Museum of Light

Last Week, a group of 20 design students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) visited the Lightology Showroom for a Lighting Education Tour. Lighting Designer Diane Fairchild and Architect Richard Kasemsarn brought their “Design with Light” class to Lightology for an immersive educational experience.

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Students Tour Lightology – View from the Catwalk

The one hour student tour explored fundamental lighting principles, the properties of light, lighting design techniques, and the evolution of electric lighting technology. This design class is one of many to have taken the tour, which evolved over the years as increasing numbers of student groups requested access to Lightology’s space.

 Students Walk Through Color Temperature Stairway (left) and Start at the Bottom of the History of Light Stairwell (right)

Students Tour Color Temperature Stairway (left) – History of Light Stairwell Bottom Landing (right)

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the International Academy of Design & Technology, and Harrington School of Design are but a few of the prestigious design schools that often ask for student tours at Lightology.

Tour leader Andrew Goldman notes, “We’ve heard a lot of feedback that these student groups leave Lightology with a deeper appreciation and understanding of things they’ve been learning about in class. Our exhibits and displays allow them to see and touch the things they learn in books.”

Ascending the History of Light Stairwell

Ascending the History of Light Stairwell

More than a Showroom

Lightology founder and owner Greg Kay sees the tours as a sign that he must be doing something right. The award-winning lighting designer and Master Electrician opened Lightology in 2001 with a mission to offer the finest modern and contemporary lighting in the world. At the same time, he wanted to create a world-class educational center for lighting design.

“For me, Lightology has always been about more than just selling light fixtures—it’s more than a place to browse and shop,” says Kay.

Color Temperature Stairway

Color Temperature Stairway

“When I first had the idea to open Lightology, I knew I wanted people to be able to explore the showroom as they would The Museum of Science and Industry, for example.”

Indeed, it’s no stretch to think of Lightology as Chicago’s Unofficial Museum of Light. The modern, glass-enclosed structure boasts 3 stories of stunning lighting displays and looks more like an art gallery than a lighting store. A variety of eye-catching and unexpected Light Art displays add to the ambience.

Visitors may explore a host of permanent, educational and interactive exhibits on the properties of light and color, the history of electric lighting, and the emergence of LEDs as the future of lighting. A breathtaking exhibit in the Morpheus Room demonstrates the impact of light and lighting systems on architecture, design, and human emotion.

In addition to educational tours for design and architecture students, Lightology’s award-winning showroom also hosts a variety of lighting seminars, industry training sessions, and other events. Complementing these educational experiences is a multitude of cultural events, parties, and photo shoots that take place throughout the year. (Even weddings!)

“Lightology is an experience,” affirms Kay. “It’s an adventure, a resource for lighting education, and really an opportunity to expand people’s notions about light, art, and the world around them.”

For more information, contact Fred Kern at fkern@lightology.com or call 773-770-1143.

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Modern Lighting Trends in 2013

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The Dallas International Lighting Market is a centralized hub of permanent exhibition space for lighting’s biggest brands. Twice a year, thousands of shoppers and industry professionals descend upon Dallas to discover the latest creations from many of the brightest designers and manufacturers in modern lighting.

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Dallas Market Center -
Dallas International Lighting Market

This year, Lightology went behind the scenes at the January Dallas Lighting Market, the industry’s biggest event of the year. Lightology Showroom Buyer Kara Manning interviewed over 20 top contemporary lighting brands and designers to get an exclusive, inside look at the latest modern lighting trends for 2013.

Designers and homeowners alike can watch the video clips and “Best of Dallas” highlights reel to see the brightest designers in lighting today introduce new designs, debut cutting-edge LED technology, and reveal the inspirations that brought these products to market.

“As the lighting industry’s largest event of the year, the January Dallas Lighting Market is a source of tremendous excitement for us,” says Kara Manning, Showroom Buyer for Lightology. “Each year we look forward to seeing what designers and manufacturers bring to the Market, and this year was remarkable.”

See the latest modern lighting trends and LED technology with Lightology

Modern Lighting Trends and LED Technology – Lightology

“Advancements in LED technology intersect with cutting-edge designs to bring some of the most exciting collections we’ve seen in years,” says Kara. “We’re highlighting some of the best designs from the best manufacturers in lighting today. Personally, I love the new fixtures that integrate unexpected materials like wood, fabric and precious metals into today’s lighting.”

By compiling a selection of short videos, Lightology gives homeowners and designers alike an inside perspective on modern lighting trends. Get inspired by lighting industry design leaders like Tech Lighting, Edge Lighting, Varaluz, LBL and Sonneman.

Innovative contemporary design is a hallmark of the brands we offer at Lightology, and the products in the videos represent only a snapshot of what you can find in our Chicago Showroom and on our website, Lightology.com.

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February 19, 2013 · 10:03 am

Outdoor Lighting Gets Modern

Summertime is in full swing; tan lines, ice cream and backyard BBQs are in abundance. As we attempt to squeeze in as many outdoor activites as possible into the next few months, we thought it was the perfect time to get creative with outdoor lighting and bring some unique, contemporary design sense into the backyard.

Go Wireless

If you’ve ever caught yourself dancing around the yard to activate motion sensor lights, LED technology has afforded you a new freedom: rechargeable, portable outdoor lights.

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Cube by Smart & Green

Waterproof, wireless and colorful, Smart & Green offers a wide variety of outdoor lanterns that take on all kinds of geometric shapes. These fixtures can be set to a warm ‘candle’ mode, to a specific color or can continuously fade through an endless amount of colors created by the RGB spectrum!

Perfect for brightening up backyard barbecues and setting a romantic atmosphere poolside; they are designed to thrive in bad weather and have a guaranteed high resistance to shocks.

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Tower by Smart & Green

Bring the Inside, Out

We’re always hearing about how to bring the outdoors into our homes. They tell us,

‘Use potted plants!’

‘Try a throw pillow with a floral pattern!’

To mix things up, the outdoors is now taking cues from their temperature-controlled neighbor.

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UTO Outdoor Pendants by Foscarini

Try a contemporary pendant or a fancy floor lamp. It immediately adds a touch of indoor comfort and makes you look like you’ve got the design sense of an HGTV host.

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KTribe Outdoor Floor Lamp by Flos

Check out all of Lightology’s outdoor lighting collection at Lightology.com. From July 1-31, 2012, receive a FREE rechargeable LED Candle set when you spend $350 or more on select outdoor fixtures.

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Celebrate the new Lightology.com & Win a $500 Fanimation Fan!

To celebrate the redesign and official launch of the new Lightology.com, Lightology is giving away a Fanimation Fan, winner’s choice, up to $500 in value!

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Just a few of the many Fanimation fans available at Lightology

The new Lightology.com offers bigger, better photos, interactive tools to help you find the perfect fixture, easier navigation and a place to leave reviews on your favorite products!

To enter, write a review of your favorite Fanimation Fan on its product page. Tell us how you dream of lying under a cool breeze from the Torto, or how the sweeping blade of the Marea is absolutely mesmorizing. Any review will do! Click on the ‘Reviews’ tab on the product page to write your review.

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The Lightology Fanimation Ceiling Fan giveaway ends June 30, 2012. A winner will be randomly selected and contacted on July 19, 2011. Write your review now!

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Meet Product Designers Caleb Siemon and Carmen Salazar

Caleb Siemon and Carmen Salazar’s lighting product line, exclusively available at Lightology, initially caught our attention with their Banded Orb pendants, vibrantly colored glass inspired by the topography of California.

Banded Orb Pendants

Banded Orb Pendants

Their entire line of hand blown glass pendants, wall sconces and table lamps shows off Caleb Siemon’s signature aesthetic of thick glass and exciting colors.

Read on to find out how Caleb & Carmen became one of Southern California’s most exciting new product designers.

Caleb Siemon

Caleb Siemon

Caleb Siemon

Most glassblowers aren’t born artists,” says Caleb Siemon. “They’re born pyromaniacs.” Son of a jeweler, he grew up making things with his hands, got hooked on glass in high school, and honed his craft at the Rhode Island School of Design. He then set out for Murano, Italy, with a backpack, a few words of Italian, and the hope of an apprenticeship with renowned master glass sculptor Pino Signoretto. The maestro ignored him for a month, while Caleb attentively sketched his work and tried not to get in the way. Eventually an apprenticeship evolved.

Caleb spent two years in the Muranese studio with the glassmaker versatile enough to produce both enormous sculptures and delicate goblets. Here, he was encouraged to “steal with his eyes.” Caleb’s style shows the influence of his early tutor, coupled with an unabashed passion for the medium. “The transparency and fluidity of the material makes it unique,” he says. “I always start with an idea, but have learned to remain flexible to allow for the natural qualities of the glass”.

Caleb returned to Southern California in 1999 and constructed his own Italian-style studio. From furnace heights and bench design, to a system where each piece is created closely with a team of assistants, his methods reflect his Muranese immersion. Loris Zanon, Pino Signoretto’s master coldworker, traveled from Murano to guide the construction of Caleb’s coldshop and pass on the techniques of glass carving and polishing.

From the Scandinavian glass tradition, Caleb has developed an affection for simple forms, taking advantage of gravity and centrifugal force in design. By pairing these approaches to glassmaking, he has developed a signature aesthetic that reflects the evolved detail of the Muranese and balance and restraint of the Scandinavians. Caleb continues to invite international glass workers to his studio to share their techniques with the next generation of glass artists. His work exhibits internationally and is featured in galleries around the world.

Lattimo Pendants

Lattimo Pendants

Carmen Salazar

Carmen Salazar

Carmen Salazar

While her husband has binged on glass with a singular focus, his wife and partner, Carmen Salazar, has sipped from many ponds. Sculptor, metalworker, architect, botanist, scavenger, and conservationist, Carmen is a curious hybrid of urban and rural. She brings the influence of many streams to her work in the glass shop. She is a recipe that calls for equal parts concrete and pasture, glass and steel and rough-hewn beams. Carmen grew up shuttling between Washington DC and the family farm in Augusta, West Virginia. In college, she began to cultivate a love for metal, glass, and the vegetal world. Carmen left the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in sculpture and art history, but also a peripatetic interest in reshaping the larger natural world.

In 1997, she drove to San Francisco where she spent two years working for a land artist, metal sculptors, horticulturalists, and glass blowers. In 1999, she moved to Orange County to help Caleb build his first shop. “I thought I was just going down for a month or so” she says, “but here we are, a decade later.” The intersection of her diverse interests led her to the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 2001.

After receiving her masters in architecture at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, Carmen worked in the high end residential realm and then on the design team for a large scale public park. With her skills in architecture, interior and landscape design, the pair have embarked on an aesthetic leap forward.

They are now executing large scale custom projects and installations while maintaining the studio’s carefully cultivated quality and visual signature. “I have a somewhat less controlled aesthetic than Caleb. Maybe it comes from working with so many plants.” says Carmen, “I love to scavenge pieces from the studio, tests and such, and re-purpose them. Caleb always looks like he has a tinge of fear when I start experimenting in the studio, like, ‘gosh, I hope she doesn’t blow us up today.’”

Happy Kiss Pendants

Happy Kiss Pendants

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Love is Patient, Kind and Lightology

The insanely warm (but extremely welcome!) summer-like temperatures in Chicago have officially given us reason to share our unbridled excitement for beach vacations, flowy skirts and, of course, romantic summer weddings.

And with our first ‘Save the Date’ invitation received, we thought it appropriate to share engagement and wedding photos that were taken at our downtown lighting showroom throughout the past year.

Courtesy of Redwall Photo

When the phone calls from photographers and happy couples first started rolling in, our staff was surprised to hear people wanted to use our showroom as the backdrop for their engagement or wedding photos.

But now that we’ve seen the result, we understand why! Our three-story (plus rooftop) showroom is full of crevices and crannies that make for uniquely ‘illuminating’ photographs.

Our showroom and rooftop garden are always available for photography during normal business hours, so lovebirds and aspiring photographers alike, feel free to stop by!

But please make sure and share the photos with us – we’ll need them to cheer us up we get snow in May. (Chicago, you know it will happen.)

Browse through the gallery below to see more engagement/wedding photos taken at the Lightology showroom!

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Koncept Lighting LED Lamps: Contemporary Design Meets Super Adjustability

Using LED lighting technology paired with sleek design and feather-light adjustability, Koncept fixtures, available at Lightology, are used in trend-setting interior designs and have earned recognition for excellence in both design and energy efficiency.

The Equo LED Desk Lamp

The Equo™ desk and floor lamps use a counterweight design that requires only one finger to adjust its position. The special neck joint maintains the head’s tilt as the arm swings up or down, while brightness is controlled by sliding or touching a finger along the touchstrip. To date, it has earned 10 awards, including the coveted Red Dot Award for design excellence in 2011.

The Z-Bar is available in a variety of versions.

The Koncept Lighting flagship series, Z-Bar™, is super-adjustable, with a three-bar design that can spin in its socket, sweep side to side and rotate around the end of the arm to point in any direction. Various versions of the Z-bar are featured in the Chicago Museum of Sciences Smart Home, numerous movies and TV shows and at McDonalds headquarters in Australia. The Z-bar has also earned recognition from publications such as the International Design Magazine and Time Magazine.

The Mosso LED Desk Lamp.

The Mosso™ Desk Lamp features the latest in LEDs and an LED head that not only swivels up and down, but also twirls a full 360 degrees, making it super easy to bring energy efficient, dimmable, natural looking light right wherever it’s needed.

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