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Modern Lighting Trends in 2013


The Dallas International Lighting Market is a centralized hub of permanent exhibition space for lighting’s biggest brands. Twice a year, thousands of shoppers and industry professionals descend upon Dallas to discover the latest creations from many of the brightest designers and manufacturers in modern lighting.


Dallas Market Center –
Dallas International Lighting Market

This year, Lightology went behind the scenes at the January Dallas Lighting Market, the industry’s biggest event of the year. Lightology Showroom Buyer Kara Manning interviewed over 20 top contemporary lighting brands and designers to get an exclusive, inside look at the latest modern lighting trends for 2013.

Designers and homeowners alike can watch the video clips and “Best of Dallas” highlights reel to see the brightest designers in lighting today introduce new designs, debut cutting-edge LED technology, and reveal the inspirations that brought these products to market.

“As the lighting industry’s largest event of the year, the January Dallas Lighting Market is a source of tremendous excitement for us,” says Kara Manning, Showroom Buyer for Lightology. “Each year we look forward to seeing what designers and manufacturers bring to the Market, and this year was remarkable.”

See the latest modern lighting trends and LED technology with Lightology

Modern Lighting Trends and LED Technology – Lightology

“Advancements in LED technology intersect with cutting-edge designs to bring some of the most exciting collections we’ve seen in years,” says Kara. “We’re highlighting some of the best designs from the best manufacturers in lighting today. Personally, I love the new fixtures that integrate unexpected materials like wood, fabric and precious metals into today’s lighting.”

By compiling a selection of short videos, Lightology gives homeowners and designers alike an inside perspective on modern lighting trends. Get inspired by lighting industry design leaders like Tech Lighting, Edge Lighting, Varaluz, LBL and Sonneman.

Innovative contemporary design is a hallmark of the brands we offer at Lightology, and the products in the videos represent only a snapshot of what you can find in our Chicago Showroom and on our website,

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February 19, 2013 · 10:03 am

Dreaming of an Open Air Retreat

2011 DreamHome Lit Up By Lightology and 1 Design Group

Here in Chicago, the Merchandise Mart’s annual DreamHome event hosts 9 different designers,
all selected to showcase their style and talent in different residential rooms.

This year, landscape designers Michael and Lori Anthony of 1 Design Group and Jeremy Stanulis of J. Stanulis Architects were given the privilege of designing the outdoor space in the DreamHome. With a little help from Lightology,  they were able to create a relaxing outdoor retreat that leaves us all yearning for our own open-air haven.

What is your inspiration/vision for the space?
The theme this year is ‘Modern’, and we wanted to show off how warm a modern space can be — no matter the size.  We wanted to push the envelope and maximize the space for functionality while remaining visually appealing.
How does the lighting that you chose solve problems and/or enhance the space?
Lighting is such an important element in any size landscape and should not be overlooked.  In our landscape, the lighting brings the boxwood to life and sets the mood in the space. It is enchanting, and invites people to relax and have a good time.
What is your overall design philosophy and how are you expressing that in the DreamHome?
Our goal is to first listen carefully to our clients: our challenge is to evolve their wants and needs into their purest expression.  In the DreamHome, we expressed our modern design style within the theme, while bringing in the different design elements that can be utilized in your exterior space.

Get the DreamHome Landscape Look…

Michael and Lori’s outdoor retreat feels inviting and warm due to the many layers of light they created using a variety of products from Lightology.

The Alpine produces bi-directional light for a soft glow.

The Sun3 LED is a 10 watt, award-winning recessed light that they used as an uplight to show off the boxwood and stone wall.

Find out more about the 2011 DreamHome and see 1 Design Group’s landscape for yourself!

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Interior Designer Chat Tweet Up @lightology

This Tuesday, people from all over the country came to the Lightology showroom to participate in our first-ever Tweet Up with our co-hosts @IntDesignerChat! At the beginning of the night, guests at the showroom and around the country participated in the weekly twitter chat, #IntDesignerChat, where the subject of the night was lighting. (Read the transcript)

Afterwards, the party continued for guests at the showroom, enjoying food, drinks and social media tips for their business! If you are a trade professional, make sure to register for our trade benefits program to get exclusive discounts on products and invitations to upcoming Lightology events! Visit our facebook page to see all the photos from the Tweet Up!

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Lightology Sponsors Installation at DIFFA’s Dining by Design Charity Event

This past week, Lightology paired with Chicago area design firm HDR Architecture for their Alice In Wonderland – inspired dining room installation for Dining by Design, an event hosted by the Chicago Chapter of DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS). This event raises funds for Chicago area HIV/AIDS service organizations that provide direct service, education, and outreach to the community.

Lightology donated the Ginetta chandelier for the installation, while companies like Coalesse Furniture, Designtex Fabrics and Interface Carpet donated other elements to perfect the whimsically chaotic setting.

HDR Designer Anne Rockwell had her sights set on the Ginnetta chandelier from the beginning.

“The chandelier was the perfect formal element with a modern twist,” she explained. “It helped tie the room together with the white table and scrolling graphic side walls.”

Find out more about DIFFA and what you can do to help.

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