Fireworks & Confetti

Fireworks & Confetti

Today in honor of the up and coming New Year, I am spotlighting some fun and unusual lighting pieces reminiscent of fireworks and confetti.  Color, shape and style and a strong interplay of light and shadow embrace the elements of these outstanding pendants. To start we have The Alejo Ruocco Blowup Pendant PHOTO: Hand made pendant lamps by  Alejo Ruocco,  with shades made of irregular, colorful strips of fabric arranged to look like fireworks.     Next, Raimond Pendant by Moooi PHOTO: The Raimond Pendant by Moooi presents the perfect sphere of mathematical ingredients punctuated by tiny LED lights. Whether this beautiful pendant reminds you of a starry night or fireworks it is sure to bring a feeling of serene delight.   Finally, The Hanabi (Fireworks) Pendant by Kozai PHOTO:  The Hanabi (Fireworks) Pendant by designer Toshiyuki Tani encompasses a sleek yet dramatic modern design in the shape of evocative fireworks with a strong interplay of light and shadow. Materials consist of bent Japanese cedar wood and a polished steel stand and base.   Sources used include: Alejo Ruocco Lighting, Moooi, and  Kozai Modern Design  ...
New York Times Square Ball Illuminates with 32,256 Philips LED’s

New York Times Square Ball Illuminates with 32,256 Philips LED’s

2012 is almost here and Times Square in New York City is getting ready to celebrate with the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration featuring Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with  musical performances by Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and many more.  Balloons, pom-poms, over 2,000 pounds of confetti, colorful pyrotechnic displays and more than one million people to party with is sure to bring in the New Year with fun and entertainment. Also included in this world renowned celebration is the legendary Times Square Ball illuminated with 32,256 Philips LED’s. PHOTO: New York Times Square 2012 LED Ball The bulbs in this masterpiece are available for residential and commercial consumers, and according to Philips they consume 80 percent less energy than the traditional incandescent light bulbs. Philips Ed Crawford said,  “We are proud that our award-winning Philips LED’s will again light the spectacular Times Square Ball.” Philips states that, “We are equally proud that our line of Philips AmbientLED bulbs continues to expand, enabling consumers to use energy-efficient, cost-friendly, long-lasting, and aesthetically-pleasing lighting throughout their homes.” Videos and Links: The numeral “2” arrives and is installed in Times Square 2010 Philips Lighting Test for the 11,875 pound Times Square Ball Philips AmbientLED A-Shape LED Bulb is ENERGY STAR ® Qualified...
Ambient Healing Environments Using Light

Ambient Healing Environments Using Light

The time has come in technology where lighting has advanced to more than just well…lighting. A Dutch company, Royal Philips Electronics  has moved passed basic lighting into advanced lighting that  helps patients heal and reduce their stress levels during their treatment at the hospital. Royal Philips Electronics  has outfitted the PET-CT uptake room at the Dutch Cancer Institute in Amsterdam with a controllable lighting system. This unique lighting and sound system allows the patient to adjust light color and intensity during their solitary and sometimes stressful hour-long wait after a radioactive injection prior to an exploratory scan for cancer.  This reduction in stress and anxiety in the patient has shown evidence to improve the quality of the scan image.  “There is an increasing body of evidence to suggest that patient-friendly comforting environments not only reduce anxiety levels but also promote the healing process itself,” said Henk van Houten, general manager Philips Research. In a recent press release from Murray Gillies of Philips Research, he reports,  A well-accepted research questionnaire found statistically significant improvements in anxiety in the AE group as compared to the control group.” This serene and aesthetically pleasing, yet mildly engaging, rather than entertaining lighting system with a relaxing soundtrack and slow moving nature-themed video  was designed to keep the mind occupied, but not over stimulated.  One example shows nature within a loose story line, for example of a balloon ride across the countryside or a canal boat trip.  In this new medical system where patients are taking the reign in their healing, medical environments have begun to incorporate experience’s that helps patients cope with these difficult...
Know Your Lighting: Basic Lighting Types-Part 2

Know Your Lighting: Basic Lighting Types-Part 2

Part 2: Task Lighting To continue our previous discussion on the three basic types of lighting, we covered general lighting and now for task lighting.  Task lighting is focused light that helps you perform specific tasks such as reading, homework, office work, specified lighting for medical/dental offices, cooking etc.  Task lighting can be provided from a number of light sources including desk/task lamps, pendant lighting and even track lighting.  Task lighting should be bright enough to prevent the user from straining their eyes, and should be free from glare and shadows. Here are some good examples of task lighting. PHOTO: The Brazo Table/Task Lamp by Pablo Pardo   PHOTO:  The Bruno Adjustable “C” Arm Task Lamp by Robert Abbey   PHOTO: The Winston Pharmacy Wall Swinger by Robert Abbey   There are three types of task lighting:  1) adjustable task lighting 2) localized average lighting, which includes a lamp that supplies general ambient and task lighting 3) asymmetric task lighting, this is where the task lamp is placed near the work area such as a desk/task lamp.  Stay tuned for part 3 of Basic Lighting Types- Accent Lighting....
Know Your Lighting: Basic Lighting Types Part 1

Know Your Lighting: Basic Lighting Types Part 1

There are three types of basic lighting: General Lighting, Task Lighting and Accent Lighting. When designing a lighting plan use the 3 basics to create layers of light, which will make tasks easier and highlight key design features throughout your decor. General Lighting, also known as “Ambient Lighting” provides overall illumination throughout your space.  General lighting  also enables enough light for you to see comfortably and walk around safety. General lighting can be accomplished with the use of wall or/and ceiling mounted fixtures, chandeliers, recessed lighting, track lighting and basic exterior lighting.  General lighting is a fundamental element in creating a lighting plan, and should be considered first before incorporating additional light sources. PHOTO: Example of General Lighting-Rico Espinet Candelaria Large Chandelier by Robert Abbey Stay tuned for Part 2 on Task...