Mayor Marty Walsh has announced that Boston City Hall will get fitted with $3 million worth of new lighting fixtures. All LED, the 325 fixtures will revitalize City Hall Plaza and brighten up the building, hearkening back to its first days when floodlights lit the building. And, as an added bonus, the energy savings of using LED will make up for the cost overtime, according to a representative from the Boston Preservation Alliance. We are excited to see this project finalized this summer!
Early November brought the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The city commemorated the historic event and changes it brought by placing 8,000 illuminated (and biodegradable) balloons along the city where the wall stood, designed by Christopher and Marc Bauder.
The artists wanted the installation to be an “alien object,” like the Wall was, “something that doesn’t belong,” while also ensuring to evoke the hopeful feelings that came after the Fall. See their interview in this NY Times video. We think using illumination was a great way to achieve this. The artists made sure to use lighting in the balloons that was different from the surrounding exterior and building lights, achieving that alien effect. And the stark images of the lit installation in the dark definitely make one think of hope. It’s a common metaphor for a reason. Seeing that bit of light in the dark, either figuratively or literally, is a relief. In darkness, we often freeze. We can keep moving if we can see where we’re going, even just one step at a time.
At the end of the three days, on the anniversary of the Fall, all 8,000 balloons (biodegradable, remember) were released into the air, symbolizing the hope that came with the Fall of the Wall, and the faith of the people that they can keep moving forward.
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.
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!
‘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:
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!
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.
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.
All exhibit lighting fixtures use LED or Metal Halide sources, resulting in extremely low energy consumption, very long life, low maintenance, and low heat.
Available Light designed all Exhibit Lighting, and Exhibit Lighting Control Systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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.
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.
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.
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!”