Set Design & Lighting Effects, Featuring FX Group

If there’s anyone that knows a thing or two about the effect lighting has on people, it’s the broadcast set designers at FX Group. In their opinion (and we couldn’t agree more), “the difference professionally-designed lighting makes is stunning — colors pop off the screen, talent looks their best and your set and branding grab viewers’ attention.” Here’s an example of their work:


FX Group also works with theme parks and museums (see their portfolio here) to create experiences that engage audiences through set designs.

We haven’t covered broadcast lighting here on Light Reading much, but it has more in common than you would think with display lighting, under cabinet lighting,  and even bedroom lighting. When you look at a room – whether that’s your own kitchen or the set of your favorite news channel – lighting is rarely the first thing you notice. Instead, you’re checking out the granite countertops in the kitchen, or the furniture in the bedroom, or the newscaster’s wacky new tie.

However, without good lighting, those granite countertops would be duller, the bedroom would seem cold and nondescript, and the newscaster would be ensconced in unflattering shadows.

FX Group’s CEO Mack McLaughlin recently shared a blog post about a new app by ZVORK that enables you to see the effects of various lighting instruments on a person. You can place up to six light fixtures in the scene, control the intensity, add color filters, and more. Here are two screenshots from the application:

Quite a different feel, isn’t it? 

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How To Replace An Outlet With An In-Wall Night Light

What are the night lights in your home like?

If they’re a little like the picture on the left, or if night lights in your mind only belong in children’s bedrooms, this post is for you.

First; night lights, unlike Trix cereal, are not just for kids. Ever fallen on a dark flight of stairs? Or blindly stumbled to the bathroom in the middle of the night?  Night lights are points of safety illumination – and they don’t have to be eyesores.

Our in-wall night lights are fantastic solutions if you’re looking for sophisticated, smart night lights that give off a bright glow! I recently installed several in my fiance’s house.

This post will walk you through the installation. It’s fairly easy and can be done in an afternoon. If you have drab night lights that need to be switched on manually, it’ll be a huge improvement.

Materials Needed:

  • Phillips or Flat-Head Screwdriver (Depending on your existing outlet’s screws)
  • Electrical Tape
  • Wire Cutters
  • LED In-Wall Night Lights (Wirenuts and screws included in package)

Steps:

1. Snap off the faceplate cover from your LED In-Wall Night Light. (more…)

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Real DIY Lighting Projects: Adding a Basement Kitchen

These photos come from a serious DIY-er, so perhaps they’ll be an inspiration for anyone considering tackling a major renovation project on your own. Chad decided to build a kitchen in his basement, so he picked out cabinets and hardware and then installed all of the electrical, plumbing, and flooring with the help of his wife. He hired someone to help with the countertops and drywall work. “Some things should just be left to the pros,” Chad said. We agree!

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New Home Project: Remodel Recessed Lights

Welcome to this fifth blog post of my New Home Project series. This series of posts reviews the lighting projects that I have undertaken in my new home since moving in to it in September 2009. To be honest, most of these projects have been completed some time ago. It was my goal to write a post after each project, but time just gets away from you sometimes. I cannot believe that it has been over 2 years since moving into my home.

This project involved adding seven 4-inch recessed cans throughout the first floor of my house.

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Real Lighting Projects: A Kitchen Transformation

Get ready for some unbelievable before and after pictures.

Today’s post features a kitchen remodeling project from Rob’s Remodeling, Inc. After talking with Rob on the phone, I wished I lived closer to Northbrook, IL (where Rob’s Remodeling, Inc. is based) so I could hire him for any future remodeling projects I might have. He’s the nicest guy, and he’s clearly passionate about doing quality work. “I don’t do this for the money,” he told me. “I just love what I do.”

Rob says he uses Pegasus Lighting products whenever he can. His favorite under cabinet lighting fixture is the Xenon Triangle Light, and he is a perfectionist about making sure clients cannot see any wires once they’re installed. Best of all, he’s as big of a fan of under cabinet lighting as we are: “When I talk someone into doing under cabinet lighting,” he said, “it’s the difference between a good kitchen and a kickass kitchen.”

Without further ado, here are the pictures of a recent kitchen remodeling project Rob completed for a client. (more…)

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