KGM Projects Lauded for Team Effort

The International Interior Design Association’s Southern California Chapter feted the 29th Annual Calibre Design Awards at a gala in May, 2017. KGM Architectural Lighting was named on six of the 85 nominated project teams, noted for work that exemplifies a...

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The Rise of TLEDs

The Department of Energy estimates there are 360 million fluorescent troffers installed across the US, but market data show that shipments of linear fluorescent lamps have been tanking since 2014. Tubular LEDs (TLEDs) are taking over. Like other LED...

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These 10 Designers Won’t Miss #2017LSW

WestCoast Lighting Insider interviewed 10 regional architecture and design professionals about the opportunities they're looking for at LightShow West 2017. One and all are seeking updates on lighting technologies that are undergoing one revolution on top...

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New Summit at LightShow West to Focus on Controls

In the age of smart buildings, intelligent systems and smart homes, the central element is a control system that performs one or more functions to increase the flexibility of systems used, including lighting. With such an emphasis placed on functionality...

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Three West Coast Lighting Designers: Up and Coming

Three California lighting designers made this year's "40 Under 40" list of the most talented young people working in the field today. These rising stars were named as the result of a global search, which recognized 20 men and 20 women from 16 different...

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The ABCs of T-LEDs

Capital and labor costs can vary widely in retrofits using tubular LEDs (TLEDs), which makes crunching the payback numbers difficult. Yes, the TLED itself is more energy efficient than a fluorescent lamp, but multiple configurations each have tradeoffs between labor...

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DLC Networked Lighting Controls Spec Gaining Traction

With a second iteration – now including exterior lighting controls – due out in June, the DesignLights Consortium's Networked Lighting Controls (NLC) Technical Requirements specification is gathering momentum with manufacturers and utilities. Serving as a resource for...

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Enchanted at Descanso Gardens: That Instagrammable Moment

Winter light shows have evolved from creative displays of twinkling Christmas lights and carolers to upscale, kinetic artist installations and everything in between. These short-term attractions constitute a lucrative use of public gardens during their winter slow...

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IoT Lighting: Not Your Typical Value Propositions

The intersection of LED lighting and the Internet of Things is driving the lighting industry into new realms of building and IT services. Because lighting is ubiquitous in the built environment and it brings electrical power into all those spaces, lighting systems...

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Lighting Maintenance Companies Find Their Way in the Digital Age

As the LED market peaks over the next few years, lighting maintenance companies could be retrofitted right out of the market. But as with the rest of the digital revolution, advantages beget complexity. We may be able to change the oil in a late-model car, but you...

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Ann Kale Making Her Mark on Historic Santa Barbara

When Ann Kale moved her lighting design business to her hometown of Santa Barbara, CA, in 2003, she knew she'd have to carve out a market where none existed. Her broad experience across residential and commercial applications – particularly historic renovations –...

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Yes, You Can Expect LED Lighting Maintenance Issues

Some customers are finding out their "It lasts forever!" LED lighting system, doesn't just sound too good to be true. LED lumen depreciation is commonly expected, but is not the be-all and end-all of luminaire lifetime. There are just too many electronic systems to...

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Erdman’s Vocabulary Defines Sprawling JustFab HQ

This, the third office space that eSquared has lighted for this particular client, presented outsized challenges – and long-awaited opportunities – for Principal Erin Edman and Senior Lighting Designer Landon Roberts. At 14 ft, the open, coffered ceilings at the new...

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Ganging Up on Decorative Pendants

Ganged pendants are one of the hottest trends in decorative lighting. And today's LED sources lend themselves to hardwired, multipoint designs: modern or contemporary; transitional or industrial. "The trend has been coming and coming," according to Randall Whitehead,...

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Neon Still Sizzles

Reports on the death of neon have been somewhat exaggerated. LEDs did finish off the use of neon in interior and exterior architectural lighting, but neon tube bending shops survive here and there. Neon's vibrancy and sizzle make older signs worth preserving, and the...

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Retailers Pulling for LEDs with Specialty Spectra

Following the quest for LEDs that mimic halogen in every positive way, the retail lighting industry is starting to miss a few things. Brick-and-mortar retailers – with their intense awareness of how lighting impacts product appearance and therefore sales – find...

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Lighting Designers

In this virtual panel discussion, five eminent lighting designers and one highly respected representative from manufacturing discuss the challenges of recruiting young lighting designers and then propose a wide range of actions our industry can take. Beyond the...

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PoE Lighting Convergence: LED Meets IT

Power over Ethernet (PoE) could disrupt the lighting industry more than the LED ever has. By powering lighting with Ethernet switches and inexpensive Cat 5 or 6 cable, instead of hazardous 120V electrical systems, PoE threatens to move lighting from the electrician’s...

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Our Love-Hate Relationship with Slot Lighting

Some designers love those sleek lines of recessed light, and some think they're too bright and already passé. But recessed linear luminaires are everywhere: running up and down walls, skimming architectural transitions, marching or swirling along ceilings, and...

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Electric Lighting Informs Daylighting Design

Daylighting design is taking an increasingly important role in both architecture and planning; meanwhile undergoing its own revolution in terms of both sustainability and computer-aided design. And where daylighting designers incorporate the expertise of lighting...

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Eco Effects of High-CCT LED Lighting Outdoors: Building a Case

In 2014, the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) amended its Seal of Approval Program to accept only luminaires in 3000K and below. The lighting community seeks to understand this pushback against efficacious, scotopically rich outdoor lighting. But we see – and...

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Will TM-30 Supplant CRI with Dual Metrics?

This past summer the Illuminating Engineering Society published TM-30-2015, IES Method for Evaluating Light Source Color Rendition. Developed by consensus, this new calculational methodology reflects updated color science and addresses the escalating problems with...

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Bui Engineers Net Zero MOB: Decidedly Un-Institutional

For 20 years electrical engineer Duc Bui has supported the sustainability goals of Kaiser Permanente and its facilities. And 2014 saw the opening of the healthcare giant's first net zero design: the Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley Specialty Medical Office Building....

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The LED Shall Set You Free

Large apertures and clunky metal boxes are so twentieth century. Super-compact, efficient and highly directional, LED luminaires open up sleek, new, form factors and innovative, architecturally integrated lighting strategies. After a long decade of evolution, LEDs now...

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Designers Buzz: What NOT to Miss at #2015LSW

Lighting designers, architects and engineers will gather October 21–22 at the Los Angeles Convention Center for LightShow West 2015. But what are they looking for? WestCoast Lighting Insider interviewed 10 regional lighting design professionals about the...

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LEDs Light Smart at CSU Campuses

As part of its commitment to sustainability, the California State University system presented the 11th annual Higher Education Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards in July. The awards program highlights innovative and effective energy-efficiency...

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Klein’s “Self-Luminous” Palm Desert Residence

Steven L. Klein, principal of Klein Lighting, collaborated with Milwaukee architects Deep River Partners on this fabulous winter residence in Palm Desert, CA. Transparent glass walls reveal the curving and rectilinear forms inside, washed thoughtfully in LED and...

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Dim to Warm

The WarmDim/human centric technology in action using luminaries. Lighting designers have adopted a rule of thumb about color temperature: occupants prefer higher color temperatures in bright settings and lower color temperatures in dimmer settings. And that familiar...

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ALKILU: Adventures in OLED Lighting

If you’re looking for the OLED lighting products we’ve long been promised, you’ll find some right here in Southern California. ALIKLU Enterprises, LLC is manufacturing and selling OLED lighting products today. Their products are designed around the unique...

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2700K LED Lighting

Since the 1990s, LED lighting manufacturers have sought the difficult balance of light quality, efficacy and cost. Because commercial white-light LED products are fundamentally blue LEDs, warmer color temperatures are particularly challenging – achieved at...

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