Kitchen & Bath Design News

APR 2016

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efciency and home lighting on mobile devic- es," Murphy predicts. There are those mobile devices again! Connectivity has become a force in the lighting industry, just as it has in so many other kitchen and bathroom categories. Firms like Lutron, Legrande and others are integrating mobile device needs and capabilities into their products. Lutron and its competitors have systems that allow homeowners to control their lighting from their smart phones and tablets. Legrande has built charging cradles and speakers for your devices right into its modular under-cabinet system. Its newest Adorne package includes Wi-Fi capability, as well. Not only are these systems empowering homeowners with connected technology, they seem to be inspired by the sleekness of those devices, too, in the control panels they ofer. There are options far beyond the traditional rocker switch to enhance your designs today. KITCHEN LIGHTING TRENDS Manufacturers like Studio Italia Design and Hudson Valley Lighting are making it easier for designers to create the looks they want with increased variety and improved technologies. Kitchens may be the most challenging of all rooms to light. Brent Fields, Hudson Valley's v.p. and lighting designer, notes, "As hubs of household activity, kitchens demand layered lighting from a variety of sources. Strong over- head lighting is necessary for general illumina- tion and can be attractively accomplished with a larger-scale fush-mount fxture. Traditional cooking and cleaning areas, such as island Task lighting ofers unique, creative lighting opportunities. Gold fnishes and Midcentury are both trending right now. Photo: Studio Italia Design USA Photo: Hudson Valley Lighting 30 Kitchen & Bath Design News • April 2016 TREND SPOTTING BE THE STRONGEST COMPETITOR Visit sendesign.com/benchmark or call 1-800-991-1711 today. Circle No. 16 on Product Card

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