Oh, wait, you CAN print me a light?

Remember when we asked the 3-D printers to print us out a light? Apparently that’s really possible now. It’s still in development, but the idea is that microscopic diodes would mix with ink for colors, and get sealed between two sheets which would then have a current run through. When the current hits the diodes, they light up.

(from cdn.phys.org)

(from cdn.phys.org)

The implications for this are pretty huge — similar to OLED but perhaps more sustainable. Imagine the lit pictures you could print. Illuminated artwork would take a whole new angle. Printed light would be great for signage! The thinner, the better, and if they’re bright they can even be used for wayfinding. How can you see using printed light?

Three New Designer Hires at Available Light

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BOSTON, 18 September 2015 – AVAILABLE LIGHT is delighted to announce the hiring of three new Designers: John Delfino, has set up shop in the New York studio, while Jessica Krometis and Paige Stockman, bring new skills and enthusiasm to the Salem MA studio.

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John Delfino returns home to the Northeast after completing his MFA in Lighting Design from CalArts where he studied under famed lighting designer Anne Militello and worked under that tutelage of Lisa Pasamonte of Visual Terrain. His diverse lighting design background ranges from theatrical productions to themed entertainment, and from museums to architecture. He is committed to supporting the “story” with light and we look forward to seeing more of his storytelling in his work at AVAILABLE LIGHT.

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Having first served as intern in our studio, Jessica Krometis is no stranger to AVAILABLE LIGHT. She recently completed her MFA in Stage Design at Northwestern University, where she worked on projects such as Aimée and Jaguar, The Wild Party, and Danceworks. Jessica was also honored with a coveted USITT student exhibitor presenter slot at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial. Prior to her Northwestern residency, Jessica designed a number of productions in both Chicago and New York; she served as the assistant designer for exhibits at both the Museum of Science & Industry and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Paige Stockman is a young designer coming to us straight from UMass Amherst. While in school, Paige discovered a love of both theater and architecture making her a perfect fit for the team at AVAILABLE LIGHT. Her theatrical lighting experience includes such productions as The House of the Blue Leaves and Next to Normal. Her degree in Architecture & Design gives her the edge to apply those theatrical techniques to architecture and museum exhibition.

“We are very excited to have three promising new talents join our team,” says Steven Rosen, IALD, Principal & Creative of AVAILABLE LIGHT, “While they have much to learn from our more seasoned staff members, John, Jessica and Paige each come equipped with unique and valuable skills— we look forward to learning from them as well!”

The Internet of….Light Bulbs

Party at your house?

Or do you need help waking up?

Philips Hue is at your service! These lightbulbs connect to remote controlling stations (either their Tap switch or an app), meaning you can control them similarly to, though with more limitations than, professional programmable lighting. You can change colors, create programs like the Disco above, or set timers so the lights slowly dim upwards to wake you up.

There are a few benefits of this — waking up to light can be more gentle yet effective, changing color temperatures can help combat the more dangerous effects of light, and we won’t dispute the outright fun of being able to play with your lighting (we’re in the industry after all!!). A few companies are getting into this game.

However, these bulbs are quite expensive ($28-60/bulb, plus $60 for the switch). An alternative to the smartbulb is Emberlight, a connector that turns any bulb into a smartbulb (“working with what you already have”). It’s cheaper, but unless you buy a multi-colored bulb, you can’t disco with it. These bulbs are all slowly going down in price, but do you think the average consumer really has a need? How would you use your smartbulb?

Artificial Skylights

We know the beneficial effects of light on our bodies. Ideally, we’d all be working outside in natural light, keeping our circadian rhythms in sync and our vitamin D levels high! But since that isn’t the case for most of us, research such as this is critical.

Ten years in the making, the artificial skylight takes the same natural transformation light takes as it goes through Earth’s atmosphere and applies it on a smaller, lab-created level. With just millimeters of material, the light recreates Rayleigh scattering, the process that makes our sky appear blue. And you can see, the skylights appear blue but there is no blue light involved!

(from weburbanist.com)

The effect causes the same lighting we appreciate outside — the same color temperature, the same saturation, the same overall quality. The inventor, Professor Paolo Di Trappani, used rendering software and a virtual spectrophotometer to achieve these results. And what great results they are! You can almost feel the warmth.

(from weburbanist.com)

(from weburbanist.com)