Lighting & Controls

Seeing the Light—Sort of

It’s not uncommon for high-density spaces, such as hospitals and high schools, to be constituted of many windowless areas—places, clearly, where shortages of natural light don’t facilitate the sense of well-being many institutions wish to enact. To address this issue, CoeLux, a company that offers technology that artificially mimics daylight, has experimented with the tech in a number of healthcare spaces, and is reporting some early feedback.At La Tour Hospital in Geneva, several CoeLux systems have been installed throughout the ward, including a CoeLux 60 HC in the waiting room, and nine CoeLux ST Ibla, in one of the “bunker” rooms where patients undergo treat

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APP Aids Conference Control

When it comes to conference calls and meetings, impressions matter. Many want to showcase newer technologies and impress visiting executives, and this new application helps with just that task. With a simple to use touch screen design that allows control of the setting and atmosphere of a meeting and integrated Bluetooth control system. Also featured is a mounting system that fits tabletop and wall mounting desires.

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Creative Backlight Options

By combining already intriguing perforated metal designs used for paneling, façades, columns, and ceilings with lighting the results are phenomenal. Light distribution is easily accomplished via the use of diffusion and even dispersion. The true beauty of this product shines when the metal combined with the backlighting brings forth an entirely new layer of art to the mix. From interesting designs by reflections off of the floor to selective lighting allowing for bland surfaces to have a pattern suddenly thrust on it, this product has visual appeal to spare, alongside the obvious functionality of controlled lighting.

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Magical Lighting Patterns

Vibia’s Algorithm is made from configurations of light globes suspended at different heights and anchored to the ceiling via a floating tubular steel structure, Algorithm has been described as an elegant visual composition of the luminaire. The system’s individual orbs are manufactured from blown glass with a striated concentric pattern that creates a translucent and constantly changing lighting effect. 

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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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