When you are considering updating lighting fixtures or lamps for your home, there are a number of choices you can make when it comes to modern lighting. Although many of the types of bulbs may be different from years gone by, some modern lighting options are reminiscent of retro fixtures while others are contemporary both in design and function. There are literally endless choices when it comes to choosing a new lighting scheme for your home or office.
Most often we associate modern lighting with sleek contemporary designs that are, for the most part, devoid of embellishments. Although this is often the case, contemporary designs in modern lighting can also be fashioned after various eras that can blend well with any décor. From highly polished chrome to floor lamps to burnished copper and pewter Victorian desk lamps, modern lighting offers a wide array of possibilities.
One of the major purposes for updating lighting fixtures and free-standing lamps is to reduce the amount of energy consumed. Modern lighting offers a number of solutions to choose from. While ceiling track lights and under cabinet track lights can be found that are made specifically for energy efficient LED or CFL bulbs, some are designed to hold conventional incandescent bulbs. However, there is a huge emphasis on energy conservation on a global level and you can probably assume that in the very near future incandescent and halogen lighting will be obsolete.
There is, however, something you may want to consider if you intend to use modern lighting fixtures with LED lamps on a dimmer circuit. LED lights require a low voltage dimmer switch to work adequately so you would also need to change out any dimmer switches on the wall. There are some amazingly beautiful modern chandeliers that use LED bulbs with small Edison style bases, but unfortunately, they utilize a proprietary dimmer system.
When you are looking for modern lighting solutions it is easy to find sales and discounts if you take the time to search a bit. Some local retailers may offer specials from time to time but the best deals can usually be found online. It goes without saying that online vendors are able to offer better prices because they don't have the exorbitant overhead that modern lighting storefronts do. By all means do some good old fashioned 'window shopping' in stores that are local to you, but before you decide to purchase any modern lighting fixtures or accessories, take the time to search online. You just might be surprised at the money you can save that way. In fact, many online distributors even offer free shipping!
Modern lighting doesn't need to be contemporary in design and it doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg. The savvy shopper will take the time to look around for the best deals once he/she has decided on a lighting scheme. By taking the time to do a little comparison shopping, you might even find other types of modern lighting you like even better.