Design trends: LED lighting

New energy-saving LEDs are bright, flicker-free and versatile. No wonder they're inspiring lighting designers.
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1. Philips Hue
The innovative Hue lets you be your own lighting designer. Fit special Hue LED light bulbs and an internet-connected "bridge". Then control up to 50 lights via iPhone, iPad or Android. You set the colour and brightness to create different moods, set timers and even control lights while you're out. Alternatively, get Philips's standalone LivingColours Iris, a colour-changing LED lamp with remote control. Hue starter pack (three bulbs and bridge) £179, extra bulbs £50, LivingColours Iris £80. Visit
2. Alessi Lux Luminaires
The best Italian design and latest LED technology combine in this new collection of portable lamps. They're dimmable, rechargeable and have touch controls so simple and safe that a child can use them. And the 30W equivalent LED bulbs are so elegant you won't want to hide them. Bulbs £34.99, portable luminaires £109.99. Visit
3. Bathroom floor LEDs
These slim LEDs are ideal for bathroom floors. They're IP67-rated, so safe for wet areas, and can be recessed into a wide range of flooring materials as thin as 7mm. They stay cool to the touch and each uses just 0.3W of power. From £138.24 for three linked fittings. Visit
4. Ikeas’s LED range
Ikea's gone LED crazy, halving the price of Ledare light bulbs and promising to convert its entire lighting range to LED by 2016. Current highlights include Dioder strip lights, ideal for mounting inside drawers (pictured) and under shelves, and Onsjö, an affordable LED chandelier inspired by fireflies. Ledare from £3, Dioder from £15, Onsjö £45. Visit .
5. Jake Dyson CSYS
The exquisitely engineered CSYS Task desk light and big brother CSYS Tall floor-standing light move smoothly to any position and cast a perfect pool of bright light that's dimmed with the touch of a finger. They use only 8.8W of power and their LEDs are designed to last an incredible 37 years. CSYS Task £550, CSYS Tall £795. Visit
6. Anglepoise mini LED lamp
This mini version of the classic desk lamp comes in seven vibrant colours and features a new LED module from Anglepoise. It's energy efficient and boasts touch-sensitive dimming and light level memory. Its size and low voltage make it ideal for children's desks and small spaces; £165.60. Visit
7. John Cullen
Lighting experts John Cullen are enthusiastic about LED. "We're now using a 1W LED to replicate the effect of a 20W tungsten halogen version — think of the energy saving across a whole house," says design director Sally Storey. The lighting pictured features Contour LED strip (£146 a metre) illuminating shelves and Polespring LED downlights, £155 each. Visit

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