Exposed Bulb Lighting in Interiors
Lightbulbs – to bare or not to bare? Exposed light bulbs and bulbs with transparent shades are popping up everywhere and in all manner of modern interior schemes. No longer just for use in commercial premises or for styling of photographic shoots; the naked bulb look is appearing in home interiors too.
The modern invention of the light bulb certainly changed the way we live in, and view our homes forever; and with all the advances in lights and lighting systems that have happened since then, it seems uncanny that it is the pure simplicity of the exposed light bulb, that is now being embraced in residential interior design.
At the recent Maison et Objet show in Paris, I saw several of rope style lights and open wire and transparent shades that pay homage to the bulbs more than the shades themselves; whether it be traditional Edison style filament bulbs, the low energy Plumen bulbs or oversized round bulbs. Product designers are clearly getting creative with this new look; using bigger bulbs, bulbs cut like crystals, a rainbow of colorful cords and fixtures made from a wide range of materials – wool, concrete, metal and wood.
Image A. Pendant light wood from Sooo.nl; B. Wool pendant from Sooo.nl; C. Manila rope lights from Atelier 688; D. Concrete Edison hanging bulb from Sooo.nl; E. Manila rope lights from Atelier 688 (image source Remodilista).
Further examples were seen at last years London Design Festival. See our Tent London and Design Junction recaps, where the neon flocked energy saving Muscar light and the Knot Pendant Light caught our attention.
Curious how you could incorporate the bare bulb look into your home without it looking like you have just moved in? Take a look at these examples. A cluster or a string of bulbs, or a single hanging energy efficient lightbulb – I may just try it out for myself!
Image Source Left: via Lamps Plus Right: 91 Magazine by decor8
Image Source Left: via Design Lovers Blog at Maison Objet 2013. Right: unknown
Image Source Left: unknown Right: via Frame Light Chandelier, Iacoli & McAllister via Houzz
Image Source Left: Right: via Design Lovers Blog at Maison Objet 2013.
Image Source Left: Cord Pendant via Sooo.nl
Image Source: Plumen bulbs with shades spotted at Maison Objet 2013, Design Lovers Blog. Right: Plumen bulbs with shades.
Image Left: Sputnik light by Restoration Hardware; Right: via Pinterest via trainspotters.uk.com
Image source: Pinterest
To bare or not to bare? A fleeting trend or here to stay? Do you like the exposed bulb look? I would love to hear your views.
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