Niche Modern Lighting

Niche: 1 of 22 Products to Look for at ICFF!

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City is just around the corner! Niche will be showcasing familiar favorites and some new creations. We’re thrilled to discover we made it into Interior Design’s preview of 22 products to look for at ICFF! Our new Helio Series in the Chroma color palette made the cut and is ready for its NYC debut! Check out other stunning products featured at ICFF in this slideshow. Stay tuned for more information regarding Niche’s ICFF appearance!

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Helio Chroma in Storm, Cielo, Tangerine, and Jade with the Philips SlimStyle Bulb

 

Behind the Design With Jeremy and Lumens!

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Our Creative Director, Jeremy Pyles, detailed the method to the madness behind Niche’s Haus Series in a Q&A with Lumens!  With a focus on nostalgia, Jeremy believes good design can transport you to another time and place, and that’s just what the Haus Series achieves.

Lumens: The Schoolhaus and Coolhaus pendants sound like they were made for each other. How do you envision them playing off each other, if at all?

Jeremy: To me, they are both period pieces. The Schoolhaus is more traditional Americana whereas the Coolhaus is full of optimism for the future that inspired the design scene in the twenties.

The minute anyone says that they don’t belong together or pair gracefully, someone will do so in an imaginative and inspired way. My purpose is to launch them into the world at large — what happens after that is out of my hands and I will say that I have been quite surprised in the past at how creatively designers and architects have mixed and matched shape and color with Niche Modern products with stunning results that I personally wouldn’t have even considered!

Lumens: What feelings do you hope these pendants will evoke in people?

Jeremy: I know the shapes will resonate with people as they evoke the feel of past decades, but used in transparent vibrant colored glass, I want people to be surprised by how these nostalgic designs are still fresh and modern and relevant.

Read the full interview here and don’t forget to browse the Haus Series!

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Happy Earth Day: 10 Reasons to go LED!

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Helio Prisma pendant in Chartreuse with LED Vintage Tube bulb & Helio Chroma pendant in Cielo with Philips SlimStyle LED bulb

Today is Earth Day, a yearly celebration and reminder to treat our precious home with love and care. She’s been around for 4.5 billion years, and in her old age, she still needs all the help she can get! That’s why we offer LED lamping options to pair with stunning, handmade Niche pendants!  With a variety of unique shapes and sizes, you don’t have to compromise on style when making an environmentally sound choice for your perfect pendant.

So…what even is an LED bulb?  LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes. So…what is that?  LEDs are tiny light bulbs, but unlike incandescent bulbs, they do not have a filament that will burn out, and they don’t get particularly warm. They are illuminated by the movement of electrons in a semiconductor materials – a material with a varying ability to conduct electrical current. So a diode is a semiconductor with two terminals, such as the negative and positive ends on a battery, that allows the flow of an electric current in one direction. Light is a form of energy made up of many small particles called photons, the most basic unit of light. Photos are released as a result of moving electrons. More simply, the lights turns on!

Now that you’ve been reminded of 5th grade science class when you created an electric circuit with a potato as a semiconductor, here are 10 benefits of using LED bulbs!

1. Longevity

The long lifetime of an LED light stands out as the number one benefit. LED bulbs and diodes can last up to 100,000 hours! LED’s are different to standard lighting, as they don’t burn out, but diodes will emit a lower out level over a very long period of time and become less bright.

2. Energy/Cost Efficiency

LED light bulbs use only 2-17 watts of electricity, 1/3rd to 1/30th of incandescent bulbs. The LED method of producing light loses far less energy to heat than other lighting technologies. It’s dramatically more efficient than the filament method used in incandescent bulbs — around 85 percent more efficient. A light fixture with a standard 60-watt incandescent bulb consumes about 525 kWh (kilowatt-hours) of electricity in a year; but a LED bulb uses 65 kWh. Although LEDs are initially expensive, the cost is recouped over time and in battery savings. The cost of new LED bulbs has gone down considerably in the last few years and are continuing to go down.

3. Ecologically Friendly

LED lights are toxic chemical free!  Most fluorescent bulbs contain a multitude of materials like mercury that are dangerous for the environment. LED bulbs are also 100% recyclable! Additionally, the long life of LED bulbs can save material and production of 25 incandescent bulbs.

4. No UV Emissions

LED lights produce little infrared light and close to no UV emissions.  This makes LED lighting highly suitable for goods and materials that are sensitive to heat, and are a great for the illumination of objects found in museums, art galleries, or archaeological sites.

5. Durable Quality

LEDs are extremely durable and resistant to shock, vibrations, and external impacts, making them great for outdoor lighting systems and rough conditions such as exposure to weather, vandalism, construction and manufacturing sites.

6. Operational in Extremely Cold or Hot Temperatures

LEDs are ideal for operation under cold and low outdoor temperature settings and are excellent for winter settings or freezer rooms. Low temperatures affect the performance of fluorescent bulbs.

7. Low-Voltage

Low-voltage power supply also makes LED lighting easy to use in outdoor settings by connecting  an external solar-energy source – this is a big advantage for using LED technology in remote or rural areas.

8. Light Dispersement

LED is designed to focus its light and can be directed to a specific location without the use of an external reflector, achieving a higher application efficiency than conventional lighting.

9. Design Flexibility

Individual LEDs can be dimmed, resulting in a dynamic control of light, color and distribution. LEDs can be combined in any shape to produce highly efficient illumination.

10. Instant Lighting & Frequent Switching

LED lights brighten up immediately when powered on, which is a great advantage for traffic and signal lights. Also, LED lights can switched off and on frequently without affecting the LED’s lifetime. Traditional lighting may take several seconds to reach full brightness, and frequent on/off switching reduces life expectancy.

Did these top 10 benefits of LED lighting convince you? Go LED this spring and save the planet and your money! Take a look at our variety of LED bulbs below!

 

Last Chance to Catch Us in Milan!

Today, Sunday April 19th, is your last chance to catch us and Plumen at the Euroluce trade show in Milan! We’ve spent the week showcasing our Crystalline and Helio Collections to visitors from all over the world. Paired with Plumen’s low-energy bulbs, these pendants are designed to display the bulb’s intriguing, angular design and make a striking statement piece! With both 120v and 240v lamping options, Niche pendants and Plumen bulbs are the perfect combination for designer lighting solutions all across the globe. Come visit us at Euroluce at Hall 15 Stand C38 or browse our Crystalline pendants here and sign up for more Helio pendant information here!  We hope to see you next time, Italy! Ciao!

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Helio Prisma’s Premiere!

Don’t like change? Don’t worry! Our new Helio pendant is also available in our signature glass colors that you already know and love – Crystal, Gray, Amber, Chartreuse, Condesa, Smoke, Effervescent, Sapphire, Plum, Rose, Crimson, and Chocolate. These classic, transparent colors make up the Helio Prisma Collection! Helio is compact, versatile, and ready to make a statement no matter where you are in the world with it’s 120v and 240v lamping capabilities.

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Left to right: Crystal with Beacon bulb, Plum with Plumen bulb, Smoke with LED Vintage Tube bulb

Pop a unique Plumen bulb into your new Helio pendant, and not only do you have a striking piece of glass, you’re also saving energy! The Plumen bulb is designed to be showcased instead of hidden, so why not show off your environmentally sound choice, too?

You can keep your Helio pendant timeless and streamlined with the incandescent Beacon Bulb. The warm, amber glow of these old-style filaments will provide a nostalgic feeling to any environment. In addition to the 120 and 240 volt setting, this bulb is also available in 30 or 60 watts.

If you want the best of both worlds, then you’re in for a real treat! The Helio Prisma pendant is also compatible with the LED Vintage Tube bulb. Similar in shape to the Beacon bulb, the LED Vintage Tube bulb saves energy without losing that vintage feel. This dimmable bulb only uses 2.5 watts and is a great solution when energy efficiency is required.

With so many choices, the Helio is totally customizable to fit your space AND your personality. Can’t pick just one? Add a Niche Pack Canopy to sway your decision!  Be on the look out for when Helio is available online!

New Pendants? New Bulbs Too!

At the Euroluce lighting trade show in Milan this week, Niche teamed up with Plumen to showcase our collaboration of handblown glass lighting with their structural, designer bulbs. Plumen’s intriguing shapes are more than just a pretty face – they’re saving energy, too! Plumen adapted the compact fluorescent light (CFL) manufacturing process to make a visually striking bulb that can save up to 80% on energy bills! Plumen bulbs also last 8 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb. The attractive design of Plumen bulbs are meant to be showcased, so customers can make an environmentally sound choice without having to compromise on style. Available in 120v and 240v options, the Helio pendant paired with Plumen bulbs are ready to rock all over the world!

With our new Helio Collection comes a new bulb, too! Niche is now offering the Philips Slimstyle LED bulb to complement the rounded edges of the compact, slender, Helio form. This dimmable bulb saves up to $140 in energy costs over the life of the bulb when you replace a 60 watt incandescent with this 10.5 watt LED light bulb.

With more colors and more lamping options, what’s not to love? Sign up here for information on the Helio Collection, and stay tuned for that exciting moment when you can pick your perfect bulb and color combo!

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Say Hello to Helio!

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This week at Euroluce in Milan, we have unleashed our new Helio Collection! Available in our new, translucent and opaque colors, the Helio Chroma pendant is sure to brighten your day! Helio is designed for versatility and is compatible with both 120v and 240v electrical settings. It represents another eye-catching collaboration with Plumen’s designer, low energy light bulbs. Delightfully compact, the Helio works well when grouped together using a Niche Pack Canopy. If you can’t say hello to Helio at the Niche x Plumen booth in Milan this week, you can meet the new colors right here! Joining Tulip, Clementine, and Opaline, we are pleased to introduce Flamingo, Tangerine, Mint, Kiwi, Jade, Storm, and Cielo to complete this chromatic bunch! Sign up for more Helio information here and stay tuned!