If you’ve been a reader around here for some time, you may remember the old Pegasus Lighting Roundups. Long ago (in the beginning of 2010, if you really want to get specific), I wrote a post each week sharing the latest and greatest in lighting news, tips, and trends on the internet. We talked about things like LED wallpaper, Lance Armstrong’s kitchen, and an energy-efficient home that was airlifted into Manhattan, just to name a few.
Good news. Pegasus Lighting Roundups are back!
If this is your first time with one, here’s the deal: I design Roundups to put the spotlight on other sites across the web. There are too many great resources and cool articles out there not to share! Second, Roundups are meant to be quick reads. You’ll see snippets of info and I’ll include a link so that you can find out more if you’d like.
In lighting news …
There’s an actual levitating lamp now on the lighting market. We’re not exaggerating. The shade floats in mid-air above the base via “integrating stabilized electromagnetic technology” by engineer Ger Jansen. We first spotted it on the Global Lighting blog, and you can check out the lamp for sale here.
The winning design in the latest student competition of the Illuminating Engineering Society of New York City is pretty fascinating. Student Sejung Oh created a drum filled with water and light. When tapped, the drum creates a refraction of light that emulates the way moonlight reflects on water.
In lighting tips …
If you’ve ever thought about adding a skylight to your home, follow that link to the BuildDirect blog. There’s an excellent blog post explaining the ins and outs of skylight types, placement, efficiency impact, and more.
A reporter at The Wall Street Journal tested more than 30 LED light bulbs for performance, and published a “Best For …” list. Check it out to see what he picked for task lamps, recessed lights, mood lighting, and more.
Lighting designers: worth the money or outside your budget? James Bedell argues that if you are worried about your budget, the smartest thing to do is hire a lighting designer.
Other cool sites …
There’s a video here of a blind man in the driver’s seat of a car for the first time since he lost 95 percent of his vision. Google designed a self-driving car for him! Apparently, they’ve been working on self-driving cars since 2010.