LED light quality is kind of a big deal

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Aug 28, 2014 9:45:00 AM


Many people take their light quality as seriously as their morning coffee.

According to KNX Today, the task of specification has become less about what the fixture looks like and more about the light quality coming from it. As a result of individual point sources of LED indoor lighting, the beam of light distributed has become a bigger part of the design process and the structural components have become less so. In fact, companies like Vode Lighting have made it their goal to consciously minimize and reduce the lighting fixtures and related hardware. Lighting designers are not as concerned now about whether a pendant fixture has a brushed bronze finish as they are about how the light being presented can be used most effectively as part of the esthetic quality and functionality of a space.

While LED systems are suitable for providing uniform washes of light, they can also be used to create diffused glows just as easily as precise beams with less wasted light. This allows a designer to create wide ranges of effects from sharp contrasts between shadow and light to atmospheric looking spaces with little indication of where the light sources are.


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Topics: LED color quality, lighting quality, LED Lighting, architectural lighting, Lighting Design, art & inspiration

LEDs becoming the darling of modern architecture

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Aug 20, 2014 7:50:00 AM


If there is one trend that we are seeing in the lighting industry, it is that LED lighting has finally worked out all of those hiccups, and is totally ready for the main stage. In fact, it is already happening among many lighting designers and architects across the country.

The "coming of age" moment is here for LEDs, as they have slowly crawled their way out of a niche market and asserted themselves as a viable source for large and small spaces. Architectural Record says that there aren't too many lighting problems that these fixtures can't fix, whether you are looking for a completely new, retrofit or renovation solution - indoor or outdoor.


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Topics: architectural lighting, Lighting Design, inspiration, linear LED lighting, art & inspiration, efficient commercial lighting

Lack of Toxic Materials in LED Lighting and Human Health

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Aug 18, 2014 6:31:00 AM


Most consumers, lighting designers and architects already know that LED lighting is a fantastic option for energy efficiency, making Mother Nature and your bank account quite happy. However, one of the most underreported facets of LEDs is the collection of benefits that these fixtures can bring to our well-being.

In the past, the lighting industry had one goal: illumination. However, since LED and lighting fixture technology has advanced so far (and continues to become more and more innovative), many lighting manufacturers are creating LEDs that return the focus to health and wellness.


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Topics: LED Lighting, lighting and health, architectural lighting, inspiration, human-centered design, lighting safety

Human-centered lighting expected to be top trend

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 31, 2014 5:44:00 AM


Commercial LED lighting design that focuses on the needs of occupants as well as cost savings is expected to be a major trend between now and 2020.

While further optimizing lumen output, light uniformity and luminous efficacy, lighting manufacturers and designers are expected to direct more emphasis and research toward the soft costs of lighting - glare reduction, circadian regulation and employee morale - Green Biz reported. The expanding proliferation of studies regarding the role of lighting in concentration and productivity in educational, healthcare, corproate and other commercial facilities has caused a turning point in discussion around fixture specification.


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Topics: LED Lighting, productivity, lighting and health, architectural lighting, human-centered design

Form as well as function in LED lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 24, 2014 11:37:00 AM


During the early days of LED manufacturing (which weren't too long ago), finding a balance between the new technology and designing beautiful fixtures wasn't always the easiest task. Everything from the color of the light, ergonomics and product design was typically an afterthought for many in the beginning, but all of that has definitely changed as LED have been maturing within the lighting industry.

"We were all kind of drunk on efficiency," Chris Bailey, a solid-state lighting technology strategist, explained to Architectural Lighting.

In a mad sweep to get products on the shelves and LEDs into the hands of lighting designers and architects worldwide, form oftentimes sat on the backburner as function took the lead role. And it's understandable. During the initial phase, the economy was struggling and environmental friendliness was the biggest challenge facing not just the lighting industry, but the energy sector as a whole. So, it makes sense that energy-efficiency was the main goal during the first days of LED manufacturing.


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Topics: LED Lighting, dimming, architectural lighting, lighting systems, energy efficiency, cove lighting

Cutting down the lighting lumens to shave off the pounds

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 22, 2014 12:16:00 PM


Dimming the lights during a romantic meal does more than set the mood.

Lower lumen outputs may also help you lose weight. In addition to sweating off a few pounds at the gym or lowering your intake of sweets, turning the lights down low may help you reduce your calorie intake. According to a 2012 study originally published in Psychological Reports, dimmable commercial lighting design in conjunction with milder music can be used to get people to avoid wolfing down their meals, Reuters reported.


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Topics: mood, lighting and health, architectural lighting

Affordable Architectural LED Lighting Goes Mainstream

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 8, 2014 5:37:00 AM


The personal computer. Computer Aided Design. The iPhone. These are inventions that have changed the way that professional designers and architects work and create. For the most part, they have been beneficial to the built environment and paved the way for other innovations in this and related fields.

The light bulb is another invention that has evolved over time, and LEDs, the solid state electronic replacement for bulbs, are now clearly the big wave hitting the beach. However, the affordability of LED lighting has been a significant challenge to sell for lighting designers and architects - not to mention the general public.

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Topics: LED Lighting, architectural lighting, low profile linear, linear LED lighting, linear lighting

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

LAX's LED Lighting Installation Outshines the Rest

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jun 28, 2014 1:28:00 PM


If you have ever traveled internationally, then you know how impressive some of the world's terminals can be when it comes to creative lighting schemes. For the most part, the U.S. tends to be lacking in the design department when it comes to airports, as Vice President Joe Biden jokingly pointed out this month when talking about LaGuardia in NYC.


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Topics: architectural lighting, Lighting Design, energy efficiency, indirect LED lighting

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