History of Industrial Lighting
Industrial lighting is a design trend that celebrates the simple and sturdy aesthetic of old factories and industrial spaces from the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Much of this lighting was designed for functionality and durability and often remained in place when the spaces were converted into homes and lofts. Lighting within these industrial spaces was built using strong, unfinished, and long-lasting materials.
Overtime, this commercial style has evolved into one for residential settings. Modern industrial lighting is inspired by the lights of yesteryear but add a few modern elements such as the latest tech to improve performance, LED bulbs and dimmable options, so it actually feels fresh instead of just looking old. While industrial lamps and light fixtures are minimal in design, many are also incredibly sculptural. With that, they add a lot more than just light to the room – almost serving as works of art within your space.
Characteristics of Industrial Lighting
Industrial style lighting was designed originally for its functionality. Its appealing and timeless style was unintentional. Generally, these industrial lights are made of dark-toned steel and wood that are unfinished or distressed. Common features include exposed bulbs, metal shades, and wire cages. By incorporating these unfinished elements into more intentional designs, industrial style evolved into a look that is both eye-catching and simple.
Nothing says industrial modern lighting quiet like an Edison light bulb! Combine that with the dark aged look of reclaimed wood and hand-forged matte-black recycled steel and that light fixture will bring a touch of industrial chic to any space.
Mix and Match Styles
One of the reasons we love the industrial lighting trend is that you rarely see these pieces in purely industrial design. Often, these industrial light fixtures are the crowning jewels in modern, everyday casual and even rustic farmhouse spaces. They easily fit into multiple design forms and can even help blend different styles together.
Lampsusa can help you integrate an industrial chandelier, industrial pendant lighting, an industrial wall sconce, an industrial table lamp or an industrial floor lamp into your kitchen, family room, dining room or foyer to add a vintage vibe that will instantly amp up your home’s design. It’s amazing how Industrial style lighting pieces offer a note of edgy, minimal contrast that can be a lovely counterbalance to large, plush furniture or rooms with a more feminine design aesthetic. Consider new industrial outdoor lighting to completely transform your home’s exterior.