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Farewell to Lightfair 2015

Posted by George Mieling on May 27, 2015 10:10:00 AM

As always, Lightfair was fun. Seeing familiar faces, making new connections, mingling with award-winners (congratulations!), and talking shop until blue in the face. A few things stuck with us.

It’s all about friends

Each year, we connect with more amazing market partners and friends. Rick and I sat down with Richard Meek, Principal at Archibald & Meek, and a few of his spec sales and marketing colleagues (they recently added Vode to their line card). They were thoroughly impressed with our magic act: pulling three Zip fixtures from a 2”-diameter packing tube. [[Insert “packing light” pun here.]] We caught up with new friends at SLS Vancouver and the Southeast crew from Sesco Lighting, in addition to friends we’ve known and loved for years. You guys are the best.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Lighting Design, Lighting Industry News, Events, Vode Community

How lighting systems can relate to photoperiodism in humans

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Sep 9, 2014 1:05:00 PM

The human body is a complex and wonderful thing that is completely in tune with the environment that surrounds us, even though we sometimes try to block it out. In some buildings, lighting systems and the flow of natural light simply doesn't attain the adequate amount we need.

Being shunned away from light is a relatively new phenomenon in human history. In a modern society that is constantly exposing individuals to more and more to artificial light - especially fixtures like fluorescent lighting and incandescent bulbs - it's no wonder that conditions like seasonal affective disorder and vitamin D deficiency have become a normal part of the lexicon.

There have been countless studies showing the effects that poor lighting - or the lack of it altogether - can have, but there are ways that architects and lighting designers can change that. Most people understand the balance of lighting and circadian rhythm, but few understand the process of photoperiodism, natural light and its important role in human health.

 

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Topics: LED Lighting, dimming, lighting and health, Chronotherapy, Photoperiodism

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

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

Improve physical and psychological health with tunable lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 28, 2014 7:55:00 AM

 

Artificial light has created more "time," so to speak, for all of humankind to get things done. We can work whenever we please, carry on business 24 hours a day if needed. However, as animals who have spent millennia living by the rhythms of the sun's rays, this artificial option has definitely taken a toll on some individual's health and personal well-being. 

Because 8-hour day and night shifts are not going to stop anytime soon, the solution must come from the lighting source itself: In comes tunable lighting.

The sun doesn't provide the same level or even color of light throughout the day, so sitting under the same white light in an office, hotel or school can make you tired when you need to stay awake, or, conversely, too wound up when your body should be starting to relax. Tunable lighting mimics that natural ebb and flow of sunlight, working more symbiotically with your own circadian rhythms. 

 

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Topics: tunable white light, LED Lighting, lighting and health, lighting systems, tunable white

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

Chronobiology: Connections between health, lighting and architecture

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 11, 2014 5:14:00 PM

 

LED lighting designers have a lot more to think about than simply making the next wave of fixtures - they may be playing a pivotal role in the world's well-being. Now more than ever, it seems that there is a more intense focus on lighting systems, exposure to natural daylight, building design and their major impacts on human health.


According to The Washington Post, issues with sleep, moodiness and staying alert can all be traced back to your exposure to light, and the way that buildings are constructed has a lot to do with it. Even though linear lighting design has become very advanced over the years and does its best to mimic solar rays, there is just no question that sun exposure can't be duplicated.

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Topics: LED Lighting, lighting and health, Lighting Design, lighting systems

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

Van Gogh meets Vera Wang - Dimmable LED at Doha's QELA

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jun 30, 2014 9:59:00 AM

 

Lighting a retail store with mixed merchandise has its challenges, but what happens when you throw in fine art that's also for sale?

This was the predicament facing lighting designers for QELA, a high-end retail store and art gallery. The boutique is located on The Pearl, a human-made archipelago off the coast of Doha, Qatar's capital. QELA, which opened its Doha location in 2013, is a luxury brand offering shoes, jewelry, and bespoke women's clothing, as well as art. Due to the dual nature of the building that houses the store and its rotating art collections, the designers had to consider already demanding display lighting to bring the space to life.

 

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Topics: LED Lighting, Lighting Industry News, efficient commercial lighting

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