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Lighting Control Systems Starting to Open Up

What was once a very proprietary, closed world for control and communication, commercial and industrial lighting systems are now on the cusp of joining the rest of the core building automation market by offering interfaces to standard open-system lighting...

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The Music of the LEDs

We owe our very existence to light. Not just the visible part, but the entire electromagnetic spectrum from radio waves to gamma rays. These waves transmit energy and information about our surroundings to our bodies through our eyes. In the case of the visible...

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Oculus Helps Local Students to RISE

Last year, Oculus Light Studio came upon the opportunity to work with a local Civil Engineering and Architecture high school class – and we jumped at the chance. We were first contacted by DaVinci Science High School teacher Andrew McGregor, who asked us...

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The Illumitunity Convergence

I recently spoke at LightShow West with Chris Brown on the primary topic of interest in the lighting industry – the future. Lighting seems to be permanently "disrupted" and we're abidingly anxious about it. This talk was meant to say: "OK things are in...

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Light WELL

WELL certification is essentially LEED for healthy built environments for people. Similar to LEED, WELL has a points-based rating system and ranked grades of achievement (Platinum, Gold, Silver). Designers can become accredited WELL professionals (WELL APs) to...

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Outcome-Based Code Compliance: Hope or Hype?

The prescriptive-based and performance-based energy codes currently in use in the U.S. have a fatal flaw: neither compliance method measures actual building energy usage and performance over time. Prescriptive compliance is exceedingly complex, relying on a myriad of...

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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

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?

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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