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NOV 2018

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customize the lighting and the mood," explains Rey-Barreau. "The old school way of doing that was with multiple light switches, but now we can manage it all from a laptop or smartphone." WHAT'S AHEAD So, are we there yet, the place where lighting has reached its summit? Apparently not. While many designers' heads are reeling with possibilities because of what's here right now, both Dross and Rey-Barreau see more progress ahead and, if research journals are to be believed, there's rollicking lighting news in the not-too-distant future. Rey-Barreau thinks LED lighting will continue to grow ex- ponentially, create opportunities for the design of more unique fixtures, and pave the way for voice-activated controls. Dross calls Circadian-based lighting the next frontier. "We call it Human-Centric Lighting," he emphasizes, "and it's linked to LED for the blue light we need during the day and the lack of blue light at night. In addition to health benefits, correct color light makes rooms look better. The lesson here is that lighting doesn't end with LED. On the contrary, LED serves as an opening to a wide variety of additional solutions," he maintains. As for those research journals, they predict that lasers will be the next big thing. But they give it 10 years or so before they are in full swing, so there's plenty of time to really make the most of LEDs. ▪ LED MIRACLES Every lighting designer raves about LEDs, and more for their design flexibility than for their obvious energy efficien- cy. Quite simply, LEDs can be used for ambient, task and accent lighting. For example, when ceilings cannot accommodate recessed lights or are too high to provide enough functional lighting, LEDs can be used in suspended tracks, cable or monorail installations. Similarly, large selections of pendant lights and chandeliers are now LED powered, and in accent lighting, there's no limit to what LEDs can do. Marcocci takes advantage of LEDs' myriad possibilities in her kitchen and bath designs, noting, "A favorite design tool of ours is layering lighting, starting with recessed LED ceiling lights and then adding LED under-cabinet touch-less tape lighting. The tape lighting we use is covered by a milk lens to provide a nice, even illumination while hiding the LED diodes that reflect on shiny countertops. And, of course, we make sure to include touch or touchless dimmers. "We may use additional ambient cove lighting, and we like to illuminate above- and under-wall cabinets as well. We also like to put lights and motion sensors inside drawers and cabinets, so the light comes on when they are opened. That's a godsend when you have to get into a lazy susan cabinet," she continues. Ironically, dimmers excite designers as much as the many different types of lighting. "That's what allows us to A cluster of globe lights illuminates a section of a bathroom designed by Mark Polo. Vanity lights should be placed on either side of the mirror to avoid unflattering shadows and distortions, notes designer Mark Polo. Photo: Mark Polo Photo: Mark Polo November 2018 • KitchenBathDesign.com 47

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