Diverse and impressive changes have been taking place in the lighting world this month. Read on to discover the fun and innovation!
In Lighting News…
Across the web, there was a consensus that LED holiday lights were the thing to have for the holidays. Not only are they energy-efficient, long lasting, and durable, they can also be interactive. We’ve seen families across the country creating holiday feats – dancing light shows to hundreds of different songs, and even games for visitors to play. For a balanced review of new LED string lights, check out this article from Apartment Therapy.
Speaking of switching to LEDs, NASA is swapping out all of the light bulbs on the International Space Station to help alleviate astronauts’ insomnia. They’re planning to use specially diffused LEDs, which can filter light into different hues. They’d provide blue light to help astronauts wake up in the morning, white light during work hours, and reddish light to soothe them to sleep. To read more on the science of the switch, check out this article from Gizmodo.
A recent article on Forbes.com declared that LEDs have finally “arrived.” In other words, they’re a mature, viable product, widely available, good-looking, and economically attractive.
And while we’re talking about attractive things, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens’ “LED Winter Wonderland” won the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Lighting Control Innovation Award this year. Tons of visitors came to witness the beauty of the gardens this season, lit up with innovative LED fixtures. Not only did the gardens channel the holiday spirit, but they also maintained environmental integrity. Read more here.
In Lighting Tips…
Builder took a look back at the most popular design trends of 2012 this month. Our favorites: fantasy kitchen islands, diverse indoor/outdoor spaces, and green design. See them all here.
As LEDs become more popular, the way they create light is still a mystery to many. Check out this article for the basic breakdown of how they work.
Other Cool Stuff…
In the last days of November, New York City residents were surprised by a light show atop the Empire State Building, synchronized to Alicia Keys’ “Empire State Of Mind.” The building’s new LED lighting system has over 16.7 million color possibilities, compared to the old system, which had only 10.
You probably know the iconic Pixar lamp – we usually see it hopping around before our movies start. Well, three students from Victoria University of Wellington have created a real-life replica of Luxo Jr., called Pinokio. With six servo motors, a webcam, some Arduino, and a bit of processing, the lamp came to life. Check out this video:
How about you? Any big lighting changes in your life this month? Please share!