Lighting

WeMo Light Switch

And, now, ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes upon a Wi-Fi® enabled light switch. It’s by the same company as the WeMo Switch (makes a lot of sense) and it allows you to turn lights on and off from anywhere. Maybe you’re on the other side of the house or maybe you’re in another country, either way, you can control your lights remotely with a Android smartphone, tablet, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can also program your lights for specified times, as in on at sunset and off at sunrise, which would be especially helpful for certain areas like your front door. And, if you’re not afraid of a little DIY, you can easily replace your regular light switch with the WeMo; there’s an installation video to guide you along.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99
Available from: Belkin

Noguchi Akari Lights

Paper lights are everywhere in today’s marketplace (for example, IKEA’s VÄTE Table lamp), yet there’s still something entirely special about the original designs of Isamu Noguchi. Icons of mid century design, each Akari lamp is handmade from washi paper and bamboo ribbing by the original manufacturer in Gifu, Japan. In the words of Noguchi, “the harshness of electricity is thus transformed, as if by magic, into the light of our origins – sunlight – so that it’s warmth can carry on filling our rooms after dark.”
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View Noguchi Akari Lights here

Pablo Clamp Lamp

Task lights tend towards the metal/utilitarian look, and that’s why this wooden Clamp Lamp stands out. Whether you choose walnut or white oak, the wood gives a certain charm and warmth, and the seemingly simple design of 3 components gives a wide variety of positions for focused light.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $350.00
Available from: 2modern

Monocle Wall Sconce

Looking for an elegant, small wall sconce? Look no more, for Rich Brilliant Willing has one that would work anywhere (probably) with any style. A strong yet warm beam of LED powered light rotates around to your chosen direction, giving you a perfectly clean, simple look next to your favorite reading spot.
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Price: $425.00
Available from: Rich Brilliant Willing

My New Flame

An LED ‘candle’ that never burns down sounds pretty fantastic, even if the price point is way beyond what most of us would want to spend. A black or red circuit board has 128 tiny LEDs on each side that renders the image of a flickering candle flame. A warm color temperature makes the flame look quite realistic despite the obvious circuitry, thus creating a nice tension between traditional lighting and recent technology. What a nice night light this would be…
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Purchase Information:

Price: $490.00
Available from: Unica Home

Bare Ring Sconce

I doubt you’ll find a more exposed or minimal wall light than this Bare Ring Sconce from Brendan Ravenhill and Eric Trine. It suspends the Bare Light in a simple brass ring, with a glass socket to reveal the light’s electrical components. Honesty is definitely the best policy when it comes to this fixture. Available in a hard-wire version with powder coated steel wall plate or a a plug-in version with switch.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: Brendan Ravenhill

Demi Lamp

This little guy is on sale, so snap it up if you thought or said ‘Ooooo’ with appreciation when seeing its delightful inner tube illumination. Mouth-blown glass reflects and disperses the light from the array of LEDs to create a warm ambience, making it a perfect choice for a room that needs a little extra, shall we say, je ne sais quoi.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $295.20 - 343.20
Available from: YLiving

String Lights

Don’t ask yourself ‘why do I need these string lights?’ Instead, ask yourself ‘why don’t I need these string lights?’ After all, you work very hard, don’t you? And, as we all know it does get quite dark at night, and what better way to illuminate a special spot indoors than with a set of string lights with natural brass sockets and black cloth twisted cord? Wonderful evenings are sure to happen with these beauties above your head.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: onefortythree

Cast 1 Light Pendant Light

Another folded paper lamp, yawn… but wait, it’s not paper, it’s ceramic! Which means it’ll break if you drop it, so don’t. The patterned surface will lend just enough texture to a room and you’ll get the nice, even glow you’d expect from a ceramic shade. And, the size is just right for a small breakfast nook, or maybe even beside the bed suspended above the nightstand.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $260.00
Available from: YLighting

Single Pendant Light by onefortythree

As promised, here’s a link to onefortythree’s Single Pendant Light. With a cloth twisted cord and a socket in a powder coat finish, and either a hard wire or plug in option, and with a price tag of $45, it’s a no brainer. Available in several delightful colors.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: onefortythree

Pixo LED Table Lamp

Remember this little guy? The Pixo lamp incorporates a USB port in its base, which means more convenience when charging our mobile devices. However many times you’ve reached behind your sofa/bed/table/desk to pick up a charging cable, you know it’s been too many.

There are other impressive things about this lamp (360 degree rotating head, three-axis articulating stem, uses just five watts thanks to low-energy LEDs, etc.) but all we’re going to appreciate right now is the USB port (Hat tip to designers Pablo and Fernando Pardo for this small yet significant detail), and the new color options of yellow and blue.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: 2modern

Heavy Guy Chandelier XL

Update: TouchOfModern has this big guy on sale for $188 for a limited time.

The smaller version of this chandelier has always stood out for its elegance and affordability, but man-oh-man, the extra large version is even better. It’s almost 5 feet across! This is a prime example of getting one heck of a bang for a few bucks.

Heavy Guy Chandelier XL: 59″ D x 30″ H (from ceiling to lowest section), reg. $240.00, sale: $188.00
Heavy Guy Chandelier: 35″ D x 18″ H, reg. $150, sale: $105.00

From our archives; originally posted May 28, 2010.

Purchase Information:

Price: $240.00
Available from: MVOS

Glint Lamp

A portable light with magnetic points? Do go on. Depending on where you place the lamp, the light will change, and as there are various surfaces on the metal bookstand/shelf, you’ll have fun messing around with different vantage points. Right now this lamp is available for sale by emailing Galula Studio directly: store(at)galulastudio.com.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €123,00
Available from: Galula Studio

Quattro LED Task Lamp

Degree, Quattro, what are we here, a drugstore? Despite that bad imagery, turn your eyes toward the new Quattro LED Task Lamp by Robert Sonneman and Peter Polick. If Mondrian and Rietveld come to mind, you’re not alone- the black, yellow and red finish along with the rectilinear form are spot on De Stijl, and if you’re not familiar with those names, do yourself a favor and follow the links (it’s difficult to fully appreciate modern design without knowing its roots). Back to the lamp- it uses Flat Panel LED technology to produce an even and glare-free light. There’s also touchless dimming control thanks to an optical sensor. Also available in black, white, and aluminum finish if the red/yellow/black doesn’t suit your taste.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00
Available from: YLighting

onefortythree Wall Lamps

Bear with me here as I calm myself down from a conniption fit. I’m frantically trying to figure out where in my home I need an extra (and rather large) swing arm lamp after perusing the awfully affordable wall lights from onefortythree. (Have we posted these lamps before? Who cares?) You think I’m over exaggerating, and I am ever so slightly, but just take a look at the prices- $95, $145, $275- and each light is remarkably lovely. You can’t go wrong with those prices or any of the lamps… but, if you do, just let me know and I’ll be happy to take it/them off your hands.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00 - 275.00
Available from: onefortythree