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

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

Great things heard at IALD Enlighten 2013

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Oct 8, 2013 1:15:00 PM

I realized there'd been some great things said at the 2013 IALD Enlighten Conference as I reviewed my notes on the flight back. Below are a few I thought worthy of sharing with our community of professionals in lighting, architecture and design.



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Topics: architectural lighting, lighting designers, art & inspiration

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