Lighting & Controls

Concentration at the Push of a Button

So, for all the talk of color tuning, does it exist? It does, but sometimes you have to go far afield, say Denmark, and the Herstedlund Primary School. There, after the bell rings, fourth-year students take their seats for the first lesson—not so different than schools around the world. However, when teachers in these classrooms flick the switch, a very different experience follows. Light, more like daylight, floods the classroom, creating a more pleasant atmosphere. Thanks to Zumtobel’s Active Lighting system, teachers have a choice of four pre-programmed lighting “moods,” in line with the precepts of human-centric lighting. In this case, dimmable, and color-tunable

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Focus on People, Productivity

At Lightfair, Lutron launched its HXL platform to support human centric lighting, which according to the company, should promote comfort, enable enhanced well-being, and foster engagement. HXL combines four elements: quality light, natural light, connection to the outdoors and adaptive and personalized control. The system’s approach for addressing natural light, of course, is a combination that maximizes daylight with dynamic shading solutions, while also incorporating color tuning via its Ketra line. The company’s office of the future demo, which took visitors through the changing light in the course of a typical work day, was impressive. 

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Noctambule LED Dimmable Pendant Light Tall Cylinders

They’re So Glassy

German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic created his Noctambule fixtures from basic modules of simple glass cylinders. The handblown modules can be combined to create chandeliers, pendants and table lamps, with LED lighting elements hidden away at the connection points.

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A Long Way from Metal Halide

Another outstanding project from this year’s batch of IALD awards was the lighting design for the Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber in Edinburgh. By KSLD | EFLA Lighting Design, the soft light from new bespoke led fixtures lends a healthy glow to parliamentarians. Judges called these fixtures a “technically brilliant solution” as how to light a room that functions effectively as a TV studio and an accessible public space.The first step was eliminating the old metal-halide lights as they were expensive, difficult to maintain and obsolete. New HDTV cameras require upgraded lighting to meet broadcasting standards. With a mere six weeks to develop and install the lighti

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Three Techs in One

Juno’s new AI Speaker Light with Alexa Built-In combines JBL speakers and Alexa voice-control technology with LED downlighting for truly connected lighting. The 6-in. standard fixture size is designed for both retrofit and new construction. A companion AI downlight without the speaker can be controlled by either the speaker fixture or other Amazon Echo devices. 

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Eastlake Studio, Chicago

Blending Historic with Modern

Studio unites historic architecture and modern design for collaborative office space. Eastlake Studio was faced with adversity when plans to convert the building that had been their long-time residence to a hotel and condos became a reality. The studio had been residing in Chicago’s Tribune Tower, for approximately three decades. The change of vocation of the tower from commercial to mixed-use residential provided the architecture firm an opportunity to address the challenges of the former office while opting to move to another historic building. The limitations of the original office were motivators for designing the new space. According to Kevin Kamien, principal at Eastlake Studio,

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UCLA Athletics, Los Angeles, Cailf.

UCLA Scores Big with Smart Lighting Retrofit

The university’s athletics department featured a lighting control retrofit, which helped the football team’s operations and assisted in meeting California’s stringent energy codes. Implement a lighting controls retrofit that would serve UCLA Athletics, as well as help meet California’s tough energy codes. Given Title 24’s stringent requirements, the most efficient light is one that is off. In fact, the quest to retrofit began when someone said, “Hey, turn the lights off.”

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Beacon of Sustainability

Les Jardins Solar Lighting’s Wharf is a rechargeable outdoor light source. It is nautical and rustic with a sculptural open frame that creates the illusion of dancing light. At just under 5-ft. tall, it has a commanding presence and airy design that casts intriguing shadows and patterns of light. Taking design cues from vintage woven fish baskets, the lantern’s cinched silhouette and entwined elements give it a sophisticated air and create a hauntingly beautiful effect when lit. Wharf’s basket-like frame is available in modern aluminum or all-weather wicker. 

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Balanced Approach

The Treble collection includes pendant, sconce and standing lamp fixtures, all featuring the curvilinear form of a musical treble clef. The mobile pendant version, shown here, incorporates multiple tiers, each balanced to provide even illumination. 

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Chinese Inspiration

Inspired by the look of traditional Chinese paper lamps, the Lanterna fixture is available in three sizes and two colors—black or white. French designer Sam Baron incorporated a gold interior finish to the fixture’s shadeto create warm, glowing illumination. 

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