The Architecture of Experience

The Architecture of Experience

Light is the most flexible building material at work in the constructions of the world around us. Variable, transient, and flexible – lighting has the capacity to change its character and the manner in which it inhabits and defines space with infinitely greater...

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Light, Art, and Biophilia

Light, Art, and Biophilia

Like art, light inspires. From sunsets to starlight, jellyfishes to fireflies, humans often perceive light as poetic and inspiring. But light does much more than just stir imagination; how we perceive light can affect everything from our emotions to our alertness...

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Public Policy: Why Care?

Public Policy: Why Care?

Do you ever feel as if your projects are subject to rules you don’t understand, made by people you don't know, for reasons that aren't clear? Do you sometimes feel that these rules are being done to you rather than by you or for you? That's how most lighting...

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Yellow to Blue: the Recent History of Lighting and Color

Yellow to Blue: the Recent History of Lighting and Color

A recent LA Times article that calls attention to the increasing prevalence of blinding headlights on the road at night got me thinking about why this is happening and what it means for the near future of lighting. Maybe it's just my aging eyes, but at times I find...

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The Error in the Current Smart Lighting Business Model

The Error in the Current Smart Lighting Business Model

It was after a dinner conversation at a recent Internet of Things (IoT) consortium meeting that I started thinking more about the industry's current business model and how IoT market innovators can commercialize emerging opportunities. The smart lighting market is...

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The Net-Zero Nonzero City

The Net-Zero Nonzero City

We hear a lot lately about Net Zero buildings that produce as much energy as they consume, and as we extend this idea to cities, energy efficiency will continue to be a crucial part of our future. NonZero refers to the human part of the equation: social...

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Functional and Sustainable Bathroom Luxury

Functional and Sustainable Bathroom Luxury

Well-designed lighting in the bathroom should be a top priority. Yet, more often than not, people just accept whatever the builder has installed. How many times have we seen a dramatic photograph of a vanity with the recessed downlight directly over the...

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Stores That Feel You

Stores That Feel You

How does lighting affect emotion? This question is interesting if you are, like me, relentlessly curious (ok, borderline basket-case geeky), about lighting and emotions separately and/or together. For example, high on my "to read" list is Darwin's The...

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Light People!

Light People!

Left: This entry is certainly dramatic, but hardly friendly and inviting. Right: Vermeer’s Girl With A Pearl Earring: that’s how to light people! The title for this blog is not about those humans out there who may be referred to as “People of Light” (or on Wednesday...

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Visual Comfort and Buildings that Feel

Visual Comfort and Buildings that Feel

In the last 15 years we've seen an emphasis on new measures of quality in the built environment, largely centered on energy efficiency or "green" building, but these have been largely indoor measures and they're mostly concerned with indoor air quality and...

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