The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Illumination Awards are in for 2010, and the lighting designs are truly magnificent. Here is a selection of photos from the winning lighting designs (feel free to comment below on which is your favorite!):
The Industrial Designers Society of America recently published winners of the 2010 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). One of the student submissions caught my eye:
The design, called “Write? Light!” is a portable bedside lamp, and it’s for those tossers and turners who suddenly remember an important to-do, or who come up with a brilliant idea for a new project in the middle of the night.
The lamp turns on when you pick up the pencil so you can quickly jot down a note, and it turns off again when you replace the pencil. It strikes me as such an intuitive product design – what do you think?
Ever since I started blogging for Pegasus Lighting, I’ve been paying attention to the lighting wherever I go: restaurants, museums, hotels, friends’ houses, you name it. If you try this experiment for a couple of days, it won’t take long for you to realize that lighting design completely makes or breaks an atmosphere.
I was recently in San Francisco and admiring the lighting at one of the many amazing restaurants I went to, Café Zoetrope. The café is in the lobby of the historic Sentinel building, owned by Francis Ford Coppola. First of all, the exterior is absolutely gorgeous. The copper-green building is at the corner of the street in the North Beach region. By day, its architecture certainly stands out. But by night…
Macula recently projected a hypnotizing light show on the facade of the Hilton Prague hotel. The video is fascinating – check it out! The Macula project explores the relationship between image, sound and the viewer. This show was called “Super-Menace.” What do you think?
It’s not often that a new product or trend represents a true win-win for both consumers and businesses, but this is one of those rare occasions.
LED lighting in refrigerated display cases is quickly being adopted by food retail stores across the globe. It’s more direct, uniform, and bright lighting than the old fluorescents, making it more attractive for consumers. It slashes energy and maintenance costs, making it more affordable for retailers.
With a steady rise in electricity costs in an industry where profit margins are relatively low, food retail stores are quickly adopting a technology that proves to substantially reduce operational costs. Utility rebates have also made the product more attractive to retailers.
It’s certainly no small change. By installing LED lighting in refrigerated glass door displays, stores can cut energy consumption by up to 60 percent. Fluorescent lighting emits much more heat than LED lighting and as a result operates best at 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. In a refrigerated environment, fluorescent light output drops and more energy is expended to keep the case cold.
This year, BJ’s Wholesale Club will install LED lighting in its refrigerated display cases at 68 of its locations.
2. Find out what your current circuit in the kitchen can handle. In order to do this, multiply the amps by the volts. Most circuits have 120 volts. So if your circuit was 15 amps, you’d multiply 15×120. That amounts to 1800 – the total number of watts your kitchen circuit can handle. It’s a good rule of thumb to use your circuit up to 80 percent of its capacity.
3. Consider the condition of your current wiring. If you’re in an older home, you might consider rewiring the room (this is where you should contact an electrician if you don’t have experience).
An article in Electronic House last week discussed how interior designers and architects are incorporating LED lighting into homes for truly amazing visual effects.
Imagine controlling lights embedded in your bathtub to glow with the color of your choice. Or picture an LED kitchen faucet that lights with a different color based on temperature, signaling when the water is too hot to touch. The applications for the color and light control options that LEDs offer are endless, making them a hot design trend – especially because they are incredibly energy-efficient as well. Even tile flooring can be illuminated with LED lighting from beneath.