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How home lighting will evolve

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In addition to the digital transformation changing the way we do business, we are starting to see the way it is changing our homes – especially in the way of lighting as it becomes more energy efficient, smarter and adapts to our lives.

In the era of digital transformation, technological trends such as mobility, cloud computing, IoT, and big data analytics is reshaping the operating environment for businesses as well as enabling people to be more productive in their professional and personal lives.

However, these same trends are also influencing the lighting industry. The development of home lighting for instance is being guided by technological evolution along with new research on how light affects us as human beings.

Here are five important trends we see in home lighting:

1.     Taking the best from the past

Warm, glowing, cozy light with the best of modern, efficient lighting technology.

The trend of heritage lighting design is enduring. People value the familiar shapes, the qualities of the warm decorative light from the past and the attention to authentic materials and details, it reflects a sense of belonging, comfort and the care for traditions.

LED vintage bulbs have the classic charm of filament bulbs with the benefits of modern LED lighting. Made of glass and with high-quality finishing they blend into home interiors, looking beautiful on and off. Warm glow dimmable LED lamps, behave in a familiar way as well. They dim down in the same way as the old incandescent bulbs did.

2. Flexible Light

Adaptive lighting that gives maximum flexibility for our multi-faceted lifestyles.

While the outer walls of our homes remain fixed for the most part, inside the home has become a constant evolving and vibrating hub. New family compositions, smaller housing and the many different activities taking place in the same spot, demand flexibility. Spaces need to easily adapt to changing activities, mind-states, and personal preferences.

One way of doing this is by making lighting portable, so you can simply bring the best light to the place you want. Portable lights, like the Philips candles have a rechargeable internal battery.

Another way of addressing versatility is by adjustable and modular lighting. An example of this is The Compendium light range designed by Daniel Rybakken for Luceplan. This elegant beam-like luminaire modestly disappears by day, and comes to life when lit – creating a quantity of light on surfaces, transforming spaces and making them look bigger. There is a floor standing version and a suspended version.

You can create the light you need by rotating parts to make direct light or bounce light of the wall or ceiling to get indirect light. The slim form factor supports compact and decluttered living by taking up a very small footprint.

3. Well-being Light

Light that behaves like Mother Nature to support our health and well-being in a busy and stressful world.

As well as light to create mood and atmosphere, we are learning more and more about the effect of light on our bodies and how it can influence our health.

Broadly speaking, bright light with blue in it, activates us and gives us energy and warm coloured light is relaxing and calms us down. It’s important for people to get enough light at certain times of the day, because this affects our biological rhythms.

Light recipes that support these biological rhythms, or mimic natural light effects can support our emotional and physical well-being. For example, lighting can help you to wake up and go to sleep naturally. It will help get you out of bed the way you like it, helping you start your day feeling refreshed.

In the morning, a light wake-up scene that mimics the effect of sunrise can help you wake up naturally, instead of being woken up by the loud sound of an alarm clock. In the evening, relaxing warm white light helps you to unwind, relax and prepare your body for a good night’s sleep.

4. Experience Light

Light that gives you a new experience of your home, without having to physically change it.

There is a growing need of people to own less and experience as well as share more. Light is intangible, yet can create a rich experience. Light can be a tool of expression in your home – you can use light as a way to express your personality; who you are, what you feel and the stories you want to tell.

Light scenes with warm, cool and soft colour lighting can instantly change the look and atmosphere of your room. Every new season could bring a different feel in the interior with new color palettes and scenes, without bringing new home décor items in your house.

This trend really puts the focus on the light experience itself. The light fixture is neutral and the light brings an adaptable decorative layer of light to your home. This can be achieved by placing or integrating lighting strips and LEDs into objects, furniture and or the architecture.

5. ‘Talk to me’ light

Lighting you can interact with in simple and pleasant ways – to make the most of sophisticated new lighting.

Today, we can already control lights with smart devices by performing functions such as turning the lights on and off or dimming to the desired brightness for a perfect ambiance. For the longer term, companies like Philips Lighting is looking at the future ways we will use and interact with lighting as part of the smart home.

We have been trying out different ways of controlling light and music. One installation we built is called Aura. Many people tried it at light festivals in New Zealand, London and Eindhoven. They could control the light and music by hand gestures – a bit like a conductor of an orchestra. One small movement creates a large reaction.

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entires via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist

Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.  

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Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.

The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.  It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.  

“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time.  We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”

The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba.  It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.  The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.

Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.

“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”

This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.

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