Bright Lights, Big City

Posted by Tom Warton on Jan 31, 2018 8:37:03 PM

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Vode’s New York Sales Manager, Ian Coll(standing in blue), with the International Lights sales team

 Bright Lights, Big City

Vode Lighting Partners with International Lights NYC


February 1, 2018

Sonoma, CA  

Vode Lighting, LLC, an innovation leader in lighting product design and manufacturing, recently announced a partnership with International Lights. The move supports Vode’s ambitious growth plans and solidifies its position in the major design market of New York. International Lights in a leading lighting manufacturer’s representative based in New York City.

“International Lights is excited to represent this amazing company in New York,” said Jim Panichella, Co-President of International Lights. “Vode’s innovative approach to design, efficiency, performance and environmental responsibility is second to none in our industry. Vode is well known for its minimal design. They consistently delivers highly functional and clever tools for lighting designers, that all but disappear into architecture.

Scott Yu, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Vode Lighting, said, “There is a very strong concentration of design and architectural firms headquartered in New York City. As a major hub for lighting consultants supporting architectural projects worldwide, we look forward to doing great things with International Lights”.

“We are entering a new era for our business and are thrilled to partner with International Lights. All good business is based on relationship and International Lights in unsurpassed in their support of the designers, distributors and contractors we aim to serve in the great city of New York,” Tom Warton, President and CEO of Vode Lighting.

With the advent of LED and digital control, the lighting industry has entered a radical phase of innovation, beyond energy efficiency and dimming to utilizing technology for quality of function & performance. High color rendering, dynamic dimming, circadian rhythms, mesh networks, Li-Fi, color tuning are now all considerations of the possible when designing for healthcare, higher education, commercial office, retail, and residential projects.

About International Lights: Covering the New York metro area and Long Island, International Lights represents the most innovative manufacturers in the lighting industry. In the 26 years since their founding, International Lights has successfully managed over 10,000 lighting projects. Driven by one of the strongest and most experienced specification sales teams in the country, International Lights offers the best of class service, throughout the entire project life-cycle - from inception through final occupancy.

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Topics: Lighting Industry News, Vode Community, Vode Lighting

Vode Lighting Appoints Ian Coll as NYC Sales Manager

Posted by Antenna on Aug 24, 2017 2:34:24 PM

SONOMA, CA – August 23, 2017 – Vode Lighting, a linear lighting design and manufacturing company, today announced the appointment of Ian Coll as New York City sales manager. As sales manager of the greater New York City region, Coll draws on his 20-plus years of experience in the architectural lighting industry to support the Vode leadership team as the company expands its presence in one of the world’s top design markets.

“Vode leads the industry with unrivaled minimalist and architecturally conscious linear lighting systems that subtly enhance the environment in which they are installed. I’m thrilled to join the Vode family and be a part of this pioneering company,” said Ian Coll, NYC sales manager at Vode. “With an ever-growing portfolio of projects in the greater New York City region, it’s a no-brainer that the forerunner in lighting design should have a dedicated representative in one of the world’s design capitals.”

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Topics: Lighting Industry News, Vode Community, Vode Lighting

Vode’s ZipThree wins “Most Innovative Product of the Year”

Posted by Antenna on May 18, 2017 10:58:43 AM

PHILADELPHIA – May 10, 2017 - Vode won the “Most Innovative Product of the Year” LIGHTFAIR Innovation Award at the LIGHTFAIR International 2017 conference for its latest product, ZipThree™| Wall Mount | 707 a bi-directional ceiling wash and wall graze lighting fixture for corporate, hospitality and civic applications. The award, judged by an independent panel of renowned lighting professionals, honors industry innovation in lighting-related products and design introduced in the past 12 months. Vode was chosen out of 258 entrants in the Commercial Interior Category.

The Vode team works very hard at challenging assumptions and sometimes we come up with the unexpected. The ZipThree is a great example of what is possible when we start asking the right questions,” said Tom Warton, chief executive officer and co-founder of Vode Lighting. “We're inspired to be working in this moment of incredible change and innovation. With so much opportunity around us – to paraphrase Mr. Wayne Gretzky – we aren't trying to go where the light is, we're trying to go where the light is going to be."

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Topics: Lighting Industry News, Vode Community, LFI, LIGHTFAIR International, ZipThree, Vode Lighting

Sabra White has joined the Vode team

Posted by Tom Warton on Nov 10, 2016 9:38:01 AM


Sabra White

Customer Service Manager

Sabra White comes to Vode with the perfect mix of architectural knowledge and expertise in the field of LEDs. She began her illustrious career at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. and then worked as Curator of the Architectural Drawings Collection at the Chicago Historical Society where she honed her keen sense of design aesthetics.

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Topics: Lighting Industry News, Vode Community

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

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

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

Motor City embraces LED Lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Aug 28, 2013 10:50:00 AM

Despite individual opinions on how and when Detroit may rise from their less-than-stellar economic situation, there is one sector of the market where Motor City is taking a turn toward innovation: LED lighting.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Architectural Design, lighting systems, Lighting Industry News

Architectural-grade lighting becomes the golden child of car design

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 10, 2013 9:50:00 PM

From Audi to BMW, car companies are embracing higher quality LED lighting (similar to those used in many architectural lighting projects) to make their cars "sexier," more secure and increasingly alluring. In some instances, a car's lighting has already come full circle, inspiring artists and designers to create a similar style or quality of light within their own work.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Lighting Design, lighting systems, Lighting Industry News

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