August 2019: The Newest Lighting Trends Are Here

Posted by Raelle Bell on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Issue No. 104 August 2019

The newest lighting trends are here.


Lighting is one of the most important aspects of any room design. Good lighting creates spaces that are safe and functional, and helps establish the mood and style of a room. Click here to see the latest lighting trends in a new video from ALA and Better Homes & Gardens.



New styles make a statement.

One of the most popular light fixture styles today is modern design, which features shapes, frames and cut-outs that turn fixtures into works of art. The dynamic designs utilize LED technology and sleek geometry to create one-of-a-kind statement pieces.

Elk Lighting

On the rustic side, hand-forged designs are going strong with hammered metals and matte black finishes. Farmhouse inspired designs favor seeded glass shades, which cast a warm glow and add an authentic ambience.

A perennial favorite, black and white is a sophisticated alternative to the more rustic finishes. These punchy fixtures combine matte black with bright white in ways that give a nod to contemporary Scandinavian design.

See more of the latest lighting styles in ALA's new lighting trends video and at your nearby ALA-member showroom.

Crystorama Lighting



Smart tech connects your home.

Smart lighting technology is becoming more accessible and attractive to homeowners looking to improve their home's efficiency, security and connectivity. New technology makes it easy to adjust lights and ceiling fans from virtually anywhere with the click of an app or a simple voice command.

To learn how the latest lighting technology can make your home smart, talk to a lighting expert at your nearby ALA-member showroom or go online to

Lutron Electronics




Ask a lighting professional.

I have an outdated light box with four fluorescent bulbs in my kitchen. It provides a tremendous amount of light, but looks old fashioned. What are some alternatives that will provide an equivalent amount of light?           -Michelle C.

Fixtures like the one you have are now mostly obsolete. Fluorescent lighting has been replaced to a large extent by LED fixtures. Most of today’s LED fixtures for surface mounting applications are typically much smaller than the fixture currently in your kitchen. Therefore, if you replace your existing fixture with a smaller fixture you will need to do some painting and or repair.

We suggest you take the measurements and a photo of your fixture to an ALA-member showrooms in your area to get the most appropriate replacement. Typically, a four-foot fluorescent light bulb used in residential applications produces about 2200-2400 lumens.  Therefore, if your fixture uses four bulbs, then your total lumen output is in the range of 8,800 to 9,600 lumens. LED fixtures are rated by their lumen output, and based on the information above, you would need a fixture with at least 8,800 lumens.

To find local lighting showrooms, click here or go to

Generation Lighting


Questions about lighting your home?

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