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

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

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

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

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.


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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.


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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

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Topics: architectural lighting, Architectural Design, Lighting Design

Can LEDs be the answer to light pollution?

Posted by Rob Gemmell on May 14, 2014 10:43:00 AM

Light pollution is a tricky subject for many - how could something that is so useful end up harming our health? Ever since Edison flipped the switch on a New York City street in the late 19th century, the world has been fascinated with electric lighting - to our own detriment in some applications. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are several ways that lighting negatively impacts our health, including its ability to disrupt our natural circadian bio-rhythms. Is it ironic that many in the lighting industry think we are better off without "brilliant" exterior night lighting?

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Topics: LED Lighting, Architectural Design, Lighting Design

LED light dimming controls make workers happier

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jan 22, 2014 1:59:00 PM

Before the recession began in 2008 many companies had "morale enhancement" budgets and policies. Whether they returned justifiable benefits to the employers is hard to know but employees sure liked them, and missed them when ausertity measures kicked in. But wait, research now suggests that well designed lighting accomplishes the same thing. Dimmable LED ambient lighting controls can be just as useful to employee happiness as casual Fridays, holiday parties and vacation time. 

A study by the Institute for Research in Construction at The National Research Council of Canada found employees are more fond of their work spaces when they have the ability to adjust the brightness of their lighting. The researchers placed 118 workers in a mock office space and had them perform various simulated office tasks. For the first half of the afternoon, the participants were not allowed to make any changes to the illumination level, and were given an individual lighting control at the end of the afternoon. In addition to the tasks, they completed questionnaires in regard to discomfort, mood, satisfaction and other topics.

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Topics: LED Lighting, dimming, Lighting Design, LED lighting controls

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