1 Contemporary in looks and light source, the new Ecliptic pendant by Philips comes in anthracite or matte white and uses small surface-mountable power LEDs ($875 ). Bee Ridge Lighting & Design, 3909 Bee Ridge Road, (941) 922-2626.
2. The Big Bang pendant by Corbett lighting has a starburst of multicolored cut-glass jewels to prove that science-inspired lighting trend is more than a theory ($8,925). Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, 2451 17th St., (941) 951-0110.
3. 1950s orbit-chic style looks totally new in Spellbound by Corbett Lighting. A flat-edged spiral is enhanced by a bold diagonal that runs through the pendant’s center ($885). Lyteworks, 816 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, (941) 745-2900.
4. The Relativity pendant from ($1,785) and sconce (from $450) by Troy Lighting were inspired by Albert Einstein and look like his chalkboards, with notes, scribbles and a line drawing of the scientist. Franklin Lighting, 3600 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, (941) 355-2550.
5. Inspired by a NASA study on high-performance clothing for astronauts, the Planet suspension lamp by Foscarini features a spherical exoskeleton with stitching similar to that of a spacesuit ($562). Light Up Your Life, 1620 N. Tamiami Trail, (941) 330-0422.