Cool New Lights and Trends For 2014 (Reviews/Ratings)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  January 30, 2014  |  3 Min. Read

New Products

Every January, lighting manufacturers, vendors and buyers from all over the world descend on the Dallas Trade Mart to decide what will be important for the next year. I have been traveling to this building for over 25 years.

I was around when verde, polished brass, bound glass and Williamsburg chandeliers were in style. Then it was heavy, then colorful, big pieces then minimal pieces. If I live long enough, I will see every trend return (which they always seem to do).

Dallas isn't what it used to be. Back when I started, there were some great US and especially New England companies like Wilshire, Nulco and Sturdy Lantern. They are all gone now although we still have a few smaller manufacturers. Most of the lighting is now produced in China, so with fewer factories there is much replication.

However, there are still some exciting independent American companies and a few good imports as well. There will always be some great new products. Last year, it was Legrand. This year it was few different companies.

Let's look at Lighting Trends for 2014

Sputnick

I am not sure if this light is named as such or just my affectionate term. This type of light with a crazy pattern of bulbs you will see a great deal in the next few months from any number of manufacturers.

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Circle Patterns

The new shape of lights is round (at least for the next 24 months). It can be traditional, contemporary and every other style.

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Post Modern/Minimalist

You will probably not place this in a Victorian home, but this is a great light for lofts, eclectic and contemporary areas.

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Other Really Cool Lights

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Porcelain pendants

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Belt buckles as design accents

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