In lighting news…
The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) gives out awards every year for particularly impressive projects. The 2011 Call for Entries has been announced, and the site is now accepting submissions. Don’t miss the final deadline on October 29!
The parent company of Chili’s Restaurants recently completed the largest roll-out of LED lighting in United States history. 125,000 lamps were installed in all 827 of its restaurants. Annual savings will add up to a whopping $3.7 million.
In lighting tips…
Get kitchen designer Jennifer Gilmer’s expert advice on how to brighten a dark kitchen. Obviously, lighting is a key technique, but Gilmer also describes how certain backsplashes can reflect light, certain cabinets will add warmth, and certain architectural changes will invite the sunlight in.
Can’t decide on which home updates are worth the overhead, or looking to advise clients on cost-effective remodeling projects? Check out this article on 15 ways to increase the value of your home.
Other cool sites…
One of our favorite Twitter follows, Paul Anater, wrote an article recently on what never goes out of style in kitchen design. In his words, “Timeless and kitchen don’t belong in the same sentence.” However, Paul recommends choosing well-made appliances, avoiding specialty finishes on cabinetry, and accessorizing with trendy colors rather than building them in.
For an in-depth, interesting article on green building and passive houses, check out this New York Times piece: “Can We Build in a Brighter Shade of Green?” The story features a home built in Vermont without a furnace – it is so thoroughly insulated and tightly sealed that it does not require heat.
This Sunday is 10/10/10, and there’s a group that’s transforming this coincidental date into something meaningful. Watch this video from the director of the 10:10 Climate Campaign. The campaign is urging organizations to pledge to cut 10% of their carbon emissions in 2010.
Finally, for your viewing pleasure: 100 Stunning Demonstrations of Light Painting.