Lighting design trends influenced by pandemic, according to survey

Marianne Wilson
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Most survey respondents have seen an increase in hands-free/non-contact lighting designs.

A recent survey of hundreds of designers revealed some interesting trends with regards to lighting and the pandemic.

Nearly all (96%) of the respondents in a survey by LED lighting company aspectLED said they believed that lighting design trends have been influenced by the pandemic.

Specific findings from aspectLED’s Annual Survey on Trends in Commercial and Residential Lighting Design are below.

  • Ninety percent of the participants said that they have seen more interest in lighting designs for outdoor spaces.
  • Eighty-nine percent have seen an increase in hands-free/non-contact lighting designs, such as motion-activated under-cabinet lighting in restrooms and public spaces.
  • Eighty-three percent have seen lighting design being used to de-emphasize crowded spaces by spotlighting specific areas such as tables in restaurants, and keeping the lighting low in general spaces where crowds form
  • Of the designers who participated in this survey, 93% have recommended LED lighting products for post-COVID projects, of which 87% specified LED because it offered more flexibility in design.