Trends: Home lighting & automation


Lamps by Wildwood Lamps & Accents are striking traditional and transitional creations that blend techniques and materials of the past to reflect today’s designs. Room setting from Century Furniture available at Norris Home Furnishings. (Photo: Special to

By Domnick M. Minella, Special to The News–Press1:51 a.m. EDT March 25, 2015

The latest trends and breakthroughs in home lighting and home automation present dynamic design, lighting and convenience options to brighten up every room of your home. Today’s transitional styles in home interiors, combined with new products and advances in home lighting are shaping today’s living spaces.

Home interior designs have evolved, and decorative lighting has followed. Design statements in lamp designs include bold and beautiful colors in slick glass, ceramic and acrylic elements as well as brass, chrome and platinum accents that add bling and sophistication.

Lighting evolution from Edison to today

Technology has given us more choices than ever before starting with the light bulb.Thomas Edison’s incandescent bulb invented in the late 1800’s is being phased out because of its less efficient use of electricity. Over 95 percent of incandescent bulb energy is given off in heat. A good example of this would be harking back to childhood to recall the great cakes my little sister made in her Easy Bake toy oven heated with a 60-watt bulb.

New developments in lighting include the swirling designed compact florescent light bulb CFL that is cool to the touch. The CFL has an increased lifetime use of 10,000 hours versus the incandescent bulb’s 1,000 hours. While the CFL is more effective in energy use, it doesn’t provide the most flattering light source because it has a blue tint of florescent. More importantly, toxic mercury is used in the bulb manufacturing making disposal an issue. The current shining star is LED lighting that emits a diode light source. LED lighting does not generate heat, and provides a clear, white light. It can be dimmed, and has a life expectancy of more than 30,000 hours. Cost of these bulbs is now more affordable, and they also provide savings by lowering energy use.

Convenience, comfort and fun with home automation

Home automation has arrived, offering convenience, comfort, energy efficiency and security. Computer and information technology makes it possible to remotely control and pre-set appliances, shutters, windows and sliding doors and more with the touch of a finger. Home automation systems integrate your electrical devices with one another, and can change lighting levels to welcome you home or create a romantic mood for dinner.

Use your imagination

From the first time you use a remote control to dim the light across the room, you will be hooked on automated lighting systems. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Lighting control is the cornerstone of the home automation industry. 

— Norris Home Furnishings designers are prepared to assist you as you consider some of the elements of transitional design, new lighting styles and automation for your home. Learn more about home automation at today’s design seminar, Lighting Your Way to the Future, at 11 a.m. in the Norris Fort Myers showroom. Seminar attendees will also learn how to incorporate home automation into a new or existing home from guest speaker, Chris Burke, owner of Hidden Technology. The seminar is free and open to the public. Refreshments are served. Reservations are requested, as seating is limited. The Norris Fort Myers showroom is at 14125 S. Tamiami Trail. Call 690-9844 for reservations.

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