I’m pleased to announce that I have finally completed the long awaited (by my publisher) update to The Lighting Management Handbook, which came out in 1994, with this 300-page book about redesigning existing lighting systems: Lighting Redesign for Existing Buildings. Because light is used to see but cannot be seen, it is often overlooked by […]
The Yas Hotel, on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, was conceived as two towers connected by a bridge and united by a stunning glass and steel grid-shell element. The hotel’s sweeping grid-shell element, built by Austrian specialist Waagner-Biro, illuminates at night using more than 5,000 custom LED fixtures and a sophisticated control system, the result of an intensive design effort by Arup Lighting, who was engaged by Asymptote to create a lighting solution for both the iconic canopy and the hotel’s exterior.
Architectural SSL Magazine recently published an article I wrote about a new Hugo Boss concept store in New York City. The challenge was to create a dynamic visual environment to complement the bold and innovative fashions of Hugo Boss. For lighting designer A.J. Weissbard, this meant blending architectural retail lighting with theatrical lighting to create […]
Architectural SSL recently published an article I wrote about Rock Sugar, a new 7,000+ sq.ft. Los Angeles restaurant offering Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Indonesian and East Indian food in opulent surroundings. The particular demands of the lighting design, coupled with strict requirements imposed by Title 24, disqualified many conventional lighting methods. Lighting designers Focus Lighting turned […]
The challenge: Create as sustainable and energy efficient environment as possible that still met the requirements of a space that would show a significant amount of artwork. The solution: The designers of Síol opted for natural lighting complemented with dimmable, ENERGY STAR-qualified white LED downlights that illuminate the entire space with the same energy consumed […]
In its Jan/Feb 2010 issue, Architectural SSL published an article I authored about Round 9 of CALiPER testing (October 2009) covering 30 recessed downlights, 2×2 flat panel luminaires and troffers, 4-ft. linear replacement lamps and small replacement lamps. Despite continuing problems in the SSL industry, including inaccurate and inflated sales claims and a wide range […]
Yum! Brands, parent of KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Long John Silver’s and other brands, is the world’s largest restaurant company with more than 36,000 restaurants in over 110 countries. As part of its efforts to demonstrate social responsibility, Yum! unveiled its first LEED Gold-certified restaurant, a KFC/Taco Bell in Northampton, Mass., in 2008. The […]
The Challenge: Retrofit a former night club into a true lounge with a lighting scheme that would saturate the environment with color and color-changing effects, but without moving lights. The Solution: Ryan M. Rafferty for Ohm Productions illuminated the space almost entirely with RGB LEDs, allowing a variety of colors and effects schemes without losing […]
This article for Architectural SSL Magazine by Kevin Willmorth and me outlines the important progress that has been made in LED standards that are essential for future growth, and talks about standards still in the works. You can read the article here.