Lighting & Controls

Striking the Daylighting Lighting Balance

Another example of an engaging and dynamic library renovation recently took place at the Columbus Metropolitan Library-Main Branch in Ohio. In swapping out the stone-clad walls with glass curtainwall, Schooley Caldwell & gund Partnership have essentially created a library in a park in connecting the original 1907 building, built from money donated by Andrew Carnegie to the 9-plus acre adjacent public Topiary Park.Partnering with lighting designer Tec Studio, strategic uplighting, downlighting, cove lighting, and suspended linear luminaires deliver aesthetic, balanced lighting and energy savings. Take the centerpiece atrium, for example. Tec Studio’s design embraces the existing cle

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Lighting Reformation

The Cathedral of Siena is one of Italy’s most important Gothic buildings. Inside, visitors are amazed by the unique mosaic floor consisting of more than 50 ornately decorated marble surfaces. In this new century, the church wished to highlight these treasures with more modern technology, specifically discreet, but powerful lighting fixtures that could throw light from distances more than 80 ft.—and be controlled in a more user-friendly fashion. Lighting designer Marco Nereo Rotelli was awarded the task and specified high-precision ERCO lighting tools for the purpose. The latter, in turn, employed Bluetooth Casambi technology to enable the lights to be simply controlled wirelessly

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Noise-Averse Texas-Sized Project Inspires the Dallas Design Community

Focused on serving as a resource for those interested in architecture and design in the Dallas area, AIA Dallas and the Architecture and Design Foundation converged in a new space to form “AD EX.” With the intent to deliver a multi-use environment AIA Dallas commissioned Omniplan to redesign the approximately 26,000-sq.-ft., 2-story space. To mitigate reverberation issues and address the lighting needs in the first-floor training room and event space, Omniplan selected Focal Point’s Seem 1 Acoustic luminaire and baffle system. An acoustic analysis yielded a 0.85 second reverberation time (RT) in the training room and a 1.05 seconds RT in the event-space area. Using this inf

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Crowd Pleaser

Adjustable heights and general positioning, shading options and customizable choices when it comes to ambiance and bulb finishes with dimming availability, Buster+Punch is known for attention to detail and aesthetic appeal, and their entrance into lighting should bring no surprise as being as elegant as before. This lighting application excels in giving the installer full control over the trajectory of light.

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Troffer Evolution

No more boring ceilings by lighting plan, even if traditional troffers are desired. Facetta and Zephyr bring a playful design that still meets the functional needs of designers and architects. Beyond their appearance, the luminaires offer higher and more varied lumen options that can deliver high footcandle levels on working surfaces even from a distance. The powerful, yet soft, illumination is especially useful in medical and educational settings.

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Boosting Productivity

Eye strain, along-side back and neck pain, are leading risks toward the health of the average office worker, and a concern when it comes to overall productivity. aerus fixtures incorporate innovative optics to eliminate glare, which, in concert with direct LED options, according to the manufacturer, improves overall lighting and comfort. USGBC estimates a productivity gain of as much a 23% is possible through the incorporation of such measures.

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Snowmass Village, Pitkin County, Colo.

Step Lighting Illuminates Snowmass

Snowmass Village, a ski town located in the Rocky Mountains near Aspen, Colo., wanted to redevelop its town center with new buildings for a hotel, condos, town hall and an outdoor ice rink. The challenge? Built around a 35,000-sq.-ft. plaza, the town needed a way to illuminate the space while still preserving the night skies.Construction on the hotel ran over budget and, calling on Innovative Lighting Consultants (ILC), the Denver-based lighting design firm found a ready answer in Amerlux’s Passo led step light.“There are beautiful night skies in the mountains and the town officials and developers wanted to minimize light pollution,” said Mike Kershner, founder of ILC&

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Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Lighting the Path to Artistic Inspiration

Located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., the Duke Ellington School of the Arts is a high school that specializes in arts education.Founded in 1974 by Peggy Cooper Cafritz and Mike Malone, the school occupies a building originally built in 1898 as Western High School. The District of Columbia Public Schools recently embarked on a multi-million dollar renovation project to modernize the facility and expand from 171,000 to 271,000 sq. ft. The project included the renovation and addition of classrooms, dance and art studios, common areas, a media center and a 300-seat performance hall.While the primary goal of construction was to add new spaces and modernize the entire buildin

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Light Sensitivity Reduction

LG Safe Blue technology is an energy-efficient led lighting designed to help reduce light sensitivity, eye strain and fatigue. Safe Blue technology reduces the amount of emitted blue light from the fixture, giving architects and contractors an alternative lighting option for a more comfortable interior space. Ideal for specific applications in schools, hospitals and office buildings, where end users are frequently occupying the same space for extended periods of time, the technology is available on select LG troffers.

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White Light Flexibility

Ideal for educational spaces, VividTune Color Tuning technologies feature tunable white and dim-to-warm light, enabling end users to control their space and environment based on needs in their specific application or setting, changing color of the white light and even its intensity as needed. VividTune Color is offered in a broad selection of ambient led recessed troffers, suspended led fixtures and led recessed downlights.

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