Lighting : Lighting August 2016 - Vol 36 Issue 4
18 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | August/September 2016 August/September 2016 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 19 FEATURE ADELE LOCKE FOUNDER, MINT LIGHTING “I’ll often go in and have to work with the existing light locations and then use modern technology to bring better light into their homes. So for example, a home with old incandescent wall sconces that sort of drag the whole place down – we replace them with high-output LEDs and all of a sudden they’ve got this really light, bright, airy space and all they’ve changed is the lighting.” LEDs have already penetrated the residential sector – a 2012 McKinsey report predicted LEDs would account for more than 50 per cent of residential lighting this year and From house to home BY CLAIRE THOMPSON Residential lighting makes up a small but growing segment of the global lighting market. Here, we talk to three industry experts about different approaches to residential lighting and where the market is heading. Lighting hidden into the architecture provides everything this family needs – from function to a modernist aesthetic. Image courtesy of Mike Lees Builders. Amazing architecture deserves beautiful light. This stunning ceiling is brought to life with light creating the perfect bedroom experience. Image courtesy of Adele Locke. more than 70 per cent by 2020 – and the homes Locke works in are no different. However, despite widespread uptake of LEDs among her clientele, there’s little interest in smart technologies and more of a focus on the energy efficiency and aesthetics that standard LEDs can provide. “People are trying to build very efficient houses now, and as soon as you go through the ceiling, that all falls apart. We’re building light into the structure of the architecture as much as possible so that it’s essentially invisible until you turn it on at night,” she says. From Locke’s perspective, there are lots of reasons why the residential lighting market remains comparatively small – the cost of professional lighting design, lighting controls and high-end lighting products can be prohibitive, while a crowded market makes it difficult for consumers to choose high quality lighting products that represent good value for money. But one of the most significant challenges for residential projects is the need for product longevity in a sector where the technology is best known for its rapid turnover. “The difference, I think, between residential and commercial is that in a residential environment, if someone is actually spending money on their lighting, they’re thinking 10, 15, 20 years ahead in that home,” Locke says. “Retail normally has a five-year turnaround, so you can try something new and fantastic, because you’re going to rip it out in five years and start again.” Despite these challenges, Locke believes that there’s a compelling lifestyle argument for residential lighting design. “I think there are huge benefits to making people feel more welcomed by their own home. To arrive at a warm and inviting home, especially in the darker months, with lighting that’s all designed for you – it’s like walking into the best cocktail lounge you’ve ever been to.” Lighting by design Adele Locke is a rarity in the lighting world – an independent lighting designer who works solely with residential clients. The ongoing success of her company, Mint Lighting, reflects the existence of a market segment with an interest in the role of light in creating a home. Clients who contact Locke are normally undertaking a whole-of-house refurbishment that includes a lighting overhaul, or they’re fed up with living in a poorly lit space. “These clients are looking for light that enhance the room, make their home feel bigger and brighter,” Locke says. Texture created in the entrance by an Earl Pinto pendant makes the welcoming entrance come to life. Image courtesy of Adele Locke.
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