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The Boya Wooden Designer Lamp By Outofstock for Environment

The Boya lamp is a small table lamp made out of reclaimed wood. The beautiful wooden base is American Oak, coming from reclaimed barns from mid-west USA. Designed by Outofstock for Environment, the inspiration for the shape and form came from marine buoys. The Edison style light bulb also adds to the charm of the Boya lamp.

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Laluna – Fiber Optic Pendant Light

The Laluna light is made up of strands of fiber optics. This delicate looking light piece was designed by Steffen Bauer for Crescent Lighting. It uses halogen or LED lights, which are installed into the ceiling or another room. The lights can power a number of these fiber optic light fixtures. The lights can also change color, which will change the color of the Laluna.

It comes in two sizes, 15.5 and 23.6 inches, and is priced at $1000 to $1200.

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The Tunto Table Lamp – A Wooden Lamp and Wireless Charging Station

I’ve highlighted a number of wooden desk lamps before here on L&L, like the CUB or creating your own Birch Veneer Wooden Lamp. Here is a luxurious and tech advanced wooden lamp – The Tunto Powerkiss Lamp. It’s not just a lamp, as the base features PowerKiss wireless charging technology. Plug in the adaptor, and your phone will charge, wirelessly. For the lamp part it uses LED lights, and has touch sensitive controls to turn the lamp on and off and change the brightness.

The Tunto comes in Oak, Walnut, and Birch – and costs around $1400. Available from Nostraforma.

Tunto Wooden Lamp Wireless Charging Station

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IKEA HACK: LED Digital Notification Desk

When it comes to things digital, this is what I like to see. The merging of the real world and digital. This is an IKEA DIY hack, using a Gallant desk. The frosted table top allows for LED lights to shine through – which come on to alert you if a new email or chat message arrives. You can find the instructions here on Instructables to make your own.

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Designer Lighting Showcase: Hard Wood Pendant Lights

Here are a series of pendant lights, designed by Adam Brackney, crafted out of a range of hardwoods, such as Walnut. In the photos you can see that one of the pendant lights is photographed using an old school Edison light bulb, as well as a low watt globe bulb. The beauty in these light pieces comes from the gorgeous grains in the wood.

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L&L Design Guide: Modern Lighting Ideas and Styles – From New Age Mood Lamps to Fiber Optics

Fusing lights with technology, reintroducing fiber optics, using motion sensors and color changing LEDs, are a few of the modern lighting ideas we can see around today. Here we have highlighted some of the best ideas and styles we have found.

Sensing Your Motion

motion sensor lights Motion sensor lights help save on wasted energy. Before they were popular for outdoor security lights, but now they are making their way into homes. We talk more about them in our Conserving Energy with Wireless Motion Sensor Lights and Adapters post. These are ideal for stairwells, closet lighting, or under cabinet kitchen lighting. In our ‘Stairwell Lighting Ideas’ post we highlighted a DIY project that involves motion sensors that will turn on the stair lights, slowly one by one.

Magical Fiber Optics

Fiber optics are making their way back into different lighting fixtures. Here is a post on the Laluna – Fiber Optic Pendant Light – we have also highlighted a home theater ceiling that uses fiber optics to create a sky of constellations – L&L Design Guide: DIY Lighting Ideas and Projects. People are experimenting with fiber optics and putting them into concrete slabs for kitchen countertops, bar counters, or even walls.

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The Natural Way

Bringing as much natural lighting into a home is a good choice for lighting design – all the while managing privacy and heat. Our post here explains a number of ideas around this: L&L Design Guide: Different Ways to Add Natural Lighting in Homes – From Windows to Solar Tubes. One of the ideas we talked about was the invention of solar tubes. These tubes are fitted into the roof and bring light down into the top floor of the house. They are ideal for hallways and walk in closets. They can also have lights fitted around the tube, so at night they can still be used.

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The Foundation of Modern Lighting in a Home or Building

When it comes to modern style lighting for ceilings in homes, recessed lights are the way to go. These lights are fitted into a false ceiling, so all the parts are hidden, creating a sleek and clean look in a room – Home Lighting Ideas: From The Living Room To The Bedroom, The Kitchen To The Outdoors.

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A living room using recessed ceiling lights

Painting the Walls Anytime

Modern mood lights have been redesigned to include remote controls and LED lights. These days they have touch sensitive controls, and hundreds of thousands of colors to choose from. They can be set to one color, or set to cycle through the colors. So if it is gray and cold outside, splash the walls with green or yellow light. Or use deep blue or purple light to set a romantic setting. Choices in lights include ones like the Yantouch Jellyfish and the Philips Mood Lighting Collection which are stand alone units. Or there are special LED light bulbs that will screw into any normal light socket (in the ceiling or in a lamp) and can be controlled via remote.

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Links to other posts on ideas for modern lighting here on Lights and Lights:

Cove Lighting – Requires construction work, but results in an elegant looking space.

Light Shape – Bathroom tiles that have floral designs that light up.

Nissoku Lamp – Design inspired by solar eclipses.

Tunto Lamp – A wooden lamp with touch sensitive controls and a base that lets you charge your electronic devices wirelessly.

Wallpaper Lights – A concept design that integrates lighting into wallpaper.