March-April 2016 | BRIGHT IDEAS




Denney Lighting & Design’s Karen McCormick highlights the decorative lighting trends from the 2016 Dallas International Lighting Show

Lightovation: The Dallas International Lighting Show illuminates the industry’s brightest innovations each January in Texas. Karen McCormick of Denney Lighting & Design said mid- century modern and vintage European lighting styles earned rave reviews at this year’s event. With their bold designs and retro appeal, these are two of the year’s most popular looks.

Trending mid-century modern fixtures showcased at the annual market included the orb/cage design — a round, open fixture with self-contained bulbs. McCormick said this look comes in a variety of styles, including crystal, rope and industrial. A new linear design features square and rectangular fixtures, which provide more of a balanced feel to long banquet-style tables and spacious kitchen islands. 

“These can be used alone or in pairs to spread the light and balance seen in more open-living-space floor plans, which are popular today,” McCormick said.

Sputnik is a centrally round fixture with arms that extend to form a sphere. Clear and amber-hued glass is very popular in pendants and mini-pendants, according to McCormick, and can be used alone or in groupings. Popular finishes include bronze, gold and antique brass and rustic Champagne (gold and silver).

The second trending design style at Lightovation was vintage European-style fixtures. These decorative designs range from simplistic to ornate/antique and feature details such as leaf accents, crystal accents, sweeping arms and vintage candle covers. Glass fixtures include clear seedy, waterglass and mercury glass. Italian and French country-influenced finishes of Champagne, antique white and rustic bronze are most popular in this category this year, according to McCormick. 

These innovative products, and much more, are on display at the Denney Lighting & Design showroom in Millsboro.
Family-owned-and-operated since 1985, Denney Lighting & Design offers the latest in indoor and outdoor lighting, table
and floor lamps, ceiling fans and home decor from more than 45 industry-leading brands, like Hinkley, Kichler, Quorum, Seagull and Progress Lighting. 

In addition to personal consultations, the company offers clients a host of options to generate ideas and inspiration for their spaces.

“We post trends and ideas frequently on our Facebook, Pinterest and Houzz pages, and we have a substantial library of catalogs that we provide our clients, featuring the latest and greatest products,” McCormick said. “Our lighting website also offers a ‘wish list’ feature, which clients can use to create their own lookbook of ideas for their homes. Our goal is to be the resource for lighting design and fixtures so that clients have the best solutions to their lighting needs.”


Here are four ways to make your home more inviting through the power of light

1. Learn to see the light: Being inspired by a Pinterest idea is a great start but be sure that the fixture you are considering for a space is the right light output for your space. Rooms like kitchens, baths and entryways require more lighting and specific placement for the best results. When replacing an existing fixture, know what size fixture and bulbs you’re replacing so that you can compare products. 

2. Choose the right size fixture for your space. Balance the fixture to the room size, vanity size or exterior door dimensions. Going too small is a common mistake. A general guide is to use the room width plus length to determine a
diameter range for chandeliers. (Example: A dining room that is 12 ft. x 16 ft. would use a 28-inch diameter fixture, so a 26-32-inch diameter would be more appropriate than a 16-inch diameter light fixture).

3. Layer the light in your room. Use a variety of light sources to create interest, make the room more inviting and increase the functionality of the space. In a kitchen, layering light would look something like recessed ceiling cans/surface-mount fixtures on the ceiling for overall general illumination (ambient light). Use task lighting over the sink, stove and counter areas (either decorative or low profile LED tape lighting), decorative lighting over the island/kitchen table like pendants chandeliers, or lanterns. Accent lighting (LED or low profile linear lighting) over, in or under the cabinets to accentuate open ceilings, glass display doors, etc. 

4. Use dimmers and lighting controls to reduce energy costs and to get the best aesthetic effect. Control the light layers by separately switching fixtures or light groups so that you can dim them independently, which allows for creating ambiance that simple on/off switches can’t achieve.  


Choosing the right light bulb should be more than a decision of brand or price. Consider these details before you flip a switch

Average Cost: $10.00

Lifespan: 25,000 hours

Energy Used: 10 watts

Lumen Output = 800

Pros: Energy-efficient; long-lasting; low heat output; growing technology.

Cons: Costs more upfront; fewer lamp choices.


Average Cost: .40 cents

Lifespan: 2,500 hours

Energy Used: 60 watts

Lumen Output = 580

Pros: Inexpensive; adds warmth to setting; many bulb-style choices.

Cons: Low energy-efficiency; shorter lifespan; high-heat production.

Average Cost: $3.00

Lifespan: 12,000 hours

Energy Used: 13 watts

Lumen Output = 880

Pros: Energy-efficient; long-lasting; inexpensive.

Cons: Contains mercury; limited lamp styles; limited applications.



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