July 15, 2024

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The six-light Apollo Chandelier from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams pairs a clean-lined brass frame with smooth, matte-black plates that direct light upward with understated warmth. The fixture is approved for use in covered outdoor areas. Available at MG + BW locations in DC and Tysons. mgbwhome.com

Designed by Aviva Stanoff for Currey & Company, the Forest Light Gold Chandelier resembles a tree limb, with irregular crystals dangling from wrought-iron branches in which 10 chandelier bulbs are nestled. Finishes include Washed Lucerne Gold (pictured) and Natural. Available at area Dominion Lighting locations. dominionlighting.com; curreyandcompany.com

Designer Marie Christine Dorner conceived the versatile Azabu for Ligne Roset with three functions in mind: It’s an occasional table with a removable lid, a storage container and a ball-shaped light fixture. A mouth-blown Murano glass globe sits atop the wire structure, which comes in various sizes and finishes. At Ligne Roset in Upper Georgetown. ligneroset-dc.com

The Edderton pendant by Park Harbor Lighting combines on-trend, textured-black and rose-gold finishes to chic effect. Measuring 25 inches in diameter, the six-light fixture is enhanced by clear crystal accents. Available at area Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery locations. fergusonshowrooms.com

The sculptural Iride, designed by Bernhardt & Vella for Arketipo Firenze, marries lines and circles in a wall fixture that doubles as art. Made of metal finished in light- and dark-gray hues, its four discs employ LED lights that emit a halo-like glow. Available at Theodores in Upper Georgetown. theodores.com; arketipo.com

With its layered Belgian linen shade and dark trim, the two-light Zara semi-flush mount fixture from Mitzi by Hudson Valley Lighting conveys a tailored look. The base and sphere-shaped finial come in aged brass (pictured) or polished nickel. Zara is also available as a pendant or linear chandelier. Find all three fixtures at Burgess Lighting in Forestville, Maryland. burgesslighting.com; mitzi.hvlgroup.com

Cascading driftwood-gray beads and a weathered-zinc finish put a rustic spin on an otherwise traditional design in the Nori chandelier by Feiss Lighting. Six exposed bulbs mimic the look of candles. Available at Dulles Electric Supply in Sterling, Virginia. dulleselectric.com; murrayfeiss.lightingnewyork.com

A delicate arrangement of clear, hand-blown glass blooms on gold-leaf stems distinguishes the Maison des Fleurs pendant from the Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co., a Minka Group subsidiary. Integrated into the fixture’s bronze frame are four six-watt LEDs that illuminate the flowers. Available at Annapolis Lighting locations. annapolislighting.com

Designed by Fabrice Berrux for Roche Bobois, the Cirque Pedestal Light comprises a matte-gray concrete base that doubles as a tabletop, with a slender, round fixture attached to it. Available at Roche Bobois in Friendship Heights as a floor or table lamp; the circular element comes in different sizes and finishes. roche-bobois.com

Conceived by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort, the Whitman Large Pendant brings chic style to task lighting. Pictured here in Bronze and Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass, it also comes with a white-glass shade and in a range of finish combinations. At Circa Lighting in Cady’s Alley. circalighting.com; visualcomfortlightinglights.com

The irregular curves of antique apothecary jars inspired Kohler’s Damask Cloud five-light chandelier, which pairs rounded metal fittings with a small, frosted-glass globe. Pictured here in oil-rubbed bronze, this fixture and the rest of the Damask Cloud collection are available at the Kohler Signature Store by GROF USA in Bethesda. grofusa.com


What’s the latest news in LED lighting?
New technology is developing around the study of circadian rhythms and the effect light has on our health. LEDs now mimic daylight and allow for color-temperature and brightness adjustment based on the time of day. Bright daylight can boost productivity while evening light can be dimmed to promote rest and sleep. —Lisa Dugan, CLC, Burgess Lighting

How do you suggest customers develop a lighting plan for a space?
To develop a lighting plan, start by defining the objectives and desired feel for each space. Work areas require task lighting, while soft ambient and accent lights can set a mood in casual areas. The trick is knowing what you want to achieve. —Charles Camacho, lighting designer and AIA lighting specialist, Circa Lighting

How do you guide customers in choosing lighting that will best suit their spaces?
When helping customers select the right lighting, we ask certain questions: What colors are they working with? How big is the space they’re lighting? How do they plan to use it? We need all this information to be able to capture the features and the look that they want. —Allison Heyman, residential lighting consultant, Dulles Electric Supply

What are some current trends in lighting materials?
We’re seeing significant interest in natural materials, whether they be neutral fibers like wicker and jute or moodier, carved materials like wood and stone. Crisp, matte-black finishes are already popular as part of the hot modern-farmhouse aesthetic. —Matt Rowan, ASID, lighting specialist, Dominion Lighting