Popular lighting materials: What's trending?

12 August 2022
Whether the lighting is contemporary or traditional, the choice of materials used in decorative lighting designs is essential for helping a light fit into a room, whilst also ensuring the light lasts and is durable. The lighting materials used in the design and production of decorative lighting will differ depending on the area in which these lights will be used and placed, as well as what they will be used for. In our latest blog, we are exploring the different lighting materials that are commonly used and detailing the current trending materials. The most popular materials used in decorative lighting design are:


Metal is a crowd-pleasing material for decorative lighting as it can be easily molded and shaped into different designs. It is also a durable material, making it ideal for lights that will be placed in high-traffic areas. Making this a great lighting material for external lights, adding a protective barrier to the glass and bulb of the light.


Glass is often used in decorative lighting as it can be effortlessly blown or molded into different shapes. It also allows light to shine brightly, making it ideal for use in pendant lights and chandeliers. However, glass is not as durable as metal and so is more suited to low-traffic areas. At Search Light we often use glass when


Brass has been a popular material choice for decorative lighting design for centuries. Its durability and classic good looks make it a great choice for traditional lights such as wall sconces and chandeliers. However, brass can be tricky to clean and often requires extra care to keep it looking its best. 


Fabric used in decorative lighting has been a favourite material for years. Most often used in shades and diffusers as it helps to soften the light, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. It is also available in a wide range of colours and patterns, making it easy to find a fabric that will complement any existing or new décor.


Wood is another classic material that has been used in lighting design for centuries. It is a strong and durable material that can be carved or molded into different designs. Wood is also a good insulator, making it ideal for use in lights that will be placed in external areas. Also wood often creates a handmade’ look, providing a decorative lighting piece that is unique. Easily customisable, wood is an ideal choice for anyone looking to find a unique and bespoke light.

Trending Lighting Materials

The materials listed above are all popular choices for decorative lighting design. However, there are always new materials and trends emerging in the world of lighting. Here are some of the trending materials that are being used in decorative lighting design:

LED Lights 

LED lights are a newer technology that is becoming increasingly popular in the world of lighting. They are more energy-efficient than traditional bulbs and so help to reduce  your energy costs. LED lights are also available in a wide range of colours, making them a versatile choice for use in decorative lighting.

Recycled Materials 

There is an increasing focus on sustainability and so recycled materials are becoming more popular. Recycled glass is a great choice for use in pendant lights and chandeliers as it helps to reduce the environmental impact of melting raw materials during glass making. Recycled metal is also a great choice for use in outdoor lights as it is durable and weather-resistant.

Natural Materials 

Natural materials such as stone, shells, wood, and bamboo are becoming increasingly popular choices for use in decorative lighting. These materials help to create a warm and inviting atmosphere , making them ideal for use in homes and businesses. At Search Light, we have been supplying decorative lighting to our wholesale customers for years at Search Light. Always on the lookout for new lighting trends, our range of wholesale lighting includes a huge selection of interior and exterior lighting made with an array of different popular and trending materials.