Very few things are as discouraging to us as over-design. It’s depressing to know that somebody out there worked extra hard to overstep harmonious design and continued right on through to achieve superfluous, often nonsensical results. When you’ve solved the problem elegantly – stop – go home and be with your kids, go have a drink. Apparently most lighting designers aren’t spending enough time with their kids or enough time at the bar because, it seems to us, they just keep designing and designing. Most light fixtures seem over-worked to the point of design-coma. For the last several years we’ve been searching far and wide for light fixtures that are about the nature of light itself – rather than the fixture. There are, of course, some very nicely designed light fixtures out there, and for those we recommend Louis Poulsen and Artemide. But with most of our favorite lights you don’t even notice the light fixture itself. Here’s what we’ve come up with, let us know what’s on your list:
B-Lux: Zentrum Wall or Ceiling Light, $800, 25.25″SQ X 3.25″
Fluorescent lamps & electronic ballast
B-Lux: Q-Bo Wall or Ceiling Light, $240, 6″W X 6.25″H
Compact fluorescent lamp & electronic ballast
Prisma: Pro Interior Plat Series & Tech Series
Prisma: Quatrix Series
RAB Lighting: VBR BRACKET, $50 & VX 4″ BOX, $28
Incandescent up to 200 watts.
Prudential Lighting: P-60, P-61, P-40 & P10 series
Suspended / wall-mounted mountings.
Downlight / up/downlight / uplight / wallwasher with fluorescent
Prudential Lighting: Snap series
Luceplan: Metropoli Series, $180 – $800
Fluorescent or Incandescent
Aamsco: Alinea, ~$200
12″, 20″ or 40″ lengths x 1.3” wide x 1.75” high
Thomas Lighting SL875-3 – Indoor/Outdoor Wall Sconce, $25
Twenty-five-friggin-bucks for a nice, clean, modern lamp. With the money you save on this fixture you can join the designer at the bar.