Heracleum II LED Suspension
With a lacy, organic silhouette that no incandescent technology could recreate, the Moooi Heracleum II LED Suspension exemplifies the limitless possibilities afforded a designer who works with LEDs. At the end of each wire-thin stem, a tiny LED reflects through its polycarbonate leaf, creating an ethereal glow. Because LEDs emit a fraction of the heat of other technologies, they can be tucked closely next to a wide variety of materials.
Surge Linear Suspension
An unusual shape comprising ultra-thin, undulating metal, the Surge Linear Suspension by Tech Lighting lends itself to only one technology: LED. Inset in each fluid metal ribbon are up- and down-facing LED strips, which themselves become part of the aesthetic. But the design isn't just beautiful, it's also functional illumination. LEDs use far less energy than any other light source, and don't have to sacrifice illumination to do so. With a total output of 5,000 lumens and using only 75 watts, Surge offers plenty of light for conference rooms, dinner tables and more, and at a fraction of the energy cost.
Flat-out innovative. The super-thin disc of the Circa Pendant by Pablo Designs offers a flexible option for pendant lighting, albeit unconventional. Rotating 360º and with a 45º tilt, the sleek saucer can be angled and adjusted to cast light in almost any direction. And the light itself is remarkable thanks to Circa's flat-panel LED technology: The polycarbonate lens diffuses the LEDs for consistently warm, glare-free illumination. Newer LED designs have evolved far beyond fixtures with hot spots and the bluish cast sometimes associated with less advanced LEDs.
Good design should move you. In the case of the Artemide Copernico Suspension, however, you can move the design. Comprising nine elliptical aluminum rings that rotate independently on two axes, Copernico mimics the planetary orbits of our solar system, allowing for almost infinite customization. Each ring houses a strip of tiny LED lights around its circumference, creating an effect that is artistic as well as illuminating. Rather than the mechanics of a design revolving around standard bulbs, LEDs can become part of the artwork of a design thanks to their tiny size and versatility.
Vintage LED Chandelier
Emulating the classic lines of a traditional chandelier, the Tango Lighting Vintage LED Chandelier takes on an ultra-contemporary character by flattening the arms of the fixture. The unusual look is carried straight through with each arm fitted with a flat, round diffuser instead of the typical candelabra bulb. A hidden LED diode inset in the tip of each arm shines through the Plexiglas without the glare of a bare bulb. LEDs make it possible to conceal and direct light in more precise and flexible ways than any other technology.