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

Easy ways to determine efficient LED lighting controls for your space

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 16, 2014 8:31:00 AM


By now, most lighting designers and architects know that LED linear lighting systems are the way to go in terms of efficiency and practicality for modern buildings. However, one roadblock for these professionals is choosing what kinds of lighting controls they want for their given space.


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Topics: dimming, linear LED lighting, lighting systems, energy efficiency, LED lighting controls

Lighting up the library with LED systems

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 14, 2014 5:04:00 AM


If you're not much of a bookworm, you might not have set foot in a library for a while. Although there's often plenty of space to peruse pages, libraries are also hubs of research, areas to complete homework, apply for jobs in the computer labs, work on groups projects in study rooms and sometimes host events. As a result, library lighting has to be as multifaceted as the tasks that happen around the stacks. Additionally, it has to highlight all of the knick knacks and posters on the wall while operating at a brightness that won't be damaging to any older texts.

The answer to these demands is fixtures equipped with dimmer switches, according to Libris Design.


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Topics: dimming, linear LED lighting, perimeter lighting, LED perimeter lighting, library lighting

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

Daylighting and dimmable lighting create the ideal circadian balance

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Apr 1, 2014 11:01:00 AM


With the latest dimmable linear fluorescent and LED lighting, architects and lighting designers' options for energy efficiency and beautiful, human-centric buildings are expanding more than ever. One of the biggest challenges for professionals in the industry is finding light solutions that positively benefit human health - with all of the artificial light we consume per day, having some natural sources can help keep our circadian rhythms in line with their regular beat. 

As much as we try (and we have tried a lot), lighting manufacturers still haven't quite harnessed all of the healthy benefits that the sun can bring - though they have come close.


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Topics: lighting and health, linear LED lighting, circadian

Dimmable lighting for bright, young minds

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Mar 21, 2014 4:30:00 PM

University libraries are filled with students hunkered over dimly-lit work, yet with a lighting redesign, those dark spaces may become sources of inspiration.

Commercial lighting design and education go hand in hand and are likewise a major focus for the lighting industry. With the right amount of light, students can be more attentive, have better concentration and get more work done. Conversely, studies have shown that insufficient lighting can lead to less student engagement – which means more spit wads to clean up later.

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Topics: dimming, lighting and health, linear LED lighting, lighting and education

Tunable White Lighting: How Fixtures Can Positively Impact Health

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jan 22, 2014 10:38:00 AM

By now, we have all seen our fair share of pharmaceutical and supplement ads - some helpful, some silly - claiming to cure everything from obesity to depression. However, making an effort to better your health and wellbeing could be as simple as the fixtures that surround you.

As lighting designers and architects, you are already familiar with what linear lighting and other luminaires can do to make a space look and feel like a work of art, but many experts in the industry are now drawing their attention to how these fixtures impact human health, and numerous studies are showing that it definitely does.

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

The best uses of linear lighting for walls and perimeters

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Dec 3, 2013 2:37:00 PM


When it comes to architectural lighting systems, the remarkably small-scale linear lighting options that Vode Lighting provides create unique opportunities that architects and lighting designers can easily work with, according to David Orgish, Vode's former Western Regional Sales Manager, and now a respected lighting designer again.


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Topics: wall wash, linear LED lighting, perimeter lighting

Top 3 Reasons to Use Modular Lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Oct 30, 2013 11:35:00 AM


Modular lighting is one of the most diverse options available when you are talking about LED systems. For offices and other open spaces, there are now excellent solid state solutions for high-powered and beautifully delivered lighting, and as an added bonus, lighting designers and architects can help their clients achieve significant savings in both energy efficiency and total ownership costs.


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Topics: LED Lighting, linear LED lighting, modular lighting

Open offices get hip with low profile linear lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Sep 30, 2013 3:54:00 PM


Office space lighting may have been somewhat drab until recently (thinking fluorescent bulbs?), but with low-profile linear lighting, all of that is changing for forward-minded design professionals.

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Topics: architectural lighting, low profile linear, linear LED lighting