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Lighting Roundup: Go Naked

A fresh and sculptural lighting trend is letting bulbs shine—un-fettered and un-interrupted by dulling shades. Here’s a roundup of six bare-bulbed looks, from traditional to really out-there (we’re looking at you, holograph).

1. These exposed-bulb track lighting pendants, suspended from cloth cords, are warm and elegant over tables and workspaces. Set of two pendants, $199; or three pendants, $249, from Pottery Barn, 1000 W. North Ave.

 2. The spare and sculptural E27 pendant light gets a pop of color in the silicone socket and cord, $79 each at Design Within Reach, 10 E. Ohio St.

3.  Annoying electrical cords become eye-catching in the Cord floor lamp, $169 and $139, at I.D. Chicago, 3337 N. Halsted St.

4. A stainless steel cable suspends the Parentesi lamp from the ceiling, holding it steady with a lead counterweight floating above the floor, $425 at Luminaire, 301 W. Superior St.

5. The elegant Lampadina work lamp has a Bakelite base (available in black or orange) and sandblasted bulb to partially diffuse the light. $128 at Source of Light, 229 N. Damen Ave.

6. This is actually a holograph of an incandescent bulb, which kind of blows my mind. Designed by Ingo Maurer, the Holonzki wall lamp features a fixture from which a 3D holograph of a bulb appears. $1385 from Luminaire. 301 W. Superior St.

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