Courtesy of Olga Reznik (Flickr)

Courtesy of Olga Reznik (Flickr)

Take a walk around your house and count the lights. They are everywhere: the ceiling, walls, floor, and in the garage. Right when you think you have counted them all, you open the refrigerator, and there is another one! Lights are a part of our past and will be in our future. The light bulb was invented in the early 1800s by Sir Humphrey Davy but wasn’t of practical use until around 1879. Many attempts were made to improve the design, but when Thomas Edison successfully created a bulb that glowed for hours, it would change the future forever. I will always be grateful for the ingenuity of these early inventors: I can’t imagine living in a dark world that lacks the convenience and beauty lighting brings into a home. And even just since I was a little girl, lights have changed to fit all sorts of shapes, styles, colors, and designs. The differences between Edison’s first bulb and what is on the market today are numerous. The future of lighting is looking brighter than ever before, and you can expect changes as the country switches to LEDs and creatively designs more advanced and convenient lighting.

The standard light bulb was something unchanged for well over a hundred years, but it is no longer on the back burner; it is the source of energy in our homes, and it has too much potential to ignore. Incandescent bulbs eat away energy, and there is nothing more frustrating than receiving a high electric bill in the mail due to leaving the lights on. The government seems to agree, and a ban on selling these energy-eating lights was written. LEDs were created as a green way to cut back on energy use and save consumers a few extra dollars. I will admit, I wasn’t too thrilled about LEDs in the beginning. Yes I loved the money they would save me, and I certainly love being “green,” but the price wasn’t in my budget. Thankfully, the popularity of LEDs and the ban on incandescent lights has made the high demand drive the prices down. Now I can purchase them at affordable prices, save money, enjoy the warm colors emitted, and avoid changing the light bulb for almost 20 years. It really is incredible how far LEDs have come, and you can anticipate leaps in growth for them over the next couple of years as people embrace their many benefits. When you go to the store, buying a light bulb will no longer be a grab-and-go process. LEDs come in many different colors and tones, and you can expect the shelves to reflect the variety LEDs have to offer.

Now that environmental concerns are being taken care of, people are looking to spice the light bulb up. Sure, changing colors is pretty awesome, but what if bulbs were wireless? It sounds ridiculous, but the technology is there, and changing the lights in your house from your phone, computer, or tablet is what the future holds. You can dim them, change their colors, set them up on timers, or have your lights become your alarm clock. I am itching to get my hands on a light bulb I can control with my phone, especially when the lights can blink or change colors when my phone rings or receives a text message. The world is focused on convenience, and technology makes that possible. As people advance the light bulb, decorating and design also have started to change. Lighting is now being used to create moods and enhance a room’s purpose. Lights are not just for the ceiling, and task lighting is growing more and more popular. You will begin to see them used in all areas of the home. Of course, with all of these changes, light fixtures are wanting to make a statement, too; they will be an object as noticeable in the room as the latest style of couch. Lighting is not the boring bulb hanging in the ceiling: It is a piece of art that brings a room together.

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Wendy Weinert is an HGTV addict and avid DIYer. When not working on a craft project, as an interior design blogger and enthusiast, she is passionately helping people beautify their environment by providing insightful advice and inspiration.

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