George Mieling, Rock & Roller

Posted by Vode Marketing on Dec 10, 2018 3:10:37 PM

George Mieling
Vode Partner, CRO and International Rock Star

December 3, 2018

Q: How does being in a rock & roll band make you successful at Vode?

A: It helps me exercise my left brain. I deal with numbers, margins and revenues at Vode. When I play music I’m able to be creative and delve into a grey area. Music is my release valve and brain balancer.

Q: Do you think the new Vode ulo is more rock & roll or more business?

A: More rock & roll… always on the move, creative, colorful, adaptable and focused all at once.

Q: What song reminds you of a typical day at Vode?

A: Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More by the Allman Brothers. It reminds me that life is short and you need to make the most of each and every day.

On a good day… Takin’ Care of Business by Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
On a rough day… Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train.  

Q: How are Rock & Roll finances different than business finances.

A: When I make my $100 per gig I get really excited. It’s somehow more exciting than direct deposit. It’s my fun money.

Q: You were born and raised in Austria. How did this influence your musical stylings?

A: I started playing classical piano at age 8. Growing up in Vienna, music was taught to children at a very young age. All the kids in my neighborhood played multiple instruments. We sang Christmas carols and folks songs and music was a big part of everyday life. Of course, in my teens I started embracing jazz, blues and rock & roll.

Read More

Topics: Lighting Design, Vode Community, Vode Lighting

Leaving the world brighter than you found it

Posted by Vode Marketing on Oct 18, 2018 9:10:09 AM

Scott's open letter to ArtCenter

October 17, 2018

Dear ArtCenter friends and family,

As far back as I can remember I always wanted to draw cars. Years later, that very same compulsion would turn into a full-on devotion to sustainable design thinking.

I came from a typical immigrant family. My father was a dentist who couldn’t see how I could make a living designing cars. My brothers and I had decided that we didn’t want to stare at tobacco-stained teeth for the rest of our lives (it was the 70’s, after all). My father nevertheless implored me to follow a more reputable career path, but my own renegade creative journey was just beginning.

I had three primary questions: What is design? How are cars designed? And can you make a living doing it?

After graduating high school one year early and emigrating from Taiwan to sunny California, I found myself looking at my prospects – though I didn’t have the privilege, nor the benefit, of talking to a guidance counselor. You know that old expression, “having the book thrown at you?” I quite literally had a book thrown at me – one that was titled “A Complete Book of United States Colleges and Universities”.

The listing was alphabetical. I dutifully started from page one; I didn’t make it too far past the C’s after I became entranced by the temptation presented by ArtCenter College of Design. Though I applied to a few other schools, there was one image that I will forever associate with ArtCenter – one that influenced my decision to go there. It was a full two-page spread of a student illustrating a fully functional automobile. That was all the convincing I needed.

Read More

Topics: Lighting Design, Vode Community, Vode Lighting

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.

Read More

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

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.


Read More

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.


Read More

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

Read More

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

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.


Read More

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

Dimming LED controls make workers happier

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jun 27, 2014 7:30:00 PM


Dimmable LED ambient lighting controls can be just as useful to employee happiness as casual Fridays, holiday parties and vacation time. It's no suprise that humans enjoy freedom and control over their environment, even in shared organizational and public spaces. Now there's research that architects, interior designers and lighting designers —as well as facilities and human resources managers, might want to keep in mind when considering their new architectural project.


Read More

Topics: LED Lighting, dimming, Lighting Design

Dimming is the new chill pill in architectural lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jun 23, 2014 2:55:00 PM

Clark University, Goddard Library, Worcester, MA | Architecture: Perry Dean Rogers | Image: Peter Vanderwarker | Lighting: Vode Box Baffle 

Dimmable commercial lighting design may the answer to creating a less-hostile work environment.

The Atlantic reported that a study by researchers from the University of Toronto and Northwestern University found that bright light is linked to more intense emotional responses, both good and bad. Whether one employee is in a good mood after finding $20 or another employee is upset about the lack of coffee creamer in the break room, the lighting has the potential to affect the extent to which those emotions are felt.


Read More

Topics: LED Lighting, productivity, mood, dimming, lighting and health, Lighting Design

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

Read More

Topics: architectural lighting, Architectural Design, Lighting Design