Why We Love LEDs: A Designer’s Perspective
In 2009, Cerno was founded by three lifelong friends in Laguna Beach, California. Since the company’s inception, Cerno’s principals have embraced LED technology. Their line of modern light fixtures celebrates LEDs and showcases how the technology can enhance and even inspire a fixture’s form.
We recently reached out to Cerno’s founders to find out more about why they are so LED-centric:
YLighting (YL): Why LEDs?
Cerno (C): LEDs are inherently thin, which really liberates the design process and facilitates creating forms that could not exist with more antiquated lamping sources. We also love that LEDs are a more environmentally responsible way to produce light.
YL: Is the LED technology you use proprietary?
C: There are many proprietary elements in our designs, and we will design everything down to the circuit board when we need to. However, we are purchasing the diodes.
YL: How much do LEDs influence the design process? Are your designs created around LEDs, or do the forms come first?
C: We like to celebrate the technology and the versatility that designing with LEDs promotes. I think our Virga, which has a very thin profile, and some of our articulate bedside lighting showcases Cerno embracing the technology well. Without LEDs, these designs would not be possible.
YL: Would the modern shapes and material choices of Cerno lighting designs be possible if not for LED light sources?
It really depends on the fixture. Some of our fixtures are large and could house many different light sources. However, all of our bedside lighting and many of our thin profile linear pendants would not be possible without using LEDs. LEDs lend themselves well toward modern forms.
YL: As an design team using primarily LEDs, what do you see as the future of the technology, and the design possibilities thereof?
C: Full disclosure, we do use other lamping sources, but the line is still predominantly LED. We have all heard a lot about the Internet of Things (IOT), which is already influencing architectural lighting. However, it has yet to really impact decorative lighting. However, connectivity will continue to become more common. We already see it with Alexa, Echo and Siri being used to control electronics at home.
The quality of light will continue to improve, and the lights will continue to become more intelligent. Lights will communicate with other lights. Proximity sensors will be built in, circadian rhythm color changing will become more common. And hopefully the efficiency will continue to improve. As it relates to design, more efficient LEDs that require less heat sinking will liberate the design process further, which is really exciting.