Feb 092011
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This “Turning Torso” building in Sweden is the European Union’s tallest residential apartment building.  Its unique architecture features curving corridors inside the building and an equally distinctive exterior design.

What’s really impressive about this building is its lighting plan.  Architects designed a custom LED system that was integrated into the building’s round interior, which was quite a challenge.  Narrow, flexible LED modules were fitted into pre-made custom fixtures and then recessed into the ceiling.

The Turning Torso is included in the New York Museum of Art’s 25 Most Exciting Skyscrapers in the World exhibit.  Check out this article in LEDs Magazine for more details on the innovative lighting design.

 Posted by on February 9, 2011 at 10:06 am
Jan 252011

Back in October, I wrote a post announcing that the first OLED manufacturing plant was coming to the US.  Quick recap: OLED stands for organic light emitting diode (it’s an LED that contains carbon).  It’s an extremely innovative technology because it can be produced in ultra-thin sheets, so it will make things like light-emitting wallpaper possible in the future.

Well, here’s another amazing application of OLEDs.  Intel has created a laptop with an OLED keyboard!  Depending on what you are viewing on the computer screen, the displays on the keyboard buttons change.  If you’re playing a game, the letters of the alphabet will disappear and the keyboard will show controller functions.  Check out the video after the break and tell me what you think! Continue reading »

 Posted by on January 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm
Jan 122011

lighting affects appetite The Link Between Lighting & DietingIt’s a basic biological concept: environmental cues have a significant effect on behavior.

Companies use the concept to their advantage all the time.  Red, yellow and orange make us feel hungry, so fast food restaurants incorporate those colors into all their branding.  Wide, open entrances make a building seem more alluring, so retailers design stores with glass frontages and seamless entries.

The thing is, you have some control over some of your environmental cues.  Why not use them to your advantage to help support that New Year’s Resolution to shed a few pounds?

Take a look at the lighting in your kitchen to determine whether it’s helping or hindering your goals. Continue reading »

 Posted by on January 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm
Dec 212010

1. The Chandelier Made from Pens:

biro chandelier 5 Lights That Will Wow You At first glance, this may look like a standard chandelier.  Look closer.  It’s actually constructed from 347 recycled Bic Cristal pens and 347 paper clips.  Talk about what you wouldn’t expect a light to be made of!  This one has got to be in the same category as the chandelier made from 3000 ping pong balls.

2. Better Defined as “Sculpture”:

lighting ceiling sculpture 5 Lights That Will Wow You This piece of light art was designed by Marcus Tremonto.  Its super-thin structure cascades from the ceiling to create a truly stunning effect.  Check out more of Tremonto’s work, you won’t be disappointed.  He blends style and function in a captivating way that makes you think twice about convention.

Continue reading »

 Posted by on December 21, 2010 at 10:13 am
Nov 242010

1. Under Cabinet Lighting:

xenon thin undercabinet light 5 Lighting Trends That Will Never Go Out of Style

Often cited as a top remodeling project in terms of high return on investment, installing under cabinet lights is always a great decision.  It provides task lighting to make cooking and cleaning easier and accent lighting to highlight a beautiful backsplash or countertop.  At night, the glow from an under cabinet light is particularly alluring.  Check out our post on How to Choose Under Cabinet Lighting.

2. Energy Efficient Lighting:

Everyone loves lowering their monthly energy bill.  Whether you’re switching out those old incandescent bulbs for CFLs, trying super-efficient LED cabinet lighting, or using fluorescent light fixtures for a closet or display case, energy efficiency is the way to go.  Besides, today’s incandescent bulbs will no longer be available for sale in the US by 2014 due to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.  Go green! Continue reading »

 Posted by on November 24, 2010 at 1:10 pm
Oct 182010

astronomical clock prague A Light Show For the AgesThe famous Prague Astronomical Clock recently celebrated its 600th birthday by putting on quite possibly the coolest light show in history.  We found the video on Gizmodo and had to share it here.  Apparently, it took four months to create the show.

The clock is known as Prague Orloj and is mounted on the wall of the city hall in Old Town Square.  It dates back to the early 1400s and has over 20 functions, displaying things like the lunar phase, time of sunrise/sunset, and zodiac phase.

This is a can’t-miss video: Continue reading »

 Posted by on October 18, 2010 at 10:00 am
Oct 122010

tracklighting Track Lighting 101Track lights are one of the most versatile lighting systems because the individual fixtures can be positioned anywhere along the track and then swiveled, rotated, and aimed in any direction.  It’s possible to create a variety of different effects, and you can tailor the lights to best accentuate your room.

However, this also means it’s hard to know where to start!  Consider this your how-to guide for using track lights to create the perfect effect.

First, you’ll need to decide what type of light you want the track fixtures to provide.  Track lights are typically used in one of three ways:

  • Accent lighting, highlighting a particular object such as a work of art.
  • Wall washing, evenly illuminating a wall.  Should be used for non-textured vertical surfaces.
  • Wall grazing, dramatically highlighting the texture in a wall.  Should be used for textured vertical surfaces like brick, stone, or draperies.

Continue reading »

 Posted by on October 12, 2010 at 10:00 am
Oct 012010

Every year, cities across the world participate in an arts festival called Nuit Blanche.  For one night, museums, galleries, and city halls are open and free to the public.  Entire blocks are turned into performance spaces and artwork displays cover the streets.

This year, New York is hosting its first-ever Nuit Blanche event.  New York has named their Nuit Blanche event “Bring to Light,” and the event will especially celebrate “the magic and luminance of light.”

Continue reading »

 Posted by on October 1, 2010 at 10:06 am
Sep 292010

Winners of the 2010 Light & Architecture Design Awards were officially announced in the most recent issue of Architectural Lighting.

There were a number of amazing designs, but I wanted to share my favorite: the W Hotel Ft. Lauderdale, which received Outstanding Achievement, Whole Building. Lighting designers from Washington, D.C.-based MCLA collaborated with Adache Group Architects on the project.

W Hotel Entrance One Incredible Lighting Design

“Flying” candle fixtures above the fountain accentuate the low ambient light levels at the entrance of the hotel.

W Hotel Lounge One Incredible Lighting Design

Flexible LED fixtures are mounted on the ceiling and walls of a pool table lounge. Through the perforated corten panels, light shines through.

W Hotel SwimmingPool One Incredible Lighting Design

Through the stair enclosure in the center of the pool, guests can walk back down into the lobby. This is the only feature illuminated at night, ensuring protection of the sea turtles.

W Hotel WhiskeyBlueBar One Incredible Lighting Design

The Whiskey Blue bar at the hotel features brass tubes suspended from the ceiling with blue LEDs.

According to Scott Guenther, senior designer at MCLA, “The lighting design was intended to enhance the relaxing beach environment and provide guests with a few unique, playful moments – both indoors and out.”

What do you think – did they succeed?

 Posted by on September 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm
Sep 132010

Tribute in Light A 9/11 Tribute in LightLast weekend, the night sky was illuminated in New York by two twin beams of light shining upward from Lower Manhattan.

The 9/11 “Tribute in Light” memorial is in its ninth year.  The rays, which are made up of more than 40 xenon light bulbs, are the strongest shafts of light ever projected from Earth into the night sky.  Each year, they evoke the shape of the Twin Towers beginning at dusk on September 11 and fading with the dawn on September 12.  Each year, they honor the victims of the terrorist attacks of 2001 and illuminate the sky as a silent, symbolic tribute.

The Municipal Art Society sponsors the display each year.  For more information, see the New York Times article.

 Posted by on September 13, 2010 at 10:06 am

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