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Congratulations to Sonneman, Winner of ASID NY Metro ‘Top Pick’ 2013 Award for Lighting Design

Last month marked the 12th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Held in New York at Pier 94, the show drew a mixed crowd of design professionals and homeowners alike to exhibits from more than 400 luxury home furnishing companies.

The event was co-sponsored by the New York Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), which honored retailers, manufacturers and design firms in 11 distinct home design categories as its ‘Top Picks’ for the show. 

Contemporary lighting favorite Sonneman ® – A Way of Light won the ASID 2013 ‘Top Pick’ Award in the Lighting Design category. Highlights of the Sonneman display included sleek and innovative LED fixtures like the new Quattro™ desk lamp and the Corona and Starflex™ pendants.

Starflex™ LED Pendant - Sonneman® A Way of Light

Starflex™ LED Pendant – Sonneman® A Way of Light

Corona LED Pendant – Sonneman® A Way of Light

Corona LED Pendant – Sonneman® A Way of Light

© Sonneman® - A Way of Light

Joining the next generation of LED task lighting, the revolutionary Quattro™ desk lamp is 25% brighter and 25% more energy efficient than traditional LED desk lamps. Available soon at Lightology.com. © Sonneman® – A Way of Light

Innovative Design – LED Technology

We had the opportunity to interview Robert Sonneman about his new LED innovations at the January Dallas Lighting Market, the biggest event of the year for the US lighting industry.

Sonneman® – A Way of Light

Founded by Robert Sonneman in 2003, the lighting manufacturer develops sleek and functionalist lighting at the forefront of cutting-edge contemporary design.

Robert Sonneman pioneered modern lighting making it an art form. World renowned and acclaimed for clean lines and alliance to form and function, his award winning designs have been at the forefront of the design world for over four decades. Sonneman’s designs have been on display at the Museum of Modern Art and the Chicago Art Institute, among other museums.

Update: Design Bureau interviewed Robert Sonneman for the magazine’s July 2013 issue. Read their blog post for some great excerpts. 

About ASID

With over 30,000 members, the American Society of Interior Designers is the oldest and largest professional organization for interior designers in the US. Local chapters like ASID NY Metro serve local communities.

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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.

Catwalk

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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Designer Photo Contest Winners

Last month, we asked Interior Designers, Architects and members of the trade to send us photos of their designs that included Lightology fixtures for a chance to win up to a $250 Lightology Gift Card.

Ninety-something photos (see all submissions here) and thousands of votes later, two winners stand out above the rest.

Karin H. Edwards Interiors won the People’s Vote on our Facebook page with 122 votes for her Master Bathroom design while Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects got our vote for their transformation of a worn-down shed into a lighting designers dream.

We had a chance to chat with both design teams, and here’s what they had to say about their winning projects!

People’s Choice Winner: Karin H. Edwards Interiors

What is your favorite part of being a designer?

“I honestly believe that improving surroundings has real benefits. I’ve seen how the right design can build confidence, spark imaginations or put people immediately at ease. And, I love the nuts and bolts of the doing.  It’s always about collaboration — with craftspeople, with manufacturers, retailers and, most of all, the people using the room.”

Could you share some background on the project featured in your photo?

“It’s my own master bath and a labor of love.  The paneling is meant to give it a dressing room feel and link to the bedroom’s closet doors, which explains the choice of chandelier over the tub. Because the room is open to bedroom, I needed to create a powerful vista.”

Is lighting an important element of your designs? Why or why not?

“It’s critical.  Anyone who says paint is the quickest changeup is wrong. Lighting draws the first notice, often unconsciously. It’s the invitation, and it’s the best way to build drama.”

Lightology Winner: Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects

What is your favorite part of being a designer?
“Getting to generate and share positive energy from the designs that we create. Design is about communication and sharing of thoughts with other people. It’s most satisfying when your results are truly appreciated — you know you have done your job well.”

What is your/your firm’s design philosophy?
“We believe in a blend of simplicity and whimsy. If a design becomes too complicated, it loses its “thrust” and effectiveness. A clear concept usually wins out over trying to do more than necessary. It’s important to have some aspect of expressiveness there too — so that you can use space and light as a canvas. Whimsy can represent a number of things as you can be loose or intellectual about it — it’s all about how you choose to execute it.”

Could you share some background on the project featured in your photo?
“This photo represents a metamorphic culmination. We took what was once a non-descript, uninspired shed in the woods and made it into something that has a strong identity. The original raw space (with no interior finishes, light fixtures, or even mechanical system) was completely transformed into a hip loft space. It came together very quickly from a design standpoint but fleshing out the details took a bit more time.”

What made you choose these fixtures?
“We took a walking trip to Lightology to get inspiration for the lighting, and originally we had only planned to scout out some sconces for the walls. Upon seeing the LED system featured in the showroom, we knew that we had to integrate that fixture into the design to add another dimension to the “mood” of the space. The idea of color splashing against the ceiling using beam-mounted LED lighting was something that we knew would be an instant conversation piece.”

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Find the Right Bathroom Light

Bathroom Lighting is a crucial element of a good design simply because  it is part of our daily rituals —  grooming, shaving, applying makeup … the list goes on. And, we’ve all seen what bad lighting can do — harsh light and unflattering shadows do not make for pretty faces!

So, to help make sure your bathroom is fully loaded with the best lighting design possible, Lightology is sharing a few bathroom lighting How To’s, as well as a find the Right Bathroom Light Sale until February 28th to help make fixing up your bathroom lighting a little easier on your wallet.

Bathroom Lighting starts with one simple idea: Think in Layers.

Task Lighting is best for highlighting a specific area, like a piece of art, a countertop, or in the bathroom, your face!


To achieve the ideal quality of light for grooming, shaving and applying makeup, you must eliminate shadows on the face. When using Wall Sconces, install two wall sconces on each side of your mirror, at least 30″ apart. The brightest portion of the wall sconce should be aligned with the face, or approximately 60-66″ above the floor. You can also follow these same guidelines using Pendants for a more modern look. See an example of pendants in the bathroom.

General Light helps balance light output from all fixtures in the room while giving you diffuse, even light that illuminates the entire bathroom.

To fill your entire bathroom with diffuse, general light, a ceiling light, like the Boxie or the Mint Round or Mint Square will do the trick. However, a ceiling light by itself leaves you with too much glare and shadows for a bathroom. Make sure to complement these fixtures with additional sources of light to accomplish a layered, shadow-free bathroom.

Accent Lighting adds eye-catching, dramatic light to a space but can also perform a practical task. For example, a toe kick light can also double as a path light — making middle-of-the-night bathroom trips easier and safer!

Cove lighting and toe kick lighting are fantastic ways to add general light that is also eye-catching and dramatic. LED Soft Strip is an energy-efficient way to create this dramatic look.

For more tips, ideas and inspiration, visit our Bathroom Lighting Ideas page or start shopping for your new lights at the Right Bathroom Light Sale

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Go Green: Make It Your New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is upon us – and it’s time to make some changes! Many of you are asking how to can save money and be energy-efficient, so make it your resolution! Here are some great tips on how to conserve energy, increase lamp life and save money on lighting in 2011.

Replace Inefficient Above, Under and In-Cabinet Lights with LED Soft Strip and LED Puck Lights


The average home will use cabinet lights around 2,000 hours per year; retail stores around 4,000 hours. When you install LED Soft Strip and Puck Lights, residential homes will enjoy 20 years of illumination!

The flexible and linear LED Soft Strip uses between 1 and 3 watts per foot and has all kinds of connectors to create custom shapes and sizes. LED Puck lights are compact, 3 watt fixtures that look great inside cabinets or closets and can either be surface mounted or recessed.

Use the Cody LED Picture Light to Illuminate Artwork Without Damaging UV or IR Rays

No one wants their valuable artwork and priceless family photographs damaged, discolored or faded from the harmful UV and IR rays that incandescent and halogen light sources put out. Using LEDs eliminates these concerns while also saving energy – the Cody LED Picture Light uses 6-12 watts (depending on size) emits zero harmful UV or IR rays and contains no mercury.

Convert Incandescent Bulbs to CFL or LED

LEDs are improving everyday, and you can always find the latest technology at Lightology. Our LED replacement bulbs are used to replace standard incandescent and halogen light sources while saving large amounts of energy and lasting up to 45,000 hours. For example, the EnduraLED A-19 is a direct replacement for a standard incandescent and uses only 7 watts!

Use Dimmers and Occupancy Sensors to Save Energy and Increase Lamp Life

By dimming incandescent or halogen lights just 10%, you not only save 10% on energy costs, but it also increases the lamp life by 80%! For example:

Incandescent Bulb Lifespan
Full Brightness: 1,000 hours
Dimmed 10%: 1,800 hours

This increase in lamp life helps save money, lower energy use and reduces waste. Add an Occupancy Sensor that uses motion detectors to turn lights on/off, making energy-saving a no-brainer!

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Interior Designer Chat Tweet Up @lightology

This Tuesday, people from all over the country came to the Lightology showroom to participate in our first-ever Tweet Up with our co-hosts @IntDesignerChat! At the beginning of the night, guests at the showroom and around the country participated in the weekly twitter chat, #IntDesignerChat, where the subject of the night was lighting. (Read the transcript)

Afterwards, the party continued for guests at the showroom, enjoying food, drinks and social media tips for their business! If you are a trade professional, make sure to register for our trade benefits program to get exclusive discounts on products and invitations to upcoming Lightology events! Visit our facebook page to see all the photos from the Tweet Up!

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Design With Light Winners!

 

Finalists from Left to Right: Derek Porter, Jasmin Marie, John Clark, Kristin Taghon, Elliot Eakin, Dru Wallon, Joseph Nicotera, Sam Matson, Curtis Cassell

 

 

After many months, Lightology’s first-ever design competition has come to an end! Last night, over 200 people came to celebrate with most of our finalists and congratulate them for their amazing designs! To see more photos from the event, visit our facebook page.

Congratulations to our winners!

Grand Prize

Derek Porter Studio

“Taut”

People’s Choice

Sepp Spenlinhauer and Brian Fassett/Eclectic Precision

“Sparkle Globe”

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