Lighting Design

The Drawbacks to Daylight

The energy-saving goals that we have achieved so far using LEDs for interior lighting are very impressive and commendable. Our lighting loads have now been reduced to 0.5w per square ft, which means there isn’t much light left to be saved. Nevertheless, the daylight and lighting expert James Benya of Benya Burnett Consultancy has just [...]

By |2020-11-12T17:45:15-08:00November 12th, 2020|Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design|Comments Off on The Drawbacks to Daylight

Quantity over Quality of Illumination

In recent years, we have become so focused on reducing our lighting load with the help of the highly effective LEDs, such that quantity has taken center stage over quality. When it comes to street lighting, for instance, the IES recommends five different types of lighting distribution which are designed for different applications.  A “Type [...]

By |2020-10-19T16:18:56-07:00October 19th, 2020|Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design|Comments Off on Quantity over Quality of Illumination

How Much Screen Time is Too Much?

While most of the discussion on the dangers of technology on children is centered on personal security risks, there have been, for quite a long time, concerns about the health risks posed by screen time. In particular, parents are mostly concerned about their kids potentially messing their sleeping patterns from watching too much TV, or [...]

By |2020-09-19T00:01:21-07:00September 18th, 2020|Lighting Design|Comments Off on How Much Screen Time is Too Much?

Improving Visual Comfort

The amount of light provided by the sun meets the minimum requirements for illuminance, as set by the IES. Besides, it renders daylight harvesting uneconomical, at least quantitatively. This means that measures need to be put in to improve visual comfort. Most people use daylight to illuminate spaces. However, they still install diffusers, louvers, and [...]

By |2020-09-18T11:26:32-07:00August 15th, 2020|Lighting Design|Comments Off on Improving Visual Comfort

Following Advancements in Lighting Control Technology

The National Association of Lighting Maintenance Companies (NALMCO), in partnership with the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), oversees and certifies lighting maintenance companies operating within the US. The two organizations form the Joint IES Lighting Maintenance Committee, a body that creates lighting industry standards, including RP-35-15 and the new Certified Lighting Controls Professional (CLCP) certificate.  CLCP [...]

By |2020-07-15T23:29:49-07:00July 15th, 2020|Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design|Comments Off on Following Advancements in Lighting Control Technology

Conserving Energy Levels

Energy conservation, especially in regards to lighting, can be analogically explained using the example of a highway bridge. Basically, it is more practical and economical to lower the river or sea below a giant bridge as opposed to raising the bridge itself.  Similarly, when you need to reduce a lighting load, you ideally target, and [...]

By |2020-06-15T14:00:04-07:00June 15th, 2020|Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design, Residential Lighting|Comments Off on Conserving Energy Levels

 A Growing Demand for Networked Controls

The National Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO) has always had a mutually beneficial relationship with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for over 20 years. The two organizations have worked together as part of the IES Lighting Maintenance Committee, coming up with valuable guidelines that touch on lighting maintenance. Following advancements in lighting control technology, [...]

By |2020-05-29T00:46:02-07:00May 29th, 2020|Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design, Residential Lighting|Comments Off on  A Growing Demand for Networked Controls

Responding To the Needs of Lighting Designers

In December 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy invited the top lighting designers and specifiers to a roundtable with a view of finding out how they approach different projects, and what products they would like manufacturers to focus on. The agency also sought to know if the professionals would appreciate a generalized lighting database that [...]

By |2020-04-14T18:50:48-07:00April 14th, 2020|Lighting Design|Comments Off on Responding To the Needs of Lighting Designers

Making Backlighting and Coves Shine

If you are a lighting designer, being involved in a project team has both positive and negative propositions. On the positive side, you will have a say when key architectural decisions are being made. The negative side is that this “power” carries a higher level of responsibility, such as having to explain all the stuff [...]

By |2020-03-16T22:16:38-07:00March 16th, 2020|Back Lighting, Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design|Comments Off on Making Backlighting and Coves Shine

Lighting Comfort and Color in Work Spaces

According to professor Mark Rea of the Lighting Research Center, color is just but a pigment of our imagination. In essence, the perception of color is subjective, and varies from person to person. Despite the introduction of color-tuned TLEDs (which can be customized to meet different user specifications), it is still difficult to provide lighting [...]

By |2020-01-15T15:00:42-08:00January 15th, 2020|Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design|Comments Off on Lighting Comfort and Color in Work Spaces