Excess lighting linked to bad moods

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Sep 2, 2014 7:27:00 AM


Specification of low profile lighting is about more than seamless integration into a building's architecture and energy efficiency, as new research shows cutting down on direct lighting is also linked to making occupants less grumpy.


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Topics: lighting quality, mood, dimming, lighting and health

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

Color Quality with LED Lighting Systems

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 18, 2014 6:37:00 AM


LEDs might require lighting designers' clients to dig a little further into their pocketbooks, but there are numerous reasons why lighting designers and architects should stick to their high reverence for LED lighting - and color quality is definitely one of them.

One of the best reasons to make the switch to an LED lighting system is the major benefit you can achieve regarding color quality and illumination. In the lighting industry, getting the appropriate amount of color flexibility in your fixtures can be a challenge, especially if you are a lighting designer or architect that is being paid to light up a space that relies on some strict parameters, such as those applicable to art, retail and hospitality venues.


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Topics: LED color quality, color therapy, lighting quality, lighting designers, tunable white lighting

Designing the work space internationally: LED lighting and offices

Posted by Rob Gemmell on May 21, 2014 3:58:00 PM


While Monday mornings are a bummer for most people around the world, the right lighting can make a dull morning downright refreshing wherever you might be.

Middle East Interiors reported that lighting in office spaces is often not suited to the tasks workers are engaged in, causing decreased productivity and discouraging a positive mood. LED lighting more easily creates a dynamic lighting experience that can be adjusted through dimming controls, and now tunable white light, to fit all tasks and improve employee mood, which in turn bolsters productivity. Furthermore, George Bou Mitri, general manager for GE Lighting's Africa, Middle East and Turkey divisions, told Middle East Interiors that commercial LED lighting is the most suitable solution for these spaces because they are sustainable and also have linear dimming.


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Topics: lighting quality, LED Lighting, productivity, mood

3 excellent uses for linear LED lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Sep 20, 2013 1:37:00 PM

Linear LED lighting has become the standard for illuminating forward-thinking offices and business spaces, but there is so much more to this lighting than meets the eye, and their linear design can actually work in a wide variety of spaces and applications.

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Topics: lighting quality, LED Lighting, linear LED lighting

3 ways lighting can affect mood

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 31, 2013 3:09:00 PM


One of the most challenging - and oftentimes frustrating - aspects of architecture is trying to grasp the mood or message that your client is trying to convey. For example, how would you go about lighting an art museum differently than say - a hip cocktail bar? Would a department store have different lighting than a hospital? The easy answer, of course, is duh. Lighting design plays an important role in the overall "feel" you want people to experience as soon as they walk in the door.

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Topics: lighting quality, architectural lighting, Architectural Design, art & inspiration

Beyond the myths of LEDs and their danger to vision

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 29, 2013 1:32:00 PM


There has been a lot of talk in the lighting and health world about the potential negative impact of LED lighting systems and retina damage. This is an important topic, after all, because our eyes are the "windows to the world," and without them, we would be missing the most important of our senses.


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Topics: lighting quality, LED Lighting, architectural lighting, lighting systems, modular lighting

4 Do's for jaw drop-worthy exterior architectural lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 5, 2013 2:13:00 PM

Iconic modernist interiors (read: recognizable contemporary furnishings) with exterior antiquity (classical building forms and decor) is all the rage in design today, and with such an opposites attract, yin yang emphasis, it only makes sense to use different lighting approaches to the outside and inside of an architectural space. Looking for some inspiration? Here are a few thoughts:

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Topics: lighting quality, architectural lighting, Lighting Design, linear lighting, exterior lighting

Architectural lighting for an esthetically conscious library space

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jun 24, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Gone are the days of dimly-lit libraries filled with dusty books and cramped sitting areas. New light is literally being shed on public library spaces, creating a comfortable and serene place for people to not only read, but congregate, take a cat nap, or escape the distractions of everyday life. Allowing guests access to lighting that provides reduced glare and better reading comprehension creates a refreshing and inviting space where people can forgo the large cup of coffee and stay alert based on lighting alone.

Read on for some helpful practices in modern library design and how these design tips are being used to create beautiful public spaces. 


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Topics: lighting quality, architectural lighting, success story, Architectural Design, Lighting Design

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