Category: Lighting Design

Louis Kahn and the Power of Shadow

The application of light is not only concerned with illumination but its absence–shadow–creating intriguing contrasts for certain types of architecture. In this article published by ARCHDAILY.com, Thomas Schielke describes architect’s Louis Kahn’s approach to light and darkness.

The application of light is not only concerned with illumination but its absence–shadow–creating intriguing contrasts for certain types of architecture. In this article published by ARCHDAILY.com, Thomas Schielke describes architect’s Louis Kahn’s approach to light and darkness.

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IALD Publishes Results of 2021 State of the Lighting Design Profession Survey

The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) recently surveyed lighting design business owners and principals about the COVID-19 crisis in May 2020 and October 2020. This survey was repeated in 2021 and posed questions for the January to March 2021 time frame. The result is a snapshot of the state of the lighting design profession in challenging times.

The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) recently surveyed lighting design business owners and principals about the COVID-19 crisis in May 2020 and October 2020. This survey was repeated in 2021 and posed questions for the January to March 2021 time frame. The result is a snapshot of the state of the lighting design profession in challenging times.

The survey discovered the profession is reacting with continuing resilience to the pandemic and even a few positives.

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Lighting the Post-COVID Building

In a new Facilitiesnet.com article, Chicago-based lighting designer Avraham Mor describes four key elements of successful lighting designs in a post-COVID world.

In a new Facilitiesnet.com article, Chicago-based lighting designer Avraham Mor describes four key elements of successful lighting designs in a post-COVID world.

He writes:

Office lighting can often be an afterthought for workplace designers, but careful integration of lighting into the design from its inception can result in a lighting design that not only supports productivity and workplace health but creates additional functionality for space, enables advanced wayfinding, and even functions as a brilliant, adaptable (and cost-efficient) medium to reinforce corporate identity and branding.

The four key considerations for a successful design, he adds, are flexibility enabled by controls, personal control, health and wellness, and safety.

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Lighting: We’re Doing It All Wrong

In an article published in LIGHT LINES, four lighting experts say current lighting design practices are based on satisfying outdated tasks, resulting in inadequate designs, missed opportunities, and an improper understanding of efficient delivery of light.

In an article published in LIGHT LINES, four lighting experts say current lighting design practices are based on satisfying outdated tasks, resulting in inadequate designs, missed opportunities, and an improper understanding of efficient delivery of light.

In a nutshell, the experts, including Kevin Kelly, Christopher Cuttle, Peter Boyce, and Peter Raynham, say current lighting design focuses on delivering proper illuminance on a horizontal task plane, which in turn was based on predominant paper-based tasks. They call for providing minimum ambient illuminance, which involves lighting the volume of the space and lighting equipment that delivers light to room surfaces like walls and ceilings as well as the traditional workplane.

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The Story of Lighting Design

Lytei’s beautiful video engages twenty leading lighting designers–including Howard Brandston, Chip Israel, Charles Stone, Nancy Clanton, and more–to celebrate and discuss lighting design.

Lytei’s beautiful video engages twenty leading lighting designers–including Howard Brandston, Chip Israel, Charles Stone, Nancy Clanton, and more–to celebrate and discuss lighting design.

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ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR: TM-30 Turns Five

My most recent contribution to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR provides an update on the TM-30 color evaluation method, which turned five this year.

My most recent contribution to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR provides an update on the TM-30 color evaluation method, which turned five this year.

With the proliferation of LED lighting, previously accepted flaws in the CRI metric became accentuated. With LED, you can have two products with the same CRI but very different color-rendering abilities. In other words, different effects on finishes, furnishings and flesh tones. To address this, in 2015, the Illuminating Engineering Society in New York produced TM-30, “IES Method for Evaluating Light Source Color Rendition,” a proposed method for color evaluation. The idea behind this method was more information and greater accuracy.

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IALD Announces Winners of 37th Annual International Lighting Design Awards

The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) recently announced 21 winners of the 37th Annual IALD International Lighting Design Awards, presented by Cooper Lighting Solutions. Top honors goes to Arup UK for The University of Sheffield Concourse in Sheffield, England UK, which received the IALD Radiance Award for Excellence in Lighting Design award.

The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) recently announced 21 winners of the 37th Annual IALD International Lighting Design Awards, presented by Cooper Lighting Solutions. Top honors goes to Arup UK for The University of Sheffield Concourse in Sheffield, England UK, which received the IALD Radiance Award for Excellence in Lighting Design award.

Image courtesy of Midi Photography/Arup

Awards of Excellence:

• The Keller Center – University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy | Chicago, IL USA |AKLD Lighting Design, Ltd.
• Kistefos – The Twist |Jevnaker, Norway | Light Bureau
• Relighting of Interior of Norwich Cathedral | Norwich, England UK | Speirs + Major•Royal Opera House |London, England UK | Studio Fractal
• Tennessee State Museum | Nashville, TN USA | HGA
• The University of Sheffield Concourse | Sheffield, England UK | Arup UK
• Vancouver Waterfront Park Grant Street Pier and Plaza | Vancouver, WA USA | Fisher Marantz Stone

IALD Awards of Merit:

• 160 Spear Street |San Francisco, CA USA | PritchardPeck Lighting
• Free Library of Philadelphia |Philadelphia, PA USA | Lam Partners
• Green Jadeite |Kaohsiung City | Taiwan (ROC) | Art Light Design Consultants, Inc.
• H&M Flagship Store Façade Lighting |Oslo, Norway |ZENISK AS
• International Presbyterian Church |Ealing, England UK | 18 Degrees
• La Vie Ltd. Wine & Spirits Merchant | Taipei, Taiwan (ROC) | J.Y. Lighting Design
• Microsoft Buildings 121 & 122 |Redmond, WA USA | Dark Light Design
• Nihombashi Mitsukoshi |Tokyo, Japan | Lighting Planners Associates
• RH New York |New York, NY USA | Sean O’Connor Lighting
• Shanghai Waterfront – 25 Landmarks |Shanghai, China | Overall Project Design Fisher Marantz Stone, in collaboration with seven lighting design firms
• Singapore Buddhist Lodge |Singapore | Light Collab
• Zurich Innovation Center Givaudan |Kemptthal, Switzerland | Lightsphere GmbH

IALD Special Citations:

• Boston City Hall Renovation |Boston, MA USA | Lam Partners
• Rain |Washington, DC USA | Thurlow Small, Inc.

The judges included five IALD members: Susanna Antico, IALD, Milan, Italy; Mark Loeffler, IALD, Hamden, CT USA; Kevin Theobald, IALD, Wells-Next-To-The-Sea, UK; Bob Shook, FIALD, Chicago, IL USA; Diane McNabb-Rodriguez, Associate IALD, Charlotte, NC USA; Ed Seiber, Architect, Atlanta, GA USA; and Nolita Ryan, Interior Designer, Sydney Australia.

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LD+A: Lessons Learned from Large-Scale Outdoor LED Retrofit

In this article published in a recent issue of LD+A, Northwestern Energy’s Steven Schmitt describes lessons learned from a four-year project to convert more than 40,000 street and area luminaires from HID to LED.

In this article published in a recent issue of LD+A, Northwestern Energy’s Steven Schmitt describes lessons learned from a four-year project to convert more than 40,000 street and area luminaires from HID to LED.

He writes:

In 2018 my utility, NorthWestern Energy in Montana, embarked on a four-year project to convert over 40,000 street and area lights from HID to LED. We started with a simple approach: find LED lights equivalent in form factor and light output to our existing lights and replace just the fixture head. We soon found out, there was more to it than that. Here are a few lessons we have learned just over a year into the project.

His advice: work with stakeholders, streamline inventory, review local ordinances, prepare for the technology to change, and think ROI.

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Brad Koerner on the Luminous ’20s

Brad Koerner of Koerner Design took on the Illuminating Engineering Society’s challenge to define the future of light in 2030, and identified six trends that would disrupt and innovate architectural lighting over the next decade.

Brad Koerner of Koerner Design took on the Illuminating Engineering Society’s challenge to define the future of light in 2030, and identified six trends that would disrupt and innovate architectural lighting over the next decade.

He writes:

By the year 2030, what we call “architectural lighting” will increasingly consist of embedded luminous surfaces, rich with digital content, smartly driven by data streams and responsive to our physical actions and biological needs in a space. Designers (architects, interior designers, lighting designers, etc.) will increasingly need to become experience designers, using scripting, storyboarding and digital-twin simulations to craft live, responsive new experiential concepts for guests, shoppers, patients, employees, and so forth.

Despite growing system complexity, project coordination and on-site installation costs will be reduced via digital-twin, cloud-connected commissioning and sophisticated integration of BIM processes. And these projects will use DC-power systems to reduce the consumption and cost of all these digital systems while making our buildings net-zero energy consumers. The physical hardware of lighting systems will be designed to maximize new revenue streams opened by circular economy strategies, while simultaneously reducing our environmental impact.

The Roaring ‘20s indeed look to be a brilliant decade for innovation in architectural lighting systems.

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