Project Opening: Trip Advisor NYC

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(photo by Nick Rezendes)

 

There were two goals for the new Trip Advisor office in New York City, designed by Baker Design Group to deliver an energy-efficient high-performing design, and to provide flexible gathering space for anything from daily casual lunch with colleagues to quarterly company-wide video broadcasts. Leading edge LED direct/indirect fixtures were laid out in an organic pattern to light the space, including a dimming control available on a fixture-by-fixture basis to accommodate the needs of individual engineers. The forum space incorporates unique uplighting for the cast-glass panels of the stairs flanking the seating area. Theatrical lighting for presentation needs is concealed in slots along the 4th floor ceiling, located where they can be accessed without a lift.

 

 

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(photo by Nick Rezendes)

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(photo by Nick Rezendes)

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(photo by Nick Rezendes)

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Scotland has declared 2016 their Year of Innovation, Architecture, and Design

(from scotsman.com)

Hooray!

If you happen to be traveling to Scotland this year, get ready for a good time. Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture, and Design (or IAD) is filled with events, openings, and education as creators strive to represent Scottish culture with contemporary designs. The National Museum of Scotland is debuting 10 new exhibits whilst continuing to undergo renovations, and the Festival of Architecture will feature 28 events.

It’s a huge undertaking but definitely seems like an exciting tribute to modern Scottish design and innovation!

Holly Jolly LEDs

‘Tis the season for electric companies! Lights indoors, outdoors, and covering trees and menorahs means big bucks for the electric companies. But with LEDs you can stick it to the man a little while keeping your holiday display bright and unique!

USA Today has a great overview of some of the newer LED products for the winter season. My favorite is Aura’s wireless bulbs. Their technology keeps the wires out of the equation, meaning you can light your entire tree (or even string them along a mantle in range of the ring etc) without worrying about tangles. Plus kids will get a kick out of the instantaneous reaction:

(from https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1034423012/aura-the-first-ever-wirelessly-powered-christmas-l)

It is a little tree-specific though. For more versatility, the light strings are the best. We’ve talked about Philips Hue’s lightstrips before, and OLED can do the same, but the Lumenplay string mentioned in the USA Today brings that art-deco old-timey feel to their bulbs. Classic for the holidays.

The BlissLight holographic set is for the big-players — I don’t know anyone who uses those yet. I’m definitely going to be on the lookout through the lit neighborhoods though! Post your pics if you see or use them, too, either to our Facebook or on the comments here!

Project Opening: College Football Hall of Fame

DSC02986 The College Football Hall of Fame is a brand new facility in downtown Atlanta dedicated to the explosive growth of college football. It features 28,000 square feet of highly interactive and engaging exhibits using a blend of historic footage, artifacts, and state of the art multimedia exhibits. Gallagher & Associates, Museum Design Associates, and Cortina Productions were all members of this great team.

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Greeting visitors is a massive Helmet Wall, displaying 812 authentic team helmets. A sophisticated multimedia interactive station let’s visitors “log in” and illuminate their team’s helmet, which stays illuminated for the remainder of the day.

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All exhibit lighting fixtures use LED or Metal Halide sources, resulting in extremely low energy consumption, very long life, low maintenance, and low heat.

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Available Light designed all Exhibit Lighting, and Exhibit Lighting Control Systems.

Project Opening: Bicentennial Library at Princeton Theological Seminary

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(photo by Robert Benson)

The Bicentennial Library at Princeton Theological Seminary was renovated as part of a celebratory $100 million campaign for the college’s bicentennial. With a 45,000 square foot renovation and 91,000 square foot addition, the space designed by EYP Architecture and Engineering encompasses research rooms, collection management, and collaborative areas for students to meet. The collection housed at the Library is rivaled only by the Vatican’s itself, and the front community space houses a rotating exhibit with various artifacts.

 

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(photo by Robert Benson)

The lighting was customized for the purpose of each individual room, from archival needs to study needs. The exterior arcade, first floor reading rooms, and research reading rooms are the most decorative, with multiple layers of light to complement the needs of each room. Fixtures include LED strip lights and custom-made combination fluorescent and incandescent pendants. Controls included dimming mechanisms and photosensors to keep the space as sustainable as possible.

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(photo by Robert Benson)

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(photo by Robert Benson)

The Responsive Lightbulb

We’ve talked about programmable LEDs in the home before. Seems perfect in many ways, right? Reduced energy usage and cost, individualized programs so each room can be treated differently, and they can help keep your biology in check. Generally, you need a smartphone to program these, turn them on, etc.

But now some bigwigs are coming out with a completely responsive lightbulb. The Alba is a bulb with built in motion and light level sensors. That means once it’s programmed, you don’t need anything for it to turn on when you enter a room. Or to dim when the sunlight comes through the windows.

(from stack.com)

Even better, the bulb starts to learn your home-lighting patterns. Always go right to the kitchen after entering the home? Alba will light you a path. You won’t forget to turn off the lights because Alba will turn them off automatically once there isn’t any movement.

Oh and those bigwigs? Just a former Tesla CEO and some NASA dudes. NBD.

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)