Structural LED Lighting Scheme Works Wonders for Kimball Art Museum

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 3, 2014 2:32:00 AM


Once you see an aerial view of the Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, you know that you are dealing with an architectural masterpiece that needs lighting that's nothing less than state-of-the-art. After all, the campus was designed over the course of six years during the 1960s and '70s by Louis Kahn, one of the most celebrated architects of the period.


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Topics: architectural lighting, Architectural Design, indirect LED lighting, museum lighting

LIGHTFAIR Ushers in New Thoughts for Architectural Lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jun 19, 2014 8:38:12 AM

LIGHTFAIR has become one of the most prestigious events in the international architectural lighting community. This year, LIGHTFAIR set its sights on Las Vegas for its annual celebration of the unique relationship between lighting design and architecture.

A New Language of Light

"A New Language of Light"  - this year's theme - was put on by the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). The event references how commercial and architectural lighting factor into integrated design. With  manufacturers, engineers, contractors and distributors each attending the annual fair, you can be sure that there were many dialects added to this language discussion.

More than 200,000 square feet were filled with the types of rails, baffles and fuses that we dream of - a true lighting nerd's candy store - and included control devices, solar products and fixtures that help lighting architects create a symbiotic relationship between the building's architecture and natural daylight. Talk about heaven.  

Sensory overload wasn't limited to sight, either. Attended feasted their ears on a number of courses and keynote talks, giving all attendees the chance to learn about everything from how to conduc the perfect retrofit to innovative ways for designers to manage LED costs. 

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Topics: Architectural Design, lighting systems, Lighting Industry News, art & inspiration

8 Ways to Rock Your Next Lighting Project Pitch

Posted by Rob Gemmell on May 30, 2014 9:38:00 AM

Cultivating the best pitch possible is an exciting way to show the amazing work that lighting designers do. However, creating the perfect pitch for your next lighting project might not be as easy as what you see on "Mad Men."

Like many other aspects of advertising, creating a pitch is a lot like telling a story, so you want to keep it interesting and engaging from the start. The problem is, not all of us are fabulous storytellers, and that's OK - there are still ways for lighting designers to produce excellent results in promoting the work they love.

1. Keep it Simple

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Topics: architectural lighting, Architectural Design, Lighting Design

Can LEDs be the answer to light pollution?

Posted by Rob Gemmell on May 14, 2014 10:43:00 AM

Light pollution is a tricky subject for many - how could something that is so useful end up harming our health? Ever since Edison flipped the switch on a New York City street in the late 19th century, the world has been fascinated with electric lighting - to our own detriment in some applications. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are several ways that lighting negatively impacts our health, including its ability to disrupt our natural circadian bio-rhythms. Is it ironic that many in the lighting industry think we are better off without "brilliant" exterior night lighting?

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Topics: LED Lighting, Architectural Design, Lighting Design

Motor City embraces LED Lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Aug 28, 2013 10:50:00 AM

Despite individual opinions on how and when Detroit may rise from their less-than-stellar economic situation, there is one sector of the market where Motor City is taking a turn toward innovation: LED lighting.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Architectural Design, lighting systems, Lighting Industry News

With architectural lighting, less is more

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Aug 20, 2013 4:24:00 PM


Remember visiting grandma's house and reading under an incandescent bulb that might have been the size of a grapefruit (and lit the room about as well as a grapefruit could)? Those days are over when it comes to architectural lighting. Now more than ever, lighting designers and architects are asking for products with minimalist designs allowing them to visually disappear, and when seen, look great, all while saving a bundle on energy costs.



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Topics: LED Lighting, architectural lighting, Architectural Design, Lighting Design

3 ways lighting can affect mood

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 31, 2013 3:09:00 PM


One of the most challenging - and oftentimes frustrating - aspects of architecture is trying to grasp the mood or message that your client is trying to convey. For example, how would you go about lighting an art museum differently than say - a hip cocktail bar? Would a department store have different lighting than a hospital? The easy answer, of course, is duh. Lighting design plays an important role in the overall "feel" you want people to experience as soon as they walk in the door.

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Topics: lighting quality, architectural lighting, Architectural Design, art & inspiration

Architectural lighting for an esthetically conscious library space

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jun 24, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Gone are the days of dimly-lit libraries filled with dusty books and cramped sitting areas. New light is literally being shed on public library spaces, creating a comfortable and serene place for people to not only read, but congregate, take a cat nap, or escape the distractions of everyday life. Allowing guests access to lighting that provides reduced glare and better reading comprehension creates a refreshing and inviting space where people can forgo the large cup of coffee and stay alert based on lighting alone.

Read on for some helpful practices in modern library design and how these design tips are being used to create beautiful public spaces. 


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Topics: lighting quality, architectural lighting, success story, Architectural Design, Lighting Design