that are characterised by a “bold colourful look through to collections inspired by industrial design,” Menegazzi believes that while energy efficiency is an increasingly important criterion for clients in Asia, it is a long way from front-of-mind thinking.

Ng says considering the project as a whole is the way to improve efficiency overall, and to improve energy efficiency in particular.

“We ask: what work goes on, where and when it’s done. Integration of lighting control based on dynamic response is more efficient than proprietary lighting systems.

“Lighting control systems play an essential role in reducing operational costs.”

Noting that next season creating specific ambiences will be the big-ticket item, Ng says: “Connected lighting, changing the intensity and brightness of lights has never been easier and customers are looking to match the perfect ambience with the mood or task at hand.”

Modular’s Lighting Scene can be pre-programmed and can activate different light routines. Not only that, lighting sequences may be synchronised with movies, music, automated blinds, locks, fences, door bells, thermostats etc.

“The possibilities this new technology offers are endless,” Ng enthuses.

Sometimes a room needs something more. It needs to be a tad more intimate with that magical soft glow and a warmer feeling; with matching high colour rendering index values over dimming, a full range of beam angles and LED gears, Modular’s Lighting Scene range offers “impeccable dimming results without any hiccups,” Ng says.

When dimming halogen lamps the colour temperature automatically drops. A dimmed halogen lamp thus radiates a warmer, more atmospheric light than one operating at full capacity.

“Although it has been possible to dim LED lighting for some time now,” Ng points out, “the colour temperature remained unchanged, resulting in a different ambience from that of dimmed halogen lighting. However, the recently developed ‘warm dimming’ technology enables dimmed LED to create the same warm ambience.”

Wanting to “avoid complexity [and] enhance functionality”, the company recently launched an LED technology which could work in a very small luminaire. The Qbini spot family has been a hit in Asia.

Ng says, “Being so compact Qbini gives architects plenty of inspiration to play with colour, shape, position and number of lamps.”

Tall glass facades meant lighting had to address the transition from day to night, as well as cope with any gloomy daytime atmospherics.

Roof top bars and restaurants each have a different design theme and are intended as stand-alone destinations.

To ensure success full-scale testing was conducted and mock-ups produced right down to the guest-room vanity lighting to provide a favourable ratio between horizontal and vertical lighting… mascara application is in safe hands!

Housed in an iconic Bangkok tower and set in the gardens of the former British Embassy, lighting at Park Hyatt Bangkok has been used to draw attention to the magnificent city views and lush outdoor spaces.

The façade of the building has been clad in three variations of aluminium tiles and creates a shimmering moire-like pattern. Inverse Lighting Design has used this to articulate the play of light and reflection along varying profiles as well as illuminating motifs and patterns found in the traditional Thai architecture. While dynamic, the company has been carefully subtle in its approach.

Seamless and well-integrated, the lighting has contributed to the modern, luxe, urban feel of the property.