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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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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