Aug 192010
Cafe Zoetrope2 Lighting, Atmosphere, and a Little Bit of San Francisco

Cafe Zoetrope, lighting from street level

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…

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Jun 152010

led displaycases Coming To a Grocery Store Near YouIt’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.

Apr 012010

iStock 000005263934XSmall 300x200 Planning Your Kitchen Lighting   8 Easy Steps1.  Set a budget.  Think about what you can afford and don’t forget to account for costs of labor if you end up having to hire an electrician.

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).

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Jan 252010

ledshower1 LED Lighting as a Design TrendAn 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.
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 Posted by on January 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm

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