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

Easy ways to determine efficient LED lighting controls for your space

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 16, 2014 8:31:00 AM


By now, most lighting designers and architects know that LED linear lighting systems are the way to go in terms of efficiency and practicality for modern buildings. However, one roadblock for these professionals is choosing what kinds of lighting controls they want for their given space.


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Topics: dimming, linear LED lighting, lighting systems, energy efficiency, LED lighting controls

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

Top 3 reasons to hire a lighting designer

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 24, 2013 1:36:00 PM

One of the most important aspects of architectural design is how your creation is illuminated. Just like any other facet of your work, the lighting shouldn't be handled by an amateur. Depending on the size of your project, the pickiness of your client and the scope of your design, the lighting design can make or break a project.

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Topics: lighting systems, linear lighting, modular lighting, energy efficiency, LED Lighting, Lighting Design, lighting designers

LEDs and heat output: innovative cooling for the future

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 18, 2013 11:01:00 PM

With most of the country experiencing a stifling heat wave, it's only natural that heat output is on the minds of many architects and lighting designers. Humidity and high temperatures can make you feel exhausted, but what about the heat output of your architectural lighting designs?

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Topics: energy efficiency, LED Lighting, thermal management, efficient commercial lighting

Researchers exploring alternatives for LED lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jun 18, 2013 9:33:00 AM

Researchers at the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research in Japan developed several molecules that increase the overall efficiency of OLEDs, or organic light emitting diodes. 

Although LEDs and OLEDs are on the same level for market growth, by 2023 LEDs will be cheaper and more efficient. UCSD Medical Education & Telemedicine Building, Architecture: SOM Lighting Design: PBQA Image: Kenneth Naverson Photography 

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Topics: lighting quality, LED Lighting, energy efficiency, Lighting Industry News

LEDs are resetting industry standards

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jun 17, 2013 5:31:00 PM

Will the adoption of new lighting technolgies beat predictions?  

Market research shows that the LED industry is booming, and sales will continue to grow from $9.46 billion in 2013 to $25.4 billion by 2017. 

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Topics: LED Lighting, energy efficiency, Lighting Industry News

U.S. Dept. of Labor gets LED lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jun 12, 2013 5:05:00 PM

Two U.S. Departments helping each other —seriously!

The Department of Energy recently completed a lighting upgrade project at the U.S. Department of Labor's parking garage. To show off the new "duds," the department conducted a demonstration that showed the energy efficiency that LEDs could provide, especially when compared to incumbent high-pressure sodium (HPS) luminaires. Results from the experiment showed energy savings of 52 percent from changing HPS to solid state LEDs. These numbers increased by 88 percent by using occupancy sensor controls. 

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Topics: LED Lighting, lighting systems, energy efficiency, Lighting Industry News

Video: Top 8 Benefits of New Linear LED Lighting

Posted by Laura Arnold on May 30, 2013 10:28:00 AM


Luminaire and LED board design
 advances now deliver
amazing light
 quality, energy efficiency and longevity.

Scott Yu, Vode Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer,
illustrates the benefits of his newest designs for Vode LED

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Topics: video, lighting quality, LED Lighting, energy efficiency, linear lighting, modular lighting

Lighting show demonstrates need for energy efficiency

Posted by Rob Gemmell on May 28, 2013 6:17:00 PM

The 2013 LIGHTFAIR® Innovation Awards on April 23 showcased the increased sophistication of lighting products in the industry, as well as an industry preference for solid state lighting.

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Topics: architectural lighting, linear lighting, Lighting Industry News, energy efficiency